".....it (Port Fairy) is the best value golf in the world - without question." Golf Australia
For those who are members at a club in Melbourne, Port Fairy country membership is a valuable asset against green fees when holidaying over the summer break and other times during the year.
Deborah Rix has battled windy conditions to win the 2016 Victorian Autumn Country Tournament. Rix from (Cobden) claimed the Ruby McKenzie Trophy (best gross) with rounds of 72 (Port Fairy) & 73 (Warrnambool) for a one over par total 145. Deborah outshone her closest rivals by displaying her strengths in dealing with the wind. The strong winds didn’t trouble Rix as her round was limited to only four bogeys. An eagle on the short 8th hole today also helped her win her second Ruby McKenzie title.
Rix, who is also a member at Warrnambool, knows both courses comprehensively which has no doubt played a significant role in her 8 shot victory. Runner up was fellow local Jo Flaherty from Port Fairy Golf Club on a 36 hole total of 153.
Deborah also succeeded in recording the best 36 hole nett and claimed the prestigious Vi Teesdale Trophy. Playing off a handicap of 2, Rix was applauded at presentations on displaying some impressive golf. With Rix excluded, the best A Grade Nett total went to Martina Whelan (Grampians) with a score of 146.
In the B Grade championship, Portland’s Janine Shepherd finished the final round with the day’s best nett score of 70. Shepherds fine closing round propelled the Portland local into the 36 hole nett winning prize on a countback with a score of 151. In the gross championship, Lake Bolac’s Leanne Ritchie took top honours with a two round stroke total of 184.
In C grade it was Karen Jenkins (Warrnambool) winning the gross firing rounds of 93 & 95 for a total of 188. The nett prize went to Mandy Dalton (Camperdown) winning with 144 nett on a countback.
The D Grade championship turned out to be two horse race between two Warrnambool locals. Robyn Ballinger & Sharon Kelson, who were left to fight out both the nett & gross events. Ballinger turned in a strong finish to edge Kelson on a countback for the gross component at a score of 201. Ballinger also secured top honours in the nett event by one stroke with a nett score of 148. Port Fairy’s Di Officer fired the day’s best nett round for D Grade a nett 71.
The event moved down the western coastline to Warrnambool & Port Fairy Golf Club’s where 315 eager women teed it up. The area is known for interesting historical buildings and attractive streetscapes, but perhaps the biggest surprise is the range of superb beaches right at both suburbs doorsteps.
Both clubs were commended on hosting this year’s event and presenting their courses in fantastic condition. Next year’s autumn event will be played at Ballarat & Midlands in the last week of April.
Men's Pennant Results Rd 2 24 April 2016
Div1 scr Won 4/3 @ Port Fairy
Div3 scr Won 5/2 @ Lismore
Div1 Hcap Lost 5/0 @ C'down
Div3 Hcap Won 3/2 @ Wbool
Port Fairy Golf Club Saturday Results for 30th April 2016
Event – 4 Ball best Ball Stableford
Winner’s – Darren Williams (12) and Josh Dwyer (20) 47 points
Runners Up – Wayne Jenkins (12) and Matt Hatfield (22) 46 points
3rd place– Phil Irvine (13) and Garry Aggett (22) 45 points on countback
Women’s Winners – Anne Dwyer (8) and Denise Harman (19) 44 points
Nearest The Pins
1st – Blair Robertson
4th – Kadir Zehir
8th – David Wells
11th – Eda Ritchie
13th – Kadir Zehir
15th – Paul Docherty
Super Pin – David Wells $83
Eagles Nest – jackpot
Balls Down To – 42 points
Thursdays pro comp (For this Week Only) results for the 28th April 2016
Players - 78
Winner – Maurice McNamara (26) 44 points
Runner up – John Rahilly (9) 40 points
Third place – Danny Lane (17) 40 points
4th – Peter Robertson
8th – John Rahilly
11th – John Kinnersly
15th – Adrian Crosier
Super pin – John Rahilly $43
Balls down to – 35 points
Consistently ranked as one of "Australia's 50 Best Courses" and one of the "25 Best Public Access Courses in Australia" this classic links style course winds its way through unspoilt sand dunes and provides spectacular views of the Southern Ocean.
"Those familiar with the golf course at Port Fairy will know that it is a precious and unique layout. Nowhere else in Victoria is golf played so close to the ocean or along dune land of such quality.
The gently rolling sand dunes of Port Fairy Golf Club have been largely unaltered by man, only mown in order to define fairways and rough giving rise to a wonderful natural 'feel'.
The club is developing a higher profile amongst the golfing community, earning the reputation of a golf course worth traveling a long way to play - almost to the point of enjoying 'cult' status."
Excerpts from Michael Clayton Golf Design Masterplan for Port Fairy Golf Club
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