By Casey O'Connor
Conditions were perfect for the final club event of the year at the Stanthorpe Golf Club on Saturday. It was the replay of the previously washed out December Monthly medal and putting competition.
The event sponsor, Luke Reardon unfortunately could not be present. He is still overseas and was ably represented by his father, Richard Reardon who presented trophies to the winners.
Barry Jones took the honours in the men’s event with a score of nett 69. Jones set up the win with an excellent front nine. With 42 strokes out on the card and a steady back nine saw him claim he claimed the win and booked a place in the 2022 medal of Medalists event. It was also good to see Barry drop his handicap.
A countback was required to fund the runner up with Tod Beckett and Matt Waterworth each returning nett 72. It was Tod Beckett who got the nod and he collected the runner’s up booty. Waterworth did however score the Best gross round of the day (78).
The best putting performance had to be shared between Nathan Stibbard, Greg Fraser and Mick O’Brien.
The Waterworth family were in the thick of things all day. Nikki Waterworth had more luck in the countback to decide the Ladies winner when she got the nod in a three way countback with Linda Kelly and Marie Cook when all three ladies returned a nett 79.
Marie Coo returned the lowest gross score in the ladies event (93). Mandy Benussi recorded the Best putting in the ladies event – 32 putts for the round.
Men’s pin shots were claimed by Scott Constable at three, Todd Sutherland at 12 and Matt Waterworth at 17.
Ladies pins went the way of Nikki Waterworth at three and 17 and ladies’ captain, Annelle Batterham collected at 12.
The Pro-pins went to Tod Beckett at 1/10, Mark Hendry at 5/14 and Nathan Stibbard at 9/18. The following players featured in the run down Todd Sutherland, Mark Hendry, Nathan Stibbard, Richard Reardon and Marie Cook.
The next club event will be held on Saturday 1 January. For those who may have farewelled 2021 seen the New Year in and may have enjoyed the occasional celebratory drink what better way to recover and clear the head than a stroll or ride around the course chasing a little white ball while contemplating those New Year resolutions made at midnight.
The comepitition is a Two Ball Ambrose with a shotgun start at 9.30 am. Alex Vale is sponsoring the event and the club hopes he is able to travel to Stanthorpe for the day. There is a time sheet for this event currently at the club.