Esperance weekend golf report

Golf: Esperance Golf Club player Don Anderson at a previous club event. Anderson has been faced with tough competition from in-form players Peter Pellicione and Alex Docherty. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.
Golf: Esperance Golf Club player Don Anderson at a previous club event. Anderson has been faced with tough competition from in-form players Peter Pellicione and Alex Docherty. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

Esperance Golf Club results: 

GOLFERS have enjoyed great weather and a course groomed to perfection for the opening days of the 2017 Golf Classic played at the Esperance Golf Course.

The opening event on Monday was a two person ambrose, and a good field of more than 70 teed off with local players showing the visitors how best to handle the water-lined course.

The combination of Tracey Frizzell and Stuart Matthews led the field home with a great score of  581/4, easily accounting for the more fancied pairing of Wendy Joad and Laurie Naylor with 64.

Husband and wife team Gilly and Doug Backhouse score of 661/2 beat the team of Jean Bates and Neil Wilson on a countback for third place.

The all male team of Peter Pellicione and Alex Docherty continued a run of good form to take off the major prize in their division, with 62 nett, beating crack golfers Jim Somerville and Don Anderson who fired a 641/2.

The  ladies team of Pat Dunstan and Kerry Norwood shot a creditable 68 1/4 to take the honours in their section.

Tuesday was veterans golf day, and some hot scores were returned, indicating the course was playing fast and true.

Three local golfers finished with 42 stableford points, the victor on a countback being Peter Pellicione, from Alex Docherty and Tony Churchill. 

Other good scores were handed in by Barry Rollond, 40, Ken Gittens and Andrew MacFarlane 39, and Ray Stewart on 38 points.

Ladies took centre stage on Wednesday, and in perfect conditions, good scores were expected.

Veteran golfer Marilyn Rothnie had a day out to lead the field home with 39 points.

Leah Maloney continued her run of good golf to be a close second on 38 points, pipping Wendy Joad on a countback 

The Classic week continues on Thursday with men's scroungers and a mixed four ball par event on Friday. 

This year the classic’s committee has secured sponsorship in excess of $7000 and a “glittering” array of prizes. 

Recent ladies results:

Scroungers – March 31: Winner: Gilly Backhouse 22pts; 2nd: Sue Rodgers 20pts; 3rd: Maryann Harris 19pts.

The only nearest the pin was won by Sue Rodgers and the longest putt went to Colleen O'Dwyer.

Stroke – April 12: Play off for the second monthly medal took place on April 12 on what was a magnificent golfing day.

Weather was perfect and the course in mint condition.

Rising star Maryann Harris had a day out to have an easy win and topped her day with the longest B-grade drive, and a nearest the pin.

A-grade is not far off for Maryann.

The ever consistent Sue Rodgers had another good game and Helen Reber is back with a force.

Winner: M. Harris 69 nett; 2nd: S. Rodgers 72 nett; 3rd: H. Reber 74 nett; Gross: D. Rawlinson 92.

Nearest the pin: L. Sharpe; Longest putt: M. Blades; Longest drive A-grade: C. Mulgat; S.

Rodgers won the Lucky Roe voucher for the least amount of putts with 26; J. Pope had the only birdie of the day on No. 6 which happened to be the jackpot hole.