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Played to Age Members – Highlight of Vets Day

Today’s Veterans Competition was distinguished by two members achieving the feat of having their stroke round less than their age.

Special congratulations to Ken Doherty and Jim Kennedy who both achieved the impressive ‘stroke-below-age’ score.

Ken (pictured below), playing off 12, scored 40 Stableford Points and was a two shot A Grade winner.

Ken continues to enjoy his golf and is very capable well into his OBE years.

Jim Kennedy also produced the age achievement. Jim is one of the Golf Club’s inspirational members who, into his 90s, leads the field out each Monday and plays to a handicap of 18. Today he turned in a score card with 36 Points that included NTP at the 16th Hole. Jim’s tee shot looked like being Hole-In-One until it just missed the cup and rolled a meter past the pin. Jim is shown below standing by his terrific tee shot.

Thanks Ken and Jim, you are valuable members of our Club.

The best score of the day, 41 Points was returned by Rod Jackson and provided him the B Grade Winner’s Voucher. Rod had two 4 Pointers in the outward nine of 20 Points and surpassed the effort on the back nine with six 3 Pointers. Great day Rod, well done.

C Grade Winner was Kevin Landers with 39 Points. Good round Kevin and it is notable that today’s win extends your Prize List entries to nine since Christmas. Well done on a terrific golfing start to 2016.

Runner Up vouchers went to Max Jessop (A Grade, 38 Points), Dennis Jones (B Grade, 37 Points) and Johannes Janssen (C Grade, 38 Points).

Today provided Max with a second Runner Up voucher in a little over a week and reflects well on the good golf that Max plays.

Dennis takes home his first prize voucher in 2016. Dennis has a long history with Club Banora Golf including playing on winning pennant teams – it’s great to see him in the top bracket of the Leader Board. Dennis is seen below after receiving his voucher at Presentation.

Johannes had a strong first nine that included an outstanding four 4 Pointers. Terrific effort Johannes.

All members appreciate that Vets competition day happens through the efforts of the Captain, Wayne Howlett and the members of the Sub Committee. Golf competition management under the Slope system is only possible with the use of computer processing. Wayne Martlew has capably carried the computer duties that produce the Vets competition reports for most of the past two years. Now that he is about to move into the Vets Captain position, Wayne has transferred computing skills to Dave Harrod who demonstrates considerable understanding with the computer work. Well done Wayne and Dave.

Special mention for the last group players who bring in the NTP cards. Thanks guys.

Check out Wayne Muir’s last group effort at the 16th today. Not good enough to beat Jim’s terrific shot but it looked like a Hole-In-One and NTP chance when it rolled towards the Pin. Nice shot Wayne.

Always great to be part of Monday Vets Golf!

Close Finish in Sunday’s Canadian 1 Stroke

Well done to Sunday sponsors Ross Telfer and Kaye Mills for their Canadian 1 Stroke team competition.

Competition players were keen to make comparison discussion with the 2 Stroke version and who was favoured as well as who was not. There was all round agreement that the 1 stroke event allowed the game to progress more quickly and save many in the field (but not all) from get getting caught in the heavy rain that fell on the course at about 2pm.

The event generated one of the closest ever Sunday team finishes with the top three teams being less than one stroke apart. Danny and Mary Minogue took home the sponsor’s prize with a 1/8th shot win over Wayne Muir and Galemaree Dawes.

Grahame and Jenny Malley finished half a shot further back to top the run down list.

The NTPs were dominated by the Minogues (pictured below) as Danny won two and Mary one. Great day Danny and Mary.

Thank you Ross and Kaye for your generous sponsorship and competition innovation.

2016 Singles Match Championship down to Four Players

Next Saturday Paul Pochodyla plays Wayne Muir and Russell Evans plays Wayne Stone for the right to progress to the 2016 Men’s Singles Match Play Championship match.

The tightest Round 3 match was between Russell and Jim Story which finished 2 Up at the 18th.

