Markham wins his second Major in 15 years
This week was back to Collier Park for the Memorial Cup. Special thanks to Doug for providing the prizes which included an array of wine and golf paraphernalia and also to Trevor for bringing down the tripod and camera to take a group photo on the 1st tee.
The course started off very tempting with the 1st tee on the Island nine forward , it did its job as few people tried to hard and ended up spraying a few in the bush . This didn’t bother the last group consisting of; Jamie, Craig and Pete Fitzpatrick. Craig with a long drive just short of the green and Pete with a long putt both made birdie while Jamie settled for a tap in Par only to birdie the 2nd with a great approach. It’s not often that a whole group are 1 under after 2 holes.
The group continued the good play throughout the 9, turning with 18, 20 and 22 points, Craig with a 38 including 3 over in the last two holes. After a couple of “moments “ the group continued to press forward trough the back nine and the talk turned towards a win by one of them . Trevor however was going well in the group in front and with 3 holes to go, Craig started to do the math and having to give away 2 shots on holes and Pete getting two shots on two holes wasn’t feeling too good. Jamie however liked the closeness of it all as Craig sunk a 4 meter par putt, followed by a 5 meter birdie putt and headed into the last 2 points up with no shot and Pete having two. Craig’s 2nd shot toward the par 5 looked good until it landed on a pine cone and shot right angles into the bush causing a 3rd to be a recovering 30 meters out. Pete had a couple of issues and just short of the green for 4. This resulted in a 6 and 7 handing Craig the one point win and only his second major in 14 seasons and a 76 gross.
In Other news
David Ovel had a good run with the NTP with some great shots , Norm easily won the long drive on the Island 8th (absolutely massive and well past the bunkers) and Trevor for the 3rd week in a row finishes on the podium with another great score (39 points), Some say this is down to having sorted out some putting issues !
Pete Tallon and Robin Dalby was the ultimate grudge match – Pete begrudging his high handicap and Robin begrudging his 5 week's off golf. In a seesaw battle that turned all even after 9, a “wayward off the tee” Pete wore down his fluffing opponent over the closing holes but not before the possibility that Robin might achieve a bizarre double – a Match Play win and the NAGA win!”
Pre game nerves were controlled as Rob Mizen accounted for Steve H who had the classic one liner about Rob Mizen after losing to him “Rob played like a consistent 80 year-old”.
Match Play results:
Pete Tallon defeats Robin Dalby (2 and 1)
Marc Ellis defeats Lawrie Gibson (1 up)
Rob Mizen defeats Steve Heron (4 and 3)
Mike Patton defeats Dave Thomas (4 and 3)
The Putt-Off Jackpot
The Putt off jackpot rolled over once again and is on the climb - lets hope someone other than Hammo wins it this time - make sure you are in with a chance to win it....remember half the money raised goes towards the end of year function.
1st: CRAIG MARKHAM (42)
2nd: PETER FITZPATRICK (41)
3rd: TREVOR BINDON (39)
NAGA: ROBIN DALBY (unknown)
Nearest to Pins:
Island 2nd: JAMIE PICKLES
Island 4th: RYAN DORAN
Lake 3rd: NORM MEWS
Lake 5th: DAVID OVEL
Lake 8th: DAVID OVEL
Nearest in 2: DAVID OVEL
Nearest in 3: DAVE THOMAS
A Grade: NORM MEWS (Massive!!!!)
B Grade: DOUG STEWART