Merrigum golfers played something completely different on Saturday — string golf.
This was brought to the club by captain Greg Hall, who sponsored the day, and involved each player having a length of string at the rate of one metre for each shot of the player’s handicap.
Players were able to use the string to move the ball anywhere on the course without counting it as a shot but had to remove that length from their starting length.
Some judicious thought had to be given as to where to use your ‘handicap’ so it was not all used up too early.
No-one had any idea what sort of score was going to be a good one — typically the answer when a question can’t be answered is ‘‘how long is a piece of string?’’
In John Fuller’s case, his 15m was long enough — just.
He was a one-shot winner against two players after having 64 shots and making prudent use of his string.
He clearly didn’t do what the elastic man did and use eight metres of his string to sink his first putt.
I think most people worked out their handicap was best used for the short putts, mostly inside a metre, thus maximising their handicaps.
Tony Borrelli and Ash Sanders both finished with 65 to be placed second and third respectively, although some would have doubted Ash’s wisdom in sacrificing a number of metres just to get a one on the card on the 12th.
However, he was vindicated with his final score.
Frank Leyden earned fourth spot on a count back from Andrew Wood after both finished with 66.
Woody had to settle for a ball in the ball competition, as did Bill Bray with 67.
Nearest-the-pins sans string were won by Bill Bray on the sixth, John Fuller on the ninth and Bruce Brown on both the jackpot 12th and the 14th.
Thanks to captain Greg for bringing something a little different and entertaining to the course.
A few players will probably have a slightly different approach to using their string next time.
This Saturday is opening day and is 4BBB stableford.
It is a shotgun start at 12.30pm after a noon assembly.
A reminder also that the following week is the Tiger Cup play-off for 2018 and is also the Privilege Cup stroke round.
— Bill Bray