Stratford’s star just keeps rising

There was an outstanding turnout for Easter Saturday with more than 20 golfers taking part in yet another stableford event.

Conditions were near perfect although the boisterous breeze caused a few problems.

A couple more visitors have been lured to Tumby’s svelte course, this time from Adelaide.

Ashley Mitchell and Kurt Fitzgerald enjoyed their day with Mitchell taking a trophy home.

Welcome back to Wally Elliott, back from Queensland for a couple of weeks, and to Leon Mason, Andrew Stanley, Joe Cross and Will Stratford all playing their first round for the season.

Stratford was back from his successful cricket season slip-streaming into first with 40 points and the division one title.

Stratford has had a meteoric rise starting out as a junior a few years ago and is now one of lowest handicapped players at the club recording many eagles and two holes in one in consecutive seasons.

David Brand, forever the bridesmaid, finished runner-up for the third week in a row, missing out on a countback after he too came in with 40.

Andrew Higgins played some outstanding golf, amassing a phenomenal 45 to win division two. He will be playing with the big boys soon if he keeps this up.

Mitchell, 43, had a great game to claim second spot with Greg Wilton, 42, getting the extra ball.

Three ladies also competed with Sally Curtis coming in with 32 slightly ahead of Brenda Heath who scrambled together 31. Heath also won the ladies long drive.

No one was on fairway for the Butler Builders longest drive so the prize went unclaimed; Darrell Stratford won the J.J. Trezise and Sons nearest the pin (NTP) on the fourth; Will Stratford won the Bawdens Rural Supplies NTP on the 15th; and Ashley Mitchell got the Pothole Puzzler on the 17th.

Mick Heath came up with the quote of the day concerning his failing eyesight: “good drive if I could only see it”.

Next weekend is a double play with the first round of the Butler Builders stroke trophy taking place on Saturday and opening day, which is a Pinehurst event, taking place on Sunday.