Cup green a dream

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Golf. The Stanley Golf Club attracted an array of amateur and experienced golfers to its premiere event at the weekend.

The WT House Betta Home Living Nut Cup and Stanley Cabin and Tourist Park four-ball-best-ball enticed players from across the state to vie for the coveted title.

Following three days of competition, Smithton Golf Club players Ken McLaren and Troy Dixon were given the winning and runners up honours.

Teeing off with the 4BBB on Saturday, McLaren and Ken Olsson teamed up to take out the event with 44 points ahead of runners up Loyal Eastley and Stephen Heathcote on 22 points.

“Saturday was a good day out, everyone enjoyed themselves,” said Bert Woodward, Stanley Golf Club captain.

“Come Sunday, we started the Nut Cup with quite a few good scores in there on day one.”

In A Grade action, Dixon held a net score of 62 while fellow locals Matthew Kay and Michael Butler both earned a net of 65.

Following day one of the Nut Cup, players gathered at the club rooms for a meal and entertainment by local band The Pork Chops.

As the second and final day commenced, competition heated up with scores remaining tight throughout proceedings.

By the completion of the final day, leading favourites Craig Hancock and Paul Marshall were tied for the A Grade scratch on 138. The players met for a three-hole play-off which resulted in a victory for Marshall.

In B Grade, Matt Clark earned the scratch on 156 while Peter Burke earned both the C Grade scratch and net score with 172 and 136 respectively.

Dixon finished the long-weekend event on 131 net in the A Grade competition, one stroke shy of earning the title claimed by B Grade player McLaren on 130.

“Kenny McLaren had a fantastic weekend out,” said Woodward.

“We had a lot of comments pretty impressed with the weekend.

“The conditions were perfect and the course absolutely beautiful, anyone who played bad golf can only blame themselves.”

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