The 2011 Match Play Championships were held on 4th and 5th April. 46 golfers from 17 clubs across the District enjoyed fine conditions for the 2 days of play at the Pittsworth Golf Club.
The 2011 Match Play Champion os Marie Cook from Wallangarra who defeated Pam White (Toowooomba) 3/2. Marie had a tough route to the final with a 27 hole battle in the semi-final against Margie Richards from the City Golf Club. Margie was a very strong player in Silver Division taking her opponents over three matches to 14 additional holes before the winners were decided. As a result of this terrific effort, the committee awarded Margie a special prize of a photo frame.
The Stanthorpe Golf Club has had to postpone their Women's Open Golf Carnival scheduled for 22nd and 23rd March 2011. This event will now be combined with the Men's Open on 24th and 25th September 2011 and there will be separate competitions for both men and women players. Golfers are welcome to play in both event days or just on either day. The Stanthorpe High Street Motor Inn is sponsoring the event and accommodation packages are available from the motel
The District Executive Challenge was played at Oakey on 28th February in extremely hot conditions. The Executive Challenge is a three person team aggregate stablefordevent with all three scores counting. The competing teams were Borneo Barracks, Cecil Plains, Chinchilla, Clifton, City, Dalby, Gatton, Goombungee, Millmerrran, Jandowae, Oakey, Pittsworth, Stanthorpe, Toowoomba and Warwick. Two District teams also competed.
The Chinchilla team was the winner on the day with 130 points, helped by a magnificent 50 points scored by Margaret Hayward, Glora Scott contributed 39 points and Catyhy Merker 41. The runners up were the Gatton team comprising Margaret Crane (46 pts), Carol Blake (34 pts) and Laurie Didsman (42 pts).
Thanks to all those Clubs who had teams competing in this event
The Downs and South Western District team used their local knowledge to full advantage when they turned the tables on both the Gold Coast Junior and Senior Teams on Sunday 20th February. They overcame a first round defeat to win the both tje Junior and Senior Shields at the Toowoomba Golf Club.
Young Lori Ryan from City celebrated her first match play game with an impressive 6/5 win. She was called into the team after Inglewood player Samantha Foley was unable to play woing to illness. Tyanna Cox (Crows Nest)used the experience she gained at the Coast to defeat Karis Davidson 4/2, after being square after 9 holes. Paige Large (Gatt0n) won the testing par 3 18th to square her match against ANZ Masters Junior Winner, Michelle Gunawan. Dalby's Keely Buckley proved too good for Dee Dee Russell winning 3/2. Leading Downns and South Western junior, Zoe Field, returned from state junior training to post a good 3/1/ win over fellow state representative, Jaimee Duggan.
The first round of the Inter District Match Play between Downs and South Western and Gold Coast Districts was played at Coolangatta Tweed on 6th December.
The concept of this event is to provide a match play learning experience for our junior girls. Each junior girl is accompanied by a senior player who, although playing her own match, provides support and encouragement for the junior and assists with rules and etiquette when needed. The competition is a handicap match play with games to finish at the 18th.
The Downs and south Western Team comprised Darcy Habgood (Toowoomba), Tyanna Cox (Crows Nest), Paige Large (Gatton), Samantha Foley (Inglewood) and Keely Buckley (Dalby).
The District Veterans' Mixed Foursomes 18 hole Championship was recently held at the Toowoomba Golf Club. The event was sponsored by Willow Glen Retirement Village who has supported this event for many years, The winners of the 18 hole Championship were Pam white (Toowoomba) and Robin Jasch (Millmerran). It was a tightly contested event with equal scores at the end of the round and a 3 hole play off was required. The play off was between Pam White and Robin Jasch and Judy Logan and Nev Emmerton both from the Laidley Golf Club. The White and Jasch combination came out the victors whilst Judy Logan and Nev Emmerton won the 18 hole nett event. The Division one nett winners were Eugene and Merryl McCarthy (Toowoomba) and in Division 2 the victors were Anne Woodroffe and Barry Christiansen (City). The District Committee conducted a very successful event together with the staff of the Toowoomba Golf Club