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Pagey Powers to Prize in Par Puzzle
Once a year we enjoy the mysteries of Par Golf. No other competition divides the Club than this old world classic event of pluses, minuses and squares scored as circles. Whilst not rewarding exceptional scoring, it can be quite a strategic event if played to its divisive best.

Old world classics call on old world Masters. This disciple got to co-mark the card of the winner in Grasshopper Ronnie Page. Surging late and with a sting in his tail to drop the ever consistent Kevin Hoppe, Ronnie has powered away with a rock solid +3 to claim the Country Club Trophy.

Our ball winners on the day went back to -1 with some very ordinary other scores in, only one worse than this scribe’s awful – 7. Balls went to Kevin Hoppe on +2, Ron Kerr on +1, Maurie Manwaring had a square round and Peter Elliott snuck past 3 others on –1 in a countback.

Our Bendigo Bank Hole in One prize did not go off, yet just like clockwork our consistent 10th Green attack weapon, Ron Kerr dropped one in to 2.5m to claim the nearest the pin ball.

Bob Martin is Head Midweek Bushranger… Again
He has done it again. Bob Martin has locked away the title so far this year has head Bushranger for Midweekers. Bob has had a couple of low handicap impact wins in very strategic moves earlier this year, however has gone off like a frog in a sock this week, beating the field and his own handicap by 6 shots for a 30 point round. Awesome stuff, around the par 24 stableford point 12 hole course layout. Bob has lost all of these 6 hard earned shots and finally gives the field a chance now his handicap has receded to 12 for his next outing.

Two points back and on the podium again was David James with a very tidy 28 points. Third this week and still a very nice round was Herb Manwaring with 27 points. Oh and by the way, Bob Martin came 4th with his other round of 26 points which beat the par benchmark by 2 points still.

Our random mystery Ball draw winner this week went to Maureen Watts.

This Week – Very Important Playing Conditions Please Read Subsequent to the Prime Ministers statement on Tuesday 24 March 2020, organised Golf Competitions of >10 people are now cancelled. Accordingly, the Harden Country Club is now suspending organised Club Competition.

The course will remain open and members are encouraged to observe the required social distancing, which is strongly encouraged at group sizes maximum of 4, no touching flags or other players equipment and no more than 1 player per cart unless family.

I will next report when we come out the other end.

Until then stay safe.
Alby

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