• Mansfield Golf Club Men’s report for week ending 10th April 2016

  • By Brad Grant

    On Saturday the battleground was set.  Clear skies prevailed so that the protagonists in the prestigious “Father and Son” 4BBB and “Family” 4BBB Honour Board trophies could fight out the Stableford competition to claim the spoils of war.  As a field of some 150 players amassed preparing to do battle, the family teams could look eye to eye with each of the clans before hostilities began. Many thanks go to Bill and Sue Parsons for their continued support of this great event.

    As the dust settled late in the day a clear winner had arisen in the “Father and Son” trophy.  With an excellent score of 46 points the victors were Peter Baddeley and his son Jackson.  Congratulations to the Baddeley family for their great win.  The “Family” trophy was taken out by the Bettany brothers, Mark and Chris, also with a score of 46 Stableford points. The Bettany’s also won the overall 4BBB Stableford event on the day on a count-back.

    Mark Bettany showing great style on his way to winning the Family 4 Ball with his brother Chris

    Mark Bettany showing great style on his way to winning the Family 4 Ball with his brother Chris

    During the week the new Mansfield Golf Club website was launched with a new clean, sharp appearance. However due to upgrade teething problems the results for the week were not available so I apologise for not including them here. This will be rectified shortly and if members require result information they should contact the Pro Shop.

    However what did transpire over the week was a shock to the free world as Bryan “Goldfinger” Curtis took on a “live and let die” attitude and, after firing “Thunderballs” on Tuesday, posted an extraordinary +8 to win the Par Gold course event.  But as always happens when we reach our darkest hour Thursday saw the immergence of Ron “Battle of Britain” Britton diving into the fray to win the Thursday Gold course competition, temporarily halting the push by Curtis for Gold course domination.

    After a lay-off over Easter and a bye last week, Pennant resumed last Sunday with the Scratch Pennant team taking on Yarrawonga-Mulwala at Rutherglen and the Handicap Pennant squad facing Benalla at Tarrawingee. The weather draught may not be broken but the Mansfield Pennant draught was with both teams recording excellent wins.  The Scratch Pennant team recorded an impressive 4 to 1 win with notable performances of rookie Rod Sargent picking up his first win and the old stager, Ross Penny drawing moans of anguish from the opposing team as he, under huge duress,  chipped in on both the 18th and first play-off hole to win his match 1 up. Legendary stuff Rosco!

    The Handicap Pennant team also turned it around with a 3 to 2 win over arch-rivals Benalla. Special mentions go to Phil Conway and Rob Fankhauser with comprehensive 6 to 5 and 6 to 4 wins respectively and Bob Cullan who survived a hard fought tussle to hold a 1 up lead at the end.  Cullan has now won all three of his matches this year.  All of the players in both categories who didn’t get up did their club proud with very close finishes.

    Next Sunday is the NEDGA Championships are being played at Wangaratta with Mansfield sending a team of ten to compete.  Brandon “BK” Kay will be there to defend the title he won last year.

    Sat. 9 April           4BBB Stableford               Overall                  M.Bettany & C.Bettany                 46 pts C/B

    Father & Son      P.Baddeley & J.Baddeley              46 pts

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