Twilight competition a hit at Merrigum Golf

By Shepparton News

After Merrigum's greens were cored and sanded, everyone was expecting good scoring to be difficult.

That was quickly proven wrong during Thursday evening's twilight competition and again on Saturday when a large field contested a stableford event.

It was psychologically difficult to come to terms with the fact that the greens were a lot quicker than normal, particularly on Saturday, which is contrary to usual expectations.

Andrew Wood excelled in Saturday's stableford event and amassed 42 points in winning A-grade.

However, Woody did not have things all his own way and there were a number of players in hot pursuit, none more so than B-grade winner Bruce Andrews who played his best round in quite some time to score 41 points.

He will find himself with one less shot on his handicap when he next ventures onto the course.

Ball competition winners were Bruce Brown and Craig Doherty, each with 40 points, Bill Bray 39 points and Ash Sanders with 37 points.

Nearest-the-pins were won by John Fuller on the sixth, Roger Gillon on the ninth and Andrew Wood on the jackpot 12th and 14th. The chook shed challenge will jackpot yet again due to a tie.

Barry Webber was outstanding in last Thursday's twilight competition in what we were all expecting to be challenging conditions.

Bazz had the best round for the season to date to win with an exceptional 47-16-31.

To cap off a good evening, Barry took the jackpot for nearest the on the ninth. Craig Doherty was the runner-up with 43-9.5-33.5.

It is good news that Craig is still in excellent form because he ventures to Metropolitan Golf Club this Sunday to take part in the state final of the Play 9 competition. We all wish him well in his quest.

The nearest-the-pin on the 14th went to Simon Doherty, an icon of the LBGITC community (Luckiest "expletive deleted" Golfer In The Club). Frank Leyden's putter was running hot and after nine holes he had had just 10 putts. He did three-putt the last, but still won least putts by a country mile. The two-point cut was 36.5.

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