Romsey Golf Club
Men - Par 72, ACR 72, Slope 124. Women - Par 71 ACR 73, Slope 119
Saturday December 31st - December Medal - Stroke & Putts
With over 60mm of rain falling on Thursday the fairways had softened and the greens were very receptive to well played approach shots. There was some casual water and balls did pick up occasional mud. The damp surface and the day's top temperature, around 30C, made for heavy, humid air and with little run correct club selection was vital. The good conditions lead to some excellent scoring and there were quite a few players "in the hunt" right up to the last few holes however, it was up to two to fight it out down the 18th for the December Medal. After the wet, cold and muddy weeks of Sept to early Nov the good conditions saw a number of players return to top form. On an excellent afternoon for golf the results were;
Winner and December Medalist; Anthony Freeman - 90/23/67 C/B Neil Munro - 83/16/67 from Shannon Wright - 85/15/70, Jim Patton - 92/21/71, John Freestone - 94/23/71 and Bob McLennan 84/12/72
NTPs; 15th - John Freestone & 16th - Anthony Freeman
Least Putts; 26 - Ron Walker.
And so ends 2016, Happy New Year everyone.
Monday December 26th - Boxing Day Stableford.
After two days in the mid to high 30s it was a pleasure to tee off on a cooler morning. The heat of the previous days had dried the course and there was more run on all fairways. The greens had survived very well however the Little Corellas had returned and done damage to the 7th, 15th, & 4th. Their work in the rough was very noticable with large areas virtually cultivated as they dug for grubs and onion grass bulbs. The wind blew up from the SE and caused a few problems by-ur no-one complained as it kept the temperature down. On a very different day the results were;
Winner; Anthony Lakey (21) - 36 pts C/B from Mick Nicholls Snr (24) - 36 pts
NTPs; 15th - Jim Patton
Saturday December 24th - Stableford
The field teed off on a hot windy afternoon, the temperature quickly moved up to 34C. The gusting wind began from the SW before moving to the SE and then oscillating between those two directions. The first nine saw a number of players building good scores until a lost ball here or a nasty rebound off a tree there resulted in much reduced scoring. The 2nd nine was a very different affair. Everyone struggled with the wind and scoring was much more difficult. Only one player was able to play reasonably consistent golf throughout the day to come in with an excellent score. On a hot, blustery afternoon the results were;
Winner; Jim Patton (22) - 41 pts from John Freestone (23) - 32 pts
NTPs; 1st - Mick Nicholls Snr, 15th - Andrew Clement & 16th - Les Gaunt.
Saturday December 17th - Ambrose
A strong field assembled for the club's Ambrose and Christmas Drinks round. The course was in excellent condition however the wind did pose a few problems. It began with a gentle zephyr from the west before moving to the north-west then, later in the round, gusting from the south-west Players were caught between lining up their shot and carefully watching the flag or the top of the trees to gauge the strength and direction of the wind. The course echoed with cheers and groans as approached shots hit their mark and putts dropped, or just missed the cup. It was a wonderful to welcome immediate past president Bob Preece back for a round. On a very enjoyable, if windy, day the results were;
Winners; Bob Dwyer, Wendy Gosden, Anthony Lakey, Bob Preece - 75/15/60 from Anthony Freeman, Scott Williams, Neil Munro, Chris vanDerVliet - 71/10.5/60.5 and Mal Mottram, Bob McLennan, Mick Nicholls (Snr) - 69/8/61
NTPs - 1st - Bob McLennan, 15 & 16 - Sherif Abdel-Sayed
Wednesday December 14th - Mulligans.
It was a warm, sunny morning as the Women took to the field for the final event of their 2016 syllabus. Mulligans allows players to play a "bad" shot and then replay it, (within the limits of each player's handicap) It was a very relaxed round with many a "courageous" shot almost immediately followed by a more conservative offering. The day's results were;
Winner; Jan Harver - 104/34/70 C/B fr0m Darlene Baker - 96/26/70
Saturday December 10th - John Laing Final & Par.
Despite the heavy rains of Sept/Oct the whole of Romsey Park was beginning to dry out, players had looked forward to some run on the fairways, that was until Thursday morning when over 20 mm of rain fell. Mowers had again been busy getting the rough down so there were some heavy clipping here and there to catch and hide the odd ball however, in general, the course was in excellent condition so some good scoring was expected. The day began with a gentle westerly wind, this soon swung around to the south but never really effected play. The John Laing saw dual 2016 shield winner, Scott Williams (0) pitted against ex-captain and 2015 John Laing winner, Tony Freeman (4). The match was tough but played in good spirits. At the turn it was all square however Williams won the 10th to go 1up. The next three holes were halved then Freeman won the 14th and 15th to go 1up. The 16th was all square however Freeman played the 17th beautifully and then putted Williams out of the match. The Par competition saw a number of players in contention after the front nine but a lost ball here and a fluffed chip there saw the field fall away and only one player was able to better his handicap. On a warm, sunny day the results were;
Winner; Mick Nicholls Jnr (23); +3, from John Freestone (22); -1 with Pat Chisholm (9), Les Gaunt (4) both; -3
NTPs; 15th - Pat Chisholm
Final of the John Laing Shield
Anthony Freeman (4) D Scott Williams (0) - 2/1
2016 John Laing Shield winner Anthony Freeman with John Laing
Wednesday December 7th - North Pole Rules
The field, bedecked with festive bling, gathered on a beautiful morning and the rules of the day's competition were handed to each group, in a sealed envelope to be opened once on the tee; and some interesting and mischievous rules they were. The round was played in good spirits with many loud cheers for well played or less than well played shots. The par 45 "Old Course" proved as challenging as ever and the "modified" rules (Only use putter on 10th!!!) made sure scores were interesting but despite the rules there was some good scoring. On a sunny day the results were;
Winners; Jan Harver/Darlene Baker/Jenny Hartley (13.5) - 46
Saturday December 3rd - Semi-finals John Laing Shield & Stroke
The sky was clear and there was just the slightest of zephyrs from the south-west as the field hit off. The semi-finals of the John Laing Shield took precedence and following groups occasionally found a mis-hit ball helping out one or the other of the semi-finalists. Despite the sunny conditions the going was tough; any ball that wandered off the fairway was often in thick rough making recovery shots a bit of a gamble. The greens were in good nick and while there was some variation in softness they all putted quite true. The John Laing was an up and down affair with one player getting a few holes in front only to be pulled back. The stroke event also saw a run of very good holes followed by less than spectacular results over the following few holes. On a beautiful, yet challenging day the results were;
Winner; Anthony Lakey (20) 78 C/B from Jim Patton 99/21/78
NTPs; 1st - Mal Mottram
John Laing Shield Semi-final results;
Tony Freeman (12) D Mal Mottram (0) - 5/3
Scott Williams (4) D Neil Munro (0) - 3/2
The final of the John Laing Shield will be;
Scott Williams (0) Vs Tony Freeman (4)
Wednesday November 30th - Stableford
The first few holes were played with a heavy mist making it very difficult to estimate distances however soon enough the sun poked through the cloud cover. By the end of the round all jumpers were off and the players enjoyed the clear sunny skies. The day's results were;
Winner; Darlene Baker (27) - 31 pts
The Dalhousie District Golf Association women's champions were played at Seymour on Nov 24th, congratulations to RGC member Wendy Gosden who was runner-up in C Grade.
