Saturday November 24th – Day 1 Romsey Open Tournament – 4BBB

Teams assembled in the rooms at 10.30am for an 11.00 am hit-off.  In recent years the Open has been held in early June however moving to November seemed to have brought the same cool, overcast conditions.  A steady wind blew from the south for much of the afternoon and occasional drizzle fell.  This did not deter the field who had an enjoyable round, especially after the sun came out and the drizzle cleared.  Clubs represented were; Romsey, Broadford, Maryborough, Rich River, Seymour, Gisborne & Fox Hills. Everyone enjoyed a county afternoon tea as the day’s sponsor’s, V & P Newell Electrical Contractors were thanked and presentations were made  On a day of changing conditions the results were;

Mixed Pairs; Rod/Mary Campbell (Broadford) – 37 pts

Women’s Pairs; Elaine Scanlon/Jenny Hartley (Romsey) – 38 pts

Men’s Pairs; Les Gaunt/Rob Rea (Romsey) – 42 pts

NTPs; 15th; Mary Campbell/Les Gaunt & 16th Mick Nichols Snr

Wednesday November 21st – Singles K/O semi-finals & Canadian

Those players still involved in the singles knockout battled it out today in another round of match play . The rest of the field enjoyed a more relaxed format by playing a round of Canadian. The alternate shot allowed a social aspect to the day although competition was fierce. A number of par putts were holed across the course and even the odd birdie. Playing the Old Course meant an early lunch was possible which allowed time to decorate the Community Christmas Tree, ready to be displayed in the main street.

Results for the day; Jenny Hartley/Wendy Gosden –  57/18/39, Pam Drummond/Darlene Baker –  59/16/43, Lorraine Robb/Kath Jekabsons  – 69/20/49

The final of the 2018 Singles Knockout will be;

Beryl Cole Vs Jenny Hartley .

Saturday November 17th – Monthly Medal – Stroke & Putts

The November Medals, men and women, were contested on a cool, sunny afternoon with strong southerly winds blowing for the whole round.  The winds saw some holes play much longer but shortened others.  Taller trees protected lower shots while many drives and high approach shots were pushed well off course, at times even short chips or putts were effected.  Under these conditions NTPs proved very challenging.  While the course has been in good nick for quite a few weeks now it is playing very tough and virtually no-one has been able to break their handicap.  Is was so again during the medal round.  Players were able to string together two or three good holes before the wind grabbed their ball and pushed it well into the rough making for a very difficult “up and down”.  It was great to welcome past captain, Tony Freeman (down from Rich River) back for a round.  On a cool, blustery afternoon the results were;

Men – Winner and November Medalist; Mal Mottram – 83/11/72 from Rob Rea – 91/18/73, Les Gaunt – 82/8/74 & Hugh Drummond – 95/21/74

Women – Winner and November Medalist; Elaine Scanlon – 108/30/78 from Liz Manktelow – 102/21/81

Least Putts; Scott Williams – 25, C/B from Mal Mottram & Elaine Scanlon – 31

NTPs; 15th – Jim Patton

Gisborne & Goonawarra Tournaments

Over the past 2 weeks Wendy & Lorraine, Jenny & Lorraine represented Romsey at the Gisborne & Goonawarra Tournaments. The courses were in great condition but all the players found the deep bunkers & the very large greens extremely challenging. Lorraine also found the thick grass on the long carries at Goonawarra (due to the Men’s Club Championships being played the next day) an extra challenge. Scoring a ten and 2 nines on the first 4 holes had Lorraine thinking that it was going to be a disastrous day. However her golf improved and with the help of sinking a couple of long putts she ended up surprisingly winning C grade nett 113/36/77.

Wednesday November 14th – Stroke

Atmosphere was very heavy and it effected judging the approach shot.  Additionally one stray kangaroo was hopping around the course.
Winner of today’s stroke competition;
Beryl Cole 106-23-83 from Jenny Hartley 108-23-85
Least putts Beryl Cole; 26
Played concurrently with today’s competition was the second stroke round of the singles knockout. Qualifiers for match play are:
Beryl Cole (23) 160 nett, Jenny Hartley (23) 163 nett, Lorraine Robb (32) 172 nett & Elaine Scanlon (30) 173 nett
Semi final match play will be;
Beryl Cole (0) v Elaine Scanlon (7)
Jenny Hartley (0) v Lorraine Robb (9)

