MILLIPEDES WIN PENNANTS FINAL

18/05/17 – 21/05/17

It was a good week for the Millicent golf club last week, with fine calm Autumn weather, good numbers turned out and scoring was high which made it very hard to get a podium finish, but a week after the Ladies won their A-grade pennants final, it was the Millicent Millipedes Handicap side that had to step up to the plate last Sunday, playing Lucindale in the grand final at the blue lakes golf course the team had a good win 3/2, Paul Whitford lead the way playing in the number 1 position winning 4/3, followed by Mark Pilmore, winning 3/2, Trevor Atkinson had a good win 4/3. Martin Cameron and Matt Osmond suffered close losses in what was a tight tussle.

Thursday was a stable ford competition played in fine conditions for points towards the Masters trophy, it was Bruce Packer 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. Michael McRostie, Andy Varcoe and Craig Kuiper was doing all the chasing finishing with 19 points, but it was all to no avail as Phil Hunter showed all his class on the Back 9 holes to run all over the field winning with 37 points. Kevin Rainey had to settle with second spot losing a count back to Hunter after finishing with 37 points. Brian Duldig, Packer and Kuiper were all close behind on 36 points. Kuiper capped off a good day winning the nearest to the pin award on the par 3, 5th hole.

Saturday was a fantastic day for golf and with the golf course in pristine condition, good numbers turned out to compete in a stroke round playing for the crown Inn hotel trophy. Tony Bowering set a cracking pace in the A-grade, playing in the first group of the day Bowering won with 78 off the stick to finish with 78-12-nett 66, Scott Packer was close behind in second spot with 78-10-nett 68, while the inform Owen Merrett continued his good form of late to grab third with 75-6-nett 69. In the B-grade it was Andrew Ferguson who had a good day out winning with net 70 from Scott Lonergan in second winning a count back from Robert Thompson with net 72. Nearest to the pin winners for the day saw Alan Schultz on the 3rd hole, Andy Varcoe win the 5th hole, Mark Pilmore claim the 13th hole, Jamie Bellinger win the 17th hole, while Robert Thompson was closest for 3 shots on the 9th hole and Craig Kuiper with the closest for 2 shots on the 18th green. Birdies paid out 1 golf ball each to Bowering, Varcoe, Matt Osmond, John Reynolds and Lonergan.

This Sunday 28/05/17 is the Australian Credit Union Sporting Club 4 ball Ambrose challenge, registration is at 10.30am for an 11am shot gun start, cost is $30 per player or $120 per team including golf and BBQ and lots of great prizes to be won. The June long weekend is the 2nd round of the Millicent, Blackwood, and Loxton tri challenge played in Loxton, while Thursday is a stable ford competition playing for points in the Masters trophy and Saturday is a stroke round playing for the IGA supermarket voucher.    

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VARCOE BAGS HOLE IN ONE

11/05/17 – 13/05/17 

Autumn has arrived out at the Millicent golf course, even though the mornings last week were very cool, the days were fantastic for golf and some big winning scores came in for the week along with Andy Varcoe bagging a hole in one last Thursday on the par 3, 13th hole and going along with tradition Varcoe brought a round of drinks for all in the Club at the end of the day.

Last Thursday was a stable ford competition for points contributing to the masters trophy and good numbers greeted the starter to play in still calm conditions it was our new member Peter La Jacono who jumped out of the blocks early to easily win the front 9 hole competition with 23 points, John Reynolds and Michael McRostie were doing all the chasing finishing with 19 points while Terry Chant, Brian Duldig and Andy Varcoe were close behind with 18 points. On the Back 9 holes it became the McRostie show as he put on a clinic streeting the field with an impressive 38 off the stick to have 25 points and win the 18 hole competition and the day with 44 points. La Jacono had to settle with second spot with 40 points while “Spike” Warren flew home for third spot with 37 points. Terry Chant played a fine shot into the par 3,5th hole to win the nearest to the pin award while Andy Varcoe won 9 golf balls out of the Eagles nest for his hole in one on the par 3, 13th hole.

Saturday was a stable ford competition played in cool calm conditions and good numbers turned out in all grades as Owen Merrett had a day out to dominate the field winning the A-grade and also the IGA shopping Voucher for the best score of the day finishing with an impressive 40 points. Phil Thrussell got the nod for second spot in a three way count back from Phil Hunter and Andy Varcoe all finishing with 37 points. The B-grade was another tight tussle with Mick Pedler getting the win with a very consistent round of 38 points. Brian Thomson was close behind in second spot with 37 points, while Lyle McGregor finished in third with 35 points. New member Peter La Jacono had a good day out winning the C-grade with 34 points from Herman Vanderhuel winning a count back from Bruce Packer in third as both players finished with 33 points. Nearest to the pin awards went to Alan Schultz on the 3rd, Thrussell won the 5th, Paul Whitford was close on the 13th and Terry Chant won the 17th, Vanderhuel was closest on the 9th green for his third shot for the C-grade while John Reynolds was closest for his second shot on the 18th green for the A & B grades. Nobody managed to make a birdie on the par 3’s for the day.

