The Strathalbyn Golf Club held their popular money raising Spring Feast last Sunday to see the event taken out by a local group who used their knowledge of the course to come home as winners over the other thirteen teams.
The four man Ambrose team consisting of former A Grade champion Geoff Hall, the course curator Red Sorrell, usually hacked up by another team member Perry Jones and the surprising C Grade champion this season, who normally wins the NAGA award each week Kooka.
They won being seven under the card, and with their generous handicap taken into account, were able to roll the Stuart Warnock group who also were seven under the card.
It was fair to say that Geoff Hall carried the side with his excellent putting and hitting off the tee, which used up his four tee shots required early, as did Kooka despite captain Sorrell not using some of his drives to his disappointment, Kooka's putting left a bit to be desired, as the first to putt each time, shaving the hole on many occasions.
With six holes to go the group were still looking for three tee shots from Red and two from Perry, it getting down to the group having to use Red's tee shots on the last two holes.
Red's first tee shot, which was on the normal tenth hole, as usual left the group in an ordinary spot, finishing just in the trees on the corner of the dog leg hole with the green out of sight.
While Kooka hit the trees in front of him, Red stuffed his shot up and Geoff got through the narrow gap, Perry was the magician getting through the gap to see the ball curl back to the middle of the fairway and when emerging from the trees they discovered the ball finished on the green.
After three individual putts Geoff, as he did all day, taking note of how the ball travelled on the greens and last to putt each time, saying he hoped someone else would putt the ball in to take the pressure off him, calmly addressed the ball to sink the long putt.
Then on the final hole (eleventh) Red at last had a superb shot off the tee to be in the middle of the fairway.
With three ordinary second hits from the group it was Red again who showed how to do it with a great shot landing on the edge of the fairway and taking a good bounce to the left and finishing a foot off the green pin high and about three meters from the flag.
Naturally it was three misses before Geoff lined up for another perfect putt that virtually won the day.
Trevor Calaby always in the news, playing with some Robbie, Andrew Smith and Allen Anderson, in a poor fitting team shirt looking more like a night gown, were certainly in trouble when Cal thought each player in the group had to use their four drives in the first nine holes.
That was probably the reason they had a poor first nine along with Cals first shot lost in the grass but they were back to business after a couple of bottles of red at the lunch break, consisting of a roast lamb donated by Tim Formby.
Trev was quite pleased that on the fourteenth, Robbie hit the ball 200 meters off the tee and then Cal, with their second shot, landed the ball on the green two feet from the hole which he then putted in, their end score being square for the round.
At the end of the day with the prizes presented, the organiser, one again Derek Keane, thanked all for attending and to those volunteers, whom he reckons have now made the course one of the best country courses in the state, for their help prior and on the day.
Thank you to the 14 teams that turned up and played in good spirits.
Thank you to Chris Barker and Derek Keane for running the day it all went very smoothly and without any problems.
Thank you to Red Sorrell, Kingsley Handke, Michael Formby, Geoff Hall, Derek Keane, Graeme Bertholini, Jamie McPhee, Randall Pitt, Jo Pickhaver, Di Krutli, Jenny Drury, Helen Mills, Marie Kingsbury, Don Bell and Kooka for all the work they did during the day.
Thank you to Maidment's Meat Service and Tim Formby for the excellent roast lunch.
A special thank you to Karen Robson for running the bar.
And finally a thank you for the days sponsors Maidment's Meat Service, Coopers, Heartland Wines, Victoria Hotel and the Formby Family
Red Sorrel, Kooka, Perry Jones and Geoff Hall winners of the 2020 Spring Feast
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