Saturday November 26th - Monthly Medal - Stroke & Putts
Conditions were cool and overcast as both men and women competed for their respective November Medals. The afternoon saw cold winds, much warmer periods and patches of clear, blue skies. The gusting wind moved from west to southwest providing problems for a number of players. While the mowers have been hard at work the rough lay in wait for any who ventured off the fairways. Balls were hard to find and even harder to get back into play. The 40mm of rain during the week also saw casual water on some sections of the course and all balls picked up mud on most fairways. The conditions were such that players went from a well played par on one hole to a three or four over on the next; only one player was able to play to their handicap. On another very difficult day the results were;
Mens November Medalist; Scott Williams - 91/19/72
Women's November Medalist; Kath Jekabsons - 108/29/79
NTPs; 15th - Shannon Wright
Least Putts; Rob Rea - 23
Wednesday November 23rd - Foursomes.
It was a cool, overcast start to the round but after the first few holes the weather began to look a deal better. This spring weather! such a tease, by the halfway mark the clouds had darkened and the looming rain soon came down. Fortunately, prior, proper planning allowed the remainder of the round to be completed with umbrellas up and wet-weather gear on. After the heat of Monday 30+mm of rain on Tuesday and overnight re-softened the fairways reducing distance and the morning's rain made putting on the wet to wetter greens a serious challenge. Despite all these problems a number of players showed they had benefited from the Sports Focus "Miss Me" session run by GolfVic co-ordinator Mark Bamford. On a cool, wet morning the results were;
Winners; Jan Harver/Jenny Hartley - 118/39/79
Saturday November 19th - Qualifying Rd - John Laing Shield - Stableford
A strong field teed up for the qualifying round of the 2016 John Laing Shield, the rain effected syllabus meant that this year the shield would be run over three weeks only. With both bowls team also at home the golfers were out early. There was virtually no wind (compared to last week) and the sun shone through for a beautiful afternoon to be out on the park. The 25 - 30mm of rain over the last weekend saw some sections of the course quite soft and the steady growth meant longer and thicker rough causing problems for all who strayed off the fairway. Despite the beautiful conditions it was tough to card a good score, only two players were able to play to their handicaps. On a beautiful, yet challenging day the results were;
Winner; Scott Williams (20) - 36 pts C/B from Mal Mottram (11), Rob Rea (18) - 35 pts
NTPs; 1st Mal Mottram, 15th & 16th - Neil Munro
Semi-finals for the John Laing Shield (Sat Dec 3rd)
Scott Williams (4) Vs Neil Munro (0)
Mal Mottram (0) Vs Rob Rea (7)
Wednesday November 16th - Stroke - Medal of Medalists
The field tee off in foggy conditions making it difficult to judge distances and meaning everyone had to carefully watch each shot or risk losing the ball. As the round progressed the trees came into play, some with positive results but most pushing the ball further away from the fairway. At the half-way mark the sun poked through and things brightened considerably, the weather that is. With the fog making things difficult and the heavy rain over the weekend again softening the course posting a good score was more than challenging. In the end it was up to the current club champion to lead the way and win her 2nd Medal of Medalists. The day's results were;
Winner & 2016 Medal of Medalists (Helene & Ken Newnham Shield); Darlene Baker - 107/26/81
Least Putts; Elaine Scanlon - 30
Nine-hole winner; Jenny Hartley - 63/21/42
2016 Medal of Medalists - Darlene Baker.
Saturday November 12th - 3rd Rd Club Championships
The final round of the 2016 Championships began under overcast skies with light drizzle falling and a gusting westerly wind. The sun poked through after the first few holes but the wind really blew up and swung violently between the south and the west, a bit tricky when trying to choose clubs for high approach shots. And, while there has been a deal of grass cut, the rapid spring growth saw some areas almost "links like" and laying in wait for any player who ventured off the fairway. There were more than a few "lost balls" during the round. The gusting, swirling wind made it near impossible to hit a par three and made many shots a bit of a gamble. A Grade was really between Les Gaunt (4) and Pat Chisholm (10). Les was able to steady and hold on to take out another club championship. B Grade was between Sherif Abdel-Sayed (19) and Anthony Lakey (21). Both had fairly ordinary rounds and Sherif was able to hold on for a good win to take out his first B Grade win at RGC. On a tough day only two players were able to get anywhere near their handicaps, the day's results were;
Winner; Tony Freeman - 98/24/74 from Rob Rea - 94/18/76
Round 3 - 2016 Club Championships
A Grade Champion
Les Gaunt - 249
B Grade Champion
Sherif Abdel-Sayed - 305
John Jeffrey Shield (Best overall handicap performance)
Pat Chisholm - 233
Laurie Thompson Shield (Best handicap performance by a player 18 and under )
Peter Scanlon Shield (Best handicap performance by a player 55 yrs and older)Les Gaunt - 237
B Grade Champion Sherif Abdel-Sayed, Club Captain Anthony Lakey & 2016 Club Champion Les Gaunt
Wednesday November 9th - Stableford
Another clear day with just a slight south-westerly wind and a course under much more control. Gone was the untamed rough and the many clippings that had dragged at everyone's feet last week had been chopped up and dried out. There was more run on the fairways so players got good value for well struck shots however the ever thickening greens caught a few unawares. On a much more enjoyable day on a rapidly drying course the results were;
Winner; Wendy Gosden (36) - 29 pts
Nine-hole Winner; Jenny Hartley (20) - 16 pts
Saturday November 5th - 2nd Rd Club Championships
After a week of sun, wind and virtually no rain the course had dried out quite a deal; members had been able to get machinery out on the course and just about all long grass had been cut. The weather also meant that the grass cuttings had dried out considerably. The round began with a steady breeze from the NW, this soon blew up to a strong gusting wind which moved through to the W then the SW and back again, at least the wind kept the mozzies at bay! After the many weeks of very wet weather all players found the greens and surrounds much harder than last week which saw many approach shots land on or near the green only to bounce through. While a couple of players played close to their handicaps it was a tough day to card a good score.
Winner; Pat Chisholm - 84/10/74 from Mick Nicholls Jnr - 98/22/76
NTP; 16th - Les Gaunt
Rd 2 - 2016 Club Championships
Stroke; Les Gaunt - 161, Pat Chisholm - 172
Handicap; Pat Chisholm - 172/22/150, Les Gaunt - 161/8/153
Stroke; Sherif Abdel-Sayed -197, Anthony Lakey - 202, Michael McCarten - 202
Handicap; Sherif Abdel-Sayed - 197/38/159, Anthony Lakey - 202/42/160, Michael Nicholls Jnr - 210/46/164
Wednesday November 2nd - Pinehurst
It was heavy going for the field during the round. Soft fairways and longish grass pulled and wheels and shoes alike and some energy was spent looking for balls in the heavy clippings just off the fairways. It was a social round with much chatter and many laughs. The days results were;
18 Hole Winners; Elaine Scanlon/Darlene Baker - 108/21.75/86.25
9 Hole Winners; Jan Harver/Jenny Hartley - 60/14.25/45.75
During the club's rain enforced break from golf a number of the Romsey women took advantage of reciprocal right with Bacchus Marsh West golf club, thank you to Denise for organising this. Kath and Wendy competed in the Trentham Plate with Kath bringing home C Grade handicap - 104/29/75. Kath and Wendy were also runners-up in the Melton Valley Spring Tournament with 39 pts.
