April 22, 2024

Schneider, Saunders set sandgreen fourball pace at Trundle

The strongest field ever seen at the Vendi Golf NSW State sandgreen fourball championship has made its way to Trundle.  The field is not only strong in numbers, with 200 starters, but also strong in quality and this can be seen from the red hot scoring in today’s first round.

The Championship is a scratch fourball event and sees last year’s Champions, Nathan Schneider and Vaughan Saunders, in the lead after carding 11 birdies on thier way to a 10 under par score. It’s a tight affair though, with a couple of solid pairs snapping at their heels at nine under.

In this mornings field, the mark was set by Mitchell Gibson (Manildra) and Marc Williams (Duntryleague) with a score of minus nine, which matched in the afternoon by Coonamble pair – Mick Williams and Mathew Lane. 

The Coonamble pair had eight birdies and an eagle in their round, with the only bogey at the short par 3 12th hole.  Mathew Lane scorched through the back nine holes with four birdies and an eagle himself.  In contrast the pairing of Gibson and Williams had 6 birdies in the front 9 holes this afternoon.  

Tomorrow’s afternoon round has the leading players seeded and should see some exciting golf with these two pairing last year’s Champions playing in consecutive groups.  With eight pairs within 6 strokes of the lead, the state championship could be heading to one of many towns tomorrow.

The nett event has also seen some incredible scoring with John Vane and Pat Walsh leading the way after 53 points, one in front of Cobar pairing China Broen and John Potter and two in front of Damian Galvin and Mick Della Ca.

This is the first time the event has been out west to Trundle and the local hospitality shown towards the 200 players plus the course being presented in great condition should see the event return in the not too distant future.

Today also saw the first ever smooth-off with clubs invited to bring along their smoother to see whose implement provides the best surface to putt on.  The event saw 6 clubs represented with the Peak Hill smoother winning the day, being smoothed by Stonecutters Ridge grass green player Allan Ison.

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