Saturday October 20th – John Laing Shield Qualifying Rd – Stroke

Steady rain began very early in the morning and continued until almost 10.00 am, things did not look good for golf however golfers, being a hardy lot, began to arrive at the rooms, in slight drizzle, just after 11.00am.  As the groups headed to the tee the weather improved and a spot of sun shone through here and there.  The course was in good nick and the fairways and greens had handled the week’s rain quite well.  However, anyone who found themselves in an area of uncut rough really had their work cut out to get the ball back into play.  The conditions continued to improve until about half way through when a steady, S/SW wind blew up and rain fell.      Wet clubs and gusting winds made the final nine more than normally challenging and despite some excellent golf  along the way no-one was able to better their handicap.  On a very difficult day the results were;

Winner; Les Gaunt – 81/8/73 from Anthony Lakey – 96/22/74 & Jim Patton – 93/19/74

NTPs; 15th – Mick Nicholls Jnr

Quarter Finals of the John Laing Shield will be;

Les Gaunt (0) Vs Mick Nicholls Jnr (7)

Jim Patton (11) Vs Mick Squire (0)

Anthony Lakey (0) Vs Ron Walker (1)

Mal Mottram (0) Vs John Laing (17)

Wednesday October 17th – Foursomes

Players took to the field with thunderstorms threatening. The weather however did not produce any rain (or storms) and the round was played in blustery but fine conditions. The course was in good post-winter condition and the greens have recovered well from our current bi-annual coring.  On a day of Foursomes the competition was very close during the front nine, however Beryl Cole and Jenny Hartley teamed very well over the back nine  to record a comfortable win with Wendy Gosden and Darlene Baker in second position.

Thursday October 11th – State Final – Doris Chambers Cup – Sanctuary Lakes G. C.

144 players teed off, in am and pm fields, for the second state final of the 2018 Doris Chambers Cup at the Sanctuary Lakes Golf Club.  Miss Doris Chambers OBE, a past Ladies Golf Union President donated the Cup, for the Golf Victoria event which originated in 1950.  The format being foursome, stableford with each each club playing a qualifying round and the winning pair progressing to the state final.  The first qualifying final was held at Cranbourne on October 4th.

Wendy Gosden/Elaine Scanlon (34) represented Romsey in the pm field and were able to put together an excellent front nine (20 pts) but, finding it difficult to judge the strong sea breeze on the back nine, scoring was not so good to record a final score of 34 pts.  At the end of the day the RGC team were beaten in three way count back for runners up by J. Carmody/J. Arundell (28) from Terang (2nd) and Numurkah.  Overall the RGC pair placed 10th in the Sanctuary Lakes final.
The Sanctuary Lakes champions playing in the pm field were Jenny McSwain/Beth Murray (28) from Kyneton with 36 points. Congratulations to KGC pair Jenny and Beth.

Saturday October 13th – Stableford

The club’s stableford competition saw players tee off under clear skies, on an afternoon that was almost perfect for golf; the only challenging element, an occasional, and very uncommon, wind from the east.  The fairways which had been cut on Friday were generally lush with only the odd bare spot.  The greens were on their way back from coring but golfers had to attack the cup or risk ending up well short (in a few weeks those attacking putts will end up well passed).  Most golfers were able to string together a few good holes but virtually no-one could play consistent golf over the full 18 holes.  So, despite the good conditions, only one golfer was able to better his handicap.  On a beautiful mid-spring day the results were;

Winner; Les Gaunt (9) – 40 pts from Scott Williams (18) – 33 pts

NTPs; 1st Mick Nicholls Jnr, 15th – Les Gaunt

Thursday October 11th – Annette Wiber Tournament – Woodend G. C.

Jenny Hartley and Lorraine Robb represented RGC at Woodend in their 2018 Annette Wiber Tournament. It was the first time that Jenny had played at Woodend and she shared a cart with Gail Leigh, who won the tournament. Jenny was pleased that she occasionally outdrove Gail while Lorraine was pleased that she dropped a couple of long putts on Woodend’s tricky greens. The weather was perfect, the course was in excellent condition and the food was great.

Wednesday October 10th – Par 3

It was a challenging day for golf; both physically and mentally. The course was heavier due to the very welcoming ~20mm of rain the previous day and the wind blew in gusts. As it was a Par 3 competition the women’s tee markers had been moved to distances between 180 m to 80 m from the green so choosing which club to use took some serious thought. We were pleased to welcome back Kath and Denise’s visitor from BMW. In the end the results for the 12-hole competition were quite close.

