Action heats up on the fairways

From left, Bajan Sangah, Royce Thompson and John McDonald ahead of their Saturday round at Deep Creek Golf Club. 236095

DEEP CREEK GOLF CLUB

A field of 83 players were announced to the first tee at Deep Creek Golf Club on Saturday for a Stableford competition that welcomed players to the start of May.

Only five players would play to their handicap which is recognition of the tough conditions, with a moderate breeze punishing anything not struck in the middle of the club face.

In the end the battle for top honours would come down to two, with Shane Dehaan (18) and Andrew Heagney (18) both scoring 38 points off identical handicaps. But it was Dehaan’s lucky day, winning on countback to just pip Heagney for the top prize.

Wayne Lamers (22) played a terrific round of golf to finish on 37 points and in standalone third place, with Mat Brown (18) and Dean Jones (9) a stroke further back on 36.

Seven players would finish on 35 points, including Roger Parker (13), John Curtin (19), Scott Irwin (16), Dennis Carmichael (24), David Bell (21), Jarrod Leontini (12) and Graeme Durran (15), while Robin McCrae (14), Mark Stewart (16), Cameron Andrew (9), Bryan Clydesdale (9), Nick Gray (6), David Cavanagh (12), Gavin Steel (4) and Tom Marshall (21) would all finish four shots from first place on 34.

Wednesday, 28 April

Only three players could play to their handicap in the Wednesday Par competition with Harry Elyasie (7) shooting the lights out with a great score of +3 to take home top honours.

Elyasie was one of only two single-figure handicappers in the 66-strong field but put his class to good use to score a two-stroke victory over John Wilson (18), the only other player to break par.

Roger Parker (13) and Ron Parsons (25) both finished square with the card with David Calderbank (18), Jimmy Pari (14), Geoff Percival (16), Antonio Mafodda (17), Les Jones (24) and Gordon Edwards (22) all stroke further back on -1.

Bill McDonald (21), Royce Thompson (20) and Levi Sua (13) were next best on -2.

Thursday, 29 April

The leaderboard was tightly compacted at Deep Creek on Thursday with four ladies finishing the Stableford event within two strokes of each other at the pointy end of proceedings.

But it was Leah Barker (25) who sunk the big putts and made the right swings when they counted, scoring 34 points to hold off a strong challenge from Margaret Andrews (42) and Joan Rawson (48) who both finished a shot in arrears on 33 points.

Kay Jones (28) was hot on their heels with 32, while Yvonne Barrot (29) and Julie Cheng (28) with 26 points, and Carol Beard (24), Anne Donovan (35) and Shirley McGrath (28) with 25 points all gave a strong account of themselves.

Sunday, May 2

Big-hitting Brett Nowlan (12) put his ever-shrinking handicap to good use to score 36 points to claim Sunday’s Stableford competition.

Nowlan finished four-shots better than ever-green club member Rob Nobelius (13) with Ray Hewitt (21) a shot back on 31. Duncan Campbell (25) with 30 points was the only other player to score in the 30-point range, while Brian Bateup (21), Ben Nobelius (11), Matt Yusoff (11), Matthew Hogan (17) and John Hutcheon (12) would finish on 29.

GARFIELD GOLF

Absolutely glorious sunny and even warm weather from Wednesday through to Sunday ensured good size competition fields.

Saturday was Monthly Medal day with a capacity field of 116 presenting to the starter. Greg Macklin has been a consistent Medal player over the last few months which was capped off with a place in the summer cup match play event.

On Saturday Macklin tasted success with a round of net 64 playing off his mark of 12 to defeat Rex Turner by the two shots and a further shot back to the very consistent Gary Bassett whom is also having a good time of it.

Bassett, now playing off a handicap of just 6, won the A Grade scratch event with a four over 73, whilst Steve Humphreys won the B Grade scratch with a round of 84 playing off his mark of 15.

Turner’s score of 87 was good enough for the C Grade event. A final score of 72 net or better was needed to get a ball down the line. Garfield’s Mr Consistent Kevan McMillan was the star of the week, firstly scoring a net 68 for the medal but on Thursday he had a magnificent round of 74 off the stick which equated to a winning A Grade score of 40 stable ford points playing off his soon to be reduced handicap of 9  the five points clear of the next best A Grade score of Craig Cousins.

The question on everybody’s mind was whether Malcolm Hirt could match the one time feat of the master in Rick Falcone in winning the three consecutive comps over that time frame.

Hirt won the club’s B Grade Championship and then followed that up the next week on a Thursday; however was only to post a score of 32 for the third week.

Now its Webster’s turn to face the pressure after scoring back to back Thursday wins this time with a score of 38 points to win the B Grade event by the two points from Ben Maroney. Mick Matthews got the nod for the C Grade event with a round of 37 points to defeat George Fatouros whom claimed second on a count back from Tim Gargan.

On Thursday a final score of 33 points or better was good enough for a ball down the line. A total of the eight birdies were scored for the day on the par threes, somewhat less than normal with the greens proving less than smooth. Whilst on Saturday just the 10 birdies were achieved. Peter McNeish, regularly scoring eagles , scored another , this time on the par five tenth hole. Craig Cousin having a good week scored a nearest the pin on Saturday as well as the two more on the Thursday.

On the ladies scene it was all wins for Jeanette Mitchell with a winning score of 33 points on Tuesday and then presented on Saturday with a another win with a round of 71. A good size field of 33 players came out on Monday with David Manning winning the A Grade event with a score of 37 points playing off his mark of just 7, to defeat Bob Edwards by the one point.

