Once again the restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 Pandemic have been reassessed and it was a pleasure to be playing competitive golf on the Romsey Golf Course. Social distancing requirements were still in force along with the wearing of masks, no touching of the flags and remote submitting of results, all things that players are willing to comply with to keep everyone safe.
The recent spring weather had seen excellent growth across the whole park and our drainage, filling and levelling program saw a number of areas of disturbed soil and mounds waiting to be used elsewhere on the course. While NPOR was allowed conditions were not perfect for golf. After many weeks of “Social Golf” club competitions were again allowed and a strong field teed up for the qualifying round of the W. E. Tom Shield, the top eight pairs would progress to the quarter finals. The weather was fine with a gusting NE wind, many players found the flukey wind had a surprising effect on their shots, others, who allowed for the wind saw their ball end up well wide of the green. Despite all this there were a number of excellent scores.
Winners; Scott Williams (17)/Mitch Atlas (9) – 42 pts from Scott Williams (17)/Davie Kenney (21) – 41 pts, Mal Mottram (8)/Steve Wilkins (19) – 40 pts
The Quarter finals of the W. E. Tom Shield will be;
1. S Williams (0)/D Kenney (4) Vs 8. A Lakey (3)/H Williams (8)
3. R Walker (23)/K Hocking (25) Vs 6. J Patton (15)/M Squire (0)
2. M Mottram (0)/S Wilkins (11) Vs 7. C Mensforth (30)/J Freestone (16)
4. A Laing (6)/J Laing (15) Vs 5. R Davies (10)/S Donovan (0)
1st – $40 Butcher’s Voucher – Andrew Laing
2nd – Two Sleeves of balls – – Ron Walker
3rd – Sleeve of balls – Jim Patton
Drainage, levelling and filling works are moving at a pace. Our thanks to Mal Mottram, for taking responsibility for this element of our Romsey Park/Romsey Golf Course improvement works. Wilco and Freebie have also done an enormous amount of work.
In the near future Ron Walker will get the irrigation extension works under way.
This will be followed by Hugh Drummond overseeing the sowing of couch sprigs and all necessary fertilisers etc to give the sprigs the best possible start.
With over 20Mmm of rain over night the course was again very soggy with casual water on almost every fairway.
Ten RGC members enjoyed the better weather that came after about 11.00am, no wind and steady sunshine. Going was very tough and by the end of their rounds everyone really knew they had walked the course.
Along side the daily Stableford comp players participated in the fourth round of the Silver Spoon. A blustery, chilly wind persisted for the entire round and misty rain fell as the last group trudged up the 18th fairway. With little rain in the previous week the course was considerably drier with far fewer areas of casual water, there was still however very little run on the fairways.
After three rounds of the Silver Spoon ( one round having been cancelled during the first Covid restrictions) Darlene Baker was declared this year’s winner; she played very consistent golf to win all three rounds.
1st; Darlene Baker (21) – 35 points
2nd; Elaine Scanlon (32) – 29 pts
3rd; Jenny Hartley (24) – 28 pts
The round began on a stunning mid winter’s day featuring bright sunshine and a mischievous wind from the north. After another week with plenty of sun, some wind and only a spot of mist, heavy dews and frost, almost everything had continued to dry out and the large field enjoyed the course, especially the much reduced wet areas. Despite the better conditions there was almost no run on the fairways, well struck drive pulled up centimetres from where they landed and approach shots had to be spot on or risk plugging just short of the green. The greens were slightly quicker than usual and a number of players found themselves running well passed the cup leaving a difficult second putt to save par. On a wonderful day to be out in the park the results were;
Winner; Scott Williams (17) – 39 pts, Davey Kenney (22) – 37 pts, Mal Mottram (8) – 35 pts
1st – $40 Butcher’s Voucher –Keith Hocking
2nd – $20 Drummonds Voucher – Anthony Lakey
3rd – Sleeve of balls – Mick Nicholls Jnr
Special note of thanks to;
Bruce – another steady week of chomping away at the quickly rousing rough
Ron, Mal & Cam – spent time on Friday walking the course and reviewing the levelling and drainage works. Will begin asap
Wilco & Chris – spent a deal of time filling damaged areas on and near the greens. Also continued the trial of bent grass patches, grown in Wilco’s green house. Did a great job on the step on to the 4th tee
Hugh – busy with the greens attending to the spots of fungus here and there.
Elaine – does a great job sorting out electronic payments each Saturday then heads down to the 10th to sell the odd refreshment.
