Roger & Di Wickes Stableford competition held at Murray Bridge Golf Course

Vella leads the way at Murray Bridge Golf Course

It was a delightful day for golf on Saturday, September 11 at Murray Bridge Golf Course.

With the sun shining and a light breeze blowing the mosquitoes away, cherry ripe for the Roger & Di Wickes Stableford competition.

Scoring was good with Adelaide tyre maestro, Michael Vella doing best with a stunning 42 points to win the day.

Not one to say much after a round, instead being more content to park himself in front of the horse racing screen with a beer in hand.

Everything went right for him with putts dropping in with great regularity, much to the disgust of regular playing partners Marsh, Schmidt and McCulloch.

A comfortable and a very enjoyable drive back to town afterwards for Michael.

Mark Sappenberghs tore the course apart on the back nine for an amazing 24 point haul on his way to 40 points.

An "A" grade victory with Craig Hogben hot on his heels with 39 points in a very nice return to form for the bulky left hander.

Sid Robbins, despite being distracted by what he mistakenly perceived as slow play in front of his group, ended with 36 points and top "B" grade honours.

He had a countback to thank for defeating Brinkley's most famous farmer Dean Pearson who was resuming from a long spell and did well to play to his handicap.

Another countback was required to separate the 38 point scores returned by "C" graders Neil Paech and Snow Rothe with Paech edging it.

Diminutive super veteran Ken Parbs has been in brilliant touch in recent weeks and he did it again with another 37 points to head up the ball winners.

"Stuff" Hall, buoyant after Melbourne's demolition of Geelong in the AFL preliminary final the night before, celebrated with 37 points as well to make it a really good weekend for him.

Good rounds of 36 points were carded by Pat Secker, Peter Jones, Barry Richardson, Nifty Neville Briggs and Echunga's Danny Willgoose while Squashy Squires and John Barwick, making a rare Saturday appearance, snuck in with solid 35 point efforts.

Sappsy easily won the back nine Pro comp with his 24 points and the Yabby was picked up by Danny Willgoose who knocked off all of the locals with a lovely strike on the 11th.

Very little nonsense was reported to have happened on course with players generally remaining tight lipped about proceedings out there.

More shenanigans were happening in the car park though where President Bolton was spotted frustrated trying unsuccessfully for several minutes to unlock his 4WD vehicle to load his gear back in after his round before finally guessed it....wrong vehicle!

His was the identical one three spots further on!

It's Par time this Saturday, September 18.

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