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The end of June and the start of July continued  wet and cold and the course is quite sodden at the moment. Please take care where you drive or walk to prevent further damage. Despite the bitter conditions there is still a lot of golf going on. And we have passed the winter solstice so believe it or not the days are gradually getting longer.

Points of Interest

  • Monthly Medal number 5 for June was held on 14th June and sponsored by Yates Baker McLean. Congratulations to Lesley Williams who was the medal winner with 71 nett. That was a close one as there were two other players that scored 71. Countback can be great or you can come away with the feeling of  ‘if only….. ‘  The Veterans Country Championships  were held in conjunction on this day and these winners, in each division,  will be announced at the AGM presentation.
  • 4BBB Matchplay Championships were completed on 16th June in cold, wet and bitter conditions. Usually this event attracts a gallery ,especially for the last few holes, but this time there was one lone spectator braving the weather – thanks Ros. The umpires, Gay and Kerry, shivered in their cart and were probably hoping the event would have ended sooner. Lou Stevens and Val Pollock were clearly the better players but Beryl Pearce and Sally Heigh were able to keep them going until the 17th hole. Congratulations to Val and Lou. Inside the clubhouse there was wine and nibbles and warmth of course. The sponsors for this event are Maria Crawford, Carol Reynolds, Ann Williams and Edna Sharp and we thank them for their ongoing support. Carol was on hand to present Lou and Val with the trophy – the Moira Johnson Memorial Salver. Also on this day the trophy for the best qualifiers was awarded and this year that just happened to be Louise Stevens and Val Pollock. So these girls also got the Dorothy Collins Memorial Trophy and it was presented by the Collins family and Barb Chapman who all sponsor that event.
  • Duntryleague played the second game in their Pennants against West Wyalong  on 17th June. Again it was a wild and woolly day but Duntry was the winner 3/2. We are now just waiting to see if our overall results were good enough to go to the next level – the quarter finals. Probably not – there’s always next year.
  • 9 Hole Competitions on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These are growing in popularity for a variety of reasons. Many people who have been playing for years are now satisfied with 9 holes; the unpredictable weather of late has meant some players only want to be out on the course for a couple of hours; and other players are just beginners. Whatever the reason the event is growing and means more people are participating on our golf days and interacting socially.
  • 21st June WDLGA Spoon event was sponsored by the Country Duntry girls – Cheryl Bennett, Jenny Cutler, Judy Royal, Pauline Jani, Marg Ogilvie and Pam Evans. The winners and runners-up in each division, if available, can play at WDLGA Finals Day on September 29th. They were Wendy Reid and Liz Nist in Division 1, Dawn Roberts and Ann Williams in Division 2 and Sally Heigh and Winnie Buttenshaw in Division 3.
  • Stableford Multiplier played on 28th June. This was a fun day once you got over the dreadful fact that your wipe, worth zero, multiplied with your partner’s 3 pointer was worth exactly zero. Lisa McDonald  had the best score of the day with 41 and she combined well with Ann Williams to win the team event. Well done girls.
  • Monthly Medal number 6 for July was sponsored By Don and Beryl Pearce. This was set down for 5th July but that day proved to be another wet and wild one so was transferred to 12th July. This was combined with the sixth and final round of the GolfNSW Medal so these scores will now be tallied and the winners announced soon. Your best three rounds of the GolfNSW rounds are used to determine the nett winners in each division. The winner of the Monthly Medal for July was Winnie Buttenshaw with a really great score of 69 nett . Winnie’s golf is rapidly improving – well done. Winnie received one of the relatively new medals which is a Duntryleague ball marker on a monthly medal hat clip. Jo Hunter had a particularly good round that day with 78 scratch score – good going on a muddy course. We thank Beryl and Don for their ongoing sponsorship and also Janis Pritchard for sponsoring the putting on medal days.

