A cause for celebration


By Casey O'Connor

There was plenty of excitement and cause for celebration at the Stanthorpe Golf Club during last Saturday’s stroke event when local player Keith Jones slotted a hole in one at the 12th.

When the celebrating was done and dusted, Jones’ major at 12 proved the difference between first and second place. He completed his round with a score of nett 67 finishing two ahead of Greg Fraser and Reno Piovesan (69). After the mandatory count back Greg Fraser snatched the runner’s up spot and Piovesan was forced to settle for a spot in the run down.

Shaneen McLellan cleaned up the Ladies event when she returned a sub-par round of nett 72. McLellan played a very even round with only a couple of holes over par and finished five shots clear of runner up Nikki Waterworth (nett 77). It was an excellent win for McLellan and the third consecutive week that Waterworth who is in great form has finished on the ladies’ podium.

While the mighty Brisbane Lions could not summon a win for long time golfing stalwart Max Hunter the club was very appreciative of his sponsorship of last weekend and for supplying the prizes for the round. Max Hunter. Perhaps Max’s Lions are holding out for a Premiership.

Keith Jones’ hole in one naturally landed him the Pin at 12. He was also had the closest to the tee on 17. To round out an excellent day he also featured in the pro-pins collecting the balls on offer at 1/10. There were a few scraps left for others. Len Leigh held the pin shot at three and the remaining pro pins were won by Matt Waterworth at 5/14 and Stephen Kay at 9/18.

Lyn Ludlow held the ladies’ pin a three and Helen Jones followed the standard set by Keith and had the best approach at three. Annelle Batterham had best approach at 1 and the birdies nest at six went untouched.

In the run down, Reno Piovesan, Darryl Boekholt, Hayden Smith, Ian Harvey and Mark McCosker each collected a ball in the men’s comp.

Kay Webb, Helen Jones and Linda Kelly had a ball each in the Ladies event.

A reminder to all those members who may or may not have been studiously checking the club programme; the men’s and ladies foursomes’ championships are just around the corner. They Commence on Sunday September 8.

The alternate shot event will be played over 27 holes and competition begins at 9.30 am following Sporters.

The time for the championship has been posted at the club house so it is time to arrange your partners and get your names on the list.

Of course, before we get, to that this Saturday the club hosts the Howard and Sons golf day. As it is the last Sunday of the month (and there goes August out the door), play will be a medley 4BBB Stableford.

It is a shot gun start and tee off is from 11.45am. Players are asked to register by 11.25 am to give the starter ample time to arrange starting positions for the field. There is also a time sheet for this event on the board at the club house.

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