Some good rain over the latter part of the week and a heavy frost on Saturday morning made for a challenging competition, heavy, overcast skies kept the air cold however the sun did break through now and then.  The softness of the course meant all balls would pick up mud so “Preferred Lies Through The Green” was given.  The two semi-finals of the W. E. Tom Shield looked to be evenly  matched with all four teams having players in good form.   The 1st semi Freestone/Nicholls Snr Vs Mottram/Williams was a see-sawing match with neither team being able to get away until well into the final nine  holes.  The 2nd semi, McCarten/Freeman Vs Wright/Patton was even closer.  The two young guns, Wright & McCarten, lead the way with some exciting golf but wily, old heads Freeman and Patton chipped in picking up holes just when they were needed.  This semi went into a second 18.  The Stroke competition proved to be one of attrition with golfers gaining shots here and there only to have the course and conditions bite hard resulting a double or triple bogey.  The round proved to be a day for one of the club’s evergreen veterans who used all his knowledge of the course (possibly gained as much through mowing as golfing) to card the best score of the day.  On a cold, overcast day the results were;

Winner; Bob McLennan – 87/13/74

W. E. Tom Semi-final results

John Freestone/Mick Nicholls Snr D Mal Mottram/Scott Wiliams – 4/2

Anthony Freeman/Michael McCarten D Jim Patton/Shannon Wright – 20th hole

The W. E. Tom Final will be;

John Freestone/Mick Nicholls Snr Vs Anthony Freeman/Michael McCarten

NTPs; 1st & 15th – Anthony Freeman, 16th – Mal Mottram