Golfing seniors shine

May 19, 2017

Cobram Barooga Gold Club professional Justin Spierani, senior open winner Gordon Claney and club captain Wayne Gould.

The 54-hole Cobram Barooga Senior Open Tournament this year saw a record number of 265 golfers, with 71 clubs represented.

This tournament is part of a series of 37 events under the banner of Golf Victoria.

The overall 54-hole winners were:

Scratch stroke division was the defending champion, Gordon Claney (Kingston Heath), who led from wire to wire with scores of 74, 70 and 71 for a total of 215.

The runner-up was Ian Frost (Heathcote), with a total of 226.

The nett stroke winner was a former Cobram Barooga member Graeme Brierley (Clifton Springs) off a handicap of 11, with nett scores of 71, 69 and 71, giving a total of 211.

The runner-up was Paul Fink (RACV, 12), with a total of 221.

The women’s stableford saw local member Heather Aston win with scores of 36, 33 and 34 for a total of 102 points. The runner-up was Sharon Arnol (Gisborne) with 101 points.

The men’s stableford winner was Buster Krause (Coomealla) with 36, 33 and 34 for a total of 103 points. The runner-up was Graeme Fisher (Clifton Springs) with a total of 101 on countback.

The teams event, played for the John McAllister Memorial Trophy, was won by a team of locals: Michael Mitchelson, John Spencer and Paul Wisniewski.

Many other local players, men and women, were well represented in the daily and overall results.

Players were impressed by the presentation of both the Old and West courses, which is a credit to golf course superintendent Matt McLeod and his grounds staff.

The tournament was a great success, due in part to the tireless effort of club professional Justin Speirani, together with his staff and the many volunteers who gave up their time to assist, as well as club captain Wayne Gould and golf committee members.

Next year’s tournament will be held in the week leading up to Mother’s Day, from Monday, May 7 to Thursday, May 10.

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