WARREN WINS PRESIDENTS TROPHY

17/08/17 – 20/08/17

Once again the weather played a big part in the scoring last week out at the Millicent golf course, with cool breezy conditions last Sunday for the Quarter finals of the club championships the quality of golf played was a credit to all players. In the A- grade both games were all square teeing off on the final hole with putting deciding both games as John Reynolds defeated a gallant Phil Thrussell after Thrussells missed his putt to half the hole. Andy Varcoe got the better of Alan Schultz in the second game on the final green after Varcoe holed his par putt while Schultz lipped out his putt to keep the game going. In the B-grade Andrew Ferguson got the better of Justin Saint winning 4/2 while Martin Cameron had a day out with the putter to knock off Matt Osmond 5/4. Only a small field greeted the starter last Thursday to compete in a stable ford competition. Played in cool conditions it was Andrew Ferguson and Dave Seymour who came to play, winning the front 9 hole competition with 18 points, Terry Chant, Brian Thomson and Manny Fuentes were doing all the chasing finishing with 14 points each. On the turn for home it was Seymour who put his foot down to run away with the win and the best score of the day finishing with an impressive 37 points, Ferguson held on for second finishing with 34 points while Thomson finished in third spot with 33 points. The nearest to the pin award for the par 3,5th hole went to Scott Packer who hit the green on a tough day into the wind. Saturday was a stroke round playing for the President’s trophy in cool windy conditions and it was “Spike” Warren who took out the trophy after a tight tussle winning a count back from John Reynolds after both players finished with net 70, both players also finished in first and second spots in the A-grade while Mark Pretty was close behind in third spot finishing with net 71. In the B-grade it was the inform Dave Seymour who finally found his swing to easily win his grade finishing with net 72. Trevor Atkinson grabbed second spot in a count back with net 76 from Chris Wirth visiting from Mt Gambier to also finish with net 76. Nearest to the pin awards for the day saw Arch Sunderland hit the 3rd green, Reynolds capped off a good day winning the 5th green and also sinking his birdie putt. Pretty won the 13th green while the 17th green and the second shot to the 9th green were left vacant and Warren was closest for two shots on the 18th green. Birdies paid out 2 balls each to Reynolds on the 5th, Pretty also on the 5th green and Owen Merrett on the 13th. This week is another busy week, with a stable ford competition on Thursday playing for points in the Masters trophy, while Saturday is also a stable ford competition playing for the IGA supermarket trophy and Sunday is the grand final of the men’s club Championships, with Andy Varcoe taking on John Reynolds over 36 holes in the A-grade. In the B- grade Andrew Ferguson Plays Martin Cameron over 36 holes and Dave Seymour plays Manny Fuentes in the C- grade over 18 holes, the first game tees off at 9.30 am. Good luck to all players.

M.P

VARCOE DOMINATES WEEK OF GOLF

10/08/17 – 13/08/17

It’s been another very busy week out at the Millicent golf club last week with the start of the finals of the club championships starting last Sunday. In the A-grade Andy Varcoe got the better of Scott Packer 4/3, Alan Schultz knocked of the reigning champion Terry Chant 1 up, John Reynolds won 3/2 over Hayden Fennell while Phil Thrussell and Ben Golding went down the 20th hole with Thrussell finally getting the win. Next Sunday Varcoe plays Schultz while Reynolds plays Thrussell. In the B-grade Matt Osmond was lucky to get a bye in the first round as Craig Kuiper was a late scratching, Martin Cameron just knocked off club captain Trevor Atkinson on the 19th hole, Andrew Ferguson got the better of Scott Lonergan on the 20th hole and odds on favourite for the title Paul Whitford got knocked off on the 20th hole by young gun Justin Saint. Next Sunday we have Osmond playing Cameron while Ferguson plays Saint in the other final. Only a small field took to the course last Thursday to compete in a stable ford competition played in cool calm conditions it was Craig Kuiper who jumped out of the blocks early to put the pressure on the rest of the field winning the front 9 hole competition with 19 points, Terry Chant was doing all the chasing to grab second spot from Arch Sunderland in a count back with both players finishing with 18 points. On the turn for home, it was Kuiper who held his good form to run away with an easy win finishing with 39 points, as with the front 9, Chant knocked off Sunderland in a count back for second spot as both players finished with 35 points. Kuiper capped off a good day out winning the nearest to the pin on the par 3, 5th hole. The winter sun finally broke through last Saturday as the field took to the course to compete in a stable ford competition and once again it was Andy Varcoe who dominated the day winning the A-grade with 37 points, also the nearest to the pin awards on the 3rd, & 13th holes and the 2nd shot to the 18th green, Varcoe has had a big winter dominating in the cold rainy wintery conditions and is in the best form of his career. Ben Golding finished in a close second finishing with 36 points while Paul Whitford and Alan Schultz had to settle for third with 35 points. In the B-grade it was Geoff Cameron getting up in a count back from the unlucky Mike McRostie winning with 32 points, Scott lonergan was close behind in third spot with 31 points. Nearest to the pin awards went to Varcoe on the 3rd & 13th, Whitford won the 5th hole and “Spike” Warren grabbed the 17th, Trever Atkinson won the closest for 2 shots on the 9th hole while Varcoe won the closest for 2 shots on the 18th green, birdies paid out 2 balls to Martin Cameron and Scott Lonergan while Paul Whitford had a fantastic eagle 2 on the par 4,12th hole playing a driver than pitching wedge to win the eagle’s nest. This week we have another busy week with a stable ford competition on Thursday and Saturday plus the semi-finals of the club championships on Sunday, if you want to watch some good golf get out on Sunday and walk around to support the players still going in the championships.

