Riley shakes shivers for stableford win

Golfers braved near freezing conditions in last Saturday’s Drummond Golf 18-hole stableford at the Collie Golf Club.

In addition to the cold, players also had to contend with rain, which felt more like sleet, making it an even more challenging outing for all but veteran Ed Riley who shook off the shivers to post an event winning 36 points.

Riley was the only player in the field to better the day’s course rating of 73, with runner-up trophy winner Alan Kent and third-placed Jay Robinson separated on a countback after finishing with 34.

There was then another big gap, of three strokes, to Kim Metcalf, Colin Giblett and Peter Coombs, all on 31.

John Wray picked up a double in the novelties, winning the longest put on No. 6 and nearest-the-pin on No. 7.

Other novelty winners were Warren Hann (4), Denis Cocker (6), Kim Metcalfe (14), Matt Harker (15) and Phil Warburton (18).

Scroungers

Des Hebb is back in form, as evidenced by an impressive three stroke win in last Thursday’s nine-hole scroungers event.

Hebb had 20 points to be three clear of his nearest rivals, Rodney Simmonds and Ashley Hollins, on 17. Further back and getting vouchers for 16 were Ed Riley and John Michalak.

John Jackson (4), Danny Cheng (6) and David Broadbent (9) won the novelties.

Tuesday comp

Last week’s Tuesday leisure day 18-hole stableford was won by the sweet swinging Jay Robinson who is back to his best.

“Robbo” was one better than Steven Ireland’s 35 points.

A further stroke back, on 34 were John Michalak and Des Hebb, with the match committee also rewarding Colin Naysmith, Darren O’Brien, Trevor Lawrence and Stephen Farquhar for their scores of 33.

Visitor Kevin Burton won the novelty on No. 4, while Alan Kent (7), Des Hebb (9), Jeff Crowe (14) and Colin Naysmith (18) won the others. 

This week

Thursday, nine-hole scroungers stableford; Saturday, 18-hole stableford for the Malatesta Brothers trophy; Tuesday, 18-hole leisure day stableford.