01/06/17 – 03/06/17
Winter golf has defiantly arrived out at the Millicent golf course last week, the early morning groups including the invitation only group was treated to white icy fairways last Saturday, a site that hasn’t been seen for a while and also very tough on the fingers and toes until the sun finally broke through to warm things up a little bit.
Last Thursday saw fine conditions for the small field that greeted the starter in the stable ford competition for points towards the Masters trophy and it was club captain Trevor Atkinson who had a rare Thursday off work to set a cracking pace on front 9 holes to win the 9 hole competition with 21 points. Mick Pedler was close behind in second spot with his usual 20 points while it was a three way tussle for third with “Spike” Warren, Bruce Packer and Terry Chant all with 18 points. Atkinson put the foot down on the back 9 holes to run away with the win finishing with an impressive 38 points. Andy Varcoe came flying home for second spot finishing with 37 points, while Matt Osmond grabbed third also finishing well with 36 points. Atkinson made to most of his day off work to also win the nearest to the pin award on the par 3,5th hole.
Saturday saw one of the largest fields we have had for a while take to the course for the June Monthly medal and third round of qualifying for the club championships and it was no coincidence that most of the winners came from the afternoon groups who had the best of the conditions and Phil Thrussell made the most of the calm afternoon conditions to have the best score of the day winning the A-grade and Monthly Medal with a 77 off the stick to finish with 77-7- net 70, Ben Golding was very unlucky finishing in second spot losing a count back to Thrussell after finishing with 79-9-net 70. Phil Hunter is never far off the mark on the big days finishing in third spot with 82-9-net 73. In the B-grade it was Matt Osmond who just keeps improving each week winning with net 73, Chris Agnew did all the chasing finishing in second spot with net 74 from Craig Kuiper in third spot with net 75. Ron Hateley had a great day out coming back off the injury list to win the C-grade easily with net 71, Hateley has long been known as one of the best putters in the club and also easily won the putting competition with an amazing 21 putts. The local butcher Dave Clapham finished in second spot with a net 78, while Peter Bateman and Chris Bailey finished in third spot with net 81. Nearest to the pin awards went to Alan Schultz on the 3rd & 5th holes, Schultz also made his birdie putts on both holes to walk away with 4 golf balls. Chris Bailey won the 13th, John Reynolds hit the 17th, while Hateley capped off a good day out winning the nearest for 3 shots on the 9th hole and no A or B- grader managed to hit the 18th green in two shots. Birdies paid out 2 balls each to Schultz on the 3rd & 5th, Hunter on the 13th and Reynolds also on the 13th. In the Ladies competition Karen Altswager won with 35 points from Kathy Sporer with 35 points and Helen Chilton in third spot with 31 points.
This weekend is the second round of the Millicent, Blackwood, Loxton tri series to be held at Loxton over the long weekend, Millicent are currently sitting in second spot close behind Blackwood and with good numbers heading down to Loxton we should be able to get into a strong position for when we have the home ground advantage in October for the final round. Thursday is a stable ford competition for points in the master’s trophy while Saturday is a stable ford competition.