Karli Van Der Horst tasted victory for the B Grade event with a round of 38 points playing off her mark of 23 to defeat Cyril Peake, also by the one point.

The next two Saturday’s are qualifying rounds for the Clubs 4BBB Par Championships so don’t forget to organise your partner.

RESULTS

MONDAY

Single Stableford – field of 33

A Grade: David Manning (7) 37 B GRADE Karli Van Der Horst (23) 38.

DTL: Cyril Peake 37, Bob Edwards 36, James Grant 36, Jacob Klein 36.

TUESDAY LADIES

Single Stableford – field of 9

Winner: Jeanette Mitchell (26) 33 R/UP Gail Franklin.

NTP: 4th and 8th Amanda McLure, 11th and 14th and 16th Karli Van Der Horst.

THURSDAY

Single Stableford – field of 61

A Grade: Kevan McMillan (9) 40, 2nd Craig Cousin (13) 35 C/B, 3rd Kevin Whitmore (10) 35.

B Grade: Tony Webster (16) 38, 2nd Ben Maroney (19) 36 C/B, 3rd Gary Kelly (19) 36.

C Grade: Mick Matthews (22) 37, 2nd George Fatouros (28) 35 C/B, 3rdTim Gargan (21) 35.

DTL: Russell Kerr 35, James Grant 34, Michael Frazee 34, Charlie Hardy 34, Ian Lidstone 34, Bill Low 33.

NTP: 4th Geoff Roberts, 8th Peter Fedorenko, 9th Clinton Smith, 11th Doug Dorrat, 14th and 16th Craig Cousin.

SATURDAY

MONTHLY MEDAL – FIELD OF 116

SCR A Grade: Gary Bassett 73, B Grade: Steve Humphreys 84, C Grade: Rex Turner 87.

HCP A Grade: Greg Macklin (12) 64, B Grade: Jackson Bennett (18) 68, C Grade: Rex Turner (21) 66.

R/UP HCP A Grade: Gary Bassett (6) 67, B Grade: Steve Humphreys (15) 69, C Grade: James Long (26) 68.

DTL: Kevan McMillan 68, George Fatouros 70, Liam Toole 71, Matt Van Der Horst 71, Paul Renehan 71, Arti Koopman 71, Peter Fedorenko 72, Charlie Barnes 72, Ian Hopper 72, Peter King 72, Pat McDonagh 72, Steve Clark 72.

NTP: 4th Ben Balfour, 8th Kevan McMillan, 9th Craig Cousin, 11th Steve Wallace, 14th Greg Macklin, 16th Charlie Barnes.

2nd Shot A Grade: Paul Renehan, B Grade: Neville Howe, C Grade: Mick Matthews

Eagle 10th: Peter McNeish.

SATURDAY LADIES

Stroke – field of 11

Winner: Jeanette Mitchell (6) 71, R/UP:   Leesa Matthews (17) 71.

NTP: 4th and 9th and 16th Amanda McLure, 8th Leesa Matthews, 11th Deirdre Pilkington, 14th Jeanette Mitchell.

DROUIN GOLF

Highlights of the week were Connor Jeffries’ fabulous nett 63 to win the Monthly Medal on Saturday and Helen Ross’s win in the inaugural Open Nine Hole Competition on Thursday.

Wednesday: Men’s Stableford:

Division One: Winner: Troy Thomas (7) 41 points, from Brian Seers (11) 39, Kevin O’Brien (10) 36, Gilbert Davis (11) 36, Michael Lithgow (9) 35.

Division Two: Winner: Paul Barratt (18) 40 points, from John Gardiner (21) 36, Greg Roberts (21) 36, Gary Burns (19) 36, Graeme Alexander (16) 35.

Division Three: Winner: Anthony Appleby (25) 37 points, on c/b from Tim Gargan (Warragul 22) 37, Trevor Kennedy (26) 35, Colin Kennard (34) 34. DTL Balls to 35 on countback.

NTPs: 5th: Mark Klaver, 8th: Benjamin Ayache, 10th: Anthony Appleby, 14th: Shane Dwyer. Median point score: 30.

Thursday: Nine-Hole Open Stableford

Winner: Helen Ross (53) 21 points, from Kerry Neilson (20) 19, Jan Stone (29) 18, Max Luck (29) 18, Alan Kuipers (40) 17, Colin Kennard (33) 17.

Saturday: Men’s Stroke Monthly Medal

Division One: Winner: Jordan Wyatt (13) nett 68, on four-way countback from Shawn Coombs (8) 68, Brian Seers (12) 68, Daniel Gorman (13) 68.

Division Two: Winner: Craig Stevens (20) nett 65, from Robert Simpson (16) 66, Eric Robbins (19) 72, Ken Cooper (15) 72, Gary Florence (21) 72.

Division Three: Winner and Monthly Medal: Connor Jeffries (28) nett 63, from Jim Defoe (23) 64, Fred Allen (31) 69, Stephen Henning (23) 70, Tim Shannon (24) 72.

DTL balls to 70 on countback. NTPs: 5th: David Maddox, 8th: Tim Shannon, 10th: Mick Wardle, 14th: Nick Rowe. Median nett stroke score: 74.

Women’s Stableford: Winner: Shirley Roberts (10) 40 points, from Judy Dixon (19) 35.

Next Wednesday is Stableford for Men, and Saturday is the Men’s Foursomes Championships.