With the weather being a little cooler than in previous weeks a field of 22 players took to the Penola Golf Course to compete in Round 3 of the club stableford trophy.
John Mossop returned to the winners circle with a score of 39 points to win the A Grade and have score of the day.
He continued his good form from the old farmer’s golf on Thursday, scoring freely on the outward nine for 22 points.
He slowed down a little on the back nine but was still good enough to get the win.
Runner-up was Peter Lunnay who played some consistent golf to finish a shot back on 38.
Lunnay began well with two pars before trouble on the fourth, which was his only blemish for the day.
His back nine was good with numerous pars keeping the score ticking over.
Back in third was captain Greg Hutchesson who has found form of late with 37 points.
He had his driver working overtime but was wasteful around the greens, although he still managed to score on every hole for the day.
Shame Anderson made the top four with 34 points, winning on countback over Lindsay Storer.
The B Grade was closer with a countback needed with both players finishing with 38 points, with Sam Hill getting the nod from David Strumpupator.
Hill parred the last two holes to storm to the front which cancelled out the three wipe-outs he had in his round.
Strumpupator plodded along all day and he too had a purple patch at the end of the day, scoring 11 points on the last four holes but the wipe-out on the 14th cost him the win.
There was clear daylight to the rest of the field with John Gregory shooting 32 points for third over Ant Mathys on 31 points.
The Patrick of Coonawarra nearest the pin winners were Jock Agnew on the seventh, Adam Stephenson on the ninth and Greg Hutchesson taking the best second on the 11th.
Mark Edwards knocked on to within a metre to take home the Redman Wines progressive NTP on the 13th.
The prized chocolate for the NAGA went to Don Ferguson who amassed a meagre 24 points.
Full results here.
Weather conditions were near perfect for this time of year as 24 players contested the first round of the President’s trophy at the golf course.
The scores reflected the conditions with more than half the field returning a score of square or better, with Blue Kuhl being the standout with a 6 up to win the day and to also win the A grade.
His day started slowly with 2 bogeys before a run 4 pars kick started his card. A little trouble on the relatively easy par 3 was soon forgotten with a birdie par finish on the front 9 to be 5 up on the turn. After the break he struggled to score freely but finished the back 9 1 up.
A further 3 shots back was Andrew Hutchesson on 3 up, edging out Jock Agnew also on 3 up. Senior had a consistent first 9 with one little hiccup with some tree trouble to go to the turn 2 up. The returning 9 was a lot different with a wayward 3rd shot on the 6th finding the cursed pencil pine, as many a ball has done before.
Jock was on song early and was 3 up before the 7th were a bogey from nowhere slowed the old boy up. After the break Jock had a bad run on the outward track wiping the first 3 holes before rebooting his CPU to rack up 4 wins to the finish. The old Grey Ferg was a shot back making up the final place.
In B grade 2 players finished on 5 up with Allen Meyer getting the nod over Shane “Ned” McPherson. Al struggled to make an impact on the front 9 to go 1 down before the turn. After the break it was a completely different game as he scored freely to have 6 wins and no wipe-outs.
Ned on the other hand was doing no wrong on his first 9 till a little trouble around and on the green of the 18th cost him a shot. After the break he fired up to race to 7 up before 3 wipes out of 4 holes gave him a reality check to finish his round.
Visiting the course again was Nick Wilson who returned a card with 4 up a3 up. Mark Edwards was a shot back on 3 up.
Patrick’s of Coonawarra NTP winners were Paul Harmer on the 7th, being one of a few to actually hit the green, Jock on the 9th and 16th with the best 2nd on the 11th going to Shane.
This week’s event will be the 3rd round of the Club Stableford trophy.
Nathan "Schnitzel" Williams has been crowned the 2014 Bendigo Bank Penola Autumn Champion after shooting 74 at the Penola Golf Course on Saturday.
Keeping in the spirit of success of left handers this week, Williams emulated Bubba Watson and finished off strongly with a sensational 34 off the stick on the back nine.
“Schnitzel” started in great fashion, birdying the first hole, he etched his way onto the champions board in a clinical display, finishing the day with 10 pars and three birdies to be a comfortable three strokes clear of Naracoorte visitor, Trevor Smith.
Despite the idyllic conditions, only a small field of 26 players entered the autumn tournament.
With three grades of prizes up for grabs, there was ample opportunity for those who did enter.
Williams was a clear winner in the gross open event, taking home a swag of prizes in the process.
In the nett event, Leo Price got the goodies on countback after shooting a steady nett 72, five pars and a birdie on the back ensured he was always going to be strong if a countback was needed.
John Mossop finished runner up on nett after also shooting a nett 72.
In the B Grade, the smiling assassin, Andrew Hutchesson was a runaway winner with a solid 85 off the beat and was consistent all day having nine pars in his round.
A wipe on the last would have made him a little nervous, but fortunately for him, the rest of the players were not close enough and he won with four shots up his sleeve.
The evergreen Graham Pope finished runner-up with 89 off the stick which momentarily ceased his grumbling.
The handicap prize went to Pete Bullock who shot an impressive nett 71 after a slow start.
Bullcok was the master of the par three holes, claiming two prizes on the seventh and the ninth as he went along and four pars on the back nine improved his score somewhat.
Runner-up was Paul Harmer who started well but struggles to hole putts all day to limp in with nett 75.
Former president, Shane Anderson, was in the box seat after nine holes, but faded badly to miss out on the prizes by a countback.
The C Grade was won by our local hero, Shane McPherson, who carded a very respectable 91 as he finds a rich vein of form.
Bendigo Bank spokesperson Mark Edwards finished runner-up with nett 93.
The handicap prize was won by Sam Hill, who shot nett 73.
Hill was a little inconsistent as he alternated between pars and double bogeys, but still did enough to win the prize from David Strother.
The other nearest the pins were won by Greg Hutchesson on the 13th and Terry Chant on the 16th.
Long drives were won by Terry Chant, John Wilkinson and Peter Kitchingham in their respective grades.
Full results here.