Action tees off

THIS year's Bargara Ladies Classic, sponsored by the Bundaberg Motor Group, is under way with the first round of the 54-hole event contested yesterday.

Sunday saw a field of 160 compete in the mixed fourball stableford event which allows the visiting golfers a chance to get to know the course.

The classic is the 31st with many women playing the event for a number of years.

This is testament to the amount of work that Val Bazley and her team of organizers put in to make this event so popular.

It was great to see the clubhouse full of players on Sunday watching the action unfold in the stableford.

The winners for the event were Greg Weekes and Judy Grills with a very impressive 16 under par and 52 points overall.

Ian Murden and Julie Burton finished in 2nd with 49 points with John Bloem/Kay Clifford and Don McKewan/Carmel Stewart tying for third on 47 points.

With scores like this it's a wonder that there were not some representatives from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority at the club.

The tournament concludes on Wednesday with no Veterans on Tuesday and no Sporters on Wednesday as a result of the large entry list.

The Ladies Classic gives many of the local players the chance to meet up with the visiting players who request to play with the same partners each year.

This year I was lucky enough to be teamed up with a couple of visitors from the Redcliffe Golf Club who were great company.

Rosalie really enjoyed her game and was especially pleased at times to be able to out drive both the men in our group and was quick to let us know.

With this kind of personality I could just picture the former cheer leader for the Redcliffe Dolphins in a frilly shirt with oversized pom poms celebrating a home team try.

These kinds of friendly exchanges are why the tournament is such a success and a boost to the economy of both the club and Bargara as a whole.

Finally Bargara's Michelle Marsden has won the Maurice Fanning Medal.

This medal is awarded to the player who has the best stroke average in Ladies Golf at the Wide Bay District events.

Match Play Championships finals are now completed with the A Grade going to Mitchell Bauer who defeated Mitch Curd 3/2

B Grade went to Iain Sinclair who defeated Trevor McNally 2/1 and Harvey Collins took the 20th hole to take out George Rupert to win C grade.

Ern Nankivell is at it again, when he played to his age, with an 88 gross last Saturday. If he received a trophy for each time he has done this the cabinet would be full by now.

This last one was no mean feat though as it was in the monthly medal event where the toughest course is set.



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