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Hayward wins final round of Merrigum golf

The final round of golf for Merrigum players for 2012 was held on Saturday.

BILL BRAY January 1, 2013 1:46pm

Greg Hall drives from the first tee at Merrigum on Saturday.


The final round of golf for Merrigum players for 2012 was a stroke round for the Privilege Cup.

It was a pleasant afternoon on the course but players had some problems posting a competitive score, in fact no-one was able to better the course rating.

Two players managed to equal it and they fought it out for A-grade honours and the Privilege Cup.

Peter Hayward had the better back nine and finished with 83-14-69 to win A-grade and the Privilege Cup.

He emerged with his handicap still intact and in good shape to launch into the coming new year of golf.

James Campbell had to settle for a ball as the beaten player in the countback.

However he did show a return to the good form that had deserted him for quite some time and had left his handicap anchored for an extended period.

He scored 80-11-69.

Geoff Ward was the B-grade winner with 86-16-70, one shot ahead of his closest rival and he was the only player to actually break his handicap on Saturday.

A few did move the other way though.

Ball competition winners were Peter Hayward, James Campbell, Geoff Ward and John Fuller with 71 on a countback from Luke Roberts and Simon Doherty.

Nearest the pins were won by Daniel Clarkson on the sixth, John Fuller on the ninth, Ant Newham on the jackpot 12th and Bruce Andrews with a ripper on the 14th.

The Victoria Hotel in Tatura sponsored the nearest second shot on the 11th and this was won by Luke Roberts.

Balls must be scarce in one player’s bag after he called it quits on the ninth when he presumably came to a ‘‘woody’’ end which resulted in a lost ball.

He apparently couldn’t even borrow one and went home with nine holes left to play.

It cost him his single figure handicap for the short term at least.

Tash Doherty has been in great form lately and she won the Drummond Golf twilight competition last Thursday with 50-12.5-37.5.

Rod Newham had his first outing for the twilight season and finished runner-up with 51-13-38 to beat Peter Hayward on a countback, Peter scoring 44-6-38.

Those three players were the ball competition winners.

Pete did win least putts easily though with a brilliant 11 putts for 10 holes, five better than anyone else.

Rod Newham picked up both nearest the pins on the ninth and jackpot 14th and the two point cut was 40.5.

Saturday’s event is the third round of the summer fourball and 4BBB par.

The duty team is Phil Savage and Mick Sullivan.

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