The weather on Saturday had a bit of everything for Merrigum golfers, with the day overcast and somewhat cooler than forecast initially, then a few spots of rain before the sky cleared to create a steamy latter part of the round.
It was a closely contested stableford event with just six points covering the field bar one.
Tony Borrelli never seems to be too far from the mark and on Saturday he won with 37 points, one more than several players who finished with 36 points. He did well to get that extra point and thus avoid a four-way countback, which can be a harsh way to determine winners and also-rans.
Tony is another of those players who frustrates those of us who play the same fairway several times over because we can’t keep the ball straight while he keeps playing down the middle.
Bruce ‘Popeye’ Brown headed the ball competition with 36 points, with Frank Leyden also picking up a ball with the same score.
Roger Gillon was unlucky to miss out after the countback, however he did receive some consolation by picking up the cash for nearest-the-pin on the jackpot 12th.
Wayne Thorson won the only other nearest-the-pin, which was on the ninth.
With only one round of the twilight competition left, things have tightened up nicely to make this Thursday’s finale very interesting, but first to last week’s results.
The Barry Webber juggernaut continues to roll on after he won with 50-15-35. While the three players ahead of him on the leaderboard have played every round, Bazza has missed five rounds.
Given that he would have got a point for turning up and he is just four behind, you don’t have to be a mathematics genius to work out he could have been leading the competition. As it is he is just one point shy of third place, so he may be rewarded yet. Frank Leyden was the runner-up with 49-12-37.
Tash Doherty was nearest-the-pin on the 14th and Bazza won least putts with 14.
The two-point cut was 41.5, which moved Simon Doherty to within one point of leader Andrew Wood after Woody missed the cut.
Standings are: Andrew Wood 38, Simon Doherty 37, Craig Doherty 35 and Barry Webber 34. Good luck to all participants for the final round.
This Saturday’s event is aggregate par, the final round of the summer four-ball.