A big weekend of golf at Merrigum began on Saturday with the President’s Day, with players contesting a 4BBB stableford event.
The president has assured his tenure for many years to come with an excellent array of prizes on offer (aside from the fact that he is doing a top job as president) and there was a good field competing for them.
It was great to see a good number of women and juniors playing and enjoying the game, too.
Many of the men’s pairs were last minute pairings and that was the case for the winners.
Joe Chant and Andrew Wood combined well to win the men’s competition with 46 points, a good score for winter.
They were two points ahead of runners-up Ash Sanders and Barry Webber, who finished with 44 points.
The women’s winners were up-and-coming juniors Clare Doherty and Zaylee Newham with 30 points, but they did have to survive a countback from runners-up Tash Doherty and Jan Christou.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Tash Doherty and Ash Sanders on the sixth, Andrew Wood on the ninth, Rhonda Eberle and John Fuller on the 12th and Craig Doherty on the 14th.
The longest drives were taken out by Ash Sanders for the men, Tash Doherty for the women and Clare Doherty for the juniors.
Nicole and Rhonda won the encouragement award.
On Sunday the Merrigum Lions Club sponsored the open 27-hole championship.
The day was cold and windy and was not all that pleasant for golf, particularly down on the southern boundary of the course, and good scoring was difficult to say the least. However, the day was keenly contested by the hardy players.
Tim Balfour is the open champion after a round of 130, three ahead of his nearest rival.
He set up the win with 86 before lunch giving him a handy buffer going into the afternoon.
Bill Bray was the B-grade scratch winner with 135 and Greg Hall took out the C-grade scratch with 149.
Handicap winners in order of A, B and C-grades were: 27 holes — Andrew Wood 116.5, Ash Sanders 113 and Rod Newham 119.5; 18 holes — Cory Berghofer 79, John Fuller 77 and Craig Doherty 74; nine holes — Daniel Clarkson 35.5, Jeff Newham 37.5 and Barry Webber 39.
A-grade’s Bruce Brown was the only nearest-the-pin winner, on the 14th.
Mention must be made of all those who have worked so hard keeping the course in such great shape — it is a real credit to you.
Thanks also to the girls who provided the sumptuous lunch and afternoon tea and the young ladies and gentlemen for the excellent service of it and their work in the office.
Thank you to all.
This Saturday is the Newton’s Parcel Service-sponsored open pairs ambrose.
This is always a great day with Kim and Glenn putting in a lot of effort to make it a success, so come along and enjoy a top day of golf.
Hit-off is a shotgun start at 12.30pm preceeded by a barbecue lunch which is included in the $15 entry.
— Bill Bray