Merrigum golf notes

By Shepparton News

Ash Sanders carried his good form from last week into this week's Bernie Doyle Memorial stableford event at Merrigum.

Last week Ash threatened his best ever Merrigum score and this week he eclipsed his best by two shots on his way to an easy four-point win. He scored 41 points to win A-grade which equates to 77 off the stick in an outstanding effort. His excellent round also cost him a little over a shot from his handicap, which should not be too much of a problem for him. Despite his good round he was still a long way short of the inaugural winner, Kelvin Wiffen, who from memory scored 53 points. To cap off a good day Ash took the jackpot for nearest the pin on the 12th.

Phil Barca was the B-grade winner with 37 points, two ahead of the next best in that grade, and he too will find he has a little less handicap to play with next time he takes to the course. Ball competition winners were Greg Hall and Clint Prygoda, both with 35 points, and Andrew Wood with 34 points on a count-back from a plethora of players. James Campbell had his eye in on the par threes, taking nearest-the-pins on the sixth, ninth and 14th. Simon Doherty won the chook shed challenge with 11 points.

The twilight competition will finish this week and it is going to be a very close run thing, with just two points separating the three leading players. Tash Doherty was the winner last Thursday with a great round of 40-6.5-33.5, giving her a comfortable three-shot buffer over the next best. Andrew Wood is one of those in contention and he was runner-up in the penultimate round with an excellent round of 39-2.5-36.5. Craig Doherty took the jackpot for nearest-the-pin on the ninth and Woody had least putts with 13. The two-point cut was 39.5.

There will be a barbecue following this week's final round. The three players still in contention are Craig Doherty on 37 points, Andrew Wood on 36 and Simon Doherty on 35.

It should be an interesting climax, so good luck to all players.

This Saturday's event is par.