18/08/16 – 21/08/16

Bilney wins Millicent Open
Varcoe wins stroke round
Thrussell wins count back
Unfortunately the weather gods did not smile on us out at the Millicent golf course over the weekend, as it was back to the middle of winter for the Thomas Foods international Millicent open on Sunday, but that did not stop Darren Bilney winning the open with a great round in the conditions, shotting 74 off the stick.
Thursday was the pick of the golfing days last week, with a warm day, all be it a bit breezy in the afternoon. The warm weather defiantly suited the well-travelled Phil Hunter who only arrived back in Australia the day before, after spending our winter in the European summer. Phil jumped out of the blocks early to win the front 9 hole competition in a count back from the unlucky Bob Childs with 18 points each as Keith Thrussell grabbed third spot with 17 points. Thrussell continued on his good form into the back 9 holes to win the 18 hole competition and the day with 33 points, once again in a count back from Childs who also finished with 33 points and Phil Thrussell got up for third finishing with 32 points. Hunter also won the nearest to the pin award on the par 3, 5th hole.
Saturday was back to winter for the few brave souls that ventures out to play in the stroke round for the President’s cup, it was always going to be very tough to score in the conditions but Andy Vacoe seem to be immune to weather as he shot a fantastic 76 off the stick the smash the field winning the A-grade and the President’s cup with a net 68, nobody else seem to be able to handle the cold wet conditions like Varcoe. Ben Golding finished in second with a net 75 and Phil Hunter got up for third with a net 76. In the B- grade it was Scott Packer who had a solid day out winning with a net 73 from Peter Burchard who got the nod in a count back from Andrew Ferguson in third both finishing with net 74. Michael McRostie got up in the C-grade winning with a net 75 from Ron Hateley in second with net 78 and Robert Thompson in third with a net 84. Nearest to the pin winners for the day saw Golding win the 3rd, Trevor Atkinson won the 5th, Greg Cook hit the 13th and the 17th proved too hard to hit for the field. Hateley won the 3rd shot to the 9th, while nobody hit the 18th in 2 shots. P.Scott had the only Birdie for the day winning the $5 club voucher.
Sunday was the Millicent Open played in wet wintery conditions which made it tough to score, in the A-grade gross it was Darren Bilney winning with a fine 74 off the stick from Bill Burley in second spot with 78. The A-grade net went to Jamie Bellinger who won with a net 70 from Owen Merrett in second spot with a net 73. The B-grade gross winner was Roger Gale from Blue Lakes finishing with 82 off the stick from Lyle McGreggor 85. The B-grade net winners were Andrew Ferguson net 70 from Matt Osmond net 74. C-grade gross winner was James Eastick 97 winning a count back from Ron Hateley 97 and the C-grade net winner was Fred Knight net 76 from Adam Barnes net 78. Nearest to the pin winners saw nobody score the hole in one and the $10k on the par 3, 3rd hole, Scott lonergan won the B-grade 5th hole, all the C-graders left the 13th empty while Anthony Williams won the 17th for the A-grade. A big thank you to Paul Whitford and Trevor Atkinson for organising a great day and to Bruce Packer, Helen Chilton and Kathy Sporer for doing a great job with the catering. This Saturday we have a stable ford competition for the 2nd round of the Mitch Williams trophy.

M.P

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