Well, the carnival is over.....and some might say thank goodness. If it wasn't for the wonderful hospitality of host club, Gatton, and the comradarie built up over the years this event has been held, some ladies may not have returned to the final stroke round of the championship. Whispers in the car park suggested this might be the case on Tuesday due to the weather and difficult conditions. However, everyone returned to the Gatton golf course on a chilly Wednesday morning to complete the last round - and an exciting finish it turned out to be. When the cards were finally tallied up, Marie Cook and Paige Large were tied on 172G in silver division. Helen Payne had continued her good form and won Bronze I with 191G. Bronze II was also tied with Day one leaders Del Webster and Aliecia Freeman on 205G. A one hole play off secured the win for Del in Bronze II but it took Paige three holes to defeat Marie of Millmerran club with both players parring the first two holes.
The Downs and South Western District golf championships are underway at the Gatton Jubilee Golf Course.
Day 1 Foursomes event saw 104 players tee off in a shotgun start in beautiful warm August weather. The course however presented it's challenges in the dry conditions with very slick greens. At the end of play, two teams were tied on 85gross, Carol Champion (St George) & Sam Hinze (Warwick) and Margaret Richards (City) & Carmel Macdermott (Tba). A play off followed with Richards and Macdermott winning on the first play off hole with a clutch putt from Margaret. City players Christine Ryan & Patricia Ibell put in a fine performance to win the 18 hole nett event with 651/2. Other good results came from Tba players Tricia Harding & Fay Price (90gross) and Div 2 gross winners Rhonda Van Ansem Brooker & Betty Walker from Gatton. The district committee was privileged to welcome Norma Lovelace to the championships and as a guest at the dinner. Norma was president of the district from 1981 - 84 and still shares a huge interest in the district and women's golf. Norma was awarded an OAM for service to the community through the Queensland Country Women's Association of Australia in 2012. In 1986 Norma Lovelace was elected to Country Vice President of the QLGU and was President of the Queensland Ladies Golf Union (QLGU) from 1991 to 1995.
70 players enjoyed the annual dinner at the club with some very good light entertainment provided by the Gatton ladies - The Golfers Wedding - enjoy the photo gallery to see The Vicar, The Wedding Party consisting of four brides and a flowergirl.
If players thought the course was tough on Monday, Tuesday greeted them with cooler temperatures and gusty SW winds up to 40kmp/h. Balls just wouldn't hold the greens and some were seen to run on and take a right hand turn back off the green! Some players, however, managed to tame the conditions and leading Silver Division is Margaret Richards (82gross), in Bronze 1 Helen Payne (Tba) & Coral Walton (City) share the lead (94gross) & in Bronze II Aliecia Freeman & Del Webster from City lead with 100gross. Play continues tomorrow with, hopefully, a better weather forecast.
Lori Ryan from City, Paige Large from Gatton and Darcy Habgood from Toowoomba represented our district in this year's Junior Jug district matchplay event held in Hervey Bay. The girls have all dropped their handicaps over the past 12mths with Lori playing off 8, Paige 5 and Darcy 4. Jordyn Mahoney was reserve.The girls played well for their district with satisfying results. Central Qld and Gold Coast were tied winners on 18pts.
FINAL RESULTS 2013- CONGRATULATIONS TO GATTON/CROWS NEST
At the end of the first three games, where all teams had played each other, City team was leading with 10 points, then Toowoomba – 8, Gatton/Crows Nest – 6 and St. George had 0. The semi-finals were between City and St George and Toowoomba versus Gatton/Crows Nest. Unfortunately St George were unable to come in due to other commitments and Toowoomba was unable to field a full team so our thanks to Gabby Pamenter who came and gave the Gatton/Crows Nest girls a game on the day as well a team member, Carmel Macdermott. The final between City and Gatton/Crows Nest saw Laurie Didsman defeat Kerri Wheeler, Sharon Weatherby defeat Cate Wilmot and Margaret Richards had a win over Dana Beutel. So congratulations go to the Gatton/Crows Nest team.
There are five players in this winning team – Dana Beutel, Sharon Weatherby, Paige Large, Laurie Didsman and Lyn Case.
21 April 2013
District Pennants got off to a great start at City Golf Club last Sunday under beautiful autumn skies. 4 teams will play each other in the first 3 rounds, then the fourth match will be semi-finals, then finals on the fifth Sunday. The teams are St George, City, Crow's Nest/Gatton and Toowoomba. City's slick greens were a little testing for the visitors. First round results City def St George, Tba def CN/Gatton. Next round is 5th May at Gatton.
Stanthorpe were great hosts at the recent Federation Fourball competition - even the weather was fine and warm. There were no excuses for bad play on the grassy fairways and well manicured greens. The new hole was challenging for those who hadn't experienced it before. The resident kangaroos even stayed away for our morning's play. A beautiful lunch was provided by the Stanthorpe ladies after the game.
Over 400 players from 49 clubs across the state converged on the Sunshine coast from 20 - 22 May to play in the Qld Women’s Country Week events. 30 golfers from Toowoomba and players from Jandowae, Chinchilla, Oakey & Goombungee represented the district well in the three day event. The Foursomes Championships started off the week with players divided between the Tewantin Noosa and Mt Coolum courses. Good performances from local Toowoomba players resulted in a win for Cheryl Nugent & Anne Louise Kelly (City) and runners up Bindi Bridle and Helen Payne (Tba) in Division 2.
The individual championships followed on Tuesday and Wednesday with players alternating courses. Outstanding rounds of 72 and 73 gave Samantha Foley(Royal Pines) an unassailable lead and the 2011 champion finished 19 strokes ahead of Josie Ryan from Headland. Margaret Richards from City Toowoomba was the 36 Hole Nett Winner.
Cheryl Francis from City Tba club was 36 Hole Gross Runner Up in Bronze I Div II with Aliecia Freeman 36 Hole Nett winner and Jenny Bradford third on a countback. Judy Williams, a newcomer to golf, also from City was runner up in Bronze II division stableford event.
Other good performances during the individual event came from Bindi Bridle, Merryl McCarthy, Weisia Nuttall & Jeni Shaw from Toowoomba. Jane Lindenberg (Tba) took home a nearest the pin prize.
Both Tewantin Noosa and Mt Coolum hosted a fantastic few days and thanks to all the volunteers for the hours of work put in to the event.
In 2014, Toowoomba and City Golf Clubs are looking forward to hosting the event again.
Cecil Plains Golf Club hosted this year's District Matchplay Championships on 15 & 16th April. Delicious food was in plentiful supply during the event. Thanks to the men and women of the club for their hospitality. The 9 hole course was in great condition and the greens were where the matches were won.........or lost. A small contigent from the district clubs played the two day event. Everyone present will remember the screams of excitement coming from the clubhouse when Adam Scott won the Masters!