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At Ivanhoe Public Golf Course, Saturday, 13th April 2024. Deadline for registrations is 1200 on Thursday, 11th April. First tee time will be 0656 or first light (whichever is the later).

Priems Cup Round – Club event – Stableford competition.

Points, BallRun, BallPins and ProPin.

If you have not registered on the website or with the Tee Marshal(s), there will be a spot, but the Tee Marshal will be less than happy if there are too many of you.

If you have symptoms of any sort, please do not attend but notify if you have registered to play.

How good is a party?

Please note registration time – be there early or be square, or the tee marshals will get angry as they need to rejig the groups.

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Don’t forget that if you don’t play the inside comp, and you want your scores to count for your Australian Handicap, you have to fill in a card with your GolfLink number and Australian Handicap to the handicapper.  In the case of non-Home members, the card will have to be handed to the handicapper at your Home Club.  Also, in stroke rounds, please calculate your stableford points and record them to facilitate data entry.

This week’s Tee Marshall is Adam (or nominated alternate).

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Sub-par Siren Silliness on 06 April 2024.

Not quite a choke.
The mind does funny things.

No more hitting off into the dark! At least, for a few weeks until the sun gets lazy again. There was a goodly fall of rain during the week, and, fortunately, the fairways were pretty dry, and it just soaked right in with barely a perceptible effect on the course other than a little less run than was enjoyed over the last couple of weeks. There was a possibility of some rain later in the day, but a few spots did materialise late in the round. With the prospect of a fairly mild day, we ended up with a field of fifteen members, plus a ‘ring-in’, Joseph, a visitor from Malaysia. So, once it was decided that there was sufficient light to have a chance of seeing where the ball went, the first group struck out with their hopes high for a score low.

Tough love
We don’t want to wear out the tee box!

The set up of the course proved interesting today. The white markers on the first were well forward, which elicited a certain amount of comment and raised the fear that the second would be back around the corner of the dam. As it turned out, the second was only moderately far back. The real surprise was on the 8th, where the markers were barely a stance width apart, until an executive decision was taken by the first group to give the field a ‘fighting chance’.

Michael wasn’t in the first group, but he started out with a birdie on the first. Then he made par on the next seven, and finished off the nine with a birdie bookend. Every thing was working like clockwork, and he knew exactly what he had to do in every situation. But, then, wild erratic fancies started to enter his head, and, although the wheels didn’t exactly fall off, the birdies were not quite so easy and the bogies made an unwelcome appearance so that the back nine finished four over the card giving a total for the round of 70 and a net of 68, which was just enough to take the day, and to collect the Monthly Medal for April. As an added bonus, playing right to handicap meant that only the half stroke Winner’s penalty applied, and he gets to play off 2 again next time.

JQ hasn’t been playing a great deal in recent times, and he has had other things on his mind over the last little while, but the reckons that an impending change in circumstances in the near future should let him grace the Elysian Fields of Ivanhoe on a more regular basis. However, the infrequent ventures onto the course does not seem to have impacted his ability to hit the ball (and sometimes ‘not’ hit the ball). One feature of his game was, apparently, his uncanny ability to sink long putts, some as long as 10 or 12m. Despite this, a sprinkling of double bogies got in the way of a chart-busting round, and he finished with a net score of 69 strokes.

Steve turned in a pretty mixed bag for the front nine, and he could have been forgiven for feeling a bit down in the dumps as a result. However, the back nine was a much more workmanlike effort, with a number of pars and only one ‘blow-out’ hole. As a result, he finished with a card of 70 which was just off the pace and scored him a share of third place. Matt took a few holes to get going, but then he rattled off seven pars in a row to plant some thoughts of better things to come. The good times did not quite roll away, and, he, too, returned to the stewards with a net score of 70.

