Saturday March 11th – Algie Mitchell 1/4 finals & Stroke

Coring the greens earlier in the week made for a very challenging round. Some greens had soaked up almost all the sand while others still have large desert like patches that players had to negotiate.  The Little Corellas seem to have decided that really only the 16th green needs their attention and they had done quite a job digging up old and new holes and chewing the cup almost out of the ground.  Still the field took this all in their stride, what else could they do? The day was one of many wind changes first from the south, then the east then finally the north and plenty of sunshine. There were a few very unusual bounces as balls caught a crack on the fairway or died where the birds had dug up the ground. Some playing in the Algie Mitchell Shield also benefited from fortuitous rebounds off trees that saw their ball end up in the centre of the fairway. Those who putted firmly, directly at the hole general got a good reward. On a very interesting day the results were;

Winner; Anthony Lakey – 90/21/69 from Chris vanDerVliet – 96/25/71, Andrew Clement – 83/11/72 & Peter Scanlon – 102/30/72
NTPs; 15th – Les Gaunt

Algie Mitchell 1/4 Finals 
Scott Williams (6) L John Moody (0) – 19th
John Freestone (7) D Neil Munro (0) – 2 up
Bob Dwyer (22) L Mal Mottram (0) 6/4
Anthony Freeman (8) D Bob McLennan (0) W/O

Next week’s semi finals will be; 
Anthony Freeman (0) Vs John Freestone (2)
 John Moody (2) Vs Mal Mottram (0)

Saturday March 4th – Qualifying Rd Algie Mitchell Shield – Stableford

The qualifying round of the 47th Algie Mitchell Shield saw a strong field tee off in hot, dry conditions.  The temperature rose to the low 30s before inconsistent cloud cover and a slight southerly breeze saw things cool a little.  The dry conditions meant all players got good value for their drives and long iron shots however accuracy was paramount when approaching the greens.  A few metres short or long required very difficult chips to get “up and down” in regulation.  Again a number of players had excellent front nines only to fall away over the closing holes.  One remarkable performance came from octogenarian Bob Dwyer who returned an excellent 38 pts however only one player was able to put together 18 high quality holes to card the top score.  The day’s results were;
Winner; Scott Williams (19) – 41 from John Freestone (22) & Bob Dwyer (33) – 38 pts, Anthony Freeman (20) – 37 pts, Bob McLennan (12), Mal Mottram (11), Neil Munro (15) & John Moody (13) – 36 pts.
NTPs; 15th – John Moody & 16th – Scott Williams.
The Quarter Finals of the Algie Mitchell will be:
Scott Williams (6) Vs John Moody (0)
John Freestone (7) Vs Neil Munro (0)
Bob Dwyer (22) Vs Mal Mottram (0)
Anthony Freeman (8)  Vs Bob McLennan (0)

Wednesday March 1st – Foursomes – Doris Chambers Qualifying Rd

Another hot, dry day in a week of hot, dry days.  A slightly smaller, yet very enthusiastic, field took to the course to attempt to qualify for the annual, state-wide Doris Chambers final to be played at Sanctuary Lakes and Keysborough Golf Clubs in October.  With the temperature quickly climbing to the mid 30C it was a challenge to maintain a good standard of play.  At least foursome allowed players to have a break.  On another hot, dusty day the results were;
Winner; Darlene Baker/Wendy Gosden (29) – 35 pts from Beryl Cole/Kath Jekabsons

Saturday February 25 – February Monthly Medal – Stroke & Putts

Flatstick Summer Cup Part 2 of 4th and final round 
A strong field of both men and women teed off in the February Medal and the last round of the 2017 Summer Cup.  There was a gusting wind from the SE at the beginning of the day, this changed to the SW for the latter half of the round.  Most players had great difficulty controlling drives and high approach shots as the wind played havoc with any ball that was not “straight down the middle”.   A few felt they had blown their chances with a poor front nine only to card an excellent score down the back nine to bring them back into contention.  In the end it down to one of the club’s classy veterans and one of the club young guns to fight it out.  Among the women it was also a close race with the winner getting up by one shot.  On a warm, windy day the results were;
Men’s February Medalist; Shannon Wright – 84/15/69 from Les Gaunt – 77/5/72 and John Moody – 86/13/73
Women’s February Medalist; Darlene Baker – 101/25/76 from Elaine Scanlon –  110/33/77
NTPs; 15th – Darlene Baker, 16th – Mal Mottram
Least Putts; Peter Scanlon – 24, Kath Jekabsons – 29

February Medalists – Shannon Wright & Darlene Baker

Thursday February 23rd – Alexandra Tournament

After a slow trip up to Alexandra due to the numerous roadworks, Kath, Wendy and Beryl arrived just in time to assemble and head out to our starting tees. The warm start heated up to be a hot day with only an occasional breeze. Kath played the best of the Romsey girls with a 73 net. Lunch was enjoyed before the slow return trip home. A long day.