Saturday October 29th - October Medal & 2016 Medal of Medalists
A strong field gathered for the October Medal and the 2016 Medal of Medalists. All medalists teed off from the 1st with the remainder of the field using other tees. The day was beautiful, sunny, clear and virtually no breeze so it seemed some good scoring was in the offing. As the round progressed it became clear that posting a good score was not going to be easy; with some very soft fairways and heavy grass clippings just off the fairway players struggled to recover from any wayward shot and some groups were left kicking their way through the clippings to find a ball. So, a beautiful spring day that promised so much turned into a bit of a nightmare for many of the field. In the end the tough conditions meant that only three players came close to their handicaps. The day's results were;
October Medalist & 2016 Medal of Medalists; Dean Jones - 76/2/74 from Bob McLennan - 87/12/75 & Mick Nicholls (Jnr) - 100/23/77
Least Putts; 28 Mick Nicholls (Jnr) c/b from Dean Jones
NTPs; 15th - Bob McLennan, 16th - Anthony Lakey
After 26 Yrs as a member of RGC Deano wins his 2nd Monthly Medal and his 1st Medal of Medalist
Wednesday October 26th - Multiplier Stableford
Another good day for golf, a spot of sun, little breeze and the course beginning to dry out. The state of the course again led the match committee to limit the round to nine holes. There was plenty of long grass just off the fairway and pools of water in some of the low areas across the park so any wayward shot was heavily punished. The day's results were;
Winners; Elaine Scanlon/Kath Jekabsons - 19 pts
Over the extended wet that had closed Romsey the women have enjoyed playing at other courses. Thank you to Denise who organised with her home club Bacchus Marsh West reciprocal rights for RGC members while the course was closed. Kath, Wendy and Leila had an enjoyable day at Bacchus Marsh West on grand final day.
Kath and Wendy played in the Trentham Plate, Kath brought home the C grade net 104 -29-75.
Kath and Wendy played in the Trentham Plate, Kath brought home the C grade net 104 -29-75.
Kath and Wendy were runners up in the 4BBB Melton Valley Spring Tournament with 39 points.
Saturday October 22nd - Stableford
It was a hardy bunch who teed up for a round of Stableford at Romsey. The day dawned clear and slightly sunny and despite about 30mm falling during the week the course had slowly begun to dry out. As soon as the 1st group hit-off showers wandered across the course and the wind began to blow. At first it looked as if the showers would only be occasional but soon they seemed to arrive every five minutes and a cold wind gusted strongly forcing players to wait on their shots. The bursts of freezing rain and wind continued to get stronger so after eight holes players called a halt, the conditions were just too severe. With a bit of luck the coming week will see more sun and wind and the course will have a chance to dry out.
Thursday October 20th - 2016 Doris Chambers Cup Final.
Kath Jekabsons & Pam Drummond represented RGC in the state final of the Doris Chambers Cup at Sanctuary Lakes. Kath's report follows:
"Now I know what you mean about bunkers, Denise. We did find a more than a couple but we managed to get out of them OK. Also found a few different ways to put the ball in the water, took a penalty both times and did not lose a ball. Had trouble with the greens and the wind with balls really motoring passed the hole or moving well off the line after they were hit. Played with a group that had trouble finding the fairway, or any fairway, we ended up quite slow. While we did manage a few amazing hits they did not really help improve our score. I did manage to land my 4th on that island 18th hole which was a par 4 and this pleased me greatly, enough to entice me to want to go back again to do better next time. The scores on the whole were not great, so it seems other people struggled as well."
Wednesday October 19th - Ambrose
After more than a month's layoff golf recommenced at Romsey Park with a nine-hole Ambrose event. As some fairways were still too wet to be mown a revised layout was played. It was a very relaxed round with a few plugged balls, thick greens with slightly overgrown holes and many a joke and a laugh. As the players moved around the course other members were hard at work on the mowers or cleaning up and burning off the many branches and other detritus brought down by the strong winds and storms of the last six weeks. Let's hope this is the beginning of some better weather and regular competition can recommence. The real winner of the day was golf.
Saturday September 10th
For six days, no rain, good sun and wind and the course really beginning to dry out and firm up, mowers and club members were again at work and the whole of Romsey Park was looking good, then came Friday ......... 20 - 30 mm of rain soon had all fairways and greens hosting casual water. Playing would not only have been extremely difficult but would have cut the course up so the 2nd Rd of the 2016 Championship was postponed.
Wednesday September 7th - 2nd Rd Club Championships
It was the second round of the 2016 women's championships and you could not have asked for a better day for golf, clear sunny skies, almost no wind and not the slightest hint of rain. The course was steadily coming out of its rain induced "sloppy period" and the greens had firmed considerably. Players found the warmer air allowed them extra distance off the tee but there was little run on the fairways. Players witnessed a few balls "skipping" off casual water and the occasional "gobbler" helped keep the scoring down. On a beautiful day, on an improving course the results were;
18 Hole Winner; Darlene Baker - 102/28/74
Nine Hole Winner; Jenny Hartley - 69/21/48
Least Putts; Leila Beasley - 31
Rd 2 - 2016 Club Championships
Stroke; Darlene Baker - 205 from Kath Jekabsons - 226
Saturday September 3rd - 1st Rd Club Championships.
The 1st round of the Club Championships got underway with the sun shining and barely a breath of wind. The course had soaked up an enormous amount of rain during July and August but was looking good on Friday, unfortunately steady rain early on Saturday morning put casual water back on to almost every fairway. Again the eastern end of the the park was very wet with sheets of water just off the 6th fairway and along the boundary fence. Conditions were tough but a number of players took that in their stride and recorded excellent scores, given the state of the course. On a beautiful, sunny early spring day, on an extremely wet course the results were;
Winner; Andrew Clement - 82/11/71 C/B from Daniel Wright - 77/6/71 & Anthony Lakey - 92/21/71 with Les Gaunt - 77/4/73 & Rob Rea - 91/18/73
NTPs; 15th - Sherif Abdel-Sayed & 16th - Mal Mottram
Rd 1 - 2016 Club Championships
Stroke; Les Gaunt - 77, Daniel Wright - 77
Handicap; Andrew Clement - 82/11/71, Daniel Wright - 77/6/71
Stroke; Rob Rea - 91, Anthony Lakey - 92
Handicap; Anthony Lakey - 92/21/71, Rob Rea - 91/18/73
Wednesday August 31st - 1st Rd Club Championships & August Medal
For the 2nd week there was no rain and a little sun at the beginning of the round. The warmer air saw all players gain more distance off the tee however, the soft fairways soon pulled balls up. The dryer weather of recent days had allowed members on to the course for general maintenance and mowing; Romsey Park looked wonderful. It will be a challenge to maintain this once the rapid growth of spring really hits. On a warmer day the results were;
Winner & August Medalist; Darlene Baker - 103/30/73 from Kath Jekabsons - 106/26/77
Least Putts; Kath Jekabsons - 31
Saturday August 27th - Monthly Medal - Stroke & Putts
The round began under overcast skies with a gusting northerly wind. The course was still very wet so "Relief Through The Green" was again given. Two fairways in particular were very soft but almost all casual water had receded except along the eastern boundary and the edge of the 6th fairway where water still lay in large sheets. The sun shone through for a few hours during the middle of the round but once it disappeared behind the clouds the cold really settled in. The inconsistent wind, the soft course and the cold air all conspired to make it a very difficult day on which to post a good score. On another tough day the results were;
Winner and August Medallist; Chris vanDerVliet - 102/25/77 C/B from Scott Williams - 95/18/77
NTPs; 15th Sherif Abdel-Sayed
Least Putts; Rob Rea - 28
Both the Men's and Women's 2016 Club Championship begin this week. All members welcome to register for this event.
