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Poka powers to six shot buffer

Jim Poka Jnr takes a commanding six shot lead into the final round of the Deniliquin Golf Club Big River Championships, which will be finalised tomorrow. He fired a sensational three under par 69 in round two last Saturday to surge ahead of
round one leader Brian ‘Billy’ Bourke who is a shot clear of third placegetter Matt Thomas.
In B grade Neil Boswell has a two shot lead from Terry Howe, with a further three shots to Tom Wettenhall.
C grade is led by the reigning D grade champion Jake Dedman, two shots ahead of Magnus Aitken and with a six shot buffer to Graeme Rothwell.
In D grade the experienced Ron ‘Moot’ Turner is four shots ahead of Adam Wettenhall, closely followed by Sam Willoughby.
Other important events were also finalised on Saturday, as follows:
Everitt trophy – Jimmy Poka jnr; Veterans – Graeme Willoughby; Juniors – Sam Willoughby; RAL putting – Matt Thomas.
After tomorrow’s final round a barbecue dinner will be held at the club for $5 per plate. Everyone welcome.
The club would like to thank the team at Big River Real Estate for their sponsorship of the championships, which are our major event of the year. Although the going was tough for players in extreme climatic conditions last Saturday, tomorrow should be played in ideal autumn weather and be conducive to some excellent golf.
Not surprisingly, Jim Poka jnr won the A grade stroke event on Saturday with net 66, ahead of Graeme ‘Wrecker’ Willoughby with net 71.
The leading two C grade championship contenders were to the fore in B grade, with Jake Dedman recording net 73 to defeat Magnus Aitken on net 75.
In C grade Felicity McCalman had net 75 to defeat Sam Willoughby on countback.
On Sunday the WRDGA mixed qualifying round was held in fourball best ball versus par format. Dean Irwin and Shandra Simpson had plus 8, to defeat Peter and Lyn O’Brien with plus 7. The four pairs of mixed knockout qualifiers, plus the Nisbet Mixed Knockout qualifiers, are in the results below.
On Tuesday the ladies played the second round of their championships. A grade winner was Jen Choice with net 72, from Marg Radeski net 75, and in B grade Pam Larcombe defeated Kym Sandford on countback with net 74.
Last Thursday Sarah Lugsdin, with the help of an ‘ace’ on the second, won A grade with net 70, two shots clear of Prue Lloyd. In B grade Kym Sandford was the winner with net 68, from Rita Barnes net 73.
Wednesday’s A grade stableford winner was Norm Purtill with 41 points, two clear of Wayne Hodgson on 39. In B grade James Rhook had 42, ahead of Kevin Reeves on 41.
The Joker’s Wild is already above $3,000 and the members draw will hit $900 tomorrow if not claimed tonight. Tickets for the meat raffle and Joker’s Wild are available this evening from 6pm, with draws starting at 7.30. Meals are available with bookings preferred.
Golfers are also advised to note that next Wednesday, being Anzac Day, will be slightly different to the usual members’ event. As usual it will be stableford, but it will be a medley with men and women invited to play.
Last week’s results:
Saturday April 14, single stroke, second
round of Big River Club Championships:
A grade J Poka jnr 66, r/u G Willoughby
71; B grade J Dedman 73, r/u M Aitken 75; C
grade F McCalman 75, c/b S Willoughby.
Ball comp: J Poka jnr, G Willoughby, K
Leetham, T Howe, J Dedman, N Werner, T
Wettenhall, L Campbell, F McCalman, B
Bourke, R Turner, S Willoughby, J Penna, J
Whittakers, MAitken, L Chappell, R Landy,
P Joice, c/o 76.
NTP: 2nd J Poka jnr, J Jeffery; 5th C
Thomson, R Landy; 9th P Joice, P O’Brien;
11th P Seely, C Hardman; 13th B Bourke, J
Dedman. Golden hole Chris Thomson.
Sunday April 15, WRDGA mixed fourball
qualifier:
Winners D Irwin and S Simpson +8, r/u P
and L O’Brien +7 c/b.
Ball comp: D Irwin and S Simpson, P and
L O’Brien, B Bourke and M Phyland.
Next WRDGA qualifying round at Berrigan
on July 29: D Irwin and S Simpson, P
and L O’Brien, B Bourke and M Phyland, N
and B Purtill.
Nisbet Mixed Knockout Qualifiers: D
Irwin and S Simpson, P and L O’Brien, B
Bourke and M Phyland, N and B Purtill, T
and C Maw, T Howe and P Lloyd, A
Wettenhall and A Danckert, R Pogonoski
and J Choice.
Tuesday April 17, ladies stroke:
A grade J Choice 72, r/u M Radeski 75; B
grade P Larcombe 74, c/b K Sandford.
Ball comp: P Davis, P Lloyd, S Simpson, G
Beckton, T Catt, F Harrington, A Bull, S
Aitken, c/b 79.
NTP: 5th P Larcombe, 9th S Aitken, 11th
P Davis. Putting S Simpson 30 c/b.
Wednesday April 19, single stableford:
A grade N Purtill 41, r/uWHodgson 39; B
grade J Rhook 42, r/u K Reeves 40.
Ball comp: J Rhook, K Reeves, W
Hodgson, G Baker, T Bult, G Willoughby, D
Wells, P Seely, R Turner, D Wade, P
McMillan, R Gray, G Huntington, B Barlow,
J Metcalfe, N Purtill, P Hodgkinson, G
Bessell, R Landy, J Penna, S King, B Cohen,
A Wettenhall, c/o 33.
NTP: T Grant, R Landy. Golden hole P
Joice.
Thursday April 12, ladies stroke:
A grade S Lugsdin 70, r/u P Lloyd 72; B
grade K Sandford 76, r/u R Barnes 73.
Ball comp: T Catt, S Simpson, L O’Brien,
D Hunter, G Beckton, S Butcher, S Cohen,M
Radeski, c/o 76.
NTP: 11th S Lugsdin. Putting S Lugsdin
24.