Despite a sensational day and excellent conditions for scoring, John Wilkinson was one of only four players to finish in the positives. His score of 5 up was more than enough to be the round of the day and take out the B-Grade Competition in the par round. Wilkinson lead home the 22 strong field after six pars and only having one loss throughout the round.
In the A-Grade, Grant Stephenson was the only player to finish on the right side of the ledger after a steady round of 2 up. He had a consistent day with two nines of plus one with eight pars and a birdie on the 17th.
Runner up was the evergreen Peter Walker who finished square for the day. A rare poor patch on the back nine where he scratched three out of four holes cost him yet another victory.
Andrews Hutchesson recovered from a poor start to finish square. After losing the first two holes, Hutchesson recovered to his better form and recovered the deficit. A birdie on the 6th was his highlight.
George Kidman finished fourth on a countback. Although he could have been much better if it wasn’t for two losses on the last two holes. There were certainly glimpses of form as he hit 11 pars – including six in a row on the back nine – to show he won’t be far away from a win.
John Wilkinson dominated the B-Grade by 3 shots to win over David Smother and Ant Mathys. Smother finished runner up after a barnstorming back nine of 3 up which included three pars.
Mathys had a much improved round despite being up and down all day – in fact in his front nine he didn’t halve a single hole. He was much better on the back nine where he had three wins with only a single loss.
Tony Gleeson finished fourth with his round of two down.
Grant Stephenson won the nearest the pin on the 7th hole and Dean Moore had a rare win with his shot in on the 13th.
Next week’s round is the second round of the Club Stableford competition. Other coming events include the Penola and District Bendigo Bank Autumn Tournament on May 4th with over $1000 in prizes.
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