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Duntryleague has moved into top gear in the last few weeks. The golfing year has well and truly started with the first Monthly Medal and the Veterans Golf Classic, and now with the Championships on the horizon. Around the course it has been very busy with old trees down, bunkers being re-shaped and greens renovated. Well done to all the workers and volunteers – it will look great when the last of the debris is cleared away; and all done with little to no interruption to our day to day golf. All very much appreciated.

Points of Interest

  • The first Monthly Medal was held on 15th February sponsored by the Country Duntry girls. Isabel Weston, one of the Country Duntry, was on hand to congratulate a popular winner Louise Stevens. Louise was over the moon with her scratch round of 77, nett 70. She said she had not been able to win a Medal for over ten years. Lucky her ! Many girls never achieve this goal. Well done Lou.
  • The year was off to a mighty start also on 15th February. It marked the beginning of the Birdie Board, the Eclectic tally, and also the first round of the Women’s Golf NSW Medal competition. The putting competition which is run on Medal days has also started, generously sponsored by Janis Pritchard.
  • The Orange City Veterans’ Golf Classic was held at Duntryleague in conjunction with Wentworth over the second week in March. Visitors came from far and wide including from inter-state. Three Duntry ladies were stars with Joy Ritchie and Michelle Paul winning daily events in their respective grades. But the brightest star of all was Kerry Kidd; she won the big prize –  the 54 hole open champion with 100 points over the three days. Congratulations Kerry.
  • Bronwyn Ryan and her army of lady gardeners continue to keep our gardens looking beautiful. Many thanks ladies and a special mention to Bell River Nursery who recently donated $1500 to use around the course. Much of this has been used for the gardens that the ladies manage. Very generous.
  • Give Golf A Go run by the Proshop and some of our lady golfers as mentors, is now into its second round and hopefully by mid year we’ll see some of these new members joining the Thursday competition.

Upcoming Events

  • Our Championships begin on Tuesday 15th March and continue on 17th, 22nd and 24th March. The 72 hole event is sponsored by Orange Self Storage – thank you Virginia Conran –  and run in three divisions. There are many other events run in conjunction with the championships so the committee will be busy calculating all the results. There is the Matthews – Robinson trophy sponsored by the Ladies’ President, thank you Pauline, and also on 15th March will be the second Monthly Medal – thank you to the Tony Leahey Motor Group for sponsoring this. On each of the Tuesdays of the championship will also be held the qualifying rounds for the Matchplay Championship. This championship is played later on a Sunday. The 18 hole stroke round on 22nd March ( 3rd round of champs) is sponsored by Sally Gordon and Robin Thompson. In addition this year we have a new event – the Women’s Senior Champion. This is for members who have attained the very young age of 70 plus and the winner will be the best nett score over any three of the championship rounds. This is sponsored by Sally Heigh. Presentations for the championships will be held on the last day of play – Thursday 24th March – so please make an effort to stay for this.
  • 29th March will be a stableford round and probably very welcome after four consecutive rounds of stroke for the championships. It is our Charity Open Day and this year we will again be supporting Palliative Care in Orange. Sponsors are Margo Snare, Val Pollock, Val Durack and Sally Heigh. Guests from other clubs are welcome to play at members’ rates.
  • During Orange Food Week  Duntryleague will hold their usual Gourmet Golf event, a 36 hole stableford and an 18 hole foodie inspired round of golf. Sponsors are WIN TV and Printhie Wines. I am reliably informed by Helen Corby that there are only a few spots left in this very popular event. So if you wanted to participate you need to contact the Club as soon as possible. Entries close 18th March.

Western Districts Open Tournament at Cowra .  All the information about this is on the noticeboard in the Ladies’ room. It is a three day event to be held on 10th, 11th and 12th May and includes two days of individual golf, a presentation dinner on Wednesday evening and the foursomes championship on the last day. See Sally Heigh for any more information; participants are responsible for their own accommodation and cart bookings.

Pennants 2022  The Western Districts committee have finalised the draw for this year. Duntryleague will play West Wyalong here at home and travel to Canowindra to play there. There is a sheet in the Ladies’ room to put your name down if interested and Gay will be in touch soon with details of these games.

The 2022 golfing program is on the Duntry website. Go to the home page and depending on your device you can find the calendar. For example on my phone I click on the three bars (upper right of screen) then click golf, then calendar.

An interesting fact about the Matthews – Robinson Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the best nett score of the four rounds of the championships across all 3 grades. Everywhere I had seen reference to this event it was labelled Matthew Robinson so I wondered who this person could possibly be. Some research with Janet Bowyer, Noelene McLeod and Lorraine Short unearthed the real facts – thank you ladies. There is no such person as Matthew Robinson !!  This trophy was first awarded in 1961 and is named after two staunch lady members called Mrs Matthews and Mrs Robinson. Therefore it is the Matthews – Robinson Trophy not Matthew Robinson as I believed it to be for many years. How many others have also made this assumption ?

Hit them Straight.

Cheers Sally H.

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