Stratford gets eagle’s nest

Tumby Bay golf

IT was quarter final stage of the Dunston Cup with eight combatants eyeing off a spot in the semis.

Some big names got knocked out in the last round including the veteran Peter Swaffer, young gun Will Stratford and ‘Mr Consistency’ David Brand.

Danny Whiteman will play Andrew Solly in the semi-finals and it’s already being billed as ‘The Great Bake Off’.

Danny Whiteman put Swaffer out of the race last week and claimed another scalp defeating Andrew Higgins 3/1.

It was a personal best yet again as his form continues to rise rapidly getting 89 off the bat.

Whiteman will play Andrew Solly in the semi-finals and it’s already being billed as ‘The Great Bake Off’ as both players are bakers by trade.

Mick McCallum advances to the next stage with a convincing win over Paul Mitchell 3/2.

He has an unorthodox swing style referred to as the Sticky Tango as his feet are all over the place after every drive but it is effective.

Mitchell has had a bad trot of late, breaking a light fitting then breaking the sacred bell (that’s magical chime lures golfers back to the club house) and this week he was a broken man.

McCallum’s opponent in the other semi-final will be Darren Arnold who made short work of Andrew Liddicoat 5/3.

Arnold is the only big fish left in the pond and McCallum will be looking to get into his head early. This should be an interesting tie.

Those not involved with the Dunston played a stroke round and it was good to see yet another visitor, this time from Coffin Bay Golf Club.

Welcome to Timothy Branford who plays off a handicap of six and was not far away as some great scores were posted.

Peter Sharland was the big winner of the day coming in with 84/64 but it took a countback to decide with Graham Pollard coming in with 92/64.

Pollard played an absolute blinder and will be a serious threat to the lower echelons come the championships later in the year.

Play of the day would be his audacious putt from over 8 metres!

Another countback was needed to separate Peter Swaffer (74/65) and Will Stratford (69/65) for the extra ball, with Swaffer clinching it.

Young Stratford did get the eagle’s nest though as he adds another highlight to his plethora of achievements.

His father had an embarrassing moment though as his errant drive ended up in the adjacent RV park.

He sheepishly accepted the ball from the unhappy camper who returned it to the right side of the fence.

Butlers Builders longest drive was won by Peter Swaffer on the 10th; Peter Sharland won the J.J. Trezise and Sons nearest the pin (NTP) on the fourth; Tim Branford won the Bawdens Rural Supplies NTP on the sixth; and Andrew Liddicoat won the Pothole Puzzler on the 14th.

Stableford event next week for those not involved in the semi-finals and good luck to those that are.

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