M.P

VARCOE WINS MONTHLY MEDAL

03/08/17 – 05/08/17 

It was a very busy week out at the Millicent golf club last week, with the threat of heavy rain in the afternoon last Friday, the decision to bring the tee off time an hour earlier for the farmers and stock agents day was a master stroke, with 30 teams in the field, the last groups were just finishing as the heavens opened up. It was fair to say most players did their best work once the golf had finished as good fun was had by all. Winning the day with a score of 50, 7/8th was S. Pulmer, A. Gregory, P.Bowman and N.Brown. Second with 53, ¼ was the team of M.Redding, C.Boston, J.Gosse and T.Dennis, while third was J.Bellinger, S.Kuhl, C.Faulting and B.Foster. A big thank you goes to all the sponsors and volunteer’s which made it such a sucseccfull day.

Only a small field greeted the starter last Thursday to compete in a stable ford competition, played in cool conditions and it was the inform Terry Chant who jumped out of the blocks early to put the pressure on the rest of the field, winning the front 9 hole competition with 20 points, Mike McRostie and Craig Kuiper were doing all the chasing to finish in second and third spots as a count back had to separate them with 18 points each. On the turn for home, it was Chant who put his foot down to run away with an easy win finishing with 37 points in tough conditions, Andy Varcoe came home well to grab second spot finishing with 34 points, while Kuiper and Paul Whitford finished in third spot with 32 points. Varcoe capped off a good day out winning the nearest to the pin award on the par 3,5th hole.

With the threat of heavy rain and a few sore heads only a small field competed in the monthly medal and last qualifying stroke round for the club championships and it was Andy Varcoe who has been in fantastic form of late winning the A-grade and the monthly medal with a score of 77off the stick to finish with a net 73 in tough conditions. John Reynolds was close behind in second with a score of net 74, while Greg Cook and Ian Greenwood finished with net 76. In the B-grade in was it was hard going with Andrew Ferguson winning the day with a good score of net 75, Trevor Atkinson grabbed second with a net 78, while Scott Lonergan, Martin Cameron and Mike McRostie finished with net 80. In the nearest to the pin awards, Atkinson won the 3rd, Varcoe has made the 5th his own of late, and Mark Pilmore got close on the 13th, the 17th green was too hard to hit into the wind as was the second shot to the 9th green for the B-grade, Phil Thrussell won the 2nd shot to the 18th green for the A-grade. Birdies paid out 1 ball each to Varcoe, Thrussell, Scott Packer, Pilmore and Lyle McGreggor. John Reynolds had a good day out with the flat stick winning the putting competition with 24 putts.

With the Qualifying now over for the club championships the semi-finals will be played on Sunday, starting at 11.30am with the A-grade. In match 1 Terry Chant plays Allan Schultz, Phil Thrussell plays Ben Golding, John Reynolds plays Hayden Fennell and in the last game Andy Varcoe plays Scott Packer. The B-grade will follow with Andrew Ferguson playing Martin Cameron, Craig Kuiper plays Trevor Atkinson, Paul Whitford plays Scott Lonergan and in the last game Matt Osmond plays Justin Saint. Good luck to all players.  

M.P

STEVENS DOMINATES WITH BRILLIANT ROUND OF GOLF

27/07/17 – 29/07/17 

Once again the weather dominated the golf last week, with the threat of torrential down pours last Thursday and Saturday the fields were only small as most decided to stay home in front of the fire, it took a regular visitor in West Gambier cricketer Shane Stevens to our golf course to have a day out winning with a brilliant round of golf.

