Tat Chat | Merrigum Golf Club

By Shepparton News

Merrigum golfers contested a stroke round for the Privilege Cup on Saturday as well as least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty.

Ash Sanders came within a whisker of his best round to head the ball competition with a score of 80-12-68.

He was left to rue a short putt on the 18th that went begging that would have had him equal his best score at Merrigum.

Ash also took nearest the pin on the ninth with a fantastic shot despite a cunning tee placement.

I'm guessing he didn't grub it along the ground to avoid the overhanging branches either.

John Fuller made up the ball competition winners with his usual steady round of 82-13-69.

He also won the chook shed challenge with 11 points.

Did somebody ask who won the day?

Well if you have to ask you obviously haven't being paying attention during the past couple of months.

Barry Webber was the winner with another exceptional round of 92-27-65, quite possibly his best.

Here we were all thinking the four shots he lost a couple of weeks ago would bring him back to the field, but no, he was still three shots better than the next best.

No doubt he will suffer some more damage to his handicap, but we won't fall into the trap of thinking it gives the rest of us a better chance of winning.

Other nearest the pins were won by Bruce Brown on the sixth and the jackpot 12th and by Andrew Wood on the 14th.

Lucas Brown won least putts with 28 after a countback from Roger Gillon.

The twilight competition is a close run thing as the end approaches.

Craig Doherty and Andrew Wood were joint leaders prior to last Thursday's round, however, Craig won on Thursday with a round of 44-8-36 which means he has opened up a three-point lead over Woody.

Simon Doherty was the runner-up with 42-5-37 and that puts him equal with Woody in second place.

Apparently the season will finish when Simon has overhauled everyone in the competition, which means we might still be hitting off at 3 pm in July.

Nearest the pins were won by Bill Bray on the jackpot ninth and Greg Hall on the 14th, while Frank Leyden's putter was running hot, winning least putts with 13.

The two-point cut was 41.5.

This Saturday's event is the Bernie Doyle Memorial stableford.