We just can’t shake the cold weather at the moment although some days have the promise of spring in them.
The golfers were out on the course this week no matter what the weather brought though, starting with the competitions on Wednesday.
In the women’s stableford round Ricky Rickman cleaned up all the prizes on offer.
Rickman had the best score of the day with 35 points, which gave her the only ball on offer in the pool and she also won the extra competition of the best nine holes with 15 points.
In the mens competition John Porter (15) had a great round to win with this score of 39 points.
The nearest the pins went to Porter on the sixth and Euroa visitor Mark Corradin on the 12th and 17th.
A score of 34 points was needed for a ball.
The mixed nine-hole event had a larger field than normal and it was great to see some golfers that have been absent for a while back out on the course.
Ann Wilson (28) was the clear winner with a terrific 20 points.
The next best score went to Phil Block and Stubby Byrne who both had 15 points.
John Jennings and Melva Gardner were also in the ball pool.
On Saturday the club hosted the Relay for Life golf day which was a four-person ambrose competition.
It was a great day with golfers getting into the theme by dressing in pink and making sure the golf was played in good spirits.
The best scratch score of the day went to the team of Jane Fletcher, Peter Nelson, Ian Richardson and Mick Prorok who must have combined their significant skills well to score 57.
The mixed handicap winners were Dale Stuart, Lorie Stuart, Di Stammers and Jeff Smith with a net score of 62.125.
The runners-up were the team of Shirley Wright, Gary Wright, Pam Jarvis and Phil Jarvis with a net score of 63.875.
There wasn’t much separating first and second in the mens competition, however the team of Bill Keating, Rodger Edwards, Bill Brock and Kevin Milner came out on top with their low net score of 57.875.
The runners-up were Greg Pell, Dan O’Sullivan, Dave Pearce and Matt Collard with net 58-125.
The nearest the pins on the fourth and 12th, which were an open competition, went to Mark Fountain and Pearce respectively.
The sixth hole went to Pearce for the men and the women’s was not claimed.
The 17th hole men’s winner was Phil Morrow and the women’s went to Shirley Wright.
It was another successful day and thanks go to those who put in a lot of effort in preparation before the event and on the day to ensure it was a great day for the golfers and to also raise money for the fight against cancer.
Next Friday the social six holes is stroke over holes 1-6.
On Saturday it is the monthly medal for the men and the women.
The day will be a combined men’s and women’s event so that golfers will be teeing off in mixed groups.
It was another great week at Avenel Golf Club when 42 ladies from district clubs attended our ladies tournament last Thursday.
Conditions were ideal and the course was in pretty good condition considering the weather leading up to the tournament and the gang mower deciding not to work properly.
However, there were few, if any complaints.
We persevered with stroke for A-grade and stableford for B-grade and C-grade. It seemed to work okay, however, we’re fully intending on having our short course up and running for next year’s tournament so it will be stroke for everyone.
While some players found the going a bit tough, others such as Wendy Gosden from Romsey, found it a breeze.
Playing in C-grade, Gosden had the best score of the day with 38 points to claim the winners prize, four points ahead of runner-up Yvonne Jordan from Broadford.
There was a three-way countback to decide the winner of B-grade and our own Dee Wright was victorious with 33 points.
Runner-up by virtue of a further countback was Louise Ball from Gisborne, who prevailed over fellow Gisborne-Avenel player Lyn Wells.
Wells didn’t go home empty handed though, receiving a consolation prize in the form of a voucher from Drummond Golf, Shepparton.
There was a tense wait to decide the winner of A-grade, with Gail Leigh (Marysville) and Dale Stuart (Seymour) already in the clubhouse with 87, which would have meant a playoff.
There were still a few out on course but as each one came in, it looked like the playoff was definitely on the cards.
Cheryle Anderson from Kilmore seemed to be the only one still with a chance and she flew the flag, carding a creditable 86.
The A-grade handicap winner was former member Kerry Peterson from Gisborne with 74 nett.
The Gisborne combination of Peterson, Ball and Wells won the small team’s event while Gosden’s great score saw her win the veterans trophy as well.
It seemed to be a bit of a Gisborne day, with Ball and Peterson claiming nearest the pin prizes on the fifth and 14th respectively, while Sue McCall from Seymour won the 18th.
As no-one was on the card for the eighth, we had a lucky loser draw which was won by Vicky Butler from Yea.
Once again a huge thankyou to our sponsors: JCS Electrical Solutions Avenel, Swettenham Stud Nagambie, Aequum Accountants Tallarook, TBA Law Nagambie, Goulburn Physiotherapy Seymour, Avenel Pharmacy and Drummond Golf Shepparton.
Everyone loved the trophies we were able to provide thanks to your generous support.
Thanks to our members for their various contributions to ensure the tournament was a success.
The men did a great job on the course in challenging conditions and as always, the ladies provided delicious salads, cakes and slices for lunch.
