Merrigum golf

By Tatura Guardian

Captain Greg Hall hosted his favourite string golf event at Merrigum on Saturday.

While the winning score was outstanding, it appears that for many, their string was nowhere near long enough.

Effectively a player’s string is their handicap and it takes a bit of judicious use to make the most of it.

You can move your ball any distance, mostly into the hole and then cut off a length from your string equal to the distance you moved the ball without counting it as a shot.

Andrew Wood obviously made the best of his short piece of string, winning the day comprehensively with a score of 64.

He finished five shots ahead of his closest rival which was a pretty good effort given he had the shortest piece of string in the field.

John Fuller was next best with 69 and Ash Sanders finished third with 70.

Most of the rest of the players in the field would have been wishing their string was actually a piece of elastic because quite a few struggled with what the captain offered as their handicap.

First timers may well have had trouble with the concept too, but in horse racing parlance, will be better for the run.

Nearest-the-pins were won by Andrew Wood on the sixth, Jeff Parry on the ninth, Bruce Brown on the jackpot 12th and James Campbell on the 14th.

Winter pennant began on Sunday with Merrigum taking on Mooroopna at Valley View.

It proved to be a very close tussle but in the final wash-up Merrigum came away with a 3/2 win.

Clint Prygoda won his match on the 20th hole, Bruce Brown finished two-up and James Campbell won his match on the 19th.

The other two matches finished on the 17th and 18th holes so it was in the balance all day and it was good to come away with a first up win.

Pennant this week is at Mooroopna against Cobram-Barooga.

Hit-off is from 9am.

Next Saturday’s event is stroke for the Privilege Cup, least putts sponsored by Simon and Tash Doherty and it is also round four of the eclectic.