Paul Harmer has finished on top of the leaderboard to claim the A-Grade prize at the Penola Golf Club on the weekend. In tricky, blustery conditions, most of the 24 players struggled to control their balls as the wind blew hard all day. Harmer, playing low into the breeze, found form around the greens to sink long putts. In the process he had six pars and a birdie on the 14th for 38 points and won the competition on a countback.
Runner-up on a countback was Andrew Hutchesson, who also had 38 points. He was unlucky as usual, as could have had 40 points plus, however reality meant he only had the 38. He scored well on the front nine, where he had three pars.
In third place was Peter Lunnay who had a commendable 37 points. He had particularly good patch on the back nine where he played the first five holes to par, including a birdie on the 10th.
Leo Price finished 4th also with 37 points, but easily could have won the day. Only a few missed opportunities on the green cost him a 40 plus score. His birdies on the 8th and 13th – the latter to claim the nearest the pin- were a highlight.
In the B-Grade, David Boyd was the winner with 38 points as well. His back nine was typical Boyd;five pars alongside two wipes. He was much more consistent on the front nine as he maintained a steady bogey average.
Runner up was Tony Gleeson, who just like Richmond, missed out on the prize by a whisker. He had six pars on his way to 37 points.
Shane McPherson was the best of the rest with 34 points.
Other winners were Stephen Hill with the best shot on the 9thand AntMathys with the closest 2nd on the 5th.
Chris Holden also cleaned up with an eagle on the 17th to win a box of balls from the nest.
George Kidman didn’t have his best day and was a deserved chocolates winner. However, you know it is not your day when upon delivery, the prize remained suspended six feet above your head.