A small field of 16 golfers took to the Penola Golf Course on Saturday in near perfect conditions for a par round, coinciding with the 5th Round of the President’s Trophy.
Score of the day went to Ant Mathys in B-Grade who finished with a +1 on countback from Paul Harmer. In third place was John Wilkinson with a -2 on countback over Shane McPherson.
In A-Grade, Leo Price continued some good form finishing even, this was on the back of a 74 off the stick at Thursday golf. In 2nd, Jeremy Briggs took the honour over Nathan Williams, both with a -1 while Peter Lunnay rounded out the top 4 with a -2.
The nearest the pin winners were Greg Hutchesson on the 9th while Williams claimed the best 2nd on the 12th. If any player had managed to hit the green on the 7th they would have won that prize but all 16 golfers failed to do so.
The NAGA was hotly contested with 4 players tied with a -8, each receiving a quarter of a cherry ripe bar.
Next Saturday will feature a stableford competition and the 5th Round of the Captain’s Trophy. Tee-off from 11:30. All welcome.
As a reminder, a Special General Meeting will be held at the clubrooms of the Penola Golf Club on Wednesday, 2nd August at 5:30pm. Details via the club noticeboard, website or from the Secretary.
Twenty-four golfers braved the wet for the 3rd round of the Captain’s stableford trophy at the Penola Golf Course in Saturday with 7 golfers returning a DNF in the conditions.
Round of the day went to Patron Peter Walker who had an impressive 38 points in B-Grade. Walker was closely followed by Ant Mathys in 2nd with 37 points while Paul Harmer and Brett Williams took 3rd and 4th with 35 and 34 points respectively.
In A-Grade, a countback was required to determine the winner. For the second week in a row, Jock Agnew claimed the honours over David Murray, both with 37 points. In 3rd place was Don Ferguson with 35 points while Andrew Hutchesson took 4th with 34 points.
The nearest the pin winners were Grant Stephenson on the 7th, Richard Barnes on the 9th while Mathys had the best 2nd on the 12th.
The cherished NAGA was conclusively won by David Boyd.
Next Saturday will feature another stableford event with the 4th Round of the Captain’s Trophy being held, coinciding with a 2 Ball Better Ball competition. Tee-off from 11:30. All welcome.
An enthusiastic field of 34 golfers took to the Penola Golf Course last Saturday for the Rabobank Monthly Medal. With glorious, albeit slightly icy conditions on offer, scoring proved somewhat tough for the majority of the field.
Round of the day went to Sam Hill in C-Grade with a nett 71 – the only player to better his handicap. A solid 47 on the front nine was bettered by a 44 on the back to give him 91 off the stick in total. Runner-up and four shots behind Hill was Ant Mathys with a nett 75. In third was Peter Ey with a nett 79 while local Doc Nirmal Grewal took 4th place honours with a nett 80.
Over in B-Grade, the ever reliable Peter Walker claimed a two shot victory with a nett 73 over Curt Evans. Recovering from a dreaded snowman on the first, Walker played consistent golf throughout the round with a birdie on the 13th a highlight. In third place was Peter Lunnay with a nett 76 while Mike Redman took fourth with a nett 77.
A three-way countback in A-Grade was required before Jock Agnew could claim honours with a nett 72. A 44 on the front nine was bettered by a 39 on the back 9, featuring 6 pars. Runner-up was Lindsay Storer while third place went to David Murray whose 4-putt on the 18th ultimately proved costly. Peter Docking rounded out the placings in 4th with a nett 73.
Nearest the pin winners were Greg Hutchesson with the best 3rd on the 17th while twin brother Andrew had the closest on the 9th and Peter Lunnay the 7th.
Lee Bateman took honours in the putting comp with 26 putts in total, featuring 9 one-putts and one that went in from off the green.
The NAGA went to Chris Holden with an offensive nett 91. Surprisingly, Holden still managed to win his top dog game, proving that golf is nothing but a foolish game at times.
Next Saturday is the 3rd round of the Captain’s Trophy and will be a stableford competition. Tee-off from 11:30. Once again, all welcome.
Darren Bilney and Anthony Williams have taken out Golf South East’s Foursomes Championships for the third year in a row in an absorbing contest that went down to the last hole. It wasn’t a stroll in the park for the defending champions as they came up against the formidable Naracoorte top ranked duo of Richard Barnes and James Norcock. The title was only decided by one shot in the end, with Williams and Bilney finishing with 115 off the stick, only seven over par.
The agonising one shot defeat was the fourth time Norcock had been runner up in the past month, having recently finished behind Barnes in their own Club Championship. To add salt into the wounds, he also took home the runner up prize in the raffle. It was really a two horse race with the next pair a further ten shots back.
Third place was taken out by Joe Clements and Jeff Hodge, who were the best of the next lot.
A solid field of 18 teams took part in the annual foursome’s event, which Golf South East is hoping will pick up in popularity.
In the handicap division, locals Shane Anderson and Samuel Hill were the winners with their impressive score of 108 ½. They were clearly the best nett winners, two strokes in front of the Millicent pair of Andy Varcoe and Ben Goulding on 110 ½ .The current Penola foursomes champions, Johnny Wilkinson and Peter Walker were only ¼ shot further back, completing a good fortnight in third position.
