21/09/17 – 23/09/17
Spring has finally sprung out at the Millicent, with the weather finally on the improve and the course in fantastic condition, it is no coincidence that the scoring has started to improve and it was Matt Osmond who made the most of the conditions to have a big day out. Only a small field gathered last Thursday to compete in a stable ford competition and it was Andy Varcoe who continued on with his good form of late to jump out of the blocks early to win the front nine hole competition with 19 points, Keith Thrussell, playing in the first group of the day did all the chasing to finish in second spot with 18 points, while “Spike” Warren knocked off the unlucky Mick Pedlar for third spot with both players finished with 17 points. On the turn for home it was Arch Sunderland who came from the clouds to overrun the field and win the 18 hole competition and the day to finish with 37 points, Varcoe had to settle for second spot finishing with 36 points and Warren held on for third with 34 points, Warren also capped off a good day wining the nearest to the pin award on the par 3, 5th hole. Last Saturday saw only a small field greet the starter to compete in a stable ford competition and with the sun shining it was Matt Osmond, playing in his first week in the A-grade who had a day out shooting an impressive 78 off the stick to romp in finishing with 44 points. Most weeks Ben Golding’s 38 points would easily been enough to win, but Golding had to settle for second spot behind Osmond. Matt Warren also played very well finishing with 37 points which gave him third spot. In The B-grade it was Brian Thomson who led the charge winning with 34 points, Arch Sunderland capped off a good week to grab second spot with 33 points, while the good form of Dave Seymour continued to finish in third spot with 30 points. Nearest to the pin awards saw Viv Benson back at the club to win the 3rd hole, Matt Warren grabbed the 5th hole, Trevor Hutchesson won the 13th, while Golding hit the 17th, Seymour won the second shot to the 9th green while “Spike” Warren won the second shot to the 18th green. Birdies paid out 1 ball each to Golding x 2, Osmond and Matt Warren. We have a busy time coming up at the golf course in the next few weeks, starting this long weekend with the final round of the Millicent, Blackwood, and Loxton tri series winding up at Millicent this Sunday, so we need as many players as possible to give us the best chance of winning. This Thursday is a stable ford competition as is Saturday for the AFL finals, Sunday is the tri series, while there is a stable ford competition on the public holiday Monday. Coming up on Sunday 12th November is the Australian Credit Union, Rexel sporting clubs 4 ball Ambrose challenge and with $1000 worth off prizes up for grabs get you team of 4 together now. After all that, there is only one more thing to say and that is GO CROWS!!!.
1st – M. Osmond 44pts
2nd – B. Golding 38pts
3rd – M. Warren 37pts
1st – B. Thompson 34pts
2nd – G. Sunderland 33pts
3rd – D. Seymour 30pts
3rd – V. Bennison
5th – M. Warren
13th – T. Atkinson
17th – B. Golding
2nd to 9th – D. Seymour
2nd to 18th – G. Warren
B. Golding * 2
O.P. Williams Mixed Pinehurst Golf Day On Sunday, 17th September, the O.P. Williams Mixed Pinehurst Foursomes was contested at the Millicent Golf Club. 10 pairs competed and the weather was beautiful with sunny conditions, the day was enjoyed by all. The O.P. (Owen) Williams event was dedicated to him for the work he did for the club in helping develop fairways and construction of the Clubhouse in its current location in 1961. Owen was the Club Captain at the time, President(1966-67) and is a Life Member of the Millicent Golf Club. Owen has been living at Victor Harbor with his wife Edie, and would have turned 97 early in September, but unfortunately, passed away at the end of August. Overall Winners on the day were Kathy Sporer and Mark Pilmore with a nett score of 69.5 on a countback from Sue Ireland and Geoff Cameron.
Runners up – OP Williams Trophy – Sue Ireland, Val Williams (representing O.P. Williams) and Geoff Cameron.
Winners – OP Williams Trophy – Mark Pilmore, Val Williams (representing O.P. Williams) and Kathy Sporer.
The Millicent Golf Club Ladies held their Club and Grade Championship Finals on Wednesday 20th September. Fine conditions were the order of the day and the Club and B Grade Championship was played over 36 holes, while the C Grade challenge was over 18 holes. Kirsty Bailey and Helen Chilton had a fantastic match, contesting the Club Championship, and it was not decided until the 36th hole, where Kirsty recorded a win over Helen 1 up. In the B Grade, Glenis Skeer and Julie McKenzie played a very tight match, Glenis winning on the 35th hole 2 up with 1 to play to be declared the Champion. Marg Baker and Sue Ireland also had a very even match, playing for the C Grade Championship. The ever reliable Marg came to the fore and won on the 17th hole – 2 up with 1 to play.
– B Grade – L-R Val Williams – Caddie, Glenis Skeer – Winner, Lyn Watson – Referee, Julie McKenzie – Runner Up and Bronwyn Clarke – Caddie.
Club Championship – L-R Kathy Sporer – Caddie, Helen Chilton – Runner Up, Mary Winser – Referee, Kirsty Bailey – Winner and Sue Agnew – Caddie
C Grade Winner, Marg Baker plays a fairway shot during the Championship play off
C Grade Runner up, Sue Ireland plays her Tee Shot on the 4th Hole
L-R – Runners Up – Helen Chilton – Club Championship and Julie McKenzie – B Grade Championship – (Absent – Sue Ireland, C Grade Championship.
