Katanning golfer wins Bluewaters Summer Open

Club president Regan Old congratulates Bluewaters Summer Open winner Ivan Dart at Sunday’s presentation of trophies. Photo is supplied.
Club president Regan Old congratulates Bluewaters Summer Open winner Ivan Dart at Sunday’s presentation of trophies. Photo is supplied.

KATANNING’S Ivan Dart was a clear-cut winner of a keenly contested Bluewaters Summer Open at Collie Golf Club last weekend.

Dart made the most of his 25 handicap to post 42 points in Saturday’s opening 18-hole stableford and backed up by playing just one shy of his handicap with 35 on Sunday for a two round total of 78 points, two better than Collie’s Terry Reeves on 76.

Reeves, playing off a generous 15 mark, was back to his best with rounds of 37 and 39.

Busselton’s Ralph Bilsby, who has strong ties to Collie, having been educated and brought up here, finished third on 75 following rounds of 39 and 36 points, while 72 (38 and 34) posted by Narrogin’s Graham Broad got him into the trophy list for fourth spot.

The gross section was won by Shay Tresize with 70 points after rounds of 37 and 33, with former outstanding local junior Scott Hunter runner-up on 68.

Collie players Trevor Lawrence (Saturday) and Danny Clayton (Sunday) won the 18-hole events.

Lawrence’s 37 points got him over the line in a six-way countback from Glen Lever, while Clayton was a convincing winner on Sunday with 42, four clear of Pinjarra’s David Hay on 38 points.

Gross winner in Saturday’s opening 18 holes was Alex Tweedie with 30 points, while on Sunday Manjimup’s Evan Sewell posted an impressive 34 points to be the winner.

Local players dominated the ladies’ nett section with Bev Moyses 72 (37 and 35) winning from Nancy Lynn 67 (33 and 34) and Vicki Graham 67 (35 and 32).

Jo Jones, of Bunbury, had 26 and 24 for a gross total of 50 to hold off Lee Hunter, making a return to her home track, on 39 (22 and 17).

Judith Pember (Australia Golf Club) and Jann Mean (Boyup Brook) won the Saturday and Sunday gross events, both finishing with 18 points.

Saturday’s nett winner was Serpentine’s Lynda Ritchie on 37 points, six better than the 31 returned by Katanning’s Wendy Russell.

On Sunday Karin Thomson (Australia Golf Club) posted 36 points to win the nett from Bunbury’s Zelda Meads on 27 points.

Players accepting awards at the presentation of trophies were glowing in their praise of the way the course had been prepared for the event. 

It is a great credit to course superintendent Doug Bayley that he has been able to produce such an outstanding facility with only limited labour and financial resources.

All 142 players in the field were most appreciative of his and his team of volunteers collective efforts.