Merrigum golf

March 09, 2018

Merrigum golfers contested the Bernie Doyle Memorial stableford event on Saturday in superb weather conditions.

Merrigum golfers contested the Bernie Doyle Memorial stableford event on Saturday in superb weather conditions.

The wind was benign and the temperature was pleasant, in the low 30s, so everything was made for good scoring.

Wayne Thorson certainly found that to be the case as he blitzed the field with a brilliant 41 points, although he was just a little short of the 53 points that won the inaugural playing of this event.

That equated to 77 off-the-stick on a day when everything he did oozed class.

He played long and up the middle all day which set up his good score.

From memory, this will not be the first time he will have his name on the perpetual trophy.

Worm will have one less shot to play with next time he plays his home course after he lost a small portion from his handicap.

Ball competition winners were Andrew Wood with another solid round of 38 points, including back-to-back birdies on the difficult 16th and 17th, and journeyman Tom Hogarty with 36 points.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Bruce Brown on the sixth, John Fuller for the second week in a row on the jackpot 12th and Roger Gillon on the 14th.

Next Saturday is the captain’s new innovation of string golf.

Basically you will be given a piece of string, the length of which equates to your handicap.

You can cut pieces off your string and move your ball that distance.

For example, if you’re a metre from the hole and a bit shaky at that distance, you can cut the metre off your string and count the ball as in the hole.

There will be some tactics involved as to when it is best to use it, but it is probably not a good idea if you duff your first drive to use your entire length to move the ball 20m or so up the fairway.

It should be a bit of fun and a pair of scissors or a knife might be a good addition to your kit.

And no, you can’t bring your own string or length of elastic.

Somehow or another, Nathalia Golf Club foolishly allowed Rhonda Eberle, Cory Berghofer and Simon and Craig Doherty to play another ambrose (two of this team were members of a foursome that decimated Nathalia’s trophy stocks a few month ago) and once again they were among the winners.

This time they won the mixed handicap event and Ronnie won the ladies’ longest drive.

Congratulations to all.

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