Tat Chat - Merrigum Golf Club

By Shepparton News

Merrigum golfers played a well attended pairs ambrose on Saturday, despite the fact that there was much on across the district.

While the winners had a buffer of almost two shots, the rest of the field was quite tightly bunched and competition was keen.

In fact, competition was close all round until the last couple of holes, and as the saying goes, "when the going gets tough, the tough get going".

Clint Prygoda and Bruce Andrews birdied the 17th and 18th holes, which was good enough to overhaul four other teams and give them the win with a score of 73-8.5-64.5.

In fairness to all the other teams, this pair were probably the most over-handicapped in the field, so would have gone into the round as hot favourites.

A countback was required to decide the runners-up with Simon Doherty and Frank Leyden getting the honours from John Fuller and Tony Borrelli after both pairs finished with 66.25.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Simon Doherty on the ninth and Jeff Newham on the 14th.

Last Thursday's twilight was the first official round of the competition and was also a closely fought contest.

About four shots separated the entire field on an evening when the weather did not favour good scoring.

Bill Bray was the winner with a round of 45-7.5-37.5, a narrow half-shot ahead of runner-up Andrew Wood, who scored 44-6-38.

He did have to survive a countback with Barry Webber, who blew the night on the final hole.

Craig Doherty picked up the jackpot for nearest-the-pin on the ninth and Phil Barca had least putts with just 12, not a bad effort for 10 holes. The two-point cut was 39.

Merrigum hosted the district Play 9 final on Sunday and the good news from this is that Craig Doherty won the men's event with 22 points, three ahead of the next best. He is looking forward to heading off to the Metropolitan Golf Club to contest the state final in November. Congratulations on a great effort.

Saturday's event is stroke for the Privilege Cup and incorporates least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty.