Merrigum golfers contested their second successive stroke round on Saturday in windy conditions that tested their ball-striking skills, particularly when hitting into the wind.
Anything that was a little wayward was accentuated and drifted a long way from the intended target so players found themselves playing out of the trees after what would normally have been a good shot.
Bill Bray put together a solid round of 83-13-70 to win the day, even though he tried to lose it on the last hole by putting his second shot out of bounds.
Unfortunately he was unable to stay around to collect his spoils.
The president and captain are souls of the club but despite this, or maybe because of this, depending on your perspective, the victor thought perhaps they might make an eloquent acceptance speech on his behalf.
Alas, that was apparently not the case and he was once again ridiculed for leaving early despite having a genuine reason for doing so.
He may well look around for another club to join where it is acceptable not to attend presentations, provided he doesn’t get trampled by the stampede of those wanting to pay his transfer fees.
Tash Doherty has been in great form in all forms of the game recently and she was the runner-up after a round of 88-17-71. However, she did have to survive a countback with John Fuller, who scored 86-15-71.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Bill Bray on the ninth and Tony Borrelli on the jackpot 12th.
As a footnote for the benefit of the president — it was a cloud of dust that the day’s winner departed in, not smoke.
Wayne Thorson showed his class by winning last Thursday’s twilight competition with a score of 42-5.5-36.5, half a shot ahead of runner-up Keith Hogeboom who scored 48-11-37.
Ash Sanders was the ball competition winner with 38.5 on a countback from Jan Christou.
Worm capped off a great night by taking the jackpot for nearest-the-pin on the ninth and winning least putts with 17 on a countback from Hogeboom.
The two-point cut was 39.5.
This Saturday’s event is the first round of five of the summer four-ball and is 4BBB stroke.