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Beveridge Blitzes Club Stableford
A modest sized field competed on Saturday for the Club Trophy Stableford. Again met with abnormal conditions of blustery winds, a bit of unforeseen rain and patches of cool but sunny intervals, the golfers challenged themselves on the dry track for a single Stableford.

Eclipsing the field and playing a whopping 7 shots better than his handicap, Tim Beveridge showed that the weather was of no consequence as he just rocketed to 43 Stableford points. This round appeared an out-of-the-box moment for Tim who, of late, has been just knocking out par rounds and meeting his handicap obligations. Despite all of this, Tim was last seen with a cheesy big grin and a Club voucher in hand as he was driving home with Barb out past the 5 mile.

The ball comp went to Ron Page on 41 points and Robert Bates on 37 points. Ronnie’s round was marred by at least 3 putts missed under 1 foot through carelessness as he was finishing holes off and trying his best (never tries too hard!) not to stand on his golf buggy partner’s line. Notwithstanding, it was evident that Ronnie is grossly over handicapped at present and has to be marked down as a real threat in this week’s monthly medal. His thirst for a month-long bottomless mug would be a strong driver for the long streak of misery also.

The Bendigo Bank Hole in One on the 10th did not go off this week, however Rob Bates gave it a shake and claimed the nearest the pin with a sweet little iron into 3.9m. There is no documentation on whether the birdie putt was made but the law of averages may suggest not.

David James Claims Midweek
Returning to the winners circle this week in the 12-hole par 24-point Stableford event, was the Club’s very own David James. David put a blitz on his golf a couple of months back and has been conspicuous by his absence in recent weeks when transcribing the podiums and points for this column.

David has taken the event last week with a 27 Stableford point round, 3 better than his generous midweek deductor. David will resume his duties this week on a brand new and fairer handicap of 8, which may take him until next year to re-emerge on the dias. But who knows at present, on the dry, long running course that the drought has dealt us to tame.

Coming in second this week with a par round was a trifecta no bookie would give odds on! Bill Kildea, Peter Orr and Jim Wright all had a formidable round playing to their handicap, enjoying their day/s out and not worrying the handicapper. This left a further 3 more players only 1 more point back, evidencing that David James’s round was a good one in a strong field. The magical mystery random ball draw went to old Hot Wheels himself, Bob Stevenson.

This Week
This week for the men will see the December Monthly Medal, sponsored by the Harden Country Club. Up for grabs will be the A & B Medals, the best Scratch in both grades and the daily event as well as a lucky card draw for 24 thirst quenchers.

Ladies are welcome to join the field for the ball comp if they do not muster a field in their own right.

Claim the Date
In the midst of all the Christmas and New Year’s planning, a special reminder of the next rounds of the Scott Fuller Shield is provided. Mark the following 2 dates on your fridge calendars boys and girls, as we try to go back to back with the Summer Inter District Shield.
Jan 19th Harden
Feb 2nd Cootamundra

With Temora providing big numbers at home and no doubt angling to gain maximum travel bonus, the Club needs a great field at home on 19 January 2019 to lift the average. The Club is in first place but need to cement and fend off Temora at this date.

See you all on the links, Alby

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