The ladies were treated to quite a reasonable day although it was a little gusty at times as they begun the tournament on August 14.
The scoring certainly reflected the good condition of the course. Helen Cother and Jill Jacob followed up from last year where they had a win, this time in a close countback. Jill and Helen had 45 points to edge out one of last year’s runners up in Tammy Hocking who this time partnered Liz Mulraney.
On a day where everyone came in at the half way mark stating that they weren’t scoring very well, Jenney Taylor and Kate Wheadon came third with 42 points and 4th place went to Kerry Scales and Karen Cocks who snuck in with a countback and 41 points. Nearest the pins were won by Fleur Finlayson on the 3rd, and she leads the competition for the nearest shot to this hole by ladies over the tournament with 4.04m.
Marg Warren Smith was on the 6th, Helen Cother on the 11th and Kate Wheadon on the 17th. The 30 players came from Apsley, Balmoral, Edenhope, Goroke, Heywood, Kaniva, Mt Osmond Nhill, Port Fairy and Serviceton clubs.
It was tough going this year for the men with very gusty winds and occasional showers as they continued on the following day. Due to the work of several men under the guidance of Geoff Shortt the scrapes were in excellent condition.
Haydon Tapscott and Steve Bruce combined the best to score 46 points and they were ahead of a pack which was lead by Derek Brody and Phil Rees with 41 points who came runners up on a count back
In third place were Ron and Travis Beaton also with 41 points, and Rob Carberry and Aaron Osman finished fourth. Mike Schinckel had a nearest the pin on the 3rd, Craig Walton set the mark for men, over the tournament on the 6th with a shot 7.52m away and Haydon had the best shot on the 11th and Pat Taylor won the prize for the best shot on the 17th.
36 players travelled from Apsley, Balmoral, Barwon Grove, Heywood, Lucindale, Naracoorte, Natimuk, Nhill and Toolondo.
The following Saturday saw a mixed event where players hit and then they hit their partner’s golf ball, then a decision is made and players take alternate hits until the ball is holed out.
The format of play is a difficult one with players perhaps going for a number of holes without playing a chip or a long putt so it is a problem finding your rhythm. One pair who had no difficulty was Rob and Di Carberry who had the best nett score of 70 1/8. Tammy Hocking and Geoff Shortt were runners up with a nett score of 74 ¼ and 3rd place went to Pat and Jenney Taylor with a 74 3/8.
Steve Bruce and Kate Wheadon rounded out the place getters with a 76 nnett. The prize winners dominated the nearest the pins with Pat winning the best shot for men on the 3rd, Steve on the 6th and 11th and Rob on the 17th. Di was nearest on the 3rd and was 7.38m from the cup and again was nearest on the 11th and Kate was close on 17. Joan Hurn spoiled the party with a close shot on the 6th. 18 players competed from Apsley, Mt Osmond, and Royal Adelaide.
Ambrose events are traditionally given the tag of being an event for cheats, as groups play individually and if there are many complicated rules then they are less likely to be adhered to. There was to be not cheating today as the fourball winners earlier in the week, Jill Jacob and Helen Cother were again victorious with a score of 69 nett.
Runners up were Shirley Hetherington and Tanya Dignan with a score of 74 ¾ and in 3rd place was Carmel Pilgrim and Rachel Halliday with a score of 75 nett. Closely following in 4th place was Liz Ogilvie and Joan Hurn with a score of 75 ¾, one shot separating 2nd to 4th.
Jenney Taylor was nearest to the 3rd, Helen Cother on the 6th, Di Carberry on the 11th and Liz Ogilvie on the 17th. The best nearest the pin for ladies on the 3rd hole was won by Fleur Finlayson with her shot on Tuesday which was 4.04 m from the hole.
The men’s competition was very close and the scoring was hot. Leigh Allan, Pat Taylor, Barrie Moyle and Ken Crisp had a nett score of 56, runners up were Mark Pilgrim, Brayden Pilgrim, Trevor Wallis and Mark Shawcross with a score of 59 1/8.
3rd place went to Rob Carberry, Craig Walton, Dale Hannaford and Geoff Shortt with a score of 59 ¼ and in 4th place was the team of Brian Slape, Matt Cumming, Stephen Bull and Barry Turnbull with a 61. Geoff had nearest the pins on the 3rd and 11th, Chris Honner on the 6th and Gavin Davis on the 17th.
Over the tournament Chris was best for men on the 6th with a shot 6.76m from the hole 44 players on the final day competed with teams, or individuals from Apsley, Barwon Grove, Edenhope, Goroke, Mount Osmond, Naracoorte, Royal Adelaide, Serviceton and Stawell.
The clubs major fundraiser was drawn with 5 x 40 kg packs of dressed beef being the prizes. With over 1200 tickets attempting to be sold, it was a relief to organisers that all but one book was sold.
Winners will be contacted in the near future as to how to pick up the delightful prize packs. Meat packs were won by Helen Mueller, Di Brown, Tom Cryer, Jack Sharman and Tess Dougherty. All in all organisers were ecstatic with the condition of the course and the good numbers who attended.
Next week the club will host the Wimmera Sandgreen Championship on August 25. Entries had to be emailed to organisers by Tuesday, contestants should meet at 11.00am for a 11.30am shot gun start. Sunday August 26is the qualifying round for the Max Bell foursome championship.