Good golfing conditions greeted 35 players for last Thursday’s ANZAC Day stableford round with Paul Whitford having a good front nine to win the 9-hole competition with 22 points from Rob Pike who was runner up with 21 points and Victor Wearne in third spot with 20 points.
Pike then won the 18 holes competition with 39 points from Martin Cameron who had 38 points and Robert “Tank” Thompson who was next with 37 points. Graham Sunderland was NTP winner on the 5th after seemingly knocking Chris Bailey’s tee shot further away. However, justice prevailed with CJ holing his putt for a birdie, while Archie missed his.
The strong wind on Saturday made scoring more difficult for the 34 who took out cards for the 4-ball aggregate stableford competition for the Grand Hotel Trophy.
Andy Varcoe combined with the consistent Pike to tally 72 points and win that trophy, with John Reynolds and Whitford runners up with their 70 points on a countback from Terry Chant and Jamie Cooper.
Lana Barlow making a comeback after a long break was the ladies stableford winner with her 34 points.
NTP recipients were “Tank” on the 3rd, Auto Fuentes the 5th, Lana the 13th and Tony Bowering on the 17th. Nathan Chapple was closest for two on the 18th.
The birdie competition paid out balls to Chapple, Alan Schultz, Barlow, Pike and Chant.
The A Grade Pennant team lost 1-4 to the very strong Mount Gambier A side at Blue Lake with Hayden Fennell the only winner as he dropped putts from everywhere.
The B Grade had a great win at Blue Lake against Mount Gambier Gold, with Harry Coote winning 2-1, Jamie Bellinger 1 up, Scott Packer 2-1 and Mark Pilmore on the 20th in a match that could have gone either way.
The Handicap side had a good win at home against Mt. Gambier 4-1 with close wins to Paul Whitford, Travis Varcoe, Scott Lonergan and Rob Hilton bringing home the bacon.
Next Sunday will see the A Grade play Penola at Mount Gambier with a must win if they are to make the semi-finals, and with Mark Pretty back after missing last week it could make all the difference. The B Grade team has a bye, while the Handicap will play Naracoorte at Naracoorte in a match that will be hard to win.
Next Saturday’s stroke round is for the May Monthly Medal and putting competition.
“From the Bunker”