One golf year closed and another one opened with last Friday’s presentation night at Merrigum Golf Club.
Congratulations to all the winners, in particular club champions Tash Doherty and Wayne Thorson, mixed champions Jan Christou and Phil Savage, and to Bruce Brown who took off nearly every other major trophy on offer including ‘Golfer of the Year’.
What we also learned, and this is probably not a good thing for the club, is that the incoming captain’s memory is no better than the out-going’s.
Some time into the night when he had not appeared it was decided to make a phone call to find his whereabouts.
It turns out he was in the spa playing with his snorkel and rubber duckie while enjoying a red wine.
After a rather hasty trip from Shepparton he arrived with floaties still attached to take part in proceedings.
There could be some interesting and fun times ahead.
Saturday’s event was the second and final round of the Tree-Ball Challenge — a cross-country ambrose — with the first having been played back in April.
Rod Newham and Ash Sanders started the day with a lead of around seven shots and stretched that to more than 10 by the end of the day, despite coming in third in the day’s competition.
Russell Dunn, Bruce Brown and Andrew Wood won the day with a round of 68-8.2-59.8, two shots ahead of runners-up Simon and Craig Doherty who scored 73-11.7-61.3.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Andrew Wood on the third, John Fuller on the fourth, Tony Borrelli on the ninth and Roger Gillon on the jackpot 18th.
Last week’s twilight competition was dominated by the Doherty clan.
Simon was the winner with 42-6-36 while wife Tash was the runner-up half a shot behind with 44-7.5-36.5.
Barry Webber was the ball competition winner with 38 on a count-back from Damien Sceney.
Simon also won least putts easily with 13 and Andrew Wood took nearest-the-pin on the 14th.
The jackpot ninth has proved elusive this year and continues to grow into some handy cash for the eventual winner. The two-point cut was 39.
This Saturday’s event is stroke for the Privilege Cup, least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty and Bruce Brown’s secret nine.