WITH less than a few weeks to Christmas, things are a little hectic and that is certainly the case at the Wingham Golf Club as well. With numerous parties and celebrations, golf has taken a back seat a bit but most people are still managing to fit a game or two in.
ONTO the golf and a good field of 63 players competed for the Taree Motorama Monthly Mug/MRD Electrical Medals and Kangaroofing long drives. John Morley was the only player to break net 70 and so is the December Monthly Mug. John also of course won the B-grade MRD Electrical medal with Larry Thompson the B-grade nett winner. In A-grade Earle Braham won both the nett and medal as did John Turner in C-grade. Scratch winners had to work hard and Phil Jirman was the only player to break 80 'off the stick' and so was the A-grade winner. In B-grade Craig Harrison played well to record 86 and Gary Masters won C grade with 95. In the new "chubbies" putting competition, Earle Braham won with 28. In the ball competition 78 on a countback was the score needed with Phil Hanlen the final recipient.
Kangaroofing Long Drive winners were Jason Fowles in A-grade, Gary Croucher in B-grade and C-grade winner was James King. The difficult pin positions made life a little harder in winning a NTP, but Paul Shepherd managed to hit one to 18cm on the 7th/16th Bayview Seafoods hole and so also won the Caddies Restaurant "shot of the day" voucher. Jason Fowles won the 9th/18th Bent on Food voucher, Phil Jirman the Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th hole, Craig Harrison won the Wingham Gourmet Meats 3rd/12th and John Morley won the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing hole.
A GOOD field of 54 players competed for the Medal of Medals with Brian Roberts winning the day with 67 nett. Brian won by two shots from John Aldous on 69, Peter Christie third with 70 nett. OBE winner was Neville Hall on net 81. The winner of the "Medal of Medals" was Barry Hodgson with a net 71. Congratulations Barry. NTP winners were Peter Christie on the difficult 3rd/12th and Cec Pedron on the 7th/16th.
SIXTY five players turned out Wednesday in warm conditions and again scoring was very close, with less than one shot again separating the first four teams. Top of the list was Alan Schubert and his troupe of ladies "Hydro Hurricanes,", "That will do" (Peter Bell) second, "Family Ties" (Paul Primmer) third and "Kings" (Richard Clarke) fourth. NTP winner on the third was Saul O'Brien, Paul Latimore again won the port (and shared it of course) and Luke Godfrey won the cooked chook.
Thursday LJ Hooker chook run
THE weather must have scared a few players away this week with only 25 players in attendance. Of those the ladies appeared to win the day, Sharon Bell winning with a massive 27 points. Sharon won by four shots from second placed Debbie Stewart (23 points). Debbie actually shot 40 'off the stick', her best round for a few weeks. Third went to Rod Brown (one under par) with 22 points from Graham Steel (21 points), who won in a four way countback. Ken Squires won the NTP on the third with a great shot as did Dallas "in wonderland" Chapman on the seventh.
THIS week's event is a single stableford and a good field is expected with Christmas fast approaching. Hope to see you there. Good luck and good golfing.