WITH the beautiful winter sunshine continuing, it certainly has been the weather for a stroll around our pretty little golf course, especially those recovering from knee operations. There certainly have been a lot more social players enjoying the conditions.
The August Taree Motorama Monthly Mug was up for grabs Saturday and a disappointing field for a mug event resulted in a very mixed spread of scores. In fact only two players broke 70 net with the next best score a net 74; quite extraordinary actually. Winner of the August monthly mug on a countback was Wayne Lewis from an unlucky Josh McLeod. Wayne also won the C-grade MRD Electrical medal with John Turner winning the net. Josh won B-grade net and the MRD Electrical medal and Reid Brown did likewise in A-grade. In what must nearly be a club record, balls went out to 77 net, with Daryl Heywood winning the last one.
Scratch winners in each grade were Rod Brown A-grade, Geoff Swaffield B-grade and Dave Irvine C-grade. Kangaroofing long drive winners were Matt Andrews in A-grade (dad must have missed the fairway), John Hynes B-grade and C-grade went to Alex Kees.
With the monthly mug the event of the day, the pin positions were in their usual difficult spots, but despite that, nearest to the pin winning shots were again quite exceptional. Syd Gilfillan started the ball rolling winning the Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th, Neville Blanch won the 6th/15th Manning Natural Healing hole and Matt Hardy won the Bent on Food 9th/18th with a good shot. Rod Brown had a good day winning both the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing and the Wingham Gourmet Meats 3rd/12th holes. Gary Croucher hit a great shot to win the 7th/16th Bayview Seafoods hole and then won the Caddies Restaurant Shot of the Week as a result. Congratulations Gary.
A two person ambose was the event this past week and as usual, some good scores were needed to win the day. Best “pairing” was Frank Lawrence, Gordon Shanko and Gordon McClusky (yes, you didn’t miscount, there were three of them). They won by one sixth of a shot from an unlucky Heydon Blake and Bill Rice. Barry Miles and Ron Wilson came in third one shot back. Geoff Swaffield hit a good shot to win the 3rd/12th NTP as did Barry Miles on the 7th/16th.
Thursday LJ Hooker chook run
Beautiful sunny weather again greeted the field Thursday for the weekly chook run and two players, Geoff Mansfield and Graham Lewis, climbed upon the dais with 22 points to fill the first two places. Geoff won a countback with Mark Fotheringham third with 21 points. Rod Brown won his usual NTP on the 7th and Alex Kees cleaned up on the 3rd hole. Alex also had a great day with the “skins” players and cleaned up there as well.
Women’s Friday golf
A good field of lady golfers played Friday with Jeanette Meanwell the best on the day winning from Ruth Woodward, Dot Clarke, Mary Stevens, Kathy Knapp and Jan Baker. Jackie Robson won the NTP and Connie Gates was the best of the long markers.
The first round of the Gary Croucher Fencing Knockout was also held Saturday, eight pairs eliminated and eight pairs still alive this week. Those successful pairings play the second round of the knockout this Saturday, with those unlucky (or otherwise) to lose last Saturday, to play the first round of the Tezza Entertainment Consolation Knockout this week as well. Again, players must have organised these games. This week’s event is a stableford event. Good luck and good golfing.