Mitchell Handford wins Naracoorte golf monthly medal

Promising junior golfer Mitchell Handford from Mount Gambier won the Monthly Medal at Naracoorte Golf Club last Saturday.

Handford was one of four junior golfers who competed in the Naracoorte Junior Championship.

The 13-year-old fired an impressive 79 off the stick for a net 70 to take home a bounty of trophies.

They including the October Monthly Medal, the Reg and Jan Moate Trophy for the Boys Handicap Champion and the R.J. O’Shaughnessy trophy for the boys championship winner.

Parker Smith was the runner up in the boys gross championship while Callam Harvery also fiished in second place in the boys handicap championship.

Aside from the junior tournament, a field of 39 men and eight ladies enjoyed sunny conditions on a challenging course presented in immaculate condition.

Players were competing for prizes generously sponsored by Drews Workshop Supplies who remain long term supporter of the Golf Club.

Only three members were able to play equal to or better than their handicap with Reece McDonald winning C grade with a net 71, Michael Parker winning B grade with a net 72 and Sara Crawford winning the ladies competition with 36 points.

The runners up in each grade were James Norcock in A grade with a net 76, Matt Stilsby in B grade with a net 74, Ian Cox in C grade with a net 74 and Jill Steen with 35 points in the ladies.

The ball rundown was short in circumstances where very few players managed to return semi-respectable scores leading to the club president deciding that balls would only be awarded to Brian Sherlock and Greg Watson both having a net 75.

The nearest to the pins were also a rare commodity with no winners in A grade, B grade or the ladies.

Ian Cox won the C grade nearest to pin with John Monfries taking home the Zobel prize and Mitchell Handford winning the Naracoorte Print towel for his impressive second shot on the third hole.

This weekend will be the summer opening event where the club is hosting a Two Ball Ambrose of any gender mix.

Members are encouraged to bring a non-golfer to compete for prizes and hopefully take up the introductory new club membership for only $150.

This new 12 month membership initiative is open to people who have not been a member of the Naracoorte Golf Club for the past 10 years and has impressively resulted in 30 new members to date.