Sunday 28th May is the South East Sporting Club’s 4 ball Ambrose challenge, open to all sporting and social clubs in the District to get a side together and have a bit of fun and win some great prizes. The June Long weekend is the trip down to Loxton for the second round of the Millicent, Blackwood, Loxton tri challenge, while Thursday is a stable ford competition for the Masters trophy and Saturday is a Stroke round playing for the Crown Inn hotel at Kingston voucher. 

M.P

WILLIAMS WINS MILLICENT OPEN

04/05/17 – 07/05/17 

It was a very busy week out at the Millicent Golf course last week, finishing with the Thomas Foods Millicent open being played last Sunday. With Fine weather and the course in pristine condition Anthony Williams from Blue Lakes golf club was a worthy winner shooting 74 off the stick.

Only a small field ventured out to the links last Thursday to compete in a stable ford competition for the Masters trophy and it was Trevor Hutchesson who had a day out. Hutchesson got off to a flying start winning the front 9 hole competition with 21 points, from Kevin Rainey doing all the chasing in second spot with 20 points and Phil Hunter close behind in third with 19 points. Things only got better for Hutchesson on the back 9 holes as he increased his lead with an impressive 22 points to win the competition and the day with 43 points. Bob Childs came flying home to grab second spot with 39 points, while Hunter held on for third winning a count back from Andy Varcoe with 38 points. Kevin Rainey capped of a good day out winning the nearest to the pin on the par 3,5th hole.

A strong field turned out last Saturday to complete in the Monthly Medal and second round of Qualifying for the club championships and it was Tony Bowering playing in the first group of the day out early in the morning winning the Monthly medal with a net 72. In the A-grade it was Terry Chant who took the Honours winning with a net 73 after 5 week holidays, Owen Merrett was close behind in second with net 74, while Greg Cook and Alan Schultz finished in third with net 77. The B-grade was a close tussle with Tony Bowering winning a count back and the Monthly Medal from Matt Osmond in second with net 72, while Andrew Ferguson held on for third with net 74. In the C-grade Manny Fuentes had to win a count back from the unlucky Robert “tank” Thompson with both players finishing with net 75 and Dave Seymour found form to grab third with net 77. Nearest to the pin awards went to Ryan Fox on the 3rd, Glen Tilley 5th, Ben Golding 13th, Scott Lonergan 17th, Seymour won the 3rd shot to the 9th green for the C-grade while Bowering won the 2nd shot to the 18th green for the A & B grade. Birdies payed out 3 balls each to Chis Agnew and Terry Chant.

A large field of 82 players took to the course to play in the Thomas Foods Millicent Open Last Sunday, with the course in pristine condition, scoring was still going to be difficult with breezy conditions and some tough pin placements but that did not seem to worry Anthony Williams from Blue Lakes golf club winning the A-grade gross and the day with 74 off the stick from Richard Barnes from Naracoorte golf club in second with 75 off the stick. The A-grade net winner was Loren Bald from Naracoorte with net 69 from John Mossop from Penola with net 72. The B-grade gross winner was Andrew Fergusson with 87 winning a count back from Paul Whitford also with 87 off the stick. The B-grade net winner was Milan Hodak from Kingston with net 76 winning a count back from Peter Burchard also with net 76. The C-grade gross winner was Manny Fuentes with 91 off the stick from Tony Bates with 93. The net C- grade winners were Graham Thomas from Mt Gambier with net 72 from Ian Russell of Naracoorte with a net 74. Nearest to the pin winners saw nobody hit the 17th green for the A-grade, Greg Hudson won the B-grade on the 13th green, while no C-grader hit the 5th green.  The long drive for all grades was on the 18th fairway with Samuel Pearson from Pt Mac winning the A-grade with a very, very long drive, Tom Madigan won the B-grade while Robert “tank” Thompson won the C-grade.

A big thank you goes out to everybody at the club who had anything to do with making last Sunday such a successful day and also the Trevor Atkinson who made the day run so smoothly as captain of the club, well done to all. Our next event is the sporting clubs 4 ball Ambrose challenge to be held on Sunday 28th May, so get your teams together now. June long weekend is the 2nd round of the Millicent, Blackwood, and Loxton tri challenge to be played at Loxton. This week is a stable ford competition on Thursday and Saturday playing for the Masters Trophy and the IGA supermarket Voucher.     

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The Millicent Millipedes finish the Pennants season in style.

27/04/17 – 30/04/17 

Winter has come very quickly out at the Millicent golf course, it only feels like two weeks ago we were playing in warm 25deg days, Now that the temperature has dropped and the annoying drizzle and rain has started, scoring is going to get difficult with the heavy air and more layers of clothing to try and keep warm and dry, but that’s golf!!!.

