A perfect day for golf greeted the 151 players who entered the Launceston veterans golfing group leg of the NTVGA tournaments.
It would be fair to say that very few players mastered the course on the day, however, Peter Thomson, of Ulverstone, was one of the few to play below handicap and ran out the overall winner with 39 stableford points.
Launceston Golf Club president Tony Wilks also shot 39 points, but was beaten on countback and gathered the overall runner-up prizes.
There were three players with 37 points in division one and honours went to Jon Bennett, of Exeter, in front of Ian Painting, of Riverside, with Terry Lobley, of Launceston, third.
Division two saw Tom Black, of Launceston, 37, sneak home by one point from Larry Wells, of Riverside, 36, who grabbed second on countback from Graeme Booth, of Scottsdale.
Division three saw local life member Graeme Gregory a clear winner by three points over Philip Doyle, 35, and Paul Taylor, of Longford, on 34 points.
Nearest the pins went to Rob Sindorff on the fourth hole, Ian Painting took out the 13th and David Baker the 14th. Second shot on the first went to Shane Harris, of Greens Beach, and John Allenby took the 18th prizes back to Port Sorell.
With 17 clubs represented apart from the host club, the event was very well subscribed.
The NTVGA annual meeting was held at Deloraine Golf Club last Friday.
The only position vacant was that of secretary and the incumbent, Garry Hearps, was elected unopposed.
The NTVGA thanked the club for the use of their facility and the provision of a beautiful morning tea by their volunteers.
Congratulations to Ronan Filgate, of Prospect Vale Golf Club, who won the 'Bill Wellington Memorial' Open Championship.
A tie on 142 apiece was the result after 36 holes of strokeplay, forcing a three-hole playoff between Filgate and Huon Valley Golf Club's Nathan Gatehouse to decide the winner.
Filgate successfully claimed victory on the playoff.
Launceston was again the venue last Monday for the first leg of the triangular Riverside Shield.
An annual event between Launceston, Riverside and Mowbray clubs, the keenly sought-after shield was held by Launceston.
On a fine day weather wise, Launceston held sway at home with an average of 35.8 points, Riverside second on 32.7 points and Mowbray third on 31.8 points.
John O'Shannessey was the clear winner with 43 points.
Division one went to Dale Philpott (Riverside), division two to Rod Elmer (Launceston) and Gary O'Keefe, of Launceston, won division three.
Nearest the pins for Launceston went to Graeme Bingley, Glenn Woods and Ron Walker. Riverside pin winners were Tim Foley, Peter McLinden and Ian Painting while Mowbray's were Frank Donati, Ross Moore and Robert Hodgetts.
With the next round at Riverside on February 8 and Mowbray hosting the final round on February 17, an enjoyable series is assured by all competitors.
Upcoming events include the Longford ladies day on Monday, February 8, and Launceston ladies hosting entrants to their open day on Thursday, February 11.
Forms are available at www.northerngolf.com.au/fixtures.html
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Congratulations also to Riverside Ladies who entertained 64 players at their open day on Tuesday.
A good time was had by all.
An invitation by Kevin Best, president of the Tam O'Shanter Golf and Community Club has been sent to all Northern clubs.
This invitation is for boys and girls, 16 years of age and younger, to participate in the Bass Strait cup at Tam O'Shanter on Sunday, March 7.
A support event is to be held for 17 and 18 year olds.
Entry fee is $15 for the 18-hole stableford event sponsored by the Nielsen family.
Enquiries can be made to 0413 905 082 or Berni Chapman on 0409 537 928. Entries close on February 3.