Wednesday August 24th - Stableford, Secret Nine
For the second week running there were clear skies and some warmth from the sun. The course was still very heavy; plugging balls as they landed and sapping the legs as the field wound its way through the 18 holes. A couple of players managed to grab a "gobbler" but generally it was very difficult to post a good score. The day's results were;
Winner; Darlene Baker (31) - 32 pts
Secret Nine Winner; Elaine Scanlon (30) - 13 pts, C/B from Kath Jekabsons (27)
Saturday August 20th - Guest Day - 4BBB Pairs - Stableford
After a week of strong, drying winds and good sunshine the course was put right back by steady rain during Friday morning so "relief Through The Green" was again given. A good field had gathered for the event and there was plenty of amicable stirring before the hit-off. A number of guests were pleasantly surprised by how well the course had handled the ongoing wet, there was casual water on many fairways but really only two were badly effected. The 4BBB Stableford format was perfect for the day. The Relative Pairs, a RGC Shield event was tightly contested however, after a few holes it was clear that there were really only two teams with a chance of winning. The men's pairs fought out a tight competition and the result was only decided after a three-way count-back. The round took its toll with one player heading off for stitches after a ball ricocheted off a tree, another hobbling off at the 16th with a wrenched knee and a third pulling the pin as his buggy's batteries wound down; it was a very weary field that trudged in between 4.45 pm and 5.15 pm. On a tough day the results were;
Relative Pairs Winners; John (19)/Darren (12) Freestone - 42 pts from Elaine (31)/Peter (27) Scanlon 39 pts
Men's Pairs; Pat Chisholm (9)/Jim Patton (22) C/B from Mal Mottram (12)/Mick Nicholls Snr (22) & Sherif Abdel-Sayed (18)/Rob Rea (18) - 40 pts
NTPs; 15th - Pat Chisholm & 16th - Jim Patton
Proud Winners of the 2016 Relative Pairs Shield, Darren & John Freestone
Wednesday August 17th - Silverspoon Playoff - Stroke & Putts
The round began on a beautiful pre-spring day, the sun was out, no wind and the course in excellent nick. Just goes to show what a few sunny, windy days can do for a wet course. The field enjoyed the drier conditions and the recent mowing and other maintenance works were much appreciated. The beautiful day also brought out many locals walking their dogs or just taking a stroll around the Park. On a lovely day the results were;
Stroke winner; Darlene Baker - 106/31/75 from Jenny Hartley - 121/41/80
Silver Spoon Playoff; Kath Jekabsons - W/O. Kath will now represent Romsey in the state playoff at Keysborough G. C. on Nov 7th. Good Luck Kath
Saturday August 13th - Stroke
Strong winds and some sun during the week did much to dry the park so, despite a short, sharp downpour on Wednesday night and a splattering on Friday evening the course was in its best condition for many weeks. However, there were soft areas on many fairways and a few puddles here and there so "Relief through the green" was again given. A number of players began the round with a series of pars, even a birdie here and there but the conditions often intervened with the wind pushing balls well off line or a misjudged shot landing and plugging just short of a green. In the end it came down to the final few holes where one player was able to hold his nerve and play steady golf to return a winning score. On a difficult day the results were;
Winner; Chris vanDerVliet - 97/26/71 from Mal Mottram - 86/12/74
NTPs; 16th - Pat Chisholm
Wednesday August 10th - Stableford.
The round proved to be more than usually challenging. There was some sunshine but the air was cold, the fairways ranged between wet and very wet and a steady north-westerly wind blew up. With soft fairways and no run posting a good score was going to be tough; The day's results were;
Winner; Darlene Baker (31) - 31 pts
9-hole winner; Noreen Yorke
Saturday August 6th - Stableford
After the heavy rains of Monday and Tuesday the weather cleared up and a little sun shone through for the remainder of the week. As for the past month the course was still very wet, "Relief through the Green" was again given, however, the greens had dried considerably leading to many an overhit putt sailing well passed the cup. And, just to keep players on their guard, an inconsistent north to north-east wind blew up. The cold air, the wind and a total lack of run on the fairways had players reaching for longer irons and fairway woods but for any real value shots had to hit the green on the full or they would plug where they landed. Again a number of players had a run of excellent holes before the conditions intervened and dragged them back to the field. On another "tough day at the office" the results were;
Winner; Anthony Lakey (21) - 35 pts from Scott Williams (18) - 33 pts
NTPs; 15th - Scott Williams & 16th - Pat Chisholm
Wednesday August 3rd - Foursomes
A cool, dry weekend followed by 10 - 20mm of rain on Monday and Tuesday made for very wet fairways, tees and greens. With the conditions in mind a composite, 10 hole, layout was designed and the gallant field headed to the 1st tee. The round began with light drizzle, this soon lifted and the sun came out and the umbrellas were packed away. Given the state of the course par on any hole was an excellent score so par with a gobbler" (chip in without putting) on the 2nd last hole was much celebrated. Everyone enjoyed the exercise but, the hopefully better weather of spring is much anticipated.
Saturday August 30th - Monthly Medal, Stroke & Putts
The day began with overcast skies and a very cool northerly wind. It was quite a surprise to find the greens a little dryer than the last few weeks however there was plenty of casual water so, with balls picking up mud or plugging, "Relief, through the Green" was given. With absolutely no run distance through the air and accuracy were vital. The Monthly Medal usually draws a hopeful and energised field and the July Medal was no exception. However, some hopes were dashed on the first hole with the gusting northerly pushing balls well off line, others had to play a few holes before fate took a hand and scores of 7, 8 or 9 were racked up. As the afternoon wore on the temperature dropped and the wind grew stronger, it was a tired group who headed to the warmth of the rooms at the end of play. On a very tough day the results were;
Winner & July Medalist; Chris vanDerVliet - 100/26/74 from Shannon Wright - 90/15/75 & Matt Nicholls - 111/36/75
Women's July Medalist; Kath Jekabsons - 128/29/99
NTPs; 15th - Mal Mottram
Least Putts; Shannon Wright - 27
Wednesday July 27th - Par 3
A very original Par 3 layout, 85m to 120m, was created for the day's round. It was very noticeable that while the course was very wet the areas where there was re-cycled water irrigation seemed to be a little dryer. After nine holes the field had had enough and everyone adjourned to the rooms for a warm cuppa before heading down the street for a relaxed lunch at Soltan Pepper.
Results, the shoes were wet but the meal was great!
Saturday July 23rd - Stableford
Well, we thought it was wet last week but after another 50+mm of rain over the final days of the week the dams were full to overflowing and water was gathering in large sheets along the eastern boundary. Members had to dig a trench behind the 7th tee to drain some of the water away into the large storm water pit in the SE corner of Romsey Park. Very wet greens and casual water on almost every fairway; it was going to be a challenge to post a respectable score. The round began with steady drizzle however, the sun soon broke through and conditions for the next ten minutes were quite pleasant then a very cold westerly wind blew up and soon enough the drizzle was back, followed by the sun, the wind and the drizzle again. A very interesting afternoon. Three players seemed to have good rounds going only to find the "wheels fall off" at the beginning of the back nine. Double bogey wipes were followed by pars or excellent birdies. On a most moist afternoon the results were;
Winner; Mal Mottram (12) - 37 pts from Pat Chisholm (10) - 36 pts & Anthony Lakey (21) 35 pts
NTPs; 1st - Ethan Bray & 15th - John Freestone
A few pics of "The Big Wet of 2016"
The new track along the eastern boundary
The dam, track, 6th fairway and close rough
Behind the workshed
The trench Freebie and Tony dug to clear water from the 7th tee to the storm water pit in the SE corner
Wednesday July 20th - Stableford
For the first in weeks players teed on a warmish, sunny morning. There were plenty of ducks swimming on both, brimming dams and some casual water on a few fairways. The fairways and greens were still very soft so getting the ball to the green was going to be difficult, a good score was to prove quite a problem. The greens continue to putt very true however, sadly, the 15th green had been vandalised, players had to repair as best they could. The day's results were;
Winner, 18 holes; Darlene Baker (33) - 27 pts from Wendy Gosden (36) - 26 pts
Winner, 9 holes; Jenny Hartley (40) - 14 pts
Saturday July 16th - 4Ball Multiplier Stableford
The rain, hail and snow of recent weeks was nowhere to be seen as the field teed off on a warmish, sunny afternoon in the club's 4Ball Multiplier Stableford event. While both dams were full to overflowing and there was some casual water on a few fairways the greens were generally in good nick, holding well and putting very true. The surrounds and fairways were again quite soft so unless a green was hit on the full players were left with tricky chips and pitches, this was especially noticeable of the three par 3s. In the team competition it was reasonably close however the individual event was a triple count-back. On a surprisingly good day the results were;
4Ball Multiplier Winners; Andrew Clement (11)/Ron Rea (17) - 62 pts from Anthony Freeman (23)/John Freestone (21) - 60 pts
Individual Stableford; Andrew Clement (11) - 35 pts C/B from Anthony Freeman (23) and Chris vanDerVliet (26)
NTPs; 15th - Anthony Freeman.
