Numurkah Leader
Seniors kick up their putters

THE Victorian Seniors Festival was celebrated in fine style in Numurkah last week, with more than 80 players on the golf course on both Thursday and Friday last week for the annual two day seniors classic event.

Local golfer Helen Schmedje won the overall women’s event with 70 points, after two very consistent days, while former local Doug Pocknee won the A grade men’s event with a terrific second day score of 40 points, to add to his previous day’s 35.

The men’s B grade winner was one of the many visitors who made the trip to Numurkah for two or more days, Shane Pianta from Carrington Park, also with 75 points.

The three runners-up were all Numurkah locals, Ron Smith in A grade, Geoff Partington in B grade, and Lorraine Craig finished two shots behind Smedge in the women’s event.

Partington was the only local man to finish in the top two on day one, Thursday, recording 39 points to finish just a point behind Geoff Purcell in division two.

William Wright won division one with 37 points, ahead of Don Kennedy on 36.

Helen Schmedje won day one with 35 points, ahead of Jeanette Adams on 32.

Doug Pocknee had the best score on day two, with a very nice round 40 points, relegating Alan Newby into second place with 38 points.

Pianta lost a countback on day two to take second place, behind Bill Padgett, with 37 points.

Bev Hutchins made a 17 shot turnaround from day one to win the second day in a canter, with 41 points, five points ahead of Lorraine Craig on 36 points.