WELL, what a difference a few days of rain makes. The green grass certainly is a sight for sore eyes. The only problem for the golf club coffers, it came on the wrong day. However, that is only a small problem.
As a result of the heavy rain Friday late and Saturday, there was no Saturday golf to note. Several players managed nine holes in the morning, but then the real heavy rain hit in the afternoon and only four "idiots" wandered out for a game of "skins".
FORTY five players played an American Foursomes this week with the winning pair that of Alwyn Elith and Danny Mills. Their score of 61 nett beat the runners-up Bill Crockett and Barry Hodgson by three shots; they then in turn, beat the third place team of Bill Osborne and Dave Elliott by a further shot and a half. Nearest to the pins were won by Garry Stackman on the 3rd/12th and Ron Wilson the 7th/16th.
A GOOD turnout of 52 players resulted in a great afternoon of golf. "Hydro Hurricanes" captained by Mel Egan, proved the best group of the day winning with a one under par 35 for a nett 26 and three sixteenths. Well done "Hurricanes". Second spot went to the really "Old Tigers" team well led by the youngster Mick Yarnold. They beat the third placed team of "Chequered Bobcat" (Steve Welch) by a quarter of a shot. "Family Ties" were the unlucky team, shooting five under par but, alas not enough handicap. Mel Egan's day got even better when she also won the NTP on the third hole and then won the bottle of port in the lucky draw. Richard Clark did not go home empty handed as he won the cooked chook.
A RELATIVELY small field of 20 golfers competed in the chook run this week. With the threat of heavy rain, combined with the high humidity, it was a gamble to venture out, especially in the afternoon. Of those brave souls who did, Tom Hadwell was the best with a well compiled 22 points. Tom won by two shots from two others on 20 points, Ian Scarr beating Craig Harrison on a countback. Graham Steel hit at least one decent shot on the day to win the NTP on the seventh, and no-one claimed the third. Dave Elliott was rewarded for his consistent golf of late, his total of 84 points winning the February LJ Hooker umbrella by a whopping 15 points.
EIGHT brave women played in the Friday competition this week, Margaret Earley the winner from Jackie Robson and Jan Baker.
THIS Saturday the scheduled event is a single stableford for the Wingham Valley Vets trophy. However with last Saturday's February Taree Motorama Monthly Mug/MRD Electrical medals and Kangaroofing long drives event postponed and having to be played at some stage, the two events will be combined this week. Players will be required to enter both their gross and stableford scores per hole. Good luck and good golfing.