GOOD scoring was reflected in the easier tee block and pin placements in Tuesday’s mid-week stroke competition at the Blue Lake Golf Club.
Taking the most advantage was West Gambier Cricket Club past premiership player David Lock who found the key to a win with a par, birdie start getting him well under way.
While he could not quite maintain that blistering start, he settled in for a long innings with an easy 43 off the stick over his outward nine.
Despite finding trouble on both the par 3’s on the back nine, Lock split them with a par on the 15th to steady the ship, finishing the day with a round of 90-24-66.
A Grade’s Bob White chased hard but playing off a seven handicap there is not much room for mistakes.
White made very few of them, just the five bogeys on his round, one of which was negated by a birdie on the 12th hole.
His closing 36 off the stick was good enough to take second in a count-back, just edging out evergreen Colin Stratford and Ben Pudney.
Stratford also birdied the 12th hole but just when he thought he had the chance to catch Lock trouble struck on the 17th where he had a triple-bogey eight to dent his chances.
Pudney was the unlucky golfer to miss out on any silverware after he butchered the 13th hole.
He showed his ability on the front nine with a par on the sixth, followed by a birdie on the next hole and if he can cut the red ink off the bone he will shave strokes off his handicap.
Pudney had to settle for a ball prize along with Colin Ferguson who birdied four holes on his way to splits of 37 and 36, as well as John Millhouse, Brett Perryman, Cory Davis, David Adkins 69, Bruce Tichbon and Keith Ransom 70.
David Lovie won four balls for his pro shot on the fifth hole, while White also won the daily novelty event, showing his prowess with the putter.