Stanthorpe golfers finally began their championships single events last weekend with two rounds being completed and the final round to be played next Saturday. A single event was held in conjunction with each round, and the monthly medal was also decided on Saturday. Sponsor for the day’s event was Neta Thouard and Laraine Gurnett and we thank them for the many trophies put on for the day. Although Laraine is not a local member of the club, she is a frequent visitor and great of her to join in with Neta in sponsoring a day. Sadly, it was reported that Laraine suffered a fall whilst putting a golf cart away and ended up with a few injuries. We wish Laraine well and that she recovers quickly.
September medal winners are Andrew Burgess for the men and Marie Cook for the ladies. Andrew had one of his better rounds and returned a nett 69 to win by three shots. Runner up to Nathan Stibbard on nett 72, countback needed. Marie Cook collected the ladies’ medal with a nett 75 which was again three clear of the field, runner up to Nikki Waterworth on nett 78.
Sunday’s single stroke event was sponsored by club members, Lisa and David Stuart and we also thank them for supplying the prizes on the day,
The ladies event was won by Linda Kelly and she was pleased to finally return to the winner’s podium after a fairly lean trot. Runner up went to Loraine Evans. The men’s event was won by Matt Waterworth after he parred the course and returned a nett 69. Runner up to Ivan Juriss with nett 72, again after a countback.
The championships conclude next Saturday with the final round to be played. In ‘A’ grade, Matt Waterworth holds a slender lead after his good round on Sunday but has three players close behind, only three shots back. For ‘B’ grade, Brad Silver has one hand on the prize being seven shots clear of the field. In ‘C’ grade, Barry Hughes has the smallest of leads, one shot with two players right on his tail.
The ladies’ divisions sees Marie Cook with a solid lead in the top division and Mei Bell leading in the next division. Although anything can happen, some steady play from both players should see them through.
Next Saturday will be another stroke round, final round for the championships and the Laurie Newley Memorial Day. The day is sponsored by the Newley family. Players still in the championships have been seeded on the time sheet and tee off times are there. Other players intending to play in the day’s event can enter their names on the time sheet where possible. Play commences at 11.00 am.