It's a happy new year for Murray Bridge golfer Gavin Sanderson

Photo: File.
Photo: File.

The big man with the low centre of gravity, Gavin Sanderson, was the first member to strike Saturday gold in 2020 when he triumphed in the Grandison's Menswear stroke event at the Bridge on the weekend.

In fine but windy conditions and with a good field of 78 in attendance, his score of nett 66 was a beauty and enough by one to take out the day's major prize.

Known for his masterly touch with the putter, he showed once again an excellent feel for the greens which took him a long way to his win - a popular one all round.

It was a great start to the new year too for the ever-improving Brett Altschwager, who won the A grade with a terrific nett 67 in the conditions.

Now down to a 10 handicap, he relegated Captain Morgan to the runner-up's position despite the captain having the ball on a string for most of his round and finishing with a pretty handy nett 68.

Rod Thoman bounced back to form with a B grade victory in which his nett 67 was equal with runner-up Rob Walters, but Thoman's outstanding back nine of nett 30 allowed him to prevail on a countback.

In C grade the "Big Q", Quent Maurice, came to the fore with a strong nett 68 as he saw off Alois Kniebeiss on a countback with AK having also matched his handicap in a good display.

Next best was the up-and-down Stephen Cocks, who shot a very handy nett 68.

One would never want to be laying odds on a round of golf by this player as the result can be absolutely anything.

The quartet of Brian Smyth, Paddy Secker, Randall Cocks and Tony Carter all returned solid nett 69s while Steve Thiele, Graeme Munt, Paul McCulloch, Terry Marsh and "Aussie" Bob McCormick may or may not have been satisfied with their nett 70, but that's what they shot.

Power-hitting president Bolton eagled the eighth to snap up a meagre offering from the eagle's nest and take a moment of joy for the day while Steve Thiele would have enjoyed his iron on the fourth as it won him the yabby.

Rod Thoman took out the pro comp for the best back nine with his tough-to-beat nett 30.

It will be time for a Stableford comp this Saturday.

Mannum Golf Club

Eight players contested a nine-hole Stableford competition in mild conditions at Mannum Golf Club last Thursday.

Graham Littlefield won the pro nine on the first five, but Rod Foreman was the day's winner with a score of 21.

Trailing him were Littlefield on 19, Ian Braddock on 18, G Bormann on 15, Karen Franklin on 11, Peter Turvey on 10 after a countback, B Houston on 10 and Allen Henderson on eight.