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The last month has been another busy one on the golf calendar – two monthly medals, the matchplay championships and the Western Districts tournament at Cowra. If you are a keen golfer there is always something to be involved in. All this activity certainly makes the time fly by; we are already well into May and bookings opening for June events soon. Next thing is we all have to vote and then it will be time to think about the tax return !

Points of Interest

  • The third Monthly Medal was held on 19th April, sponsored by Inbound Web Solutions – thank you Jo Hunter. The winner was Isabel Weston with the best score of the day, 68. Great playing Isabel; the course has been playing hard of late and we haven’t seen a score in the sixties for ages.
  • 26th April saw the 2 Person Keno Ambrose Championship being played; thank you to the sponsors Beryl Pearce and Helen Corby. The best team on the day was Louise Stevens and Val Pollock ( these girls would go on to win their match play championship in their respective division). They had a great score of 63.5. Runners-up were Cheryl Bennett and Taua  Holmes with 67.35 and coming in third were Isabel Weston (winning again) and Gay Stone with 70.25 nett. Fourth were Virginia Coran and Alison Duffield with 70.5. The Regional Final for this event will be held in September and the State Final in December at Bonville.
  • Monthly Medal number 4 sponsored by Kendal was held on 3rd May. Congratulations to Lindy Simpson who bagged the medal with a nett 74. The prizes were great, thank you Kendal – very generous. In conjunction was the Mabel McKenzie Brooch event – a NSW Veterans event. The winners here are not usually announced until later in the year, usually at the AGM, by which time the NSW Women’s Vets Assoc. have sent out  the prizes to all the participating clubs.
  • Matchplay Championships. The final round was played on Sunday 2nd May. The Champion for 2022 is Louise Stevens who had a magnificent game using her 5 iron for most of the tee shots. The driver did not touch her hands all day. Apparently she was only 4 shots over the card by the time they reached the 24th hole. Well played Lou. Sally Kay always a very competitive player just couldn’t match her on the day. We can’t feel too sorry for Sally, after all, she did claim the Club championship ahead of Lou a few weeks earlier. Both very impressive players. In Division 2 Val Pollock proved her consistent good play with a win over Liz Nist and in Division 3 Pauline Jani got up against Isabel Weston. Congratulations to everyone who were able to reach the final stages – that is a win in itself.
  • Pennants  The first game was played at Canowindra but our players sadly went down 4/1 . These days Canowindra only have a few lady golfers but they are very determined and our girls had to give too many shots, so it was a bit of an uphill battle. Our next chance comes when West Wyalong visit us here at home.
  • Western Districts Tournament at Cowra -10, 11, 12 May. This Tournament only happened last week  and I am sure some of our players are still fizzing with the excitement of the results. Duntryleague were represented by 18 players so a very good turnout for an away event. Cowra golf course was in great condition considering they don’t have many ground staff; the fairways were lush and wide yet proved very challenging for the majority of us. There were two days of individual competition but the third day which was to be the Foursomes had to be cancelled because of rain. Jo Hunter was the big winner and by half way through the Presentation Dinner was surrounded by a mass of silverware. Jo won both the 36 hole scratch trophies – the Alan Yuille Championship Cup for Western Districts players only and the Jubilee Cup that all players can contest. Runner-up in the Jubilee Cup was Virginia Conran. Virginia also was the winner for the 36 hole Division 1 handicap event. Tania Rusden was the runner-up in the Div 2  handicap event over 36 holes. Other players who also received awards on the presentation night were Michelle Paul, Sally Kay and Sally Heigh. But the biggest excitement was when the Teams events were announced – these are the most prestigious of the prizes and each Club likes to walk away thinking they are the best club of all in the Western Districts. Duntryleague won two of the three teams trophies, so I guess that does make DL pretty good. Thanks to Jo Hunter, Sally Kay and Virginia Conran who were able to win these team trophies – the WDLGA Open Teams Cup  which is based on their scratch and handicap scores over 36 holes,  and the Richards Cup, a closed event for only Western Districts clubs, based on their nett scores over 36 holes. Everyone was so happy for the girls and the phones were busy taking so many photos. The whole tournament was a credit to Cowra Golf Club and WDLGA and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. There was eating, drinking and shopping when golf was not being played and of course lots of talking. Congratulations to all the winners; you can now start thinking about next year’s event that will be at Wellington 16th, 17th and 18th May.

