January 06, 2017


GOLFERS were hoping to win their way into the new year but most would have been disappointed after the stableford event on Saturday.

Rhonda Cox was the standout player of a good field, scoring 42 points to win the women’s A grade trophy as well as the Magic Goblet.

Runner-up was Alison Ballantyne on 41 points while Annette Pell was third with 37 points.

Bev Wickham won B grade with 38 points after a countback from Noalene Key.

Lynne McLean was third with 32 points.

Tom Haigh won the men’s A grade with 38 points after a countback from Harry Wayland while Jarred Baker was third with 37 points.

Vaughan Moss won B grade with 37 points while John Bauerle was runnerup from Mick Sullivan on 35 points.

In form Kevin Jewell easily won C grade and the Privilege cup with 40 points.

Brian Clements was runner-up on 37 points after a countback from Kjell Johnsen.

Ball winners were Sandie Scapin, Denise Hee, Faye Glover, Kathy Bell, John Ellis, Col Brisbane, Jamie Baker, Andrew Phillips, Doug Cox, John Thompson, Allan Richardson, Mal Baker, Graeme Gordon and Phil Currey.

Alison Ballantyne collected the major prize on number one as well as nearest the pin on the 9th.

Steve Marsh was nearest on the 14th while Jamie Baker on the 18th. The encouragement awards went to Lyn Fraser and Bruce Cooper.

Another game was squeezed in on Tuesday with Di Day winning the women’s stableford event with 37 points after a countback from Kathy Bell.

Doug Cox won the men’s A grade with 38 points while Vin Sleeth was runner-up on 36 points after a countback.

Mal Baker won B grade with 38 points with Les Mitchell runnerup on 35 points.

Nearest the pins went to Mick Crombie 1st, Les Mitchell 18th and Lynne McLean 9th.

Ball winners were Peter Barrette, Harry Wayland, Geoff Coad, Lynne McLean and Marg Tucker.

Vaughan Moss and Daphne Jewell won the encouragement awards.

Wednesday was a stroke event for the men. Jarred Baker won A grade with a net 52. Runner-up was Doug Cox on a net 53 with Wayne Ferguson on a net 54 for third.

Roger Gillon won B grade with a net 49 after a countback from Paul Kuiper. Third went to Richard Stockdale on a net 52.

Vin Hourigan won C grade with a net 52 after a countback from Graeme Gordon. Steve Nankivell was third with a net 53.

Nearest the pins were Tom Haigh 1st, Jim Miller 9th, Bruce Cooper 15th and Wayne Ferguson 18th.

Laurie Coble won the encouragement award.

Ball winners were John McInnes, John MacFadyen, Fred Roberts, Barry Nankivell, Harry Wayland, Les Jones, Charlie Anderson and David Kuiper.

Bingo is back on tomorrow night eyes down at 7.45pm.

“Happy and a safe New Year” and good golfing in 2017.

Coming events: Saturday mens and ladies stroke 9.30am-10am. Shotgun. Medal round three. Duty: D. Kuiper. Bar: V. Sleeth.

Tuesday: Ladies stableford. 8.30am-9am. Shotgun. Duty: K. Fanning, V. Mulholland, F. Glover, B. Baker, C. Mackenzie.

Wednesday, January 11. Men’s stroke. Duty: P. Barrette. Bar:A. Richardson.


IT WAS a relatively quiet day on the course at Merrigum on Christmas Eve with the heat and some last minute shopping taking their toll on the size of the field.

Judging by some of the scores there would have been a few players hoping for a new swing or at the least a consistent one to be in Santa’s deliveries during the night.

Only time will tell whether that happened or not.

Andrew Wood doesn’t have to change too much about his game after compiling 38 points to win Saturday’s stableford competition.

He has had a pretty good month after some leaner times prior to that and is once again nudging that magical single figure handicap mark.

Joining him as a winner in the ball competition was Bill Bray who was close behind with 37 points.

The highlight of the day came from Bill Johnson who holed his tee shot on the 186m par three fourteenth.

It was a highlight that came with very little fanfare however; normally everyone on the course knows that a hole-in-one has been scored but it was only after a quiet ale in the clubhouse that the achievement became common knowledge.

He will receive the Bennett’s Intersports sponsored Eagle’s nest which has accumulated quite a few balls since the last eagle at Merrigum.

Perhaps taking a little gloss off the achievement was the fact he would have scored five points on the fourteenth but only managed 22 for the other seventeen holes, and average of a little over one a hole.

Other nearest the pins were won by Wayne Thorson on the ninth and Phil Savage on the jackpot twelfth.

Our Christmas Elf was nowhere to be seen this week and must have chosen to bask in the glory of her closing hole last week.

After a great drive and an excellent second shot to the eighteenth she wandered up to the green with club in hand admiring the shot.

Unfortunately the required club, a putter, was still in her bag which was parked down the fairway from where she had played her second shot. It was a rather sheepish Elf that had to go back and retrieve her clubs.

Last Thursday’s twilight competition was won by Cory Berghofer with a round of 43-6-37 over the long course.

Andrew Wood was the runner-up with 43-3.5-39.5 while Bill Bray picked up a ball in the ball competition with 40 on a countback from Phil Savage and Craig Doherty.

Woody won least putts with fourteen on a countback from Handbrake Phil and Ant Newham picked up a handy jackpot for nearest the pin on the ninth.

The two point cut was 42 nett.

This Saturday’s event is stroke for the Privilege Cup, the nearest second shot on the eleventh sponsored by the Victoria Hotel of Tatura and least putts sponsored by Simon and Elfie Doherty.

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A SUPERB afternoon round of 40 stableford points saw Miles Gould edge out early riser Kevin Bauerle in a count back for Saturday’s A grade honours.

Playing off a handicap of six, Miles compiled his score with a near flawless round of 74 off the stick in glorious summer conditions.

In B grade Geoff Strachan who has the best short game of any 28 handicapper I have seen put together an excellent round of 38 points and had three shots to spare from Tiger Livingston with 35 points.

Tiger edged out Graeme Harrison for runner up in a count back but some consolation for Harro as he picked up the ball for best dressed player.

In the ladies event Jan McHale was a one shot winner with 34 points from Marlene Topp who took out the runner’s up trophy with 33 points from Helen Emery in another count back.

Miles rounded off a good day claiming the A grade NTP ball while the B grade and Ladies’ NTP balls remained with the club.

The voucher on the 15th was won by the artist formerly known as Pooch and now performing as The Curmudgeon, John McHale, and he also won a ball with 37 points as did Bud Thorsen with the same score.

Other ball winners on the day were Lawrie Casey with 36 points, David Collins (35) and Harro with 35 points also.

Peter Nelson nudged out Dean Hubble for the NAGA and while Penguin is more familiar with this particular honour it was a rare experience for Dean who is much more accustomed to collecting Monthly Medals and he became the latest in a long line of VV golfers to find out the hard way that Melaleuca trees do not readily yield up self propelled golf clubs!

On Tuesday The Curmudgeon was a narrow winner with 37 points from Gary Cleary with 36 points.

Gary beat Craig Larcombe in a count back for runner up after a 21 point back nine as he made the inward journey in just 37 shots.

Coming events

Saturday: (Assembly 8am and 11.30am) Stroke and medal. Duty: D Kajewski and J Burrows

January 14:

Stableford / Rd 2 Summer Cup. Duty: P Downe and G Armstrong

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