An enthusiastic field of 34 golfers took to the Penola Golf Course last Saturday for the Rabobank Monthly Medal. With glorious, albeit slightly icy conditions on offer, scoring proved somewhat tough for the majority of the field.
Round of the day went to Sam Hill in C-Grade with a nett 71 – the only player to better his handicap. A solid 47 on the front nine was bettered by a 44 on the back to give him 91 off the stick in total. Runner-up and four shots behind Hill was Ant Mathys with a nett 75. In third was Peter Ey with a nett 79 while local Doc Nirmal Grewal took 4th place honours with a nett 80.
Over in B-Grade, the ever reliable Peter Walker claimed a two shot victory with a nett 73 over Curt Evans. Recovering from a dreaded snowman on the first, Walker played consistent golf throughout the round with a birdie on the 13th a highlight. In third place was Peter Lunnay with a nett 76 while Mike Redman took fourth with a nett 77.
A three-way countback in A-Grade was required before Jock Agnew could claim honours with a nett 72. A 44 on the front nine was bettered by a 39 on the back 9, featuring 6 pars. Runner-up was Lindsay Storer while third place went to David Murray whose 4-putt on the 18th ultimately proved costly. Peter Docking rounded out the placings in 4th with a nett 73.
Nearest the pin winners were Greg Hutchesson with the best 3rd on the 17th while twin brother Andrew had the closest on the 9th and Peter Lunnay the 7th.
Lee Bateman took honours in the putting comp with 26 putts in total, featuring 9 one-putts and one that went in from off the green.
The NAGA went to Chris Holden with an offensive nett 91. Surprisingly, Holden still managed to win his top dog game, proving that golf is nothing but a foolish game at times.
Next Saturday is the 3rd round of the Captain’s Trophy and will be a stableford competition. Tee-off from 11:30. Once again, all welcome.