VARCOE WINS CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS.

24/08/17 – 27/08/17

Andy Varcoe’s golden winter has continued when he took out his first Thompson’s Drilling Millicent A-grade club championship last Sunday, playing John Reynolds in the 36 hole final, it was Reynolds who got off to a flying start birding the first hole to go 1 up, Varcoe took a few holes to steady before birding the 5th hole to get the game back to square, Varcoe then had wins on the 7th and 9th holes to finish to finish the front 9 holes 1 up after Reynolds won the 8th hole. On the back nine holes Varcoe had 4 winning holes to Reynolds 2 winning holes, at the ½ way mark, Varcoe held a handy 3 up buffer. Reynolds lifted in the next 9 holes to get back to 1 down after 27 holes played and then won the 28th hole to get the game back to all square with 8 holes to play, Varcoe steadied to win 3 of the next 4 holes and looked like he had the game in the bag before Reynolds staged a comeback winning the next 2 holes to be 1 down with 2 holes to play. Varcoe steadied again and shut the game out on the 35th hole winning 2 up with 1 hole to play. In the B- grade final it was Andrew Ferguson who after winning the C-grade final last year, having his first season in the B-grade went on to take out the title in a tough game with Martin Cameron, Ferguson’s short game and putter was the difference between the two players. Ferguson went into the first break holding a 3 hole lead then after 27 holes not much had changed as he still held a 3 hole lead going into the final 9 holes. When Ferguson won the 28th hole to go 4 up it looked like the game was all over but Cameron had other ideas winning the next 3 holes to get back to only 1 down with 5 holes to play. The next 3 holes were halved as both players played some great golf before Ferguson steadied and held his nerve to win the 35th hole and the game 2 up with 1 hole to play. The C-grade final was played over 18 holes with Dave Seymour taking out the honours over a gallant Manny Fuentes 3 up with 4 holes to play in a high quality game with birdies and pars needed to win holes, both players played very well with Seymour’s putter being the difference. Last Thursday Saw a small field head out to compete in a stable ford competition, played in cool conditions it was Terry Chant who jumped out of the blocks early to win the front 9 hole competition with 19 points from the unlucky Arch Sunderland in second spot also with 19 points, Mick Pedler and Matt Warren did all the chasing finishing with 18 points. On the turn for home it was Chant who put the foot down to blow the field away, winning with 37 points, Pedler held his form to grab second spot with 33 points, while Phil Hunter came home strong to finish in third spot with 32 points. Pedler capped off a good day out winning the nearest to the pin award on the par 3, 5th hole. Good Numbers turned out for Last Saturday’s stable ford competition, playing for the IGA supermarket voucher and in the A-grade in was Mark Pilmore who had a lot of luck winning his grade and the IGA voucher finishing with 39 points, Phil Hunter finished in second spot winning a count back from Mark Pretty as both players finished close behind with 37 points and Matt Warren had 36 points. In the B-grade Andrew Ferguson continued his good form of late winning with 36 points from Scott Lonergan close behind with 34 points and Geoff Cameron finished in third spot with 32 points. Nearest to the pin awards went to Matt Warren on the 3rd, Martin Cameron won the 5th hole, Mark Pretty grabbed the 13th, Trevor Atkinson won the 17th and the 2nd shot to the 9th green, while Pretty won the 2nd shot to the 18th green. Birdies paid out 3 balls each to Cameron on the 5th, Pretty on the 13th and Pilmore on the 17th. Millicent golf club is one of the first club’s in the South East to have an official short course set up. The short course is designed for Juniors and new players to the game of golf and older players who still want to be involved but the longer course is just to big these days it’s all about having fun for all and we have a special 6 month summer membership special, running from 1st October 17 to 31st March 18 for $150, please ring the golf club on 87348124 or club captain Trevor Atkinson on 0459833984 for more information. This week we have a stable ford competition on Thursday and a stroke round and putting competition playing for the monthly medal on Saturday.

M.P

A grade finalist, J. Reynolds and A. Varcoe

B grade finalist, M. Cameron and A. Ferguson

C grade finalist, D. Seymour and M. Fuentes

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