The final round of the D & J Rural Mixed Foursomes Championships was the high point of a double header last weekend at Wellington. Played on Sunday it followed a hotly contested Monthly Medal event on Saturday which attracted the largest field since the beginning of winter.
Fifty-seven starters lined up for the August Monthly Medal and round 9 of the F & J Gersbach trophy. There was one visitor, A Johnson who fared well in the list of winners. Malcolm Payne’s nett 71 won the medal for A grade in the Wellington Soldiers’ Memorial Club sponsored event. James Armstrong had an impressive 68 to win it for B grade. Runners up were Kevin Reid for A grade and Kevin Whale for B grade both with 71.
Ron Stubberfield Toyota Terrific Tee Shot Winners were Norm Royal, A Johnson, Luke Brydon and Malcolm Payne. Rod Pedron won the McCarthy-Staggs Tiling nearest the pin in two shots on the second hole. Paul West and A Johnson won the McDonald’s Biggest Whack for A and B grades respectively.
Mitchell Spradbrow won the Brydon Encouragement Award with 92.
In the D & J Rural Mixed Foursomes played on Sunday both the A and B grade leaders from round one continued their charge. A grade scratch winners were Kevin Athanasiou and Belinda New with an impressive score of 165 yet only one better than runners up Ben McCarthy and Min Burge 166. In B grade Geoff Walker and Heather Pieper also continued to hold their lead winning with a scratch score of 190. Neil Hollow and Pauline Potts 192 gave them runner up status for B grade.
Both winning pairs also took the A grade and B grade handicap trophies respectively. The Barmen’s trophy continues with round three to be played tomorrow. With $250 worth of trophies up for grabs it is not too late to be part of the action. This event is played over five rounds with the best four rounds to decide the winners. After two rounds the highest scorers to date are Mitchell Cusack 142, Ray Fabar 131, Gary Cusack 130, Ben McCarthy 130, Tony Cowan 129 then there are four on 128, Rod Pedron, Kurt Cusack, Paul West and David Naveau. Tomorrow’s club competition is an individual stableford sponsored by Nott’s Rural and Domestic Supplies. Tomorrow the quarter final of the Kiss Trophy is also scheduled with the draw being Paul Hannelly v David Naveau, Col Arnold v Bill Bright, Peter Bryant v Kurt Cusack and Kevin Athanasiou v Mitchell Cusack.
The most recent Wellington representatives to get through to the state finals were Bernard Smith and Norm Royal. Players in the qualifying round this year are Chris Veech and John Southwell (tee off at 11.00am), Luke Brydon and Ben McCarthy (tee off at 11.08am) and Geoff Walker and Lance Noakes (tee off at 11.30am).