A division monthly medal winner Geoff Tompkins mid-swing.
A division monthly medal winner Geoff Tompkins mid-swing. Contributed

Tompkins in top form again

DESPITE the beautiful crisp, sunny weather which often follows winter rain, most players were unable to master the heavy fairways with just four sub-par 70 rounds recorded at Gympie Pines last Tuesday.

Geoff Tompkins carded a creditable 68 nett to narrowly edge out the unlucky Chris Eyre on a countback to win A division.

It was Tompkins first win since returning to the club 12 months ago.

"I putted very well but it was the five pars on those last six holes which really boosted my score," said an elated Tompkins.

Jeff Hudgson played well to win B division after carding a nett 68 with runner-up Rod Walker just two strokes further back.

The popular Putter of the Month competition again came down to a three-way play-off between Gerry Dunbar, Ray Lindsey and Bill Wood with Lindsey emerging triumphant after he rolled his 5m putt into the first play-off hole.

Ball rundown to 73: Lindsay Taylor, Bill McNaught, Doug Cunningham, Don Cappetti, Bryan Stallard, Peter Newth, Mike Cobb, Doug Sutton, Noel Turvey, Joe Simaile, Bill Wood, Gavin Jensen, Gerry Entwistle, Tony Johnson, Graeme Major, John Ireland, Ray Rigbye, Ron Edwards, Brian Carroll, Garry Davis.

The 16th Hole NTP A division: Bill McNaught, Don Cappetti, Bryan Stallard, Lionel Muir, Brian McTaggart.

The 16th Hole NTP B division: Perry Pyke, Keith Stewart, Jim Crawford, Rod Walker.

Next Monday, Gympie Vets will visit Pelican Waters with the bus leaving the course at 6.15am.

On Tuesday, members will play A single stableford for trophies provided by Mike Linnane and Gerry Dunbar.

In a bid to boost club membership, Gympie Vets have combined with the Gympie Golf Club in organising a Christmas in July Party night on Saturday, July 28.

Although membership has shown a steady increase, Vets president Bryan Stallard said a huge increase in member numbers was needed to ensure the club's survival.

"It's really a night where hopefully members will bring along potential new members so they can meet other members, have a bit of fun along with a good sit-down meal," said Stallard.

Cost was $22 a head but only $17 if paid before July 15.

Stallard and Gympie Golf Club president Con Meares met recently with the course owners, Gympie Golf Residential and both had described the meeting as positive and fruitful.

Stallard said key points to emerge from the discussions included the likely reintroduction of volunteer labour under the direction of the course supervisor, the removal of vegetation which continued to frustrate player enjoyment and the creation of a new club website.

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