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Campaspe golf

By Campaspe News

Campaspe

Monday niners saw Rod McAsey hit the front with (52-17-35) just pipping John Oakley by 1/2 stroke.

John had (53-171/2-351/2).

Rod also had straightest drive 9th.

Frank Broucek claimed NTP 7th and Florrie Bickley had the hottest putter 14 on a count back from Rod.

Naida Belot had win for the ladies day with (59-22-37).

Florrie Bickley became runner up with (52-131/2-381/2), Florrie also won the putting with 17 and Shirley McAsey claimed the straightest drive 3rd.

We will be playing our summer closing day March 25, and the winter season will kick off on April 1.

We will welcome all players to these events so dust off those clubs ready for the coming season.

Rochester

Last week 20 players representing the Rochester Golf Club visited Tasmania’s north east coast to test out their golfing capabilities at the Barnbougle and Lost Farm golf club.

Of the 18 players who flew in from Moorabbin airport on viewing the magnificent scene set among the large sand dunes and rolling hills from the air had little idea what awaited them.

With wind gust reaching at times 35-45klms every player had to have their A game and patience under control, organiser Leigh Hicks arranged to play the first game as a four person ambrose event on The Dunes, the front nine was played mostly into the wind with some relief on 8,9,10,11 and 12, most players were enjoying the excitement of this great but challenging layout.

Although the fairways were wide, hitting into the rough meant a lost ball or a difficult shot just to get back on the fairway once found.

The real test came on the homeward holes as the wind was increasing in intensity, especially on holes 15,16,17 and 18, however the team of Leigh Hicks, Bruce Bryant, ex Rochester school teacher Graham Clark and Rich River’s Col Johnson showed what could be achieved with some great golf to win on net 58.7/8.

Lost Farm, which is situated 4 kms away to the east, once again was played in strong winds.

The course has slightly wider fairways but still very challenging rough, with spectacular views from most tees looking over Bass Strait and the large sand dunes running thru the course being a stand out of this layout.

An interesting feature is also holes 13A and 18A which makes this a 20 hole course.

The short 110 meter 18A is always a winner with groups or social golfers, as it is directly below the elevated out door refreshment area where much cheering and good fun ribbing comes from those early finishers.

Once again Leigh Hicks lead his team of Brian Gledhill, Lewis White and Zane Richards to victory in the four ball stableford event with a total score of 69 stableford points.

Playing in ideal conditions with a slight zephyr and temperature in the low 20’s the golfers were eager to attack the Lost Farm course one more time, although playing as a four person teams event individual scores were recorded towards the overall trophy.

Mark Walsh had a day out, going close to holing out on the short but difficult 4th and winning the best stableford score of 44 also combing with Dick Ballantyne, Leigh Hicks and Craig Franklin to win the best combined score of 144 points, while Peter Lawford finally found some form on 42 points, from the consistent Bruce Bryant 41, Leigh Hicks 39, Brian Gledhill and president Ian Clark both on 37.

Nearest the pin winners over the three days were James Walsh, Steven Bubb, Mark Walsh, Matt Jean and Leigh Hicks, it was fitting Hicks was the overall winner with an adjusted 17 points over the event as he with his wife Cheryl did the majority of the organising for flights, accommodation, trophies and tee bookings which was appreciated by all.

New golfer Shane Wolfe won president Clark’s ‘‘Lost Farm- Lost Ball’’ trophy with an impressive 40 pts.

Lots of work has been done over the last few weeks in preparing the course with new sand and oil spread on most of the scrapes, however more sand spreading is still required in readiness for the season opener on Saturday March 30, with the usual mixed and men’s yankee, also captain Richard Feuk’s popular Wednesday nine hole events will start tomorrow (March 20) with assembly at 9am.

Due to the extremely dry conditions and the inability to access Campaspe River water the board has set a one off $200 membership and a special $150 for those who haven’t been a member in excess of three years for the 2019 season.

The club will be catering for breakfast at the biannual Audax Australia ‘‘opperman 24 hour’’ bike race which finishers in Rochester next Sunday, March 24 at the CVCC, your help would be greatly appreciated during a few hours starting at 7am, contact Peter Anderson on 0418 505214.