Thursday July 14th - Bacchus Marsh Bowl.
Kath Jekabsons and Wendy Gosden represented RGC at this event. It was a warm, sunny day and, first time in many weeks, both enjoyed playing on a dry course. The RGC team came 4th in the overall event. Kath came 2nd in B Grade while Wendy won C Grade with 38 pts
Wednesday July 13th - 4th Rd Silver Spoon - Stroke & Putts
Well, another exciting day at Royal Romsey. Last week torrential rain and a sodden course caused play to be halted this week snow on all greens and across many of the fairways caused play to be cancelled. Treasurer Kath Jekabsons did a brief reconnoitre and sent in a few pics showing the state of the course.
The 3rd Green
Saturday July 9th - Par
After a wet June and with almost 100mm of rain during the week it was a very game field who teed off in the club's Par competition, a few even joked about playing the round in rubber boots. The course had casual water on almost every fairway, the greens were too wet to be mown and groups had to watch each shot carefully as balls plugged and proved difficult to find. This brought an RGC local rule allowing a free drop, provided the group agrees the general location of the lost, plugged ball. Despite the overall dampness the day was a balmy 14C and the sun did shine through. Under these conditions players might enjoy the walk around the park and seeing the water birds benefitting from the full dams but a score of close to square was going to be all that could be expected. The day's results were;
Winner; Hugh Drummond (22) - +2 from Mick Nicholls Jnr (23) - Square
NTPs; 1st - Michael McCarten & 15th - Andrew Laing
Wednesday July 6th - Irish Sixes
Well, how many ways can you say it is wet?. With over 25mm falling on Mon/Tues and then horizontal rain all Wed morning the women decided to stay dry and enjoy a cuppa and a biscuit in the rooms. On another very wet morning the results were;
Winners; all those who made the effort to get to the course but then let common sense prevail.
Saturday July 2nd - Stroke
The field teed off on a cold afternoon on a wet course however the sun was out and the sky was clear; players looked forward to an enjoyable round. The wet conditions saw "Relief to a handspan through the green" applied allowing players to clean mud off their ball and move out of plugged lies. The soft fairways saw many drives well short and there was little point trying to chip and run on to a green, only attacking pitch shots got a good return. The day saw a few in the field "tearing-up" some holes only to fall backwards on others. As the round drew to a close it was tight at the top of the leaderboard however only one player was really able to really take the course by the "scruff of the neck" and record an excellent score. On an up and down, yet enjoyable, day the results were;
Winner; Tony Freeman - 91/23/68 from Michael McCarten - 89/18/71, Chris vanDerVliet - 98/27/71 and Les Gaunt - 76/4/72 (Another top round by Twig!)
NTPs; 1st - Michael McCarten & 15th - Pat Chisholm
Wednesday June 29th - Monthly Medal, Stroke & Putts
The sun was out and there was barely a breath of wind as the June Medal field teed off. Some greens and the course in general was very soft; there was no run and distance through the air was vital. The greens, while soft, were still quite fast resulting in a number of players consistently hitting passed the hole. Whilst the winter's sun made for a pleasant walk around the Park the golf was always going to be challenging. Highlights of the day included two "gobblers" (where a ball is chipped in from off the green) to Jenny Hartley (3rd & 6th) and one to Wendy Gosden (16th). On another tough day the results were;
Winner & June Medalist; Wendy Gosden - 119/37/82 C/B from Leila Beasley - 112/30/82 and Jenny Hartley - 124/42/82
Least Putts; Jenny Hartley - 28
Saturday June 25th - Monthly Medal - Stroke & Putts & Final W. E. Tom 4BBB
The June Medal field and the final of the W. E. Tom 4BBB (first played in 1965) teed off on a very chilly afternoon. The skies were clear but there was a swirling wind from the north so players knew they were in for a tough round. After a few holes the sun came out and the humidity rose resulting in many layers coming off. The medal field found the heavy course and the wind a real challenge while the final of the W. E. Tom seemed to just take each hole as it came. Scott Williams (15) - Scott's partner Neil Jarman (9) had been called away to an electrical emergency, was playing Les Gaunt (0) & Mal Mottram (8). Whilst luck favoured Scott here and there he played a wonderful solo hand. The medal field went from the heights of joy to the depths of despair as the wind moved balls in the air or approach shots just missed their target plugging in the soft fairways or surrounds. On another tough day at the office the results were;
Winner and June Medalist; Hugh Drummond - 98/22/76 from Tony Freeman - 100/23/77 & Anthony Lakey 97/20/77
W. E. Tom Final; Scott Williams (14)/Neil Jarman (9) D Les Gaunt (0)/Mal Mottram (8) (Easiest trophy Jars has ever won!!!)
NTPs; 1st - Hugh Drummond
Least Putts; Tony Freeman - 28
2016 W. E. Tom 4BBB Winners - Neil Jarman & Scott Williams
Wednesday June 22nd - Par, Inc 3rd Rd Silver Spoon
Rain again over the weekend and on Tuesday followed heavy dews so a very wet course became even more challenging. So, despite the cool, clear weather the round was always going to be tough. Mud on the ball after every shot, water on sections of four fairways and on two greens made players really think about club selection and those who made wise decisions usually reaped the benefits. However, despite many good decisions, the conditions dragged everyone down. On a very tough day the results were;
Winner; Kath Jekabsons (30) -5
Nine Hole Comp; Lisa Hartley (20) - 11 pts
Saturday June 18th - Semi-finals W. E. Tom 4BBB & Stableford
Steady rain overnight again made for a wet course; there was casual water across some fairways and on a few greens. The round began under overcast skies with a strong hint of rain to come. The wind, initially from the south-west, finally settled from the south and blew steadily for extended periods before suddenly stopping and then starting up again making it difficult to judge shots. In the Stableford field only one player was really able to cope with the conditions and play consistent golf. The semi-finals of the W. E. Tom 4BBB were also played. Both matches saw some amazing golf with chip-ins and birdies to save or win a hole. As the afternoon wore on the rain held off but the air grew very cold again reducing the distance players were able to achieve. On another chilly, windy afternoon the rsults were;
Stableford Winner - Rob Rea (17) - 34 pts from Sherif Abdel-Sayed (19) - 32 pts
NTPs; 15th - Mal Mottram
W. E. Tom 4BBB Matchplay Semi-Final results
Les Gaunt (0)/Mal Mottram (8) D John Freestone (15)/Andrew Laing (13) - 5/4
Neil Jarman (0)/Scott Williams (5) D Shannon Wright(2)/Mick Nicholls Jnr (10) - 3/1
W. E. Tom 4BBB Matchplay Final will be;
Les Gaunt (0)/Mal Mottram (8) Vs Neil Jarman (9)/Scott Williams (14)
Wednesday June 15th - Ambrose
The wet weather of last week seemed a distant memory as the field hit off on a beautifully sunny, winter's morning. The Course had dried out quite a bit but it was still difficult to get any run on the fairways. The day's results were;
Winners; Kath Jekabsons/Leila Beasley/Wendy Gosden
Nine-hole Comp; Denise O'Meara
Tuesday June 14th - Singles Knock-out Final.
