Tumby Bay golf
OUTSTANDING weather greeted yet another bumper crowd as 23 combatants marched out onto the velveteen fairways of the Tumby Links.
Three more visitors were included among them although two of them are yearly participants.
Geoff Young from Crystal Brook Golf Club and Bryce Heath from West Lakes Golf Club regularly make the trip down our way but Josh Hausler is a first timer from the Port Lincoln Golf Club and gave a good account of himself with 40 points.
Andrew Stanley, recently relocated back from Roxby, had a great round coming into the clubhouse with 42 points to take the division of the elite.
Mick Heath was a whisker away with 41 points, even though he hit more fairways than Stanley, it’s all in the second shot.
A couple of personal best scores were achieved in the second division with both parties coming in first and second.
Clint Lawrie played some outstanding golf smashing 84 of the bat and accruing 42 points to take the honours.
It was said he had called it after only nine holes such was his confidence.
Paul Mitchell also had a great day with 82 off the stick and came agonisingly close with 41 points.
Peter Sharland got the extra ball with 40 points.
The third division produced yet another outstanding result with Andrew Liddicoat amassing 41 points to win the prize with 90 off the stick.
Graham Pollard was runner up with a solid 38 points and the middle of the fairways most of the day.
Donald Bawden was the winner of the most fairways hit coming to rest on 12 of them but only attaining 18 points.
He had a torrid time of it raising his bat with 106; everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
There was some great golf played on the day and some unorthodox shots.
Young protégé Will Stratford hit some massive tee shots driving two par fours including a dogleg.
Peter Couper’s 40m pin seeker chipped in to save par was well celebrated (by himself).
Danny Whiteman was greeted with an interesting lie when he found his ball perched about a foot up some reeds.
He hit the ball baseball style out of the reeds in and out of the dry creek and onto the scrape where he putted for par.
The club president may need a refresher on the rule book as he was forced to play a left-handed shot from behind a stobie pole when he was entitled to a free drop.
The left-handed chip did end up on the scrape though.
Andrew Solly found the benefits of a high fibre breakfast sometimes have an undesired side effect as his flatulence took it that one step further.
The Butler Builders longest drive went to Darrell Stratford on the eighth; J.J. Trezise and Sons nearest the pin (NTP) was won by Will Stratford on the fourth; Danny Whiteman won the Bawdens Rural Supplies NTP on the 15th and the Pothole Puzzler on the seventh.
The Club Championship Foursomes and the Shylie Rymill Foursomes for the girls will be played on Thursday and round two of the Tumby Auto Electrical Services Trophy for the boys will be played on Saturday.
All welcome with tee off at 12.20pm for the Saturday round.