The first Saturday of July was a great day for the Snowflakes in Stanthorpe, with plenty of visitors in town for the occasion. Plenty of warm clothing seen being worn for the few days, the weather was cold. Same for the golfers who opted to play in the Saturday competition, very cold throughout the afternoon and again, plenty of warm clothing for the occasion. Numbers were down a little on previous weeks with some headed off to the show grounds for the day.
Competition for the day was a single stableford with sponsor for the day Reece Plumbing and thanks to Tom Fittock for the day. Also a welcome back to Keith Allen after a lengthy period away from golf.
Angelo Maugeri has been struggling of late, finding it difficult to be consistent over 18 holes of golf. With a front nine score of 17 points followed by a back nine of 19 points, his score was exact to his handicap and his 36 points was just enough to secure first place. Three players close on his score but one back on 35 meant the count back was in play to find a runner up. Ivan Juriss was the lucky one, leaving Lyle Bryant and Hamish Adam to settle for the run down.
The ladies event was another close finish, two players tied on 34 points. Filomena Silver had the better of the countback to take first place with Lisa Stuart settling for runner up. Two points back was Nikki Waterworth on 32 points for the run down.
Pin shots and pro-pins were shared around with men’s pins awarded to Jason Bacon at 3, Len Leigh at 12 and Hamish Adam at 17. The ladies pin at 3 has finally been taken, Linda Kelly playing a great tee shot to collect. Nikki Waterworth held the pin at 12 and Lisa Stuart did likewise at 17. Pro-pins went to Brendon Barker at 1/10, Andy Burgess at 5/14 and Ivan Juriss had best at 9/18. The birdies nest at 17 was not collected.
Those who have been at the course during the week would have noticed a fair bit of activity. Thanks to the efforts of Richard Reardon and his workers and to Keith Jones, the course looks a lot better after work done. A fair bit of tidying up in the rough areas, some new drainage and earthworks for diverting water flows plus the attention given to some of the bunkers and paths has made a lot of difference around the course. Playing members hopefully will keep the standards up, filling in divot holes, not only your own, but those left by others. Removing fallen branches and repairing pitch marks also does a lot to help the appearance of the course.
Players are reminded the Stanthorpe will be hosting the Zone 1 carnival on Sunday 16 July. Although the day is open to all member golfers, some events are restricted to Zone 1 club members, those from Warwick, Inglewood, Texas and Stanthorpe. Usually played in three divisions, a chance for local members to compete against similar players from other clubs. Those who did well in the club’s championships should definitely play.
Apart from that, next Saturday, July 8 will be the monthly medal and putting competition, sponsor for the day is Michael O’Brien. In addition, play will be for the Dale Mullins Memorial trophy, this event being sponsored by Michael Thompson. Time sheet for the day is on the board at the club.