Merrigum golf

February 23, 2018

Saturday’s event at Merrigum was aggregate par, the final round of the summer four-ball and a real test for friendships.

Saturday’s event at Merrigum was aggregate par, the final round of the summer four-ball and a real test for friendships.

In-form players can quickly find their efforts negated by out-of-form partners and this happened to more than one pair on Saturday. No doubt there will be a few players scouring the results looking for a prospective new partner for next season’s event.

There won’t be any need for Saturday’s winners to be seeking out new partners as they decimated the field with a score of +10, eight better than the next in line.

Rhonda Eberle and Tash Doherty had a sensational day, with Rhonda surely having her best-ever day on the course and contributing +9 to the score. When you have a partner in that kind of form you don’t have to do too much except not undo your partner’s good work and Tash did that admirably by finishing on the positive side of the ledger with +1.

I have a feeling Ronnie might be high on a few people’s wish list as a partner for the next summer four-ball, even though she did lose a couple of shots from her handicap.

It was an outstanding effort from the pair and dashed the hopes of those pairs within reach of overall honours but needing lots of points. Roger Gillon and Barry Webber were the ball competition winners with +2 on a count back from Wayne Thorson and Barry Webber, and yes you will have noticed two players jumping on the Bazza bandwagon, the form male player at the moment.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Wayne Thorson on the sixth, Brutus Brown on the ninth, Tash Doherty on the jackpot 12th and Popeye Brown on the 14th.

Thanks go to Phil Savage for his sponsorship of the summer four-ball. The overall winners were Bruce Brown and Greg Hall with 36 points. They set the pace early and managed to hold on to that lead, finishing six points ahead of Frank Leyden and Andrew Wood, who didn’t play the last round. Simon and Craig Doherty finished third with 29 points.

The twilight competition had its finale last Thursday and what an exciting climax it was. Bruce Brown had his third outing for the season and was the easy winner with a round of 42-5.5-36.5. Simon Doherty started the evening one point behind Andrew Wood and finished runner-up with 43-2.5-40.5, earning three points for the night.

Woody could only manage his one point for turning up after being penalised for playing the wrong ball during the round. That meant Simon overhauled him right at the death after Woody had led almost all year.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Simon Doherty on the jackpot ninth, Bruce Brown on the 12th and Tash Doherty on the 14th.

Least putts was won by Andrew Wood with 17 on a count back from Simon and Craig Doherty and the two-point cut was 41. Overall standings were Simon Doherty 40 points, Andrew Wood 39 and Craig Doherty taking third place with 35 points on a count back from Barry Webber.

Simon was also the overall least putts winner with an average of 16.7 from Woody with 16.8.

The club is indebted to the following sponsors of the twilight competition and thank them for their support: Bennett’s Sports, Fitzgerald’s Meats, Greg Hall and Ron Christou. Thanks also to Simon, Tash and Greg who for the most part ran the twilight competition.

Saturday’s event is stroke for the Privilege Cup, sponsored by Bruce Brown, which also incorporates least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty. This is definitely the last opportunity to qualify for the next Tiger Cup play-off.

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