Smyth sizzles on Murray Bridge Golf Course

Smyth fired on all cylinders, unconcerned about the tees being well back

The first day of spring saw the Bridge Trophies stroke competition held at Ritter Street, and consistent "B" grade veteran Brian Smyth came out on top after scoring a sensational nett 62.

Noted for his great powers of concentration and for often being "in the zone" with absolutely nothing putting him off, Smyth fired on all cylinders and seemed unconcerned about the tees being well back and the pins being in some tricky spots.

Super consistent A grader Woody Morrison continued his steady march to a low single figure handicap by winning his grade with a typically steady nett 68.

Paul Harding was runner-up with a nett 69.

The B grade was where the brilliant golf was being played though.

Tarmz Matthews shot what must surely have been a personal best round of nett 63 (77 off the stick) and even then he needed to rely on his sizzling back nine to fend off Corey Dahlitz on a countback to win the division.

One must feel for Michael Broadley who carded a terrific nett 64 but was only rewarded with a $5 voucher after striking such fierce competition in his grade.

Jovial giant Daniel Marrett would have been excited to finish on top in the C grade where his nett 68 was enough to win from Troy Penhall who returned a solid nett 70 to be runner-up.

Next best were Jeff Reuter,Echunga GC, with a nett 66 and Ben Dawson, Echunga GC, Squashy Squires, Graeme Southern and Barry Richardson each with nett 70s.

All registering handy nett 71s were Rob Muster, Andrew Meddle, "Stuff" Hall, Mark Bolton and Elliot Willgoose, Echunga GC.

Young Brett Altschwager hit closest on the fourth hole to take out both the day’s NTP as well as the Yabby - a very profitable shot indeed.

Tarmz Matthews had the best back nine on the card and he won the pro competition.

 AROUND THE TRAPS

News of unusual golfing has been at a minimum in recent times but a wayward shot of note was observed first hand on Saturday.

Most players would  at some stage in their golfing careers have sprayed a shot onto the next fairway or perhaps even two fairways across.

Just imagine the embarrassment of being four fairways off course!

Craig Hogben slammed his tee shot on the fifth straight into a tree on the right which then started a search the Leyland Brothers would have been proud of.

After an early "find" becoming a false alarm then speaking with what must have been half a dozen different groups on the seventh, then the third and then the 12th, a bemused group of Echunga ladies spotted a spare ball on the 13th tee block which Craig duly claimed as his.

Faced with getting past four fairways and 278 trees from there to reach the fifth green there was no fairytale recovery for Craig although a seven in the end really wasn't too bad a result.

"Spray" Lubcke eat your heart out!