Matt Janke scored an albatross on the par-five ninth, and after splitting the fairway with his drive and playing a four iron from just under 200m right into the cup.
Matt Janke scored an albatross on the par-five ninth, and after splitting the fairway with his drive and playing a four iron from just under 200m right into the cup. Contributed

Matt Janke lands an albatross

BIRDS this big rarely come to roost but Matt Janke landed an albatross on the ninth hole in the Thursday's Sporters competition last week.

The ninth is a par five, and after splitting the fairway with his drive, he played a four iron from just under 200m right into the cup. Birdies are common these days with precision-made equipment, and eagles are applauded as special, but very few albatrosses are made on any courses. It was unbelievable.

Matt's game is fast improving as his handicap has halved in the last nine months to 12 in A grade. He has been encouraged and mentored by a friend who knows his situation as he himself had a hole in one and an albatross on 25/11/1973.

On the subject of eagles, Cam McFarlane eagled the ninth hole, and Eddie Martin lived up to his title of Eagle, with his effort on the long 12th. Can't have the youth taking all the kudos and that must have been a great boost to the scoring with a five-pointer there to double your total on that side.

Golf appeals to large numbers of young men who get keen and competitive but sadly younger women do not realize that golf is recommended as one of the best exercises for them. It doesn't wreck your knees, it creates healthier sleeping habits, and gives you plenty of exercise as you walk while you swing.

Those young men include junior Cam McFarlane, who had 42 points off his handicap of two from his 67 off the stick to win A grade on Saturday. Ross, most certainly not a youngster, Noffke finished with 41 after winning two weeks ago. The other youngster up there was Swane Whiting one shot back with his 79/67. Hopefully this form will hold for his State Schools trip in the Queensland team next month.

Having a birthday must do something special for you as Barry Thomas, who sported the biggest smile with the remark, "best score this year," celebrated his with a generous voucher from the day's sponsor - Scott Grogan of DGZ Chartered Accountants - for his scorching 44 points. A spell at Airlie Beach must have refreshed Kim Baughurst as he had a win with his 41 points. It was a repeat score from his previous return from a trip away. He had a great last hole to take it on a countback from Keith Herrmann.

Ladies appreciated the little extra run in some places, maybe not the greens though, and an elated Beth Dummer had 41 points after a long lay-off with a back injury. She was pleased to feel fit again and took that trophy from Joy Faithfull by one. Maybe we should all go on a holiday as Sandra McLeod is back in form after her overseas trip and won the first division with 38 from Wendy Short (37). Aimee Harvey won the gross and Katie McFarlane took the net at the Junior carnival in Maryborough on Sunday.

We are certainly getting lots of fertiliser from the flocks of ducks that are just loving all the lush grass on the course with so much dry grass everywhere else.

Vets today has an earlier shotgun start at 10.30am as the AGM will be held after competition. There are many things to be decided so please try to be at the meeting to have a say or accept the outcomes. Melbourne Cup Day on November 3 is an open event but with an 8.30am start.

Mens and ladies foursomes championships are 27 holes on Sunday the 1st of November so line up your partner for this one.

First round of the President's Cup is at Bargara on Sunday the 8th and you need to organise your partner for this Fourball match play and the return two weeks later at home. If you can't play both days then just make a note on the nomination sheets but we need plenty of players to keep the Cup on our shelves.

No competitions will be played on Tuesday the 27th and Wednesday the 28th as the greens are being cored and sanded and the staff want a clear run for three days from Monday. Social play will not be able to hit to the greens on these days.

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