Lake Karrinyup Country Club hosted the Men’s Country week 36-hole stroke play championship yesterday in fantastic conditions. As always, the course was in impeccable condition with the greens providing a stern test for both the men from the sand greens and the grass greens.
The testing layout provided a fantastic setting for one of the weeks landmark events. Tuesday marked day two of Men’s Country week. Even with an early 7am start the gates at Lake Karrinyup could barely contain those keen to get in and have the chance to compete against one another on one of Australia’s best golf courses.
State Sand Green and Country Week veteran Ryan Sheridan was one of the first to post a competitive score early with many struggling with the tricky layout and the slick greens.
Brooktons finest carded a three over par 75. Sheridan struggled on the front nine making four bogeys on his way to a front nine 40.
He found some form on the back nine as much of the field started to get a feel for Karrinyup. Sheridan went one under on the second side to put a foot forward in the 36-hole marathon.
The best of the morning was Bunbury’s Greg Golinski with a 73. Golinski also struggled on the front nine, making three bogeys, a birdie and five pars. He found his feet on the back nine and put his foot down.
Golinksi tidied up his round with a one under par back nine which included two birdies and a bogey before closing his round with four successive pars on one of the trickier stretches of the course.
With the greens having had time to dry out through the morning the putting surfaces were again testing and becoming increasingly slick through the afternoon.
A shoutout must be made to Ricky Marris who had a hole in one on the short par three 12th in the afternoon session!
It was much of the same for Golinski in the afternoon. Golinski again ran into some trouble on the front nine.
A double bogey on the tough sixth hole had him scrambling to hang onto his lunchtime lead. Three birdies had him make the turn at three over.
Obviously Golinski preferred the layout on the back nine at Lake Karrinyup again going one under on the back side. Golinski made a bogey early on before playing the last five holes two under par coming down the stretch to take out the marathon 36-hole championship.
Congrats to Greg and everyone who played in the 36-hole championship yesterday. A thankyou to Lake Karrinyup Country Club for both the hospitality and the condition of the course and finally to Drummond Golf for sponsoring the week.