SMOOTH AS SILK.
With spring finally making a rare appearance a field of 28 took to the course for a leisurely stroke round.
The standout golfer was John Wilkinson who finally played a round that was worthy of a thumbs up but still left him speechless at presentation. He fired a blistering nett 67 which was aided by a 42 off the stick on the back 9 to all but guarantee the B grade win and score of the day. This was an unusually indifferent card in which he still managed to find a way to put in 6 double bogeys.
The runner-up was Blue Kuhl with a nett 68 who found a little patch of form with 2 consistent nines with a birdie on the 17th a highlight.
The other 2 places were Steven Skeer and Ant Mathys who both fired nett 73 with Skeer winning on countback, although with a nine on the 14th due to a pine cone that travelled a good distance further than the ball that was resting behind said cone, still being enough.
The A grade was won by the old reliable Don ’Massey’ Ferguson who each week just seems to get the job done. His nett 70 got him the trophy and a few extra side bets which hopefully one day he may just invest in a buggy that will see a full round of golf out.
Once again Peter Walker made a podium finish with a well compiled nett 72 even after his cart returned from the crash repairs after his regular playing partner found a novel way of servicing it by parking it upon the ladies tee marker on the 10th. It can be said the ‘Pope’ does usually ride aboard the Pope Mobile and not steer it.
The other minor places were Jock Agnew with nett 73 and Andrew Hutchesson with a nett 75.
The trick shot winners were Leo Price on the 7th and Matt Stephenson on the 9th with Peter Walker having the best 2nd on the 11th. The chocolates were a hotly contested prize with 4 players vying for the Naga. Max Skeen got the nod as he is still coming to terms with the tight Penola layout but a few more rounds will see his scores improving.