Merrigum golf

July 07, 2017

Craig Doherty and Bill Bray teamed up to win the pairs in the Cliff Pini Memorial 4BBB par event at Merrigum Golf Club on Saturday.

Merrigum golfers contested the Cliff Pini Memorial 4BBB par event on Saturday in fine but fairly cool conditions.

As time passes and faces change around the club there are quite a few members who would not have known Cliff. However, for those of us who were around the club when Cliff was a major part of it, this is a revered event in memory of a man who made a major contribution to Merrigum Golf Club.

Craig Doherty and Bill Bray teamed up for a memorable win with a score of +7 which was four better than any other pair could muster on the day.

They worked well together with Bill keeping things on track early before Craig hit form and started racking up pluses almost at will.

Playing the back nine first they turned with +3 and accumulated another five pluses before losing the last hole.

Bill along with Craig’s father John were both good friends of Cliff so in its own way it was a significant win for both of them.

They headed the ball competition, while the next best pairs were Ant and Zaylee Newham and Joe Chant and Barry Webber, both of whom finished with +3.

Nearest-the-pins were won by John Fuller on the sixth, Jeff Newham on both the ninth and 14th and Rod Newham on the jackpot 12th.

Results are not yet in from this week’s pennant. However, next Sunday Merrigum will take on Shepparton at Nagambie, hitting off at 10am.

Next Saturday’s event is stroke However, President’s Day has been postponed to a date yet to be advised due to the president being on holidays.

Several options were canvassed, the most popular being to buy some expensive trophies, play for them on Saturday and hit the president with the bill when he gets back.

In the end it was decided that since he is doing a good job and will continue to do so for many years to come, we had best be nice to him.

We just hope it is warm where he is holidaying because his favourite cardigan went through the slasher last week and is scattered in numerous pieces over the 16th fairway.

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