Sunday February 19th – Relay For Life Charity Golf Day

Seventeen teams teed up at Romsey Golf Club to raise funds for the 2017 Lancefield/Macedon Ranges Relay For Life.  Conditions were good, a light southerly breeze wandered across the park and the temperature was just below 20C.  There was plenty of good natured ribbing as the teams spread out across the course with many daring predictions of just how far under par one or another team was going to score.  Teams came from within Romsey, many local sporting clubs and surrounding towns.  The 12 hole, par 45 “Old Course”, echoed with cheers as birdies dropped or groans as balls ran passed the cup and the things really erupted when Shannon Wright aced the par 3, 10th hole.  Light rain began to fall as the teams were completing the final two holes however everyone was inside enjoying a traditional Romsey G. C. lunch when the skies opened and heavy rain fell.  The room was more than happy to applaud the day’s sponsors “Romsey Hardware” as well as the kitchen and bar staff and the many volunteers who had worked so hard to prepare the course for the day.  All told just over $2,000.00 was raised on the day.  On a very relaxed and very enjoyable day the results were;
Winners; Cheryl’s Crew – 39/5.12/33.88.
Runner’s up – Aloha Glasgow – 42/7.5/34.5 C/B from TYATO 42/7.5/34.5
Best team uniform – Super Heroes
16th Runner’s Up – Truckers
2017 Winners – Cheryl’s Crew
Best Uniform – Super Heroes

Ace on the 10th – Shannon Wright

Thursday February 16th – Hidden Valley Bowl

A warm day with little breeze for the Hidden Valley Bowl. The majority of the field took advantage of the cheap carts that were on offer and the field moved quickly between holes. Kath, Wendy and Beryl enjoyed the day but found the water and sand challenging.

Saturday February 18th – Stableford

Flatstick Roofing Summer Cup, Part 2 of Round 3
The forecast was for cool to cold conditions with possible showers, the day turned out quite different.  The sun shone through and the wind blew up from the south.  Again the harder fairways saw many players well passed their usual landing zone with much shorter approach shots.  The greens were in good nick, bar the three savaged by the birds, and those who attacked the cup were well rewarded.  As with most of this month a number of players had excellent front or back nines but few could put together a consistent 18 oles.  As the round drew to a finish the day’s winner sealed the result with two chip-ins for four points each.  On a cool then warm and windy afternoon the results were;
Winner; Anthony Freeman (21) – 38 pts from Peter Scanlon (29) – 37 pts, John Moody (13) – 37 pts, Mal Mottram (11) – 36 pts & Chris vanDervliet (25) – 36 pts
NTPs; 1st – Chris vanDervliet, 15th – Bob McLennan & 16th – Mal Mottram

Wednesday February 15th – Stableford

Flatstick Roofing Summer Cup, Part 1 of Round 3
Despite the total fire ban the field teed off in quite pleasant conditions, a gentle breeze from the NE and a temperature in the low 20s.  As the round drew to a close the wind picked up and the temperature rose; the clubrooms were a welcome respite from the conditions.  On a sunny, warm to hot morning the results were;
Women’s winner; Beryl Cole (23) – 32 pts
Men’s winner; Hugh Williams (24) – 32 pts
Nine-hole winner; Jenny Hartley (20) – 19 pts

Saturday February 11th – Stroke

Flatstick Roofing Summer Cup, Part 2 of Round 2
It was another very hot afternoon as the players took to the course and, after three days of intense heat, the fairways had hardened considerably.  Part 2 of the 2nd round of the Summer Cup had drawn an excellent, mixed, field and everyone was looking to build on their efforts from last week.  The wind began from the south but by the latter part of the day it had swung around to the SW making the final few holes a little trickier than usual.   The digging and chewing of the Little Corellas made achieving even a bogey on the 15th and 16th a very good score.  During the day a number of players put themselves into a good position but only thee men and two women were able to continue on and card a good score.   On a hot, dry day the results were;
Men’s Winner; Mick Nicholls Snr – 91/23/68 from Dave Richardson – 93/22/71 & John Laing – 102/30/72
Women’s Winner; Darlene baker – 94/26/68 from Kath Jekabsons – 98/28/70
NTPs; 1st Mick Nicholls Snr, 15th – Ron Rea & 16th – Mick Nicholls Snr