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Men’s Golf News – July 2019

I would like to start by thanking all those who got together and helped with the new path on the First Tee, it is an excellent outcome and we can’t show our appreciation enough.

The Winter golf calendar commenced on June 1 with a big field taking advantage of some excellent weather and course conditions in pursuit of the June monthly medal. Long time loyal supporters of the club Burcher EFI sponsored the event. The medal winner came from ‘C’ grade with Scott O’Brien blitzing the field posting a 94 net 64. Dave Ferguson continued with his consistent form with 91 net 69. Closely on his heels was Graham Milne net 70. Club Pro Tom Perfect had a day out carding 71 Net 68 to take out ‘A’ grade. Closely followed by fellow professional Bruce McLean with 69 net 68 and followed up by Ben McIntosh 75 / 69. B grade turned into a hard-fought battle with Kerry Apps coming out on top with 80 / 67 and John Cook pipping Peter Snowden on a countback with nets 69.

Wednesday the 5th saw trainee pro Sam Pasquali take div 1 honours with a very nice 42 points (3 under), just snatching the win over Gareth Peterson 41 points and John Quigley (39 Points). Division 2 saw Bob Brazier come back into form with 38 points and edging out Ed Furze and Andrew McGeoch.

Duntryleague Guest House sponsored the individual par on the 8th which saw Alex Ross-Edwards prove too strong in A grade +3, Anthony (Duck) Thorncraft took time off from coaching duties to post +2 to get Ken Hazelton on a countback with +2. B grade again was highly contested Nick Sharp taking honours with a brilliant +5, and trucking magnate Phillip White +1 and Steve Kimbers -1. Once again C grade took all the glory with Kiz Gentles shooting the lights out and carding a magnificent +7 but only after the dreaded countback saw David Brazier relegated to second spot on the podium. Dan Blyde on +2 took up third place. Scott Hudson’s tidy iron shot on the 11th to 123cm saw him take the overall NTP.

Once again, our mid-week stableford comp on the 12th saw a good field with some excellent scoring in both Div 1 and 2. Corey Sams playing off 16 posted 41 points over the insurance guru and well-travelled Ewen Cameron who could only manage to post 39 points and Hamish Goff a close third with 38 points. Div 2 saw David Swallow relish the favourable course conditions to grab first place but only after a three-way tie seeing Barry Keene 2nd and Wal Reynolds third all with 40 points.

An Irish Fourball came to the events calendar sponsored by the Duntryleague golf shop on the 15th Tom and Sam throwing down a challenge to the rest of the field. The morning competitors took advantage of what was a windy tough day with winners appearing from the quartet of Tradies Chris Kelly, Steve Fulmer, John Clyde and Chris Dwyer – demoralising the challengers with an early 94 points. Second place going to Bruce Buctchman, Rob Waddell, Richard Benson and Ian Paine and a countback over the golf shop team of Tom Perfect, Sandra Schultz, Jo Hunter and Jason Kitchingman. Adrian Acho Acheson placed the ball to 142 cm on the 4th to collect the overall NTP.

Wednesday the 19th fell to the impeccable skills of Phil Tudor with 39 points landing the major prize in Div 1, Tudor has been a model of consistency since his return and saw David Parfett off a 4 handicap come 2nd with a well earnt 36 points and big hitting Josh Hurst on 35 points from Bill (stats) Foran on yet another countback. Div 2 saw a convincing victory by Wal Reynolds carding 41 points off his 19 handicap (welcome to Div 1 Wal), Doug Pigott was unlucky to catch Wal on a good day coming 2nd with 40 points and Peter Byrne a solid 36 points for 3rd.

We also saw the last of the qualifying rounds for the Printhie Plate sponsored by Printhie Wines on the 19th which saw John Kiereth and Martin Woods with a very nice 48 points pick up the final spot to play in the play off. Thank you to Jim Swift from Printhie Wines for hosting this event.

