After four magnificent days of weather and 20 players from 24 contesting the final two days, the 2012 Golf Championships have come and gone for another year with Denise Haesler reigning supreme as our champion.
Day 4 last Wednesday commenced with Denise and Marie Cornish equal in A grade, Janelle Frappell three shots ahead of Gai Drew in B grade and Sue Martin four shots over Eve Kiss in C grade.
Denise and Marie were head to head for the first eight holes but a tremendous birdie on the ninth by Denise was just what she needed to lift her game to the next level where champions reign, leaving Marie to rue many lip putts plus a great birdie on the 18th to finish eight shots clear.
Janelle also had Gai’s measure winning by eight shots to take out B grade with Sue breaking clear of Eve by five shots for the C grade title.
The handicap division results were:
A grade Marie on a countback from Min, B grade Janelle from Gai on countback and C Grade Lois Lang.
Top three gross results:
A Grade: Denise 354, Marie 362 and Min 370
B Grade: Janelle 426, Gai 434 and Pauline Potts 442
C Grade: Sue 462, Eve 467 and Jean Frappell 474
Top three handicap results:
A Grade: Marie and Min 298, Denise 306
B Grade: Janelle and Gai 318, Heather Pieper 320
C Grade: Lois 307, Sue 314
Championship’s encouragement awards:
A Grade: Alison Irwin
B Garde: Heather Pieper
C Grade: Margie Grimmond
In conjunction with the championships a “day’s event” was also held each day.
Results from Day 3 (May 28)
Division 1: Marie nett 73 on countback from Min
Division 2: Margaret MacArthur 78 from Jean Frappell 80
Nearest the pins: Alison and Lois
Raffle by the “mystery purple donor” was won by Janelle.
Results Day 4
Division 1: Denise 74, Min 75
Division 2: Heather 75, Lois 76
Nearest the pins: Denise and Lois
Raffle kindly donated by Marg Hollow was won by Lois.
Some light-hearted things happened during the four rounds that added to the atmosphere:
1. Beware of a malfunctioning calculator - remember it is the operator Denise, helps to actually put figures in to get an answer - maybe fingers and toes next time.
2. Beware if you draw Margie G and Sylvia. On Monday they decided Eve must have withdrawn by the time they got to the 18th, as after putting they walked off the green. Meanwhile Eve was left stranded holding the pin waiting to finish her putt.
3. Cheryl was reminded for the last three days and no doubt will for many more rounds to come where her ball was on the sixth every time she walked past the tree where it suddenly found itself embedded on Day 1.
Championships cannot happen without the support of many people, namely:
1. The players - thank you to everyone that competed and those that had to unfortunately withdraw during the event, without you there wouldn’t be championships.
2. Award donors - Lorraine Forrest, Jean Frap, Marilyn Watts, Gale Noakes and Marie.
3. Alan and Marie for attending to our every need in the club house.
4. Damien and Mitchell for having the course looking a picture.
Biggest Morning (Luncheon/Afternoon Tea)
As part of our presentation luncheon on Wednesday we decided to make a donation to Maranatha’s Biggest Morning Tea collection with $72 raised from donations for our beaut soups (thanks Denise) and array of various cakes/slices/desserts - thanks to all who supplied.
It was eagerly awaited and thoroughly enjoyed as our way of supporting this great cause this year.
This Wednesday will see an 18-hole stroke event in combination with June’s Monthly Medal, Putting and Haines-Fuller, plus you can have a little longer snoozing now winter is officially here as golf begins at 10am with names in by 9.30am. Card duty and starters are Lorraine F and Marg H
With the new stove installed on Wednesday - Alan will no doubt be searching his vast array of cookbooks to give it a good test out. Many thanks to Andy and Ryan for what wasn’t the easiest of jobs installing it.
Damien is organising a 3-person ambrose greenkeeper’s challenge for all keen golfers (handicap and non handicap) to assist with the club’s machinery fund and to show off our course to the many visiting golfers.
Cost is $30 per person and the date is Saturday July 28. So circle the date on your calender and start organising your partners.
Our thoughts are with Ruth and her family on the loss of Maurie. His wonderful nature and association with the golf club will be missed.
He has been unwell for awhile but still managed to pay a visit, have a cold ale or just sit and chat.
The honour that was bestowed upon him on Presentation Night showed how highly-regarded and respected he was within the club and we know he was extremely chuffed and humbled by it.