After having a couple of fresh air shots in last weeks monthly medal, everyones favourite greek Poppy Warrenopollis took the advice of his playing partners and visited the local optometrist for some stronger bifocals which has paid immediate dividends for his golf game. Warrenopollis absolutely destroyed a crack field of Thursday golfers winning the 18 hole comp with 41pts. Warrenopollis was heard messaging his son later in the evening declaring “golf is an easy game”. Finishing 2nd in the 18 hole comp was early Thursday morning player Andy Patterson with 40pts who on any other day would’ve won the comp with that score. In 3rd position was Pattersons regular playing partner Keith Thrussell with a fine 39pts. Nearest to the pin on the 5th was Terry Chant. In Saturday’s stroke round with a field of 25 which the early morning golfers got still conditions and the arvo golfers got cyclonic winds to deal with it was 6am golfer Alan Schultz with the round of the day with a net 68 to win both the day and the A grade. Some members in the club are wondering how such a wonderful golfer can have a handicap of 11? In 2nd place in the A grade was one of the golf clubs longest serving president Owen Merrett with a net 71. Firing up In 3rd place was Trophy Hunter who played to his handicap with a net 72. The winner of the B Grade and getting rolled in a countback for winning the day was Brian Thomson who is getting all the good karma for what he does around the course with a net 68. Finishing 2nd was the clubs most consistent player of late in a countback Herman Vanderhuel with a net 71 with the scribe finishing 3rd also with a net 71. Nearest to the pins for the day were Owen Merrett on the 3rd, Trophy Hunter had the closest shot on 5th, no one was good enough to hit the shortest hole on the course the 13th and regular pin seeker Trevor Atkinson hitting the longest par 3 on the course the 17th. Nearest for 2 on the 9th was The Scribe and no one in the A grade able to hit the 18th for 2.
01/02//18 – 03/02/18
Retired Butcher and all round good bloke Mick Pedlar, rewound the clock to win February Monthly medal. With the course set up to play tough and a very strong breeze into your face on most holes Pedlar used his many years of experience to cut through the conditions to win the monthly medal and the B grade with a net 71. Winner of the A Grade in a countback was the very much improved and long hitting Justyn Saint who would taken advantage of the down breeze holes with a net 72. In 2nd place was casual hobby farmer and part time thoroughbred breeder Brian “Archibald” Bowman also with a net 72 with local barrista Mark Pilmore continuing his good form in 3rd with a net 74. The B grade was won by Pedlar with the unlucky Jim Hyland in 2nd place in both the B grade and the Monthly Medal rolled in a countback also with a net 71. In 3rd place with a net 73 was Tantanoola farmer Peter Burchard. Nearest to the pins for the day was Brian Bowman on the 3rd, the president Owen Merrett on the 5th, 13th was Trevor Atkinson whilst on the 17th into the teeth of the breeze was Ian Greenwood who like everyone else on the course probably used driver as it was playing about 230m. Nearest for 2 on the 9th was regular pin seeker Trevor Atkinson whilst Justyn Saint hit it close for 2 on 18. Birdies for the day paid out 3 balls each to Scott Packer and Jim Hyland. In Thursday’s Stableford competition it was new Atky’s Deli proprietor Mark Pilmore stepping away from the kitchen for the first time in a couple of weeks to win the 18 hole comp with a marvellous 38pts. In 2nd position was Brian Thomson who also beat his handicap with 37pts with Tony Bowering finishing 3rd compiling 35pts. In the 9 hole comp it was Brian Thomson getting his revenge winning easily with 20pts from Bruce Packer with 18pts. Terry Chant got the ntp on the 5th. Rumours circulating around the club was that recent 70th birthday boy Poppy Warrenopollis had a fair bit of trouble on the 15th hole with not 1 but 2 fresh air shots. His playing partners were heard saying that he should dip into the retirement fund and get his eyes tested. It was also seen that Paul Whitford had a serious case of the “Shanks” on the 16th after hitting his drive into the trees protecting the 17th green he then pulled out his 3 wood proceding to shank it into the scrub next to the 18th tee block.
Millicent GC is conducting a Ladies Golf Clinic on Sunday 4th March. For Beginners and Ladies returning to golf the club encourages the use of our Short Course in particular for anyone looking to take up golf or players who don’t have time to play the full course. It may be shorter but as a few of us have discovered you still have the challenges of the full course to contend with.
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25/01/18 – 27/01/18
Famous local Greek family the “Warrenopollis’s” had a day to remember at the golf course Thursday with the father son duo of “Poppy” and “Wazza” cleaning up. Wazza who had an eagle on the par5 7th hole, the first eagle at the club in 5 months since “Trophy” Hunters won himself 19 drink vouchers for his efforts. He also came 2nd in a countback with 21pts in the nine hole comp with the evergreen Mick Pedlar winning with 21pts also. Dad “Poppy” had a good day also with ntp on the 5th hole and a 3rd place in the 18 hole comp with 38pts. One could say that there was alot of the traditional greek beverage “Ouzo” consumed in the club house after the round with brother “Mike” Warrenopollis visiting from Sydney to also getting amongst the celebrations. In 2nd place in the 18 hole comp continuing his fine day was Mick Pedlar with 39pts. The winner who had his new 3 wood firing on all cylinders from the 7am group was Ian Todd with a magnificent 40pts. With extreme heat forecast for Saturday’s Par round only 14 players entered with club captain Trevor Atkinson winning the day and also the B grade producing a career best and a sizzling plus 9 to easily cover his opponents. In the A Grade with a score of plus 5 which would be good enough to win most weeks was Ian Greenwood with Alan Schultz winning a countback for 2nd with plus 3. Atkinson won the B grade with retired Millicent basketball icon Scott Lonergan finishing 2nd with Plus 2. Nearest to pins for the day went to Greenwood on 3rd, Lonergan claiming the 5th, Phil “Thrusta” Thrussell the 13th, Ben “Hotdawgs” Golding the long par 3 17th. Nearest for 3 on the 9th was Atkinson and no one good enough to get it on the green for 2 on 18. This week we have a Stableford on Thursday with the Monthly Medal and Putting Comp on Saturday.
