It was a lovely spring day in Murray Bridge last weekend and a good field of 84 players competed in the Bell Imperial Cabinets Stableford competition Saturday, October 9, 2021.
The victor was powerfully built B grader Nathan King who narrowly got the job done with a terrific 40 point round.
Utilising his great length off the tee he also had his short game a bit better tuned than normal and the result was there to see.
Great work Nathan!
Mario Grande and Gavin Thoman dominated the A grade clearing out from the rest with the "Italian Stallion" Grande coming out just on top after registering an excellent 39 points.
A former club champion Thoman is showing a return to form and his 38 points were well put together and his up and down for par from the thick grass at the back of the 18th green was a great finish to his round.
Shane Aldridge has poked his nose into B grade, for one week at least, and he must have liked what he saw.
Putting together 37 points he saw off Lloyd "Buckets" Jackson on a countback for top honours here.
The highlight of Aldridge's round was an eagle two on the short dogleg 15th where he had to navigate low hanging branches and the mound for his second shot.
Punching a low chip perfectly up onto the green and into the hole it also saw him clean out the eagles nest of $50 worth of balls to put some icing on the cake!
Playing partner Roger Wickes wasn't quite as complimentary as others about the shot though claiming it was a fluke.
Visiting Bundaberg Gold Club member Jakob Hansen, brother of local member Ryan, certainly got everyone's attention after posting a 44 point score to completely crush his C"grade competition.
Keeping it steady with two nines of 22 points apiece Jakob might get a shock when he sees his new handicap but at least he will have some funds in the bank to ease the pain as he also took out the days Pro comp for the best back nine.
Echunga's Barry Sparrow was C grade runner up with 36 points.
Onto the ball rundown where Shaun Williams, Terry Marsh and Tyson Wright had good days to play to their handicaps. Stan Whittam from Echunga had an interesting morning.
Turning halfway with just 10 points he clearly read the riot act to himself then duly proceeded to score a lazy 25, repeat 25, points on the last nine holes to get himself up to a very respectable 35 point total and earn himself a golf ball.
And, no, he failed to part with a dollar to enter the pro comp much to Jakob Hansen's relief!
Tom Haig, Jeremy Paech and Snow Rothe also had 35 points apiece albeit in far more regular fashion while Bill Fisher, Smiley Trinder and Rod Thoman were each rewarded for their 34 points.
Andrew Meddle showed his short game prowess yet again by striking a peach of a shot on the short fourth hole to claim the Yabby prize money.
Rumour has it the ATO are hot on Meddle's tail such is the frequency he wins this secondary competition.
Only a few weeks now before our beautiful greens are in line for another of their biannual coring treatments so be sure to avail yourself of this weekend;s par competition while the going is still good.