A field of 14 men played a Stableford Competition on Thursday 7th June. Mick Pedler was the leader after 9 holes, with 20 points, winning the Competition from Tony Bowering and Ron Hateley , both with 19 points. Mick hung on to win the 18 hole Competition with a final score of 35 points on a countback from Ron Hateley, and David Seymour in third place with 32 points.
Saturday was quieter than usual at the club with only 18 players entering the competition, while the remainder of ‘regulars’ headed to Loxton for the Tri Challenge which is played between Loxton, Blackwood and Millicent Golf Clubs.
Saturday at Millicent saw Lyal ‘Spinner’ MacGregor return a card of 38 points, winning the A Grade competition from Andrew Ferguson with 37 points and Ben Golding 32 points.
In the B Grade it was David Seymour winning with 38 points from Paul Whitford and Mick Pedler both on 35 points.
Nearest to Pins were Greg Cook on the 3rd, David Anderson and Garry McCormak, both visiting from Mount Gambier, on the 5th and 17th respectively and Martin Cameron on the 13th. Matthew Osmond was closest for two on the 9th Hole.
Birdies were achieved by Martin Cameron and David Anderson.
At Loxton, nine Millicent Men joined the locals and Blackwood Members on Saturday for a Stableford Competition. Ron Hateley had a great day out, recording 37 Stableford points to feature in the results. Terry Chant with 34 points, Michael McRostie and Phil Thrussell both with 31 points and Owen Merrett with 30 were worthy of a mention.
The visitors enjoyed the hospitality of the Loxton Members at the Club on Saturday evening, partaking in a delicious 3 Course Dinner and participating in Loxton’s renowned ‘Sheer Arse’ Competition.
A team of 7 members from each of the three Clubs ventured out to the 18th hole to compete for the Trophy in the dark. Each player had one shot from the bunker to the Green, using a night light golf ball, and were awarded points depending where the ball came to rest. Millicent’s team of Owen Merrett, Ron Hateley, Terry Chant, Phil Thrussell, Graham Sunderland, Kirsty Bailey and Mardi Sunderland were the winners with 19 points from Blackwood on 16 and Loxton coming in third. Terry Chant was happy to be ‘crowned’ with the perpetual trophy, to the amusement of fellow team members.
Sunday saw the serious competition between the three clubs for the second round of the Tri Challenge.
After compiling the top scores of 7 Men and 3 Ladies from each Club, Loxton were declared the daily winners with 353 points, followed by Blackwood on 299 and Millicent coming a close third on 296. Millicent’s team was Trevor Atkinson 36, Haydn Fennell and Ian Greenwood 32, Mardi Sunderland 31, Phil Thrussell and Chris Bailey 30, Graham Sunderland and Bruce Packer 28, Kirsty Bailey 27 and Pam Packer 22.
Trevor Atkinson was awarded a trophy for the best score for Millicent Men and Mardi Sunderland received the prize for the Millicent Ladies.
The Kevin & Margaret Young Salver, competed for by Millicent and Loxton was awarded to Loxton with 248 points to Millicent’s 213.
The final round of the Tri Challenge will be held at Millicent on Sunday 30th September. After the two completed rounds, Loxton are leading with 688 points, Blackwood second with 672 and Millicent trailing with 592. Hopefully the home course advantage will help Millicent to narrow the gap in the third and final round to retain the Tri Challenge Trophy, which they have won the two previous years.
Next Saturday, 16th June, there will be a Stroke Competition for the Millicent Men and a Stableford Competition for the Ladies.
Millicent’s Team of 10 – L-R Chris Bailey, Ian Greenwood, Phil Thrussell, Bruce Packer, Haydn Fennell, Pam Packer, Kirsty Bailey, Graham Sunderland, Mardi Sunderland, Trevor Atkinson
Millicent – Winners of Sheer Arse Trophy – L-R Phil Thrussell, Graham Sunderland, Kirsty Bailey Terry Chant, Mardi Sunderland, Owen Merrett, Ron Hateley.