Close calls in club champs

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

WHIT­SUN­DAY GOLF

PLAY­ERS turned up nice and early for the first round of the Whit­sun­day Golf Club Cham­pi­onships last Sun­day.

Com­pe­ti­tion was keen with plenty of ball run on the dry course.

Scor­ing was also tight with run­ner up places in all three grades de­cided on count backs.

Ge­orge Me­harry was ab­so­lutely siz­zling in B grade and the near­est-the-pins were well spread in A grade, while the C graders didn’t get any near­est-the-pins on the day.

The A grade win­ner was Ge­off Har­ri­son on nett 73, ahead of run­ner-up Peter Brown­ing on 74 on a count back. Ross Richards had the best gross score. B grade was won by Ge­orge Me­harry with an im­pres­sive 65, three clear of run­ner-up Mark Winter on 68. Best gross score came from Ernie Hol­stein. Kevin Mills won C grade on 70, one ahead of Linda Wardroper on 71, also on a count back. Wilf Her­weg pro­duced the best gross score. Long­est drives for the day came from Ge­off Har­ri­son (A grade), Ge­orge Me­harry (B grade), Kevin Mills (C grade) and Beryl Miller (ladies).

Near­est-the-pins in A/B grade were Ernie Hol­stein on hole 2, Ge­orge Me­harry on 9, Mark Winter on 13 and Brad Bowring on 16.

In the ladies the near­est-the-pins were Ti­ina Rand­mae on holes 9 and 16 and Beryl Miller on 13.

Cham­pi­onship lead­ers af­ter the first round were Ross Richards on 72 and Ge­off Har­ri­son on 82 (A grade gross), Ge­orge Me­harry on 87 and Ernie Hol­stein on 90 (B grade gross) and Kevin Mills on 105 and Wilf Her­weg on 112 (C grade gross).

The Whit­sun­day golfers gave for­mer club cap­tain and events or­gan­iser Dar­ren Wil­liams a fond farewell as he departed the Whit­sun­days to travel to Western Aus­tralia to link up with old friends.

Next Sun­day will be the se­cond and de­cid­ing round of the club cham­pi­onships with tee off at 7.30am.

The fol­low­ing week­end is the trip away to play the Mag­netic Is­land course.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Ti­ina Rand­mae on 0427 465 989.

GREAT START: Ge­off Har­ri­son got off to a great start in the Whi­tus­n­day Golf Club Cham­pi­onships, win­ning A grade for the day on a score of nett 73.

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