Lee Warnett was overjoyed to win his first GMCU monthly medal on Saturday when he scored 99-32-67 to beat Geoff Kerr on a count back for the medal and a win in B-grade.
Scott Carter won A-grade with 84-14-70 on a count back from Michael Downs and line balls went to Ian Elders 68, Paul Newman 70, Joe Kawalko and Tom McConchie 71, Barry Dennis, Col Barlow, Dave Cornwall, Bruce Richards, Allen Gale and Trevor Allen 72, Jeffrey Baker and Ty Guiney 73 and Les Nation 74 on count back.
Nearest-the-pin trophies were won by Bruce Richards on the third hole (Lewis Homes), Joe Kawalko on the sixth (Tatura Post Office), Dan Miller on the 14th (A-1 Freight) and John Steen won the jackpot and nearest-the-pin on the ninth, sponsored by Tatura Engineering.
Barbara Nation won the women’s competition with 100-30-70 and Bec Jeffers was runner-up with 97-24-73. Robyn Downs won nearest-the-pin and a consolation ball for her 73.
Order of Merit
Paul Berg won the Order of Merit for March, sponsored by Brady Bourke from Tatura Family Butcher, with 146 stableford points from his four Saturday rounds.
Col Barlow was second with 143 and Terry O’Brien third with 142.
Judy Baker scored 145 points to win the women’s competition, Phyl Fiddes was second with 135 and Joan Hill was third with 124.
A stableford four-ball competition concluded an enjoyable and successful tournament which was sponsored by John Deere, blessed with perfect weather, on a well-prepared course with enthusiastic golfers.
David Roberts and Paul Cornelius won the men’s competition with 47 points on a count back from Matt Miller and Rocco Barca.
Consolation balls went to Lou and Rocci Villani 47, Anthony Melton and Michael Suster 46, Dominic Cricelli and Brendan Spittles 45, David Cornwall and Geoff Lipshut 42, and Ty Guiney and Ryan Lindsay 42 on count back.
Nearest-the-pin trophies were won by Steve Whitting, Matt Miller and Michael Suster.
Heather Long and Phyl Fiddes won the women’s event with 42 points on count back from Tracey Clouston and Margot McGrath, while Janette Hayward-Sheryl Curran 42 and Pauline Lancaster-Shirley Thomas 41 were ball winners.
Most members had had enough golf after Easter but a few rusted-on members played in Tuesday’s stableford competition, which was won by Barry Dennis with 42 points off an 18 handicap.
John Hayward was runner-up with 41 and Michael Downs won a consolation ball for his 38 off a 13 handicap.
Matt Miller played another great round on Thursday to win the stroke competition with 70-3-67.
He had birdies on the sixth, seventh and 10th and nine scores of four on the back nine.
His father Bryan was runner-up with 80-12-68, Josef Kawalko won nearest-the-pin and consolation balls went to Clive Merrigan and Frank Hill 69, Ross Kelly and Ron Popple 70.
The first week of the chook run, the continuation of twilight, was won by John Steen with 30 nett, while Darryl Phillingham was runner-up with 32.
Dale Clarke won nearest-the-pin and line balls went to Phyl Fiddes, John Bunn and Michael Mulcahy 33, Judy Ashcroft 35, Gerard Watson, Barb Nation and John Hayward 36.
The chook run is played Thursday afternoons and visitors and new golfers are welcome.
The stableford event on Saturday will be sponsored by the Ashcroft family and there will be a mixed four-ball stableford competition the next day with an 11am shotgun start.
The GV veterans play at Valley View on Monday and the GMGA Gray Barton teams-of-four event will be played at Tocumwal on Sunday, April 22.
Anzac Day falls on a Wednesday this year and, once again, there is $1000 in trophies being offered by N.L. Drainage. The competition is four-ball stableford with a noon assembly and 12.30pm hit-off to allow those attending the Anzac Day ceremony to play.
Quote of the week
Play was slow with players having practice swings and moving slowly to their ball.
Fred (not his real name) took out a small container and offered a capsule to John (not his real name), who inquired what they were.
‘‘Minties,’’ replied Fred, ‘‘Why?’’ asked John. ‘‘I thought they might be No-doze.’’