Only a small field took to the links last Thursday to compete in a stable ford competition to go towards the Masters trophy, and it was Mark Pilmore 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. Phil “Meggsy” Hunter was doing all the chasing finishing in second spot with 17 points while Andy Patterson, Dave Seymour and Paul “the package” Whitford had to be separated with a count back with 16 points. Pilmore got very shaky on the back 9 holes but managed to hold on to win the 18 hole competition and the day with 34 points, Hunter finished off strong but had to settle with second spot with 32 points, while Whitford and Patterson finished with 30 points, no player managed to hit the par 3 5th hole for the nearest to the pin award.

Saturday was a stable ford competition played in cool damp conditions in the morning, giving the afternoon golfers the best of the conditions and it was Owen Merrett making the most of the better conditions in the afternoon to win the A-grade with 37 points from Mark Pilmore finishing in second spot winning a count back from fellow playing partners Ben Golding and Andy Varcoe all with 35 points. In the B-grade it was Glenn Tilley having the big day out winning the grade and the day with an impressive 40 points. Trevor Atkinson had to settle with second place with 35 points while Arch Sunderland was close behind with 34 points. Nearest to the pin awards went to Trevor Hutchesson on the 3rd hole, Merrett won the 5th, “Spike” Warren grabbed the 13th, while no player managed to hit the 17th green. The B-grade also left the closest for 2 shots on the 9th green free, while Merrett capped off a good day to be closest for 2 shots on the 18th green. Birdies paid out 3 balls each to Huttchesson and Chris Agnew.

The Millicent Millipedes pennants team had their final hit out last Sunday, playing Blue Lakes at Penola, our A2 side could not make the finals but the handicap side had to win to continue into the finals. Captain, Hayden Fennell lead from the front to give the A2side its first win for the season 3/2 with wins to Fennell4/3, Ben Golding 4/3 and square matches to Matt Warren and Jamie Bellinger. The Handicap side had a great win with only 3 players winning 3/2 with Mark Pilmore, Martin Cameron and Matt Osmond all winning their games 4/3 to get the Millipedes into the finals.

This Saturday is a stroke round playing for the monthly medal plus a putting competition and also the 2nd round of qualifying for the club Championships, Sunday is the Thomas Foods International Millicent Open, starting at 11am, please let Trever Atkinson if you are playing in the open, and Thursday is a stable ford competition. 

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Pennant Flag for ‘A’ Women

Millicent’s team of Kirsty Bailey, Helen Chilton, Sue Agnew, Mary Winser, Glenis Skeer and Bronwyn Clarke claimed another victory for the A grade women with back to back flags in 2017. After trying conditions on Monday at Naracoorte the team rallied and managed a 3/2 win against Lucindale. A full report of the 2017 Women’s Pennant Finals is on the Golf SE website.

WHITFORD GRIP’S & RIP’S THE BIG DOG.

20/04/17 –  23/04/17 

With summer now just a distant memory, the days for golf have now become a bit hit and miss, with the heavens opening up on some days and bright sun shine on others, the A2 pennants side had to make the big trip down to Kingstown last Sunday to play the undefeated Bordertown team. To say it was I tough day at the office is an understatement going down 0-5, but in saying that a big thank you must go to Trevor Atkinson, Paul Whitford and Justin Saint who put their hands up to represent the club at A-2 level, with only 3 players there was a big handicap difference and we had to forfeit the last 2 games.

Last Thursday, there was only 8 brave souls who ventured out to the course and with the threat of 20-40 mm of rain to come, the players set off in calm weather conditions. Unfortunately things changed for the worse and play had to be cancelled after 9 holes. Mark Pilmore had a good front nine winning the 9 hole competition with 20 points from Brian Thomson close behind with 19 points and Trevor Hutchesson finished in third spot with 18 points. Nobody managed to the hit the par 3, 5th hole for the nearest to the pin award.

Last Saturday saw the weather fine up and good numbers turn up for a stable ford competition and it was the inform Paul Whitford who made the most of the conditions to put the heat on the rest of the field, playing in the early invitation only group, Whitford had his driver on song and is now rated the best off the tee in the club to shoot 79 off the stick for 40 points. Whitford would now be very close to a single figure handicap which would be a great achievement for all the hard work he has put in. The only player that could match Whitford was “Spike” Warren, playing in the afternoon, Warren also had 40 points but had to settle for second spot, losing a count back to Whitford, and Greg Cook finished in third with 39 points. In The B-grade it was a tight tussle with Scott Lonergan winning on a count back from Dave Seymour with 36 points, Ron Hateley grabbed third spot in another count back from Graham Sunderland with 34 points. Nearest to the pin awards went to Tony Bowering on the 3rd, Daniel Halliday had a good day out winning the 5th and 13th holes while lonergan was close on the 17th hole. Lonergan and Bowering capped off a good day out making their birdie putts to pick up 3 balls each.

Sunday 7th May is the Thomas Foods International Millicent Open Starting from 9am, entry fee is $25.00 including afternoon tea. Please book your place with Trevor Atkinson. This week we have our A2 and Handicap pennants sides playing Blue Lakes at Penola on Sunday. Thursday is a stable ford competition playing for the Masters trophy while Saturday is also a stable ford competition.

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