Swaffer beats competition and the wind at Tumby Bay

Tumby Bay Golf

THE wild westerlies kept the fair-weather golfers away in droves for the first round of Harry’s Painting Trophy.

The 11 that did venture out into the cyclonic conditions played a stableford and some reasonable scores came in considering the weather event.

Peter Swaffer was the overall winner for the day with 36 points but still managed to go out a stroke on his handicap. 

The wind proved no problem for Swaffer although his buggy did have four wheels and a rank of batteries.

Andrew Higgins was a close second coming in with 35.

If only he was not hampered by injury, sporting a rather nasty paper cut, he could have been a contender.

Extra ball went to Ben Abley, not that he needs any.

He had already played 18 holes at the Port Lincoln golf course and managed 34 points after playing 18 at Tumby.

Abley also bagged the Bawdens Rural Supplies nearest to pin (NTP) on the sixth.

Father and son combo Darrell and Will Stratford probably wished they were of the fair-weather variety as they had a woeful day on the course coming in with 28.

Will did get the Butler Builders long drive though smashing one 320 metres down the seventh.

Darrell got the J.J. Trezise and Sons NTP on the 11th.

Paul Mitchell won the Pothole Puzzler NTP on the 17th.

David Brand also did not have much luck in the treacherous conditions.

He hit a magnificent tee shot on the sixth and was still admiring it while holding the pose only to be told he had been outside the tee blocks.

His next shot went straight into a bush.

Another good shot hit the powerlines and had to be retaken for a similar result.

Play of the day has to go to the 11 who braved the conditions and battled through 18 holes.

Thank heavens the rain held off.

Next week is the first round of the Tumby Auto Electrical Services trophy which is a par event, tee off at 12.30pm.