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Peter blitzes the field


Collier - Stroke - Monthly Medal

This week was the last round of the Golden Putter with about 4 people within a couple of putts of each other. The usual suspects of Hammo and Doug were at the top of the list. Doug applied some pressure early with a chip in on the 2nd or 3rd hole. Some recent coring put a few people off pace and line, but Hammo and Doug pulled away and swapped the lead many times The final result was a tie.

On the side was the match play semi-final between Rob Mathias and Jamie Pickles. Jamie having to give away 13 shots which is not easy, especially with Rob as he has a solid all round game and he has had plenty of match play experience with myself this year As it turns out, after an up and down exchange of leaders it came down to the last hole which Rob needed to win to force a rematch. Which he did so this one ended it yet another tie.

For the rest of us there weren’t many people coming in under par which is common for ‘Real Golf ‘. There was none of this picking up after 6, you have to take that 10 on the nose. Peter Fitzpatrick put together the best round, with nice drives and no real damage around the greens. His 65 was one of his best for the year and up there for one of the best stroke round scores all up.

Mike Newman and Jamie Fitzpatrick also played well just a fraction better than their handicaps to come in 2nd and 3rd separated by a count back.

Ian had all things go wrong and had to settle for NAGA, but only just.

Trev wasn't having a great day and if it wasn't for bad luck he wouldn't have any luck at all as evidenced by this photo. But at least it was a free drop from there.

The club welcomed guest Steve Hooper for his first round, he already has a GA of around 16 and is looking to be a member next year and will fit right in no problems.

(MP: In the last couple of weeks we have had situations with scorecard errors where the total score doesn't match the sum of the strokes from each hole. Luckily, in both cases, the individual hole scores were correct and therefore those involved were not disqualified.

So just a reminder to be double check your cards before submitting to avoid possible disqualification.

And on a personal note, I had another one of those rounds that made me question why I play this most frustrating of games. Five shanks straight off the hosel on the back nine costing at least 6 or 7 strokes. Off to the one of the pros at Collier during the week for an emergency lesson, a number of issues were identified, so fingers crossed for my next appearance)

Winners

1st: Peter Fitzpatrick (65)

2nd: Mike Newman (71)

3rd: Jamie Fitzpatrick (71)

NAGA: Ian Havenstien (87)

Nearest to Pins:

Pines 3rd: Mike Newman

Pines 7th: Dave Ovel

Lakes 3rd: Scott Robbins

Lakes 5th: Jamie Fitzpatrick

Lakes 8th: No takers

Nearest in 2: Mike Newman

Nearest in 3: Steve Hooper

Longest Drives:

A Grade: Mike Patton

B Grade: Laurie Gibson

Match Play:

Rob Mathias Jamie Pickles A/S


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