Golfers fight for monthly medal

The Monthly Medal competition at the Blue Lake Golf Club is always hotly contested events and Saturday’s round was no different.

This time Colin Ferguson put his name on the trophy after the A Grader (5) found his rhythm from a sedate start.

Bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes were soon eclipsed by consecutive birdies to push Ferguson to 35 off the stick on the back.

Leading the premier grade was Nick Wilson (77-7-70) who hit two birdies on holes 15 and 17.

Multi-talented sportsman Garry Fox took out second place with 84-12-72, but a brace of double bogeys cost him a higher finish.

Scratch golfer Marc Dalton found trouble on the sixth and eighth holes, but bounced back well with three birdies to give him a 73-0-73.

B Grade was closely fought over with all three place getters shooting under par.

Leading the pack was Stephen Kamphuis with 86-18-68.

A couple of double bogeys on the back nine cost Kamphuis a tilt at the main prize, but he was still pleased to shoot 42 off the stick with four pars.

His round was enough to survive a countback with Ben Wilson (14) while Matt Jennings (82-13-69) finished one stroke further back in third.

Another countback was needed to separate the first two placings in C Grade with Scott Montgomery (96-25-71) and Richard Dean (97-26-71) both finishing on net 71.

The former got the chocolates with just half a stroke between them on adjusted scores.

Trevor Callis and Ferguson won the pro shots, while Kevin Howell and Michael Dedonatis claimed closest to the pin.

With the weather improving the women’s Saturday field has started to grow.

Annette Ford (96-22-74) overcame a countback to stand on the top step of the podium and just edged out Helen Stratford (98-24-74).

It was an anxious moment for Ford after she walked off the last with a double bogey, but a lower score over the last six holes sealed the win.

Showers deterred a lot of regular mid-week players from the Tuesday competition.

However, one player who came out firing in the tricky conditions was Ben Mackay.

The 32 handicapper had an excellent round with 41 Stableford points.

Three pars ensured he was a clear winner from runner-up David Lamont five points further back.

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