Parker smashes the lead

PROUD AS PUNCH: Bernie Parker receives his prizes after claiming the Day’s event, the B Grade Monthly Medal and the Guzzler’s Mug.

PROUD AS PUNCH: Bernie Parker receives his prizes after claiming the Day’s event, the B Grade Monthly Medal and the Guzzler’s Mug.

The March Medals have been run and won in both the Mens and Ladies Divisions. Firstly, we thank the tireless trophy hunter Ron Page for his effort in putting on the prize for the March Medal. Without sponsors, there is not much point to golf and Ron does a Champion job in putting together our assortment of backers for the year’s program.

Fronting up and picking up where he left off in 2016 was none other than the Smash Repairer with the lot, Bernie Parker. Bernie has put together a tidy little round with a sharp finishing back nine to claim the day’s event, the B Grade Monthly Medal and the Guzzler’s Mug. Bernie has done just enough to pip Tim Beveridge for the B Grade Medal as they both finished on 68 nett, Bernie’s back nine counting him into the big prizes. Bernie also claimed the B Grade Scratch prize with his 84 shots off the screws. 

In A Grade, the mercurial Kevin Hoppe was the victor in both the A Medal and A Scratch. Kevin had a 77 for a nett 69 and he too only scraped home on a countback from the less as fast finishing Tam Kennedy.

Balls for this tight scoring round of the Monthly Medal only went back part way into the par nett’s. Tim Beveridge led the ball comp off with a 68 nett, Tam Kennedy had 69 nett, Brian Wales in good form of late had 70 nett and Peter Steinke claimed a ball with 70 nett on a countback. Mr Kennedy fired the closest ball at the Bendigo Bank Whopper Account Hole in One 10th , but even Tam left his in 4 putt range at 4.8m. The big frothy box of brown was won by Michael Baldry in a card draw. 

The really big scores continue in the midweek 12 hole stableford competition, where par is 24 points and one would expect a few either way of this score should win, the big bad scores keep coming.  Elaine Heycox has recorded a massive 33 points, and just beaten her handicap by 9 whole shots. Elaine loses the whole lot of these nine shots and returns to a still very handy handicap of 26. 

Mike McPake has come 2nd and 3rd with his two cards returned this week of 32 points and 31 points. There was a four-way tie for fourth, only one shot further back on 30 points. These included Marj Manwaring, Ron Kerr, Jim Wright and Ron Fuller Snr. Funny how the same names keep turning up, one out and one back. Now that the cooler weather is creeping in, I am reliably informed that the morning tee group will now be going out with the pack for a midday tee off.

Jeanette has claimed her for 2017 and has taken the medal with a tidy round of 81 for a 72 nett, bringing home her round with a formidable back nine. The back nine action has seen Jeanette pip Toni Filmer at the post. Toni has posted a 72 nett also and claimed a ball for pushing Jeanette home to the win. A shout out goes to the day’s sponsor, Pat Walker. Keep on mending so you can be back before you know it.