McLaren turns corner on golf course

In what can only be described as highway robbery John "Crash" McLaren snuck in by the skin of his teeth to win last Saturday's Bridge Trophies Stroke comp at the Murray Bridge course.

Seen with a grin wider than that of a Cheshire cat after eyeing the number "15" next to the word handicap on his scorecard after registering for the comp, Crash proceeded to play steady golf on his way to a nett 66 for the day.

This was sufficient to see off several other competitors and for him to claim the $66 winners voucher.

Mark Bolton had a good day in "A" grade beating his handicap to lead the way here with a fine nett 67 while Woody Morrison continued his good touch with a nett 68 to be runner-up. 

Garth Watts from Echunga had a day to remember in "B" grade when he scored a nett 66 to win the grade as well as aceing the par 3 14th hole with a brilliant iron shot.

This freakily good stroke naturally earned him the NTP prize for that hole as well as helping him to amass a superb nett 30 for the back nine and a win in the day’s pro comp.

Adrian Pack was the runner-up here with a nett 67 but was certainly taking a back seat to the winner.

Paul McCulloch, a no nonsense "C" grader at the best of times, must surely have been happy with his game when he finished with a nett 66 and victory over "Aussie Bob" McCormick who struck a very nice nett 67.

Others to star on the day were Trent Paech with a 67 and Keith Durham, Jared Thoman, Jeff Smith, Scott Aufderleide and The Reverend Gierus who all finished with solid nett 69s.

Jake Lienert, Lawrie Crack and Graeme Munt snapped up the last vouchers with steady nett 70s. 

The other highlight of the day was the eagle scored by "C" grader Troy Penhall who made light work of slapping his drive into the trees on the 12th by hitting a miraculous recovery shot onto the green.

He then proceeded to casually roll his putt in for an eagle to collect the 10 balls in the eagle’s nest.

Great work Troy but the idea is not to let it go to your head, especially in a stroke round where danger can lurk at any time.

In fact, it was the very next hole on this occasion where, among other disasters, a duck was struck and nine shots taken! That's golf.

Players will be happy to learn that it is a stableford round this Saturday after a heavy schedule of Stroke rounds over the past couple of months.