Tat Chat: Merrigum Golf
It was another perfect day for golf on Saturday as Merrigum golfers contested a stroke round for the Privilege Cup and it was also the sixth round of the eclectic.
Winners from Thursday’s games were Carmen Quattrocchi and Rob Carver in the pairs and Joe Chant, Rob Dennis and Wendy Baxter had a win in the triples.
The two-person Ambrose competition on Saturday was sponsored by Brendan Spittles who provided trophies for winners, place-getters and a range of novelty events. In addition, there was a card draw at presentations with the winners offered a one-night stay-and-play at Corowa Golf Club, accommodation, golf, drinks and meals provided. Of course, you had to be present and two pairs missed the opportunity by leaving early.
On a wet, rainy, chilly day with the mercury barely above six degrees, nine women braved the elements to play the stroke, monthly medal round. This event is sponsored each month by Drummond Golf and Newton’s Parcel Service and was a day to count the putts and record the fourth round of the Hill Top Brooch.
Captain Greg Hall hosted his favourite string golf event at Merrigum on Saturday.
The extremes of Tatura’s Goulburn Valley League form were highlighted in stark contrast on Saturday.
The first golfing day of the winter season was played in fine, cool conditions. The not so popular Par event was sponsored by W.B. Hunter, of Tatura.
Tatura’s finest sporting product Vince Lia’s A-League is not done yet, after the cultured midfielder penned a one-year extension with Adelaide United.
The Queen’s Birthday Weekend Tournament was blessed with pleasant weather and sponsors Ken Muston Automotive, Valley Funerals and Brown Brothers Milawa.
Consecutive statement wins have helped Tatura make third place in the Goulburn Valley League its own and remind the competition it intends to be a force this season.
Captain Greg Hall is about as cunning as it gets when it comes to choosing a team for Merrigum’s gentsomes event last Saturday. Doubting his own ability after giving up the B grade championship in the final round last week, he picked the two club champions, Simon and Tash Doherty, to team up with for this novelty event. A wise move it was too, not only playing with the club champions, but with a woman in the team to make the most of the holes on which the ladies get a significant head start. The trio went on to score a narrow win with 93 points. For those who don’t know how gentsomes is played, all three members of the team drive and the best one (in most circumstances) is chosen. From there all three members of the team play out the hole individually and the best two stableford scores for each hole count towards the final score. The only stipulation is that at least four drives per player need to be taken, which can lead to some interesting choices in the latter part of a round when one player has struggled with getting their drives in. The ball competition winning team was Rod Newham, Frank Leyden and Andrew Wood who scored 91 points. They also won the chook shed challenge with 21 points. All the other teams who participated were left in the dust so to speak with 74 points being the next best. Only one nearest the pin went off and that was to Tash Doherty on the jackpot twelfth.
Tatura Indoor Bowlers compete for W J Williams Shield..
Ladies golf started in cool overcast conditions on Wednesday and was contested by a small field of players. The day’s competition was Stroke and the qualifying round of the Glad Robbins Singles. The sponsors for the day were Sue Pogue and Betty Jeffers.
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