Merrigum golf

By Kyabram Free Press


Captain Greg Hall hosted his favourite string golf event at Merrigum on Saturday.

While the winning score was outstanding, it appears that for many their string was nowhere near long enough.

Effectively a player’s string is their handicap and it takes a bit of judicious use to make the most of it.

You can move your ball any distance, mostly into the hole and then cut off a length from your string equal to the distance you moved the ball without counting it as a shot. Andrew Wood obviously made the best of his short piece of string, winning the day comprehensively with a score of 64. He finished five shots ahead of his closest rival which was a pretty good effort given he had the shortest piece of string in the field. John Fuller was next best with 69 and Ash Sanders finished third with 70. Most of the rest of the players in the field would have been wishing their string was actually a piece of elastic because quite a few struggled with what the captain offered as their handicap. First timers may well have had trouble with the concept too, but in horse racing parlance, will be better for the run. Nearest the pins were won by Andrew Wood on the sixth, Jeff Parry on the ninth, Bruce Brown on the jackpot twelfth and James Campbell on the fourteenth.

Winter pennant began on Sunday with Merrigum taking on Mooroopna at Valley View. It proved to be a very close tussle but in the final wash-up Merrigum came away with a 3/2 win. Clint Prygoda won his match on the 20th hole, Bruce Brown finished 2 up and James Campbell won his match on the 19th. The other two matches finished on the 17th and 18th holes so it was in the balance all day and it was good to come away with a first up win. Pennant this week is at Mooroopna against Cobram-Barooga. Hit-off is from 9am.

Next Saturday’s event is stroke for the Privilege Cup, least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty and it is also round four of the eclectic.

Valley View

Our golfers made hard work of Saturday’s Par event with only two scores on the positive side of the ledger recorded.

In A Grade Pooch McHale posted the best score of the day with +3 and that was after he scrubbed the last two holes. He took home the Ky Tyre Service winner’s voucher finishing three shots ahead of Mick Gallivan with even par.

Unlike his good mate Kevin Bauerle Pooch will not need a dictionary and thesaurus to make sense of this report – I’m sure Jan will be more than happy to read it to him!!

Even Par was the winning score in B Grade with Alan Curnow taking home the Ky Tyre Service voucher from Geoff Squizzy Squires with 1 down.

A lengthy walk to hit off on the 13th didn’t deter Marie Watt who posted the only other positive score of the day (+2) and Marie finished two shots clear of Leann Busch with even par.

Ball comp winners were Gill Thorsen (-1), Kevin Bauerle (-1), Marilyn West (-2) and Craig Larcombe also with -2 after he started by putting his first shot of the day out of bounds and wiping the first two holes as his playing partners noticed the distinctly glazed look on his face fixed directly at the car park after he put his third tee shot into the trees on the sixth.

Kevin Bauerle won the Ky Tyre Service voucher on the 15th with the only tee shot to find a Par 3 green on the day.

On Monday Peter Blackmore won the men’s Queen’s Birthday Stableford event with 39 points from Lawrie Casey with 38 and Jenny Bauerle was the ladies’ winner with 37 from Marie Watt with 34.

Ball winners were Mick Coyne with 37, Pooch (36) Bud Thorsen (34), Kevin Bauerle (34) while Peter Blackmore and Helen Armstrong took home the NTP balls on the third.

With winter upon us our Pennant team kicked off its season with a 4-1 win over Numurkah at Numurkah.

David Collins set the team on the course to victory with a 2&1 win though I’m told it may not be enough to hold his spot next week.

Mick Coyne and Steve “The Eloquent One” Usher also recorded 2&1 wins while Mick Gallivan was gallant in his 1 down defeat.

That left the captain to bring home the last match and after a sluggish start that saw him four down with five to play, he was able to turn it around to record a fighting 1 up win. Actually, with too many rounds like that he may be the one making way for the return of Ash Kuiper!!

Coming Events

Sat 22 June (Assembly 1130am)

Stableford Duty: B Thorsen & D Kajewski

Sat 29 Jun (Assembly 1130am)

Isaac Memorial 4BBB Par Duty: P Noble & J Neale

Tuesdays: Stableford: Assembly 1130am

Valley View Ladies

While rain confined us to our barracks last Wednesday, visitors from around the district enjoyed good playing conditions on Friday as we contested the highly valued Gold Watch trophies. Past members Ann and James Lally have been our generous sponsors for a number of years now, and it was a thrill to have Ann play in the field and then be joined by James for the presentation of the beautiful prizes.

Players from eleven clubs participated in the Aggregate Stableford competiiton, but it was a very local affair when it came to the Winners’ Circle. Jenni Bauerle and Marlene Topp finished with 66 points, as did the combination of Bev Lyon and Marilyn West, but it was the former who nudged out the latter in the countback.

Ball winners Sharon Harrison - Shirley Soares (63) and Leanne Busch- Helen Emery (62) were the other locals to perform well.

Nearest the Pins were a different story, however, with visitors Tracey Clouston (Numurkah), and Rich River members Chris Kelly and Marilyn Robins taking home the honours for A, B and C grade.

