Saturday November 14th – 2B Aggregate Stableford

Another beautiful spring day with barely a breath of wind saw another strong field tee up for the club’s 2B Aggregate Stableford competition.  The recent sunshine and drier weather had seen the fairways dry out another was much more run that in recent weeks.  With the greens also in top nick good scoring was expected.  A number of teams started well only to find things going awry on one or two holes being them dropping back to the field.  Two pairs had excellent rounds and in the end only one point separated 1st from 2nd.  On a stunning afternoon the results were;

Winners; Mitch Atlas(9)/Steve Wilkins(20) – 72 pts from Andrew Clement(9)/Ryan Davies (23) – 71 pts

Individual winner; Ryan Davies (23) – 42 pts

Raffle Results

1st; Mick Squire

2nd; Mitch Atlas

3rd; Andrew Laing

Wednesday November 11th – Stableford

A smaller, but very cheery field  took to the course and managed to complete their Stableford round before the heavens opened and the rain tumbled down. The course is in great condition and there was a noticeable increase in the run on the fairways as the course had dried our somewhat.  Scoring was consistently good and reflected in the results –
1st; Jenny Hartley    (24)   38 pts
2nd; Elaine Scanlon  (33)   37
3rd; Darlene Baker   (21)   36

Saturday November 7th – Stroke & Algie Mitchell Shield Final

After a week of reasonable weather Saturday dawned cold and overcast, a heavy dew on the greens gave early groups a good read on the first few holes.  There was a steady SW wind which, on occasions, had players scratching their heads trying to decide which club to use and where to aim their shot.  The greens had been rolled and were putting very true though a little quicker than over recent weeks.  Despite some amazing golf on individual holes only a few players were able to finish the day with a good score.  It took a young golfer just “learning the trade” to play generally steady golf and secure the day. The Algie Mitchell Shield final was another close run affair with one player getting three ups n the front nine before some excellent shot making saw the match being all square by the 15th.  As is often the case at Romsey, the most difficult hole on the course, the 18th, is where matches are decided and this was no exception.  On a cool afternoon where the sun occasionally shone through the results were;

Winner; Josh Squire – 115/51/64 from Hugh Williams – 96/25/71, Steve Wilkins – 92/20/72 & Keith Hocking –  101/29/72

The Algie Mitchell Shield Final

 Davey Kenney (11 ) Mal Mottram (0)  1 Up

Raffle Results;

1st – Andrew Clement

2nd – Pat Chisholm

3rd – Mal Mottram

Wednesday November 4th – Canadian Foursomes

Brilliant sunshine to steady rain and back again had golfers reaching alternatively for sunscreen and wet weather gear.  The course is in unbelievable condition considering the amount of work across the park.  The greens have generally recovered well from the annual coring and the fairways are looking great. Volunteers were out in force today tidying up and mowing, mowing, mowing.  Thanks to each and every one of our volunteers for all the work they do to keep our course, and Romsey Park, in tip top condition. The Canadian Foursomes was the event of the day with teams of two taking alternate shots to the hole. This challenging format was enjoyed by all and certainly had golfers thinking as they approached the greens from some interesting and unfamiliar positions. The day’s results were;
1st; Darlene Baker/Rob Slade – 89/15/74
2nd; Bruce Robb/Hugh Williams – 95/18/77
3rd; Jenny Hartley/Beryl Cole – 101/19.5/81.5

Tuesday November 3rd – Cup Day Stableford

For the first time this spring we had two consecutive days of magnificent weather and the town’s golfers headed down to Romsey Park for the RGC Melbourne Cup Stableford competition.  The club’s Cup Sweep was on, this year we needed two draws, and all players eager to see just which horse they drew.  The warmer, sunny days had dried the course considerably and all players got good distance both in the air and and on the fairway.  By mid-round a  strong breeze had blown up pushing balls south, this was great on the 18th but on other holes balls were pushed into the rough or behind the park’s many trees.  In the end it was a day for daring golf backed up by sensible golf, a balance few are able to achieve.  On a stunning Melbourne Cup Day the results were;

Winner; Toby Clement (24) – 39 pts from Davie Kenney (21) – 38 pts, Darlene Baker (21) – 37 pts & Mitch Atlas (9) – 36 pts