The front nine was a seesawing affair with Pam Drummond picking up holes early and then Elaine Scanlon fighting back to be square at the turn. The back nine were dominated by attacking approach shots which saw Elaine move ahead and eventually record a solid win.
Monday June 13th - Queen's Birthday Stableford
After another cold night there was frost on some greens and very heavy dew on the others; so a wet course got just a little bit wetter. The wind proved very tricky, moving from the south-west to the north-east and then settling for straight northerly. However, a good field hit-off and enjoyed a bright, if windy round. The scores showed just how challenging the cold air, the flukey wind and the soft fairways made it to return a good score. On a windy, cool but sunny, if challenging winter's afternoon, the results were;
Winner; Charles Rignall (17) - 35 pts from Andrew Clement (12) - 34 pts.
NTPs - With that wind you have got to be joking!
Saturday June 11th - Qualifying Rd - W. E. Tom 4BBB - Stableford
Well, what do you do? A wet week followed by rain over night and then more rain between 9.00 am and 12.00 pm, well you just tee up and hit off! Players knew that the wet course, the cold air and the gusting south to south-westerly wind was going to make for a very difficult round however three groups did not let these minor concerns upset their afternoon. Four greens were very wet so being able to land close to the hole was vital, again a few groups found no difficulty here but for the mere mortals in the field things were considerably more difficult. On another tough day the results were;
Winners; Shannon Wright (15)/Mick Nicholls Jnr (23) - 45 pts from Les Gaunt (4)/Mal Mottram (12) - 41 pts, John Freestone (19)/Andrew Laing (17) - 39 pts
NTPs; 15th - John Freestone, 16th - Scott Williams
Next Week's Semi-finals in the W. E. Tom 4BBB will be;
Shannon Wright (2)/Mick Nicholls Jnr (10) Vs Neil Jarman (0)/Scott Williams (5)
Les Gaunt (0)/Mal Mottram (8) Vs John Freestone (15)/Andrew Laing (13)
Wed 8th & Thurs 9th - GolfVic Women's Par 3 Competition
Romsey's Sharon Matters headed off to the Golf Victoria two-day Par 3 competition at Kyabram Parklands G. C. and peformed exceptionally well taking out the A Grade Nett with 112. Enjoyed the competition and flew the Romsey flag with great distinction.
Wednesday June 8th - Singles Knock-out Semi Finals & Mulligans - Stableford
A very enthusiastic group of golfers hit off for a cool, overcast round. The cold morning and a very soft course made it difficult to get any distance through the air or once the ball had landed. The days resuts were;
Singles Knock-out semi finals
Pam Drummond D Leila Beasley - Walkover
Elaine Scanlon D Kath Jekabsone - 19th
Next Week's Final will be;
Elaine Scanlon Vs Pam Drummond
Nine-hole Comp; Jenny Hartey (20) - 14 pts
On Thursday June 2nd Kath Jekabsons, Wendy Gosden and Denise O'Meara travelled to Bacchus Marsh West G. C. to improve their understanding of the game of Irish Sixes.
Sunday June 5th - Romsey Open Day 2 - 24 Hole Stroke
After a wet week and about 10 mm of rain falling over Saturday night the golfers who assembled at 9.00 am were not sure just what to expect from both the course and the weather. Golfers a hardy lot and after about 30 minutes the clouds lifted and the sun shone through. The sun could not dry the course and conditions were very heavy. A detailed report on the Romsey Open can be found here. The day's results were;
A Grade - Brendan Larkins (Gisborne) - 89 Matt Willis (Mt Macedon) - 89.4
B Grade - Glenn Moore (Mt Macedon) - 116 John Freestone (Romsey) - 93.8
C Grade - Cody Munro (Melton Valley) - 121 Hugh Drummond (Romsey) - 94.8
Best Senior Stroke - Dean Jones (Romsey) - 99
Best Junior Stroke - Reilly McDonald (Strathbogie) - 101
AM Handicap - Mick Prorok (Seymour) - 43.7
PM Handicap - Reilly McDonald - 44.7
Saturday June 4th - Romsey Open Day 1 4BBB pairs
Despite the very wet start to the day and the overcast conditions 26 pairs took to the course on day one of the 35th Romsey Open. The light drizzle soon lifted and the round was played in much more pleasant conditions that expected. A detailed report on the Romsey Open can be found here. The day's results were;
Mixed Pairs; Sharon & Mick Stomilovic - 39 pts
Women's Pairs; Kath Jekabsons & Maureen Warrener - 35 pts
Men's Pairs; Chris vanDerVliet & Sott Williams - 42 pts
Wednesday June 1st - Stableford
The field hit off on a crisp morning. The course was very heavy; players had to work hard to get to the green in regulation and distance through the air was vital to posting a reasonable score. It was wonderful to welcome previous RGC Champions Darlene Baker and Shirley Shelton back for a round. Both commented on the many changes to the course noting that it was a much more challenging layout than in the past. The day's results were;
Winner; Darlene Baker (33) - 34 pts
Men's Winner; Hugh Williams (23) 26 pts
Nine Hole Winner; Lorraine Robb (30) - 16 pts
Saturday May 28th - Monthly Medal - Stroke & Putts
The round began under darkening skies with a gusting south-westerly wind and to add to the challenge, before all groups had hit off the skies opened up and steady rain fell for the next 30 minutes. Rain during the week had already softened the fairways and greens so a little extra merely made for a very uncomfortable front nine. We welcomed Glenn and Jarrad Martin from Bacchus Marsh West G. C. for the day, perhaps they wondered, given the weather, if they should have kept on driving and headed home to a warm lounge room. As the round progressed the rain ceased but the wind blew up and to top the afternoon off it poured for the final few holes. It was a day for quality golf; with no run distance through the air and accuracy of length were paramount. The conditions meant is was tough to post a good score, a run of two consecutive pars was seen to be excellent golf. As for the par threes, virtually no-one was able to judge the wind and land on the greens. It was up to one evergreen veteran to lead the way and return the only quality card of the day. On a very wet and windy afternoon the results were;
Winner & May Medalist; Les Gaunt - 77/5/72, what a top round, the conditions made sure there were no other scores worthy of a mention.
NTPs; 15th - Pat Chisholm
Least Putts; Les Gaunt - 26
Wednesday May 25th - Monthly Medal - Stroke & Putts.
