29/06/17 – 01/07/17 

The winter winds are now blowing strong out at the Millicent golf course, the fairways have turned white with ice and the layers of clothing is growing each week, but HOW GOOD IS GOLF. The good scores are going to be harder to come by with nobody playing to their handicaps last Saturday for the monthly medal, in fact Matt Warren’s fantastic round of 39 points last Thursday was the only player to break his handicap in two days of competition.

Last Thursday was a stable ford competition playing for points in the Masters trophy and only a small field greeted the starter on a cool breezy day and it was Brian Duldig who jumped out of the blocks early to put the heat on the rest of the field, winning the front 9 hole competition with 20 points. Robert Thomson and Matt Warren took up the challenge and finished in second and third spots with 19 points each. After some light refreshments it was Warren who set the course alight on the back nine holes to easily run away with the win finishing with an impressive 39 points, Duldig fought on hard but couldn’t match Warren, finishing in second spot with 35 points, while Terry Chant and Bruce Packer finished strong to grab third spot with 34 points each. Matt Osmond managed to salvage something out of the day, winning the $5 voucher for the nearest to the pin on the par 3,5th hole.

Saturday was the monthly medal and 4th round of qualifying for the club championships and good numbers took to the course on a calm cold day in which the fairways were white until mid-morning, so it is not surprising most of the winners came from the afternoon groups once the fingers and toes have thawed out. Leading the way in the A-grade and winning the monthly medal was Phil Thrussell finishing with net 73, Ben Golding was close behind in second spot with a net 74 while Greg Cook grabbed third with a net 75. In the B-grade it was Craig Kuiper winning with a net 74 from club captain Trevor Atkinson in second with a net 75, while Paul Whitford jumped into third spot finishing with 77 points. The C-grade was a tight tussle with Justin Saint coming out on top winning with a net 79 with a three way count back for second and third spot with Manny Fuentes, Dave Seymour and Herman Vanderhuel all finishing with 81 points. Nearest to the pin awards went to Atkinson on the 3rd and 13th holes and dropped both birdie putts, Haydon Fennell won the 5th, Cook on the 17th and Vanderhuel won the 2nd shot to the 9th green while Owen Merrett won the 2nd shot to the 18th green. Birdies paid out 1 ball to Atkinson x 2, Alan Schultz, Cook, John Reynolds and Scott Lonergan. Craig Kuiper capped off a good day winning the putting competition with 27 putts.

There seems to be somebody going out and practicing on the course, to which there is nothing wrong with having a practice round to try a few thing, but to hit 10-15 balls from the one spot is not the go, that’s what the practice fairway is for, it’s not much fun for the rest of us landing in these spots when they haven’t been repaired and the greens haven’t had the pitch marks fixed. This week is a stable ford competition for points in the master’s trophy on Thursday and a stroke round for the Captain’s trophy and IGA supermarket voucher on Saturday.