New champions for Bega Triple Crown

A cracking score on the pool table has seen the Bega Triple Crown change hands over the weekend. 

The annual charity event lured in about 20 pairs of players to contest nine holes of golf, a rack of balls on the pool table and scoring 501 on the darts board. 

Clinching the title with just 20 strokes to clean the pool table were the pairing of Alf Buttgereit and Nathan Monoini. 

The duo clinched the top spot from last year’s winners Matt Taylor and Tim Carroll by nine shots across the three formats after also carding respectable results on the golf course and darts board. 

The pair scored 27 shots to sink their nine holes on the golf course, 34 darts to hit 501 and 20 on the pool table for a total of 81 shots overall. 

A special caveat of the Triple Crown is that the winners don’t pocket the cash prize, but rather nominate a charity or local sporting club to receive the prize. 

The $1000 major prize was split down the middle with half donated to the Bega Dad’s Army golfers and the other half to the Paige Senior group. 

The $350 second prize was also donated to the Paige group by Taylor and Carroll. 

The third-place getters split their winnings between Beyond Blue and the men’s golf club. 

Event organiser Wayne Ubrihien said the Triple Crown was a great format that meant a dominance in any one area couldn’t necessarily secure you the prize on the day. 

“You really can’t come into this format and rely on any one discipline to win it,” Ubrihien said with a laugh.

Ubrhien noted golfing regulars Mitch Bucholtz and Gary Krucler were a good example after winning the golf on a count-back, but having a shocker on the pool table. 

However, the spoon prize fell to the young gun duo of Joel Tamatea and Scott Galeano, who were solid on the golf course, but fumbled at the darts board – needing 63 shots on the target to hit the required score. 

In contrast, the lading darts team hit the mark in just 29 shots, which helped put them in equal third with Mal Lee and Dale Brownley on target. 

Ubrihien congratulated everyone who took part and said it was a good day out for those who contested the Crown. 

He thanked all the sponsors who had come on board with voucher prizes and donations towards the day, saying $1000 can make a huge difference for sporting clubs and charity groups in the area. 

Ubrihien said he hoped to see the Triple Crown back bigger and better next year and encouraged anyone who missed out to join in for the fun. 

Most of the entrants stayed on to watch the NRL grand final, with a majority of those backing Dale Finucane and the Storm to collect the premiership.