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A bumper field of 87 players was welcomed to Hepburn Springs for their annual senior tournament. A cold afternoon greeted the players on the challenging layout.
The red hot Ian McCleary (Kooringal) leads the men’s field after his outstanding round of 69 which included 5 birdies. McCleary will be looking for his fifth win of the season after his 3 over round sees him with a slender one shot lead over Rossdale member Geoffrey Charnley. Joining those two in the final group will be Ross Bottomley (Torquay) and Kerry Boehm (Patterson River) after their scores of 72 and 73 respectively.
The nett section sees Rokewood member Ross Hadler atop the leaderboard after his first round of 65. Playing off a handicap of 20, Hadler handled the hilly terrain extremely well. Closely following Hadler is Steve Carroll (Heritage) and Gerald Harding (Kilmore) after a pair of 66’s.
The Women’s scratch stableford section sees a familiar face with the overnight lead as Helen Pascoe continues her great season after shooting 30 points to give her a 6 shot advantage. Hepburn Springs’ own Bev Smith sits in second with 24 and Kerry Scales (Port Fairy) 2 shots further back on 22.
Vera Lund (Kooringal) is leading the stableford section on 35 points in a tightly contested battle. Susan Shorten (Ballarat) is only one shot back on 34 with Kerry Scales and Rosemary Mobbs (Hepburn Springs) a further shot back on 33.
Set in the scenic Macedon Ranges surrounded by native bushland, Hepburn Springs is a beautifully undulating and challenging golf course. The volunteer based club has greatly increased participation from the 2017 event mainly thanks to the members promoting and sharing the event. The club also shares its home with over 100 resident kangaroos.