HUNTER WINS TROPHY AND PUTS ON A MASTER CLASS

25/05/17 – 27/05/17 

Last week’s golf report was all about the very pleasant autumn weather we were having. Well autumn lasted one week and winter moved in very quickly to make golfing conditions very tough. Unfortunately we had to postpone the Australian credit union sporting club challenge 4 ball Ambrose last Sunday due to the poor weather, but that did not stop Phil Hunter from putting on a Master class to win the IGA trophy last Saturday.

Thursday was a stable ford competition played in cool wet windy conditions as good numbers greeted the starter and it was Andy Patterson who jumped out of the blocks to put the pressure on the rest of the field, winning the front 9 hole competition with an impressive 21 points, “Spike” Warren was doing all the chasing to finish in second with 19 points, while Kevin Rainey, Terry Chant and Scott Packer were close behind on 18 points. As the weather deteriated on the back 9 holes, it was Warren who was best suited by the arctic conditions to run away from the rest of the field winning easily with 36 points from Chant who fought on to grab second with 34 points from the inform Mike McRostie in third with 33 points. Nobody managed to hit the par 3, 5th green in the windy conditions so that was a win for the golf club. 

With the threat of torrential rain in the afternoon last Saturday, most players ventured out to the golf course in the morning to compete in the IGA trophy stroke round and it was Phil Hunter who was all class in the conditions to win the A-grade and also the trophy with the best score of the day finishing with 78 off the stick for a net 70, close behind was the polar bear “Spike” Warren in second spot with 71 from Craig Kuiper and Owen Merrett in third with net 72. In the B-grade Mike Peddler had to survive a count back to win from the unlucky Bruce Packer after both players finished with net 75, while Matt Osmond and Scott Lonergan finished with net 79. Janet Watson won the Ladies competition with 37 points from Pam Packer. Nearest to the pin awards for the day saw Paul Whitford win the 3rd, Andy Varcoe was close on the 5th, Warren won the 13th, Mark Pretty hit the 17th, Trevor Atkinson was closest for 2 shots on the 9th green while Craig Kuiper won the closest for 2 shots on the 18th green. Birdies paid out 1 ball to Scott Packer, Owen Merrett, Warren and Pretty.

With the postponement of the Australian Credit Union sporting club’s 4 ball Ambrose challenge last Sunday, another date will be announced within the next few week. The Millicent, Loxton, Blackwood tri challenge is only 2 week’s away with a trip down to Loxton for the June Long weekend for those who are interested in going time is running out quick. This week is a stable ford competition on Thursday for points in the Masters trophy, while Saturday is a stroke round for the monthly medal with a putting competition and also the 3rd Qualifying round for the club championships.

M.P

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