Merrigum golf

October 20, 2017

H&G representative John Lilford (right) with winners (from left) Craig Doherty, Bill Bray, Clint Prygoda and Simon Doherty.

Hinchliffe and Greed Real Estate of Kyabram and Nathalia sponsored an open three-person ambrose at Merrigum Golf Club on Saturday.

The sponsors, the club president and helpers put in considerable time and effort to make the day a success and the weather gods also blessed us with a perfect day for golf.

Although the event was supposed to be a three-person ambrose, the gun team of Simon and Craig Doherty and Clint Prygoda took pity on a teamless Bill Bray and generously accepted him into their team.

The team had an outstanding day and finished a phenomenal seven shots under par off-the-stick for a winning score of 63-7.5-55.5.

It was one of those days when everything fell into place for the team, and with seven birdies they didn’t have to rely on too much luck in compiling the score.

Overall it was a real team effort with everyone carrying the load at various times.

The runners-up were Clare Doherty, Jan Christou and Roger Gillon who put together a good round of 73-14.6-58.4 and with luck could have taken the winner’s prizes instead.

It really didn’t matter whether you finished in first or second place because the quality of the prizes on offer was top-notch.

In third place was one of the sponsors teams made up of R. Lilford, C. Hall and D. Barlow and their score was 73-13.5-59.5.

Ladies and men’s respective nearest-the-pins were won by Rhonda Eberle and Clint Prygoda on the sixth, Ina Hogeboom and Russell Dunn on the ninth, Tash Doherty and John Fuller on the 12th and Clare Doherty and Bill Bray on the 14th.

Thanks to Karen Grealy, John Lilford and the team from H and G Real Estate for putting on a great day of golf.

Now for some twilight news, in fact a couple of weeks’ worth after the scribe fell asleep at the wheel with the onset of daylight saving and didn’t give a thought to the start of the twilight competition.

Rhonda Eberle got her twilight season off to a great start by winning week one with a round of 56-22.5-33.5. Russell Speed was runner-up with 51-16.5-34.5 in his first round of twilight for quite some time, while Clare Doherty was a winner in the ball competition with 35.5.

Jan Christou took nearest-the-pin on the 14th and Barry Webber had least putts with 15. The two-point cut was 38.

Tash Doherty was the winner of week two of twilight with a round of 44-8.5-35.5, an easy three shots ahead of three players who fought out a countback for runner-up, ball competition and also-ran.

Andrew Wood was runner-up with 44-5.5-38.5 and Ash Sanders was the ball winner with 47-8.5-38.5.

Clint Prygoda went home with little more than the best wishes of the club for his 38.5.

Jan Christou again took the nearest-the-pin on the 14th while nobody has got on the ninth for the jackpot in the first two weeks so there will be a substantial boost to someone’s coffers when that goes off.

Tash Doherty had least putts with 14 and the two-point cut was 40.

This Saturday is the second round of the Tree-Ball Challenge so get your partners from earlier in the year and enjoy a pairs ambrose cross-country.

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