Merrigum golf

By Tatura Guardian

Merrigum golfers opened a new season on Saturday with a 4BBB stableford event.

On a perfect day for golf, it was good to see a few faces that had been missing in action for a while back and enjoying a round of golf.

It came as no surprise that the new year started pretty much as the old one finished, with Barry Webber once again to the fore, this time with Jeff Parry as his partner.

Between them they compiled 47 points which was three points beyond what their closest rivals could achieve.

Bazza has had a good summer of golf and Jeff is relatively new to the game but has shown ability so they made a good combination.

Ball competition winners were Greg Hall, who had two partners, and Ash Sanders with 44 points and Greg Hall and Bruce Brown with 43 points.

It looks like a bit of shifty work there by the captain because not only did he have two handy partners, he and Bruce also beat two other pairs on a count back for the ball competition — Simon and Craig Doherty and John Fuller and Tony Borrelli.

No wonder the office door was locked while the results were compiled.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Andrew Wood on the sixth and jackpot 12th and Greg Hall on the 14th.

In an exciting climax to the twilight competition last Thursday, Barry Webber won the night with a round of 51-13-38 and Andrew Wood was runner-up with 40-1.5-38.5.

Bazza also won least putts with 16 on a count back from Woody.

Simon Doherty took the jackpot for nearest-the-pin on the ninth and the two-point cut was 39.5.

Overall Frank Leyden and Craig Doherty were level pegging going into the final round and both could manage only one point in the last round, meaning they were still tied.

It took a second count back to separate the two, with Craig taking the honours after both finished with 39 points.

Simon Doherty made a late charge and finished one point in arrears.

In the least putts competition Craig Doherty and Andrew Wood could not be separated and were joint winners with an average of 15.4.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to Simon and Tash for running the competition.

Saturday’s event is stableford.