Paul handled the Day’s condition better than Bryan Penny and finished their match at the 14th Hole. Wayne Muir continued his Mid-Week winning form and finished his match with Mick McKay at the 15th.

The match between Wayne Stone and Terry Foster was all square through the first nine then Wayne took control after the turn and sealed the match at the 15th with a terrific Birdie.

Congratulations to all the Semi Finalists.

Kim Hall Outstanding in heavy wind

On a hot extremely windy day when 31 Stableford Points won a lot of 3 Putt Club 20 cents, Kim Hall, the Club’s 2016 Medal of Medals Champion, turned in a card with 41 Points. Kim’s outstanding play was the only 40 Point score of the day and contained a Birdie 4 Pointer at the 18th Hole along with seven 3 Pointers. Great day Kim.

The field of 85 produced only 2 other players who bettered their handicap, Division 1 Runner Steve Robinson (39 Points) and Division 2 Winner Glenn Telfer (37 Points). Steve had two Birdies in a Back Nine of 22 Points and Glen had four 3 Pointers in a First Nine 20 Points. Terrific rounds guys.

Five players scored the bench mark 36 Points – Ian Strange, Steve Smith, Nick Davis, Wayne Howlett and Ron Roberts. Nick took home the Division 2 Runner Up voucher on count back over Ron. Ron had six three Points in the best First Nine of the Day but it was Nick’s more consistent two Nines that allowed him the countback advantage. Steve Smith won the ProPin with a very good shot at the 3rd.

The Rundown when down to 34 Points.

Well done to all the members who played in the difficult conditions.


Thursday 25/2/16 saw 60 ladies play a draw for teams Texas Stableford. The winners with 130 points were Fran Janes Maren Cooper Lida Formella and Margaret Bee. Runners Up were Penny Martlew Helen Evans Jan Woolley and Muriel Murray with 126 points. The draw for teams games are proving to be popular as we are getting near maximum numbers on these days even in the warm weather we are experiencing. Congratulations to the winners and we will see everyone next week for a single stableford.


David Kammer Records 41 Points on a hot low scoring Wednesday

Congratulations to David Kammer who scored 41 Stableford Points on a hot day where the Rundown went to 34 Points. Well done David on your stand out round.

Runner Up in Division 2 was decided on count back at 37 Points with Brent McLennan taking home the voucher ahead of Steve Wilkinson who continues his good form. Steve did not leave empty handed. He was in the Rundown but importantly won NTP at the 3rd for a ball with a shot that was good for the valuable ProPin win. Nice day Brent and Steve.

The Division 1 Leader Board was topped by three on 34 Points, a reflection of the difficulty of the day.

Wayne Muir was the Day’s Winner on count back over Tony Brown, then Wayne Martlew and John Edwards. Well done guys. In the postgame interview John took the outcome philosophically and said ‘I never win’ but he did enjoy the day. Wayne was more to the point as he did not expect to win with 34. Wayne walked the course and said ‘the going was tough’ and while he had 19 on the back Nine ‘was ready to take his shoes as soon as he could’.

Roger Pettyfor finished one Point further back with 33 on a Leader Board line shared by 7 other players but had a good day on the Par 3s taking home two NTPs.  Nice one Roger.

Cecil Ebsworth Wins Vets Day with 44 Points

44 Stableford Points by Cecil Ebsworth made him a clear Vets winner and for the second time this month he took home a top two finish voucher. Cecil played good consistent golf with 22 Points, including a 4 Pointer, on each Nine. Great round Cecil!

John Mason was also in the ’40 Point Club’ with was his winning C Grade score. John Williams played well to record 39 Points and finish C Crade Runner Up. Well done guys to top of your Grade Leader Board!

A Grade winner was Ken Doherty with 37 Points and another stroke round which is less than his age – an inspiration Ken. A Grade Runner Up was Vets Captain, Wayne Howlett on count back over Treasurer, Ray Tume. Wayne started slowly with 2 Points after 4 Holes. From that position he proceeded to light up his card including with three Birdies and NTP at the 7th Hole. Ray also Birdied the 7th and finished with a fine Birdie at the 18th to tied their personal dual.

