Tompkins a top contender
GYMPIE golfer Max Tompkins has emerged as one of the top contenders for this year's Bridgestone Matchplay Championships after carding an impressive 67 net at Gympie Pines on Tuesday.
He heads the list of A-division qualifiers along with Dennis Nissen, Doug Sutton and Ray Rigbye who were just one stroke off the pace.
Tompkins said he was surprised with his success.
"I didn't think I had such a great round but I did manage to jag a few putts from off the green," he said.
"I think the best way to describe it was a good scrambling effort."
Jeff Hudgson was the top B-division qualifier after carding a creditable 67 net, one shot ahead of Ron Scott who sealed his second spot on a countback from John Kenny. Bridgestone matchplay qualifiers: A division - Max Tompkins, Dennis Nissen, Ray Rigbye, Doug Sutton, Ian Morgan, Barry Allen, Doug Cunningham, Ron Edwards. B division - Jeff Hudgson, Ron Scott, John Kenny, Gerry Jacobsen, Bill Wood, John Hack, Vince Andrews, Noel Turvey.
Tuesday's ball rundown to 72: Ray Rigbye, Doug Sutton, John Kenny, Ian Morgan, Barry Allen, Gerry Jacobsen, Doug Cunningham, Bill Wood, John Hack, Ron Edwards, Vince Andrews, Gerry Dunbar, Garry Davis, Lindsay Taylor, Peter Thomsen, Bill McNaught, Don Cappetti. NTP A-division 16th: Ray Rigbye, Don Griggs, Doug Sutton
NTP B-division 16th: John Baxter, Bob Watson.
Tomorrow, Gympie Vets will play for the monthly medal for trophies provided by Bill Swan and Doug Cunningham.
The monthly medal event now features a putting competition which will be held every month on the putting green and run by club president Bryan Stallard.
He says the winner will receive a $20 voucher and monthly winners then compete for the medal of medals putting trophy at the end of the year. "Hopefully it will add some fun and interest to our monthly medal events" Stallard said.