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Poka jnr claims club title

Jim Poka jnr had a final round 76, which was enough to give him a comfortable six shot win in the Big River Real Estate Club Championships, after Saturday’s final round. Poka had a three round total of 221 to defeat runner-up, former champion Vince Kelly on 227, with a further five shot margin to Matt Thomas and Brian Bourke on 232. This was Poka’s fourth club championship.
In B grade Tom Wettenhall fired an excellent final round of 81 to come from third place and take the championship from round two leader Neil Boswell, followed by Noel Nicholas, with Terry Howe rounding out the top four.
C grade winner was Jake Dedman, adding to the D grade title he won last year. This was the closest finish of the day, with Dedman and Magnus Aitken tied on 272 on the final tee. Aitken took the runners-up prize from Graeme Rothwell and Alan Jenkin.
D grade was a battle of the veterans, won by Ron ‘Moot’ Turner with a five round total of 291, five clear of Adam Wettenhall. Third place went to Brian Dudley, followed by a tie between Peter O’Brien and captain John Irwin.
The club congratulates all the 2018 champions and extends special thanks to Big River Real Estate for its sponsorship.
Last Thursday the ladies championships were finalised.
A grade winner was Prue Lloyd with a three-round total of 254; in B grade Jen Joice was champion with a total of 290, and in C grade Kym Sandford took the title with a total of 295.
On Saturday, in conjunction with the championships was a stroke event. A grade winner with net 68 was Tom Wettenhall from Troy Grant net 70, B grade went to Denise Hunter on net 71 ahead of Jim Poka snr 73, and C grade to John Irwin with net 72 by a shot from Peter O’Brien.
On Wednesday Magnus Aitken, perhaps trying to make amends for his championship defeat, fired an amazing 50 stableford points for a huge 11 shot win over Tom Bult on 39.
Captain John Irwin also doubled up after his win on Saturday with 43 points, two clear of Andrew Hall with 41.
The Summer Sixers presentation was held on Sunday. This season there were 20 teams in two divisions, with a total of 120 players.
Division One winners were Bee Gees (Dot Wharton, Ruth King, Meredith Sharp, Rae Lawrence, Jan Hobson and Barbara Daniels), defeating Motley Crew (Mick Sutton, Tim Nolan, Lindsay Holden, Simon Tilders, Todd Newman and Corey Liefting). Third place went to Wackers (Roger Smith, Terry Murphy, Terry Jones, Trevor David, Alan Higgins and Clive Gow). Division Two winners were Wows (Prue Lloyd, Prue Grant, Kym Sandford, Ali Ferguson, Sarah Aitken and Shandra Simpson) defeating Black Crows (Rob Wren, Katie Wren, Nick Robinson, Leah Robinson). Third were Super Sweets (Jan Hussey, Pam Larcombe, Denise Hunter, Marg Smith, Karen Druitt, Marg Radeski).
This winter nine hole competition starts this week. No teams or registration is required and there will be a weekly voucher and ball comp. Details in the pro shop.
Tomorrow is the much sought after Borella Cup. Also, start getting your partner organised for the Winter Classic, which is coming up on June 9 and 10.
Last week’s results:
Saturday April 21, stroke:
A grade T Wettenhall 68, r/u T Grant 70; B
grade D Hunter 71, r/u J Poka snr 73; C
grade J Irwin 72, r/u P O’Brien 73. Ball comp:
T Grant, J Irwin, J Poka snr, R Turner, P
Lloyd, L O’Brien, M Rothwell, D McQuie, G
Davies, AWettenhall,DHunter,NNicholas,
T Wettenhall, P O’Brien, J Whittakers, V
Kelly, J Poka jnr, c/o 75. NTP: 2nd T Grant,
P O’Brien; 5th B Barlow, M Rothwell; 9th B
Barlow, J Jeffries; 11th B Bourke, J Hetherington;
13th P Joice, B Dudley. Golden Hole
– B Barlow.
Wednesday April 25, stableford:
A grade M Aitken 50, r/u T Bult 39; B
grade J Irwin 43, r/u A Hall 41. Ball comp: M
Aitken, J Irwin, A Hall, T Bult, D Connolly,
G Rothwell, G Crocker, P McMillan, D
Whelan, P Joice, N Purtill, G Corboy, D
Wade, P Oddy, P Robinson, P Johnson, L
Campbell, S Phillips, c/o 36. NTP: 9th B
Barlow, P McMillan. Golden Hole – B
Thursday April 19, ladies stroke:
A grade S Lugsdin 71, r/uM Radeski 72; B
grade K Sanford 66, r/u G Beckton 70. Ball
comp: P Lloyd, S Simpson, Y Holmes, A
Gorsuch, P Davis, T Catt, P Larcombe, P
Aitken, P Grant, A Danckert. NTP: 9th F
McCalman. Putting: M Rothwell 26.
Tuesday April 24, ladies 4BBB stableford:
A Bull and J Crockart 24 c/b; r/u S Aitken
and R King 24. Ball comp: P Aitken, Y
Holmes, J Hobson, B Purtill, M Farrell, F
Harrington, A Gorsuch, J Jeffrey, L Kemp,
M Sharp. Longest drive: J Choice.

Men’s Club Championship winners (from left) Jake Dedman (C grade), Tom
Wettenhall (B grade) and Club Champion Jim Poka jnr. Absent: Ron Turner (D grade).


Ladies Club Championship winners
(from left) Jen Choice (B grade), Prue
Lloyd (A grade) and Kym Sandford (C