WITH the course in absolutely perfect condition, week 14 of the winter season featured the Avon Valley Mower Chainsaw and Pool Supplies Trophy, a Stableford competition sponsored by Max and Stephanie Hubble.
Like a swarm of weed-whacking locusts, the players poured out onto the course trying to accumulate enough points to stand alone on the winners’ podium at the end of the day.
One player racking up the points was Brad Harkin, hitting all the fairways, sinking his putts and sweeping away the opposition to come in at the end of a successful day with a massive score of 46 points.
Runner up to Harkin was Rick Kennedy with 41 points, from a group of players Peter Roe, Daniel Negus and Jason Oliver all with 40 points with a countback giving third place to Roe.
Lewis Motors gross trophy went to Daniel Negus with 36 points, a creditable 72 off the stick.
A-grade winner was Daniel Negus on 40 points from Dean Becker 39 points.
B-grade winner was Jason Oliver on 40 points from Peter Beazley 38 points.
C-grade winner was Max Hubble 38 points from Cameron Stewart on a countback from Les Lee Snr, all with 35 points.
In support of the sponsor, Rob Lucy spent the day deep in the woods, clearing the rough and testing the water to amass 27 points to win the coveted NAGA trophy.
Novelties: No. 3 best third Brad Harkin, No. 9 nearest the pin Roger Podmore, No. 14 nearest the pin Max Hubble No. 18 best third Matt Woods.
While playing No. 8 fairway, Neil James’ ball came to rest on a dead branch.
Trying to separate the tree from the ball without disturbing it was going fine until the ball moved.
Within a split second, words and weeds flew everywhere, the ball shot out and the tree branch flew over the fence into the river.
His playing partner Max Hubble saw potential for a new product, a weed-whacking, tree-pruning Husqvarna golf club.
Sunday’s competition was for the Mitre 10 trophy, a Stableford event.
Another fine day, lush fairways and fast greens ensured that a high score would be required to have a chance at the trophy.
At the end of the day two players were tied on 41 points, Cameron Stewart and Peter Bray,
After a countback Stewart was declared the winner and Bray runner-up.
Novelties: No. 16 long putt Mick Spadaccini.
Next events: Wednesday, July 18 Holden Scramble an Ambrose, Saturday and Sunday rounds 1 and 2 club championships – stroke.