Ital­iano con­tin­ues stel­lar form in Mug

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT - Peter Shine

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.

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