Upcoming Events

  • The next big event on our calendar is the 27 Holes Foursomes Championships. Thank you to our sponsors Burcher EFI, Shirley Doherty, Marilyn Maxwell, Pam Wright and Dianne Smith. What would we do without all our generous sponsors. This event is on 17th May. Sometimes it is a good idea to have a cart booked for this one and plenty of snacks in the golf bag. Say  ‘Sorry’  to your partner before you begin, then don’t apologise any more, just relax, enjoy and hope it all goes well.
  • On 24th May there is another partner event in the 4BBB Stroke Championship. On this date is the qualifying round sponsored by cousins Barb Chapman and Carol Hughes. The top qualifiers will receive the Dorothy Collins Memorial Trophy supplied by the Collins family. The best 16 qualifying pairs go on to compete in matchplay for the Moira Johnson Memorial Salver. The elimination rounds will be held (weather permitting) on Thursdays – 26th May, 2nd June, 9th June, and the final on 16th June. All these rounds and the overall championship is sponsored by Maria Crawford, Ann Williams, Edna Sharp and Carol Reynolds. Again thank you to all the wonderful members who put themselves forward to be sponsors. A good idea for this event is to check your availability for the dates mentioned – not a great situation for your partner if you suddenly remember an appointment that clashes with a game !!!
  • Tournament at Young 14th and 15th May
  • Cumnock Tournament  22nd May   …….. always enjoyable
  • 31st May  Stableford event here at DL
  • 4th to 5th June Mudgee Tournament
  • 7th June  There will be a 9 hole / 18 hole  vs Par event. These Par events seem to do everyone’s head in – just think of it like another stableford.
  • Cowra Tournament 15,16, and 17 June
  • Tuesday 14th June  Monthly Medal Number 5 sponsored by Yates Baker McLean. In conjunction will be the Veterans Country Championships and also the putting competition sponsored by Janis.
  • Also on this month are two Sunday events – the Par3 championships on 15th May sponsored by Beryl and Don Pearce and the following Sunday the Naggers Cup (22nd May) sponsored by Brian and Dianne Smith. Both of these events are good fun so get your names in the draw for these.

There is so much to be involved in here at Duntryleague and in the Central West so hope you can play some of these events. Details on any away events are usually posted on the noticeboard.

Other News

Open Tournament in October. The last I heard was that this event is almost full, so if you have been a bit tardy you may have missed out. Enquiries to either Maria or Beryl – there may be a few spots vacant or they may put you on a waiting list. This is such a fun tournament and we’ve missed it the last two years so will be great to have it back. EDIT: The Ladies Tournament is now fully booked. A reserve list is available online to put your name on should anyone pull out.

Paula and Sharon from the DL office have both left us this month. All the ladies, and especially the committee, were sad to see them go and appreciated all they did for us. They were both hard workers , always supportive and nothing was too much trouble for them. We will miss them and send our best wishes.

New members  Over the next few months we should see more new members joining our Tuesday and Thursday comps as the Give Golf A Go participants graduate to a handicap. Everyone was a beginner at some stage and no doubt they will feel a touch nervous,  but once they have experienced a real golf competition with our friendly and accommodating mob they too will be golf tragics.

3 Grades now  The committee has decided that our competition will now be run in 3 grades rather than four. This just makes it easier for everyone as most events are geared to 3 divisions. It is also in line with GolfNSW and most other clubs around the State. No one will miss out because on Comp days when we have larger numbers there will be a third prize awarded in each division. The exception will be our Open Tournament in October which has always been 4 divisions.

New Club T- Shirts  Last week President Pauline told us about the order for new club shirts. Your order can be made at the Pro Shop. Shirts are $80 each and can come in two sleeve options – a cap sleeve or a short sleeve. There are some other shirts of the same brand at the Pro Shop to try on for sizing. Pauline will have the sample to show us at Presentation on the day of the 27 holes Foursomes. Cut off for orders will be mid June. The committee is excited to introduce this new shirt in all its colourful splendour and the really good thing is that it can be worn with a huge variety of other colours so will look good with all your shorts and skirts.

Till next time, happy golfing. Cheers Sally H.

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