Glover & Porter Win the Long Weekend Shootout
June long weekend usually spells a shark shootout format at the Country Club and its beginning to claim some affinity with golfers from away visiting Harden to enjoy the wonderful hospitality and the fun formats on offer for teams of 2. This year, the Club presented a 2-day format with 2 Person Ambrose and Canadian Foursomes as the pointscore formats for the overall prizes on offer. Prizes were paid in both scratch and nett divisions meaning that every team of every ability was in the running daily and also overall, with only one prize per team permitted.
This year, the Scratch Division went to Ben Glover (Harden Club Champion) and his good friend and low marker Sam Porter from Yass Golf Club. Ben and Sam played faultless golf on both days to present at -2 combined for the weekend with rounds of 68 & 72 on the par 71 layout course. Ben and Sam picked up the pointscore on each day in this division to easily account for their nearest opponents and collect the goodies on Sunday evening.
In the handicap division, Kym Butler & Graham Fleming from Yass proved that consistency was the key over the 2 formats, surging past day 1 leaders Ron Page & Craig Filmer with a super day 2 score in the arguably tougher game. Kym & Graham netted 65 and 71 to account for their rivals by 1 pointscore point. Well done to both of the overall Champion teams.
After the major Champions were announced, the daily winners came next. David Robinson and Ian Lavendar from Wauchope Golf Club picked up day 1 Scratch with 70 off the stick, whilst the day 1 Nett went to Ron Page & Craig Filmer of Harden Country Club who played out of their skin for a 63 nett. Day 2 Scratch went to Harden’s own Darrell Cassidy and Robert Bates, whilst the day 2 Nett went to the Harden and Moruya Golf Club’s brotherly combination of Brian and Garry Wales.
Nearest the Pins on day 1 went to Tim Beveridge at 2.7m from the 10th hole whilst Pat Walker claimed the Ladies at 7.5m. Both kick in birdies were claimed I hope… On day 2, the nearest the pin went to Garry Wales at 3.2m. Balls on the overall went to Bernie Parker & Tam Kennedy, Maurice Manwaring & Eric Kuhn and Richard Harris (Wauchope) and John Hawkins.
Special thanks to Karen Glover for the scoring assistance and to Jacqui and the bar crew for keeping the boys hydrated.
Marjie Mauls the Masses in Midweek The chance for a bit of alliteration was just too tempting, but it’s all true. Marj Manwaring has obliterated the field this week in the 12-hole par 24-point stableford event held midweek. Marj has recorded a very tidy 31 stableford points to beat her handicap by a massive 7 shots and account for her nearest rival by 3 shots.
Marj has the dubious honour of being docked the whole 7 shots off her weekly 12-hole handicap in a brutal school and will begin her campaign again this week off a new and mere handicap of 22.5. Who said mere? I think she might just accept the challenge with glee.
Second this week and beginning to figure a little more regularly on the podium is David James. Ordinarily 28 points might be enough to win the week and some have won on less. Hold your form David and it may well be you with the bag of lollies next week. In third place last week were Ron Kerr, Ron Kerr (what, there’s 2 of him?), Graham Taylor and David James (deja vu all over again), who all shot even par nets to equal out in 3rd place. The mystery and random ball draw went this week to Peter Steinke.
The gents will be competing for Matt Minehan Carpentry’s Trophy in an Individual Stableford, whilst the ladies will be competing for a Club Trophy Stableford despite the program’s reference to the Keno event.
In the Dempster Cup, this weekend requires the finalisation of round 2 quarter final matches please and also a reminder that the Bendigo Bank Hole in One will be on for members on Saturday’s events.
The Pennants team will be competing in Gundagai against Young on Sunday and wish Craig, Tam, Nathan, Brian and Tim are wished well in what now must be a win and win outcome for their final 2 rounds.
Claim the Date 20 July 2019. This looks most likely to be the date that the new State Golf event replacing former Keno and Sydney Morning Herald formats will be played at Harden Country Club. Team in either men’s, women’s and mixed will be received for a 2 Person Ambrose and qualifiers in each section will go to the regional qualifier for a chance to get to Bonville at Coffs Harbour by the end of the year. Set that date aside and get ready.
See you around the traps.
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