MEN’S GOLF: There is an old saying; “form is temporary but class is permanent” and this certainly applies to part-time golfer Greg Smith who cleaned up all of the 80 other competitors who dared take him on in the stableford competition at Murray Bridge on Saturday.
Just over a year ago this well-regarded policeman was playing off a handicap of six but work pressure, with the constant need to catch lots of bad guys, has curtailed his trips to the lush fairways of Ritter Street causing his handicap to steadily eke out to 12.
Obviously thinking it was about time he started reversing the trend before being officially termed a B grader (13hcp and north) the powerful left-hander put it all together in the pristine and still morning conditions resulting in a way over the odds score of 42 points and giving no-one else a look in to take out the overall winner’s prize.
The A grade was won by Michael Potts with 39 points with the giant from Mannum “Slasher” McGlashan sending yet another message to pennants selectors by tipping out “Mr. Consistency” Graeme Munt for the runners-up voucher on a countback with both having scored a point less.
The booming voice of Nick Rykers would have been echoing around the Sprig Bar afterwards after another good round of 37 points by the hardhitting left-hander while the introverted Gavin Thoman, the cool as a cucumber Terry Marsh and possible club champion in waiting Tim Lindeberg all recorded the handicappers delight score of 36 points to claim a voucher.
Club stalwart Sid Robbins also chalked up 36 points and when his name was read out in the results along with the other 36 point players later in the afternoon Sid loudly claimed to all others present they were all “honest golfers”.
Parochial Geelong supporter and club footy tipping leader Damo Moloney kept his good personal run of form going carving out 37 points to win the “B” grade.
Just as well for the big fella as he was to be down in the dumps just 24 hours later once the Power had caught up with his team and taught them a lesson.
Not to worry Damo – just think – you’re only one more good round away from being classed an “A” grader.
John Crawford came second with 36 points, Packy got 35 and Rod Thoman and Trev Burgess reeled off respectable 34 point rounds with the latter actually completing 18 holes without hitting anyone elses golf ball for a change.
The motley trio of Bruce Clough, Dave Leoni and “Emperor Penguin” Stephen Cocks rounded out the placegetters with 33 points each.
The C grade saw the no fuss Gary Pearson quietly go about his business once again to end up with an excellent haul of 38 points and be declared the winner on countback from another unfazeable type in Ron Peacock who also lit up the course for the second time in four days but to also find himself on the wrong side of the dreaded countback system for the second time.
Such is life.
Happy-go-lucky Shaun Williams scored the handicappers delight one point ahead of 35-point players “Mr Nice Guy” Dave Roselt, ex-Meningie player Joe Leese and serial pest Terry “Priscilla” Hoare.
In the nearest the pins awards, local footy umpire Luke Williams got in early to claim the long tree-lined second and old stager Terry Payne pulled off a great short iron shot on the fourth to give himself a great chance of two free schooners of beer only to see his birdie putt lip out.
Joe Marcus was on fire through the middle stages of his round to take honours on the awkward sixth and the evasive 11th holes while Geoff Geeson got his ball to stop somewhere near on the sloping 14th and the pint-sized but sweet hitting Tyson Pratt caressed a delightful shot onto the tricky and dangerous 17th.
The pro competition for the best front nine was comfortably taken out by the days winner Greg Smith with a blazing 22 points to personally make it a very profitable day indeed.
This Saturday sees a stroke competiton being held as the main event although a secondary stableford competition will also be on offer for those who are sick of losing too many balls when playing stroke rounds.
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