Italiano continues stellar form in Mug
With the start of the summer season, 43 players registered for the sought-after prize of the Monthly Mug on Saturday.
With the greens recently scored and sanded there were a lot of net scores around the 72 mark.
Frank Italiano played in the morning and continued his stellar run of great form to record another win with net 70.
Ming Yap was runner-up with net 71 beating Grace Zabajnik and Derek Williams on a countback.
Graham Halton was next best with net 72 beating Garry Beacham, Graeme Miffling and Jeremy Lister on a countback.
Italiano set up his winning score on the front nine where he shot 42 off the stick including a birdie on hole seven.
Italiano has played some great golf over the last six weeks where he has recorded three scores of better than 40 Stableford points to see his handicap come down from 19.3 to 15.4.
Yap, who won at scroungers on Wednesday, turned up with a new set of irons which he put to good use to be runner-up. His round was highlighted by birdies on holes 13 and 16.
Zabajnik continued on her good form at the Harvey Open, starting the front nine in great fashion including a birdie on hole five. Unfortunately she ran into trouble on holes eight and nine to shoot 43 for the first nine and continued to play steady golf on the back nine. Williams played winning golf for most of the day by playing better than his handicap but his good work was undone on hole 18 where he had a quadruple bogey.
Monthly Mug Stroke: Net: Frank Italiano 70, Ming Yap 71, Grace Zabajnik 71, Derek Williams 71, Graham Halton 72, Garry Beacham 72, Graeme Miffling 72, Jeremy Lister 72, Michael Lowe 73, Steve Doyle 73, Lance O’Callaghan 73, Jo Ann Cooper 73, Ray Suarez 73, Helen Oliver 73, Greg Hodgson 73, Garry Dawson 74, Paul Fonck 74, Alan Cope 74, John Powell 74. Gross: Garry Beacham 76, Peter Shine 80.
Team Four Ball: Lance O’Callaghan, Colin Holt, Greg Hodgson 55.
The scroungers competition on November 28 should have proved difficult with the greens scored and sanded on the previous Monday but this was not the case for several golfers. The saying of beware of the wounded golfer rang true for Ming Yap who had tripped over in the carpark on the previous Saturday and was still showing signs of his accident and still managed to produce a great score of 43 points.
He was a runaway winner by five points from Graeme Miffling on 38 points who beat Kevin Roney on a countback.
Cec Holman was next best with 37 points, beating Harvey Open winner Charlie Baggetta on a countback.
Yap played two even nines where he scored 21 and 22 points respectively. His score of 80 off the stick was his best score for some time.
Miffling, who has been getting back to somewhere near his best form after a long lean patch, scored 19 points on each side.
Roney had a sizzling front nine including a birdie on hole five to record 21 points but fell away on the back nine to record 17 points.
Scroungers Stableford: Ming Yap 43, Graeme Miffling 38, Kevin Roney 38, Cec Holman 37, Charlie Baggetta 37, Ken Lomax 36, Craig Williams 35, John Powell 35, Lance O’Callaghan 33, Ray Suarez 33, Mick Shilling 33, Ron Skelcher 33, Garry Dawson 33, Alan Cope 33, Geoff Ireland 33, Mike Kelly 33, Rab Ainsworth 32, Paul Welch 32, Bill Hodgins 32, Dave Herrington 32. Gross Stableford: Cec Holman 29, Ming Yap 28.
Four Ball Stableford: Rab Ainsworth, Charlie Baggetta 47.
Brian Keally with Harvey Golf Club member Derek Williams, who gave a strong performance for the club’s Monthly Mug.