James Norcock wins 11th club championship

The 2019 club championship finals were played at Naracoorte Golf Club last Sunday in wet and windy weather conditions in front of large crowds of spectators.

Men

The A grade championship was played between James Norcock and Matt Stone. The match started with Stone showing signs of nerves early with Norcock capitalising to win each of the first four holes and take a 5 up lead through nine holes.

Norcock managed to extend that lead to 7 up through 16 holes before losing four holes straight when Stone showed what he is capable of.

He had a par on the tough 17th hole, an eagle on the 18th, a par on the 19th and a birdie on the 20th.

But ultimately the early lead was too great for Stone to recover from and Norcock won 5/4 to claim a record-equalling 11th championship win.

The B grade championship was a tight contest between Roger Pridmore and Wayne Hawkins.

Pridmore had a nightmare start losing a ball on the very first hole giving Hawkins an easy early win.

An errant tee shot by Pridmore on the 5th hole led to another easy Hawkins win.

But from that point, Pridmore regained his composure and began playing some consistent golf.

After Pridmore's early struggles, the scoreline between he and Hawkins was around square all day before Pridmore took the win 3/2 on the 34th hole.

The C grade final was an entertaining match between Craig Gilbert and top qualifier Tyrone Scullion.

The day saw a couple of birdies, a few pars, many bogies and the occasional dreaded "other" being scored by both players.

Scullion struggled for accuracy off the tee while Gilbert managed to find plenty of fairways, giving him a distinct advantage.

Gilbert managed to hold his nerve to claim his maiden championship victory 5/4.

Ladies

The A grade women's championship was contested between Di McCully, who had won the past three championships, and Pam Hood, who was also a previous championships winner.

Di got away to a great start with a magnificent birdie on the first hole.

Pam came back to square the game with a birdie on the third hole. By the 14th hole Pam was 1 up as she was playing steady golf.

Unfortunately, bunkers came into play for Pam on the last holes of the first round and Di was 2 up at the break.

The girls had squared the match six times. After lunch, Di found more of her swing rhythm and began to make her putts count.

Even though Pam stayed consistent, Di's big hitting was too good and she won 6 up with 5 to play.

The match was played in a very friendly manner and was a joy to watch, caddy and referee.

Congratulations to Di on her 4th A grade championship win.

Two of the club's long-time ladies members in Marlene Bull and Jan O'Shaughnessy played a very even game of golf in the B grade final.

Both players were reasonably consistent for the first 18 holes, with Jan edging ahead early due to some accurate hitting and good putting. She was four up after the first eleven holes.

Marlene gradually clawed her way back over the next seven holes and after 18 holes, Jan was two up.

After the lunch break, Marlene really found her form with some lovely accurate and consistent hitting.

Jan was unlucky, as although she was hitting the ball equally as well, she managed to find several bunkers.

After a tight tussle, Marlene won on the 16th, 4 up with two to play.

It was a pleasure to be the referee for these two ladies who are very competitive but also good friends.

Susie Mort played a strong determined game winning 5 up with 4 to play against Chris McDonald in the C grade final.

Susie was finally the "bride" after coming runner-up in both C and D grade finals over the past four years!

Chris played some great golf but Susie seemed to be on fire, hitting really well and sinking some very long putts.

The final was a great game played in good, friendly spirits.

Elaine Zerk refereed the D grade final between Mary Staude and Thea Bloomfield.

Although she has seen both players play better golf, it was a friendly match played in good spirit.

The game was won on the 19th hole with Mary being the outright winner, 9 up with 8 to play.