Ken sprayed his tee shot from the 10th a bit and finished in front of the 13th green. After waiting for the 13th fairway to clear, he gave it a good crack, and threaded it through the tiniest gap between the trees separating the fairways. And, this was apparently not the only time that he managed to thread the eye of the needle. As a result, it is not surprising that he was able to return a net score of 71 to take out 4th place. There were some reports that Ryan had come in with a net 66, but these proved to be unfounded and based on false impressions of how well he was playing. For a while there, Rob was Clubhouse leader, and he was sweating on what other scores might be coming in, and calculating the odds of him getting into the points or not. After giving himself a fright by miscounting the number of tied results, he was greatly relieved to find that he was actually in a tie himself for fifth place with Ryan.

There was one Matchplay result determined today. Gordon and Andrew were going head-to-head to determine who would progress to the next round of the event. Gordon wasn’t all that gassed with the idea of giving Andrew 10 strokes, but he managed to get his nose in front fairly early on, although it seemed to be a bit of a struggle to clear the air one way or another. However, by the end of the front nine, Gordon had managed to be two holes up. The straw that could have broken the camel’s back came at the 10th when Andrew made for a back-hand tap in that hit the pin and bounced back out to lose the hole. There was something of a fight back from there, and, by the end of the 13th, Gordon’s margin had reduced to just a single hole. Unfortunately for Andrew, his run had petered out, and the match went dormie three after the 15th, and a square result on the 16th gave the match to Gordon, 3 and 2.

The ProPin was a Jackpot on the 4th, and, even though the tee was not hard back, the green almost proved to be elusive once more. That is, until JQ took out his trusty 8 iron with every intention of taking on the trees in his attempt to snatch the purse. The leading edge of the club contacted the centre-line of the ball, and it took off in a low curving flight, skipped through the apron of the green, and rolled to a stop some 3.5m from the pin (nobody thought to write down the actual measurement). John promised not to put the lot onto one horse! The first BallPin was on the 15th, and Raj was the only one able to put his name on the card. The situation was similar on the 18th, where Porks was the sole contender for the ball on offer.

Bob’s drive on the 3rd was down the right side and deflected off one of the mounds and finished deep in the kikuyu rough. Undeterred, Bob took out his fairway wood, and managed, against all odds to, at least, get the ball out onto the short stuff, if only about half a metre away from where it lay. There were many tales of missed putts. Raj missed from around 300mm on the 4th, and Targe also missed one from a similar distance. Harry started out putting well on the front nine, but persisted in running the ball across the edge of the hole on the back. His putt from off the green on the 18th was all but in the hole when it touched the pin, and finished just out. Rob sounded a bit desperate on the 17th as he enquired whether a ball had been heard entering the reeds in the pond. Despite the negative response, no ball could be found, and another penalty was incurred in addition to the one for out of bounds on his first tee shot. Ken and Dan, in the last group, had the job of picking up the NTP paraphernalia. When they arrived at the stewards table, it was discovered that they had neglected to collect the ProPin from the 4th. Dan asked should he get a cart to go back and get it, but Ken said, ‘No, just run back and get it’. So he did. Between gasps for breath after negotiating the hill beside the 9th, he reckoned he needed the exercise.

Results for Saturday, 06 Apr 2024
1st Michael Gourlay (68) 2nd John Quinlan (69) 3rd Steven Gervasoni (70) 3rd Matt Hunt (70) 4th Ken Watson (71) 5th Ryan Porker (72) 5th Robert Priems (72)

Seniors Results: 1st Michael Gourlay (68) 2nd Matt Hunt (70) 2nd Steven Gervasoni (70) 3rd Ken Watson (71)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 4th John Quinlan BallPin No 1 – 15th Rajesh Mahto BallPin No 2 – 18th Ryan Porker

Any excuse for new shoes on 30 March 2024.

Porks got balls
If only I had two left feet!