Saturday November 10th – John Laing Shield Semi-finals & Stroke

Another beautiful late spring day for the semi-finals of the John Laing Shield (H/cap Matchplay), other golfers played a stroke round.  There were clear skies and the merest zephyr of a southerly breeze so, no excuses for the quality of the golf.  The semi-finals were like chalk and cheese, one stitched up early in the back nine while the other went right down to the wire and it was a wiley old veteran who used all his experience at Romsey to “take home the chocolates”.  Despite the fairways being in good nick and the greens running true and fast the stroke groups made hard work of numerous holes.  One player would pick up a birdie then double bogie the next few holes; it was a day of ups and downs and anyone who could play reasonably consistent golf was in with a good chance.  On another great day to be out in the park the results were;

Winner; Rob Rea – 91/18/73 from Bruce Robb – 105/30/75, Sherif Abdel-Sayed 100/295/75 & Keith Hocking – 105/30/75

NTPs; 15th – Les Gaunt

John Laing Semi-finals results;

Mick Squire (0) D Mal Mottram (2) – 6/5

Les Gaunt (0) D Ron Walker (15) – 19th

The John Laing Final (Dec 1st) will be;

Les Gaunt (0) Vs Mick Squire (0)

Wednesday November 7th – Stroke

Two groups of three played a round of stroke today. A cold westerly wind persisted for most of the round but when out of the wind the sun was quite warm. The course is in great condition at the moment with a good cover of grass across the park. Competition was fierce with the final results
1st; Beryl Cole     2nd; Jenny Hartley   3rd; Elaine Scanlon

Least Putts; Jenny Hartley

Saturday November 3rd – John Laing Shield 1/4 finals & Stableford

With 10mm of rain falling on Friday morning and early afternoon the course was a little softer but the recent hotter weather still saw everyone  get good distance off the tee.  For most of the day a gentle breeze wandered in from the S/SW however, it occasionally strengthened suddenly causing problems on the holes running north/south.  With the 1/4 finals of the John Laing Shield out first play moved at a good pace.  Results in the Shield matchplay were a little mixed; one match was a walkover, two were not so close and one went right down to the final hole.  The Stableford field took advantage of the excellent fairways and the rapidly improving greens to post some excellent scores.  On another great day to be out on the park the results were.

Winner; Scott Williams (18) – 40 pts from John Freestone (21) – 37 pts

NTPs; 15th – John Freestone

Quarter Finals of the John Laing Shield were;

Les Gaunt (0) D Mick Nicholls Jnr (7) – Walkover

Mick Squire (0) D Jim Patton (11)  – 4/3

Ron Walker (1) D Anthony Lakey (0)  – 1up

Mal Mottram (0) D John Laing (17) – 5/4

Semi-finals of the John Laing Shield will be;

Les Gaunt (0) Vs Ron Walker (15)

Mick Squire (0) Vs Mal Mottram (2)

Wednesday October 31st – Monthly Medal & Medal of Medalists

Thanks to our band of volunteers the course was in tip top condition for the Medal of Medallist Round. The greens were mown yesterday and were running true with some challenging pin placements . The rough had also been mown recently and along with perfect weather made for very pleasant round of golf.
Wendy Gosden had a lovely chip in for a birdie on the par three 16th to enhance her score.
One duffer left her 9 iron on the side of the 12th green and had to be creative with the use of her other clubs for the rest of her round meaning she wasn’t able to take advantage of the wonderful conditions!!!!
Jenny Hartley however took full advantage keeping the ball on the fairway throughout the round, chipping consistently and having only 28 putts for the day. Her wonderful score of 91/24/67 makes her this year’s Medal of Medallists and the Monthly Medalist – great round Jenny.

2018 Medal of Medalists &October Medalist Jenny Hartley with RGC captain Lorraine Robb

Monday October 29th – DDGA Women’s 27-hole Championship – Kilmore G. C.

The added attraction of playing 27 holes encouraged a team of 4 to travel to Kilmore G. C. to play in the Dalhousie District women’s 27-Hole Championship.  Those representing Romsey were Beryl Cole, Jenny Hartley, Wendy Gosden and Darlene Baker.
There was a strong blustery wind at the start of the day that reduced a little toward the afternoon but other than that conditions were quite good.  Our Romsey players played some great holes recording plenty of pars and a birdie between them but unfortunately couldn’t maintain that standard over the 27 holes. The eventual winner on the day was Gail Leigh from Marysville.  The district Champion of Champions was also played yesterday and to top off a great day Gail also won this event – well done Gail !