ATKINSON WINS IGA TROPHY

08/12/17 – 10/12/17

The weird weather patterns of late have continued to affect the golf club of late as extreme highs of 38 plus degrees on one day them 20 – 30 mm of rain the next day seem to be continuing this week as they did last week. Last Thursday was one of those days with the potential of heavy rain it was only the two early morning groups who were lucky enough to get through the 18 holes unscathed, good numbers turned out to contest in a stable ford competition and with the rest of the field getting off the first tee block in warm humid conditions, it did not take long to realise that, that was a bad decision. By the third hole the heavens had opened up and the field looked like a bunch of drowned rats just trying to get to the end of the ninth hole and the shelter of the club house. With no end in sight the day was called off with Kevin Rainey winning with 36 points from Tony bowering finishing with 35 points from the early morning group, Rainey also just knocked off Bowering for the nearest to the pin on the par 3, 5th hole. Saturday was a warm windy day, but much better for golf, as good numbers turned out to compete in a stroke round playing for the IGA supermarket voucher and with the golf course in fantastic condition and some friendly pin placements scoring was going to be high, and the players rose to the challenge with club president Owen Merrett leading the way in the A-grade with a net 67, Andrew Ferguson was close behind in second spot with net 69, Ian Greenwood had to settle for third with a net 70, while Ben Golding finished with a net71. In the B-grade it was club captain Trevor Atkinson who took out the IGA supermarket trophy with an impressive score of net 66, while Brian Thomson claimed second spot with net 71, while Peter Burchard and Dave Seymour finishing with net 74. On the par 3’s it was Merrett claiming the 3rd and 5th greens, Andy Varcoe won the 13th, Golding claimed the 17th, while Thomson won the second shot to the 9th green, and Greenwood winning the second shot to the 18th hole, birdies came easy on the par 3’s with Merrett, Varcoe, Golding, Greenwood all making their putts while Mick Pedler, Alan Schultz and Atkinson also joined the party to claim 1 golf ball each. With Christmas day falling on a Monday this year, we do not lose any golf days with a stable ford competition being played on every Thursday and Saturday on the lead up to Christmas with also a stable ford competition on Boxing Day Tuesday 26/12/2017.

M.P

Chant wins monthly medal

30/11/17 – 02/12/17

The weather patterns of the previous weeks continued last week with some very hot humid day’s then 20-30mm of rain on the other days, it’s easy to see that the fairways are loving the conditions of late and are in the best condition of recent times, it would be really nice to actually get to hit a ball off them every now and again. Good numbers turned out to compete in last Thursday’s stable ford competition, it was always going to be tough playing in hot humid conditions but that did not stop Tony Bowering from jumping out of the blocks early in the first group of the day to win the front 9 hole competition with 18 points, Ron Hateley, Terry Chant and Bob Childs were all close behind to fill the minor positions with 17 points. On the turn for home it was Bowering who put the foot down to have a solid back 9 holes to win the 18 hole competition and the day with 38 points, Andrew Varcoe came home strong to grab second spot with 36 points, while “Spike” Warren and Herman Vanderhuel finished with 35 points, Warren capped off a good day out to win the nearest to the pin award on the par 3,5th hole. It was a cool damp morning that greeted the field who competed in a stroke round for the monthly medal along with a putting competition it was Terry Chant who had been in fine form of late to be to good winning the monthly medal and the A-grade with a score of net 72 and winning the putting competition with 26 putts on a day where there were some very tricky pin placements, Chant was just too good. Viv Bennisson and Martin Cameron had to settle for the placing’s with the score of net 74. In the B-grade it was Dave Seymour who is back in form winning with a net 73, Trevor Atkinson grabbed second with net 75, while Trevor Hutchesson had to settle for third spot with a net 76. The nearest to the pin awards went to “Spike” Warren on the 3rd, Bennisson won the 5th hole, Atkinson grabbed the 13th hole, while Phil Hunter was closest on the 17th. Hutchesson was closest for 2 shots on the 9th hole for the B-grade while Andrew Ferguson was very close for 2 shots on the 18th hole, Chant and Hunter got the only birdies on the par 3’s for the day to pick up 3 golf balls each. With the countdown to Christmas well and truly on, it’s time to eat, drink and be merry and hopefully Santa can bring a decent golf swing and a putter that hits the ball in the hole, wishful thinking really !!! This week is a stable ford round on Thursday and a stroke round on Saturday, good luck to all.

