SPORT NOTES: Bowlers in form, special clinic for cricketers
PROSERPINE GOLF: Rain played a big part in Saturday’s golf competition, but 42 players braved the conditions and played a stableford competition.
Three men led the field with 36 points each, these being Scott Grigg, Luke Peroz and Darren Reynold.
The ladies found the conditions a little harder, with Pauline Redpath coming in first with 28 points, followed by Noelene Spurway on 25.
The placegetters were Peter Faust and Lloyd Kingston on 35 and Ben Smith 34 on a count back.
The pin shots went to Jim Cochrane on two, Dean Kercher on nine, Noelene Spurway 10, Paul Douthwaite 13 and son Kaylem on 16.
Dan O’Donnell had two, two-shot holes and shared the pot with six others.
Thursday’s division one winners were Zac Dowde, 38 points, from John Grosskreutz, 37, and the division two winners were Wayne Fitzgerald on 36 from Paul Nicol on 32 on a count back.
The place getters were Geoff Harrison with 36, Mat Bower and Brian Allen on 35, followed by Allen Roberts, Aaron Watts, Paul Gray and James Devery with 34.
The pins went to Peter Fox, Aaron Watts, Allen Roberts and Geoff Harrison, while three shared the two-shot prize.
The Wednesday ladies also were rain affected with only seven players competing.
The overall winners were Leanne Alexander with 30 points from Ann Gardel 28.
The pin shots went to Pauline Redpath, Leanne Alexander and Tiina Randmae.
Next Saturday’s event is a single stroke for the men and ladies.
PROSERPINE BOWLS: The North Mackay Bowls Club Under the Shed Fours Carnival was played over the weekend.
Thirty-two teams from all over played this year.
Local star Wayne Handley teamed up with Peter (Pistol) Blackburn, Dave Peet and Dave’s father Ron to finish in second place overall with four wins and a draw.
The winning team of Paul Foot, David Blackburn, Steve Mau and Rob Spence were the only team to win all five matches.
Other locals to finish in the places included Graham Kinnear, Shane Kinnear and Luke Kinnear.
Michael Kinnear’s team had a round win.
This weekend players will once again travel to Mackay, this time to compete in the District Mixed Pairs.
We wish everybody playing all the best.
On Wednesday we continued the two sessions of bowls, a 10am start and a 1pm start.
Last Wednesday morning we played a game of three bowl pairs.
We welcomed Fiona who is new to the area.
Arthur Griffith and Bruce Uhe defeated Fiona and Heather Brown 18 – 14.
In the afternoon with seven players we played a game of fours.
Heather took the role of double lead and used it to practise her drawing skills.
Heather Brown, Fiona, Arthur Griffith and Peter Lawton defeated Heather, Alen Sanderson, Bruce Uhe and John Lahney 18 – 5.
No bowls were played on Sunday when the green director Peter gave notice the green would be closed for the weekend.
The amount of rain received during the week made the green susceptible to damage if played on.
Sunday’s clear skies and the follow up dry weather will have the green dried sufficiently for Wednesday’s play.
The draws for club competition should hopefully be done this week.
Once done, all players will be sent copies of the draws and play will be arranged to commence ASAP.
Peter Lawton has called a working bee for Saturday, March 6, to pull weeds out of the green.
It would be good to get as many helpers as we can to assist in this to make the green run and play a lot better.
Committee members are reminded there is a meeting this Friday night about 6.30pm.
WHITSUNDAY GOLF: Conditions were rather challenging on Sunday however 24 players stepped up to the challenge for a stableford multiplier.
Winners on the day were Anthony Gwalter and Matt Bonney on 69 points, followed by Clay Coles and Jason Bourke, Tiina Randmae and Dean Barnard, Pauline Redpath and Kick Caton.
Longest drives were claimed by Jason Bourke, David Hoy, Peta Thomas and Karen Rix.
Pin shots went to David Hoy, Jason Bourke, Mick Caton, Dean Kercher, Peta Thomas and Vicki Tuck.
We also welcomed three new members to the club, one of which returned to the fold.
Next week will be a single stableford.
Anyone wanting to join the Whitsunday Golf Club for a great social game and gathering can email email@example.com for more information.
JUNIOR CRICKET: Last Thursday we started out inaugural high performance training clinic at Proserpine Junior Cricket Grounds.
Previously, children from both Bowen and Proserpine have made the trek to Mackay to take part in this development clinic.
Thanks to an initiative from Queensland Cricket and Mackay/Whitsunday Cricket we are trialling a four-week program aimed at players in the Under 12 to Under 14 bracket.
The program includes 13 up-and-coming players from Bowen and Proserpine.
Under the direction of Tom McFarlene, a level 2 coach, they are learning some good fundamental skills to enhance their cricket.
It is hoped if this program is deemed a success a future program will be run in the pre-season later in the year.
In other news our Under-14s play their last home game this Saturday and with all matches rained out last weekend, they are still placed well to make the finals.
Our girls program is going strong and we will welcome any new players for the next two weeks.
Sessions are on Wednesdays from 4-5pm at Galbraith Park and no equipment is needed.
We are all hoping the rain stays away this Friday so we can once again hit the pitches after being washed out last week.