It could not have been a more perfect day for Merrigum’s final round of the men’s club championships.
The wind was calm, the sun was shining and the course was in great shape, so golfers ventured out full of hope and expectation.
In the wash-up there were no stunning comebacks or real surprises in any of the grades with those best placed before the round maintaining their position and winning their respective grades.
Wayne Thorson held a three-shot lead in the club championship over Simon Doherty going into the final round and that was the final margin after both players shot 84.
This makes it back-to-back wins for Worm with a three-round total of 250.
In B-grade, Ash Sanders set up his win with a sensational second round of 82 which blew the competition away and he finished a six-shot winner over Tony Borrelli with 271.
In C-grade, Craig Doherty started the day tied with Keith Hogeboom but in posting the best score of the day Craig finished up seven shots ahead of Keith.
He was the most consistent player of the championships, posting his best ever score twice in the past four weeks and finished with 281.
The winners of the handicap championships in A-, B- and C-grade respectively were Bill Bray 215, Tony Borrelli 221 and Keith Hogeboom 225.
Congratulations to all winners.
Craig Doherty was Saturday’s C-grade winner with a round of 93-24-69 and will find himself with one shot less to play with next time he ventures out at Merrigum.
In A-grade ‘The Hof’ — Cory Berghofer — played his first round in a while and ran out the winner with 81-12-69.
He may be wondering what might have been if he had been able to play a couple more rounds in the championships because two similar rounds would have seen his name up on the honour board.
Tash Doherty, fresh from her win in the ladies’ club championship earlier in the week, was the B-grade winner with 89-17-72 and showed the men a clean pair of heels in that grade.
Ball competition winners were Craig Doherty, Cory Berghofer, Bruce Brown 70 and Bill Bray 71.
There were a couple of great nearest-the-pins on Saturday — Simon Doherty’s shot on the sixth must have been close to going in as it rolled a few metres past the hole; his wife Tash was closest on the ninth; young Joe Chant had a great shot on the jackpot 12th which finished inside 30cm and Luke Roberts was closest on the 14th.
This coming Saturday is the Fitzsimmons Memorial three-person ambrose.
It is a 12.30pm shotgun start with a pre hit-off barbecue included in the $15 per head entry fee.
This is always a great day offering excellent prizes for winners and runners-up.
There will also be novelty events such as longest and straightest drives as well as nearest-the-pins on all par threes. Make sure you get a team together for what is always an enjoyable day.