Championships: The first two days of the championships have seen great numbers supporting the club with 24 playing Monday and 23 on Wednesday in superb weather conditions.
The frosty starts soon disappeared with the sun having us searching for the SF30 in our bags. The rain has come just when needed and hopefully for the remaining two days of play, we are again treated to the nice warm days that have blessed us.
Leaders after two rounds:
A Grade: Denise Haesler and Marie Cornish are joint leaders closely followed by last year’s champion Min Burge.
B Grade: Janelle Frappell with Gai Drew three strokes behind.
C Grade: Sue Martin with Eve Kiss close by.
The handicap section sees Marie, Ruth Lay and Sue leading the way but many players are hot on their heels.
Marie won both stroke and handicap for the day’s event in Division 1 (1 to 30 handicap) with Gai Drew, stroke and Lois Lang, handicap in Division 2 (31 to 45).
Raffle kindly donated by Carmel Cohen was won by Gai.
Min took out Division 1 stroke and handicap with a fine 88 and nett 70, and the Mabel McKenzie Prize.
Kathy Martin was the Division 2 Mabel McKenzie winner with a nice 77.
Sue and Ruth both had a great 74 for Division 3 with Sue taking the honours on a countback.
Nearest the pins: Janelle and Lois
Raffle kindly donated by Jean Frappell was won by Marie.
Today is day three of the championships and as many die-hard golfers will tell you, it is usually the defining day of any four-day tournament, so watch out as I am sure there will be many late charges (as everyone is now warmed up to the idea of playing two or three games a week) and hopefully no one will fall by the wayside.
Starters are: Kathy and Marg MacArthur. We also have a committee meeting scheduled for this afternoon following the day’s play.
Wednesday will see the final round of the championships with hopefully only one or two shots separating all grade leaders, plus we also have the Stanford Cup being played in conjunction with the day’s event.
Starters are: Min and Lorraine K
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Western District golf results
As mentioned last week we had nine players attend the three-day event in Orange and they tell me no-one did any good at golf, but won the best award of the tournament - the “Happy Feet” Award. This was presented to them by the bar staff at the presentation dinner for their dancing feats.
I was told “we played pretty awful” golf but we certainly entertained them”, the dancing record certainly goes without saying as we seem to be the first on the floor and the last to leave every year.
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Thank you to Denise, Sue and the other ladies who were volunteering to make 20 or so Dubbo ladies on Thursday feel at home on our course by either playing golf with them or assisting to serve a scrumptious luncheon, but their services weren’t required due to the beautiful rain.
Thanks also to Allan for drawing up the board for our championships so everyone can see what’s happening, and Denise who does a very nice and decorative cardboard keepsake. These are only little things but are very much appreciated by everyone.
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Tournament coming up
Put “Trangie Open” on your calendar - Tuesday June 19 as they are celebrating 100 years of golf and it would be nice if a few of us could join them for their special day.
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What great work is being achieved by Doug and his team of workers around the trees, fences etc - well done guys. The members and any social or visiting golfers are very grateful for all your efforts. Your work has left Damien and Mitchell time to concentrate on other major course work.
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Men’s Foursomes Championships
Congratulations to Ben and Gary (the old heads) who had to outlast an extra six hole play-off from the “young guns” Mitch and Kurt.
At one stage it was thought they might need car lights if they were to go many more holes.
Well done to all who competed both days and of course to Allan who not only mans the bar and enters the names on the board, but also makes sure you don’t go hungry before you play or halfway round.
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This week’s well wishes
Bev - hope you will be back with us soon after your enforced rest, we know you are missing your gardening and weekly golf outing, along with the associated chit chats.
Marilyn - it was nice to see you joining us for lunch on Wednesday. We hope this can become a regular outing for you, as you are dearly missed and no doubt it is something you also look forward to. All the best for the weeks ahead.
Our thoughts are also with Maurie during his stint in hospital - Ruth has been keeping us up to date with how things are going.
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Well ladies, hope you have rested up during the weekend ready for days three and four and don’t forget that “plate of goodies” as part of the final day’s celebrations. Damien, Mitch and Allan - don’t pack lunch Wednesday as there will be plenty for you from our Kitchen Rules -Majestic Chefs.
Remember, no pressure, enjoy the company of friends and playing partners, play to the best of your ability (count to 10 if this is not happening) and more importantly enjoy the opportunity to be able to participate in this great relaxing, but sometimes taxing recreational activity on one of Wellington’s truly wonderful sporting attractions.