Merrigum golf notes

By Tatura Guardian

Par will feature much more regularly on Merrigum's golfing calendar from now on as it proved once again that it is the most popular format of the game and attracts the largest fields.

Saturday's event was well attended and with the course in great shape, there perhaps should have been better scores than there were, with +1 being the best score of the day by several players.

There was a tie in A-grade with John Fuller winning a countback with Clinton Prygoda after they scored 1.

John had the better back nine, which earned him the honours and thus Clint had to settle for a ball in the ball competition.

Rod Newham announced that he is back by winning B grade also with 1. All the leading players lost a portion form their handicaps, but not enough to alter them on their home course next time they play.

Other ball competition winners were Phil Barca, who finished square, and Andrew Wood with -1 on a countback from Phil Savage.

Nearest-the-pins were won by John Fuller on the ninth, Roger Gillon on the jackpot 12th and Happy Barca with a great shot on the 14th, which must have looked good from the tee, finishing a 1.5m short of the pin. Clint Prygoda won the chook shed challenge jackpot with three, choosing his winning holes wisely.

The summer twilight competition started last Thursday with the first night given over to the qualifying round of the Play 9 event.

Andrew Wood won the event with a score of 38-6-32 and earned the first of the two men's spots in the district final to be played at Merrigum this Sunday.

Craig Doherty was the runner-up with 45-10.5-34.5 and takes the second place in the final.

Good luck to those guys as they join the ladies qualifiers in their quest to make the state playoffs to be played at Metropolitan Golf Club on November 24.

Nearest-the-pin on Thursday was won by Craig Doherty on the jackpot 12th and Woody won least putts with 14.

Twilight in earnest begins this Thursday and reverts to the usual 10-hole format with a two-point cut-off.

Saturday's event is a pairs ambrose.