Today we will play for the Monthly Medal which was postponed last week.


Parkland rolled Hill Top in the first round of the men’s winter pennant series held on Sunday at Numurkah. Led by Jamie Baker 5/3 in Division Three followed by Austin Baker 5/4 and Jarred Baker 3/1 along with Ed McQuienn 2/1 and Paul McInnes also 2/1 combined to make it a clean sweep against the Hill Toppers. Saturday’s stroke event included the Privilege Cup and Magic Goblet up for grabs. In tough conditions with little run on the fairways Marg Flint was the best for the women winning B Grade and the Magic Goblet with 89-30-59. Runner-up was Dot Atkinson on 82-27-60. A Grade was won by Club Champion Denise Hee with 73-12-61. Peter Fraser won the men’s A Grade as well as the Privilege Cup with 63-10-53. Runner-up was Mark Percy on 67-13-54. Vaughan Moss won B Grade with 71-17-54. Runner-up was John Hausler with 70-15-55. Tom Curnow was next with 73-16-57 after a countback from Tom Haigh. Steve Thompson won C Grade with 85-28-57. Rodger Donohue was second with 83-25-58 after a countback from Darren Baird third with 80-22-58. Ball winners were Geraldine Prendergast, Pam Spokes, Barbara Duke, Vin Sleeth, Doug Cox, Tom Haigh, Geoff Forbes, Ed McQuienn, Peter Barrette and Nev Thompson. Nearest the pins went to Rhonda Cox 9th, Mark Percy both 1st and 18th. Encouragement awards went to Kathy Bell and Murray Maxwell.

Monday’s holiday stableford event saw a win to Mary Elliott in the women’s event with 36 points. Doug Cox was a winner for the men’s A Grade with 38 points. Mel Lusher won B Grade with 35 points. Tom Curnow was runnerup with 34 points. Murray Maxwell won C Grade with 35 points. Ball winners were Mark Percy, Don McKenzie, John Bauerle, Neville Thompson and Heather Sleeth. Nearest the pins went to Heather Sleeth 9th, Mark Percy 1st and Don McKenzie 18th.

Rain affected golfer’s thoughts on Wednesday with only a few starters. Trevor Price won A Grade with 69-12-57. Wayne Ferguson was second with 69-10-59. Max Jenkins won B Grade with 73-16-57. Runner-up was Barney McDonald with 72-14-58. Nearest the pins went to Paul Price 1st, Don McKenzie 9th for the Ky Pizza and Pasta voucher while Mark Percy on the 15th for the Clive Coventry Funeral voucher. Trevor Price was nearest on the 18th for the voucher from Kyabram Main Street Butchery.

BINGO: Big money is attracting big crowds in the weekly bingo games at the club. This week the jackpot will be $1,700 in 63 calls. Get there early for a seat.

Members are reminded that the Special General Meeting of the Club will be held on Tuesday, 25th June at 7:30 p.m.

Coming events: Saturday Mens and Ladies Four Ball Best Ball Stableford. 12-12.30pm. Shotgun. Bar: J Ellis. Tuesday: Ladies Multiple Stableford. Choose own partners. 9.30am-10am. Shotgun. Duty: J Gentle, D Smith, L McInnes, V Hanke. Wednesday: June 26 Mens Stroke. 9.30am-10am. Duty: B Prendergast. Kitchen: T Haigh.

Parkland ladies

A Stroke event played on Tuesday, A grade winner Denise Hee 69-12-57 on a countback from Rhonda Cox who is the runner-up, 73-16-57.

B grade winner Lyn Fraser 78-23-55 and Dot Atkinson runner-up 80-22-58. C grade winner Jenny Todd 84-25-59. Ball competition Heather Sleeth 58 and also Sue Reid 58. Margaret Tucker and Margaret Flint both on 60. Margaret Mould 61. Nearest the Pin, Second Shot on Number 4 Denise Hee, second shot in the Hole.

Best Scratch Score Denise Hee 69. Monthly Medal Lyn Fraser 55 Nett.


The annual general meeting will be held at the clubrooms on Wednesday, June 26 at 7pm.

The main business is to elect the new board members for the next season. Very pleasing to see the vacancies are all covered for a successful start to the next season. Each Board Director will give the meeting the highlights of the last season and make any recommendations they feel are necessary to improve the efficiency of the Board.

Following the AGM a short general meeting will be held to elect the Office Bearers for the next season and to allocate the portfolios.

Our next Pokie trip is to Barooga Sporties on Sunday July 7th. Bus leaves Kyabram at 9.00am and Merrigum at 9.15am. Please contact your usual reps to book your seat and please book early as there is quite a demand for seats and it is on a first in basis. We will be having morning tea at Strathmerton and we are all looking forward to Mick’s famous sandwiches. ( We know better don’t we Tina.) Please call Joe on 0428552466, Betty on 58531864 or Meryl on 58521449. Cost for this great day is still only $5.

The club was very pleased to see Joe’s name on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.