Easter does funny things to people. It seems to make them want to go to places that are not Ivanhoe. But, despite the attractions of the coast, the country, the mountains and foreign climes (or even just staying in bed), we managed to get enough for a competition (much to Michael’s relief), and eight members set out with hopes for some ‘easy’ points. The sky was overcast and the air was a bit misty, or was it hazy, which could make the flight of the ball hard to follow if it had a bit of elevation. The greens were sprayed with something during the week, and they had been given a dressing of gravel and a good watering which made for some interesting putts. It didn’t stop us from scoring eight birdies, so maybe the extra run from the bone dry, and increasingly bare fairways helped in that regard. The big question of the day was, would everybody get points? As it turned out, not quite! Just one more tied placing would have fixed that, but Stan can take some consolation that he did get a point in the Seniors.

As the end of daylight saving nears, it has to be admitted that the light levels are pretty low when you head out to get to the course on time. Which means that, when you are groping around in the garage getting your golf gear loaded into the car, it is quite easy to grab a pair of shoes, only to find when you go to put them on that you suddenly wish that you really did have two left feet. Thus, there was the sight of Ryan in the ProShop letting the moths out of his wallet to buy himself a brand-new pair of golf shoes. A couple of tee shots that strayed a bit caused him to wonder whether it was the different heel height that was ‘putting him off’. However, it didn’t seem to matter too much, and despite a number of putts left just short of the hole, Ryan managed to complete the back nine one under the card, and the whole round just two over the card, to top the field with plus five points. This included one double pointer for his birdie on the 8th.

Michael finished the round in a very cranky mood, and he took it out on the nearest the pin card from the 18th. It seems his tee shot left a pitch mark well closer than Porks’, but it didn’t bite and finished further from the hole, robbing him of the chance to collect both of the BallPins for the day. To add insult to injury, he then proceeded to take three putts to put the ball into the hole. This robbed him of the chance to produce at least a par round (he had to settle for one over) and, more importantly, the chance to have Seniors first place on his own. On the other hand, Porks had expressed a desire to beat Michael off the stick, so there is probably some consolation to be had from that aspect of the result. Targe didn’t put a foot wrong all day, other than taking some sort of a relief break just as his group was lining up to tee off on the first. He cited ‘first shot of the day’ when he barely cleared Charlie’s Bush, but then went on to pull off great recoveries, such as by threading the needle through multiple trees on the 11th, by going close to scoring par after chipping down to the 12th green from behind the tree near the old 13th tee and generally getting it close from around the green. The pair of +2 points made a tie for second place, as well as first place in the Seniors.

Raj had a bit of trouble getting the plus signs onto his card. At the end of the front nine, there were seven square and two minus to show for his efforts. Then the wheels just about fell off and by the 14th, things were looking pretty dire with four points on the wrong side of the ledger. The man said, I have to par the rest of the course to get some respectability back into this card. He then proceeded to birdie the next two holes (one for a double pointer), albeit he had to sink a couple of very long putts to make them. The 17th could have undone some of that good work after some to-ing and fro-ing around the green, until another long putt produced the bogie and a square for the hole. In the end, the square card was good enough to capture a solo third place.

Harry started off steadily enough, although he did leave himself with some very long putts that were not handled at all well, and he likes to think it was due to the flukey conditions on the green. A couple of ‘safe’ shots out of trouble on the 8th just happened to find the trees that they were meant to avoid, which helped to bring the score to square at the end of the nine. Harry was only two under the card after the 14th, but, he too, expressed the view that some pars were in order to bring some respectability to the end result. No such luck with the double birdies, but there was one for two points on the 17th making the final score -1. SOS was deeply committed to keeping Targe’s score card in order, as well as wrestling with the fourteen strokes that he had to concede to Targe in the match that they were playing. He managed a good run of plus results early in the round but could only finish the first half one point to the good. A win on the 10th gave him some heart, but the scoring chances seem to have dried up. A shot for the green on the 17th did not pay off, and that contributed to a run of losses that produced a score of -1 for a share of 4th place with Harry. Charlie was a bit apprehensive heading out with his brand new handicap. It is assumed that he also avoided Charlie’s bush, but the first three holes were not kind to him. The next four holes fared somewhat better, but at the end of the nine, there was a number four on the wrong side of the zero line. The back nine was much more workman-like, and the +2 there brought him home just two down, which he thought was a pretty pleasing result considering. It was certainly good enough to get him a point for fifth place.

