GREENWOOD FIRE’S AS VARCOE BACKFIRE’S

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.

M.P

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