Men - 14/12/2020

Last Saturday in very ordinary conditions Brodie Quirk had his best round with 42 stableford points in the mens competition to blitz the field. Surprisingly there were forty players tee off in blowy wet conditions and Brodie was by far the best and will no doubt reduce his 11 handicap on that effort. He was seen playing a practise round the very next day in even worse conditions so he is certainly keen at the moment. Sean Haynes and Eathan Rognoni, a visitor from Borneo Barracks were next best with 38 points each. That good golfer Eamon Cockram and Slim Eldridge were next best on 37 points, each losing a stroke the day before the popular Shootout which eventually cost Slim as he lost a shot on the 5th hole and went out on the 5th on Sunday with a bogey. Connor Cruice was the only other ball rundown winner with his 3 under off the stick. The pro pin on 13 saw Nic lane win 3 balls, Dean Bennett 2, Dylan Galloway 2 and Shaun Campbell a ball while the NTPO on the 5th went to Rod Hansen, the 9th to Eathan Rognoni, the 11th to Eamon and the 16th to Rhys Farrell. The Condamine Steel Shootout was held on last Sunday and 19 hardy souls and the scorers and officials were a sorry looking lot early in the morning in cold and miserable conditions but it didn't take long before the action heated up. Unbelievably, Wayne Watt exited on the 1st hole with a 5 gross which is undoubtably the best score to ever go out on the first hole in Shootout history. Ray Dudley had all sorts of trouble on the 2nd which played directly into the extremely gusty wind with only Eamon Cockram hitting the 2nd green in regulation. Garry Adcock made a mess of the 3rd and on it went. A couple of excellent birdies from Don Stewart should have made you aware that he was right on his game and so it was until the 15th hole when he lost 2 balls into the water but managed to get in a chip off with his 9 against Dave Speedy who hit one over the fence. Ted King was sneaking along well also at that point but he too had a 9 but with two shots so he avoided the chip off between Dave and Don. Both missed the green initially and loaded up again and Dave made the same mistake allowing Don to get through to the 16th. Ted King went out at the 16th and Chris Hynes, Don Stewart and Brendan Landrigan progressed to 17. Chris lost it well to the right and Brendan and Don were on the fairway. Brendan found the left bunder and Don the right bunker while Chris had trouble again. Don chipped from the bunker to a foot and Brendan made his bogey to both play the 18th. Brendan looked all over a winner when he drove the ball to 120 metres from the green on the 18th and his wedge came up just short. Don had pushed it to the 10th fairway and his 2nd to the back of the 8th green but recovered well to be on for 4 and his 2 putts gave him a nett 5 while Brendan duffed his chip and then was required to make a 10 foot put to stay in the game. It missed and after playing great golf all the way around had to settle for 2nd place. Don had an 82 off the stick and belied his 17 handicap and no doubt would have had the best stableford score off the day with exceptional golf bar for the 15th hole. No doubt enjoying the shackles of Presidency being removed he had a popular win. Special thanks to the management at Condamine Steel for their ongoing support of this most popular event which generates so much interest. Next Saturday we play in a single stableford while next Sunday the Medal of Medallists is on with a draw so all winners throughout the year remember to be there for that one.