The ProPin was on the 4th, and it proved to be a pretty tough gig, either that, or the pot wasn’t big enough to be bothered about. Anyway, there will be a jackpot pool on the 4th next week. As hinted at earlier, Michael rolled Porks for the BallPin on the 12th, but didn’t succeed in doing so on the 18th. As an aside, there were five double pointers scored for the day.

The match between SOS and Targe was very much a close-run thing, despite SOS’s concerns about the vagaries of the Matchplay hole ratings (as well as the fact that he had to give Targe 14 strokes). He got away to a good start, and had a couple of holes up his sleeve in short order. At this stage, Targe got his house in order and won three of the next five while squaring the other two to take a one hole advantage. SOS then won a couple to get back a slight advantage, which he managed to hang onto until the 15th. A wild shot from the tee on the 16th finished lost/OOB and the match was back to square. The shot for the green on the 17th cost another hole and the match was dormie one in Targe’s favour. The two shot differential required on the 18th proved a hope too far for SOS to force a chip-off, and the match went to Targe, 2 up.

Results for Saturday, 30 Mar 2024
1st Ryan Porker (+5) 2nd Michael Gourlay (+2) 2nd Targe Mifsud (+2) 3rd Rajesh Mahto (□) 4th Harry Boughen (-1) 4th Stephen O’Sullivan (-1) 5th Charles Gibbs (-2)

Seniors Results: 1st Michael Gourlay (+2) 1st Targe Mifsud (+2) 2nd Harry Boughen (-1) 3rd Stan Blackshaw (-6)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 4th Jackpot BallPin No 1 – 12th Michael Gourlay BallPin No 2 – 18th Ryan Porker


Along came a chipper-chopper on 23 March 2024

Flower power
Is this really a magic wand?

Autumn is now with us (astronomically) and there is a fair bet that from now on the coolth will hang around a little longer as the morning progresses. The moisture bearing fronts are still being held out by the highs, and the green-keepers are concentrating on the greens and tees. As a result, some of the fairways are starting to look a bit on the bony side, with bare lies taking a bit of a shine off the extra run that is available. Pretty much everybody from last week turned out again, and the field was bolstered by those keen to sink their fangs into SOS’s sizzling sausages and those keen to be part of the sizzling AGM that followed. We had nineteen regular members to take the field, and two lifers in Rodger and Allan, all resplendent in shirts of many colours, although there were a few who were not quite so resplendent. Regardless of the standard of shirt worn, all were respectful to the memory of Stuart, for whom the trophy is dedicated.

There were four green bottles hanging on the wall at the beginning of the round, and the big question was how many of them would accidentally fall. Brendon started out like a house on fire with a birdie on the first, and continued with something of a birdie master-class to finish the front nine one over the card with 22 points and his hand seemingly glued to the trophy. Raj played his first nine in an ‘average’ sort of way and was bemoaning the fact that he had gone to the driving range yesterday, chipped in with his first practice chip this morning, and thus had used up all of his good shots. Charles thought he had unjinxed the first tee until he stepped up and once again found himself deeply embedded in ‘Charlie’s bush’. However, he made a creditable recovery to finish the nine with 16 points. Harry also started off in good form, but had an unfortunate run-in with a tree branch on the 3rd that propelled his ball OOB, and he followed up with further tree ‘trouble’ on the 6th that meant that after nine, he trailed the group with only 15 points. However, Charlie was just warming up, with the chipping and putting standing him in very good stead. On the 11th, he lobbed his second onto the green, and it ran a fair distance past the hole, at which point, he had a few words to say about the vagaries of golf. And, of course, he rapped it up, and it very politely fell into the hole for birdie and a very handy four points, which helped him to 24 for the back, 40 for the round, and the Stuart Clarke Memorial Trophy with 78 points. Not to mention a shiny new handicap, which he is more than capable of playing to.

