Greg Hutchesson has shot an excellent 77 off the stick for 67 nett as he headed the field for the second round of qualifying for the Patrick of Coonawarra Club Championship at Penola Golf Club.
In a competition that composed of two tee-off groups due to the local grand finals, the top positions were spread fairly evenly giving no biased to either morning or afternoon play.
Numbers were still good despite the alternate options as 26 players tried to make their scores count towards a finals playoff.
Hutchesson made every post a winner as he started with a par and a birdie to get things rolling.
He finished 38-39 with nine pars and two birdies to put himself in second place on the overall open qualifying leaderboard.
His score of nett 67 was three shots clear of any competition in A Grade and also the clear best round of the day.
The runner-up in A Grade was one of the players kicking off the dew, Paul Harmer.
His round of nett 70 was two contrasting nines, with 46 on the front nine before storming home with 39 on the back nine.
A couple of back to back monster putts for birdie and par helped his cause considerably.
Jeremy Briggs also shot nett 70 as he starts to make his move towards finals qualification.
Lindsay Storer completed the placings, finishing fourth with nett 71.
In the B Grade, Matt Stephenson posted his first decent score for the qualifying period with nett 68 which was good enough to win the grade by two shots.
His best effort came in the patch after the half time break where he had three pars and a birdie in the first four holes.
Ant Mathys finished runner-up with 70, a solid effort from him.
Good, consistent scoring on the front nine gave him a solid foundation for the round.
John Gregory finished third with nett 74, showing glimpses of form saw him be a force to reckon with in match play.
Nearest the pins were won by Andrew Hutchesson on the ninth and the 16th and Brad Nathys on the seventh.
Greg Hutchesson capped off a good day by having the best second on the 11th.
Brad Mathys won another ball, this time a chocolate won after a rusty return to the course.
Next week is the third round of the patrick of Coonawarra Club Champion
Fifteen women took to the course at Penola Golf Club to compete in the Rymill Wines monthly medal stroke round.
The A Grade competition saw penny Young take out the top position with nett 73 from Margaret Ferguson on 74.
Both Young and Claire Mossop had birdies on the 15th hole.
rosemary Ey was the B grade winner with 77 from Claire Larkin with 78.
In the C Grade, Barbara Provis beat Margaret Murray to the punch with 81 from Murray's 84.
Margaret Ferguson won the putting with 30 on a count back from Mossop and Ey won nearest the pin on the 13th.
The prize winners were presented with bottles of Rymill wines.
With the election underway, a field of 31 players took to the Penola Golf Course on Saturday for the Wynns Coonawarra Estate monthly medal.
It was also the first round of qualifying for this years club championship and all players were out to post a good score.
The A Grade had a variety of scores with Don Ferguson being the pick with a nett 70 and showing that he will be in the mix for the open.
Ferguson was consistent throughout the round with two double bogeys being his only major hiccup.
The runner-up was Chris Holden with a nett 72 which may see him be a sneaky chance of earning a spot in the open.
In third was Nathan Williams with a 73 and again showed that he can putt by winning the putting comp with 25 putts.
A handful of players came up with nett 74s with Peter Walker wining on countback for fourth.
The B Grade was taken out by Mal Redman with a 70, one shot ahead of John Wilkinson.
It can be said that his heart was not in the game after his beloved Swans were set upon by a horde of Hawks the night before.
Third was Andrew Hutchesson on 72, who came out early so as to get home to watch the footy.
Sadly his day didn't go to plan with the Cats failing to deliver.
Grant Stephenson was his consistent self scoring a reasonable 73.
The C Grade was a little more spread out with Dean Moore showing glimpses of his old form for a nett 72.
Trevor Williams mad a rare appearance on a Saturday to post a 74.
They were the standout scores with Mark Edwards back on 77 and Curt Evans with 79 to round out the places.
Players are reminded that due to the Eagles making the grand final this weekend that some players will be teeing off early to head over to watch the match.
The afternoon golfers will still be out in force.
So due to possibly losing some players another round of qualifying has been added to give everyone a fair chance to qualify, which will be held on September 29, the day after the AFL grand final.
The first qualifying round for Championships was held with 15 in the field.
A Grade winner was Mary Cram with nett 70 followed by Penny Young 75 on countback from Claire Larkin 75.
B Grade winner was Sandy Kidman 79 from Barbara Provis 80 on countback from Liz Copping 80.
Long Drives were won by Mary Cram and Barbara Provis.