The warm weather is now well and truly upon us so it was appropriate that Merrigum golfers contested the first round of the summer four-ball on Saturday.
The event was 4BBB stroke and it attracted a strong field keen to establish some superiority early in the five-round competition.
Greg Hall and Bruce Brown would be the most over-handicapped pair going around at the moment (which should come as no surprise seeing as Hall has only just relinquished the role of handicapper) and if they were gamblers they would have been barred from every casino in the country.
They were clinical in their demolition of the course, finishing with a 12-under par 58 nett, which gave them a two-stroke win.
The tone was set early — starting on the back nine, Hall birdied the par-four 10th for a nett two.
From there on they shared the scoring duties and their sensational round had only one blemish — a six on the par-four fourth hole.
John Fuller and Tony Borrelli will be another formidable team in this competition, heading the ball competition with the next best score of 60.
Tash Doherty and Cory Berghofer also featured in the ball competition with 61.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Fuller with a great shot on the long sixth, Bruce Brown on the ninth, Russell Dunn on the jackpot 12th and Hall on the 14th.
Of course captain Hall couldn’t resist having another swipe at last week’s winner, who was able to attend presentations this week, by thanking everyone for staying back.
He’ll be happy to know that the GoFundMe page set up to assist with said winner’s transfer to a new club has been well and truly over-subscribed and will now come with a round the world golfing tour too.
Last Thursday’s twilight competition was very well attended and was easily won by Clare Doherty with what was probably the best score of the year so far.
Her score of 51-20.5-30.5 was three shots ahead of her nearest rival Cory Berghofer, who was runner-up with 39-5.5-33.5.
Ball winners were Barry Webber and Damien Sceney with 36 and 37 respectively.
Doherty won least putts with 16, while Berghofer took the jackpot on the ninth. The two-point cut was 39.5.
Hall and Bruce Brown warmed up for the summer four-ball with a run in the Melbourne Cup 4BBB stableford last week, an event they won with 43 points.
They were just one point in front of runners-up Barry Webber and Keith Hogeboom.
It was a blanket finish with only three points covering first to last.
Tony Borrelli took the nearest-the-pin on the ninth.
Next Saturday’s event is par.