Welch holds off unlucky Piggott in trophy tussle
Conditions were not ideal for golf over the weekend but that did not stop 43 players from braving the stormy weather to play for the Binningup Meat Supplies trophy at Harvey Golf Club.
The greens are starting to smooth out after the coring and sanding a couple of weeks ago, which was reflected in the high scores last Saturday.
Paul Welch was on the fairway during the morning and played better than his handicap for the first time since July and did it easily to score 44 points to beat the unlucky Trevor Piggott on a countback.
Third was Ian Dobson with 42 points who beat Wally Hatch on a countback. Rab Ainsworth was fifth with 41 points.
Welch who has been really struggling with his golf finally put a good round together. His score was set up with 23 points on the front nine followed by 21 points on the back nine.
Welch has been playing on his handicap anchor for some six months now and he will be glad he is finally off this.
Piggott could count himself unlucky as his 44 points is usually a winning score. He started his front nine on fire to birdie the first two holes and kept this going on this nine to record 25 points.
Unfortunately on the back nine he wiped No.15 and double bogeyed the last to lose on a countback. Piggott has played some good golf over the last few weeks.
Former Harvey Open winner Ian Dobson found the morning golf to his liking as well to record a great score of 42 points, scoring 21 points on both nines. This was the first time since early September since Dobson had played to his handicap.
Hatch, who also played in the morning, continued his good form scoring 21 points on each nine, including a birdie on hole six.
With the conditions been good for scoring it was no surprise to see Garry Beacham and Peter Shine tussle for the Gross score with both players shooting 75 with Beacham winning on a countback.
Stableford: Paul Welch 44, Trevor Piggott 44, Ian Dobson 42, Wally Hatch 42, Rab Ainsworth 41, Lance O’Callaghan 39, Peter Shine 38, Garry Beacham 37, John Powell 36, Alan Jeffery 36, Jeff Taylor 36, Brian Hunter 36, Mick Baggetta 35, Ray Suarez 35, Kevin Wooltorton 35, Jim Bianchi 35, Alan Cope 35, Russell Upton 34, Pam Davey 34, Ron Skelcher 33, Colin Holt 33, Francis Figliomeni 33, Noelene Wooltorton 33, Bill Hodgins 33, Andrew Henderson 33. Gross Stableford: Garry Beacham 33, Peter Shine 33.
Four-Ball Team Stableford: Rick Riggio, Alan Cope, Trevor Piggott, Frank Italiano 52.
While the weekend weather hardly felt like Summer it certainly did last Wednesday when 43 players nominated for the Derek Williams trophy.
Andrew Blackburn was declared the winner with 41 points from Cec Holman with 40 points.
Then there was a bit of a gap in the scores with Bill Hodgins on 37 points beating Mick Shilling, Ray Suarez and Garry Dawson on a countback.
Blackburn set up his win on the front nine with 22 points and followed this up with 19 points on the back nine. His great golf was only marred by a wipe on the 18th.
Blackburn seems to have found a more consistent game of late as he has produced some good scores in the last four weeks. This has seen his handicap drop from 19.2 to 16.8.
Holman continued his great run of form and has most probably taken over the leaders position in the scrounger of the year. He produced two even nines of 20 points each including a birdie on hole 14.
Hodgins, who usually plays a steady game of golf and regularly produces scores near his handicap put together one of his better rounds. He set up his good score with 21 points on the back nine.
Stableford: Andrew Blackburn 41, Cec Holman 40, Bill Hodgins 37, Mick Shilling 37, Ray Suarez 37, Garry Dawson 37, Kyle Gaston 36, Wally Hatch 36, Fred Bathurst 36, John Powell 36, Peter Shine 36, Jim Baggetta 36, Kevin Burton (Waroona) 35, Jim Bianchi 35, Graham Collins 35, Derek Williams 34, Alan Cope 34, Ming Yap 34, Andrew Look 34, Peter Brandis 34, Corey Hickman 34, Dave Herrington. Gross Stableford: Cec Holman 32, Kevin Burton 31, Peter Shine 31.
Four-Ball Stableford: Kevin Burton, Andrew Blackburn 46.
Harvey Golf Club’s Binningup Meat Supplies trophy winner Paul Welch and runner-up Trevor Piggott.