Merrigum golfers contested a stroke round for the Privilege Cup on Saturday.
The round also incorporated round four of the Kyabram Tyre Service award and the eclectic, as well as the Victoria Hotel of Tatura voucher for nearest second shot on the eleventh and the least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty.
Once again players struggled to post a decent score in what were ideal winter conditions, albeit a little cool when the sun disappeared behind the clouds.
A three-way countback was required to separate the winner of the Privilege Cup from the also-rans.
Joe Chant was the winner of the cup and B-grade with a round of 93-21-72, beating Greg Hall for the B-grade honours and Bruce Brown for the cup in a countback after they scored 92-20-72 and 83-11-72 respectively.
Young Chant has been getting in a bit more golf lately so that was bound to pay dividends sooner rather than later.
He was also the maximum points scorer in the Kyabram Tyre Service award.
With the vagaries of the handicapping system, Chant’s handicap actually went out by half a shot, so he will have an extra shot to play with next time he hits the course.
Brown was the A-grade winner and took second place in the Tyres points from Hall, who finished third.
Those three players were the ball competition winners.
Nearest the pin winners were Chant on the sixth for the second week in a row, Brown on the ninth and Hall on the jackpot 12th.
Ash Sanders took the Victoria Hotel voucher for the closest second shot, while Roger Gillon won least putts with 26.
Merrigum scored a good 4/1 win over Ky Parkland at home in the winter pennant on Sunday.
For quite a while Merrigum has made a hash of the home ground advantage so it was nice to have a reversal of fortune.
Winners were Hall with 5/4, Clint Prygoda and Simon Doherty with 4/3 and Cory ‘‘The Hof’’ Berghofer with 3/1.
Ant Newham put up a great fight before succumbing on the 19th.
Pennant this Sunday is at Parkland, where Merrigum will take on Rich River at 10.30am.
Saturday’s event is the Cliff Pini Memorial 4BBB par.
— Bill Bray