WE start this week with last Saturday's competition, an 18 hole individual stableford for the Wingham Beef Exports trophy. With the reduced run and slightly heavier conditions due to the beautiful rain lately, scores were expected to be on the low side. However someone forgot to tell John Turner who returned the superb score of 45 points. This is definitely John's lowest score for a long time, so well done John. Not far behind was James King with 43 points, good enough to win C grade net. Other grade winners were Dave Elliott, continuing his run lately, winning A grade with 40 points and B grade to Matt Brislane with 38 points. Runners-up were Richard Dudgeon (A grade 38), John Morley (B grade 38) and C grade, Don Gutterson with 36. Balls went out to 34 on a countback with Kyle Blanco winning the last one.
Nearest to the pins were a bit ordinary this week, the best just under two metres. That was from John Morley whilst winning the Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th, so John also won the Caddies Restaurant "Shot of the Day" for his effort. Dave Elliott continued his winning ways taking out the club voucher on the 3rd/12th, Paul Shepherd won the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing hole, Neville Boyd did likewise on the Bayview Seafoods 7th/16th and Dave Irvine hit one close to win the Bent on Food 9th/18th.
A RELATIVELY small field hit off in sweltering conditions Wednesday with Alwyn Elith the day's best with 43 points. Alwyn won by two shots from runner-up Bill Sullivan and Neville Bell third with 38 points. Bill ended up having a great day, also winning both NTP's as well. Nice things happen to nice people Bill. Ernie Starling has that winning feeling still, coming in first of the OBEs.
THE threat of rain plus the unbelievable humidity, then the coming of the heavy rain, reduced the ambrose field to just 32 players this week. "Hairy Nosed wombats" captained by Duke Maloney were clear winners by a shot and a half from "Below Par", both teams shooting four under par. Lesley Steel was the star for the runners-up, sinking all four birdie putts. Rod Saxby hit one close on the third hole to claim the NTP, Jake Smith won the cooked chook and Andrew King the port.
THE morning golfers definitely had the best conditions Thursday with heavy rain reducing the afternoon field to just four golfers. Dave Elliott couldn't win with 26 points last week, but he could with 21 points this week. Dave beat Ken Squires by one shot to claim the winner's "cheque". Debbie Stewart hit one close to win the NTP on the third hole, and Graham Steel "fluked" one to win the seventh.
FRIDAY Ladies resumed their golf for 2014 and Judy Periera started the year on the right foot winning from Beth Braham, Narelle Smith, Ruth Woodward and Joy White. Margaret Earley won the nearest to the pin and Belinda Tomkin was the best of the long markers.
ONLY one pennant result is available this week, that of Division Three. They went down four to two to Camden Haven with Franz Schubert and John Morley the two Wingham winners.
THIS Saturday is the first day of Autumn so the March Taree Motorama Monthly Mug/MRD Electrical medals/Kangaroofing long drives are down for play. This is always a popular event so get your name in early, to get the best times.
Good luck and good golfing.