Count-backs the order of the day

SHORT COURSE: Division 1 winner Helen Stratford, third place Trudy Herbert, Division 2 winner Dianne Allen and third place Lynette Hirth. Pictures: SUBMITTED

WITH the cold conditions continuing and a few players chasing the warmer climes, numbers were a little down last Wednesday for the fourth round of the Grant and Dianne Perryman sponsored short course trophy at the Blue Lake Golf Club.

The women have been playing the short course for a few years now and it is recognised as a good lead into the sport of golf.

Reduced handicaps are set by Golflink and the game was a stableford format, with a few playing to or near their handicaps.

In Division 1 (0-20 handicap), a count-back was required to determine the winner between Helen Stratford (12) and the ever-consistent Rosemary Martland (6), as both signed for 36 points.

Stratford’s score of 17 points on the outward nine featured pars on the third, sixth and ninth holes, turning to par the 10th, 11th, 14th and 17th in her inward 19 points.

Stratford claimed the win after the count-back, with one stroke better than Martland.

Martland had five pars and a birdie in her outward score of 18 points, followed by seven pars, one one-pointer and a scrub in her inward 18.

Third place went to Trudy Herbert (19), after returning to Division 1 and scoring 35 points. 

Her outward 12 points included a par on the eighth hole, as well as an assortment of one-pointers and scrubs.

Herbert improved on the inward nine with 23 points from pars on the 10th, 12th, 13th holes, plus a birdie on the 18th to force a count-back with Geraldine Scott (16) also signing for 35 points.

The score of the day came from Division 2s Dianne Allen (27), who signed for 37 points.

Included in her outward 18 points was a four-point par on the third hole.

A scrub on the 13th hole and another four-point par on the 18th to finish gave her 19 points to secure the top voucher.

Johanna Gogan (23) was runner-up after going to a count-back with Lynette Hirth, as both signed for 33 points.

Gogan had a par on the fifth hole in her outward 16 points, with pars on the 10th, 16th and 18th in her inward 17.

Hirth (29) had splits of 18/15 with a par on the first hole, three-pointers on the third and sixth to go to the inward nine to score three-pointers on the 13th and 15th and a four-pointer on the 18th, with a couple of scrubs in between.

Nearest the pin second shot on the 16th hole were Cherryl Hill (.76cms) and Vivienne Wilson (1.60cms).

The pro-shot winner was Sue Agars (.47cms) on the fifth hole and chip-in ferret prizes went to Geraldine Scott on the 14th and Annette Ford on the 18th.

Meanwhile, 14 women teed off in the stroke competition on Saturday, with mild conditions welcomed by all.

The course still had plenty of run on the fairways and those who used the flat stick well on the firm, fast greens were able to achieve good scores.

Dianne Perryman claimed the win with a fine 68 nett off her 19 handicap.

Splits of 42/45 included a birdie on the uphill par 3 second hole, pars on the fourth, fifth, sixth and 18th.

Martland was also below her handicap of 14 to finish with nett 70 two under the 72 scratch rating and second place.

Splits of 43/41 consisted of pars on the third, fourth, ninth, 11th, 17th and 18th.

Third place went to Scott, who finished one over the card 101/28/73 from splits of 51/50.

Other placings were Cherryl Hill 98/24/74 and Lyn Annand 109/34/75.

The longest drive winner was Martland.