Merrigum golf

March 29, 2018

Saturday's Tiger Cup winner Simon Doherty (right) telling Bruce Andrews of his ambition to surpass Bruce's tally of nine club championships.

One of Merrigum Golf Club’s big individual honours, the Tiger Cup, was contested on Saturday.

It is a play-off between the 12 monthly Privilege Cup winners of the past year and was initiated by club past-president Kevin Pratt, for whom Merrigum Golf Club held a special place in his heart.

Sadly Kevin passed away in June 2016, but his memory is perpetuated with the Tiger Cup and his good friend Allan McGrath was on hand to present the trophy to this year’s winner.

Simon Doherty nominated this as one of three boxes he wanted to tick this year, the others being winning the twilight competition, which he has achieved, and the club championship, which happens in the next month or so.

He won the Tiger Cup and the day (which earns him the first spot in next year’s play-off) with a solid round of 81-12-69 after a shaky start on the first few holes.

Doherty must have been humbled by the win because the scribe often relies on him to forward the results when he can’t stay for presentations, as he was hoping for on Saturday.

After a win by Doherty, they usually arrive with scorch marks on them they come so quickly.

However, on this occasion the scribe had to return to the club to retrieve them.

Doherty also was the leading point scorer in the Kyabram Tyre Service award, which got under way on Saturday, and was the winner of Bruce Brown’s voucher which goes to the Privilege Cup winner.

Ball competition winners were John Fuller with 70 nett, Allan McGrath 72 and Bruce Brown 73 on a count back from Clint Prygoda.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Clint Prygoda on the sixth, Andrew Wood on the ninth, Simon Doherty on the jackpot 12th and Ash Sanders on the 14th.

John Fuller was the winner of Simon and Tash’s least putts with 27.

Easter Saturday’s event is stableford.

— Bill Bray

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