Having won almost everything else in Harden, Bernie Parker finally threw his hat in the ring for the seniors tour around the South West Slopes and came up trumps.
Harden hosted its annual veterans’ tournament last Tuesday and a crowd of 59 wily and grizzled experts faced the starter.
Players travelled from Temora, Junee, Clover Leigh, Gundagai, Cootamundra, Young, Kiama, Tipperary, Wagga Wagga City, Coolamon and a fair contingent from Harden were represented.
Scoring was hot, and you needed to play well below handicap to figure in the balls let alone stand a chance of taking some of the prizes.
In A Grade (handicaps 0 – 18), two players were locked on 41 points and a countback was called for. A strong back 9 by Parker was all that separated him from Tam Kennedy. Local knowledge was obviously key to the A Grade scoring, with Kevin Hoppe third on 38 points. In B Grade (handicaps 19 to 36), T Hardy from Cootamundra shot 42 stableford points to account for Ron Fuller Sr, 40, and R Norden (Gundagai), who shot 38 points.
In the ladies event, Harden captain Marj Manwaring led the way with 34 points, defeating Pam McCloy from Young by countback. One shot back on 33 points was Bev Stanton from Young.
It was the final date for round 1 matches in the club matchplay, including Roddy Ceeney’s annual trophy for an individual stableford.
The daily event winner was five shots better than anyone on course.
John Brownhill played the round of his dreams to win with 44 points. Coming in second was Michael Baldry, who let a few shots slip but still recorded 39 points to be runner-up.
In the all-important club matchplay championships for the Dempster Cup, Herby Manwaring defeated Ron Kerr – 1 up; John Brownhill defeated Kevin Hoppe – 5 & 4; Ian Bruce defeated Darrell Cassidy – 2 up; Robert Bates defeated Peter Steinke – 2 up; Tam Kennedy defeated Craig Filmer – 19th.
In earlier round 1 matches, Ben Glover defeated Ron Fuller 3 & 1, while Eric Kuhn rounded up the Bear 1 up.
Quarter-finals will be due in just over a month’s time (July 16).
Round 1 of the SWDGA pennants season starts at Gundagai on Sunday, May 27. A good contingent of the regular team over the last few years has stood again. The team (10am on the tee) includes: Craig Filmer (c), Matt Peisley, Tam Kennedy, Chris Hocking and John Brownhill will take up the fight. Substitutes are Tim Beveridge, Michael Baldry and Ron Page.
Ev Shea Fires
In a field depleted by injuries and work commitments, ladies played their May Medal on Saturday for the Maryanne Fitzgerald Trophy.
Ev Shea recorded 38 stableford points to continue her blistering run. She has already claimed a medal for this year, so the May medal went to Marj Manwaring with a tidy 37 points.
Men will play round 1 of their two-week 4 Ball Best Ball Championships this Saturday. Whispers abound about some new combinations, so who knows where the cards will lay. For those not yet hooked up, grab a mate, get connected and head to the club on Saturday for the 4BBB championships.
The ladies will be vying for a club trophy with an individual stableford event.