Despite the afternoon’s forecast temperature of 34C play began at the usual time as the extreme temperature was not predicted to hit until over an hour after the round.  Players were met by a NNE wind gusting to over 45Kph so while shots could start down the middle many were often blown well into the rough; the ability to keep the ball low was a decided plus.  The week’s heat had hardened all fairways and saw numerous golfers driving close to the greens on par 4s that were under 345m however, given the wind, this long hitting also was a high risk/high reward  situation.  One highlight from the round was Mitch Atlas’ eagle on the 335m par 4 6th.  On a warm, windy afternoon the results were;

1st; Steve Wilkins (19) – 39 pts

2nd; Simon Donovan (18) 37 pts C.b

3rd; Dean Kohler (16) 37 pts C/b Davey Kenney (14)

NTPs; 1st Rob Rea, 15th – Rob Rea, 16th –  Mick Nicholls Snr

Congratulations to RGC women’s captain Darlene Baker whose “off the beater” score of 91 won the Hidden Valley Women’s tournament and to Jenny Hartley who was 2nd on a C/B for best H/cap  nett score.