Upcoming Events

  • 19th July is the date for Winter Wonderland. By the time you are reading this newsletter you should be prepared for this event. Have your team of four ready and have made payment ($20) at the office for lunch. You will be playing a Texas Shoot Out and it is a shot gun start, 8 am for 8.30. When you come in lunch will be served – soup and then sweets – enjoy. Thanks so much to our sponsors, Gay Stone, Kerry Kidd and Val Durack. I believe Lyn Isles will be doing some winter decorations so thank you to Lyn.
  • Qualifying rounds for the Canobolas Cup on 26th and 28th July. This is arguably one of the most important events of our golfing calendar so you need to be ready. Both qualifying rounds will need to be played on the Tuesday and Thursday of that last week in July. The best 16 qualifiers then go on to matchplay elimination rounds over the following four weeks in August; that is Thursday 4th, Thursday11th, Thursday 18th and Thursday 25th. Everyone is encouraged to try to qualify, however, it is most important for the integrity of the competition that you check your calendar and make sure that if you qualify you can be available for all those dates leading into the final. This cannot be stressed enough to ensure the fairness of the whole event. If you are eliminated in the first round of the matchplay, those eight players get a second chance and continue matchplay elimination rounds (same dates) in the Consolation Cup. On the final day – 25th August – the last two in the Consolation Cup battle it out over 18 holes, the players in the Canobolas Cup have to see how they fare over 36 holes. A gruelling day for those two ladies but so exciting for the rest of us.   Many thanks to all the sponsors – Kevin Fraser sponsors the Rita West Memorial trophy ( usually a bottle of fine champagne) for the best qualifier. Helen Corby sponsors the Canobolas Cup and has been doing so for many years. Janis Pritchard sponsors the Consolation Cup and is joined this year by a new sponsor, Rhonda Bloomfield. Hopefully they will all be there on the last day of competition to present the trophies and join in the wine and nibbles.
  • Stableford events – 18 and 9 holes every Thursday
  • 2nd August  18/9 holes stableford
  • 9th August Monthly Medal Number 7 sponsored by Printhie Wines – Ruth Swift.
  • 16th August 18 holes vs Par or 9 holes Stableford sponsored by Eye See Eyes Optometrists
  • 23rd August Swingers Fun Day sponsored by Kezz Brett, Janine Bessen, Helen Neil, Jenny Millner, Carolyn Lennon and Winnie Buttenshaw. Not sure what the format of the day will be but last time it was so much fun with some very interesting options on how to play a hole. Keep ears open to find out about this day.
  • 30th August  Another interesting game on this day with the three sticks and a putter option. Sponsors are Dot Beasley and Janet Appleby. A 9 holes comp will also be available.
  • 6th September will see the Annual Captain’s vs President’s being played. This will be a 4BBB stableford and is sponsored by Dot and Kevin Tandy.
  • Don’t forget that the Duntryleague Annual Veterans Tournament sponsored by Beryl and Don Pearce is on in early October following on from the long weekend. Brochures and entry forms are on the table in the Ladies room and you can see Beryl if you have any queries. This is a 2 day stableford event with a 4BBBstableford medley on the third day.

Away Events   There are flyers on the noticeboard with details for most of the following events.

  • Far West Rose Bowl at Cobar 24th July
  • Christmas in July at Forbes 31st July
  • Dunedoo Tournament 6th August
  • West Wyalong Tournament  6 – 7 August
  • Condobolin Tournament 14th August
  • Narromine Tournament 24th August
  • 4BBB Vets Day at Yowani Women’s Golf Club, Canberra. Thursday 8th September, shotgun start at 8.30, $80 per two person team. Bookings at http:// www.trybooking.com/CAUPO
  • Please note that the Manildra Tournament usually held in September is cancelled this year.

Other News

For a while there is going to be a new tee position for the Division 3 women players on the 15th Hole. The tee will allow these players to hit without the likelihood of hitting into the wet muddy area. It is positioned just adjacent to the little pump shed.

There is an interesting new competition being run by GOLFNSW that you can win without even really trying. It is called Play 9 in 2022. All you have to do is play a 9 hole competition ( make sure it is a comp where the results are going to be sent to Golflink) and you will automatically be entered in the competition. Also make sure you have a Golf Australia account and have ticked the box to receive offers and promotions. You can get an entry every time you play a 9 hole competition round. It doesn’t matter what your score is. At the end of September 2 females and 2 males from NSW will be selected to play in the Play 9 National final. This is a random draw and everyone has a chance to win. What can you win? Entry to play in the final at the Australian Open in Melbourne in December, return flights and accommodation, a gift pack and tickets to the 2022 Australian Open. Get playing 9 !!

Remember that the three divisions we play our events in have changed slightly. Division one goes to 24, Division Two is handicaps 25 to 31, and Division Three is 32 to 45. Be especially careful of this when filling in the NTP and D&P sheets on the Par 3 Holes. If one person incorrectly completes the details it can ruin it for all the players who follow on behind.

Ground staff working on the course have right of way whether you are in the middle of a competition or not. We all need to be respectful of all workers on the course and this includes  all the many volunteers. The volunteers only do work that has been authorised by The Board and workers should not be questioned or interrogated about this. We are continually grateful for all the volunteers and all the work they do to keep the course in tip top condition.

Happy Golfing. Cheers Sally H.

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