The May Medal was contested on a cold, windy morning. Some rain and increasingly heavy dews meant for soft fairways and very receptive greens for all who could pitch accurately. Again the cold air and soft fairways saw all players lose distance off the tee and with their approach shots. As the round progressed it stayed clear but got no warmer. On a chilly morning the results were;
Winner and May Medalist; Elaine Scanlon - 110/30/80 from Wendy Gosden - 108/35/84, Beryl Cole - 108/23/85 & Kath Jekabsons - 108/23/85
Least Putts; Beryl Cole - 30
Nine-hole winner; Jenny Hartley - 60/20/40
Sunday May 22nd - Sponsors' Day - 12 hole, Three-player Ambrose
A good number of sponsors and their guests turned out for the club's 2nd Sponsors' Day. The round began under cloudy skies with a steady north-westerly wind blowing. The sun finally came out and the clouds lifted a little but the morning stayed quite cool. There was some excellent golf played with the highlights of the day being near "Holes-in-One" that only resulted in birdies on the par 3 1st, 8th and 10th. A good morning's golf was followed by a hearty lunch with Kath's Apple Crumble for desserts. On a very enjoyable and relaxed morning the results were;
Winners; Kevin/Denise/Jack (Main St Fish n' Chips) - 51/7/44 from Michael/Dave/Michael (Bendigo Bank) - 50/5.6/44.4 and Tony/Peter/Steve (Flatstick Roofing) - 51/5/5.4/45.6
NTPs; 1st - Michael McCarten, 8th - Bruce Robb and 10th - Steve Wilkins
The proud winners - Kevin Dunn, Denise O'Meara & Jack Evans
Saturday May 21st - Stableford
An excellent field assembled for the club's stableford competition. Play began under very cold conditions with an intermittent north-westerly wind blowing. Recent rain and a series of very heavy dews again saw good growth across the course but quite damp fairways, add this to 30 tonne of dolomite being spread during the week and players were allowed to "mark, lift, clean & replace". The afternoon slowly warmed up but all golfers found the conditions tough, the cold air saw all drives falling short and the soft fairways meant players had to be just right in their club selection or their ball would be well short of the intended target. For the first time in many years we had four juniors playing, this bodes well for the future of the club. Between the wind, the cold air and the soft fairways and greens it was difficult to post a good score. On a challenging day the results were;
Winner; Daniel Wright (7) - 37 pts from Andrew Evans (11) 35 pts & Mick Nicholls Jnr (24) - 35 pts
NTPs; 15th Les Gaunt.
Thursday May 19th - Broadford Open Tournament
Wendy Gosden travelled to Broadford to represent RGC in this Dalhousie District club open. The day deteriorated very quickly and scores reflected the tough conditions.
Wednesday May 18th - 2nd Rd Singles Knock-out
Another strong field hit off in the 2nd round of the 2016 Singles Knock-out championship. The air was cold and the fairways soft so good drives lost distance through the air and stopped almost dead once they landed. The recently dethatched greens showed beautiful, straight lines but had recovered very well and putted very true. As the morning progressed the sun came out and players began to remove the odd layer. The 30 tonne of dolomite was also being spread so the field had to occasionally vacate the fairway as the spreader went on its busy way. Despite the soft conditions scoring was generally good. On a cool, then slightly warmer morning the results were;
Winner; Leila Beasley - 112/36/76 from Kath Jekabsons - 106/28/78
Nine-hole Comp; Lorraine Robb - 54/15/39
Least Putts; Wendy Gosden - 32 C/B from Leila Beasley
Singles Knock-out Semi-finals will be;
Leila Beasley Vs Pam Drummond
Kath Jekabsons Vs Elaine Scanlon
Saturday May 14th - 4BBB Stroke
As the field assembled there were some clarifying questions as to exactly how 4BBB Stroke was scored however things were quickly sorted out and everyone took to the course. The strong northerly wind caused problems for all and the soft fairways saw the odd spot of mud on the ball but no relief was given so players just had to just "tough it out". Many pairs were able to pick up a birdie here and there before the wind pushed a ball into the rough or a branch leaving very difficult shots to save par. During thr round the sun shone through but the wind grew quite inconsistent and more challenging for all. As the groups finished it became clear that there were some good scores on the board and the clubhouse leaders had a very nervous wait until the final groups came in. On a windy day the results were;
Winners; Dean Jones/Andrew Laing - 75/10/65 from Andrew Evans/Darren Newnham - 77/11/66, Les Gaunt/Keith Hocking - 83/15.5/67.5, Hugh Drummond/Mick Nicholls Snr - 89/21.5/67.5, Tony Freeman/Michael McCarton - 88/19.5/68.5 and Jack Evans/Peter Evans - 94/25.5/68.5
NTPs; 1st - Sherif Abdel-Sayed, 15th - Sherif Abdel-Sayed
Thursday May 12th - Yea Bowl
Lorraine Robb, Pam Drummond and Wendy Gosden represented RGC in the Yea Bowl. The heavy conditions were difficult to master and getting up and over the race track proved a challenge for all. Yea 1 won the Bowl with 96 pts
Wednesday May 11th - 1st Rd Singles Knock-out Stroke & Putts
Play began under darkening skies with a steady south-westerly wind. Light drizzle soon began to fall and players wondered if actually venturing out on the course had been the right decision but the skies lightened (a little) and the drizzle was blown away by a slightly stronger wind and all was well, well as well as could be expected. The fairways were soft but had excellent cover, the greens, a little damp were also in top nick however all had to really commit to a putt or it would end up well short. Balls did not travel far in the cold air and stopped almost immediately once they landed; leaving everyone with quite long approach shots. On a damp and windy morning the results were;
1st Rd Leader; Leila Beasley - 114/36/78 from Elaine Scanlon - 109/31/78 & Kath Jekabsons - 108/28/80
Men's Comp; Mick Nicholls Jnr - 104/24/80
Nine-hole Comp; Lorraine Robb - 61/15/46
Least Putts; Pam Drummond - 29
Saturday May 7th - Stableford
What a stunning mid autumn day, clear skies, the merest breath of a southerly breeze and a clear sunny sky, what golfer could ask for more? The wind damage of last weekend had been almost cleared leaving only the largest logs to be cut up and dragged to the pile. Despite the light scarifying of some greens earlier in the week the greens were fast and true. The cooler weather and some good rain over the last week resulted in in very green and very soft fairways, again the run of just a month ago had vanished and everyone lost distance off the tee. It was a day of ups and downs with some players scoring in single figures on the front nine before coming home strongly on the back nine. With Royal Romsey is back to her toughest the round ended as a battle of three. On a magnificent day for golf the results were;
Winner; John Laing (28) - 34 pts C/B from Les Gaunt (5) and John Moody (13)
NTPs; 1st - Les Gaunt, 15th - Andrew Laing & 16th - Michael McCarten
Wednesday May 4th - 4BBB RMH Stableford
Players teed off on a cool, crisp morning. The fairways and greens were very green but also very soft. The remains of the damage caused by the heavy winds were just being cleared so golfers had to be careful not to hit their ball into a pile of branches as they were dragged to the big pile. A highlight of the round was a "gobbler" by Leila Beasley on the 10th, difficult to do on such heavy greens. It was a close competition coming down to a 10 m put on the 18th. The day's results were;
Winners; Kath Jekabsons/Pam Drummond - 33pts from Leila Beasley/Wendy Gosden - 32 pts
Men's Comp; Hugh Drummond - 28 pts
Nine-hole Comp; Jenny Hartley - 17 pts
At the end of the round the players shared many stories of Lorna Turner who passed away during the week
Sunday May 1st - Pennant Rd 5 - Romsey
The day began with a violent storm that took out the power and brought trees down across the town and the park. A spot of cleaning up, thanks Wilco, recognition that 25mm+ of rain meant "relief to a club length through the green" and all branches etc brought down by the wind were to be treated a "Green Keeper's Waste" and the competition was away. Soon enough a westerly wind blew up then heavy drizzle fell. The wind and drizzle kept up for about 40 minutes then all cleared up and the afternoon improved markedly. The Mount boys seemed quite used to these conditions and made the best of them to record a clean sweep.
