It was another hot day for golf on Saturday as Merrigum golfers played a stroke round. While the temperature was borderline for morning golf, it was not forecast to be quite as hot as it became, hence the decision to play in the afternoon. Barry Webber is one of two players dominating Merrigum golf at the moment and he added another notch in his belt on Saturday, winning with a score of 101-32-69. He was the only player to finish under par and was three shots ahead of his closest rival. His win did cost him a shot off his handicap which is a little consolation for the rest of us who are struggling to keep up with him at the moment. Phil Savage was the runner-up with 92-20-72 and needless to say, he didn’t lose a shot from his handicap. John Fuller and Frank Leyden were next best with 73. Nearest the pins were won by Greg Hall on the ninth and Ash Sanders on the jackpot twelfth.
Craig Doherty won last Thursday’s twilight with a round of 47-9.5-37.5, two shots ahead of his nearest rival. Given that that rival was Frank Leyden, it was a pretty fair effort. It was an achievement not too many have been able to claim recently. Frank’s score was 48-8.5-39.5. Thursday’s result puts Craig and Frank equal at the top of the leader board, with Simon Doherty two points in arrears with not too many rounds left. Frank got his revenge on Craig by winning least putts on a countback after both players finished with sixteen. Simon Doherty took the jackpot for nearest the pin on the ninth and the two point cut was 41.5.
Hill Top - Merrigum’s pennant team moved to the top of the ladder after a 3/2 win over Numurkah at Hill Top on Sunday. Winners were Merrigum’s Greg Hall and Bruce Brown 2/1 and Hill Top’s Michael Mulcahy and Danyel Dryden 3/2 and Ty Guiney and Travis Worm also 3/2. The final of the preliminary rounds will be played at Mooroopna on Sunday with Merrigum taking on the home club from the 10th tee at 7.45am. It will be a tense finale with the top four teams playing each other and any of them able to make the final. A halved match at worst by Hill Top - Merrigum will see them into the final to be played at Hill Top the following week.
Next Saturday’s event is stableford.