Greg Hall has eased into his new role as captain nicely, picking up a win after just a couple of weeks in the job.
With his snorkel, rubber duckie and floaties safely stowed and with golf clubs in hand instead, he showed the way in Merrigum’s stroke round on Saturday. It was a Privilege Cup round with a place in the next ‘Tiger Cup’ play-off at stake as well.
Also part of the day were Bruce Brown’s secret nine and Simon and Tash Doherty’s least putts, so there was plenty to play for.
Hall was in great form and produced one of his best rounds, 86-20-66, to put a two-shot buffer between himself and his nearest challenger.
He will now be able to enjoy refreshments at the expense of his fellow members for the next month, however that does not include take-away red wines for consumption in the spa at home.
Hall will also have one shot less to play with next time he takes to the Merrigum course, as will second-placed Roger Gillon, who had a solid round of 86-18-68. Barry Webber was also part of the ball competition after a round of 105-36-69.
Nearest-the-pins were won by a mysterious and largely unknown Russell Dunn on the ninth and Clint Prygoda on the jackpot 12th. Gillon had a great day out as he also won Simon and Tash’s least putts with 24 and ‘Brownie’s’ secret nine with 21 points.
Andrew Wood won last Thursday’s twilight competition with a score of 40-5-35. Woody is always near the top of the twilight leaderboard, so this will be a handy boost to this season’s chances.
Craig Doherty was runner-up with 47-11-36, while brother Simon was the ball competition winner with 38 nett on a count-back from Phil Savage and Barry Webber.
The jackpot on the ninth went off for the first time this season and Simon will be wishing he had kept his mouth shut about sharing the spoils after winning but then having to split the handy amount of cash four ways.
Woody won least putts with 15 on a count-back from Simon and the two-point cut was 39.
This Saturday’s event is stroke. Next Tuesday, Melbourne Cup day, there is a men’s and women’s 4BBB stableford event with hit-off at the usual Saturday time.