Mer­rigum golf:

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - — Bill Bray

A big week­end of golf at Mer­rigum be­gan on Satur­day with the Pres­i­dent’s Day, with play­ers con­test­ing a 4BBB sta­ble­ford event.

The pres­i­dent has as­sured his ten­ure for many years to come with an ex­cel­lent ar­ray of prizes on of­fer (aside from the fact that he is do­ing a top job as pres­i­dent) and there was a good field com­pet­ing for them.

It was great to see a good num­ber of women and ju­niors play­ing and en­joy­ing the game, too.

Many of the men’s pairs were last minute pair­ings and that was the case for the win­ners.

Joe Chant and An­drew Wood com­bined well to win the men’s com­pe­ti­tion with 46 points, a good score for win­ter.

They were two points ahead of run­ners-up Ash San­ders and Barry Web­ber, who fin­ished points.

The women’s win­ners were up-and-com­ing ju­niors Clare Do­herty and Zaylee Ne­wham with 30 points, but they did have to sur­vive a count­back from run­ners-up Tash Do­herty and Jan Chris­tou.

Near­est-the-pins were won by Tash Do­herty and Ash San­ders on the sixth, An­drew Wood on the ninth, Rhonda Eberle and John Fuller on the 12th and Craig Do­herty on the 14th.

The long­est drives were taken out by Ash San­ders for the men, Tash Do­herty for the women and Clare Do­herty for the ju­niors.

Nicole and Rhonda won the en­cour­age­ment award.

On Sun­day the Mer­rigum Lions Club spon­sored the open 27-hole cham­pi­onship.

The day was cold and windy and was not all that pleas­ant for golf, par­tic­u­lar-


44 ly down on the south­ern bound­ary of the course, and good scor­ing was dif­fi­cult to say the least. How­ever, the day was keenly con­tested by the hardy play­ers.

Tim Bal­four is the open cham­pion af­ter a round of 130, three ahead of his near­est ri­val.

He set up the win with 86 be­fore lunch giv­ing him a handy buf­fer go­ing into the af­ter­noon.

Bill Bray was the B-grade scratch win­ner with 135 and Greg Hall took out the C-grade scratch with 149.

Hand­i­cap win­ners in or­der of A, B and C-grades were: 27 holes — An­drew Wood 116.5, Ash San­ders 113 and Rod Ne­wham 119.5; 18 holes — Cory Berghofer 79, John Fuller 77 and Craig Do­herty 74; nine holes — Daniel Clark­son 35.5, Jeff Ne­wham 37.5 and Barry Web­ber 39.

A-grade’s Bruce Brown was the only near­est-thepin win­ner, on the 14th.

Men­tion must be made of all those who have worked so hard keep­ing the course in such great shape— it is a real credit to you.

Thanks also to the girls who pro­vided the sump­tu­ous lunch and af­ter­noon tea and the young ladies and gentle­men for the ex­cel­lent ser­vice of it and their work in the of­fice. Thank you to all. This Satur­day is the Newton’s Par­cel Ser­vice­spon­sored open pairs am­brose.

This is al­ways a great day with Kim and Glenn putting in a lot of ef­fort to make it a suc­cess, so come along and en­joy a top day of golf.

Hit-off is a shot­gun start at 12.30 pm pre­ceeded by a bar­be­cue lunch which is in­cluded in the $15 en­try.

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