The men’s veterans played stableford on the old course on Tuesday, with 54 players competing.
Jimmy Ryan took out A-grade with 37 points. Runner-up was Frank Messner with 36 points. Bulldog Ernie won B-grade with 37 points, proving you are never too old. Steve Hind with 36 points was runner-up.
Freddy Barton won both nearest the pins on the eighth and 12th holes, with Lyle Herrick winning the 17th. No trifecta, Freddy.
Ernie Joyce took out the four points, Jimmy Ryan three points, Steve Hind two points and Frank Messner the last point. Balls down the line went to 32 points.
Wednesday’s super vets played a stroke event on the old course.
Winner was Jim Horne with 37 nett on a countback to Peter Spalding. Balls went to 39, Peter Spalding, Allan Haddrell and Bruce McKenzie. Giuliana’s prize went to Peter Mansell.
Next week is to played on the back nine of the west course at 8.30am.
The west course was the venue for the women’s stableford on Wednesday.
With 38 points, Bev Willis won the A-grade, while Denise Harrison had 32 points to win B-grade.
Nearest the pins were won by Bev Willis on the fifth hole, Janice Pendlebury on the 13th and Sue Herbison with her second shot to the eighth green.
Balls down the line: three to 34 points, two to 31 points and one to 30 points.
Thursday, March 1, saw the men and women play a stableford round on the old course.
It was another day of perfect golfing conditions enjoyed by 77 men and five women. Gary Hunt with a four handicap starred with 43 points, winning A-grade. John Scandrett also enjoyed a good round with 41 points to win B-grade.
The straight shooters for nearest the pin were Mal McKenna, Mark Jaensch, Allan Haddrell and Andy Wallace.
Balls down the line: four to 38, three to 37, two to 36 and one to 35 points.
The women’s winner was Edna Wisneiwski with 31 points on a countback. Christina Hrrrrdina won nearest the pin on the eighth hole.
Saturday was a busy day with the Murray Monster stableford sponsor invite to this event and the first round of the O’Brien four-ball knock-out.
The overall winner for the Murray Monster was Steve Naughton with 42 points. A-grade winner was Bryan Eddy with 41 points, runner-up was Stuart Humphries with 40 points.
B-grade winner was Zol with a good score of 40 points on a countback to Kevin Ansell.
The golf match committee had to dig deep as 14 players broke their handicaps to win vouchers: Steve Naughton, Bryan Eddy, Stuart Humphries, Zol, Kevin Ansell, Maurice Adams, Mick Cooper, D.L. Woods, Ryan McDiarmid, Max Steward, Chris Tomlinson, Rooster, Sam Condy and Ben Casley. Nearest the pins were Ryan McDiarmid, Chris Tomlinson, Ross Percy and Vic Willmoth.
The course sponsors finished the day with a meet and greet accompanied by drinks and nibbles.
Balls down the line: four to 40 points, three to 38, two to 36 and one ball to 33 points.
The women’s winner was Christina Hrrrrdina with 35 points.
Nearest the pins were Terry Mentha and Jan Curran.
Winning pairs to go on to the second round of the O’Brien knock-out are Andy Wallace and Barrie Gaudion to play Dale Casley and Will Power, and Ian Richardson and Matt Haddrell to play Noel Milligan and Geoff Hall. The next match will be on March 17.
On Sunday, March 4, a medley aggregate stableford was played on the west course, with 48 players entered for the season’s opening day. The winners with 65 points on a countback were husband-and-wife team Frank and Ruth Messner. Runners-up were Terry Mentha and Dale Casley.
The west course was also the venue for slomen, sponsored by Bruce Haley.
With a nett score of 37, Ryan McDiarmid won A-grade. B-grade winner with 34 nett was Brian Stanley.
Balls went to 42 nett. Ryan McDiarmid also won the longest drive (credit to his wife’s cooking). Brian Oldham, who has not played for a while, was awarded the NAGA.
Next week: front nine, old course, 7-8.30am.
SOUTHERN RIVERINA VETERANS
On Monday, March 5, the Southern Riverina Veterans played a stableford on the west course.
A total of 117 players representing clubs from areas on the Murray competed in this event in perfect playing conditions. Accolades were given to Matt McLeod and his ground staff for the excellent condition of the course, making play so pleasurable.
Taking advantage of this was Freddy Barton, who took out A-grade with 42 points. Runner-up was Colin Rankin with his 36 points. B-grade with 38 points was Graeme Landy, runner-up was Tony Hardy with 36. Don Harrison enjoyed his day to win C-grade with 37 points, followed by Kevin Hocking with 36.
It was great to see so many players on the course as well as social players on the old course.