Morton and Jones claim Country Club’s President’s Trophy

WENTY WINNERS: Division two winner Ruth Lee, division one winner Ruth Bevan and division three winner Sue Hammond. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

WENTY WINNERS: Division two winner Ruth Lee, division one winner Ruth Bevan and division three winner Sue Hammond. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

COUNTRY CLUB MEN

One of the first major events of the year took place last Saturday.

The President’s Trophy, sponsored by Viatek, was won by the team of Greg Morton and Ray Jones. Morton and Jones scored 47 points in taking out the top prize. Brian Marsh and Sean Alexander claimed second place with 46 c/b from the team of Mick Pickett and Dave Reeve.

The longest drives went to Quintyn Fisher in A grade, Manfred Homann in B grade and Dave Reeve in C grade.  The drive and pitch on the third was won by Dale Lawrence in A grade, Colin McDougall in B grade on the second hole and Scott Jennings in C grade on the fifth hole.

Nearest the pins on the eighth went to Greg Morton in A grade, Luke Pecoski in B grade and Brad Kelly in C grade.  On the 11th, Luke Clarke was the closest in A grade, Darren Kennedy in B grade and Larry Grant in C grade.  Winners on the 16th were John A Davis in A grade, Owen Caughlin in B grade and Larry Grant in C grade.

The championship season gets underway tomorrow with the Par Three Championships, sponsored by Sprintquip.  All holes are played as par threes with the tees for the par four and five holes moved to accommodate varying distances.

Don’t forget to secure your spot for the upcoming Club Championships commencing on April 8. The first two medal rounds of the Club Championships will be played on April 8 and 9 with medal rounds three and four played on April 22 and 23.  Qualifying rounds for match play are the Sunday rounds two and four.  There are still places available.

The Tuesday Scramble is proving popular with those people able to play through the week.  It is a social tournament comprising a nine-hole two person Ambrose.  There is a weekly prize pool and an end of tournament season prize pool available.  Further details are available from the starter’s hut.

Other competitions played during the week are The Hahn SuperDry 3.5 Nines each Friday. This involves nine holes in stableford format with weekly prizes for Orange Ex-Services Club members. The cost is only $9 which includes a free schooner of Hahn SuperDry 3.5 or a post-mix soft drink. Barefoot Bowls Burger and Beer is also available from 12pm each Friday for only $19. The Tuesday and Thursday nine-hole competitions continue throughout the year.

The Country Club will be hosting the CWDGA Pennants finals this Sunday.

COUNTRY CLUB LADIES

Last week there were some very hot scores at Country Club. The overall winner on the day was Pauline Thompson with 48 points, unbelievable.

For A grade Robyn Newey won with 46 with Beryl Pearce (42) and Anne Field (41) second and third, respectively. Maureen Commins won B grade with 44 followed by Rhonda Bloomfield (40) Julie Roweth (37) in third.

For C grade Susan Hutchinson (43) won with Thelma Rossi (38 c/b) taking home second from Suzanne Healey (38). Drive and pitches were won by Anne Field for A grade, Rhonda Bloomfield for B grade and Marilyn Maxwell for C grade.

Overall NTP on the eighth was won by Moira Johns. All the girls took home an IGA chook voucher and Moira won a Coffee Club voucher. The raffle was won by Robyn Newey with Melissa Ward and Pauline Thompson winning second and third prizes.

In the Ladies matchplay quarter-finals Maureen Commins def Marilyn Maxwell 3/2, Lee Pickett def Laurie-Anne Usher on the 20th, Ros Fuller def Robyn Newey on the 19th and Alice McKeowen def Margot Sullivan 2/1. In the Consolation event Jenny Kain def Sally Heigh 1up, Anne Field def Robyn Cannon on the 19th, Leone Dalton def Taua Holmes 4/2 and Liz Stair def Michelle Paul 3/1.

The ladies now have two weeks to play the semi-finals as we have the Vets Tournament. In the main draw semis we will see Maureen play Lee and Ros Fuller play Alice McKeowen. For the consolation Jenny will play Anne and Leone to play Liz. 

Tomorrow the ladies will play in the Par Three Championships, there are a few spots if you would like a game. Just give the starter’s hut a call on 63625162 if you would like a game. By now all the lady members should have received the new fixtures book for 2017, if you did not receive one please get in contact with Sally Heigh and she will get it sorted.

WENTWORTH LADIES

The ladies were out in force on a perfectly manicured course and it was wonderful to see a few visitors also participating in today’s competition.

Division one winner with an excellent 36 points was Ruth Bevan who is firing on all cylinders at the moment and playing some inspiring golf. Runner-up was Rob Moore (34 c/b), she is also in great form and third place went to Jan Moad (34).

Division two winner with 35 points was Ruth Lee. Ruth is a very consistent player and is finding form at the right time of the year. Runner-up was Maureen Commins (33) Maureen is in a purple patch and really playing well. Third place went to Robyn Cannon (33).

Division three winner with 33 points was Sue Hammond. She has been in the winner’s circle quite a bit of late. Runner-up was that ever-consistent Iris Dwyer  (32) and Brenda O’Neil was third with 29.

Nearest the pins were won by Gail Pottinger (third) Robyn Cannon (sixth) Alice McKeowen (13th)

Drive and Pitch were won by Jan Moad (ninth) and Dawn Mendham (17th)

The Simply Nile voucher was won by Rob Newey.

Sunday, April 19 is the Wentworth Ladies Tournament and if you want a game please contact the Pro Shop on 63614571.

