A round up of events from Seymour, Avenel and Nagambie.August 7, 2014 3:01am
Seymour golfers Paula Britton and Liz Gee with their medals for getting the best 18-hole handicap score at the Marion Dwyer foursomes at Yarrawonga.
Due to heavy conditions the bottom nine holes of the golf course remain closed, so competition on Saturday consisted of playing the top nine twice. Both men and ladies played stroke rounds for their Monthly Medals.
The ladies winner with 109-30-79 was Di Stammers and the men’s A-grade and Monthly Medal winner was Greg Pell with 80-5-75 on a countback from John Boruch.
The men’s B-grade winner was Archie Currie 94-16-78. Nearest the pin for the ladies (second shot on the fourth hole) was Sue McCall and the men’s nearest the pins on the sixth were won by Peter Sawyer playing the first nine, and Mark Fountain during the second nine. The ladies needed nett 81 to win a ball, and in the men’s competition the ball pool went to those with nett 80 or better.
From Monday to Wednesday 12 ladies went to the Victorian Country Championships at Yarrawonga.
On Monday the Marion Dwyer foursomes was played over 36 holes. Liz Gee and Paula Britton won the best 18 holes handicap score for the morning round with nett 78. Tania Zentveld won the nearest-the-pin competition.
Tuesday and Wednesday saw the women playing stroke rounds on both the Lake Course and the Murray Course for the Victorian Country Championship and the Glenelg Cup. Sharon Cresswell finished in sixth place overall in the Glenelg Cup with a nett total of 161.
Despite having to cancel the mixed event on Saturday, the Annual Tournament was a great success. The Pioneer Park 4BBB par event on Friday saw a modest field take to the fairways.
Two pairs managed +7 on the day, which meant a countback for the Pioneer Park Shield. An excited ladies pairing of Anne Burns and Michelle Thomson emerged as winners over fellow Avenel golfers David Grecian and Heath Wyllie, who won the men’s title.
Only two nearest-the-pins were claimed — Lyn Carracher won the fifth and Lance Carracher won the 18th.
On Saturday a small field played in a unisex event. Graeme (Toyboy) Toy was again victorious with 33 points, one ahead of Doug Heffey on 32 points. Nearest the pin went to Levenia Redfern.
The Men’s 18-Hole Championship was contested on Sunday. A sausage sizzle was provided for players on arrival at the course — special thanks to Caryl Wyllie for slaving over the barbecue.
For the second year running Danny Bellchambers from Lancefield won the championship with 76 off the stick, three ahead of Justin Ryan from Quarry Hill. However, Ryan’s nett score was good enough to win the A-grade handicap event. B-grade was won by the ‘‘Pocket Rocket’’ from Strathbogie; Ryley McDonald shot 90 off the stick — five shots ahead of his nearest rival — and showed a clean pair of heals to his father David.
Matt Eddy blitzed the field with 66 nett to clinch the B-grade handicap trophy. The nine-holes-out trophy was won by Bern Stevens with 37 nett while Tim Batten won the nine holes in with 34.5 nett.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Dave Fullager on the fifth, Stevens on the eighth, Batten on the 14th and Ryan on the 18th.
Heath Wyllie, who owns the Baker’s Delight store in Seymour, provided two magnificent prizes for drive and pitch on the seventh and 12th holes and the lucky winners were Matt Mills on the seventh and Mark Corradin on the 12th.
Finally, special thanks to everyone who contributed to make the tournament a success.
Twenty-one players competed in a stroke event on Sunday. Winner for the day with a solid score of 73-4-69 was Jeremy Ezard. Runner-up on a countback went to Mark Waldon with 84-10-74 over third place Michael Sloan 79-5-74. Next best again on a count back was Gary Bow 93-18-75 over Peter Lawrence 98-3-75. Two nearest-the-pins were awarded, Waldon on the eighth and Dean Brown on 16.
Congratulations to Bow and Waldon who won a tight match in the four-ball match-play against Sloan and Tim Baldwin and will now play Ezard and Shaun Bryant for the title.
Commiserations must go to Neil Muir after scoring great back-to-back pars on 12 and 13, but managed to follow it up with a two in the drink and a three-putt 13 on the 14th hole. (We reckon he might be more upset reading about the Avenel premiership reunion on the next page — Editor).
This week is a stableford event and it’s also the fifth round for the social club trophy, with Shaun Bryant in the bar and Bob Norris in the office.
Wednesday saw just six ladies playing stroke and the final of the silver spoon. The winner of the silver spoon was Mozzy Fowler with 106-17-89 nett. The day’s event winner was Maureen King with 116-33-83 nett with Annette Mills winning the extra nine-hole event with 56-13-43 nett. Ball winners were: 18 holes, King and Mills (88 nett); nine holes, Mills and King (43.5 nett). Only one nearest-the-pin was recorded by Ronda Richards on the third.
Today and Saturday are both stableford with August 13 and August 20 the Vi Nolan 4BBB par days. The ladies Bendigo Bank Open 4BBB stableford tournament is on August 28. Entries are being taken by Annette on 0438
Thursday saw 17 players hit off for the chicken run playing a stroke round. The winner was Jeff Mills with 46-9-37 nett. Nearest the pin on the 16th went to Darrel Baldwin. Tomorrow will be a stableford round on the front nine.
Many thanks to John Milne and Alan Lodding (and our own members) for constructing the verandah along the ladies kitchen area.
Today at 8.30pm on SBS television the Insight program casts its eye on Shepparton and asks the question: How do you beat the odds in a place where too many kids drop out of school, and not enough of them find jobs?
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