The final will be held on the 17th of July qualifiers are:

John Seward Phil Webster (Cromer)
Michael Ryan Tony Leahey
Michael Ryan Joe Gander
Jock Sampson Jim Lenon
Stuart Porges John Dawes
Jim Swift Glenn Davis
Jim Swift Glenn Davis
Chris Herron Geoff Newton
Hamish Goff Bryce Purdie
Ray Webb James Conolly
Wayne Roberts Fred Tomley
John Kierath Martin Woods

To coincide with the shortest day of the year The Pigmy Cup was contested on the 22nd of June sponsored by Badger Babbage and fellow vertically challenged golfers. The Individual honours in A grade were taken by Jason Schofield with a fine 39 points closely followed by Peter (Fergalicious) Ferguson – 38 points (1 under) and snatching third, soon to be handicapped under suspicion Ben McIntosh 37 points. B grade had Kiz Gentles once again take advantage of his current form with 41 points pushing Geoff Dunlop a visitor from Cromer into 2nd and Dave Pilcher another silent but deadly assassin showing form with 39 points after countback. C grade saw the long-awaited return of Leon Cheney to the winner’s circle recording the best tally for the day taking the Pigmy Cup with a superb 42 points over Michael Ward from Bayview and Dave Gibson unluckily having 39 points running in on third place after a countback. Peter Mitchell saw the overall NTP come his way with a very nice shot on 17 to place it 5cm from the hole. Thankyou to Babbage Wines for your continued support with the Pigmay Cup.

Wednesday the 26th – It would seem than Leon Cheney has hit a small patch of brilliance as he followed his Pigmy Cup win with line honours on the Wednesday capturing Div 1 with 38 points after a four-way countback from Dean Parker Smith, Phil Tudor and Warwick Wheatley. Div 2 again saw a countback seeing Bryce Purdie pip Greg Rhodes with 39 points and Dave (what is he doing in div 2) Dickerson on 37 points. Congratulations to Dennis Schultz chipping in for a very nice eagle on the 14th.

The last Saturday of the month, a big field faced the starter in a quest for the highly sort after Gilchrist money – the event sponsored by Orana Motel, Dubbo. A Roosters Rugby League tragic lost a little pride when he and partner G Rudd couldn’t contain one John Bird having 2 under for the last five holes to see him take the number glory in C grade followed by Will Close with 38 points and Jim Zeylermakers 37. B grade Dennis Rose took first place with 37 points counting out Trevor Williams and on to Ray Wilson with 35 points. I’m sure it pleased Murray to yet again hand over the A grade first place prize to the Italian Stallion, Sandro Rosetto who handled the days conditions well posting 39 points and relegating Ross Southwell to 2nd with 36 points on a countback from Justin Thrift. Peter Ferguson got the overall NTP with hitting a six-iron to 42 cm on the 4th.

Earlier in June, touring professional Steve Conran once again struck a winning vein of form to take out the Ladbrokers Legends of Golf tournament contested over 54 holes in Fiji. The event was played at two top-class venues Natadola Bay and Denaru. Steve opened the challenge after a lengthy rain delay to card a first round of 71 and be well placed. Day two saw him then surge to outright lead with a brilliant sub-par round of 65 and then sealed the deal on day three where he shot a seven-under 66 to leave his competitors in his wake. Congratulations Steve on yet another outstanding performance.

Another upcoming member of our PGA ranks, Sam Pasquali followed up a good performance in the Victorian Trainee Professionals event by posting his first win on tour. Sam was rewarded for his hard work on the practice tee when carding a 71 (1 under) to finish in a tie for first at Royal Canberra Golf Club. The breakthrough will do wonders for Sams self-belief and we look forward to more victories in 2019.

Thanks once again to all our volunteers and Tim for helping me with all of this report – I received a lot of compliments for last month effort and I can’t take the credit for your work.

Happy golfing