At this stage, we have to mention a couple of ‘blow-ins’, who managed to do their handicap some minor injury with their scores today. Our ‘occasional’ Captain, Matt was sitting pretty for quite a while today as daily Clubhouse leader. Matt took a few holes to get going, but he was pretty pleased with his game on the 7th where he put his tee shot on the green close enough to score the first BallPin, and then he topped it off for a birdie for a very handy four points. He finished the back nine, one under the card to score 22 points, which brought his total to 39. CJ started off well enough, but leaked a bit of oil in the closing stages of the front nine to finish the half with just 15 points. The mojo came back with a vengeance on the back with three birdies in quick succession, which helped to bring him home with another 22 points and a total of 37 for the round.

Raj continued the back nine pretty much as he played the front, although he did manage to garner a couple more points to finish right on his handicap with 36 points for the day. His event total of 74 points brought him home in second place. After going close to parring the front nine despite several ‘worm-burner’ drives, Brendon then proceeded to build what he described as a picket fence with a serried row of palings with the occasional one missing. Even a couple of two-pointers in the dying stages of the nine were not able to get him into double figures, but his tally of 31 points was enough to score him a share of third for the event. Ryan went through a series of ups and downs as the scoring chances came and went. The front nine consumed most of his handicap, and the back nine fared only slightly better in that regard. So, despite being only one shot off the lead at the start of the round, the 32 points scored today was enough to tie it up with Brendon for third place, nine strokes from the front.

Despite some confusion about which card was scored which way (we’re looking at you, Allan) SOS was more than pleased with his game today after trailing the field after week one. There were obviously some missed chances, so the score line of 36 points possibly does not reflect the true standard of play. After crashing his buggy into some of the signage by the first tee, Bob was standing around until somebody asked him if he was going to have a shot, as everybody else in the group had hit off. Despite the inauspicious start, Bobbie made a fair fist of the front nine, putting together four three pointers in a row to make the turn with 21 points on the card, rivalling the start that Brendon made. He didn’t quite match Brendon’s picket-fence on the back, but he did falter just a bit to make a pair of 34’s for the event and gathered 4th place for his efforts. The picket-fencing might have been contagious, because Harry also produced a reasonable facsimile on the back nine to produce a final total of 66 points to come into 5th place. Old Reliable started out reliably enough with a par on the first, but the scoring didn’t really get a flow on for the front nine. The back nine was just a little more productive, and Craig ended up sharing fifth place as well.

Prez and Peps agreed to play their second round match today. Pepsi was on record as saying that he liked playing with Prez because he was almost guaranteed a freebie. As it turned out, it was Prez who scored a freebie after Pepsi left it short of the red markers on the 12th. Despite this aberration, the match was pretty closely fought, although Pepsi never did get on the positive side of the square mark. It was still anybodies game after the 16th, with Rob one hole up and two to play. On the 17th, Rob used his trusty chipper to break Pepsi’s heart when he chipped in for a birdie. The win for Rob finished the match with a score-line of two up to Rob.

It was ex-Captain Matt’s day today, as he was able to close out all comers with a very smart shot onto the top deck of the 18th, to collect his second BallPin for the day. The ProPin was on the 12th, and Steve was the first and only cab on the rank with his shot to 2.605m for a nice little dividend from the larger field.

Which way?
Guess which direction to the green!

Ken also contributed to the thirst quenching today when his shot from the 8th tee was less than spectacular. Apparently, he found a streak of form in the closing stages of the round, and there were suggestions that the handicapper should take a look at him ‘on suspicion’. Steve was pretty happy with his game today (not only due to the ProPin win). He did go a bit astray on the 6th, and the direct path to the green needed threading a needle between trees. Wisely deciding to play safe out onto the fairway, Steve still managed to hit a tree. After his first ball went OOB on the 3rd, Harry played his penalty shot, and you will never guess where the ball came to rest. With nowhere to go for a fifth shot, a pick-up was the only option.