The best of the nearest the pins was Mick Rookas on the 7th, who was only 2 inches away from scoring an ace. Fortunately, his team mate made the putt.
The event now in its third year is gathering momentum, with alternate stroke format difficult to score under par around the tight Penola layout. Bilney and Williams may have a monopoly on the title for the moment, but one thinks it might be a more difficult challenge in 2018.
Wintry conditions greeted players at the Penola Golf Course on Saturday for a stableford competition. With the cold minimising ball flight, scoring proved tough throughout the field with no player playing to their handicap.
Round of the day did go to Curt Evans in A-Grade with 34 points on countback from Leo Price and Shane Anderson in 2nd and 3rd respectively. David Murray finished a further point behind to take 4th spot.
In B-Grade, John Gregory took the honours with 33 points, one ahead of Ant Mathys in 2nd place. Club Patron Peter Walker placed 3rd with 31 points while the recent hot form of John Wilkinson ceased as he only managed 30 points.
Nearest the pin winners were Lofty on the 9th, Lindsay Storer on the 13th while Ant had the best 2nd on the 12th.
The NAGA went to the Monthly Medal specialist Allen Meyer, no doubt pushing his handicap out to the maximum limit for next week’s big event.
There was a special note on the results sheet reading 'Balls: 33'. Not quite sure if there was an incident on the course at this stage but hopefully all 17 players got home safely.
Next Saturday will feature the Rabobank Monthly Medal with tee-off from 11:30. All welcome.
Club Stalwart Peter Walker and club all-round good guy, John Wilkinson have been the popular winners of the Penola Golf Club Foursomes title. The event has long been held in prestige as a difficult game to win, and has been made even more so with larger fields thanks to the sponsorship of Kidman Wines, now in its second year.
It has been 23 years since Walker has won this event, having tried many partners in the past. Frustrated by their performance and the fact most were on a Senior’s Card, Walker sought out the much younger and long hitting John Wilkinson. In the back of his mind, he also knew if they won, he’s get to take home all the prizes as acquiring the taste of good wine hasn't filtered down to Tarpeena yet.
Whilst the course and greens played spectacularly, the heavy conditions made long ball striking and sometimes visibility somewhat tricky.
Walker’s down the middle approach worked well in combination with the long hitting Wilkinson. This was particularly so in the middle nine where they combined to have 41 off the stick after starting with a birdie and two pars. Their winning score of nett 108¾ for the 27 holes demonstrated how difficult the conditions were.
Runner’s up were the combination of Steven Skeer and Grant Stephenson who chipped and putted very well to finish less than two shots behind the winners with a nett score of 110 ½. The duo put each other in some interesting positions but always managed to find a way out of trouble thanks to their superior short game. A superb shot on the 27th hole by Stephenson set up an easy par to leap frog them onto the podium.
In their place were Paul Harmer and Greg Hutchesson, who combined well for their score of 111. The long hitting of Hutchesson set them up on several occasions, but neither managed to find one-putts easy to come by, which in the end was most likely the difference. That and finishing with a six which was the only real blemish on their card.
The Nearest the Pins were won by Peter Ey on the 5th, David Murray with a great shot on the 7th, Jeremy Briggs on the 8th and Grant Stephenson on the 9th.
The event is certainly building in prestige and the packed clubhouse at the end for the presentations and BBQ was a reflection on the importance of this event on the calendar.
An enthusiastic field took to the Penola Golf Course on Saturday for the Heyward’s Monthly Medal and despite nearly ideal conditions, scoring proved to be tough for the majority of the players.
Round of the day went to John Wilkinson in C-Grade with a nett 71 on countback from Sam Hill. The Sydney Swans having a bye obviously helped as Wilkinson could play with the knowledge that they couldn’t lose, something he is beginning to accept as the norm. In 3rd place was John Gregory with a nett 73 and Lee Bateman in 4th with a nett 75.
The B-Grade winner was David Boyd with a nett 73 over Club Patron Peter Walker who had a nett 75. In 3rd was Peter Lunnay who took the honours from David Murray on countback.
The A-Grade golfers struggled with a nett 75 from Jeremy Briggs taking the honours. Lindsay Storer took 2nd on countback from visitor Steven Gray with a nett 76 while Grant Stephenson rounded out the top 4 with a nett 78.
Long drives went to visitor Ross Bond, Shane Anderson and Peter Ey in A, B and C Grade respectively.
Nearest the pin winners were F. Nose on the 7th, Lunnay on the 9th while the 11th hole was apparently protected by some force field preventing anyone from hitting it.
The putting competition was taken out by the ever popular Ant Mathys. Bill Cheers turned in a respectable nett 88 for NAGA honours.
Next Saturday will feature a stableford round, doubling as the 1st Round of the Captains’s Trophy. Tee-off from 11:30am. All welcome.
This years Penola Women's Open Day will be held on Thursday 11th May. An 18 Hole Golf Championship and Handicap with A, B & C Grade Competitions. Further details and entry forms are available here.
Penola Golf Club is proud to announce this years Autumn Tournament on Sunday April 30th will be accompanied by a 4 Ball Better Ball on Saturday April 29th for what should prove to be a weekend of sensational golf..