ANOTHER week has passed us all by, and again there has been no rain in sight.
It must come soon. Despite how bad it is here, I feel for those people who have been affected so badly by the fires in Victoria and South Australia. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to you.
ONTO the golf and a relatively small field played a bisque par last Saturday with five players returning a plus five score, Darryl Heywood emerging the lucky one to win on a countback.
It must have been all that coaching a couple of weeks ago from two retired schoolteachers Darryl!
Nett winners in the various grades included Murray McCartney (A-grade with plus two), Adrian Yeo (B-grade plus five) and Bill Sullivan (C-grade with plus five).
Runners-up in each were Barry Brown (A-grade plus one), Jim Bradshaw (B-grade plus five) and Corey Moore (C-grade plus five). Jason Fowles won a dozen balls with an eagle and in the ball competition, Dennis McKeough picked up the last one with plus two.
Nearest to the pins were hard to win with all the run and bare fairways, but Dave Elliot still managed to hit one close and win the Bent on Food 9th/18th voucher.
Dave's shot also was the "shot of the day" and so won the Caddies restaurant voucher.
Gary Masters won the Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th and Franz Schubert won the Wingham Remedial Massage 3rd/12th hole.
Nobody claimed the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing prize but Jamie Greenaway did claim the Bayview Seafoods 7th/16th hole.
FORTY nine players contested the February Medals last Wednesday with scoring excellent for the conditions.
Experience was the order of the day and Gordon Shanko provided plenty of that winning by three shots with a nett 67. Gordon beat Syd Gilfillan who in turn beat Geoff Swafield on a countback, both with nett 70.
In the putting competition Ian Davy excelled winning with a mere 28 putts.
Bill Osborne did not go home empty handed, winning the 3rd/12th NTP as did Neville Bell on the 7th/16th hole. Adrian Yeo won the second shot ntp on the 9th/18th.
SIXTY players enjoyed cool overcast conditions Wednesday. Scoring was again difficult but two teams managed five under par rounds.
One of those, "Dukes Rejects" captained by Jamie Fulton, won the day from "Manning Smash Repairs" (Rod Saxby). They too shot 31 but alas, their handicap was not as generous as the winners.
"Baker four" (Gary Croucher) came in third and "Hydro Hurricanes" (Tony Reynolds) continued their good form to claim fourth spot.
Saul O'Brien won the NTP on the third hole, Andrew King won the port and Brian Hanney won the cooked chook (again).
A RELATIVELY small field of 25 players resulted in an unusual mixture of scores this week. Two exceptional scores and the rest average and well below average.
With the course obviously set up for left handers, Mark Fog had one of his rare good rounds, returning a score of even par for the nine holes for a total of 25 points. "Fogy" beat fellow "skins" player Jim Bradshaw, by two shots (23 points) and Dave Elliott came in third with a modest 19 points.
Syd Gilfillan hit at least one good shot on the day winning the NTP on the third and Barry Brown hit one of his many good shots to win the seventh.
THIS Saturday is a medley two ball aggregate with a singles in conjunction, sponsored by Julie Blanch.
Also this Sunday, February 16 is the David Steel Memorial golf/bowls day with golf first followed at midday by the bowls. Teams of four are needed with at least one "capable" golfer needed in each group.
The sheet is in the golf club.
Good luck and good golfing.