The first round of the Men’s Championship attracted 102 players, one of the biggest fields since early 2014.
Men’s Captain, Mike Flanagan congratulated members on their pace of play and noted that all but two groups completed their rounds in better than 4 hours 30 minutes. Mike also reminded members that it is important to keep the timesheet up to date and it’s vital to free up the tee time once a member is unable to play.
1 October will be a stroke round for all members. The following two weeks of the Championship, a supplementary Stableford competition will be offered for members not wishing to play in the Championship.
Two A Graders carded scores in the 70s, Club low marker Alan Hubbard with Gross 78 and Dean Love 79. Kerry Paine and Terry Foster are one stroke further back on 80. Current Club Champion, Mike Wood is next on 83 along with Darren McSwaine.
Arguably the best personal performance stroke rounds were turned in by Nick Davis, C Grade and Richard Quine, B Grade.
Nick, playing off 21 Handicap scored 87 off the stick and leads C Grade by two strokes from Ian Kirk who also played very well. John Dalley, Gary Scott, Michael Mills, Dave Harrod and Dennis Jones are also within 5 strokes of the leader and remain very much in contention for the C Grade Championship.
Richard Quine brings his best play to Championship golf and carded the fifth best score of the day to lead B Grade by two strokes. Stephen Smith is always in the B Grade Championship mix and looms close two strokes back. Clint Dunn, John Faust and Wayne Woodford are also within 4 of the leader.
Round 1 of the Championship was also Monthly Medal competition. Congratulations to A Grade winner, Kerry Paine on countback over Dean Love.
The B Grade medal was won by Clint Dunn over Richard Quine on the closest of countbacks.
Nick Davis’s terrific round gave him the C Grade medal over Runner Up, Ales Rakovsky who was the morning leader and topped the leader board until just after 4pm. Not surprisingly Ales was in good spirit after his round as shown below. Good one Ales especially as this was your best round since becoming a member at Club Banora – good to see your name in the prize ledger.
NTP shot of the day went to Dennis Jones at the 3rd Hole, not far from Hole-In-One and worthy of the ProPin $95 prize. Understand Ken Mount was also on line for Hole-In-One at the 16th Hole.
Congratulations to Terry Foster who hit a terrific drive to the 12th Hole and then Eagled with his second shot. Well done Terry.
Good golfing to all members in Round 2 of the Championship.