Shane Anderson has shrugged off the disappointment of losing the B-Grade Championship last week to win the A-Grade division of the Prince of Wales Hotel Monthly Medal at Penola Golf Club on Saturday. Players were blessed with a beautiful day and the course in pristine condition.
With pin positions still tight from the recently held championships, scoring well was expected to be difficult. However, a number of players had great scores, making competition very tight in some grades.
In the A-Grade, Shane Anderson headed the field and had round of the day with nett 68. His back nine of 39 off the stick was the difference as he hammered home 6 pars in a run of 7 holes, only having 12 putts for the nine in the process. After a slow start Anderson parred the 3rd, 4th and 5th to kick start his round.
Only one shot further back was Don Ferguson, who would have been confident of the win as he sat down to enjoy a beverage after the round. As per usual, Ferguson was on fire with the putter; his 26 putts enough to win the putting competition. He has ten pars in his round to finish with nett 69, but had to settle for the Runner’s Up prize.
In third place was Jock Agnew who posted a somewhat robotic nett 72. He did his best work on the back nine where he had 39 off the stick with six pars. Lindsay Storer finished in fourth position with nett 74.
In the B-Grade, Brett Williams continued his good form both on the course and in the fashion stakes with him shooting nett 69 in an outfit that wouldn’t be out of place on Ricky Fowler. Consistency was the key with two 43s. The highlight was the birdie from off the green on the 9th hole, making the halftime break much more enjoyable.
Andrew Hutchesson was runner up with nett 72, his birdie on the 12th helped him to 20 points on the back nine.
The old stalwart, Peter Walker, had nett 74 to finish third, with John Wilkinson two shots further back.
In the C-Grade, Trent Nankivell blitzed the opposition with nett 70, not bad after six weeks out of the game. His four pars and relatively consistent scoring helped him finish with nett 70.
Four shots further back was Bill Cheers with nett 74. Allen Meyer finished third with nett 77.
The longest drives were won by Nathan Williams, David Boyd and Ant Mathys. Nearest the pins were taken out by Leo Price, Peter Walker and Shane Anderson.
The encouragement award of the chocolates was won by Mal Redman, which I am sure will go well with a glass of red.
The competition also served as the Monthly Medal Winner’s Stroke play Championship which will see three players presented with their prize at the Presentation Night on November 4th. Presentation night will include dinner and happy half hour for $25.