18/01/18 – 20/01/18
With the abandonment of the Thursday Stableford due to the extreme weather and also many of the regular Thursday players boozing at the Coonawarra Cup day, the only comp for the week was Saturday’s stroke round. The winner of the A grade came from the arvo golfers and was won by retired bank manager and all round softy Brian “Marshmallow” Duldig with a fine net 69. Runner up with a net 72 in a countback was Jamie Bellinger who had a bit of tree trouble on the 9th with club president Owen Merrett in 3rd. In the B grade the winner from the 6am group was Bill Mullans who took advantage of the conditions before they harshened also with a net 69. In second place only 1 shot back was Trevor Hutchesson with a net 70 and everybody’s favourite retired mechanic Herman Vanderheul with a net 72. Nearest to the pins for the day were Perth visitor Chris Hollingsworth on the 3rd, Andy Varcoe on the 5th, Peter Burchard on the 13th, Hobby Farmer Brian “Arch” Bowman on the 17th. The club had a collect on the ninth as no one hit it and Andy Varcoe was 50mm from holein out for 2 on 18. Now a few club members are wondering if any can help out poor old Davey Seymour. He has seemed to have misplaced one of his shoes and was spotted wearing odd shoes on the course. Rumours have it the shoe will more than likely be found were his golf swing is.
11/01/18 – 13/01/18
On Thursday 11th of Jan the Millicent Golf Club held a stableford round in unexpecred cooler than expected conditions and it was Millicent newest barrista Mark “Pilly” Pilmore who stepped away from the heat of the kitchen to the cauldron of the golf course to win with 38 points. Rumours are Rife in the club that he has been setting up the course to suit his gentle fade. The rumours can be substantiated by the runner up in a countback for the 2nd time in a week Andrew Ferguson who also has a fade. In the the 9 hole comp Ferguson turned the tables on his 2nd placing from the 18 hole comp for a win with club stalward Bruce Packer losing in a countback to finish 2nd both with 19pts. On Saturday with 33 entrants and with the pins and course setup for scoring but with wind and rain about it was proven wet tracker Alan Schultz from the 7am group who won the A Grade and also the day with a respectable 37pts. In 2nd place in the A grade on a countback with 37pts was Andrew Varcoe who just returned from a hiatus from losing his “Royal Melbourne” ball marker. In 3rd place rounding out the 3 way countback was Viv Bennison also on 37pts. In the B grade it was club life member Graham “Arch” Sunderland who had a fine day with 36pts finishing ahead of Brian Thomson and Mick Pedlar both with 35pts. Nearest to pins were local sparky Scott Lonergan on the 3rd, Peter Burchard had the closest shot on the 5th, “The Scribe” got lucky and had the closest shot on the 13th and 17th. Nearest for 3 on the 9th was Ron Hateley and nearest for 2 on 18 was Varcoe. Birdies paid out 3 balls each to Scott Lonergan, Jamie Bellinger and “The Scribe”. *Footnote* If anyone finds Paul “Rubbish” Whitfords bottom lip between the 10th green and 11th tee block could they please hand it in to the bar in the club as it would be much appreciated.
4/1/18 to 6/1/18
First of all we would like to congratulate long time Millicent golf club member Graham “Poppy” Warrenopollis on his 70th birthday celebrated this past weekend. On Thursday 4th Jan the club was greeted with 23 starters in the stableford comp with very pleasant golf conditions and it was Kevin Rainey who came out with all guns blazing to fire 21points on the front nine. In 2nd position came the inform Herman Vanderhuel with 19points on a countback. In the 18 hole comp it was the very much improved and long hitting Justin Saint who had 39 points to win on a 3 way countback from Viv Bennison 2nd and Rainey 3rd. Nearest to the pin on 5th was club captain Trevor Atkinson. Saturday the Monthly Medal was contested in one of the hottest days seen on the golf course in a long time and we had 18 brave souls play and the winner of the medal and the A Grade came out of the invitation only group and was Phil “Trophy” Hunter. “Trophy” has had a good run in the monthly medal in the last 3 months with 2 wins and a narrow 2nd place. Some are now saying that he is the best big game player in the club. In 2nd position and to narrowly miss on a countback was Andrew Fergusson both with a net 72 with Matt Warren filling the minor places with a net 75. In the B grade there was only 2 players with Scott Lonergan winning with at net 79 from Jim Hyland who had a net 80. NTP’s for the day were 3rd and 17th hole Scott Packer, 5th was Trevor Atkinson again, 13th was visitor Lee Coulthard. Nearest for 2 on the 9th was the club and 2nd shot on 18 was Graham “Poppy” Warrenopollis. This Thursday and Saturday we have a stableford Comp.