Mt Macedon Vs Trentham - Mt Macedon 7/0
Mt Macedon will now play Woodend in the final on Sun May 11th
Saturday April 30th - Pennant Rd 5 - Trentham
With just four teams in this section there looked to be six rounds needed however the 5th could decide the eventual finalists. Mt Macedon (16 wins) were just about in with the other spot being between Woodend (15.5 wins) and Romsey (12 wins). Trentham G. C. was again in top nick, their greens were especially good. Woodend showed us just why they are really pushing favourites Mt Macedon. Good win to Michael McCarten with John Freestone, Steve Wilkins and Mal Mottram halving their matches.
Romsey Vs Woodend Woodend 4.5/2.5
Saturday April 30th - Monthly Medal - Stroke & Putts
After a warm, sunny week and 10+mm of rain falling on Friday there was good growth across the whole course. The softer fairways saw a "lift, clean & replace" ruling so that golfers did not have to contend with mud on the ball. Early in the round a strong wind blew up, initially from the west but then moving to the north-west and back and forth through the afternoon. The wind and the softer fairways saw many drives short or well off line leaving longer or very difficult approach shots. The greens have continued their improvement however a light detatching earlier in the week saw them a little slower than usual and for the first few holes a number of players found themselves well short of the cup. The strong winds and the softer course made it difficult to"get up and down in regulation", on another very challenging day when everyone found it difficult to post a good score it was up to one of the club's veterans to lead the way.
Winner and April Medalist; Les Gaunt - 78/6/72
NTPs; 1st - Anthony Freeman, 15th - Les Gaunt
Least Putts; Anthony Lakey - 26
2016 Australian Amputees Golf Championships - Sandhurst Golf Club.
There were 27 Amputee competitors; three women, one from S.A, one from NSW (the eventual Female Winner) and me, Denise, from Vic. The field was mostly leg amputees, three men were bilateral - both legs missing. While the course was in top condition, a far cry from the parched country clubs many of us came from regretfully, the course and carts made it difficult for the amputees. Bunkering was very heavy, but, worse than that, were the carts. They had been computerised to such an extent that, as soon as a front wheel left fairway, the cursed thing would stop. That was followed by having very large entrances to all greens (an area where the carts were not allowed to travel) many of the players found it physically impossible to walk all the way up to the greens. So, alas, not a very encouraging write up. At least the other competitors' friendliness made up for it. In fact, one was was featured in the Herald Sun, not for his golf though, for being a returned ANZAC, from recent conflict in Afghanistan where he lost his leg. I have been proud to know him for at over three years. Denise O'Meara - Member RGC
Wednesday April 27th - Monthly Medal - Stroke & Putts
The April Medal field teed off on a warm and very windy morning. The gusting south to south-westerly wind saw balls move in the air and on the greens. While the warm air saw drives often travel well the steady irrigation and some heavy dews meant loss of distance off the tee once a ball landed and the "worm-burner" shots were nowhere near as successful as just a few weeks ago when the course was drying out. The conditions meant for a tough day, the results were;
Winner & April Medalist; Leila Beasley - 122/35/81 from Lyn Robison - 110/28/82
Nine-hole comp; Jenny Hartley - 59/20/39
Least Putts; Wendy Gosden - 32
Sunday April 24th - Pennant Rd 4 - Trentham
What a stunning day for golf; temperature in the low 20s, clear, blue skies, virtually no wind and Trentham in 1st class condition. We were up against Mt Macedon while top team Woodend took on bottom team Trentham, however Trentham at home are always tough. A win would put us back in contention for the final. Sadly another close one but not our way. Good wins to Dave Muller - 4/2, Rob Rea - 2/1 and Mick Nicholls Snr - 6/5.
Romsey Vs Mt Macedon 4/3 Mt Macedon
Woodend Vs Trentham 4.5/2.5 Trentham
Saturday April 23rd - Stableford
With around 13 mm of rain falling on Thursday evening and Friday morning the course was soft and the greens and surrounds were quite wet. No-one was going to bounce up onto a green this week. Light drizzle was falling as the field teed off, this soon lifted and was replaced a strong wind blowing from the south and then moving to the south-west. The wind, and the rain affected fairways, saw many players well short off the tee leaving far longer approach shots than usual, however everyone could fire directly at the flag safe in the knowledge that the greens would hold. Recent repair works to the 5th green saw one section taped off with drop zones equidistant from the cup, apart from this all greens putted very true. It again great to welcome back another long term ex-member, Gary Watts. Gary was down for the weekend from Sydney and his observations of the many changes to the course were much appreciated. Won the meat tray as well! On a very windy day the results were;
Winner; Gary Watts (13) - 41 pts from Pat Chisholm (10) - 40 pts and Les gaunt (6) - 37 pts
NTPs; 15th - Gary Watts
Wednesday April 20th - Stroke & Putts - 2nd Rd Silver Spoon & Mona McLeod Broach
Players hit-off on a fine, sunny, morning with just a gentle breeze from the south-east. As the round progressed the temperature rose steadily into the mid 20s. There were also plenty of green fees golfers out for a hit, taking advantage of both the beautiful day and our steadily improving course. The day's results were;
Winner; Kath Jekabsons - 106/28/78 from Leila Beasley - 116/35/81
Least Putts; Lyn Robison - 31
9-hole Winner; Jenny Hartley - 60/20/40
Mens' Comp; Hugh Drummond (21) 34 pts from Bruce Robb (29) & Hugh Williams (22) 31 pts
Sunday April 16th - Pennant Rd 1 - Mt MacedonThe 2nd successive week where we played the home team, another tough assignment. The day was warm but a wind blew up by mid round causing more than a few problems for all players and the hard fairways saw many players through the corner facing a difficult approach shot to get "up and down" in regulation. Good wins to Dave Muller 2/1, Mick Nicholls (Jnr) 1 up and Ron Walker 5/3Trentham Vs Woodend Woodend - 4.5/2.5
Romsey Vs Mt Macedon Mt Macedon - 4/3
Saturday April 16th - 4B Aggregate StablefordWith a bowls competition on the golfers were out in the "Green Shed". A bit of work moving things around, sweeping up and then sorting out chairs and tables and all was OK, somewhat reminiscent of the "Old Days" when the golfers spent all summer in the "Green Shed". The round began under still, clear skies but after a few holes the weather changed and mizzle blew acrossthe course from the south-west. Players also had to contend with gusting winds that blew up suddenly then fell back to just strong enough to move the mist. The cold air, the mist and the winds saw all players revising their club selection and those who got it right were able to score well. The 4B Aggregate Stableford format allows both team and individual scores to count and with randomly selected teams there were no favourites expected to take out the day. As the last teams came in everyone was in the "shed" enjoying a quiet drink and a warm snag. A generator and a flourescent light made sure everyone could find their way around. On a very enjoyable, if cold and damp day, the results were;Team Winners; Les Gaunt (6)/Keith Hocking (27) - 75 ptsIndividuals; Michael McCarten (16) - 38 pts, Keith Hocking (27) - 38 pts & Les Gaunt (6) - 37 ptsNTPs - 1st - Darren Newnham, 15th - Les Gaunt
Wednesday April 13th - Stableford
The field took to the course on a cool, slightly overcast morning. However conditions soon changed, as the sun came out the morning warmed and the jumpers and vests came off. The golf was not quite so hot. On another beautiful day to be walking around the Park chasing a little white ball the results were;
Winner; Wendy Gosden (34) - 31 pts C/B from Pam Drummond (25)
with Kath Jekabsons (28) 29 pts
Best Nine In - Wendy Gosden - 20 pts
Sunday April 10th - Pennant Rd 2 - Woodend
Another spanking day for golf, only a slight breeze, clear, sunny skies and the Woodend course in top condition. Still, it was always going to be a tough challenge playing Woodend at Woodend. Good wins to Dave Muller 1 up and Steve Wilkins 2/1