A dedicated group of 19 players battled out the final round of the Captain’s Stableford Trophy in perfect golfing weather.
The best scores came from the B grade where a countback was needed to determine the winner with Ant Mathys winning over Bill Cheers. Both players had 40 points but Mathys had the better back 9 which gave him the victory. He managed to avoid the dreaded wipe out, with nothing worse than a double bogey. A birdie on the 17th was a highlight which yielded him 4 points for that hole.
Cheers was having a day out early with 21 points on the front with a clinical card of 2 pars and the rest bogeys. A little trouble after the break saw him score only one point on the first 2 holes before finishing strong, also scoring a birdie on the 17th.
A further one point behind was Allen Meyer who on most days would have done enough for the win. He too started strong with 21 points before the turn before having a run of 3 doubles before getting onboard the bogey train to finish with 39 points. Pete Bullock again was in the top 4 with a lazy 37 points. He had a stellar front with 23 points before struggling home with a meagre 14 points.
In the A grade Jeremy Briggs again came out on top with 37 points. With his current form he is looking to be one of the favourites come Championships. A countback saw Curt Evans beat out Peter Walker with both scoring 36 points. Evans was more consistent on the back 9 which was the catalyst of his score with Walker having a rare wipe on the 14th potentially costing him the overall victory. Rounding out the last position was President Stump Murray with 35 points.
Patrick’s of Coonawarra NTP winners were Bullock the 7th, Walker 9th with Briggs taking the best 2nd on the 11th. The card steward, Andrew Hutchesson, was reluctant to write in the NAGA as he had a day not to remember with a paltry 28 points which was low enough to take home the chocolates.