For the majority of amateur players, dramatic changes in form from one round to the next are met with the response “that’s golf”.
It was no different for David McGregor in Saturday’s stableford competition at Mount Gambier Golf Club.
Just a week earlier he had been left scratching his head after shooting +11 in a par competition at the Attamurra layout, finishing 99th in the 101-strong field.
That followed similar results in the previous weeks, scoring just 29 stable-ford points a week after managing a below-average Monthly Medal net 84.
But on Saturday his form reappeared resulting in the 49-year-old finishing on top of the leaderboard with 39 stable-ford points.
Playing off an eight handicap McGregor got off to a solid start, moving to 11 points after making four pars and a bogey in his first five holes.
A hiccup on the par-three 6th added one more to the tally, but he recovered with three-point pars on the 7th and 8th, finishing the front nine with 18 points after a bogey on the par-four 9th.
Two more bogeys to start the back nine provided no indication of what was about to come.
As it turned out he played his final seven holes in even par, making birdies on the 15th and 18th, bogeys on the 14th and 17th and pars on the other three.
That added 21 points to his score and gave him a 77 off the stick, a total he has bettered just once in his 30-odd years playing the game.
His 39 points gave him victory in A Grade, recent winner Bryce Whicker finishing second on 37.
Whicker could count himself a little unlucky not to pocket first place again after wiping the 2nd and 6th.
He almost made up for those mistakes with birdies on the 1st, 8th, 16th and 18th.
The B Grade winner was Ian Ritter who was in pole position after an excellent 23 points on the front nine, but added only 15 more on the back nine.
That was still good enough to finish two points clear of runner-up Peter Miller, while Peter Jones scored 37 points to claim C Grade by one from Matthew Dixon.
Meanwhile last Thursday’s stable-ford competition was taken out by John Leerson whose 40 points saw him come in two clear of his nearest rivals.
Playing off a 12 handicap, Leerson was steady on the front nine with 18 points, but had an excellent back nine with 22 more, the highlight being a four-point birdie on the par-five 11th.
The round of the day was Nick Moretti who compiled 38 points to take second on a count-back after shooting 73 off the stick.
The three-handicapper made birdies on the 8th and 15th and bogeys on the 2nd, 3rd and 16th to finish one-over par for the round.
He edged out Patrick O’Donnell, Mark Forster and Patrick Dempsey for second place after that trio also finished on 38 points.