Deniliquin Pastoral Times
Whackers maintain lead with two rounds to go
Beautiful spring conditions greeted golfers at Deniliquin Golf Club across the weekend, in round seven of the Premier League.
The course was in fantastic condition following last week’s rain, and the greens running perfectly providing excellent scoring conditions.
The first versus third match of Bush Whackers and Eagles & Birdies was proclaimed to be the match of the round, and it did not disappoint.
Bush Whackers claimed narrow two point win, 136 to 134.
Bush Whackers have scored consistently all season and this week was no different.
They were lead by Neil Boswell and Robin Hood, each scoring 35 points, and Josh Hunt and Jill Jeffrey with 33 each.
Felicity McCalman again lead Eagles & Birdies with an excellent 39 points, but her side couldn’t match the Bush Whackers’ consistency, adding 33, 32 and 31 points from Ginny Lange, Grace Tiri and Annette Danckert respectively.
Bush Whackers remain on top and will no doubt be planning ahead for finals strategy.
Meanwhile Eagles & Birdies retained third place on the ladder, thanks to other results falling their way this week.
COVID-8 have been knocking on the door of a big score all season and this was the week it all came together.
The team scored a mammoth 148 points to defeat fellow finals contender, The Crackers, on 132.
Ross Taylor and Troy Grant each scored an excellent 39 points and Gary Stephens provided a handy 37. Ian Fuller rounded out the team score with 33.
The Crackers were led by Jane Glowrey and Anita Gorsuch with 35 points, with Sue
Butcher and Denise Hunter each scoring 31.
The win sees COVID-8 move to fourth while The Crackers drop to sixth — a win out of finals places, but still in the chase.
Old Boys ended the finals hopes of WOTAM with a resounding 147 to 125 win.
Old Boys were lead by the oldest boy, Don Alexander, with a brilliant 41 points. Dan Wade was also excellent with 38, with Barry Barlow on 35 and two other players on 33 making the fourth score.
Kev Reeves was best for WOTAM with 34 points, with Billy Bourke and Geoff Corboy scoring 33 each, and Ashley Hall 27.
Hit & Hope kept their final drive alive and ended the hopes of Water Wizards at the same time, with a 132 to 126 win.
Leigh Chappell has been excellent all season for Hit & Hope and lead their scoring again this week with 35 points.
He was supported by Thomas Bult and Peter Thompson with 33 each, and with Nick Metcalfe’s 31 points rounding out the team score.
Lyn Bond led all scorers in the match with a fine 36 points. And when Will Bull scored 34, the Wizards were well in the hunt.
But unfortunately scores of 29 and 27 completed the scoring, which simply couldn’t match the consistency of their opponents.
Despite the win, Hit & Hope dropped from fourth to fifth on the ladder, but are well in the hunt for finals with two weeks to play.
In what was billed as a battle for the bottom between TaylorMaids and the Wedgies, the teams played out the competition’s first draw.
TaylorMaids found the form they have threatened all year with captain Ali Ferguson leading from the front with a fine 37 points, well supported by Prue Lloyd on 36 and Jane Armytage and Kym Sandford each returning 32 points.
Geoff King fired a season best 40 points to lead the Wedgies.
He was well supported by Magnus Aitken on 36, with Vince Kelly and Ray Phillips scoring 31 and 30 points respectively.
While both sides are out of finals contention, no-one wants to finish last.
So no doubt, both teams will be rueing the points left on the course this week.
With two rounds to play the ladder is as follows:
Bush Whackers, 28 points, 105%; Old Boys, 24, 107%; Eagles & Birdies – 16, 105%; COVID-8 – 16, 101%; Hit & Hope – 16, 100%; The Crackers – 12, 97%; Water Wizards – 8, 97%; WOTAM – 8, 94%; The Wedgies – 6, 98%; TaylorMaids – 6, 97%.
Round 8 will be played this Saturday. Sunday golf will not be available for Premier League play this week, due to the Navorina Charity Golf Day being scheduled.