The field faced the starter under gloomy skies for the Harden Country Club February Monthly Medal.
The field was left a little stunned as the new world handicapping system wreaked havoc on the course rating, slashing handicaps under already blustery conditions and three-club winds. It was no matter for probably the best scrambling golfer in the club, with Darrell Cassidy not only playing to his new handicap but also collecting the event, best A Grade scratch, the Monthly Medal and Guzzlers Mug. Cassidy shot 78/71 for these honours and it was truly a smart game of golf with so much going on.
In B Grade, Ron Page was the man getting it done. With a little more than a party going on in his head and at the back of the field in a group of five, Page spent the first five holes going off like a frog in a sock about everything around him. From the fifth hole, he settled into his work and knocked out an admirable 91.75 for the B scratch and B medal.
Balls went back to 74 nett, proving how tough the conditions were on course and mathematically. They were awarded to Bernie Parker (71), Brian Wales (73) and Tam Kennedy (74). The Bendigo Bank hole in one did not go off this week, with the nearest being Nathan Hawkins at 12 metres. Hawkins jarred the putt for a career birdie nonetheless.
In a popular win, Brian Wales collected the box of brown sandwiches.
Jacqui Solah also joined the field and, despite shooting a solid round on a tighter handicap, just fell short of the balls.
The midweekers are back in force on their 12-hole, par 24 stableford point course layout within the championship layout.
In a week of rare but tight scoring Herb Manwaring, at one-shot better than his handicap, surprised himself and the field to take the lollies. Manwaring, 25 points, edged out Bob Stevo, hitting a new form patch on 24 points.
Both were just clear of David James with a tough round of 22 points. The field was up on the regular size, so a mystery random ball draw was in order and Marj Manwaring claimed this.
This Saturday will feature the first round on the new ratings for the men's and ladies courses, which will equalise the WHS recent changes. On Saturday, a stableford for all comers will be happening for a club trophy.