The Border Watch : January 23rd 2014
26 GOLF VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Brooks sizzles course Back at the 19th BLUE Lake Golf Club competitors took part in an 18-hole par round last weekend with Stephen Smith carding the round of the tournament, posting a sizzling 9-up. In A grade, Tony Brooks led the way with 6-up, three holes better than Zeick Dalton. Marc Lane scored an impressive win in B grade by the narrowest of margins, defeating Doug Brown in a countback after the pair both finished at 5-up. Steve Dwyer can thank his short game for his victory in C grade, posting 9-up and holding Brian Dunn out by two strokes. Golf ball winners included Simon YOU’RE WELCOME: Port MacDonnell Golf Club life member Craig Perryman, club president Mark Milstead and club captain Matthew Fox say all golfers are welcome at the club, especially during the 25th anniversary celebrations this weekend. Bay celebrates 25th PORT MacDonnell Golf Club is celebrating 25 years of operation on this Australia Day weekend with competitions beginning from Friday and running through to Sunday. But it is much more than just another weekend of competition, with a celebratory cake to be cut at an afternoon tea on Sunday to mark the milestone and past and present members expected to play across the weekend. Club captain Matthew Fox said there was a lot of excitement around the club about the milestone and said it was a credit to the town and the volunteers who continually go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the small country course remains playable. "I have been captain for last two years and while it has been a bit of a struggle being a volunteer course, trying to find people to do all the works, a lot of people have put in a lot of hard work over the years to get the course to where it is now," Fox said. "We are really lucky to have two guys who put in a lot of work – Bryon Coe and Gary Boyle. "They have put in a tremendous amount of time with green keeping and general course maintenance, but there is a list of people who are always out there and have been for a long time. "Craig and Annette Perryman have been long time supporters and leaders in the club. "They have stepped back from leadership roles now - captains, presidents, whatever job it is they have done it - they are still on the committee and still heavily involved in the club. "Anyone who has a bit of free time pops out and potters around. "Someone might clean up a bunker or under a couple of trees - it is mostly people from around Port Mac who have been around the club for a while and take a lot of pride in it. "It's a good little community and good little club and we are pretty proud of it." Fox said he remembers play- ing at the club as a teenager, dragging his clubs to the course behind his push bike. He said like many others, he took it for granted, just expected to be able to go and "have a hit", but he said once he became more Perryman 5-up, Jason Hamilton 4-up, Allan White 4-up, Garry Fox 3-up, Doug Prettejohn 3-up, John Kamp 3-up, David Whitehead 3-up, Michael Millhouse 3-up, Gavin Sparrow 3-up and Simon Cowley 2-up. Josie Ashby won the women's competition by one stroke from Helen Stratford. And the pro shot trophy was won by Alan Stewart. Tuesday competition MILLICENT visitor, Scott Varcoe upstaged the locals on Tuesday, carding a nett 65 to win by one stroke from Noel Gosden, while club handicapper, Geoff Munt was third with a nett 68. Winners in the golf ball competition, were Allen Cameron 68, Adam Dunn 68 and Richard Kuhn 69. Stableford ball winners included Ethan Buhagiar, Cyril Price and Alan Rodda while the putting winner was Frank Pinneri. Daylight savings 9-holes CELEBRATION: Port MacDonnell Golf Club president Mark Milstead, life member Craig Perryman and club captain Matthew Fox are inviting people to head down to the club over the weekend and join in the 25th anniversary celebrations. involved with the running of the club he realised the work involved to keep the course up to standard. "This year our greens are probably the best we have had them for a long time," he said. "Each year we say how good the greens are looking but they just keep getting better. "The whole course is looking good and it's comforting to know people are out there having a go and taking a bit of pride in it." The weekend's competitions begin on Friday with a two-person Ambrose event for all-comers, beginning with a 3.30pm tee-off time. The event will cost $5 per person