Saturday was a perfect day for golf at Merrigum with the course drying out nicely after several months of wet weather.
There was no need for preferred lies and it won’t be too long before there will actually be some run to be found out there.
Judging by some of the scores there are quite a few players who are holding out for that summer run — but in the meantime, enjoy the course at its best.
The event was stableford, a surprise for some, and there was a great turnout for the second week in a row. Wayne Thorson achieved what his beloved Hawks couldn’t this year — a win in spring — and he did it in great style by winning A-grade with 38 points, two better than anyone else was able to manage, and in the process he will find he has lost a shot from his handicap, something that will possibly not please him all that much.
Greg Hall was the B-grade winner with 36 points. Greg, like many of us, has been in the golfing doldrums for a few months so he has given us all hope that the good round we crave might be just around the corner.
The winners were joined in the ball competition by Bruce Brown with 35 points and Peter Hayward with 33.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Wayne Thorson on the sixth, Bruce Andrews on the ninth, Cory Berghofer on the jackpot 12th and Andrew Wood on the 14th.
Last season’s twilight winner Craig Doherty has made a good start to defending his title by winning the second round of the new season with 48-11.5-36.5, three shots ahead of his closest rivals.
Frank Leyden was the runner-up with 51-11.5-39.5 on a countback from Greg Hall who scored 50-10.5-39.5. No nearest-the-pins were won so there will be a little extra cash in the jackpot this week.
Simon Doherty, the club’s reigning second-best putter, took out least putts with 14 and the two point cut-off was 41.
In a case of back to the future, this Saturday’s event will definitely be the second round of the ‘‘Tree-Ball Challenge’’, a pairs Ambrose cross-country.
This Friday night is presentation night, beginning from 6.30pm. Make our club a strong one by being there and enjoying a social evening.
The annual general meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26 at 8pm with the election of office bearers for the next 12 months to take place.