Winner; Jenny Hartley – 51/12/39 from Kath Jekabsons – 54/14.5/39.5 and Pam Drummond – 57/16/41

Saturday October 6th – Ambrose – Green Keeper’s Revenge

With the very recently cored, top-dressed, seeded and fertilised greens nowhere near their finest a round of Ambrose seemed a good solution.  Players headed to the tee under the best conditions since mid autumn,  bright and sunny with clear skies and the merest zephyr of a breeze from the north-east.  Club captain, Scott Williams, had chosen some very unusual, and tricky, pin locations and his name was often heard as players attempted to hole out.   Despite the rough greens and the unusual pin placements some excellent golf was played.  Evergreen veteran Les Gaunt played a “blinder” to take out NTP on the 16th while Pat Chisholm’s and Mick Nicholls Jnr’s approach shots and Jim Patton’s dead-eye putting played a major part in their team “taking home the chocolates”.  On a wonderful day to be out in the park the results were;

Winner; Pat Chisholm/Jim Patton/Mick Nicholls Jnr – 70/7.5/62.5 from Scott Williams/Sherif Abdel-Sayed/Chris vanDerVliet – 77/11/66

NTP; 16th – Les Gaunt

Wednesday October 3rd – Ambrose – Green Keeper’s Revenge

A strong field teed off enjoying the beautiful weather and what a fun day playing on cored greens and spring growth across the course.  Despite all this there was excellent team work by all the teams.
Winners; Bruce Robb (30)/Hugh Williams (23)/John Freestone (21) –  44 points from Jenny Hartley (24)/Pam Drummond (32)/Elaine Scanlon (30) – 43 points

Wednesday September 26th – Monthly Medal – Stroke

After three cold days it was good to see a sunny spring day.  The weather warmed up very quickly and the jumpers came off and the hats went on.  Despite the generally good conditions all players found it difficult to make the most of the almost perfect day, everyone had a few stray shots in their round.  It was great to see a goodly number participating in the “Play 9” competition.  The round also saw club stalwart, Kath Jekabsons, back for her first game after a few months off recuperating.  On a top morning for golf the Monthly medal results were;

Winner and September Medallist; Jenny Hartley 99/24/75 from Elaine Scanlon 109/30/79
“Play 9” results; Elaine Scanlon 53-15-38 and Jenny Hartley 50-12-38 will be Romsey Golf Club’s two women representatives at District play off at Seymour.

Saturday September 22nd – 2018 Macedon Ranges Spring Cup

The 2018 Spring Cup was held in wonderful conditions; clear skies, plenty of sun and virtually no wind.  A field of 53 took to the course, clubs represented were Romsey, Mt Macedon, Bacchus Marsh, Keysborough, Tocumwal, GSF, Woodend, Mandalay, Hidden Valley and Medway.  Despite the excellent conditions virtually everyone found it difficult to play consistent golf and card a good score. Visitor were challenged by the tight fairways and the smaller greens.  Some groups were in a very social frame of mind where good, and bad, shots were greeted by raucous cheers.  Others, playing more seriously, were frustrated by chips just rolling off the green and down over back or putts slipping well passed the cup.   As the field enjoyed a wonderful roast lunch RGC president Anthony Lakey thanked all those who had played, the RGC members whose hard work saw the course in top condition and who had organised the  refreshments and main meal and the event  sponsors, Drummond Golf, Niddrie.  There was much applause after special mention was made of life member John Laing,  After 30 years John was handing the organisation of Green Fees cards etc and the collection of monies over to RGC member Wendy Gosden.   MMGC captain, Richard Payne, congratulated everyone on a very successful event before Chris Milverton (Drummond Golf Niddrie) and Scott Williams made the day’s presentations.  On a great day for golf the results were;

Spring Cup winners; Romsey – 29.15 D Mt Macedon – 25.10

A Grade; Scott Williams – 38 Pts from Mick Nichols Jnr – 35 pts c/b from  Mark Burridge,

B Grade; Kon Nentis – 37 Pts c/b from Hugh Drummond  & Jim Patton – 34 pts

Women; Jenny Hartley – 31 pts from Wendy Gosden – 30 pts

NTPs; 1st Darren Freestone, 15th & 16th – Chris Milverton

2nd shot (3rd); Kin Nentis

The 2019 MRSC will be held at Mt Macedon G. C. on Preliminary Final day.

Sending off the field

Chris Milverton  presents the MRSC Shield to RGC President Anthony Lakey














Chris with B Grade Winner Kon Nentis

Chris with Women’s winner Jenny Hartley