Veterans win the Melville Golf Classic

A team of weatherbeaten club stalwarts has won the 2017 Melville Golf Classic, contested on a well-manicured Ngahinapouri course for the first time.

The Advance Joinery team of Stu Timings, Gary Monaghan, Paul (Tubby) Smith, Tim Greaney and Kris (Pom) Allen went through 18 holes at four under par in an ambrose format to win with a net score of 54.5. Second was the 2IB team on 57.1 with the Webby Lot team third.

Some of Melville’s finest warming up for the 2017 Golf Classic

“We’re incredibly humble in victory,” said team skipper Stu Timings upon hoisting aloft the Brian Coe Memorial Cup. “We will party late into the night, for this was a win for the ages.”

Timings had doubts about his team’s prospects when golfing enigma Paul Marflitt opted to play for a rival outfit.

“But we came with a Plan. And when we found Tubby Smith wasn’t required to do the handicapping this year, we then came up with a Plan B.”

Melville Golf Classic 2017 winners Advance Joinery, from left, Kris Allen, Gary Monaghan, Tim Greaney, Stu Timings. Absent: Paul (Tubby) Smith.

Melville Golf Classic 2017 winners Advance Joinery, from left, Kris Allen, Gary Monaghan, Tim Greaney, Stu Timings. Absent: Paul (Tubby) Smith.

Advance Joinery boss Allen was equally delighted.

“Remember, Advance Joinery isn’t just about joinery,” he said. “It’s also about advancing – and that’s what t’ lads did.”

“It can actually be quite stressful working with bits of wood all week, so it was nice to be out on the golf course where the only planks we had to worry about were on the neighbouring fairways.

“Personally, once I settled on the tee, the same old lack of skills quickly came flooding back.”

The pro-am team of actor Eric "Jones", left, with Birkenhead golfer Lachie McIsaac, full-kit golfer Max Tommy and cool-hand Luke Searle.

The pro-am team of actor Eric “Jones”, left, with Birkenhead golfer Lachie McIsaac, full-kit golfer Max Tommy and cool-hand Luke Searle.

Max Tommy won the prize for the most golf – as well as for being the most interestingly dressed in his goalkeeping garb – while Liam Hayes won Biggest Tantrum for throwing his club 35 metres.

The team of Liam Fellowes, Flynn O'Brien, Jonathan Viviani and Patrick Hinchcliffe was not completely without talent.

The team of Liam Fellowes, Flynn O’Brien, Jonathan Viviani and Patrick Hinchcliffe was not completely without talent.

Meanwhile Marflitt won a special prize for somehow hitting his own ankle with a drive, leaving curious team mates to ponder if it was somehow metaphorically symbolic of Newcastle United, beaten at home overnight.

SHIRT OFF HIS BACK: Some unidentified players lost heavily in on-course wagers.

While there were plenty of light-hearted moments, the classic was also a significant fundraiser for Melville, and club captain Phil Wheatley paid tribute to tournament director Steve Owens.

Melville club captain Phil Wheatley, left, and Melville Classic tournament director Steve Owens.

Melville club captain Phil Wheatley, left, and Melville Classic tournament director Steve Owens.

“We’ve seen a fascinating dichotomy of the old and the new at this year’s Classic, which is perhaps reflective of a wider dialectic within the club in a time of great development,” Wheatley said. “While we are delighted to have had a number of new players and new sponsors to go with the old winners, we are also grateful for the traditional input of Steve in once again making the Melville Classic a classic part of Melville, particularly the financial part.”

How they enjoyed the aftermatch banter at the prizegiving.

# Thanks to Melville Classic sponsors Research Motors, Provident Insurance, GJE Ltd Electrical Contractors, Lodge Real Estate (Manu Nahna) Freedom Villages, Southern Autos, SD European, Ultimate Rally Group, Advance Joinery, Billman Painters & Decorators, Leisure Line Caravans, Premier Skills Football, CM Glass, and Football World.

# Melville play Glenfield Rovers at 11am at Gower Park on Saturday, March 18, with an U-14 tournament also taking place during the day.

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