Keith Jones and Stanthorpe Greenkeeper Bill Pyne about to hit the fairways in the David Townsend Memorial Day event.

By Casey O'Connor

Stanthorpe golfers and visitors played a medley 4BBB Stableford in the David Townsend Memorial last Saturday recognising the contribution of the late David Townsend to golf in Stanthorpe. The late David Townsend was a keen sportsman with a penchant for golf and was instrumental in setting up a mid week competition in Stanthorpe. The memorial day was sponsored by RSL golf and the good field included invited members and guests of the Townsend family. Viv Thouard, representing the RSL gave members an insight into how RSL continue to support and sponsor golf in Stanthorpe.

Margie Locke and playing partner Terry Roser were out on the course early and it was a day when the early birds got the worm or at least the good scores. The pair returned a score of 45 points. Roser was the mainstay of the team however Locke supplied her share of useful scores ensuring no holes were wasted and their score proved difficult to run down.

Darryl Boekholt and partner Kev Rowling did best in the chase and secured the runners up spot with a score of 44 but not before a count back relegated David Burgess and Matt Burgess to the rundowns along with a host of others.

Pin shots at three and 12 went the way of Barry Hughes collected the men’s pin shots at both 3 and 12 while Scott Constable had closest tee shot at 17. Pro-pins were won by Darryl Boekholt at 1/10, Ivan Juriss at 5/14 and Richard Reardon at 9/18. Eric McLellan won the birdies nest at eight.

Trish Fittock claimed both ladies’ approaches at 12 and 17.

After an excellent day’s play, David Townsend’s daughter, Jenny Sherrin was kept busy handing out prizes on behalf of the family.

Players are reminded that the World Handicap System will be introduced to all Australian golf clubs next weekend. Members may notice some small changes in their handicaps. Posters have been on display at the club for a number of weeks explaining the changes.

This week players will tee off in the February monthly medal and putting competition sponsored by Dixon Homes – Wes Smith. Tee off is from 11.30 am and there is a time sheet is on the board.

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