The Penola Golf Club held its opening day on Saturday with wintry conditions greeting the large field of 41 golfers.
Majella Wines sponsored the day with a collection of wines up for grabs.
The event attracted both regular golfers and newcomers to the game.
The overall winners were the pairing of Roger Gibbs and Justin Robbie with a nett 60 to win the men's competition.
The duo used their entire handicap to the limit and may think of taking on more golf regularly with a very consistent card.
In second place were Andrew Hutchesson and Dean Moore with nett 62.25.
Both combined well and with Moore finding some of his past form they may consider themselves a little unlucky not to win.
The late pairing of Curt Evans and Shane McPherson was only just beaten by a quarter of a shot, finishing with nett 62.5.
In fourth was the young grouping of Logan Gibbs with Tim and Justin Mansell finishing with nett 66.
The mixed competition was closer with Judith Georgeson and Shane McMahon taking the honours with a nett 63.5.
The pair played consistently all day with a 35 on the front and 36 on the back nine.
Greg Hutchesson and Janice Coote were just behind on 63.75 and played well all day but watched their chance for the win slip away with two dropped shots on the last two holes.
Coming in third was John Mossop and Penny Young with nett 66.25.
Mossop was full of praise for the was he played but it was Young who complained about a sore back after carrying him all day.
The ever reliable Peter Walker partnered Helen Ferguson to once again finish in the top four with a nett 68.
The nearest the pin winners were Grant Stephenson on the seventh, Curt Evans the ninth, Penny Young on the 13th and John Gregory on the 16th.
The best third on the 17th for the men was Allen Meyer with Judith Georgeson for the women, both shots were within a metre with Georgeson's just gliding past the hole.
With a fun day being held the prized chocolate went to Allen Meyer and John Gregory who could not seem to gel.
Next week's event will be the first round of the club stableford trophy.
Penola Golf Club's winter season opened on March 12 with a women's Ambrose competition.
Club Champion Judith Georgeson got proceedings underway with a perfect drive off the first tee to the delight of fellow competitors.
Three visitors joined in the fun competition with each player restricted to three sticks.
The winning team on the day was Nan Mann, Claire Mossop and Penny Young ahead of runners up Mary Davis, Mary Cram and Leanne Medhurst.
Trophies for the summer competition were also presented by the sponsor, Tanya Mourbey of Travel 'n Cruise.
Gail Stephenson got the nod for the best three scores ahead of runner up Jane Jenkins.
Georgeson won the eclectic trophy.
A field of 24 golfers hit the course in ideal golf conditions, apart from being a little on the warm side. The scores would have been exceptional although some found the going a little treacherous.
The score of the day came from the A grade where a countback was needed to separate the top scores. Leo Price was declared the winner with a nett 67 over Lindsay Storer. They partnered each other round the course and would have known how each was travelling.
Leo has been a little erratic over the past few weeks but has shown that he still knows how to finish off the round. He may have only had 6 pars in his round but the 4 birdies keep him in the hunt. Lindsay on the other hand was a little more consistent with 10 pars and 3 pars with his worst hole being a double bogey on the 8th.
In third was Don Ferguson with a nett 69. One of his playing group commented that maybe he should look for residence closer to Penola; Pinchunga may have even been mentioned. In fourth was President David Murray with a nett 70. Stump had a purple patch in the middle of his round with 2 chip-ins which yielded 16 points in 5 holes.
The B grade also yielded some good scores with John Gregory finally finding some of his old form to finish with a nett 68. He has been struggling to finish off some rounds but managed to keep on top of his demons to post a very good score.
One shot behind was Allen Meyer with 69 who is a regular podium finisher. Allen is a keen volunteer around the club, ensuring all are well fed at the break. Mal Redman won third on countback from Dean Moore with both finishing on nett 71. Both played good rounds with Mal doing just a little better on the last few holes to get the nod.
The NTP’s went to Lindsay Storer on the 7th, Peter Walker on the 9th and Grant Stephenson on the 16th. The best 2nd on the 11th went to Andrew Hutchesson who had a fair few practise swings between his drive and approach. His playing partners had a chuckle when the stick he nearly stood on turned and attacked him.
The prized chocolate went to a worthy recipient in Peter Walker with all gathered applauding, although Ned McFlanders was disputing that he thought he had played worse to get the choccie, better luck next week Shane.
Next week will be the club opening day followed by the Patron’s dinner that night. A 2 ball Ambrose of any combination will be the order of play with non-golfers more than welcome to come for a hit. Tee off will be from 11 o’clock.
Full results here.