Last Saturday’s Irish team stableford event, sponsored by Paul Thomas and Ken Ryan, was a big hit with 63 players in action. Victor Gaidzionis, Brett Cowling, Rod Kiley and Luke Greenwood made the most of the unique scoring method to claim the win with 100 points. They combined brilliantly, and importantly on the right holes, to win by eight points.
Playing as a team of four, all golfers played out each hole as they would in an individual stableford, but that was where the standard scoring finished. On the first six holes, only the best stableford score of the four players was recorded.
On the next five holes, only the best two stableford scores were recorded. On the next four holes, only the best three
stableford scores were recorded while on the final three holes, all four scores were recorded.
Next best in the competition were Peter Magill, Rob Cheney, Bernard Provan and David Stevenson with 92 points. They were followed by John Green, Mark Kelly, Brian McPhee and Jarrod Kemp on 90. Rod Luyt, John Pearce, Bill Warren and Tom Delmenico finished in fourth position with 86 points.
The last of the voucher winners, also with 86 points, were Ron Hetherington, Trevor Chatman, Wayne Tucker and Lindsay Elliott. Ryan Thornberry won the individual on 40 points. Nearest the pin winners: Chris Goodie – Idlerite-Tyrepower 1st hole -585cm; Ross Smith – Griffins Leading Edge – 230cm; Bernie McCabe – The Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th hole – 408cm; Robert Cheney – Harvey Norman 11th hole, 90cm (very nearly a hole-in-one, also won the money hole); Peter Magill – Westlime 15th hole – 474cm; Dub Rodgers – Parkes Readymixed Concrete 9th hole – 630cm, and Aaron Wilkie – PJL Group 18th green – 110cm.
By Denis Howard