Finally, thanks to Lyn and her team for making sure everything ran smoothly ensuring a successful day.
In other news, last Saturday was the third round of the club championships and it was also the last monthly medal.
The course was playing long following more rain on Thursday and Friday, and was reflected in some of the scores.
Lance Carracher won the day’s handicap event and the monthly medal with 73 nett.
Runner-up was Graeme Toy with 74 nett and both players were ball winners.
There were no takers for the nearest the pin or birdie balls.
Carracher has a comfortable lead in the championships but it’s a very close tussle for the captain’s trophy, which is based on handicap, and Greame Toy is currently one shot ahead of Dale Smith and Matt Eddy.
The ladies also played the third round of the championships and Yvonne Sloper won the handicap with a great 72 nett and she also won the last monthly medal.
Ball winners were Sloper and Lyn Carracher.
Carracher also has a comfortable lead in the championships, while Dee Wright is currently leading B-grade by one shot from Marlene Hull.
As with the men, there’s a close battle for the captain’s trophy, which Wright is also leading by one from Sloper.
Last Tuesday was a stableford round which Dee Wright won with 31 points.
Wright and Anne Burns were ball winners but no one claimed the nearest the pin ball.
This Saturday is the final round of the club championships and also the play-off for the gold medal or medal of medallists round.
Qualifiers for the men are Graeme Toy, Tim Batten, Jared Smith, David Grecian and Lance Carracher.
For the ladies, it’s Lauris Truscott, Robin Lied, Lyn Carracher and Yvonne Sloper.
Hopefully our new medals will have arrived in time to be presented.
Members are reminded to return Fathers Day raffle books, money and your contribution to the raffle to Marlene as soon as possible as it’s drawn this Saturday.
Also, a reminder that Saturday is also our Cancer Council fundraiser day sponsored by Noel and Marlene Hull. Entry is $10, of which $5 goes to the Cancer Council.
We will also have a raffle with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council.
Members are asked to bring a small plate of goodies to share for afternoon tea.
Tuesday’s golf will be a stableford round.
Tournament season is now back in full swing, so don’t forget to check the notice board to see what’s coming up.
In the meantime, good golfing to everyone.
Nine players were out for a stroke round last Wednesday and counting putts.
The winner was Maureen King with a nett 76 from Jenny Jeong with a nett 77.
The 18-hole balls were won by King and Jeong.
The winner of the nine-hole competition was Jeong with a nett 35 and the nine-hole balls were won by Jeong and Annette Mills.
The nearest the pin on the eighth went begging and on the 13th was Helen Gilbert.
Today will be a stableford round and next Wednesday will be a stroke round and the monthly medal.
The chicken run on Thursday was won by Tim Baldwin with 42 gross (5.5) 36.5 nett.
Nearest the pin on the eighth was also won by Baldwin.
Tomorrow will be a stableford round on the back nine.
We are hosting a charity day to Fight MND on September 17.
The competition is a four-person ambrose and everyone is invited to participate.
The cost is $20 per person and includes lunch. Book with Barry on 0418577900 or Jo on 0412050805.
We are also planning on have a series of clinics for beginners and novice golfers with Golf Victoria, hopefully starting during October and going for six weeks.
Contact Helen Gilbert on 0413480638 if you are interested in participating or have any questions.
The Goulburn Cup sponsored by Scandia provided plenty of drama with a field of 28 pairs of men and women golfers taking to the course in what can only be described as arctic, blizzard-like conditions with the occasional glimmer of sunshine.
It was a thrilling finish to the women’s event with four pairs all carding 40 stableford points.
After an exhaustive count back the winners were Maureen King and Jane Bow, ahead of visiting pair Jennifer Cannon and Gwen Price.
The women’s nearest the pins went Jenny Cannon, firing one into the 13th, and Tanya Nightingale gracefully flying one onto the 16th.
The mens side of the draw produced some exceptional golf considering the day’s weather.
The winning score of +7 for a four-ball best-ball would hold up in good conditions.
The winning pair was Daniel Allen and Jeremy Ezard with handicaps complementing each other and they combined masterfully to share the scoring load in the challenging conditions.
The runner-up went to once a bridesmaid always a bridesmaid Shane McCormick and Gary Bow, now a five-time runner up at a Nagambie Golf Club’s major four-ball best-ball event.
The nearest the pins went to Kevin Gibbons on the third, Jeremy Ezard on the eighth and 16th and the pin-seeker himself Bill Leviston on the 13th.
The Nagambie Golf Club would like to thank sponsor Scandia Stoves, and visiting golfers from Avenel, Kilmore, Mooroopna, Broadford, Wodonga, Myrtleford, Wallan and Kialla, as well as all volunteers that helped with catering and course preparation.
Next week’s event is a stroke monthly medal with G. Whiteman on office duty and J. Mills in the bar.