With near perfect conditions a smaller than normal field took to the course to contest the Pinkerton, Palm, Hamlyn and Steen Monthly Medal. The course was looking a bit damp around some greens with the front 3 holes being closed for the first time this year with the composite course in play.
On a day that should have seen some great scoring not one player managed to break their handicap. The A grade winner and also tied for score of the day was Leo Price with a very creditable nett 74. He could only manage 9 pars for the day but was able to limit his double bogey’s to 2 holes, both of which he 3 putted.
In the runner-up position was George Kidman a further few shots behind on nett 78. He was struggling with the elements and his short game was not up to his usual standard with only 4 pars on his card. A highlight of his game was with his putter which may have saved him.
In 3rd was Greg Hutchesson a few more shots further back with a nett 83, well clear of his nearest rival. Things definitely weren’t going his way when chipping from under the trees on the 15th he managed to hit a ball some 30 metres in front of him and launch the ball sideways away from the green.
The B grade was won by Stump Murray with a nett 74 also. A rare birdie for the day on the 11th was the standout with only 4 pars helping his card from blowing out. Like all who played he was having a little trouble with the flat stick.
The runner-up was Curt Evans on nett 75 who had a major turnaround after the break. After using nearly his entire quota of his 18 handicap on the back 9, with 2 errant drives on the dangerous 12th hole, he righted his radar. A well compiled 40 off the stick on the front 9 ensured he placed well enough to have even stole the win.
A 4 way countback was needed to separate the final places with Peter Walker edging out John Wilkinson, Paul Harmer and Cheers Bill all on nett 78.
The C grade also struggled around the course with Ant Mathys winning with nett 78. Using his knowledge of the pin placements he putted extremely well and was a highlight of this card.
Runner-up was David Strothera with a nett 80 to edge out David Boyd on nett 81. Allen Meyer was in fourth with nett 84, who started the day well when he almost sliced more than his drive in the kitchen before play.
The Nearest to Pin winners hard to find with Paul Harmer the last player of the day landing just on the 9th to take the prize while Peter Walker hit a great approach on the 12th to win best 2nd. The long drives went to Greg Hutchesson in A, Andrew Hutchesson in the B with Sam Hill for the C grade.
A countback was not needed to decide the putting comp winner with 5 balls going out to a group of 5 with all having 30 putts.
Next week will be the 3rd round of the Captains Stableford trophy with hopefully a bigger field in attendance.
Full results here.