Leo Price was right on his game to take out the Bernie Flood Conveyancers Monthly Medal at Penola Golf Club in Saturday. His score of nett 69 was not only good enough to win the A-Grade but to be round of the day as well. Leading into club championships, it was just the form Price would have liked. He had 36 off the stick on the front nine which included 5 pars and two birdies before slowing down on the back nine.
A solid field of 24 golfers enjoyed the warm conditions, although the strong winds and tricky pin placements made some holes more difficult than usual.
The A-Grade field wasn’t large, but they showed why they are in that grade with all but one having satisfactory scores.
Runner up was Jock Agnew, who had 76 off the stick for a nett 71. He also had 36 of the stick on the front nine, having played this nine last. A rare 4-putt on the 12th was the only blemish on his card and may have cost him the win.
In third place was the silver fox himself, Don Ferguson, with a nett 72. He had a solid consistent performance that included five pars and two birdies.
John Mossop rounded out the placings finishing fourth with nett 74. This was a good result after a picket fence start of five single pointers. His finishing nine included six pars which the big fella would have been happy with.
In the B-Grade, a count-back was needed to separate three players who all finished with nett 70. Steven Skeer got the nod after scoring 22 points on the back nine which included six pars.
Runner up was Peter Walker with 19 points on the back nine. Whilst more consistent, walker would be disappointed with having 32 putts and this probably cost him the win. He still had seven pars and a birdie on the 17th to show no signs of slowing down.
Graham Pope finished third after another solid round. Despite his handicap drifting out, he showed that he still has a bit of form left with five pars in a consistent performance.
Paul Harmer finished fourth with nett 71. The highlight of the round for him would have been the birdie on eighth.
In the C-Grade, Mark Edwards was the winner with nett 73. After a not so great first nine, he was six shots better on the back nine which helped him get over the line. He was helped considerably by a chip in for birdie on the 12th for a birdie.
Ant Mathys was runner up with nett 74 after another sound round, beating John Foggo on countback.
In the nearest the pin competitions, the winners were John Mossop (7th), Allen Meyer (9th) and Tony Gleeson (best 2nd on the 12th).
The longest drives were won by Ben Doolan, John Wilkinson and Mark Edwards in the A, B and C grace respectively. Apparently Mark Edwards drive was only marginally longer than one of his drives in lawn bowls. Dave Murray won the putting competition on his own countback.
2014 sees the end of the over 25 years of sponsorship from Bernie Flood Conveyancing. The club would like to publicly thank him for his support over the past 25 years. Small clubs like Penola would not be able to survive if it wasn’t for the support of loyal sponsors.
With daylight savings back on, twilight golf will begin again this Friday, October 10th. This competition is open to all players, both members and non-members. Cost is only $10 (members $5) which includes 9 holes and a free BBQ at the conclusion of play. Tee off is between 5:00 and 5:30pm at the Penola Golf Club.