23/11/17 – 25/11/17
The weather extremes of late are something that we really haven’t experienced before in the South East with 35 degree temperatures on one day and 20-40mm of rain the next day, everything out at the golf course is growing at the rate of knots, the fairways and greens are looking fantastic but unfortunately the rough and weeds are growing just as quick, the volunteers on Tuesday are doing a great job to keep it all under control and some are even doing three and four days just to keep up, so if anyone else has a bit of spare time that they could donate to the golf club it would be much appreciated, many hands make light work !. Last Thursday was one of those extreme days with high temperatures expected but did not arrive, it turned out to be a very pleasant day for golf. At the starters gun it was Kevin Rainey who jumped out of the blocks in the first group of the day to put the pressure on the rest of the field winning the front nine hole competition with 21 points, Bruce packer was close behind in second spot with 20 points while Andrew Ferguson was waiting to pounce in third spot with 19 points. On the turn for home it was Ferguson who put the foot down to blow the field away having 24 points on the back nine holes to win the day with an impressive 43 points, Packer was very steady to finish in second spot with 40 points while Terry Chant also finished strongly to grab third with 39 points. Nearest to the pin on the par 3, 5th hole went to Mark Pilmore. Saturday morning started off warm and wet and you would swear we were playing golf in far north Queensland with the sun coming out in the afternoon to make for a humid day but that didn’t seem to worry Jim Hyland who is the inform golfer in the club at the moment. In the A-grade it was “Spike” Warren playing in the afternoon who had a good day out winning with 38 points, Phil Hunter had to settle for second behind Warren with 37 points, while black caps opening batsman Martin Cameron grabbed third from Scott Packer as both players finished with 36 points. In the B-grade and the big winner for the day was Jim Hyland with an impressive 43 points was way too good for all in the field, Ron Hateley had a good round but had to settle for second spot finishing with 40 points while Dave Seymour 39 points was good enough for third. Seymour also won the nearest to the pin on the 3rd, Alan Schultz won the 5th, Trever Atkinson was close on the 13th, while Craig Kuiper won the 17th hole. Justin Saint was closest for two shots on the 9th green for the B-grade while Warren knocked off Hunter in the last hit of the day for the closest for two shots to the 18th green for the A-grade. Arch Sunderland and Ron Hateley had the only birdies on the par 3’s to win 2 golf balls each. Anyone who wants to have their say in regards to how the club championships were run earlier this year, if we use the same format next year or look at changes, get on to Trever Atkinson with constructive advice, he is open to all ideas before he had to do the programme. Thursday is a stable ford competition playing for points in the summer masters trophy, while Saturday is a stroke round playing for the monthly medal with a putting competition.