Garrud keeps cool to take shootout
Eighteen men turned out for this year’s Jim King Memorial Shootout held at Walton Golf Club. With two guys missing and only M Garrud as first reserve, the traditional 19 players were one short so the shootout began on the second hole.
First to be eliminated on the second hole was G Wills. Better luck next time Grant. Second out was I Jenkins after a putt off. Next to go was E Hillerton on the hardest hole on the course, the 4th. Around the corner, the 5th was the last hole for P Coleman.
The 6th hole was not so kind to the Mouse, R Williams. Up the hill to the long par five 7th hole was the kryptonite that crippled Superman, K Pickett. The easy par three, the 8th, was a putt off between three players that eliminated G Pitcon. The 9th hole, the last of the first nine had a very tough pin placement that removed M King. It was then on to the back nine with 10 players left. The long par five with a head wind was difficult and a few found the trees but not for shelter. Here was where M Pike a rookie to Shootout was eliminated after a chip off. The tail wind helped some on the 11th but Luxton hit his second too far and found the lake, which was to his end. The par three, 12th with the wind whipping across the hole caused a few to fly left and in the end it was too many shots for esteemed club captain Lippy, S Scrace. The 13th, a tricky par four around the corner with out of bounds all the way down the right, proved to be the undoing of J Armstrong along with a three putt. Back into the wind up the par five 14th no one ventured near the fence line this time however, the pine trees seemed to attract a few. It was here that Stu decided we needed to remove a few of these and finished his day just before the par three, 15th.
With fond memories for Don Sharp after his hole in one a few days ago, it was too hard for Mike and John. A chip off ended it for the Kiwi, J Stevens. The tight and tough 16th with the fear of the fence line too much for some they found the gap through the trees. Don went to check the sheep and finished his day here on this green. Then there were three, over the hill to the 17th green. Trumpet and L&P had a wee chip to see who would leave. It was the end now for L&P.
To the final hole straight off the tee went Trumpet and to the right went Guru near a tree. Peter’s driver off the deck found him very near the green. Guru also hit driver to the left of the green.
Both had short chips to the green but Trumpet had two and a few too many putts, it was not to be. The winner with a solid putt for par was Mike Garrud.
Thanks to sponsor Nola King and Gilbert Higgins for his organisation on the day.
SHOOTOUT CHAMP: Walton Golf Club’s Mike Garrud was the winner of this year’s Jim King Memorial Shootout.