The trend of excellent scores posted in recent games continued last Saturday. Playing in the Sandy Creek Hotel sponsored single stableford event, the well handicapped Mick Banks fired his best ever round to score 42 points to win the event in a three way countback. Charlie Morrison and Ed Kemp also posted 42 points but Mick had an excellent 22 points on the back nine (matched by Charlie) but his 16 points for the last six holes got him over the line on the countback.
Mick is playing off 16 and is certainly capable of handling that handicap as suggested by his 79 off the stick including two birdies on Saturday. Apart from seldom missing a fairway, his putting has greatly improved in recent times allowing him to comfortable handle his current handicap.
The ball rundown saw Charlie Morrison win the sleeve as runner up and Ed Kemp next best with Geoff Hinze next on 41 then Derrick Hewitt on 40, and Ben Griffiths and Viv Roser both on 39. In fact, there were 15 players who played to or better than their handicap which has been very rare prior to the last couple of weeks.
The pin shots saw Geoff Hinze win the 5th and 16th, Mick Banks the 7th to set up one of his birdies, Ben Griffiths on the 9th and Charlie Morrison on the 11th. The pro pin on 13 saw Slim Eldridge win 4 balls, Geoff Hinze two balls making up a good day, Matty Tate and Mal Galloway a ball each.
There were three visitors from Redland Bay enjoying the day at Warwick but the best they could manage was 32 points.
With the new cards now in use, players will notice that the stroke index has changed on a number of holes. To the joy of many the 9th is now indexed at 9 instead of 15. Therefore the following holes have all gone out as follows:-
17 is now 10 instead of 9
1 is now 11 instead of 10
16 is now 12 instead of 11
5 is now 13 instead of 12
18 is now 14 instead of 13
4 is now 15 instead of 14.
These new changes are on the new cards being used at present but please note that the match index has remained unchanged.
Next Saturday members play in the John Dee monthly medal stroke event while the semi finals of the Gray Cup should be completed by next Sunday.
Members should note that the last chance to post a score for the Condamine Steel shootout will be on Saturday 17th November. That event is the new Des Foster day honouring the deeds of former member Des Foster who served as President of the AGU while a member at Warwick.
Players should in the meantime please mark on the scoreboard their preferred shirt size so as to allow for the correct sizings to be ordered and printed as required.
Other events during November that should be marked down are the Mixed Veterans Foursomes Championships which will be played at Warwick on Monday 12th November which follows the NAB Mercantile Mutual Day which is on Sunday 11th November in the form of a 4 ball ambrose.
Importantly, the women's AGM is on Sunday 25th November followed by the members club AGM on Monday 26th November commencing at the clubhouse at 6.30pm. Persons interested in taking a committee position should have their nomination on the board well prior to the meeting and all members are encouraged to consider a position on the new committee for the upcoming year.