On Saturday a field of 18 players braved the very cool conditions for the 4th rd of the Captain’s Stableford Trophy.
With a persistent shower greeting the players on the turn it was Curt Evans who handled the trying conditions the beat to win the B grade and also have the score of the day. A shaky first hole wipe was soon forgotten with a run of bogey’s getting him 16 points to the halfway hotdog.
After a quick stop to don the wet weather gear he finished with 5 pars and 3 bogey’s. A minor hiccup on the 14th was not enough to cost him the win, finishing the day with 38 points and well ahead of the rest of the field.
The runner-up was Allen Meyer with 34 points winning from Pete Bullock on countback. Meyer was able to perform better after the rain with 16 points on the back 9 with Bullock wiping the last hole after a birdie on the 17th to lose by the barest of margins. A further 2 points behind was Ant Mathys on 32 points to make up the final placing.
The A grade have been struggling with the course of late and again this week saw some low scores once more. Lucky that John Mossop has not been out of late voicing his disapproval of the appalling scores that have been returned, not that he has troubled the scores of late. A countback was needed to separate the winner with Leo Price beating Peter Lunnay, both on 33 points.
Price was having trouble in the wet with a card that resembled the Crows up and down ladder position. 3 pars and a birdie on the 13th was offset by the 3 wipes for that 9. Lunnay on the other hand lost the win scoring only 8 points on the final 6 holes.
Another countback was needed for the next positions with Jock Agnew edging old Don Ferguson with 32 points. Ferg thought he had done enough to beat Agnew but after readjusting his handicap to the correct number had to concede that he would not be collecting from Agnew. We all know Ferg just loves to get that $2 from all and sundry and had to actually hand it back under much protest.
NTP winner on the 7th was Jeremy Briggs with Allen Meyer taking the 9th. Best 2nd went to Jim Cameron on the 12th, making a welcome return to the course after a lengthy period on the injury list.
The prized NAGA chocolate went to Mark Edwards who was also the winner of same prize on Thursday. With only 24 points and tied with Shane Anderson, it was a pity vote that saw him get the NAGA after a hasty trip to the course on Thursday was accompanied by a brief roadside chat much to the amusement of fellow golfers travelling past on the way to the course.
This week will be the 5th rd of the President’s Trophy with Stump aiming for an early start.