WELCOME back to the Wingham Golf Club and again the weather report is a relatively good one, cold but nice sunshine most of the time.
We start this week with the veterans golf report and the reason for this is a possible world record for the longest “hole-in-one” in history.
Recently in the Wednesday Veterans competition, a well- known member recorded a hole-in-one on the longest par four on the course, the 412 metre 11th hole. There was only one problem however, in that he teed off in front of the markers.
In fact he teed off on the 12th hole (a par three), some 400 metres closer, the ball hitting a tree and rebounding onto the 11th green and into the hole.
The incident apparently happened two weeks ago, and the player concerned wanted his ‘feat’ kept quiet.
Sorry Geoff, it is too good a story to let pass.
Onto the results and the veterans played a four ball best ball last Wednesday, with the winners, Phil Hanlen and Peter Tait, way too good for the rest.
They won by three shots from Tony Shelley and John Daly on 46 points, that combination beating Garry Stackman and Trevor Jose on a countback.
NTP winners were Trevor Jones on the 3rd/12th and Lionel Fell on the 7th/16th. Lionel’s shot was quite close but we think Trevor would have needed a trundle wheel to measure his.
Also during the week, 20 Wingham veterans played at Wauchope. No major prizes were won but captain Bill Osborne made a ‘real’ hole-in-one, slam dunking his ball into the hole on the seventh. Congratulations Bill.
SATURDAY was the qualifying round of the Gary Croucher Fencing Four Ball Knockout, with the top 16 teams to play off to determine the 2013 winners.
Winners on the day, and top qualifiers, was the combination of Alex Kees and Terry Grant, their 47 points just beating Rohan Abbott and Jim Weeks on a countback. Talking to Terry, he played well (and so did Alex).
David Blair and Adrian Yeo with, would you believe 34 points, claimed the final sixteenth spot. All players must arrange their own games, the first round scheduled this Saturday.
The nearest to the pins competition has always been popular and with the added incentive now of dinner at the Caddies Restaurant for the shot of the day, it is obvious from the shots on Saturday, that it is even more competitive to now claim a win.
“Shot of the Day” went to Alex Kees on the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing hole, where he sank the 38 cm putt.
Other winners included Glenn Porter on the 1st/10th Wingham Plaza Butchers hole, Matt Brislane the 3rd/12th, Glenn Porter again on the 7th/16th Bayview Seafoods hole and Steve Hatchwell hit one to less than a metre to win the 9th/18th Bent on Food voucher.
In the ball competition balls went out to 44 points, with Robbie Hynes and Paul Primmer the final winners.
With quite a few regulars missing in action.
This week’s field for the Thursday L J Hooker chook run was reduced.
However the good scores kept on coming. Syd Gilfillan won the day with 23 points from Glenn Porter second with 21 points.
Glenn obviously enjoyed the “easier” competition this week, with several of his regular partners missing. He even won the NTP on the third hole.
Winner of the LJ Hooker July umbrella was John Halpin with 78 points.
This week players will need to be on their toes, especially those involved in the Gary Croucher Fencing Knockout.
The event is a stroke event, the August Taree Motorama Monthly Mug with Kangaroofing Long Drives and MRD Electrical Medals in conjunction.
It is also the first round of the knockout, the rules for which are in the foyer of the Club.
All players involved need to be aware of these.
Good luck and good golfing.