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Month: June 2016

2016 BJS Insurance Top Gun Event

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Thanks to the continuing generous sponsorship from BJS Insurance, the 2016 Leongatha Golf Club TOP GUN event will once again be held soon:

What is it?

The 2016 Top Gun Shootout is an individual elimination handicap event. The schedule consists of qualifying period and a final where the top 19 qualifiers shoot it out for the main prizes.

What are the prizes?

Prize money is $250 for the winner, $100 for the runner-up and $50 for the third placed player.

Who is eligible for the Shootout?

All Leongatha Golf Club members who have playing rights at the club including male and female members are eligible to qualify for the event. Qualifying is based on your best score recorded during the qualifying period from any singles stroke, stableford or par event. This will be converted to stableford points for determining the top 19 stableford scores for the 19 qualifying positions. Normal count-back rules apply. The qualifying period runs from Tuesday August 2nd 2016 and finishes on Thursday November 3rd 2016.

How do you determine the winner?

On the day of the Final, 19 (Sunday 6th November) players tee off together. Players will play off their handicap of that day according to the tees in use on the day. One player with the lowest stableford score is eliminated on each hole. A chip off will determine a result per hole should several players have the same low stableford score. Eventually, you will have 2 players coming down the 18th to win the Shootout. Should both players post the same score occur on the 18th, a chip off will be used to determine the winner.


Is there a cost to qualify?

Yes. It is a once off cost of $10 and once paid, you can attempt to qualify as many times as you like after you have paid the entry fee.

What do I need to do to qualify?

Pay your $10 at the Proshop any time before you start to qualify. Please ensure you name is added to the registration sheet in the Proshop. Your name will be recorded as a competitor and your scores will be reviewed for qualifying purposes after each card is returned. A live leader board will also be available in the clubhouse. As mentioned, you can qualify as many times as you like during this period. Your best score will determine your place in the rankings. Remember, the top 19 only play off in the final.

When is the Final played?

The Final will be on Sunday 6th of November 2016. Tee off will be at 9 am sharp. Should a qualifier be unable to attend, reserves may be called up according to normal count-back rules.

The committee reserves the right to adjudicate on any issue that may arise during the running of the event.

An Entry Sheet has been placed in the foyer of the Clubhouse. Please pay your $10 entry fee at the counter and put your name and date paid on the entry sheet.







2016 Super League Presentation Night – Friday June 24th

The 2016 Leongatha Golf Club Super League Presentation Night was held at the Clubhouse on a wet and windy Friday 24th June night. The teams-based event, generously sponsored by the Esplanade Hotel Inverloch ran for 7 regular season rounds plus semi finals and final and concluded last week.

The Cats team were this year’s premiers, defeating the previously undefeated Hawks team, 138 to 131 in the final. Members of the winning Cats team included, Doug Clemann, Wendy Parker, Colin Bear, Coral Gray, Neale Gillin, Ian Barlow, George Misson and Jim Arnott, and each player received a Club voucher. The runners up Hawks team consisted of Jon Smith, Toni West, Joe Lowell, Jan Brownlie, Keith Godridge, Peter Waters, Ian Watson and Paul Luck, and they also received Club vouchers. Ian Barlow received a voucher from The Esplanade Hotel as winner of the best player of the final win an excellent 38 points. It was Jim Arnott and Colin Bear’s second Premiership in the two years of the running of this event, congratulations to them! Jim tells me that he is available for hire next year!


2016 Premiership Cats team Members: L-R: George Misson, Ian Barlow, Coral Gray and Wendy Parker. Absent: Doug Clemann, Colin Bear, Jim Arnott and Neale Gillin.

Along with the team awards for the Premiers and runners-up, there was also an individual component for the best male and female players throughout the regular season. This year the Club named these awards in honour of our husband and wife dual life Members, Col and Nancy Sperling who were on hand to make the presentations. A Brownlow Medal-style voting system was used to award points for each round, with the Nancy Sperling women’s award going to the consistent Wendy Parker (Cats) who won from Bec Thomas and Marg Griffiths (see below). The Col Sperling Men’s award went to Men’s Captain Peter Waters who won on count back from last year’s winner John Eabry and Club President Chris Leaver (see below).


Winners of the Col and Nancy Sperling Male and Female Best Player awards for 2016: L-R Col and Nancy Sperling with winners Wendy Parker and Peter Waters.

A good night was had by all, with special thanks going to our staff for running the night, to the Esplanade Hotel who sponsored the event this year, and to George Misson who oversaw the running of the event. We aim to run the event earlier next year – March to May – to take advantage of the better weather and course conditions.

Nancy Sperling Best Female Player Voting:

Wendy Parker – 10 votes

Bec Thomas – 8 votes

Marg Griffiths – 6 votes

Toni West, Rita deBondt, Coral Gray, Colleeen Touzel, Anne Gibson & Shirley Welsford– 4 votes

Col Sperling Best Male Player Voting:

John Eabry, Peter Waters & Chris Leaver – 15

Doug Clemann – 14

Neil Mackenzie – 13

Joe Lowell & Jon Smith – 12

Peter Walsh & Ian Barlow -11

Player # Games Total # Lowest # Games
Scored In S/F Points Score 4 Votes
John Eabry 6 233 30 1
Peter Waters 6 238 33 2
Chris Leaver 6 236 30 1

Peter Waters declared winner on count back

Visible Mud Local Rule

With winter hitting hard yesterday afternoon and today the likelyhood is that we will have wet, muddy conditions for play for a couple of months.

Given this, the Men’s and Women’s Captains have agreed that it  is time to again invoke the Visible Mud Local Rule. From tomorrow (Saturday 25th June) and until further notice, if visible mud is evident on a player’s ball on the fairway then the player may mark, lift, clean and replace the ball without penalty. Please note that this rule does NOT apply to balls off the fairway other than on the green.

The Visible Mud Local Rule outlined above has been placed on the Local Rules Boards at the Club today.

Peter Waters and Shirley Welsford, Men’s and Women’s Captains

Thursday Stableford – Thursday 23rd June 2016

Windy but fine conditions greeted the field today. The best score of the day of 34 points was a good indication of how tough the going was!

Today’s event was generously sponsored by one of our members, Jeff Brewer. Thanks Jeff!

To view the results of the day, please click on the READ MORE button, and then on the Thursday Results hyperlink



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