Wet conditions greeted the field of 30 players for Saturday’s stableford competition.
The score of the day come from Shane Anderson, who seemed more relaxed after being voted out as president at the recent AGM. He fired a 39 off the stick on the back 9 to give him 23 points which he then followed up with 19 points on the front. The 8 pars in his round were exceptional and with no double bogeys on the card he was always going to be hard to beat.
Runnerup with another usual boring round was the ever reliable Peter Walker who carded 38 points with a birdie on the 12th being a highlight. The other minor placegetters were Tyson Ploenges and Stump Murray, fresh from his victorious Presidential Campaign.
In the B grade John “Horrie” Foggo made a long awaited return to the winners circle with a well compiled 38points. The only hiccup in his round was on the long 14th hole where he failed to score. A shot behind was Shane McFlanders with 37 points.
A countback was needed for the next positions with Ant Mathys having a little better back nine to beat Blue Kuhl. The nearest to the Pin winners were Leo Price on the 7th and Brett Williams on the 9th with Chris Holden having the best 2nd on the 11th.
The prized chocolate went to the re-elected Captain who must be thinking that the curse has finally struck after 2 years. Congratulations also to Dean Moore who defeated Allen Meyer in a close contest to win last season’s Top Dog .
This week will see a par round before the holding of the Katnook Monthly Medal the week after with twilight golf still on Friday with tee off around 5, non golfers are also more than welcome to come for a hit and a feed.
SMOOTH AS SILK.
With spring finally making a rare appearance a field of 28 took to the course for a leisurely stroke round.
The standout golfer was John Wilkinson who finally played a round that was worthy of a thumbs up but still left him speechless at presentation. He fired a blistering nett 67 which was aided by a 42 off the stick on the back 9 to all but guarantee the B grade win and score of the day. This was an unusually indifferent card in which he still managed to find a way to put in 6 double bogeys.
The runner-up was Blue Kuhl with a nett 68 who found a little patch of form with 2 consistent nines with a birdie on the 17th a highlight.
The other 2 places were Steven Skeer and Ant Mathys who both fired nett 73 with Skeer winning on countback, although with a nine on the 14th due to a pine cone that travelled a good distance further than the ball that was resting behind said cone, still being enough.
The A grade was won by the old reliable Don ’Massey’ Ferguson who each week just seems to get the job done. His nett 70 got him the trophy and a few extra side bets which hopefully one day he may just invest in a buggy that will see a full round of golf out.
Once again Peter Walker made a podium finish with a well compiled nett 72 even after his cart returned from the crash repairs after his regular playing partner found a novel way of servicing it by parking it upon the ladies tee marker on the 10th. It can be said the ‘Pope’ does usually ride aboard the Pope Mobile and not steer it.
The other minor places were Jock Agnew with nett 73 and Andrew Hutchesson with a nett 75.
The trick shot winners were Leo Price on the 7th and Matt Stephenson on the 9th with Peter Walker having the best 2nd on the 11th. The chocolates were a hotly contested prize with 4 players vying for the Naga. Max Skeen got the nod as he is still coming to terms with the tight Penola layout but a few more rounds will see his scores improving.
With the show in full swing a dedicated bunch of golfers headed to the course for the Prince of Wales Monthly Medal.
After a week of intensive golfing Peter Walker continues to find ways of claiming the top prize for the A Grade and his score of 84 off the stick for a nett 72 was enough to win on countback over the club champion, Jock Agnew.
Walker used his kowledge of the greens to have only 26 putts which helped keep his scoring to a minimum and also take out the puting competition.
He parred wight holes for the day, with two double bogeys and a three putt his only hiccup.
Runner-up was Agnew who played his usual calculated game to also have a nett 72 after firing a 76 off the beater.
He had a purple patch just before the half time hotdog with birdies on the eight and ninth holes getting him back to square on the card.
Again he showed how to keep his cool with his playing partners imploding around him and just adding a little fuel to the fires to ensure they didn't get back in the game.
The B Grade was won by John Wilkinson who also had a week swanning around the courses to have a 91-19-72 to win by one shot over Steven Skeer who also shot a 91 but his 18 handicap being the difference between victory.
The C Grade needed a countback also to determine the winner with Horrie Foggo beating Trent Nankivell, with both having nett 76.
Foggo's back nine was just a little better which got him over the line.
Jason Jackson made a welcome return after recovering from apotentially career ending kneww injury to take out third with a nett 77.
Long drive winners were Leo Price, Wilkinson and Trent Nankivell winning ABC grade respectively.
And the nearest the pin winners were Steven Skeer on the ninth and Agnew winning the seventh and 13th.
The Prince of Wales Tim "Turtle" made an appearance for presentations and awarded a special NAGA prize of a colouring pack whoch could be used to pass the time instead of golf.
This went to Brad Mathys who is still finding his swing after a lengthy period away from the course.