Two day Gundagai
& 17th April 2015
Gundagai veterans conducted their third annual tournament,
again amazing all participants with their friendliness and food, making all the
players from 31 clubs most welcome. 93 players (56 men and 37 women) rolled up
on Thursday to be greeted by scones, jam, cream, cakes, lunchtime BBQ and more
of the same after golf during the day’s presentation conducted with much humour
by Derek Lotz. The course reflected the dry conditions with preferred lies in
use. The greens are still recovering from the two floods in 2011 and 2012 which
deposited a thick layer of silt. Until just recently it wasn’t realised that
the re-use water was not penetrating this layer and so the build up of strong nutrients
had a vastly negative effect on the greens. But a couple of subsequent deep
corings should ensure the greens get back to normal soon.
Then on Friday the heavens opened and it rained most of
the day. Badly needed in the district but such was the steadiness of the rain only
37 brave souls ventured out. That was a shame as the NSWVGA vouchers were based
on the 36 holes results.
The ladies committee headed up by evergreen Beryl
Monaghan did a great job and were thanked by all. Tournament Director Mick
Wells was most helpful in the pro shop with carts, buggies, etc. particularly
in juggling the field on the wet Friday.
If you want to feel at home while playing in a vets
tournament then I suggest you visit Gundagai next year and get to know Beryl
and her team, Mick, and of course MC Derek, who is never lost for a word, even
when he had what could only be described as near airswing on the 15th
tee on Thursday with the ball actually finishing 2cm behind his tee.
Trophy 36 Holes Stableford
Winner Ashley Rennie Beverley
Runner Up Gordon Bray Camden 69
Duffy The Grange 66
Runner Up Margaret
Whitby Beverley Park 64