A reminder to all of our ladies to bring a plate of your best scrumptious food for afternoon tea and also to all of our players to be ready and at your tee when called.

WENTWORTH MEN

Last Saturday members and guests contested a 4BBB stableford proudly sponsored by the team at Whitey’s Pies. It was also the final round of the time-honoured Bouffler Cup.

The scratch winners on the day were Craig Coles and Tony Wilson with 38 points.

The handicap winners were Ethan Lewin and Orry Lewin with 51 from Richard Connors and Adam Brakenridge (49), with Ethan and Bill Lewin third on a countback.

The winners of the Bouffler Cup for 2017 were Richard Connors and Adam Brakenridge who fired a very impressive 95 points for the two rounds. Once again a big thanks to Whitey’s Pies for their sponsorship of this great event.

The Outback Vending long drives were won by Nathan Gander in A grade, Ethan Lewin in B grade and Sam White in C grade.

The Overall NTP sponsored by The 19th View Restaurant was won by Joe Cummins who hit a great shot into the 17th.

Players needed 44 points to win a ball in the ball comp while birdies received one ball each.

Simon Atkinson emptied the Eagle’s Nest with a nice two on the ninth.

Last Sunday competitors contested an Individual Stableford, sponsored by Atlas Copco.

Bill Lewin won the men’s event with a fine 37 from Ethan Lewin (33). Viginia Dunn (41) won the ladies from Helen Ross (37). Ethan Lewin, James Bale and Helen Ross all collected NTPs.

In Thursday stableford action last week Steve Fairley fired a fine 41 to be victorious. There was no competition this week due to the veterans.

The Rolling Stableford continues to grow as well, this is a Stableford event ran every Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Feel free to join in on this one anytime. Hamish Goff won this week’s event with 33.

Wentworth’s division four pennant team went down in the semi-final narrowly 3-2, still quite an effort from the lads who were the only team involved in the finals series out of the three clubs in Orange. A big thank you to everyone who gave up their time to play pennants in 2017.

This Saturday members and guests will contest a four-person ambrose, sponsored by Ethan Lewin Fence Contracting. With plenty of houses getting built in Orange make sure you consider Ethan next time you need a job done around the house.

Meanwhile Sunday will be the Ladies Open Championship. Social play will be available from 2pm.

The Wenty Super 6’s are up to week eight with Chest and Beer the current leaders. Plenty of teams are in the chasing pack including Hi Guns, and the all lady team representing some girl power, the Pollyannas.

DUNTRYLEAGUE MEN

Last Saturday was an Individual Stableford event. The event was sponsored by Pave N Scape and 163 players contested the event.

In A Grade winner was Joshua Hurst with 40 points, followed by Brian Baily 39 points on a countback from Marco Pasquali 39 points.

B Grade winner was Anthony Webb with 38 points countback from Robert Millikin 38 points and Bob Lewis 37 points

C Grade was taken out by John Colgan 43 points, followed by Patrick Cummins 40 points and Nick Pasquali 38 points.

Ball Comp went down to 34.

Saturday’s event is an individual stableford, sponsored Spanline.

Wednesday’s individual stableford was contested by 126 players

In division one, winner was Gary Blogg 42 points, followed by Denis Cranfield 42 points from Dennis Schultz 40 points and Phillip Pile 38 points.

Division two was won by Graham Smith with an incredible 47 points followed by Jack Hart (38). He beat Timothy Nicholson on a countback.

Ball comp to 34.

This week the Putt for Cash is up to $3750, after D McNawra missed a six-metre putt last Friday night.

FURZIE’S FOURS

Team winners from week nine were Hosel Rockets with 42 points.

Individual places were Nick Pasquali with 23 points, second place Mark Hildebrandt 21 points followed by Steve Fulmer 21 points.

Team progressive scores after week nine have the Colgan & Co still leading with 337 points.

Junior Clinics are in full swing. Open juniors (8-14) on Thursdays from 4-5pm.

Duntryleague to feature in the golf show on Fox Sports Monday, March 13 at 7.30.

PRO TIP by John Furze

What separates winning from finishing behind the winner?

First - You must play within yourself. This means that you don’t attempt any shots that you have not practiced many times beforehand.

Second - Play the golf course and not your opponent. It’s the last round of the tournament, and you are leading. Keep doing what you have been doing to get in this spot! Feeling the need to throttle back, or protect will only produce anxiety…and that can be dangerous!

Third - You must prepare for the event. This means charting the course and the greens even if you have played the course many times before.

Develop a strategy for how you are going to play the course and pick the holes that you can attack and the ones you will need to be a little more conservative on.

Don’t practice your faults book a lesson today on 6362 4072.

DUNTRYLEAGUE LADIES

How fortunate were the ladies to have a relatively fine but windy day after the wild and stormy day on Monday.

Some of the Ladies were keen to put into practice what they had learned from the Clinic held on Sunday by the Australian Ladies Professional Golf which was enjoyed by 63 Ladies from Orange and district clubs and it is hoped that Duntryleague will again host the event next year.

There were two grades on Tuesday for an individual stableford. Division one Gay Stone 37 points runner-up Lindy Simpson 36.

Division two winner Jenny Milner 37 Points from Meg Bannigan 34 c/b. The ball comp went to 31.

Drive and pitch on the fourth: Ann Burcher. NTP: Ann Williams won the fourth, 11th and 17th holes and Virginia Conran the seventh. Good luck to all playing the 72-hole championship.

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