Welch holds off unlucky Pig­gott in tro­phy tus­sle

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - SPORT -

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.

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