Golf week­end sum­mer com­pe­ti­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery

GOLF: The Gayn­dah Golf Club is host­ing its first Eclec­tic Sum­mer Com­pe­ti­tion, with two rounds played at the week­end.

The idea be­hind the com­pe­ti­tion is to al­low play­ers to keep their best scores per hole to cal­cu­late their to­tal.

Gayn­dah Golf Club cap­tain Steve Gal­lagher said the Eclec­tic Sum­mer Comp was an­other ad­di­tion to an al­ready var­ied golf cal­en­dar that helped to keep the game fresh from week to week.

“This is a great idea for a com­pe­ti­tion,” Gal­lagher said.

“It’s a fun idea, so for ex­am­ple if I shoot a birdie on the sec­ond hole but in the next round I shoot a par or bo­gey then I re­tain that orig­i­nal birdie.

“That means you get to cal­cu­late your best pos­si­ble score by the end of the 10 rounds, hand­i­caps also come into ef­fect with this com­pe­ti­tion.”

Gayn­dah Golf Club mem­ber Bev Em­mer­ton first came to Gal­lagher with the idea.

“I’ve been play­ing golf for such a long time and I’ve played this type of game be­fore,” Em­mer­ton said.

“So I came to Steve with the idea to do it, it’s a fun way to play.”

Twenty-one play­ers in to­tal are com­pet­ing in the com­pe­ti­tion and they only need to com­pete one full round of nine holes to be el­i­gi­ble.

“Even if they only play one round, that will be their best score,” Gal­lagher said.

“So either way, if you don’t want to play all the rounds or can't make it for all the rounds you can still be a part of it and in the hunt.”

The cur­rent leader board af­ter the fifth and sixth rounds at the week­end has Lind­say Baker hold­ing on to top po­si­tion with a nett score of 25.

Club cap­tain Steve Gal­lagher is right be­hind Baker with a nett score of 25.5 and then Rob Kirk, Glenn Evans, Matt Zill­man and Jim My­ers all hold equal third with nett scores of 27 and Jeremy Zahl right be­hind on 27.5.

“The Satur­day round was full of prom­ise how­ever due to a lit­tle wind it turned out sav­age for the con­tenders,” Gal­lagher said.

“The quiet ones played well enough to make a move up the leader board and the day be­longed to Glenn Evans with a 32 nett.

“The Sun­day round saw some amaz­ing golf, the ap­proach shot by Jim My­ers to claim the money hole was worth wit­ness­ing.”

Lind­say Baker was also a stand out per­former over the week­end.

“The chip-in birdie by Lind­say to claim the lead in the Sum­mer Cup was sen­sa­tional,” Gal­lagher said.

Tom Jame­son had a great round six and is now within strik­ing dis­tance with 23 points for the round.

“There are four rounds left in the Eclec­tic Sum­mer Cup so that is still plenty of time to get your score down and com­pete,” Gal­lagher said.

Round seven and eight of the Eclec­tic Sum­mer Cup will be played on Satur­day, Jan­uary 14 and Sun­day, Jan­uary 15 and the last two rounds will be played the fol­low­ing week­end.

Gal­lagher also wanted to in­form young­sters of an up­com­ing coach­ing clinic at the club.

“There is a Ju­nior Coach­ing Clinic on Jan­uary 17 and 18, if you know any­one who is think­ing about play­ing golf then please let them know,” Gal­lagher said.

“Whether that’s neigh­bours, friends or fam­ily.”


PLAY­ING GROUP: All play­ers look on as Jim My­ers putts long range.

ON THE GREEN: Steve Gal­lagher go­ing for the long putt.

Jim My­ers watches his ball closely over the fair­way.

SHORT GAME: Di Baker chip­ping onto the green.

TEE TIME: Bev Em­mer­ton start­ing off the round.

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