After a full season of serious but social golf it was time for the cream to rise to the top as golfers at the Pink Lake Golf Club contested the King Scrounger playoff event on Thursday, December 20 for the honour of donning the magnificent crown for the 2018 season.
With trophies provided by proceeds accumulated in the scroungers slush fund the players had more than just personal glory to play for and for past winner and reigning champ Ian Riding it was the chance to ice the mantle for the third year in a row.
Sadly for “Horse” however, the normal courtesies of friendship were put to the side as close friend and playing partner Jim Hutcherson rained on his reign when he emerged from the ruck to claim the 2018 title of “King Scrounger” with a workmanlike but not spectacular score of 37 points.
Hutchy in his victory speech claimed to have been on the brink of permanent retirement from the game, a statement made by many a golfer when in the golfing doldrums, however this latest victory has brought about a reconsideration of his future as he feels he still has some lead in his pencil, when it comes to entering a score card at least.
In second place with 36 points a disappointed Ian Riding fell just one point short of nailing the trifecta of wins in this event and showed that with his burgeoning handicap, fierce determination and undoubted talent at the game he should never be ruled out of contention.
While obviously distressed at falling short of victory Ian was politely gracious in applauding the winner and has now set his sights on returning to the King’s throne in 2019.
Third place was another close duel between the evergreen Ken Hocking and FIFO Gleeson when they both finished with 35 points, worthy of an honourable mention but not much else.
At the other end of the field new member Jamie Phoebe claimed his first “Tommy” with a well structured point a hole round.
Other novelty prize winners were Stu Gleeson, Mal Coxall, Ian Riding, Greg McQueen and Rob Gurney with a major assault on the Birdies Nest being mounted by Ken Hocking, Rob Gurney, Peter Keech, Shaun Randell, Brian Tolhurst and Greg McQueen.
For the small field of players not eligible for the King event a trophy was presented to the winner with Garry Overy now able to add yet another title to his long list of golfing conquests after he shot the lights out with a, by his standards, spectacular 34 points.
Players focus now switches to the 2019 season which commences with the monthly medal stableford event next week.
Players are reminded that it is now legal to play a morning round if this suits but the normal afternoon fixture will commence as usual with a midday hit off.
Visitors are welcome to join in.