The barbecue burgers and snags were expertly cooked by Matt and his team of chefs, while SOS revelled in the compliments for his selection of viands. The weather wasn’t sufficiently autumnal to discourage the wasps and at least one member was lucky to notice one on his burger before taking a bite. After everybody was suitably stuffed with tucker, the results were announced and the trophy wasn’t presented. With no trophy cabinet on site, and Gordon firmly ensconced ‘up the river’, there was just a little oversight to make sure that it was available. Apologies to Charlie and Rodger from the outgoing Committee.

The AGM was then held, with the appropriate reports being made and approved. Nominations for Committee positions were announced, and, in the absence of any (serious) nominations from the floor, those nominated were duly elected. President – Rob Priems, Vice-President – Andrew Petricola, Secretary – Craig Cameron, Treasurer – Gordon Hill, Assistant Treasurer – Stephen O’Sullivan, Captain – Brendon Mitchell, Handicapper – Harry Boughen, Assistant Handicapper – Michael Gourlay, Tee Marshal – Adam King.

Results for Saturday, 23 Mar 2024
1st Charles Gibbs (38, 40, 78) 2nd Rajesh Mahto (38, 36, 74) 3rd Brendon Mitchell (38, 31, 69) 3rd Ryan Porker (37, 32, 69) 4th Bob McDonald (34, 34, 68) 5th Harry Boughen (38, 28, 66) 5th Craig Cameron (34, 32, 66)

Seniors Results: 1st Bob McDonald (34,34,68) 2nd Craig Cameron (34,32,66) 2nd Harry Boughen (38,28,66) 3rd Ken Watson (29,31,60)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 12th Steven Gervasoni BallPin No 1 – 7th Matt Hunt BallPin No 2 – 18th Matt Hunt

There were four green bottles….. on 16 March 2024

Standing, not hanging.
…. and if one green bottle should accidentally fall…..

Summer continues to make a last-ditch stand to bring some warmer weather, although Autumn does tend to run his icy fingers through the morning air. A couple of the short sleeve brigade made comment on the fact before tee time, though the lighter clothing would have been welcome later in the day. The course is generally dry, and there was plenty of run to be had on most fairways. The greens had been well watered, and the dewy conditions persisted until well into the round. And, there was plenty of brushing needed on the leafier parts of the course. With a couple of ins and outs, we ended up with sixteen players, including Rodger for his annual pilgrimage to Ivanhoe to take part in Stuart’s rounds.

Harry started out with a par (in regulation) which can sometimes be a bad omen, and the second proved a bit of a struggle to score a point. Then it looked as if it might have been an omen for good when he reached the turn with 21 points on the card. The back nine was not quite so speccy, but there was a very respectable 38 points to present to the judges at the end of the round. Charlie took a couple of holes to collect his first par, but they continued to drop at a fairly respectable rate, and the points kept adding up. Twenty on the front was followed closely by eighteen on the back, and he too presented a card showing thirty-eight points. Raj started out steadily enough, and looked as if he was really going to hit the straps when he scored consecutive birdies on the 4th and 5th holes. A mini slump at the end of the nine had him make the turn with 19 points on the card. He scored another birdie on the 13th (no mean feat) by playing a blind shot over the hazard on the left to be suitably surprised to find it on the green. His three birdies helped us to a grand total of 11 for the day. Brendon didn’t quite bomb the distances that he did last week, but he did manage quite a few ‘stingers’ on his way to his total of 38 points as well. He did express the view that he would like to be able to hit that sort of shot on demand. His front nine produced 22 points from a one over score off the stick, but he joined Harry in a slight fade out on the back and only managed sixteen points to bring his total to thirty-eight as well.

