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Elliott Wins Ladies Championships
The final day of the Ladies Championships was played out last Saturday, with long term Champion Jeanette Elliott sitting in the box seat after the first 2 rounds the prior weekend. Jeanette took a 13-shot lead into the final round which proved to be convincing despite a spirited late charge from runner up Maryanne Fitzgerald. Jeanette has been the Club’s long-term Champion, setting records of longevity at the top that may never be beaten into the future. Day 3 saw Maryanne Fitzgerald shoot the round of the day to win on gross as well as nett. Maryanne has shot an 84/73 to take out the daily prize and make some ground back on Jeanette. Maryanne won by 3 shots nett on the day from Jeanette runner up with a 77 nett on a countback from Pat Walker who also put in a strong showing on all 3 days.

Overall, the Kruger Trust sponsored Championships went to Jeanette with rounds of 81, 83, 85 for a total of 249 from Maryanne who had 90, 87, 84 for a total of 261. The eventual margin being 12 shots. In the Ness Flannery Memorial for best nett overall, it was a much closer showing with Jeanette also claiming this Salver having a combined nett of 225 from Maryanne’s 228, only 3 shots in it or 1 shot for each day of play. Pat Walker completed her Championship next best on 237 nett.

Herbie Takes Rod Ceeney Trophy
In a tough outing for the men, the biting wintry winds took their toll on the field’s scoring. The cunning and well experienced fox in Maurice “Herbie” Manwaring had seen this many times over his vast career and brought his controlled low drilling A game to the fore to take out the daily event, an individual Stableford.

Herb has shot a very tidy 37 points considering the conditions to defeat Ronnie Page by a sole point. Balls went as far back as 33 points and were awarded to Ron Page (36), Craig Henman (35), Darrell Cassidy (33) and Michael Baldry (33).

Maurice Manwaring was in such rare air he also claimed the nearest the pin on the Bendigo Bank Hole in One hole with a shot to 4.3m.

Round 1 of Dempster Cup Complete
Being an individual event on the last day of Round 1 in the Club MatchPlay, the remaining matches were played with some surprising results. Maurice Manwaring def Tam Kennedy (7/5) Eric Kuhn def Matt Peisley (1 up) Darrell Cassidy def John Brownhill (6/4)Ron Kerr def Ben Glover (1 up) Next week the Club will publish the quarter final draw.

Heycox the Victor Midweek
In a welcome return to form, Greg Heycox has snatched the midweek lollies last week, with a round of 28 Stableford points around the 12 hole par 24 layout. As Greg beat his handicap and par by 4 shots, these are now all gone like last week’s pay cheque. Greg will resume duties this week on a new sleeker model (but still generous) handicap of 25.

3 shots back were the dynamic duo of Ron Kerr and Garth Webb who both shot par besting 25 point rounds. These guys were closely followed by Bob Martin who shot 24 points to play to his card.

The random mystery ball draw went to Garth Webb. Hmmmm, was heard. Coming up for the Wednesday crew, who are scheduled to play on the 29th May, will actually be getting together a day earlier on Tuesday 28 May instead to allow the Ladies Tournament free reign on the Wednesday. Mark that in your organisers, Midweekers.

This Week
Firstly, the Vets Tournament was postponed for Tuesday 14th May - more on that in another dispatch.

This Saturday sees the men in Round 1 of their 4BBB Championships. This day will be brought by Jamie Cantrell & Tom Darmody. The ladies will be seeing an Individual Stableford on Saturday if numbers permit but it’s understood a fair contingent will be supporting the Young Ladies Tournament on Sunday.

No word from the Men’s SWDGA has come through on Pennants yet, but will be posted when it does. Anyone keen to be in the chase for the flag should buzz Craig or Tam.

Cheers, Alby

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