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Hawkins Holds on for May Medal
In a day of hot competition and great scoring, the Club’s very own John “Hawk-Eye” Hawkins has yet again triumphed. When the Monthly Medal and Mug are on the line, this man will climb mountains barefoot and naked to get the victory. John has shot a very handy 77 with a handicap of 11 to record a 66 nett and sneak out with a countback victory from Kevin Hoppe, who at 1 over par off the stick also had a 66 nett.

So in the final wash up of the Brett Johnson Painting Services sponsored event, the day’s winner, A Grade Monthly Medal and Guzzlers Mug awardee was John Hawkins. The A Grade Scratch went to Kevin Hoppe with his 1 over par 72. The B Grade Medalist and also B Grade Scratch Winner went to the tireless Ron Kerr who had 88 for a 70 nett.

The ball comp went back to 70 nett and those in the frame included Kevin Hoppe (66), Nathan Hawkins (68), Craig Filmer (70) and Ron Kerr (70). The Nearest the Pin on the Bendigo Bank Hole in One 10th went to Ron Kerr who was inside 6 ft at 1.75m. The box of brown sandwiches was drawn by Pat Walker and went to Peter Elliott.

Hawkins and Hawkins Win Dempster Cup matches
Two matches were decided in the opening round of this year’s Club Matchplay toward the Dempster Cup. In action and in separate matches were father and son John and Nathan Hawkins. In white hot form picking up the Monthly Medal was John Hawkins who snuck past Ron Page 2/1, whilst his son Nathan Hawkins got the job done against the in-form Kevin Hoppe on the 20th hole, winning holes where it counted to eek this match out.

Elliott Well Placed Through Round 2 of Championships
The perennial Ladies Club Champion is on track to do it yet again, proving her consistency at an elite level of golf. Jeanette Elliott shot 2 steady rounds to be sitting at 164 after 2 rounds and even par with her handicap of 8. Her nearest rival is Maryanne Fitzgerald in the usual battle held this time each year, however Maryanne is sitting 13 shots back with 1 round to play.

On day 1, the daily winner was Jeanette Elliott who shot an 81 for a 73 nett, one better than her handicap. Runner up was Ev Shea who shot 91 for a 77 nett. A further ball went to Alexa Preston with a 78 nett. On day 2, Jeanette again prevailed with an 83 for a 75 nett (1 over her handicap), whilst the runner up was Maryanne Fitzgerald who improved from day 1 to be only 1 shot nett behind Jeanette on the day. Pat Walker claimed the next ball on Sunday, tied with Maryanne at 76 nett. The Bendigo Bank Hole in One - Nearest the Pin on Sunday went to Ev Shea yet a distance was not recorded in the book.

Kildea Takes Midweek
In the Midweek Stakes of 12 holes and a par of 24 stableford points, this week’s edition went to Bill Kildea. Bill has recorded a tidy little score of 25 to take the victory and in so doing has not heavily troubled the handicapper. Bill loses 1 shot only and will begin duties this week with a new handicap of 14.5.

Behind Bill by only 1 shot were Mr Consistent Grahame Taylor and also David James who knocked out par rounds of 24 points to be primed and in the hunt this week. David James also picked up the random mystery ball for the week also.

Janice Grey Takes Tuesday Ladies
As has begun reporting recently, the newer Lady Golfers Group on Tuesdays is really beginning to grow and the strides they are taking is impressive. Mentored by Club stalwart Marj Manwaring, this group are enjoying both their golf and the growing contingent of ladies beginning to catch the bug.

This week Janice Grey has picked up the event with a round where she played to bang on her handicap and was from all reports absolutely ecstatic at her efforts. Runner up on the day was the friendly waitress Jackie Solah who has also fallen in love with the game this year.

So, any ladies that are out there, at any level of ability or just curious, be up near the first tee at the BBQ shelter at 8.30am on Tuesdays, grab the old man’s sticks and come along for a hit, a giggle and some great times out with a little walk all incorporated. It’s guarantee you will love it.

This Week
The men will be playing an Individual Stableford for the Rod Ceeney Trophy. Men, you are reminded that this is the Round 1 of the Dempster Cup’s completion date so get those matches hooked up.

The ladies will be playing their 3rd and final round of the Championships under the GO Kruger Trust banner.

On Tuesday 14 May upcoming will be the Harden Vet’s Tournament so do not miss this one. See you around the traps,

Alby

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