Merrigum golf

January 25, 2018

It was another early start for Merrigum golfers on Saturday as temperatures were again forecast to hit 43°C by the afternoon.

The weather bureau was right on the mark as the temperature had reached 42°C by the time most found their way back to the clubhouse shortly after 1pm.

The event was 4BBB stableford and was the fourth and penultimate round of the summer four-ball.

Simon and Craig Doherty made a late challenge for overall honours by winning Saturday’s event convincingly after scoring 46 points.

They were four points ahead of two pairs and now find themselves within five points of overall leaders Greg Hall and Bruce Brown.

It will still be a tough ask to bridge the gap in the one remaining round, but the event is aggregate par which can produce any number of scenarios because one player can’t ride on the coat-tails of their partner as they can in a best-ball format.

Frank Leyden and Andrew Wood were deemed the runners-up with 42 points after a count-back from Roger Gillon and Russell Dunn.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Greg Hall on the sixth, James Campbell on the jackpot 12th and Cory Berghofer on the 14th.

Most imagine golf as a relatively sedentary game with a quiet walk the only fitness benefit. They certainly don’t see it as a muscle-building game, but it proved to be that on Saturday.

Bruce Brown’s guns developed so much during the round that he burst out of the sleeves of his shirt to reveal what would be best described as a pair of oversized canons that would be the envy of any body builder.

Someone facetiously asked whether Bruce turned green while this happened but they were probably just jealous. Better shop in the Mr Big section of David Jones next time, Bruce!

Greg Hall was the winner of last Thursday’s twilight competition with a score of 48-9-39, a shot-and-a-half ahead of runner-up Simon Doherty, who scored 44-3.5-40.5.

Greg also won least putts with 15 and nearest-the-pin on the 14th.

Simon is the best placed competitor to challenge Andrew Wood for overall honours as the twilight competition edges towards a close at the end of February. The two-point cut was 42 nett.

This Saturday’s event is stroke for the Privilege Cup and the final play-off spot in next month’s ‘Tiger Cup’. Also on offer is the ‘Incredible Hulk’s’ secret nine and least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty.

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