M.P

HYLAND’S DOMINATION CONTINUES

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.

M.P

HYLAND HITS TOP FORM

16/11/17 – 18/11/17

The weather extremes hit the Millicent golf club last week, from the hot weather early in the week to the cold wind and torrential rain last Thursday, the rain was a god send for the golf course, but unfortunately the normal Thursday stable ford competition had to be cancelled. Saturday turned the weather on and good numbers turned out to compete in a stable ford competition and with the golf course in fantastic condition scoring was always going to be high. In the A-grade it was Paul Whitford who had a day out and with the spider putter on fire, Whitford dominated the field to win with 37 points, Mark Pilmore had to settle for second spot after losing a count back to Whitford after also finishing on 37 points, another count back was needed to decided third spot with Andrew Ferguson getting up over Andrew Varcoe after both finished with 36 points. In the B-grade it was Jim Hyland who shot the best score of the day to be too good for the rest of the field to win with an impressive 38 points, Arch Sunderland kept his good recent form going to be close behind in second spot with 37 points, while Ron Hateley had to settle for third with 35 points. In the nearest to the pin awards for the day Ferguson won the 3rd, Ben Young hit the 5th and 17th green while Hyland capped off a good day out to win the 13th green, Hyland made his birdie putt to claim 3 golf balls along with Terry Chant who had to only other birdie for the day, nobody in the B-grade managed to hit the 9th green in two shots while “Spike” Warren won the second shot to the 18th green for the A-grade. As stated last week, with a long hot summer on the way, the fairways are going to be under extreme stress so could everybody please take care where they travel on the hot days with your carts and even buggies. This week we have a stable ford competition on both Thursday and Saturday.

M.P

Millicent Golf Club Sporting Challenge 12.11.17

The Millicent Golf Club conducted a Sporting Challenge on Sunday 12th November, taking the format of a 4 Ball Ambrose Competition. 15 Teams represented their relative sporting Clubs

Winner of the Day was the Hatherleigh Football Club – L-R Justin MacGregor, Nigel Brown, Simon Beggs & Bob Jones

Squash Club – Runner Up of the Day was the Millicent Squash Club – L-R Craig Kuiper, Matt Wright, Brenton Abbott & Peter Allison

Tantanoola – 3rd Place – Tantanoola Football Club – L-R Spike Warren, Pete Little, Peter Burchard & Mick Agnew

4th Place – L-R Matt Warren, Wigg Gamble, Ian Greenwood & Nathan Burns

5th Place – Millicent Croquet Club – L-R Brian Duldig, Mardi Sunderland, Lois Tilley & Glen Tilley

6th Place – L-R – Ben Gordon, John Facey, Scott Varcoe & Cameron Saint.

7th Place – Kongorong Cricket L-R Adam Maidment, Kade McLaren, Thomas Bellinger, Clay Leckie & Shane Bellinger

Millicent Football Club – represented by L-R – Mark Pilmore, Hamish Reilly, Pete Duncan & Martin Cameron

Glencoe Football Club – L-R – Jamie Bellinger, Alice Ten Tye, Dave Boyce, Mia Bellinger, Dylan Childs, Kallan Price, Matthew Crowe

