There was good representation from every grade in the winners list for Saturday’s Stableford round at the Blue Lake Golf Club which also attracted over 100 starters.
Best of those was A Grade’s Ben Gordon with 40 points to claim the overall win.
Gordon’s golf can sometimes be referred to as a work in progress, but he does put the work in and his handicap is reflecting the progress he is making.
Now off an impressive eight, Gordon displayed the type of golf expected of a single figure handicapper opening with a par, birdie, par to have 15 points after the first five holes.
His first hiccup came on the benign seventh hole where a wayward tee shot landed him a double bogey, but he still managed to salvage a point.
His 39 off the stick equated to 19 points and he thought if he could replicate that on the back nine he was in the running for a prize.
Those expectations grew with a superb birdie on the long par three 14th hole helping him record a magnificent 35 over the inward nine and 21 points.
A Grade winner Greg Cooper’s round was like a postie with a bent front wheel, all over the place with his first nine having a mix of double bogeys, pars, bogeys and birdies on the second and fifth.
That all amounted to 19 points but like his beloved Tigers, he came good with a straight wheel seeing him reel off four straight pars to open the back nine.
A disappointing six on the last took some gloss off what was otherwise an impressive round, splits of 19 and 18 securing the win.
Fortunately for Steve Jelly, he left it to the last hole to finally record his only birdie for the day and that stood him in good stead for the countback situation that eventuated to decide the minor placings.
Jelly (7), John Millhouse (11), Garry Von Duve (12) and Josh Gale (7) all finished tied on 36 points. Jelly’s birdie was worth four of the 19 points he had over the inward nine which got him over the line.
Millhouse also had 19 points but will rue a double bogey on the last which earned him just the single point. Von Duve was even more impressive with three birdies on the back nine but out of all those he could only muster 19 points as well, slipping just out of the placings.
Gale did all his good work on the front nine with birdies on the fifth and eight for 19 points but faltered over the back nine.
B Grade was a lot clearer cut with Simon Perryman’s 39 points earning him the win by three points. Perryman was among a number of players who birdied the fifth hole and his 41 off the stick showed the type of golf that will see him back in A Grade.
While he did manage to score on every hole on the back nine, too many of them were only worth a single point which cost him a chance at the main prize.
Another countback was needed to decide the minor placings after Jim Ferrazzola (18), Stephen Smith (14) and Adam Dunn all finished with 36 points.
Ferrazzola’s great birdie on the 12th was worth four points and when he added another two three-point holes he was always going to be hard to better.
Smith tried hard to catch Ferrazzola but a wipe on the 10th where he was distracted by the foundation works on the new mini golf course put him off. Despite this he still managed a further 19 points over the last eight holes.
Dunn was the unlucky golfer to miss out despite a chip in birdie on the 15th.
Bruce Tichbon (24) sat alone at the top of the leaderboard for quite some time before the later starters picked him off.
He would still be more than happy to claim the grade win with his 37 points.
After turning with a respectable 17 points, Tichbon had a purple patch through the final few holes parring holes 15 and 16 and even scoring three points after bogeying the 18th.
He just hung on for the win after surviving a three way play off with Brodie Dixon (26) and Owen Redman (33) also finishing on 37 points.
Dixon went one better than Tichbon on the 15th with his birdie earning four points by itself, but in a tight countback he just got pipped.
Redman had an impressive front nine with 21 points but faltered over the closing holes that eventually cost him a higher finish in the countback.
David Gould and Ian Bown picked up the respective pro shots on the fifth and 16th holes while Ferguson and Robbie Drenthen won their nearest the pin awards.
Perryman added to his prize list with an award for the best front nine.
It was a tale of two halves for Wayne Dunford and David Lamont in Tuesday’s mid-week Par competition.
Both returned a score of +4 but Dunford had splits of +1 and +3 that was always going to stand him in good stead in a countback situation.
Dunford’s opening few holes were all over the place but he soon managed to mow in straight lines after turning with a +1.
From then on it was easy going for the valued volunteer, putting three plusses on his card and no scrubs.
It was enough for Dunford to make a welcome return to the winner’s circle, while Lamont was the unlucky one.
Two pars and a birdie on the first three holes had him well under way and another birdie on the eighth yielded him an impressive +4 at the turn.
While he still managed to throw in four pars on the back nine, he matched his two plusses with two scrubs to finish with +4 in a tie with Dunford.
There were some impressive rounds of golf being played behind the two leaders.
Tyson Ploenges continues in his march to the magical scratch handicap returning a +2 off his 2 handicap.
It was an outstanding display of golf on his outward nine, parring every hole bar the third and fifth which he birdied.
His 33 off the stick equated to a +3 and while he added another two birdies on the 13th and 17th, he also incurred two bogeys that saw him finish on that +3.
Fresh from his invitational round at the PGA tournament at Attamarra, Dan Christian showed exactly why he has the game to compete against the best.
Like Ploenges, Christian got away to a brilliant start, birdies on the first and third setting him up for a strong front nine with a two under the card 33.
This matched Ploenges and – just like him – he was unable to improve.
Splitting the two of them was A Grade’s John Millhouse with equal splits of +1 to take fourth place.
Other place getters included Terry Howard, Ray Patching, Matt Davidson and James Parker on +1.