1st Melbourne Cup Sweep

1st; Darlene Baker

2nd; Mitch Atlas

3rd; Anthony Lakey

Last; John Laing

2nd Melbourne Cup Sweep

1st; Kevin Dunn

2nd; Jim Patton

3rd; Shaun Scales

Last; Mitch Atlas

Saturday October 31st – Monthly Medal – Stroke & Putts

A spot of rain late on Friday evening followed by steady drizzle over most of Saturday morning made for another more than challenging round.  The field teed off to lush fairways, top surrounds and greens in very good condition however, anyone who found themselves in the wet rough had to be very careful or they would be playing the next shot just a few metres closer to the hole.  There were some soggy, low spots on a few of the fairways but players usually got good value for well struck shots.  The greens held well although the moisture certainly tested everyone’s patience with numerous putts pulling up well short of the cup.  By mid round the breeze had picked up and swung to the south making the 6th a very long hole and putting pressure on drives up the 18th where these is an in course out of bounds.  On a challenging afternoon the results were.

Winner and October Medalist; Ryan Davies – 95/23/72 from Steve Wilkins – 94/21/73 & Scott Williams 93/18/75

Least Putts; Mal Mottram – 28 C/B from Scott Williams & Mick Squire.

Algie Mitchell Semi-final results

Mal Mottram (0) D Jim Patton (8) – 19th  – (Played earlier in the week)

Raffle Result

1st – Mitch Atlas

2nd – Jim Patton

3rd – Jenny Hartley

Wednesday October 28th – Mulligans

Rob Slade continued on his winning way in the Mulligans Competition returning a top nett score.   Jenny Hartley played consistently and wasn’t far behind.
Chris Manktelow took best advantage of the Mulligans rule by improving his shot every time! Well done Chris. Kath Jekabsons managed to get around the 18 holes even though she had forgotten to charge her battery!   Rumour has it her ride back to the car park was slow!  On another beautiful spring morning the results were;

1st; Rob Slade – 68

2nd; Jeny Hartley – 72

Saturday October 24th – Stableford & Algie Mitchell Shield Semi-final

While the predicted 40-80mm downpour did not eventuate there was a steady rain over Friday evening and well into Saturday morning.  The course was again wet with  casual water on fairways and some greens.

The new drains were working overtime but nothing could get the course up to the level where play was possible.

Wednesday October 21st – Irish Par 3

On a perfect golfing day a strong field hit the park for a challenging round of adapted Par 3 Course. Rob Slade topped the birdie count with two, both from chip-ins.    Steve Wilkins played consistently to record 10 pars for the round and both men featured on the podium.    It was wonderful to see such a large field with an 18 hole comp running alongside a 9 hole comp and three social players honing their skills, great to see you back on the course Connie, Jan and Colleen.

18 Hole Competition Results
1st; Rob Slade – 63/24/39
2nd; John Freestone – 65/24/41
3rd; Steve Wilkins – 61/19/42 count back from Elaine Scanlon – 75/33/42
9 Hole Competition Results
1st; Neryl-Lea Sparke – 46/21/25
2nd; Roger Sparke – 45/18/27

Saturday October 17th – W. E. Tom Shield Final & Stableford

Another ~30mm of rain fell over Friday night leaving casual water on a number of fairways, some wet spots on a few greens and all were able to see the new drains moving water off the course.  The weather was almost perfect, a spot of overcast skies then the sun came through and generally, the breeze had just the slightest effect on most shots.   The final of the club’s oldest shield, The W. E. Tom 4BBB, looked to be very interesting, two old stagers against two up and comers.  Handicaps were certainly going to play a big part in the result; it was more than challenging to have to birdie a hole just to halve it.  The Stableford field faced the challenges of the course and it took many players quite a few holes to come to grips with the conditions.  Almost all the field had ordinary front nines and much better back nines.  However, in most cases, the damage had been done.  On a beautiful mid spring day on a wet course the results were;

Stableford Winner; Toby Clement (23) – 33pts C/B from Mal Mottram (8) from Rob Slade (24) – 32pts

The W. E. Tom Final result;

J Patton (15)/M Squire (0) R Davies (19)/S Donovan (11) – 4/3

The Algie Mitchell Shield, much overdue but still going, semi played earlier in the week.

The Algie Mitchell Semi-final;

B Dwyer (20) D Kenney (0)  – 5/7

Raffle results

1st – Keith Hocking

2nd – Jim Patton

3rd – Pat Chisholm