Merrigum men played the second round of their championships on Saturday while the women played the first round of theirs.
It was another perfect day for golf and the scores this week reflected that with quite a few players getting the better of the course, with one notable exception — but more about that later.
Russell Speed set the course alight last week with a sensational score and he did it again this week despite having four shots less on his handicap to play with.
He won C-grade with 94-29-65 and is in a solid position to take the C-grade championship, with his main threat possibly Darryl Johnston who scored 96 but has only played one round to date.
He will need to play the final two rounds to be eligible.
Russ also won Bruce Brown’s voucher as well as the Privilege Cup for the best score of the day.
Bruce Brown was the A-grade winner with a great round of 78-12-66 but had to survive a count-back with Andrew Wood who had the best scratch score of the championships so far, 76-10-66.
Woody unfortunately had to withdraw after four holes last week due to injury so will now be under additional pressure to perform as he won’t be able to drop a bad score.
Bruce Brown has two good rounds on the board and is in a good position as far as the club championship goes.
John Fuller was the B-grade winner with 82-14-68 but he too had to survive a count-back, his with Ash Sanders who scored 84-16-68.
John has two good rounds under his belt so is well positioned in the B-grade championship.
In the women’s championships Tash Doherty had the best scratch round of the day with 93-15-78 while Rhonda Eberle had the best round of 77 nett.
The girls are playing the best two of three rounds so it will be another week to get a real idea of how their championships are shaping up.
Ball competition winners were Andrew Wood and Ash Sanders while Ash won the Simon and Tash Doherty-sponsored least putts with 28 on a count-back from Woody.
Nearest-the-pins were won by James Campbell on the sixth, Wayne Thorson on the ninth and Woody on the jackpot 12th.
As alluded to earlier, there was one exception to the good scoring.
A few weeks ago the captain decided to reintroduce the long defunct NAGA just so he could humiliate the scribe who had a tough day at the office that day.
Well the scribe was driving the karma bus on Saturday when it stopped to pick up captain Greg, after Greg produced the worst score of the day.
One suspects that the NAGA will once again be relegated to a bygone era.
Next Saturday is the third round of the men’s and second round of the women’s club championships.
It is also the second round of the Kyabram Tyre Service award and the eclectic.
— Bill Bray