Surprises all round

SURPRISED: Derek Seargant was somewhat bewildered after his 40 points was not good enough for victory at the Blue Lake Golf club's stableford competition on Tuesday.

THERE were some surprised faces from the many players at the Blue Lake Golf Club who entered their good scores of high 30s or better into the MiClub computer, only to find they were not even running a place.

Probably the most surprised was club captain David Adkins, one of the morning starters, who came in with a 41 points.

Expecting to see his name leap to first he had to settle well behind the pace setter, club volunteer Bruce Tichbon who had already entered a remarkable 44 points to take the outright win in Tuesday’s stableford competition.

Tichbon made sure that he capitalised on his scoring holes where he got two strokes with four-point pars on the fourth and seventh on the outward nine.

With 19 points in his back pocket, Tichbon would have been muttering to his playing partners that today was his day.

Picking up another four pars on the way in he went even better on the 15th with a birdie earning him four points for an additional 25.

It was a well-deserved win for the hard working Tichbon.

Often the worst part of his game, Adkins had his short game in tune for his round, picking up five pars on the outward nine for 20 points with only the relatively easy ninth causing him any trouble where he only picked up the one point.

Picking up an early two lots of three-point pars, he let one slip after a horseshoe lip out on the 14th saw another one-point hole but after that he parred three of the last four closing holes for splits of 20 and 21 to take second place.

Another golfer who could have expected to have won with 40 points, Derek Sargeant had to settle for a surprise third place.

Sargeant also had his struggles with two double-bogeys – the seventh and 14th – but made short work of the dogleg 15th for a three-point birdie.

On any other day his splits of 40 and 38 off-the-stick would have been good enough for the win.

A host of players had 37 points or better, the most notable Ian Bown who started with an eagle after his chip shot checked sideways to find the cup.

Greg Cooper had two non-scoring holes but still managed 38 points with birdies on the 12th and 17th, while Bill Burley closed out with 35 off-the-stick on the homeward nine for 20 points out of 37.