Following a closely fought encounter, Murrumbidgee ended up defeating Gungahlin Lakes at Goulburn 3.5 to 2.5.
The new recruit for the Lakes, Kel Slade turned in an impressive performance to win 6 and 5. The fact that Kel grew up in Goulburn and played a lot of golf with Brett Ogle may have been significant factors in his win. However, there was stiff competition for the shot of the day between Andrew Steel’s eagle on the first and Marty Bachelor bouncing his tee shot off the pin on the long par 3 17th in a 80kph north westerly.
However, Andrew was to experience more drama. Just when you think nothing else can surprise you in golf, he struck his tee shot on 12 at exactly the time a large tree on the left hand side of the fairway came crashing down. His ball finished next to the fallen tree in an impossible position. Nevertheless, he managed to grind out a 1 up win.
In the other encounters in A Grade, Goulburn defeated Queanbeyan 4 to 2 and are now in fourth place on the table. Royal Canberra defeated Federal 4.5 to 1.5 to maintain equal top position on the table with Gold Creek who defeated Yowani 3.5 to 2.5.
In the last Round next week, Goulburn can secure a spot in the semi-finals if they defeat Murrumbidgee. Federal will need to defeat Yowani and hope Goulburn lose to have any chance of making the semi-finals. Royal Canberra and Queanbeyan, both assured of a spot in the semi-finals, will play to determine their position in the top four. Gold Creek will be seeking a big win against Gungahlin to secure top spot, especially if Royal lose to Queanbeyan. But Gungahlin will be keen to win the local derby to try and avoid the wooden spoon.