It was a busy week at Avenel, starting with the Mabel Vearing Silver Salver, which the club hosted last Thursday.
Heavy rain on Wednesday put the event in doubt, however the day dawned with blue skies and sunshine.
There were 45 players representing Alexandra, Euroa, Kilmore, Lancefield, Marysville, Mooroopna, Seymour, Yarrawonga, Yea and of course, Avenel.
The course proved to be a challenge for many, although some good scores were returned. The Mabel Vearing Silver Salver was won by Euroa, represented by Levenia Redfern, Robin Lied and Michelle Thomson, all of whom are former members of Avenel, so perhaps a little local knowledge came into play.
The Salver is named in honour of a club stalwart, and her daughter Iris Sidebottom presented it to the girls.
Naturally they were elated to win at their old stomping ground and it was in fact their second win on the trot, having won Strathbogie’s bowl two weeks ago.
Congratulations and well done team Euroa.
The individual events all went to former winners: Gail Leigh (Marysville) won A-grade with 36 points; long-time visitor Julie Trask (Yarrawonga) won B-grade with 34 points; and C-grade went to another regular, Di Elliot (Yea) with 35 points.
Gail had a real day out winning the Vets, Small Teams, along with Freda Edwards (Euroa) and Vicky Butler (Yea) and NTP on the 18th. The other NTP winners were Karen Sangster (Yea) on the 5th, Marg Bailey (Seymour) on the 8th and Sandy Wicking (Kilmore) on the 14th.
Everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch provided by the Avenel ladies and special thanks from the club goes to each and every one of the ladies for doing such a great job on the day.
Captain Lyn would particularly like to acknowledge the assistance of Yvonne Sloper, Jan McKay and Lauris Truscott for their help with office duties and also Joyce White, Pam Pedder, Iris Sidebottom, Anne Burns and Maureen King for preparing morning tea and lunch, and doing the clean-up afterwards.
On Saturday, thanks to an initiative by Captain Jared Smith, a Pinehurst event was played. JCS Electrical Solutions and Donovan Building sponsored the day, with $200 prizemoney up for grabs.
It was an open event and visitors were welcomed from Euroa, Seymour, Yea and Shepparton. The winners of the scratch were president Dale Smith and Kenny Whitfort (Yea) with a terrific 75 off the stick.
Runners-up were Ed and Lyn Carracher with 76.
Dale and Kenny would have easily won the handicap event as well, but it was stipulated beforehand that teams couldn’t win both events, so Alex Smith and Adam Harrop (Shepparton) were awarded the win with a nett 70.
Line balls went to Cam Bassett and David Grecian (72), Nick Hart and Justin Bassett, Tim Batten and Matt Eddy (on 73) and Bern Stevens and Terry Lowis and Tania Zentfeld and John Ryan on 73.
Players enjoyed a hot toastie afterwards and of course plenty of ‘‘cheer’’ from the bar.
The course was great and is improving all the time.
Thanks goes to everyone who put in the extra effort to get it cut and the sands prepared for the Salver and Saturday’s event.
Another exciting thing that has been happening at the club over recent weeks, is the junior clinics being run by Jared Smith with assistance from Tim Batten and Alex Smith.
There have been up to 16 children attending the clinics after school on Thursdays, with a number of them progressing to play in a Saturday morning comp.
Last Saturday eight children competed in the comp with Campbell Smith winning the scratch while Miss Frankie Eagles won the handicap.
Well done to all of the kids for participating and in particular to Jared, Tim and Alex for giving their time to run the clinics and comps.
This Saturday is Monthly Medal day so will be a stroke round and Tuesday will be a stableford event.
Good golfing to everyone.
The rain on Wednesday meant that there were no competitions held that day.
Luckily the weather cleared on Thursday and the Dalhousie Veterans competition was able to go ahead at Broadford.
Stormy Tempest had a good round to win B-grade with 37 points.
On Friday the six-hole social competition was over holes 10-15 and the game was stroke. Kevin Mulvaney (18) had the best score to win with net 25.
Saturday was the first round of the Parker Plate which is played by the women and the men.
The leading pair for the women is Di Byrne (18) and Paula Britton (12) who had +6 to win the day and hold a handy lead over the next best pair of Shirley Wright and Dale Stuart on +2.
For the men, Gary Wright (11) and Dan O’Sullivan (13) had a terrific score of +10 to win the day.
They only lead by two from Paul Niebling and Roger Edwards who had the second best score of +8.
The nearest-the-pins went to Roger Edwards on the 4th, Matt Collard on the 6th, Greg Pell on the 12th and Mark Corradin on the 17th.
The drive and pitch on the 8th was won by Di Byrne and the 15th by Gary Wright. A score of +4 on a count-back was needed for a ball.
Next Friday the social six holes is par over holes 1 to 6.
The final round of the Parker Plate is on Saturday for the men and the women.
If you did not play in the first round this does not mean you can’t grab a partner and still play in the four-ball competition, as there are still winners for day in the men’s and women’s competitions.
The soft ground conditions made scoring difficult at Nagambie for a third consecutive week with the winning score for the Sunday stableford event a rather low 34 points.
Two 34-point results were returned, with last week’s first and second placed golfers reversing the outcome this time around with an elated Greg Whiteman claiming the win ahead of Gary Bow on count-back.
A chuffed and over-the-moon Whiteman was surprised to take the win with 34 points — it was more the case of the field coming back to him, than him breaking free from the field.
Next best went to Tim Baldwin and Phil Hageman with 32 points.
The nearest-the-pins went to ‘flashy’ Phil Hageman on the third, and Alby Seenan hitting one up to the long par three eighth hole.
The winter pennant season started with a bang with the Nagambie team winning their opening round, beating Tocumwal 4 and 1 at Mooroopna.
Next week’s golf will be a three-man ambrose with B. Norris on office duty and W. Leviston in the bar.
Women’s golf results, June 12
No golf was played due to the inclement weather.
The final round of Club Championship will be played today, June 19.
Friday, June 21 is the Shirley Deane 4BBB tournament; assembly at 9am for 9.30am hit-off.
Chicken run results June 13:
There were 19 players for the par event played on the back nine.
Winner was Terry Clonan with square.
NTP on the 16th hole was Lindsay Hall.
Next week will be a stableford event to be played on the front nine with NTP on the 8th hole.
Nagambie golf club extends its sincere condolences to Shane McCormick and the Gieschen family on the loss of Margaret.
Sincere condolences also go to Evelyn Shiels’ family on her recent passing. Evelyn was a former president and life member of our club.