Rival presidents face off
Johnston v Irvine ends in close win
GOLF: The annual President’s Day Golf match at Monto Golf Club was a high stakes affair for the two combatants.
Every year, the president and vice president of the club take each other on in a Stableford with teams selected randomly to play for each.
The teams played each hole twice, with a yellow and a red flag on each, allowing them to choose which one to go for first, then picking the one they didn’t choose the second time around.
This year, president Boyd Johnston took on vice president Paul Irvine and Johnston had everything to prove, having lost last year’s game.
However, the president has been on a roll with competition games this year, and was confident in his chances.
“I wish him all the best, he’s going to need it,” Johnston said before the match.
In the end, that confidence proved fruitful as Johnston’s team beat Irvine’s with a total score of 402 to 384.
The team boasted the highest scoring player of the game, Mark Curtis with 43 points, while Johnston came in second at 42 points (two under par).
John Seeney came third with 40 points, and Johnston, Curtis, Tim Hutton and Braydon McInally all scored pin shots.
Irvine took his loss in his stride, and thanked the players for their support.
“I’d like to thank Boyd and everybody for showing up and giving us a bloody good day,” he said.
Next Saturday is a nine-hole three-person ambrose with a running draw from 1.30pm for trophies
RIVALRY: Boyd Johnston and Paul Irvine challenge each other in the President’s Day game. PHOTOS: JACK LAWRIE
David Hampsons hit-off boomeranged from hole three.
Mark Curtis won the day with the top score for Johnston’s team.