Last Thursday on a small field of dedicated golfers took to the course to compete in a stable ford competition, and with the threat of heavy rain in the afternoon the field set off in cool windy conditions, leading the way on the front nine hole competition with 21 points, Terry Chant was finding the conditions to his liking, Dave Seymour and Bob Childs were doing all the chasing having good front nine holes as both players finished with 19 points. At the ½ time break the heavens opened up and the rain set in, unfortunately the course became unplayable and play had to be abandoned for the day.

Saturday was a stable ford competition and with the threat of heavy rain in the afternoon, most of the field hit the course early in the morning to beat the on coming down pour, playing in tough conditions it was Shane Stevens who had a day out winning the A-grade in style. Playing off an 11 handicap Stevens had a very impressive 45 points including 15 par’s, 1 birdie, 1 bogie, and a double bogie on the 9th hole to finish his round with 74 off the stick. Lyle McGregor was a distant second finishing with 38 points, winning a count back which sent Mark Pilmore to third spot also on 38 points. In The B-grade it was the very consistent Mike McRostie who had the win with a good round of 36 points, Scott Lonergan had a good day out to finish in second spot with 34 points, while Dave Seymour grabbed third spot with 31 points. Nearest to the pin awards for the day went to Phil Hunter on the third hole, McRostie grabbed the 5th hole and Seymour won the 13th hole, no player hit the 17th green, also the second shots to the 9th & 18th green was also left free, birdies payed out 1 ball each to Paul Whitford on the 3rd hole, Phil Thussell grabbed 2 birdies on the 5th & 17th holes while Stevens got his birdie on the 5th hole.

This week is a busy week out at the golf course, with the Farmers and Stock agents day on this Friday, there could be some sore heads on Saturday for the Monthly medal stroke round and also the 5th and final qualifying round for the club championships and putting competition. Quarter finals of the club championships will be held on Sunday 13/08/17, semi-finals are to be held on Sunday 20/08/17 and the grand finals for each grade will be held on Sunday 27/08/17, good luck to all that are playing.    

M.P

GREG COOK WINS STROKE ROUND

20/07/17 – 22/07/17 

It is no coincidence, that with a reprieved from the artic conditions last week, the scores improved along with the weather, and with the golf course in fantastic condition at the moment, the skill and class of Greg Cook came to the fore last Saturday afternoon as he made a mess of the field to win the stroke round.

Only a small field greeted the starter last Thursday, to compete in a stable ford competition played in good conditions for golf, and it was Arch Sunderland who jumped out of the blocks early to put the pressure on the rest of the field, winning the front nine hole competition with an impressive 21 points, Mark Pilmore had to do all the chasing to finish close behind in second spot with 20 points, while Andrew Ferguson, Terry Chant, Bob Childs and “Spike” Warren all finished with 17 points. On the turn for home and with the whips cracking, it was Pilmore who had all the luck on the back nine holes, winning the 18 hole competition and the day finishing with 40 points, Chant made up good ground to grab second spot finishing with 36 points while young gun Justin Saint came flying home to finish in third spot with 35 points. The Par 3,5th hole proved to be very elusive for all the field as the nearest to the pin award went begging for the second week in a row.

Last Saturday was the best conditions we have had out at the golf course for a while and good numbers turned out to compete in a stroke competition and it was Greg Cook playing in the afternoon who was the only player in the field to actually beat his handicap, winning the A-grade with an impressive 78 off the stick to finish with a net 70. Paul Whitford managed to match his handicap to finish in second spot with a net 72 while Mark Pilmore won a count back for third spot over Chris Agnew as both finished with a net 74. In the B-grade it was Scott Lonergan who won the Count back to win with a net 78 from the unlucky Dave Seymour who had to settle for second also finishing with a net 78, while Geoff Cameron, Arch Sunderland and Mike McRostie all finished with net 79. In the trick shots for the day Geoff Cameron won the nearest to the pin award on the 3rd hole, Whitford won the 5th, Scott Packer hit the 13th, the 17th green was left alone for the day, Ron Hateley won the 2nd shot into the 9th green while Terry Chant grabbed the second shot into the 18th green. Birdies paid out 1 ball each to Whitford, Packer and Martin Cameron.

Now we have all had an Airy at one time or another in our golfing life, stuck under a big bush or in the scrub but the word going around is one of our big hitting members had a few problems on the 8th tee block last Saturday, now this member has improved out of site and is lowering his handicap all the time, known for his massive driving of the golf ball off the tee, he shaped up to bang one out of site only to clean miss the ball much to the amusement of his playing partners as one commented I’ve got him on this hole. This week we have a stable ford competition on Thursday playing for points in the Masters trophy, while Saturday is also a stable ford competition playing for the 2nd round of the Mitch Williams trophy and also the IGA supermarket trophy.

