Walcha Sports Shorts: Cheryl tees off for 10th victory

Golf champions 2019: Pip Monie,Vicki Szpitalak,Cheryl McDonald and Julie Olrich.

Golf champions 2019: Pip Monie,Vicki Szpitalak,Cheryl McDonald and Julie Olrich.

CONGRATULATIONS to Walcha Ladies Golf Club champion Cheryl McDonald on winning her 10th A grade championship last Wednesday. Cheryl carded a three-round total of 240 (78, 80, 82) to finish 24 strokes clear of her sister and runner-up Donna Martin on 264.

THE B grade championship was much closer when left-hander Julie Olrich with 266 off the stick won by a shot from Rose Baumer which she picked up on the final hole. C grade went to Vicki Szpitalak on 290 after she edged out Sally McCormack by three shots.

THE Europambela Cup for best nett score over the three rounds went to Julie Olrich on 206 just ahead of Rose Baumer on 207. The veterans' competition, run over two Wednesday rounds, went to Pip Monie on 127 nett while Vicki Szpitalak was runner-up on 132.

SINCE 1927, Mrs T. C. ("Nellie") Fenwicke has won the most local ladies A grade championships with 18 between 1933 and 1972, including 12 in succession. Next best is Colleen Cross on 17, followed by life member and current club treasurer Margaret Davidson with 14, whereas Cheryl McDonald sits on 10.

IN the past 30 years, there have only been five A grade champions - Marg Davidson 11 times, Cheryl McDonald 10, Rebecca Andrews (nee Berry) five, Brenda Walker 3 and Simone Sweeney once.

HOUSE of Golf owner Steve Bishop from the Coffs Harbour branch will be in town on Sunday, April 28 to conduct a junior clinic from 9am here on our course. All kids are invited to attend, and if you intend doing so, please contact Julie Presnell on 6777 2887. Steve will also have golf equipment and clothing available for purchase from his mobile store on that same day for all golfers.

The footy "double header" played at the Park last Saturday was a successful one...

A BAM competition is scheduled for that day under a medley format where the first six holes are played as 4BBB, the second six holes as an aggregate, while the last six holes are a multiplier. Trophies on the day will be donated by Jon Izzard, Owen and Julie Presnell.

A REMINDER the Ray Boyd "Kanga Cup" Memorial to be played this Sunday is a four-person ambrose which will commence with a shotgun start at 12 noon.

Students in the swim

ALTHOUGH full details haven't been received by myself at this stage, there was mention that the majority of Walcha Central School students who competed at the NSW Swimming Championships at Homebush last week performed well and there were plenty of personal bests in the pool. Good on ya, guys, and a full report of the championships event will be made after I collect the relevant information.

Footy news

THE footy "double header" played at the Park last Saturday was a successful one despite Inverell being unable to field a reserve grade team for their Central North clash with the Rams. Both the Roos and Jillaroos opened their 2019 Group 19 second division accounts when they registered good wins over Tenterfield, while the Rams overpowered Inverell.

THERE was a downside though, when the Rams lost Troy Yarnold with a dislocated shoulder he suffered while scoring a try, and Roos centre Tristan Flower received severe facial injuries during friendly fire from his teammate Drew Bird.

ROOS hooker Daniel Pascoe was a relieved player when he finally made it on to the paddock after missing the previous game against Uralla due to straining a calf muscle during the warm up. "Zampa" had a solid game on Saturday and set up the first try to Brody Smith with a clever inside pass.

JILLAROOS co-coaches Robyn Broadbent and Bonnie Brown both led from the front against Tenterfield with Robyn scoring a try and kicking a couple of goals, while Bonnie touched down as well. The referee gave Robyn three group points and Bonnie two.