With apologies to those who need a bit of rain, how good is this weather (minus the wind of course). The mornings this time of year are superb. Onto the golf and this week we report on the start of the Club Championships.
THE opening round of the 2014 Country Wide Business Solutions Club Championships was played with a field with 80 players keen for a game. Being the first Saturday of the month it was also the April Taree Motorama Monthly Mug with MRD Electrical Medals and Kangaroofing Long Drives on as well. Scoring should have been difficult but someone forgot to tell Neville Boyd from C grade as he shot a fine net 67. Neville won the mug and the C grade medal with Paul Robson winning the C grade net. In the other grades Murray McCartney won the A grade net and medal with a net 72 on a countback and Ashley Armstrong won the B grade net and medal with a net 70. Gross winners were Scott Polley (A grade with a three over par 75 and leader of the championships), Steve Allwood (B grade with 84 on a countback) and Terry Thompson (C grade with 91). Balls went out 74 nett with Tony Lattimore getting the last one. Rod Brown won ten balls after his eagle on the eighth hole.
The nearest to the pins were up to their usual high standard, the best being that of Robbie Hynes in winning the All About Conveyancing 4th/13th hole. As a result Robbie also wins Caddy’s Restaurant “Shot of the day” for his effort. Other winners were Ben Marron (Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th), Geoff Swaffield (Wingham Gourmet Meats 3rd/12th), Paul Knapp (Bayview Seafoods 7th/16th) and Steve “Harmy” Allwood (Bent on Food 9th/18th). The Kangaroofing Long Drive winners were Jarrod Harris A grade, Bill Osborne B grade and Shane Brown in C grade. At this stage of the Club Championships Scott Polley leads A grade by 4 shots after a 75, Steve Allwood and Matt Hardy B grade with 84, Bill Osborne leads B1 grade with 87 and Mug winner Nev Boyd with his 88 is the leader in C grade by 3 shots from Terry Thompson.
A GOOD field of 56 vets played a two man ambrose last week with retired ‘schoolies’ Dave Elliott and Bill Osborne winning the day by three quarters of a shot from Nev Hall and Peter Christie. They beat Ron Wilson and Ray Mathews on a countback. Bill Osborne also won the NTP on the 3rd/12th with a fine shot as did Courtney Adamson on the 7th/16th. Next week is a big one for the ‘older gentlemen’ with the first round of their championships scheduled. Good luck to all players.
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AFTER the ridiculous scoring from last week, things were ‘back on track’ this week with the winner scoring a respectable 22 points. That came from Ken Squires with Brendon Walker continuing his good form to finish in second spot after his 20 points. Brendon beat Rod Brown and then Bob Yarnold, both on 20 points, on a countback. Barry Brown won the third hole NTP and Ken Squires picked up some extra prize money with his fine shot to win the NTP on the seventh.
FRIDAY Ladies enjoyed brilliant weather this week past and in doing so some good scoring resulted in Jo Duncan recording her first singles win at the club. Jo was a regular Wednesday Ambrose player during summer and has now moved ‘up the ranks’. Jo recorded 19 points with Connie Gates, Noelene Nelson, Jenny Homewood and Wendy Jones filling the minor positions. Judy Periera won the NTP and Sue McKenna was the best of the long markers.
THIS Saturday is the second round of the club championships and fine weather is again forecast. Saturday’s daily event this week is sponsored by Wingham Beef Exports. Players are reminded that positions in the matchplay championships later in the year are based on their effort in the club championships and players must play all four rounds to be eligible.