- Mike Newman
First eagle and the win - double delight for Ryan Nottle
Updated: Jun 13, 2022
Pinjara - Stableford
Eleven brave or foolhardy souls teed it up at Pinjarra on Sunday. The prospect of rain deterred many members from making the trip south but those who braved the conditions found a course ready for good golf. The rain held off until the second nine which was appreciated by all, and by the time of the wrap-up blue sky had emerged.
Despite the 11th hour arrival of pro shop staff and a wee problem with the scoring app (68km to the centre of the Pines 1st was deemed a bit excessive as well as being on the wrong course!) the round eventually got underway. A phone call sorted the app issues (kudos to the club Canadian providing 24-hour IT support for the club ) and those in buggies finally got their trusty steeds. Into the early morning light went the eleven, returning a few hours later a little damper, missing a few golf balls but flush with stories both good and not-so-good.
Paul “Hitman” Heine wasn’t content with just scaring one carload of locals with an errant tee shot – he did it again with the very next swing of the driver! To make matters worse, the second effort nearly took out a car in the westbound lanes (further away from the tee box). A radar re-calibration is surely in order for long-time club member.
Once everyone had returned and been regaled with Dave “Jubilee” Thomas’ tales from his trip to the old country the scores were tallied up and the presentations were made. The scribe was NAGA by a large margin after a day where nothing worked. It looked like he hadn’t played for two years let alone two weeks as drives sprayed everywhere, irons misfired, and putts just wouldn’t drop. He was nothing if not consistent – consistently terrible in both the wet and the dry.
For those playing golf, Craggy bagged a spot on the podium after pushing Ryan all day. 29 points saw him sneak into third place ahead of Jack Wagner. The smiling assassin had a slow start which proved costly in the countback which followed. Heiney stopped scaring the locals long enough to bag 30 points, second spot and yet another podium finish for 2022. These solid efforts were eclipsed by the day’s winner who ticked off a bucket list item while he was at it.
32 points was enough for the win and Ryan Nottle took home the chocolates. A strong front nine wasn’t backed up around the back nine but he still held on for the win. The 8th at Pinjarra is rated a “driveable” Par 4, and Ryan took full advantage to bag his first ever eagle. Four pins capped off a good day for the acting Captain. Nice work all-round, and again a good job of herding the cats at Pinjarra.
Next week is a stroke round at Collier for the Monthly Medal and a Golden Putter round as well. As usual please get in early if you intend to play.
Late addition by Craig regarding the current state of his game.
I bombed an approach 30 m long from 100 out onto the roof of the clubhouse. Made the best bang . 😂
1st: Ryan Nottle (32)
2nd: Paul Heine (30)
3rd: Mike Cragg (29)
NAGA: Mike Newman (16)