A big field of 85 players turned out for a very successful Ambrose day at Penola Golf Club on Sunday. The charity day set out to help raise funds to run a Men’s Watch program in Penola to support Men’s Health, and at the final count, $1685 was raised from the event.
The day opened with Wattle Range Council Mayor and strong supporter of Men’s Mental Health, Mr Peter Gandolphi, addressing the crowd about the benefits of having a men’s watch program in Penola.
With loud shirts being the order of the day, each team was encouraged to have at least two non-golfers, with most teams managing a few more than that. There were plenty of airies and laughs as some players were having their debut game of golf.
Despite this, there were lots of prizes on offer thanks to generous donations from local businesses, individuals and the Williams family.
The overall winners on the day was the team of Jock Agnew, David Marcus, Billy Whennan and Steven Skeer, who shot a very commendable 67.
In the Men’s division, the winners were John Wilkinson, Phil McDonald, Ben Chapman and Ant Mathys who went round in 72. The runner’s up were Sam Davidson, Tony Gleeson, Jordan Galpin and Jacob Pfitzner who finished with 73.
The handicap prize was won by Birdie Burgess, Tony O’Connell, Paul Fitzpatrick and James Gosse with a very respectable nett 56. They were followed closely by Brett Williams, Andrew March, Spog French, David Williams and Sid Jones who came home with nett 57 ½.
The mixed teams seemed to have much more success than the men’s teams with a few very good scores. The gross winners were Greg and Cindy Hutchesson and Hayley Smith who scored very well with 69 off the stick. They were closely followed by Leo and Sue Price, Mark Edwards and Michael Mourbey, who had 70.
The mixed nett winners were Peter Walker, Luke Walker, Bradley Walker and Janice Coote with nett 55 5/8. Runners up were Richard Barnes, K Delaney, Joe and April Possingham, who finished with nett 56.
The Kalangadoo crew of Bruce Redford, David Boyd, B Morcom and G Casey didn’t go home empty handed as they managed to take out the NAGA prize.
The best dressed team went to Deb and Blue Kuhl and Greg and Ange Foster with their Hawaiian themed cart.
The nearest the pins went to James Moorish (7th), Spog French (9th), Aaron Peek (13th), Carmen Clayfield (13th), Tony Gleeson (14th) and Jock Agnew (16th).
Long drives were won by Carmen Clayfield, Cindy Hutchesson, Janice Coote and for the men, Sam Burgess, Joe Possingham and Richard Barnes.
Despite the cooler weather and showers on arrival, players still turned out to brighten up the day and raise money for a good cause. Further information about the Mens’ Watch program will be advertised soon, with an information night due to be held in early December.