The first round of the tree-ball challenge, a pairs ambrose cross-country event, was played at Merrigum on Saturday.
As desperate as the need for rain is, the weather has been perfect for golf during the past couple of weeks, so everything was all set for a great day on the composite course of 20 holes.
The captain was out early setting up the course, only to have all his hard work undone by some tee tampering.
Bruce might find himself on the next plane home after he put all the tees back to their normal Saturday position, perhaps in a show of defiance against us meddling with the traditions of the sport during a week when the tradition continues at Augusta.
We look forward to having Bruce back and playing once he has served his suspension.
Once the event got under way the competition was tight, with less than four shots covering the entire field.
This sets up a great second and final round later in the year with all the pairs who played on Saturday well and truly still in the hunt.
Rod Newham and Phil Savage were the narrowest of winners on Saturday with a score of 80-17-63.
They were one-third of a shot ahead of young Joe Chant and Andrew Wood, who scored 74-10.7-63.3.
Newham had a few weeks in the golfing doldrums recently, so who better than the wily ‘‘fabulous Phil’’ to get in his ear and set him on the path to redemption.
There are two pairs a further third-of-a-shot in arrears but as already mentioned, all pairs are still in contention.
Nearest-the-pins were won by Clint Prygoda shooting to both the third and ninth greens, Craig Doherty on the fourth and young Joe Chant on the jackpot 18th.
Next Saturday is the mixed Canadian club championship.
Those men without a partner for the mixed event will play stroke.
On Friday, any juniors with an interest in trying the game of golf are invited to come to Merrigum Golf Club between 10am and 11am.
They will learn the basics of the game and take the opportunity to hit some golf balls, all free of charge.
Members will be on hand to help at the session.
Clubs will be available for those juniors who don’t have their own.