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The last few weeks have been so busy with golf – not only the Championships but the Gourmet Golf event, two charity days and a monthly medal. Luckily we have been blessed with mostly fine weather and not the pounding rain inflicted on many other parts of our state. The greenkeepers and all the volunteers around the course have kept it in top notch condition. The grevillea flower bed (on the right of the path leading down to the first fairway) has had a good growth spurt of late and is looking great. Thank you Wendy and Peter Reid for your contribution there. The garden bed immediately opposite has also been getting some attention with John Cook and Dave Bouffler spotted recently putting in some hard work there.

Points of Interest

  • Championships  This year we managed all four rounds of the championships …. remember last year  Covid and the weather played havoc with the annual event. Beautiful autumn days and a manicured course saw some great scores and watchable golf. Of course there were the usual ones who could only manage scores in the eighties but you need people like me to make up the numbers !  The best players were Sally Kay – Division 1, Alison Duffield – Div 2, Pauline Jani – Div 3. These girls took out the scratch championship for their grade and Sally Kay was crowned Club Champion. Handicap Champions were Lindy Simpson – Div1, Judy Royal – Div 2, and Maureen Blunden – Div 3. Well done to all the Champions and all the runners-up. Thank you to Virginia Conran ( Orange Self Storage) for her generous sponsorship of the  Championships and that is why Vig stars in lots of the photos that follow. The Mathews-Robinson trophy ( best total nett score ) was awarded to Louise Stevens who has actually won this before. It is sponsored by the Ladies President, thank you Pauline. The inaugural  Senior Champion trophy was taken out by Judy Royal – best nett score over three rounds. This is sponsored by Sally Heigh. Good playing Judy.
  • During the championships many ladies qualified to be in the Matchplay Championships. Matchplay games are now underway in all three divisions. You can see the draw and how the players are progressing on the Duntry website. Go to the Home page and then click on Members. The Finals will be played on Sunday 1st May in conjunction with the Men’s matchplay finals.
  • Monthly Medal 2  This was held on the first round of the Championships (15th March) and was certainly an indication of how the Championship results might go. Alison Duffield won the Medal with a good score of 72 nett. This was sponsored by Tim Leahey for the Tony Leahey Motor Group. Thank you. Alison would go on to win the B grade Championship.
  • Robin Thompson had a good win on Sunday 13th March taking out the Bill Crossing Trophy sponsored by Hattie and Ben Crossing. This was the Can Assist Charity Day. Robin had 37 points and just pipped Jim Swift on a countback to claim the trophy.
  • Our annual Charity Day was slightly marred by some persistent drizzle that had some players cancelling out. But despite the rain and less people playing the day was very, very successful. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously  – not only the sponsors  but all those who spent up big on the raffle or threw in extra donations. The sponsors  were Val Pollock, Val Durack, Margo Snare, Billie O’Neil and Sally Heigh. Over $1000 was raised for Push for Palliative and presented to Jenny Hazelton. Jenny gave us an update on palliative care in Orange and how donations are used. This is the second year the Duntry ladies have supported Push for Palliative. Insook Jun was the winner on this day with a very credible 40 points …..well done Insook. Raffle donors were also over the top generous with IGA providing a Voucher to the value of $200 ( thank you Ashcrofts) which was won by Helen Neil. The golf lesson prize from the Proshop went to Wendy Dwyer and Jenny Millner donated tickets for The Royal Easter Show which Lorraine Short can now enjoy.
  • The Gourmet Golf event started a few years back as part of Orange Food Week and has now grown to be a very popular, well-supported and fun event. Organised by Tournament Director Helen Corby and sponsored by WIN TV and Printhie Wines this year proved to be one of the best; heard some rave reviews by local players, and visitors saw Orange at its best with brilliant autumn days. The ladies overall winner was a visitor but 2nd and 4th places were taken out by Virginia Conran and Kerry Kidd respectively; mention must be made of Sue Harris having a great 40 points on the second day. The Foursomes on the third day was won by Maureen and John Cook who obviously weren’t distracted by the strawberries and champagne on the first tee, nor the other local delights and wines served during the game.

Upcoming Events

  • 19th April will see the third Monthly Medal being played. It is sponsored by Inbound Web Solutions – thank you Jo Hunter, and the putting competition, which is only on Medal days, is sponsored by Janis Pritchard.
  • The 2 person Keno Ambrose Championship which is a GolfNSW event is due to be played on 26th April sponsored by Beryl Pearce and Helen Corby. The state final of this event is played at Bonville each year in December. But sometime before that in about September you have to get through the regional final. The date has not been set yet but it is to be held at Wentworth Golf Club. If you fancy a trip to Bonville choose your partner strategically.
  • On 3rd May the Monthly Medal (no. 4) will be held and it is sponsored by Kendal. In conjunction is the Mabel McKenzie Brooch event and this is a NSW Veterans event  so please make sure your  Veterans membership fees are paid up. Lesley Williams is our Rep for the Ladies NSW Veterans.
  • Western Districts Tournament at Cowra is on 10th to 12th May. At the moment we have 18 ladies from Duntry attending this event. Entries close 14th April so depending when you are reading this it may be too late to enter !!
  • Molong Tournament Thursday April 28th
  • Forbes Tournament Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May
  • Bathurst Tournament  Mon 2nd to Wed 4th May
  • Young Tournament 14th May
  • Information about all the events will be on the noticeboard in the Ladies Room.
  • Duntryleague Teams event over Easter – information about this is on the website or you can talk to the pro shop.

Other News

  • Some ladies are gearing up for the Pennants season. Our first game will be against Canowindra at their course on 29th April. The other game against West Wyalong here at home is yet to have a date set. Until these matches are played we won’t know if Duntry advances any further.
  • Give Golf a Go – this venture is still going strong with a new contingent of beginner golfers almost through their pro shop lessons. The ones that started last year are gradually getting their handicaps, enjoying a 9 hole comp and will soon transfer over to our Thursday competition. Thanks to all the mentors that have helped or are still helping.
  • The Annual General Meeting will be held Monday 2nd May 2022 at 7pm. Any queries to the office; minutes from last year are on the Club’s noticeboard ; financial reports are at the office and nominations for the Board close 25th April.
  • Nominations are now open for the annual Ladies Open Tournament to be held over 3 days – 24th, 25th and 26th October. This is always a very popular event with visitors coming from far and wide and we missed out on this last year because of Covid so be sure to get your entry in soon. The numbers are more limited this year because all divisions will be playing on the same days. Any queries to Tournament Director Maria Crawford or Tournament Secretary Beryl Pearce; brochures and entry forms are on the table in the Ladies Room or online.

“Real golfers don’t cry when they line up their fourth putt”

Cheers and Happy Easter  Sally H

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