Merrigum golfers contested a stableford event on Saturday with the wind providing the only major challenge for the day.
The strong southerly was most challenging on the par threes, with the sixth, ninth and 14th all playing into the wind and the 12th on the southern boundary difficult to get close to the left pin placement.
For the second week in a row Tash Doherty was to the fore, winning with 38 points.
She took out the ladies’ event by two points and was also two points ahead of the best any of the men could produce. Ina Hogeboom was the ladies’ runner-up with 36 points and was obviously refreshed from her extended break.
Both women played with the resident professional and clearly that paid dividends as they both picked up a few pointers to improve their respective games.
There will be a queue forming to play with Bazza next week by others hoping to pick up a few tips.
Tony Borrelli was the men’s winner with 36 points. He is doing his bit to uphold the men’s reputation however the rest will need to lift their games to compete with the women, hence the line-up for ‘Bazza’s Tips’.
John Fuller was the next best of the men with 35 points.
Ball competition winners were Tash Doherty, Tony Borrelli and Ina Hogeboom.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Simon Doherty with a great shot on the long sixth, Bruce Brown on the ninth and 14th with both shots straight at the pins, and Bill Bray on the tricky 12th where he took the double jackpot.
Next Saturday is stroke for the Privilege Cup and the associated competitions — Bruce Brown’s secret 9 and Simon and Tash Doherty’s least putts.
It is also the final round of the Kyabram Tyre Service award and the eclectic.
Club members were saddened to hear of the death of former member George Manison last week.
George was a very busy member of our club a number of years ago and in recent years moved to a shorter course at Parkland.
He and his compatriot Laurie Jarrett spend many hours working tirelessly around the course, volunteering their time generously and carrying out work that would have had younger members seeking the shade for a rest while they carried on.
His contribution to the club was and still is very much appreciated.
Our sympathies go to Marion and family for their loss.
— Bill Bray