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A wrap of all the action from Seymour, Avenel and Nagambie.

August 21, 2014 3:06am

Avenel ladies tournament winners Cheryle Anderson (Broadford), Carolyn Morris (Kilmore), Anne Buntine (Euroa) and Kathy Keating (Woodend).


SEYMOUR

After a couple of relatively dry weeks, although still cold, the course is not as heavy and it was great to be able to get back on to the bottom nine holes this week for both competition days.

In the men’s competition on Wednesday the A-grade winner was Terry Lemon (15) with 36 points while the B-grade winner was Duncan Chisholm (24) with 35 points on a countback from Kevin Mulvaney. Nearest the pins went to Kevin Milner on the fourth, Gary Wright on the sixth, Sandy Cresswell on the 12th and Paul Niebling on the 17th. To get a ball a score of 33 points was needed (on a countback).

For the women’s competition the best score of the day was in B-grade with Irene Davey (29) winning with 34 points. The A-grade winner was Dale Stuart (nine) with 31 points. The extra competition of the best nine-out score went to Davey with 19 points. Thirty points was needed for a ball and those went to Davey, Stuart and Sue McCall. In the nine-hole competition the winner was Dawn Leece (39) with 14 points.

On Saturday it was also a stableford round and Michael Papworth (16) must have enjoyed his round when he scored 40 points to win B-grade. The A-grade winner was Greg Pell (five) with a steady 36 points. Warren Austin won nearest the pin on the sixth, Dave Pearce was closest on the 12th and Bill Keating won the 17th with the fourth staying with the club. Unusually only the drive and pitch on the 15th was claimed, Pell winning that, with the eighth staying with the club. Thirty three points was again the score to get a ball.

It was still tough to score well in the ladies’ competition with the best score in A-grade coming from Stuart (nine) with 34 points. The B-grade winner was Di Stammers (30) with 30 points. Jane Fletcher won the extra competition with the best nine-in score of 17 points. The balls went to Stuart, McCall, Pat Ferris and Stammers.

Saturday the men are playing stroke while for the women it is a par round. Players should also think about getting a team together for the following Saturday (August 30) which will be the Relay for Life charity day. The competition is four person ambrose (men or mixed) and entry forms are at the clubhouse. This fun day is open to anyone even if they don’t have a handicap so it is a great opportunity to bring friends and enjoy a day of golf while raising money for a good cause.

AVENEL

Last Thursday was the annual Ladies Tournament and the day went off without a hitch. In fantastic weather quite a few ladies finished the day in shirt sleeves. The course was in tip top condition, the golf was pretty good and as always the food was superb.

Broadford’s Cheryle Anderson won the A-grade scratch, with 87 off the stick, while Carolyn Morris from Kilmore won the handicap event with 75 nett. An excited Kathy Keating (Woodend) won B-grade scratch and there was a countback for the handicap event with Anne Buntine from Euroa triumphing over our own Iris Sidebottom — both ladies scoring 75 nett.

The small teams event went to Keating, Irene Davey (Seymour) and Liz Amos (Marysville). Vets went to Buntine — once again on a countback from Sidebottom. Freda Edwards (Euroa) won nearest the pin on the fifth and Dawne Cann (Alexandra) was closest on the 18th. Player of the Year points were as follows: Keating 5, Morris 4, Buntine 3, Davey 2 and Anderson 1.

Many compliments were received about the course and thanks to everyone who contributed to make the day a success. Also thanks to the ladies for providing a wonderful spread for lunch.

There are a few tournaments/bowls coming up so don’t forget to check the book — we need to support district clubs in return for them supporting our tournaments.

Last Tuesday was a stableford round and Sidebottom had her best round for the year scoring 38 points. Tim Batten was next in line with 37 points. No-one claimed nearest the pin.

Saturday was the first round of the Club Championships and it was also the August Monthly Medal — it was a perfect day and some great golf was played.

David Grecian played a terrific round scoring 71 nett and collecting the Medal, three shots clear of Heath Wyllie and Lance Carracher. Grecian and Wyllie were ball winners and Bill Eddy finally broke the ice to win a nearest the pin on the 18th — however the birdie ball stayed with the club.

For the ladies, Lyn Carracher continued her good form from last week also scoring 71 nett to pick up the Medal. She also won nearest the pin on the fifth and collected another ball in the ball comp along with Pam Pedder who had 77 nett.

This Saturday in the second round of the championships — course is great so come along and enjoy it.

In the meantime — good golfing to everyone.

NAGAMBIE MEN

Nagambie golf course presented beautifully on the weekend with a great cover of grass on the fairways and a hint of spring in the air. A monthly medal up for grabs on the day went to Bob Norris firing a respectable nett 70 — well done; runner-up was Harold Rayner one shot further back with a nett 71, closely followed by Dean Brown and Alan Labas both on nett 73.

Only two of four nearest the pin prizes went off on the day, one being Mark Boyer on the 13th and the day’s winner Norris on the 16th. This week will be a par event with David Love on office duty and Phil Neville in the bar.

NAGAMBIE LADIES

Wednesday saw 11 ladies playing in the first round of the Vi Nolan 4BBB par event in great conditions. Leading the field are Annette Mills and Jenny Jeong with +3. Balls for the day went to Mills and Jeong along with Jan McKay and Maureen King on +1. Many thanks to dad’s army for the condition of the course. Only one nearest the pin was recorded by Sally Bazeley on the 16th. Today will be the final round of this popular event.

The ladies Bendigo Bank Open 4BBB stableford tournament is on August 28. Entries are being taken by Annette on 0438942377 or Ronda on 57942382.

Thursday saw a great field of 26 players hit off for the chicken run playing a par round. The winner was visitor John Hurley with +2. Nearest the pin on the 13th was Allan White. Tomorrow will be a stroke round on the front nine.

The new ninth green is taking shape with sand arriving last week.

We are starting a new competition starting from this Saturday. This will be a unisex game with ladies and men competing against each other for prizes and all players will be handicapped. Everyone, friends and visitors are welcome to play. Phone Ronda on 57942382 for further details.

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