Barry Jurd, Brian Doyle and Cliff Fry also played good golf to record a score of 38 Points and win a ball in the Rundown which went to 35 All In. Nice play guys.

Sunday Mixed Irish 4 Ball

A mixed Irish 4 Ball provided an interesting four player team competition on Sunday. Pressure mounted on all teams as the Holes were completed and more team member scores contributed to the team aggregate. The increasingly strong wind helped make the playing conditions tolerable but compounded the difficulty of making each club swing text book.

Today’s Winners, Keith and Maren Cooper combined with Ross Telfer and Kay Mills produced an outstanding score of 2.5 Stableford Points per recorded player across the 18 Holes – 2 Points per player average being a Played-to-Handicap score. The win was by a comfortable 10 Points with the cruncher being the last Hole where four scores were required and each team member scored 3 Points. Great day team, congratulation for taking home the winners vouchers. Seen below Keith (holding mike) responds after receiving his voucher from Vice President, Rosie Connolly (far left). Kaye is to Keith’s right, then Ross and Maren.






Runner Up was also achieved with a team handicap breaking score of 90 Points although the Runner Up voucher required a count back to be awarded. Team Pat and Colin Hodda, John Skerry and Collene Kelly pictured below after receiving their prize from Rosie finished ahead of Team Michael Pattison, Arthur Ross, Marlene Wyatt and Carol Tatler who also played very well and are equally congratulated.

Member favourite NTP player today went to Betty Hall, a senior member of the Ladies OBE Club. Nice shot Betty and great to see you on the Sunday playing roster.

Men’s Captain, Max Jessop used the Presentation as an opportunity to present Danny Minogue with his Hole-In-One trophy and the traditional bottle of spirit. Danny Holed-In-One in January.

Saturday Stableford

The Saturday Stableford Competition remained strong as the Men’s Single Match Play continues, with over sixty players in the field producing ten handicap or better scores.

Well done to winner Stuart Grant who has made some recent club adjustments that worked today as his long hitting from the tee finished more often on the fairway. Stuart was a clear winner with 42 points that included six 3 Pointers on the back nine of 24 Points. Stuart said ‘I never three putted today and that made a difference.’ Nice win.

Also playing very consistently was Men’s Captain, Max Jessop who was Division 1 Runner Up with a very creditable 38 Points. Good one Max.

40 Points were needed to be at the top of the Division 2 Leader Board. Graeme     Baker took home the Winner’s voucher on count back over William Harris who has taken home a Winner/ Runner Up voucher for the third time in the past 30 days. Nice Golf William who is a regular on Mondays also and already a winner this week. Graeme’s win was built on consistent golf that included 20 Points for each Nine and four 3 Points on both sides. Good Golf guys – congratulations.

Darren McSwaine closed out his round with 3 Points at the 17th and then an Eagle 3 at the 18th Hole. Add the NTP at the 7th and Darren had good reason to enjoy the round.

Congratulations to Graeme Johnson who took home the biggest prize bag of the day with the ProPin purse, NTP at 3rd and a ball in the Rundown. Good job Graeme, nice day.

Round 3 – 2016 Men’s Single Match Play Championship

Congratulations to the eight players who remain in the 2016 Men’s Single Match Play Championship in Round 3 which will be played on 27 February.

Paul Pochodyla was able to win at the 17th Hole over Richard Quine and next plays Bryan Penny who won by a similar margin over Nigel Luxton at 10.18am.

Mick McKay defeated Rick Jones and plays Wayne Muir who defeated Nick Davis at the 18th Hole at 10.18am.

Russell Evans won over Ron Roberts and now plays Jim Storey who defeated Mike Grills (3 & 1) at 10.24am.

In a close tussle Wayne Stone finished 1 Up over Terry Baker and next plays Terry Foster who had a solid win over Ken Mount at 10.24am.