WE have fought a valiant battle over three rounds this summer in, at times, torturous conditions, to end up a fraction of a point behind Cootamundra in second place out of the six club format.
While we did not give it much hope heading into the final round as Cootamundra were 2.17 points ahead and heading into a huge number field on their home track, it would appear from the final count that the home team had a tough day out.
Our hope levels were a little low heading to the hilly and at times difficult layout at Tumut also. We fielded a huge travelling turn-out but our average seemed a little low at the end of the day.
Cootamundra have finished with 140.15 points after three rounds completed, whilst Harden rounded out with 139.88, only 0.27 of a point behind. Mathematically that is just shorter than a gnat’s left whisker overall.
One more travelling pair at either Temora or Tumut, or just 0.7 of a stableford point somewhere out of the three rounds was the difference. All other clubs in the two pools were considerably behind the two leaders on the point score table.
While the format is now different to the good old days and the final point score is the result, some would have relished a shield final play-off at a neutral course to decide the winner.
The shining light out of our escapades in this summer’s inter-district competition is that we know we can do it. We won the shield only three seasons ago and we continue to be a force having run second last year and this year. Soon, victory again will be ours. The club is very proud of all those competing this year and thanks all members who competed, resoundingly.
All was not lost on the day, winners for Harden at the Tumut day out, were Brian Tredinnick and Tam Kennedy who assure us that despite leaving four or five points on the course, their 48-point tally (best on course for the day) was like stealing blind wheat from chooks. Nice one boys, I trust you enjoy your trophies. Harden’s runner ups were Ash Hall and Matt Minehan with 46 points, whilst third saw Ian Bruce and Bernie Parker tie with Rick Preston and Michael Baldry with 44 points.
Baldry picked up the club raffle in the clubhouse and collected a self propelling lawnmower, whilst the SWDGA loyalty gift cards ($50) for eligible players having played all three rounds of the shield season, were collected by Kevin Hoppe and Brian Tredinnick. A huge day out and no grass fires to report today. Our complements to Tumut Golf Club for their hospitality and the stunning presentation of their golf course.