L-R – – Winners – Kirsty Bailey – Club Champion, Glenis Skeer – B Grade Champion and Marg Baker – C Grade Champion
14/09/17 – 16/09/17
After cruising the South Pacific for the past fortnight, it was great to get back to the sunny South East, were the weather here has often been compared to the South Pacific, 30 degree’s every day and not a breath of wind, NOT, but the winter weather has suited Dave Seymour, winning the September monthly medal and the good form of Andy Varcoe has continued until last Saturday when a backfire caused a few problems and the support crew from Millicent was needed. Last Thursday saw a small field greet the starter to compete in a stable ford competition. Played in cool windy conditions, scoring was always going to be difficult, but not for Terry Chant, who flew out of the blocks early to put the pressure on the rest of the field, winning the front 9 hole competition with an impressive 21 points, close behind in second spot was Brian Thomson winning a count back from Arch Sunderland with 20 points each. On the turn for home Chant and Thomson battled it out, while Andy Varcoe came from the clouds to force a three way dead on the finishing line, once the dust had settled it was chant who got the nod in the count back, Thomson held on for second spot while Varcoe had to settle for third spot after all finishing with 37 points. It’s great to see Scott Varcoe back out at the golf course and playing in the first group of the day, put his tee shot very close on the par 3, 5th hole to win the nearest to the pin award. The weather on Saturday improved and it was the first sign of spring which also means footy finals, which kept a few away from the golf course, but that did not stop Ian Greenwood from having a day out. In the A-grade it was greenwood who showed all his class winning with an impressive 38 points, Mark Pilmore did all the chasing but had to settle for second spot finishing with 37 points, while Jamie Bellinger, Barry Snook and Phil “bald eagle” Hunter had good rounds, finishing with 36 points each. In the B-grade Arch Sunderland found some good form to win with 36 points, Peter Burchard had a good day out to finish in second spot with 35 points, while Brian Thomson continued his good form to grab third spot with 35 points. In the trick shots for the day, the 3rd green was left free, Bellinger won the 5th hole, Phil Hunter had a purple patch on the back 9 holes to birdie the 12th hole, win the NTP on the 13th green to finish with par, then Eagle the 14th hole to win the eagles nest and have 22 points on the back 9 holes. Greenwood won the 17th green, the 2nd shot on the 9th hole was left free while “Spike” Warren won the 2nd shot to the 18th green. Greenwood capped off a good day out to win 4 golf balls for the only birdie of the day with his shot onto the 17th green. Last Sunday was the O.P.Williams mixed Pinehurst foursomes, played in fine conditions 30 players took to the course and it was the pair of Kathy Sporer and Mark Pilmore who managed to defend their title winning with a score of net 69 ½. This week we have a stable ford competition on both Thursday and Saturday being for the IGA supermarket voucher, then on Sunday 1st October it’s our turn to play host to the final round of the Millicent, Blackwood, Loxton tri challenge, so we need as many players as possible to give us the best chance of winning.
Millicent Golf Club Ladies held their Open Day on Tuesday 5th September 2017. With a change in format, players from around the district were invited to play in a Pinehurst Foursomes Event. 76 players from 10 clubs entered but with strong winds and rain present, 66 ladies took to the course. Thanks to the hard work of a few men on Monday, the course was presented in fantastic condition. All ladies finished the 18 holes, which was a credit to them in trying weather. The new format proved to be very popular as everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day despite the conditions and some excellent scores were returned. After play, a scrumptious afternoon tea was provided by the Millicent Ladies and the presentation of trophies followed. Gross Winners: Kirsty Bailey and Lyn Watson, Millicent – 87 Gross Runners Up: Rab Headlam and Helen Gregory, Mount Gambier – 93 Nett Winners – Wendy Hollick and Deb Redman – Penola – 68.5 Nett Runners Up – Sue Ireland and Carmel Cory – Millicent – 71.5 3rd Nett – Janet Watson and Bronwyn Clarke – Millicent – 73.5 4th Nett – Julie McKenzie and Michele Smith – Millicent – 78 Nearest to Pins were won by Deb Redman – Penola, Fiona Punton – Blue Lake and Kay MacKenzie – Bordertown. Combined Long Drives were won by Karina Higgins and Rachel Smith – Lucindale and Megan Watson and Petrina Smith – Lucindale. Straight Drive won by Janet Watson – Millicent
Julie Howe and Annie McLennan – Beachport – waiting to hit off the 13th Tee
Players from Bordertown and Lucindale on the 13th Green
A very welcome spectator directs players to the 13th Tee
1st – I. Greenwood 38pts
2nd – M. Pilmore 37pts
1st – G. Sunderland 36pts
2nd – P. Burchard 35pts
3rd – not hit
5th – J. Bellinger
13th – P. Hunter
17th – I. Greenwood
2nd to 9th – not hit
2nd to 18th – G. Warren
Eagle on 14th