Ryan played a very steady round, and if it hadn’t been for a couple of aberrations, he could easily have led the field. His drive on the 6th had a fair bend to the right, and despite a thorough search, it was deemed to have made it into the hazard, which made it just too difficult to score. On the 14th, he abandoned his set-up to take one of the snakes that were on offer, and then proceeded to whack it out of bounds. Harry vehemently denies that it was a ploy to upset his rhythm. Thirty-seven points is, however, an ideal spot to be able to strike from behind in next week’s round. Craig plugged along pretty steadily, but the card was punctuated by just a few too many singletons, and the three pointers were not all that prominent. A pair of seventeens was enough to slot into third place. Bobbie also produced a pair of seventeens to be right up there with Craig, and still be well-placed to take the trophy with just a little improvement next week.

Pepsi started off on the right foot with a birdie on the first, and he followed that up with another one on the 4th. However, the singletons (and one uncharacteristic gash) made all the difference, and, at the end of the day, Peps could only manage 33 points, which was enough to make fourth place in the field after Round 1. Dan continues to show signs of his potential as he gets used to the vagaries of the Ivanhoe course. Possibly, he is also benefiting from ‘second hand’ lessons from Charlie, who has obviously benefitted from a session (or two?) with ProShop Chris. SOS reckons that Prez should be paying him a retainer for finding his lost balls. For the second week in a row, SOS has found a ball with ‘PREZ’ plastered all over it. Whether this contributed to the fade-out on the back nine is not clear, but, during the round, Prez was heard to say that if he could keep it together he would be right up there. Unfortunately, the six point turn around between front and back, placed him at the back of the front-runners rather than the front of the front-runners. Still, just six points behind the pace is no reason to despair.

The ProPin was set for the 4th hole, and the tee was fairly well forward. Raj went out in the first group, and fretted all day that somebody would beat his shot to 1.84m. Brendon had called it for Harry after his low running shot was right ‘on the money’ (with a favourable bounce or two along the way), but the distance was just beyond the length required. Raj needn’t have worried. Nobody else worried his distance, and he collected the dosh on offer (eventually, after SOS awarded him a ball instead). The first BallPin was on the 15th, and StanB was the man to beat for this one. And, nobody could. The BallPin on the 18th almost went begging, but Brendon played the last shot of the day to get it onto the dance-floor for a chance at the ProShop ProPin as well. He was disappointed to miss the birdie by a bee’s.

SOS went for the green on the 17th, and actually made it onto the green, but with a longish putt for the eagle. The putt was true, but maybe a tad fast, as it hit the pin and stayed out. Easy birdie though. Rodger didn’t quite find his form today, but he did play a memorable shot from the 15th tee. The ball headed hard left, out of bounds for all money. The ball found some woodwork that it hit dead centre and launched itself high into the air and back over Rodger’s head to land on the slope of the tee mound and finish by the 14th green. Steve has had a little break from golf and made his come-back today. While he didn’t exactly set the world on fire, he did give the ball a good scare on the 8th tee where it is unclear whether the club actually touched the ball or whether it was the slip-stream that caused it to move a few millimetres to one side. Draughtie/Airie, his playing group didn’t mind which, as long as he paid up.

Don’t forget to register for next week. All welcome for a game, a barbecue (we need numbers for catering) and the AGM. Not too late to submit a late nomination for a Committee position if there is a role that you fancy turning your hand to.

Results for Saturday, 16 Mar 2024
Leaderboard Round 1: 1st Harry Boughen (38) 1st Charles Gibbs (38) 1st Rajesh Mahto (38) 1st Brendon Mitchell (38) 2nd Ryan Porker (37) 3rd Craig Cameron (34) 3rd Bob McDonald (34) 4th Andrew Petricola (33) 5th Dan Marie (32) 5th Robert Priems (32)

Seniors Leaderboard: 1st Harry Boughen (38) 2nd Bob McDonald (34) 2nd Craig Cameron (34) 3rd Ken Watson (29)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 4th Rajesh Mahto BallPin No 1 – 15th Stan Blackshaw BallPin No 2 – 18th Brendon Mitchell