Merrigum golf

December 07, 2017

The day could not have been less like summer for the second round of Merrigum’s summer four-ball on Saturday.

Heavy overnight rain threatened to derail the day altogether, however the course soaked up a good portion of the water and with a few minor shifts of tees the course was quite playable.

However, a cold wind made the day unpalatable and just to top off a great day weatherwise, when the wind abated later in the round, steady light rain set in to exacerbate the chill factor.

The event was pairs ambrose and Bruce Brown and Greg Hall did nothing to disprove the assertion they are the most over-handicapped pair possibly on the planet as they made it two from two in the summer four-ball to take a tight grip on the five-round competition.

Their score was 73-7.5-65.5, which was a pretty good effort in the heavy-going conditions which favoured those golfers who could get the ball in the air.

The pair was challenged by Tony Borrelli and Wayne Thorson who were just a quarter of a shot back with 74-8.25-65.75.

Borrelli was runner-up in the last round too but unfortunately it was with a different partner, so where he might have been only two points behind he finds himself 11 points in arrears on two counts.

Next best were Simon and Craig Doherty with 66.5. Craig probably would have had some difficulty enticing his partner out of the chook shed to complete the round as the president is quite averse to wet weather.

Nearest the pin winners were Thorson on the ninth, Hall on the 12th and Brown on the 14th, so the day’s trophies were not spread very far.

Rising young star Zaylee Newham had a stunning round to win last Thursday’s twilight competition with a round of 49-21.5-27.5, made even more phenomenal by the fact it was over the long course. Zaylee’s round is quite likely the best twilight round ever.

The distant runner-up was fellow junior Clare Doherty with a round of 55-19.5-35.5. She has been no slouch in the twilight competition either and should be right up the leaderboard.

Barry Webber was the ball competition winner with 39.

Zaylee had least putts with 14, Andrew Wood took the jackpot for nearest the pin and the two-point cut was 41.

This Saturday’s event is stroke.

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