The qualifying round of the 2017 W. E. Tom Shield began on the coldest morning of the year so far.  There was heavy frost on many fairways and some greens and ice on a few puddles that were still in the shade.  While the cold had slightly reduced the field those who had accepted the challenge of the day took to the field with gusto and made sure they enjoyed every chilly second of the round.  Players got extra distance on one side of a  frozen fairway while on the other, sunnier side, the ball often stopped dead,  Again, arriving at a green 2nd or 3rd gave golfers a very good idea as to how to play the hole.  Thanks to the excellent work of Life Member, John Laing, the 16th, bird ravaged, green is now back in play.  Well done and Thanks John.  On a chilly afternoon the results were;

Winners; Shannon Wright/Jim Patton – 46 pts from John Freestone/Mick Nicholls Snr –  44 pts, Scott Williams/Mal Mottram – 41 pts & Anthony Freeman/Michael McCarten – 40 pts

NTPs; 15th – Mick Nicholls Snr & 16th – Jim Patton

The semi-finals of the W. E. Tom Shield will be;

  1. Jim Patton/Shannon Wright Vs Michael McCarten/Anthony Freeman

2. John Freestone/Mick Nicholls Snr Vs Scott Williams/Mal Mottram