By Michael Davies

We could fill these pages with quirky tales and amazing club competitions held around the country every day. But this is one of the better ones to come out of Royal Melbourne recently. 

Two time RM club champion, Harry Goakes (handicap +2), probably thought that he was a good chance to win the West Course par competition when he posted a seven birdie, one eagle, seven-under 65 to record a score of four up.

He hadn’t counted on recently unsuccessful Hawthorn Football Club presidential candidate, Peter Nankivill (handicap 17) scorching the front nine in four-under par and ultimately handing in a four-birdie card with a score of 10 up!

Also left in Nankivill’s wake were former Club Champion, Jason Perry, (handicap scratch) whose four birdies and an eagle saw him score three up; and recently crowned Club Champion, Tim Hatt, son of Club Head Pro, Richard, whose six birdie round saw him also end the day at three up.

So the day’s runner-up, Goakes, was nutted by six despite his seven birdies and an eagle.

As my RM snout and member rightfully remarked: “Not a bad yarn.”

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