with meals available at club from 6pm and a fundraising auction to start at approximately 8pm. Fox said he was hoping to see a lot of people head down to see what the club has to offer and participate in the auction. "We have just purchased a fairway mower which cost us quite a lot," he said. "If we can raise any money to cover a bit of that cost we would be very happy. "Damian Swadling from Attamurra golf club and Bill Burley from Blue Lake golf club have been very supportive, with 26 - The Border Watch, Thursday, January 23, 2014 lessons from Attamurra and green fees and cart hire from Blue Lake going up for auction." Also included in the auction will be a painting by local artist Graham Pollard, a reproduced print of an historic Port MacDonnell golf photo from Camera House, wines from the region and many other items. Saturday and Sunday will see two handicap events starting with an 18-hole Stableford event on Saturday with a 12.30pm teeoff at a cost of $10 per person and an 18-hole mixed foursome teeing off from noon on Sunday at a cost of $30 per couple. Afternoon tea is provided after the game on Sunday with the cake being cut when play is finished. Fox said visiting golfers were welcome all three days, providing they held a current handicap for play on Saturday and Sunday, and the club would do what it could to accommodate as many players as possible. Any past members who may not have been contacted are urged to contact the club to register for the weekend's competitions. For further information contact Matthew Fox on 0438382-247 or club secretary Sue Blacksell on 8738-2149. LIKE the weather conditions, the scores were also hot last Wednesday as Greg Cooper stamped his authority with a winning score of 23 points to defeat Evan McKee on 20 and new member, Richard Dean also on 19. Cooper also won the 14th hole shot award and zoomed to the top of the leaderboard in the Player-of-theMonth series. Player-the-Month: Greg Cooper 7 points; Bob White 7; Craig Hicks 4; Evan McKee 4; Stephen Gray 2; Richard Dean 2. Player-of-the-Year: Mick Carne 21 points; Bill Burley 21; Darren Turner 19; Matty Jennings 18; Greg Cooper 17; Tyson Ploenges 16; Bob Storey 16; Mat Fenwick 16; Chris Bowd 14; Nick Childs 13; Greg Doll 13; Stephen Gray 13. Thursday competition PERSISTENCE paid for well known veteran's tennis player, "Tut" Agnew took out his first competition since joining the club with a score of 21 points last Thursday. Agnew was followed by Tony Morandin on 20 who in turn defeated Doug Agnew ("Tut's" twin brother) in a countback. Friday 9-holes THE heat didn't deter the Friday regulars with club veteran, David McKenzie leading the way with a winning 30 nett and defeating Marc Lane in a countback. Third home was Brenton Wittwer with 33, while Richard Neale won the putting competition. Sunday stableford NEW member, Jason Hamilton col- TOP OF THE LEADERBOARD: Greg Cooper has zoomed to the top of the leaderboard in the Blue Lake Golf Club Player-of-the-Month award. lected his maiden victory last weekend, scoring 40 points to defeat Adrian Wallace by two and Mario Mancuso by three. King of Swing of the Mountain Ambrose FOUR local car dealers are now confirmed as definite starters in the second annual King of Swing of the Mountain Ambrose golf challenge on February 2. O.G. Roberts will defend its 2013 title, but this time will have more than just Barry Maney Ford to contend with as Noel Barr Toyota and Carlin & Gazzard are also in the field. The 18-hole event has also attracted support from The Border Watch, MT Wheels and Carlton & United Breweries. The winning trio will collect an attractive $1000 package that includes attending the 2014 Clipsal 500 in Adelaide next month. The tournament will be restricted to 40 teams and at the time of writing, Blue Lake Golf Club manager, Bill Burley had received 26 entries. Entry cost will be $30 per player and a large portion of any monies raised from the tournament will be donated to five local charities. For more information or to enter a team, contact the BLGC on 87256198. Monday holiday competition DUE to the Australia Day public holiday on Monday, the Lakes Caddy Shack Golf Shop will run an 18-hole stableford competition with an entry cost of $5 per players. Players with a current GolfLink handicap are welcome to play. Coming events Monday: Australia Day holiday stableford. February 2: King of Swing of the Mountain Ambrose. February 9: Lions Club Golf Day.
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