Tadpole 'swims' clear
On Tuesday March 30, John (Tadpole) Parish was first to the finish line at Gloucester's Veteran Golfers first outing after the "big wet".
Phil Hawkins was just a touch behind him in second place.
The day itself was perfect for golf ... overcast skies, a gentle breeze and none too warm, a wonderful Autumn day. The event was an Individual Stableford sponsored by Sandra and Mike Howard.
The winnerwasJohn Parish with his 38 Stableford points followed closely by runner up Phil Hawkins on 37 points. Balls were won by Bert Newman 36, Mike Howard 35, John Herd 34, Derek Bardwell 33 and Peter Buettel on a countback at 31 points.
Nearest-to-the-Pins were won by Dave Salmon and Dale Rabbett at the 6th and 15th holes. The Stayer's Award for the day went to Sally Higgins.
The next outing for the Gloucester Veteran Golfers is on Tuesday April 13 when they play an Individual Stableford with visitors from Wingham in the first leg of the 2021 Glowing Shield, an annual contest between the two veteran clubs.
The following week Tuesday April 20 there is an individual Stroke plus Putting competition sponsored by Anne and Col Roser. As the world moves from Summer to back the EST both events start at 9 am.
McLeod's outstanding medal win
James McLeod played magnificently in the individual stroke round on Saturday April 3 with a net score of eight under par for his March Medal win at the Gloucester Country Club. Last month's Medal winner Mark Stone "played well - done good" backing up for consecutive wins in his grade.
Peter Wildblood had one really good tee shot in his round for a hole-in-one at the 180 metre par 3 13th hole.
Once again, the Gloucester course was the top performer of the day not just in limiting scoring to just five players inside net par on the day but for the wonderful conditions it provided for all players. It was truly a "no excuses" course presented to the field; the fairways were in brilliant condition and the greens played true presenting all players with a more than fair chance of scoring well.
The event was the April Monthly Medal an Individual Stroke event sponsored by the Arkwood family who have been regular sponsors of the club's Monthly Medal for many years now; their contribution to the life of the club is much appreciated.
The April Monthly Medal was wonby James McLeod with a net score of 64 eight under par; he also won the A grade trophy while Paul Blanch 73 had the best gross score in the grade.
In B grade Mark Howland had the best net and gross score in the grade scoring a net 70 off a gross score of 85. Mark Stone's net 72 was best in C grade as was his gross score of 97.
Balls were won in the ball competition by James McLeod 64, J Callahan 67, Steve Burns 69, Mark Howland 70, Bill Murray 71, Mark Stone 72 and Rob Moore 73. Nearest-to-the-Pins were won by James McLeod at the 4th - 13th holes, and Rob Moore and Bert Newman at the 6th - 15th holes; Paul Blanch took out the prize for the long drive at the 8th - 17th holes.
The Super Sevens competition for the week ending Friday April 2 was won by Dave Mann with 18 Stableford points with the only ball going to Wayne Maddalena for his 15 points in a limited field.
On Saturday April 9 the Gloucester Country Club is staging its annual Derros' Day a Four Ball better Ball Stableford event which also doubles as the qualifying round for the Club's Four Ball match Play Knock Out.
The following Saturday April 16, there is an Individual Stableford sponsored by the Lower North Coast District Golf Association who sponsor an event each year for each of the district's eleven golf clubs.