The last of the Autumn weather brought lots of golfers out of the woodwork on Saturday with a good field of 23 players contesting the Men’s Stableford event.
Only two players, Steve Manns and Michael Ryan, broke par with 38 points each, with Manns winning on a countback.
Jason Foster came third on 35, Alec Fraser was 4th on 34 and Colin ‘Butch’ Eves, also on 34 points, was 5th, which was a good score when you consider Butch was sent out with three crafty “skins” players, Geoff Rorke, John Martin and Michael Bannister!
Nearest the Pin prizes were won on the 7th hole by Jason Foster, Greg Clark (8th) and Mark Fraser (15th).
The 3rd hole prize was not won but finally, the 11th hole hoodoo was broken when Michael Bannister pulled out one of the best shots of the day and put the ball on the 11th for the first time this year in the men’s competition.
A Stroke event on Sunday seemed to have scared off a lot of players with only 10 golfers turning up.
Mark Fraser won the day with a net score of 71, followed by Paul Kershaw on 72 and Garry Wilkin also on 72.
Nearest the Pin prizes were won on the 8th hole by Mark Fraser, 15th—Max Phillips (and the 3rd and 7th were not won).
With the 11th hole hoodoo now broken, it seems that everyone is now queuing up to get on it.
This time it was Peter Lawrence.
There were three match-play results also decided on Saturday with Bill Fugar too cunning for Alec Fraser and got up on the 19th hole; Peter Lawrence outlasted Gary Dunn by one shot; and in the battle of the Marks – Mark Fraser beat Mark Martin by one shot.
That leaves four games still to be decided before the first round is completed.
A Stableford game will be played for the Monthly Medal competition on Saturday; Sunday’s game is an Individual Stableford and on Monday’s public holiday, a Four-Ball-Best-Ball Stableford will be contested.—Out of Bounds