Golf classic off to a fantastic start

The 2017 Esperance Golf Classic continues today.

The 2017 Esperance Golf Classic continues today.

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, pipping Wendy Joad on a countback. 

The Classic week continued on Thursday with men's scroungers and there will be a mixed four ball par event today.