Tat Chat: Merrigum Golf

By Laura Briggs

There have been a couple of spring-like days for golf recently, however it was back to winter for Merrigum's Pinehurst event on Saturday as the weather turned cold and showery.

Nonetheless there were plenty of hardy souls willing to battle the elements for a day on the course.

Pinehurst is an interesting format for a game of golf, particularly if the two partners have widely differing handicaps. This usually means both players have to adapt to playing their second shots from a position they are unused to.

James Campbell and Tony Borrelli were rewarded for their resilience to the conditions by winning the event with a score of 83-14.2-68.8, a little over a shot ahead of their closest rivals. Tony is a steady and reliable golfer but he might have enjoyed playing his second shot from a lot closer to the green than he might normally do.

The runners-up were Rod Newham and Jeff Parry with a score of 101-30.8-70.2. Jeff in particular might have felt the conditions after recently returning from warmer climes.

Nearest the pins were won by James Campbell on both of the longest par threes, the sixth and the 14th; Ash Sanders on the ninth; and John Fuller on the jackpot 12th.

Because the format didn't allow for the chook shed challenge, the extra cash went towards the jackpot which was handy for John.

This coming Saturday's event is stableford.