20/07/17 – 22/07/17
It is no coincidence, that with a reprieved from the artic conditions last week, the scores improved along with the weather, and with the golf course in fantastic condition at the moment, the skill and class of Greg Cook came to the fore last Saturday afternoon as he made a mess of the field to win the stroke round.
Only a small field greeted the starter last Thursday, to compete in a stable ford competition played in good conditions for golf, and it was Arch Sunderland who jumped out of the blocks early to put the pressure on the rest of the field, winning the front nine hole competition with an impressive 21 points, Mark Pilmore had to do all the chasing to finish close behind in second spot with 20 points, while Andrew Ferguson, Terry Chant, Bob Childs and “Spike” Warren all finished with 17 points. On the turn for home and with the whips cracking, it was Pilmore who had all the luck on the back nine holes, winning the 18 hole competition and the day finishing with 40 points, Chant made up good ground to grab second spot finishing with 36 points while young gun Justin Saint came flying home to finish in third spot with 35 points. The Par 3,5th hole proved to be very elusive for all the field as the nearest to the pin award went begging for the second week in a row.
Last Saturday was the best conditions we have had out at the golf course for a while and good numbers turned out to compete in a stroke competition and it was Greg Cook playing in the afternoon who was the only player in the field to actually beat his handicap, winning the A-grade with an impressive 78 off the stick to finish with a net 70. Paul Whitford managed to match his handicap to finish in second spot with a net 72 while Mark Pilmore won a count back for third spot over Chris Agnew as both finished with a net 74. In the B-grade it was Scott Lonergan who won the Count back to win with a net 78 from the unlucky Dave Seymour who had to settle for second also finishing with a net 78, while Geoff Cameron, Arch Sunderland and Mike McRostie all finished with net 79. In the trick shots for the day Geoff Cameron won the nearest to the pin award on the 3rd hole, Whitford won the 5th, Scott Packer hit the 13th, the 17th green was left alone for the day, Ron Hateley won the 2nd shot into the 9th green while Terry Chant grabbed the second shot into the 18th green. Birdies paid out 1 ball each to Whitford, Packer and Martin Cameron.
Now we have all had an Airy at one time or another in our golfing life, stuck under a big bush or in the scrub but the word going around is one of our big hitting members had a few problems on the 8th tee block last Saturday, now this member has improved out of site and is lowering his handicap all the time, known for his massive driving of the golf ball off the tee, he shaped up to bang one out of site only to clean miss the ball much to the amusement of his playing partners as one commented I’ve got him on this hole. This week we have a stable ford competition on Thursday playing for points in the Masters trophy, while Saturday is also a stable ford competition playing for the 2nd round of the Mitch Williams trophy and also the IGA supermarket trophy.