The annual men’s 3 day golf tournament, a wedding, a group of green fee players and inclement weather- the Marysville Golf Club had it all over the past weekend. The logistics were complicated but with good planning, and many helpers all went according to plan and it is a credit to those involved that it did so.
Friday was a stableford round for the Veterans and whilst, due to very wet weather, a number of players withdrew some stoic players remained in the contest. However, the conditions got the better of some and they only played 9 holes whilst others continued to complete the course. The winner of the 18-hole competition was Richard Clark (16) with 35 points followed by Yewls Kuan (13) with 32 points. Ray Jones (16) with 17 points won the 9-hole event and Chris Smith (20) from Yea with 16 points was the runner up. The nearest the pin on the 9th was won by Richard Clark and Steve Berry won the nearest the pin on the 18th.
Saturday was the busiest day with golfers playing a Canadian Foursomes and 100 guests attending an afternoon wedding. The weather was marginally better and both the golfers and wedding guests were able to spend some time outside without getting drenched. The Canadian Foursomes was won by Heather Jenkins and Steve Berry who had a combined handicap of 15 and finished with nett 67. Their playing partners Keith Atwell and Adam Littlejohn (20) were the runners up just one shot behind with nett 68. Gail Leigh dominated the nearest the pins winning the 4th, 11th and 18th and Heather Jenkins completed a ladies quadrella by winning on the 18th.
Also, on Saturday, 27 golfers on a Bucks’ weekend had a lot of fun playing the back nine holes and were very appreciative of the fact that the club welcomed them so warmly on such a busy day.
On Sunday the men played a stroke round in gradually deteriorating weather. The winners were A Grade-Andrew O’Shea (7) with nett 70, B Grade Ming Kuan (12) nett 76 and C Grade Steve Coker (17) with nett 76. The runners up were Peter Nelson (7) with nett 74, Brendan Chenhall (16) with nett 77 and Paul Martin (33) with nett 77. John Norfolk (16) with nett 69 had the best nett score of the day. Nearest the pins were won by Jack McDonald, Matt Mills, Paul Martin and Brett Fowler. Congratulations to all the weekend winners.
As mentioned, the planning and logistics for the weekend was immense and whilst a number of people contributed to its success some have earned a special mention. Jillian Chandler acted as the wedding coordinator and did a superb job both in the lead up to and on the day itself. An enormous amount of work went on behind the scenes and we would like to thank Jillian profusely for her efforts. Alan and Helen Howard who live in Melbourne spent 3 nights in their caravan parked at the club whilst coordinating the 3-day golf tournament. The catering, trophies, handicaps, cards, raffles etc. were all organized by them and they are to be congratulated on their planning, commitment and flexibility. Due to the inclement weather a number of players withdrew resulting in many last minute changes affecting catering and playing groups and Alan and Helen just went ‘with the flow’. Many thanks to the Howards. Thanks also to Colin Davies for his contribution to the weekend.