THURSDAY was golf at its best at the Mount Gambier Golf Club with perfect weather, the course in top condition and greens running true after the recent renovation all conducive to good scores.
The 100 players took full advantage, with 83 scoring 30 points or better and some outstanding results, with Bob O’Connor (26 handicap) the winner with 44 points.
O’Connor lit up the front nine with 25 points, seven under his handicap and a steady 19 on the back.
He had eight pars in his round, quite an effort for a high handicapper.
Runner-up with 43 points was Nic Clayton (5) who shot 70 off the stick and was unlucky not to win.
With splits of 21/22 Clayton, shot a front nine of 34, made up of birdies and pars, with a wipe on the fourth hole and an even-par back nine of two birdies and two bogeys.
Another to score 43 points was Stuart Skirving (11) also with 21/22 and a 76 off the stick.
On 42 points was Russell Lewis, continuing on from last Saturday’s monthly medal win, Peter Buckingham and Max Tollner.
On 41 points Matt Bryant and Ken Whitehead were followed by Peter Waters 40 points and Tony McGregor 39.
There were a host of players on 38 points with the good scores reflected in the ball run down which stopped at 37.
Nearest the pin on the eighth hole went to a visitor from Altona Lakes GC, Shaurat Esufali with a nice birdie and Craig Foster on the 16th.
Saturday also saw a field of 100 players and slightly higher scores overall than Thursday, with Shane Brook on 34 points the last ball rundown recipient.
Some NTP specialists were at it again this week, with David Pick, last week on the 16th hole, taking out the difficult pin placement on the eighth and Foster, who was nearest on Thursday, again on the 16th, but the putters did not behave.
The higher handicappers in C Grade had the bragging rights, with Dale Tait (22), a visitor from Port MacDonnell GC, returning the day’s best score with 42 points.
An average front nine of 17 points was then followed by 16 through holes 10-14 and a four-point birdie on the 18th resulted in a huge 25 point back nine.
Runner-up with 41 points was one of the junior members, Thomas Homes (45) with 21/20 splits.
Consistency is the key to reduce handicaps and Homes with five four-point holes had more than enough good holes.
Others to score well with 40 points was the left-handed Cameron Buchanan, while Rob McLellan posted his best score for a while.
On 39 points was Bob Dalgarno, then on 37 Kym Sykes, Phil Walters and Robert Young.
B Grade went to Tim Driver (12) with 41 points.
A front nine of 21 points looked like getting away at the start of the back, but 13 points for the last five holes played in one-under par got the job done.
Runner-up with 39 points was Peppi Pace (16), a skilled multi-faceted sportsman with 20/19, comprising pars and bogeys with only the one one-pointer.
Then on 38 points John Shirley and on 37 his playing partner Tony McGregor continuing on from Thursday’s form.
Zac Shanks (9) never lets an opportunity pass to play golf and with a teacher’s strike on Thursday, it provided a tune-up leading into Saturday to take out the A Grade with 39 points.
A boring front nine of eight pars and one bogey for 20 points was followed by handicap golf with a par on the hardest hole, the 17th, for three points to round out a 19-point back nine.
Stacy Fiegert (8) was runner-up with 38 points, with his best work done on the 20-point back nine.
A four-point birdie on the 13th hole got Fiegert through Amen Corner, holes 12-14, with 8 points, followed by a 17th-hole par and a birdie on the last, which always brings a smile.
With 37 points were Clint Mitchell, Sam Letizia slowly getting over a back issue, David Pick and Darren Bilney (one-under the card).
The AGM was held on Sunday and office bearers are on-going president Trevor Roberts and management committee members elected Alex Rigaux, Scott Whicker, Chris Brooks, Adam Barnes, Russell Lewis, Mark Teakle and David Evans.