Youngster Lyric Smith wins again at Murray Bridge Golf Club

Lyric Smith has won again at the Murray Bridge Golf Club. Photo: Supplied.

Lyric Smith has won again at the Murray Bridge Golf Club. Photo: Supplied.

It is not often someone scores consecutive Saturday competition wins but it happened last weekend when 12-year-old Lyric Smith completed the feat.

In bitterly cold conditions with rain squalls thrown in for good measure the up-and-coming junior star, playing in the final group and probably copping the worst of the days weather, took out the Avoca Dell Caravan Park stableford event with 39 points.

His round featured a stunning 24-point back nine which also won him the pro comp for the second successive week.

Coached by single figure handicapper Woody Morrison, Lyric practices regularly and the results are there for all to see at the moment. What odds for a threepeat in this weekend's stableford event?

The very ordinary weather forecast caused a string of player pullouts which kept numbers just below the 60 mark - the minimum number required to maintain a graded competition and the day reverted to an ungraded affair and with the two hardy female players who toughed it out also included.

The day's runner up was Echunga golfer Joe Hodgson who also managed a fine 39 points while Shaun Williams claimed third prize money with a pretty good 37 point effort. One of the females, reigning women's club champion Armani Marsters, was next best with 35 points the 13-year-old now into a single figure handicap as she continues in her quest to become a pro golfer one day.

Someone who putts like a pro, Gavin Sanderson, had a good back nine to end up with a handy 34 points as did Mannum GC visitor Daniel Thiele.

Monster hitting Mark Bolton is on a personal low handicap of four these days but still had a strong 32 points in the tough conditions while all the other voucher winners managed solid 31 point rounds. They included Luke Williams, Rob Walters, Michael Potts, Ryan Altschwager, Freddy Carter and two Echunga visitors Dave Wilson and Peter Downs.

Freddy "The Fiery One" Carter was forced to play the final two holes with a disfigured 9 iron after a tree on the 16th dared get in his way. Ones imagination should be used to work out what actually happened!

It was reported the 12th green was, at times, under water making putting interesting for those players affected. Matt Kowald was heard to say his eagle putt there never had much of a chance and then the same was said for his birdie putt straight afterwards.

Casual water means a free drop to a drier position (not nearer the hole) but if there is no dry position to revert to then.

Ask our pro Steve for help and a ruling.

Mark Bolton won the yabby and, as previously mentioned, Lyric Smith took out the pro comp on a day where the green-keepers were probably the happiest people around.

It is another stableford comp this Saturday so come along and take on Lyric prior to all the stroke rounds that are imminent for club championships that commence later this month.


The final round of pennants was played on Sunday with the A1s finishing their campaign with a gritty 3.5-3.5 tie with Echunga at Links Lady Bay to finish an extremely creditable 3rd in the six team competition.

A win, two ties and two losses is a pretty good result in the top echelon so well done to all who played for the club and thanks to Keith Durham for being the clubs pennants co-ordinator.

The B2s ventured to Mt. Barker to play Oakbank in their final match but went down narrowly 3-4 once again to finish at the foot of the table with one win and four losses for the series. Certainly very competitive but narrow defeats mean no finals for Corey Dahlitz's outfit.

The C2s were at home against Aston Hills (formerly Mt.Barker) in a must win match. Win and they were a chance of making the final (the top two teams qualify) or lose and season over.

Captain Downie had read the riot act during the week after successive defeats and his pleas were rewarded with a comprehensive 5-2 victory and a finals berth this Sunday against South Lakes at Willunga.

A great result so anyone wishing to head over and support the boys should do so - tee off time is 8.45am off the first tee as they vie for the Bruce Newman Shield.