Dumbleyung Men's Hockey Club
Wagin played hard and well to win the game, final score 3-1. Dumbleyung’s season has now finished and the grand final will be played this weekend between Wagin and Warriors.
Well done to the Dumbleyung Men’s Hockey Club on another great season, to Mark Smith for coaching this season and an extra big thanks to finals coach Carmen Bairstow.
Many of the team travelled back to Narrogin the following evening for the Upper Great Southern Hockey Association Awards night. A big crowd filled the Narrogin Town Hall with one of our local faces coming home with an award. Congratulations to Courtney Bairstow who won Runner Up Fairest and Best for the B Grade Men’s Competition.
Article by Alison Gray
Lakeview Golf Club
A beautiful day heralded in the playing of the Lakeview championship playoff. Ricky Mott was taking on Scott Jefferis in the Men’s A grade Championship with this Ricky’s third attempt and Scott’s first.
Teeing off at 8:30am, the boys set off with a very even contest, seesawing back and forth and Ricky up by only 1 after the first 18 holes. A very quick lunch and they headed out to tackle the next 18 and again another close tussle for the next 12 holes with Ricky still only +2 up. With 6 holes to go, Ricky tightened the screws and won hole 13, they halved 14 & 15 and hole 16 saw Ricky win that hole and Scott’s chances were gone with Ricky winning 4 holes up and just 2 holes to go.
A casual stroll across the bottom of 15 and to the club house and Ricky was the Lakeview Men’s A grade champion. It was mentioned that between the two men, no balls were lost that day which was a major feat in itself and if you parred the hole, it was often a winner. Ricky’s massive drives kept the pressure on Scott and sinking 20 foot putts made for a winning day for Ricky. Scott has gained momentum in the last few weeks and played extremely well for his first championship trial.
Paul Ward and Daniel McDougall contested the Men’s B grade final and played 27 holes, starting a bit later in the morning. This is Daniel’s first full year and he seems to love his golf and all the meat packs he’s taken home. Paul hasn’t been at golf consistently this year with the Wagin Hockey boys dragging him back to play a few games. Although Daniel had a good match, it was Paul’s few years of experience over Daniel saw him finish as winner of the men’s B Grade with 6 up and 5 holes to go. Well done boys.
In the ladies event, Margie Ward qualifying at 1 was playing Tamara Bartram at No.2 for the championship ladies event. Played over 36 holes, it was to be a great match between these two. Tamara, playing with a wounded shoulder for the whole year, was not showing any signs of nerves and Margie, who has been playing fairly erratically all year, was just glad to be there, very surprised at qualifying in No.1.
The first nine holes went fairly evenly and after a quick stop to fill up water bottles, Tamara was +2 up. The next nine holes, Margie fell in a heap and couldn’t putt or chip while Tamara continued on steady and up the middle of the course and after 18 holes, Tamara was + 7 up. A cool shower and some lunch, they headed out for the second 18 and Margie finally was able to get 2 good shots together which made Tamara even more determined and consistent. With Graeme Jose and Kobie as the gallery and watching on the 9th hole, Margie went on her non-winning Way and 3 putted once again to have Tamara +5 up with 9 holes to go.
The final nine were great golf and coming onto No.16 hole, Margie had pegged Tamara back to being 2 up. No. 17 hole, the nemesis of many good golfers, albeit a huge fairway rolled out before them. A good drive by Margie was followed by a reasonable second shot. Tamara had her steady drive down the middle of the fairway and her second shot swayed off the right side of the fairway. Not to be dismayed, Tamara had a ripper of a third shot which landed just near Poppy’s bunker and her 4th shot about a metre from the pin. Margie’s third shot landed just short of the green and her inconsistent chipping and putting went back into effect and she chipped and left her ball about 5 metres from the hole and two putted it, effectively halving the hole and Tamara was a very well deserved winner, playing consistent and steady golf all day. She will tell everyone, she didn’t putt very well but when you are consistently closer to the hole than your opponent, you don’t have to putt great!!!
It was a short walk back to the clubhouse with everyone congratulating all the championship golfers on their effort on a hot day. It must be mentioned that this is the only time that ladies played 36 holes for many years. Liz Dare did play 36 holes 2 weeks before in the qualifying round and if she could do it, so could they! Liz is a legend! Congratulations to the 2019 Lakeview Ladies Champion, Tamara Bartram.
A smaller crowd played a Stableford and the results were, Vice Captain, Lee Smith with 43 points, the winner of the men's and Runner up Jon Ward, 38 points. The lady’s winner was Liz Dare 38 points r/up Sharlene Powell 34 points. Novelties shared between Eric Gossage, Liz, Sharlene and Lee. Special mention to Bob Hannah who parred No. 18 and was said that this was enough joy for him for today and he could head home a happy man! Of course he wasn’t let off the fairways that easy and had to continue the game out! That is a fantastic par Bob, write it in the memory books! Following such a hot and pressure filled day, members relaxed and a few words were thrown around: like cigars, pub, and tequila but when the scribe contacted the women golfers, no one could authenticate so it must not have happened!
Next week will be sponsored by CBH with a combined Stableford. Let’s get a good crowd together for this. Closing Day and windup will be on Sunday the 28th and will be an Ambrose but more info later. Everyone is welcome to come along for a hit and the course is in beautiful condition.
Article by Margie Ward
Kukerin Golf Club
Kukerin Golf Club held their final competitive round for the year on Saturday playing a Stableford, with the wind-up to follow. All 14 golfers were told to wear their most outrageous clothes and those who didn't get the memo were supplied some crazy and hot headwear, so everyone was looking the part.
Looking amazing all the golfers teed off in the warm conditions trying to knock off the holes left on their eclectic and the ladies and men’s annual longest drives for the last time. It was a mixed bag of results for all competitors, some were blaming their crazy hats for sub-par performances. Matt King kept his form this year going winning the day for the men’s with a great 41 points, followed closely by Barry Gray with 39 points, Kalan Joyce was nipping at the heels with 38 points, an anchor may have been thrown out worrying his handicap would get too low after ferreting a birdie on 10. Captain Marnie West had a good day at the office, after blasting one past the annual longest drive on 6, came in with 37 points to win the Women’s Stableford, not far behind on 34 points was Therese King just pipping Debbie Smith by 1 point to finish runner up.
Just before the BBQ got fired up for the gorgeous steak dinner the wind up presentation began. Tim Adams claimed the longest annual drive taking it off Paul King a few weeks before the end of the season and Marnie West just going past Jodie Ditchburn on the day. Consistency was the next award, M King was able to claim that award even with the amount of holidays he goes on, M West won it for the women. The handicap award was next awarded to the golfers who have cut the most off their handicap. P King was the best of the men cutting 2.1 off and M West for the women losing 2.3. Eclectic winners for the year were T Adams and M West. All championship winners, from a few weeks ago, were then presented with their awards, Graeme Smith won the plate with Barry Gray runner up, Ross Ditchburn won the Men’s Championship with Tim Adams runner up, Jodie Ditchburn took out the Women’s Championship with Marnie West runner up. Congratulations to all of them. There was also a massive thankyou to all that participated this year in helping this club run it was a very successful season with numbers and quality!
Although that was the final day for all the awards, there is a round of golf next Saturday for anyone who is keen for a hit. Names in for 12.
Article by Scott Gray