THOMSON WINS IGA TROPHY

09/11/17 – 12/11/17

It was a big week out at the Millicent golf club last week with the playing of the People’s choice credit union/Rexel, 4 ball Ambrose sporting clubs challenge played last Sunday, with the golf course in fantastic condition and a warm day 16 teams to the course with the main objective being to keep the fluids up, good fun was had by all. The winning team from Hatherleigh FC of Justin McGreggor, Bob Jones, Simon Beggs and Nigel Brown were to good shooting 68 off the stick for a net 55 3/8th, Second spot went Millicent Squash Club with Craig Kuiper, Peter Allison, Brenton Abbott and Mark Wright shooting 66 off the stick for a net 56 while Tantanoola FC grabbed third spot with “Spike” Warren, Peter Burchard, Mick Agnew and Peter Little shooting 68 off the stick to finish with a net 57 ½. A big thank you must go to the many volunteers who put in all the hard work on a very warm day to make it such a successful day for the golf club. Last Thursday saw a small group head out to compete in a stable ford competition, played in fine warm conditions it was Philip Hunter who jumped out of the blocks early winning the front 9 hole competition with 19 points, Terry Chant was doing all the chasing finishing in second spot with 18 points while Viv Bennison, Tony Bowering, Arch Sunderland and Bob Childs were also close behind with 17 points. On the turn for home it was Tony Bowering who held his nerve to win the 18 hole competition and the day finishing with 36 points, Sunderland had to settle for second spot finishing with 35 points while Chant and Bruce Packer tied for third with 34 points. Andy Varcoe managed to get something out of the day winning the nearest to the pin award on the par 3,5th hole. With the weather warming up last Saturday the competition was changed from a stroke round to a stable ford competition and good numbers took to the course with the IGA supermarket voucher up for grabs. In the A-grade it was Viv Bennison who had a day out winning with an impressive 38 points, Ian Greenwood and Ben Young had to settle with second and third spots after both finished with 37 points and Mark Pretty was close behind with 36 points. In the B-grade it was Brian Thomson who won the day and the IGA supermarket voucher with 38 points in a count back from Bennison, Arch Sunderland and Trevor Atkinson both finished with 37 points to finish in second and third spots while Jim Hyland had a good round with 36 points. In the trick shots Scott Packer had the only birdie on the par 3’s to bag 4 golf balls, Ben Young won the 3rd, Bennison capped off a good day to win the 5th, Thomson was much the same winning the 13th, while Terry Chant grabbed the 17th, Atkinson was closest for 2 shots on the 9th green, while “Spike” Warren was closest for 2 shots on the 18th green. Could I please remind all members with golf carts to please try and not drive on the fairways or get to close to the greens as much as possible especially with the warm weather starting thanks, this week we have a stable ford competition on both Thursday and Saturday.

M.P

PRETTY WINS MONTHLY MEDAL

02/10/17 – 04/10/17

This Sunday 12th November is the People’s choice credit union/Rexel electrical sporting club’s challenge 4 ball Ambrose competition, the event is opened to all golfers and non-golfers, male or female, you just need a team of 4 players and have fun. The cost is $30 per player or $120 per team including a BBQ lunch, start time is 10.30am for registration, get your teams together for a great day out. Last Thursday was a stable ford competition played in good conditions for golf, so as expected good numbers greeted the starter and it was the inform Viv Bennison who got off to a great start winning the front 9 hole competition in a count back with 19 points, Mick Pedler and Brian Duldig had to settle for second and third respectively also finishing with 19 points. On the turn for home, it was a tight tussle with many players in contention it was Bennison who showed all his class to blow away the field winning with 38 points, second and third was close with Keith Thrussell, Pedler, Duldig and Dave Seymour all finishing with 36 points. Arch Sunderland got something out of the day winning the nearest to the pin on the par 3, 5th hole. Saturday was the Monthly medal and good numbers turned out to compete in a stroke round plus a putting competition. The weather was perfect and the golf course was in fantastic condition so it was great to see Mark Pretty shoot 72 off the stick to win the monthly medal and the A-grade with a score of net 70, Philip Hunter was second with net 72 while Brian Duldig finished in third with net 73. In the B-grade it was Peter Burchard winning with net 73, Arch Sunderland grabbed second with net 75 and Trevor Atkinson finished in third with net 76. In the C-grade Trevor Atkinson won the day with net 77, Bruce Packer finished second with net 83 while Jim Hyland grabbed third with net 85. Nearest to the pin awards went to Burchard on the 3rd, Atkinson on the 5th, Pretty on the 13th, and the 17th was left free, all three players made their birdie putts and along with Andrew Ferguson won 2 golf balls each, Scott Lonergan was closest for 2 shots on the 9th green while Pretty capped off a great day out winning the closest for 2 shots on the 18th green. Ian Greenwood won the putting competition with 28 putts. Next week’s events starts off this Sunday with the 4 ball Ambrose competition, Thursday is a stable ford competition playing for points in the Masters trophy while Saturday is a stroke round playing for the IGA supermarket trophy.

M.P