While Merrigum survived last week’s downpour, the repercussions were felt this week as drainage from upstream flooded onto the course.
Thursday’s twilight competition was unscathed thanks to some hard work by a few of the members, however by Saturday the course resembled ‘The Lakes’ as the invading waters flooded the lower lying areas beside the drainage channel.
This meant that a composite course had to be worked out, which was a challenge for the match committee, but one it solved admirably.
Barry Webber would be happy to play the modified course every week if his score on Saturday was any indication. He blitzed the field by four shots with a score of 102-36-66.
Unfortunately for the rest of us he won’t be handicapped on his score because it was played on a modified course, but hopefully we can knock a few shots off him when we get back to the normal course.
Four players finished with nett 70, with Greg Hall, Andrew Wood and Wayne Thorson successful in the ball competition, while Ash Sanders was the unlucky one to miss out.
He did receive some consolation by winning the jackpot for nearest-the-pin on the 12th. Other nearest-the-pins went to Thorson on the island ninth and Wood with a great shot that hit the pin on the 14th.
Simon Doherty can finally lay claim to his own coveted stubby holder after he convincingly won last Thursday’s twilight competition with a score of 43-5-38. The club stubby holder has become an elite symbol of success, something that has eluded Doherty in recent times, up until now that is. He was three shots ahead of Wood, who was runner-up with 45-4-41.
Ron Christou took the jackpot on the ninth and Doherty was closest on the 14th. Damien Sceney won least putts with 16 and the two-point cut was 44.
There was a noteworthy win for four members — Zaylee Newham, Simon and Clare Doherty and Cory Berghofer — who ventured to Nathalia on Sunday for that club’s four-person ambrose.
Clare also won the ladies’ longest drive and nearest-the-pin, so it was a successful day for the group.
Saturday’s event is par. After golf on Saturday, December 23, the Christmas break-up barbecue will be held, so organise your family to come and join us for a social gathering.