Mitch Atlas – donated a trailer load of scoria, just what we needed for some of the wetter spots on the track
A heavy fog descended as the second group teed off but three holes later brilliant winter weather took over to become a perfectly still and sunny day. The course had fewer patches of casual water but the going was still very heavy underfoot. The greens were fast with bold putts, straight at the hole, the best form of attack. It was a pleasure to be out on the course in this time of Covid-19 restrictions. The round’s results were;
Daily Competition, Stroke
1st; Dean Jones – 78/4/74
2nd; Ryan Davies – 98/23/75
3rd; Darlene Baker – 97/21/76 c/b Steve Wilkins
Women’s July Monthly Medal / 3rd Round Silver Spoon
1st; Darlene Baker – 97/21/76
2nd; Jenny Hartley – 104/24/80
3rd; Wendy Gosden – 110/28/82
Least Putts; Beryl Cole – 29
How about that, almost two weeks with only a few heavy dews and the odd spot of drizzle, the course had gone from “mostly sloppy” to “sloppy here and there”. The Medal round began under clear skies with virtually no wind and plant of mid winter sun. Pretty soon the jumpers came off and the hats were put on. While the 6th and 7th fairways were still very wet leading to deeply plugged balls players could easily found their ball on the remainder of the course. The greens were still quite fast with less than the usual borrow, players had to be careful when putting down to the cup or risk rolling off the green. We were pleased to again welcome local golfers whose clubs were in lock down. On a magnificent mid winter’s day the results were;
Winner and July Medalist; Davie Kenny – 97/22/75 C/B from Steve Wilkins – 94/19/75 & Pat Chisholm – 86/11/75
Least Putts; Simon Donovan – 28
1st – $40 Butcher’s Voucher – Andrew Laing
2nd – $20 Drummonds Voucher – Mal Mottram
3rd – Sleeve of balls – Steve Wilkins
Special note of thanks to;
Bruce – has spent much of the week taking down numerous areas of still growing, in the middle of winter, rough.
Freebie – sorted out a few mechanical problems and was still able to cut all the surrounds, cleaned up a few fallen branches as well
Ron – oversaw removal of numerous fallen branches while sorting out works to greatly assist the whole course/club.
Bob – turned up to check the mower cutting plates then spent the day cutting the fairways.
Wilco – spent much time moving bits and pieces here and there and there and then having a good conversation with numerous green fees golfers and the many other local community members who use Romsey Park.
Hugh – busy with the greens and also working the phones to clarify a few things in relation to the MRSC monies.
Elaine – does a great job sorting out electronic payments each Saturday then heads down Otto he 10th to sell the odd refreshment.
A number of formats were offered including 4BBB, 18 Hole Stableford, 9 Hole Stableford and a choice of playing the Blue or Red Tees. A good field took advantage of the choices and enjoyed a course that is slowly becoming less wet and boggy. The fairways have very good cover but there is still little run. The greens are great at the moment. On a cool yet sunny morning the results were;
1st Elaine Scanlon(32)/ Steve Wilkins(16) 35 pts
2nd Lorraine Robb(42)/Darlene Baker(21) 33 pts
3rd Beryl Cole(28)/Jenny Hartley(24) 29 pts
18 Hole Stableford
1st Dean Jones (4) 36 pts
2nd John Freestone (22) 27 pts
3rd Lis Manktelow (25) 26 pts
9 Hole Stableford
1st Ryan Davies 18 pts
With no rain for almost a week, some wind and a few sunny days the course had dried considerably. Unfortunately both the sixth and seventh holes were still very heavy but overall the course was much improved. We were very pleased to welcome a number of local golfers whose home clubs were in the lock down areas. It was good to hear their comments on the layout and the challenges it provided. The round saw short periods of sun but generally it was overcast with winds which moved from the Sth to the NW. The 4B Multiplier Stableford format allows teams to benefit when both players have a good hole but should one member have a wipe then the team score is zero. The day also saw the final semi-final of the John Laing Shield. This was generally a tight affair with neither player getting away until the final few holes. On a cool, overcast afternoon the results were;
Winner 4B Multiplier Stableford; Pat Chisholm (11)/Scott Williams (16) – 53 pts, Andrew Clement (9)/Toby Clement (24) – 48 pts & Michael Squire (3)/Joshua Squire (54) – 48 pts
John Laing Shield Semi-final
Ryan Davies (7) D Andrew Laing (0) – 2up
The final will be
Rob Rea (0) Vs Ryan Davies (8)
1st – $40 Butcher’s Voucher – Dean Kohler
2nd – $20 Drummonds Voucher –Jim Patton
3rd – Sleeve of balls – Hugh Drummond
Special thanks to;
Bruce Robb – cut rough across the course during the week
John Freestone – Cut all surrounds on Thursday
Bruce Robb, Bob McLennan & John Freestone – Replaced the main drive belt on the from deck mower and greased and tied most machinery
Clive Mensforth, Ron Walker & John Freestone – did a great job setting up the camera on the 1st tee
Another chilly, overcast start to the round cleared to become a fine and sunny winter’s day. Ten players took to the course in different formats and enjoyed the conditions. The course has been maintained by our dedicated staff throughout the covid pandemic and it is in fine condition. The fairways are super and the greens near perfect. Apart from a few boggy patches and heavy conditions underfoot, it is a pleasure to play at Romsey Golf Club and a credit to our volunteers who work so hard.
A group of women played a composite course to avoid the casual water on some holes whilst another group of men, joined by Trent, a visitor from Woodend, played the normal 18 holes from the red tees.
18 Hole Composite Course Women
1st Darlene Baker (21) 34 points
2nd Jenny Hartley (23) 30 pts
3rd Elaine Scanlon (32) 24 pts
18 Hole Red Tees Men
1st Trent Cannon (19) 34 Points
2nd Toby Clement (21) 29 pts
3rd Ryan Davies (19) 24 pts