M.P

MILLICENT GOLF CLUB NOW OFFERS JUNIORS, BEGINNERS, SENIORS, VISITORS AND EXISTING MEMBERS, THE OPTION OF PLAYING ON A SHORT COURSE, WHICH IS MARKED BY ORANGE TEES.

WHILE STILL ENJOYING THE PICTURESQUE SETTING OF THE GOLF COURSE, THE SHORT COURSE WILL BE AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE, OFFERING  A DIFFERENT CHALLENGE ON THIS FANTASTIC COURSE. A GREAT WAY TO SHARPEN YOUR SHORT GAME THE NEW SHORT COURSE IS DESIGNED TO ENHANCE THE ENJOYMENT LEVEL OF ALL GOLFERS AND WOULD BE OF GREAT BENEFIT TO PEOPLE WHO ARE TIME POOR.

FOR LADIES, A PAR 66 WITH A SLOPE RATING OF 95, THE COURSE OFFERS;

1 PAR 5, 10 PAR 4’S AND 7 PAR 3’S.

FOR MEN, A PAR 60 WITH A SLOPE RATING OF 93, THE COURSE OFFERS;

6 PAR 4’S AND 12 PAR 3’S.

SHORT COURSE SCORE CARDS HAVE A MAP OF EACH HOLE SHOWING APPROXIMATELY WHERE THE ORANGE TEE OFF AREA IS ON THE FAIRWAY.

ORANGE MARKERS ARE ALSO INDICATED ON TREES TO HELP PLAYERS FIND THE VICINITY OF THE TEE BLOCKS.

PLEASE NOTE, IN THE INTEREST OF PRESERVING THE COURSE IN TOP CONDITION, THE SHORT COURSE TEES ARE TO BE USED TO PLAY GOLF, THEY ARE NOT A PRACTICE AREA.

PLEASE KEEP PRACTICING TO THE PRACTICE FAIRWAY.

MILLICENT IS THE ONLY CLUB IN THE SOUTH EAST TO OFFER A SHORT COURSE OPTION SO WE’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR FEEDBACK.

LET US KNOW IN THE BOOK SUPPLIED WHETHER OR NOT YOU ENJOYED IT, THANKYOU.

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Orange Markers on trees                Teeing off on the Short Course 10th

 

VARCOE CONTINUES ON GOOD FORM

13/07/17 – 15/07/17 

HOW GOOD IS GOLF!!! that is the question that must be asked at this time of the year, winter is a very tough time to play golf, with the wind blowing and the rain pouring down scoring has become tough for everybody out at the Millicent golf course except for Andy Varcoe who is in career best form and does not seem to be affected by winter as he continues on his fantastic form of late.

Last Thursday saw only a small field take to the course to compete in a stable ford competition and with the threat of heavy rain in the Afternoon it was Justin Saint and Robert Beverage who jumped out of the blocks early to get the score on the board, winning the front nine hole competition with 18 points each. Terry Chant was doing all the chasing to finish in third spot with 17 points. In the run for home, it was Chant who held his form on the back nine holes to win the 18 hole competition and the day finishing with 34 points, Saint had to settle for second spot finishing with 33 points while Andrew Ferguson grabbed third finishing with 32 points. No player could manage to hit the par 3,5th hole for the day, so the club was the winner for the nearest to the pin award.

Good numbers took to the course last Saturday to compete in a stable ford competition playing for the IGA supermarket voucher and it was Andy Varcoe who had a day out in the cold morning conditions to win the A-grade and the IGA supermarket voucher with an impressive 38 points, John Reynolds and Alan Schultz had to settle for second and third with 35 points each while Ben Golding was close behind with 34 points. In the B-grade it was the improving Justin Saint who is in good form of late to win with 37 points, Ron Hateley was close behind in second spot finishing with 36 points while Dave Seymour is just starting to find his swing again to finish in third spot with 33 points. The Ladies competition saw Helen Chilton have a Good win finishing with 36 points from Kathy Sporer in second spot with 30 points. Nearest to the pin awards for the day went to Schultz on the 3rd, Phil Hunter on the 5th, Trevor Atkinson on the 13th, and Ian Greenwood won the 17th. The B-grader’s missed out on the 2nd shot to the ninth while “Spike” Warren won the 2nd shot to the 18th green, birdies paid out 1 ball each to Greenwood, Jamie Dunecliff, Brian Bowman, Atkinson, Golding and Saint.

Social Media went into melt down early last week with the news that a local club legend was in the process of bringing out a training DVD called the complete package, pre orders for the DVD have been so strong the volume 2 is already in the pipeline, don’t miss out on this must have DVD that every golfer should have in their collection. This week we have a stable ford competition on Thursday and a Stroke round on Saturday.

M.P