Curt Evans has broken through for his maiden mug win and round of the day at Penola Golf Club on Saturday.
A large field of 33 took on the third round of the President's Cup in overcast, but fortunate, dry conditions. Evans was in smoking hot form after an incident in a previous round saw his bag literally catch fire after an errant swing from his 3-wood caused a small explosion in his golf bag. There was some conjecture over whether there was more smoke coming out of his ears or his golf bag.
With new driver in hand, he performed brilliantly to finish six up in tough conditions. Utilising his handicap well, he made bogeys where it counted and two pars as well to be four up at the halfway point. A mixed bag on the back nine saw another five wins among three losses to cement his spot at the top of the B grade leaderboard and comfortably take out the cash.
In the A grade, the president himself won the prize after a solid round of two-up. Shane Anderson had two consistent nines of plus one and would have been pleased with seven pars and a birdie.
Peter Lunnay also finished with plus two after losing on a countback. His round was very similar to "Lofty's", as he also had two nine of one-up. Lunnay had six pars and a birdie on the 15th to ensure he won that hole.
Jock Agnew played some of his better golf for the month after a one-up round. This was helped by a great run on his second nine where he played the first six holes of the course one under.
Peter Walker beat Paul Harmer for fourth on countback. They both finished one down with Walker having the better back nine after hitting four pars.
Evans won the B grade in a canter, but the minor placings were much closer.
Mal Redman finished runner-up after shooting plus-two. Five pars and a birdie on the 13th showed glimpses of ability. David Strother headed a host of players who finished one-up. A strong finish with two wins in the last four holes saw him put his nose in front. Dean Moore was the next best after he finished one up on the back nine. Bevan Phillips and Matt Stephenson also finished one-up.
Leo Price and John Gregory wone the Patrick of Coonawarra Wines nearest the pins on the ninth and 16th respectively. Greg Hutchesson didn't go home empty handed after having the best second on the 11th in one of his rare highlights for the day.
The Toffee and Treats prize was won by Blue Lake visitor Bob Black who lost the last six holes in a row for the day to complete his miserable round.
Next week is the PPH&S monthly medal which should attract a good crowd should the weather hold out.
Full results to be found here.