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BOMBALA OPEN 2024 – won by South Coast visitor

Thirty-five keen golfers braved cool weather at the Bombala Golf Club on Sunday 19th May, to play in their 2024 Club OPEN. The photo above shows the eventual winner of the Open Scratch Stroke-Play division — Peter Gordon (from Eden) — flanked by Club President Brendan Weston (L) and Club Captain Joel Cherry (R) at the presentation shortly after the event concluded.

The field was divided into 3 divisions – A Grade (h/c’s 2-10) with 20 players; B Grade (h/c’s 11/19) with 8 players and C Grade (h/c’s 20-34), with 7 players.

The course was in excellent conditions. The fairways were well-grassed and the preferred lies guaranteed that most shots from off the fairways were reasonably straightforward — well they were for the two low handicap golfers that I played with. According to some locals the “greens” were a little two-paced; but I couldn’t feel any differences — I just could not whack most of my putts hard enough.

A two hole play-off, on holes 10 and 13, was required in A Grade to decide who would be Champion for 2024, after three players Peter Gordon (Eden), Phil Ingram (Cooma) and G Hartshorn (Tumut) all finished on 76 after the 18 holes. Peter eventually came out on top, which was possibly fair — as he had lost his ball on the 18th hole after a slightly wayward drive right off the tee, could not be found, and he had to walk back to the tee to reload and then scored a double-bogie 6.

The A Grade Nett Prize was won by Bombala’s K Elton (off a h/c of 7) with a score of nett 70.

The B Grade Gross prize went to another Eden’ golfer — M Sandling — with a score of 90; the B Grade Nett prize was won by Bombala Club President Brendan Weston (Nett 82).

Bombala locals dominated in C Grade with promising Junior L Tonks (h/c 12) scoring both the lowest gross and nett scores in that division (87 and 66 respectively).

Nearest the Pin Prizes on the four par 3 holes went to Matt Marks (5th), Graeme Hartshorn (7th), Fred Alexandrousky (13th) and Cliff Richards (17th)

My thanks to all of the Bombala members for their hospitality and especially the ladies who, as usual, provided a lovely morning tea and tasty lunch, and to all of the SPONSORS who supported the event.