Don Ferguson has found a good patch of form heading into this weekend’s championship finals after a very solid nett 68 in tricky conditions at Penola Golf Club on Sunday. Despite the Bureau of Meteorology issuing severe weather warnings for gale force winds, 22 golfers took on the course for the Monthly Medal stroke play championship. Ferguson would have been chuffed with his win, but unfortunately he hadn’t won a Monthly Medal in the past 12 months and therefore was ineligible to be crowned the A-Grade stroke play champion. This didn’t take the swagger out of his step as he hit 11 pars and a birdie on the 8th on his way to a comfortable victory.
Runner up was Lindsay Storer, who more importantly, won the A-Grade stroke play championship as the highest placed monthly medal winner. Storer had nett 72, mainly thanks to a strong back nine where he picked up 21 points after having 38 off the stick.
John Mossop finished third with nett 73 and would have learnt a lot after playing with his quarter final opponent. Peter Walker finished fourth in another steady display, shooting nett 74.
In the B-Grade, Pete Bullock had a stellar day as he hit nett 69 to win the day’s prize, as well as the B-Grade stroke play championship. He was consistent all day with pars coming regularly and had an added bonus of sinking a putt from off the green on the 7th for a birdie.
A three way countback was needed to decide the runner up, with Ant Mathys winning with his nett 76. His score was also good enough to win the C-Grade stroke play championship.
Allen Meyer finished third on countback also with nett 76, narrowly ahead of Paul Harmer.
The nearest the pins were won by Paul Harmer (7th), Jeremy Briggs (9th), Tony Gleeson (16th) with the best 2nd on the 12th taken out by Greg Hutchesson.
A small field of 9 players contested in a stableford competition on AFL Grand Final day. David Strother finished with the best score of 37 points, narrowly ahead of Bill Cheers and Leo Price on 36 points.
Next Saturday is the Bernie Flood Monthly Medal, with the forecast so far set to hit a toasty 28C. This event will be followed the next day by the club championship quarter and semi-finals.