New rules, same Carlos Taylor at Murray Bridge Golf Club

The first Saturday for the year saw the Murray Bridge Golf Club men participants take on the ACKMAC stroke competition, with the much-hyped international new rules for golf finally coming into play.

Designed to simplify and also speed up the game, most players would surely give the changes their nod of approval.

Although, it may take some time for us all to get our heads around all of them.

The new rules didn't seem to affect last season’s Golfer of the Year Carlos Taylor, however.

Taylor powered his way to yet another victory with his fine nett 65 being too good for the other 73 competitors on the day. 

Steve Thiele doesn't play very often but when he does - watch out!

Thiele scored played well in another terrific effort for a nett 67 gave him the A grade victory over a rampant Mark Bolton who is in possibly career best form at the moment with another excellent round of nett 69.

Current C grade champion Paul McCulloch continues to find playing in B grade to be no obstacle to success as he chalked up another win with an excellent nett 66.

Visiting former star SANFL field umpire Tim Pfeiffer, a member of the SA Police Golf Club, was runner up with a nett 68.

In the C grade, Jeff "Stuff" Hall reveled in the nice conditions carving out a quality nett 66 to down big Daniel Marrett by just a single shot.

Next best was Ben Paulic from the Gold Coast, on a around Australia golfing holiday, with a 67 and Des Ayres, Jeff Wright and Squashy with solid 68's.

Left-handers Shaun Williams and Craig Hogben carded good honest nett 69s as did Mildy Raveane and Rod Thoman, back in the winners list at last.

The ever consistent Paul Harding rounded off the placegetters with another solid nett 70.

It was good to see "Gentleman" George Langsford out on course once again as he gave no one else a chance on the nearest to pin on the long second with a trademark quality wood shot.

There is no doubt Langsford would have called it a fluke, though.

Lawerance Crack won the Yabbie on the short fourth while Shaun Williams put together an extremely good back nine to win the pro competition.

It's a stableford competition for golfer this Saturday; be there or be square.