Growling Swan 19/02
Thursday 19th FEBRUARY 2015
EMERALD GOLF COURSE – STABLEFORD
By San Mig Stu
HAPPY CHAPPY IS SANDY.
Two buses were loaded and left the Growling Swan a little earlier than the scheduled 8.30 am departure time which was quite a surprise for this outfit of keen golfers.
Welcomes were given to Russell Calcutt coming out of retirement and as nervous as an infidel in a mosque lest he win the coveted Compass Cap, Andrew Allen fresh from digging up funds from his backyard in Melbourne and Beau Roberts and Mark Pearson from Victoria, Australia.
Why all these Victorians have departed that state is anybody’s guess.
Glen Henrikson from Barrow Island off Western Australia was also given a warm hello.
The weather was quite invigorating and under cloudy skies a nice breeze throughout the day intensified to about 30 knots as a distant storm was wending its way toward our position.
The first group completed their round in four hours and ten minutes managing to finish just seconds before the rain pelted down whilst all those behind got wet.
Perhaps the rain contributed to the lower than average scores or maybe just about everyone was suffering from a late night.
This track is challenging so for whatever reason the condition of the course could not be blamed.
Sandy Leiper was one happy bloke when he learned his thirty five points won the day.
Gary Monley finished one point behind beating Ian Masterson into second spot on a count back, whilst Geri Crilli was fourth with thirty two and Mark Pearson snuck into fifth spot with thirty one.
Four near pins and two longest first putts were available as additional incentives.
RESULTS FOR EMERALD
1ST SANDY LEIPER (28) 35 POINTS
2ND GARY MONLEY (27) 34 POINTS
3RD IAN MASTERSON (34) 34 POINTS
4TH GERI CRILLI (26) 32 POINTS
5TH MARK PEARSON (14) 31 POINTS
5TH PAUL HACK
7TH MARK PEARSON
13TH PETER LONGWORTH
15TH ANDREW ALLEN
9th BEAR WILKES
18TH GLEN HENRICKSON
COMPASS CAP AWARD
Our host Peter Grey presented this award to Beau Roberts for making most use of the course.
Beau accepted the award in good grace and despite the look on his face in the photo kindly donated some funds to Deefa the charity dog as his penance and won a new ball as a consolation.