WELCOME back to the Wingham Golf Club and this week's golf report.
It promises to be a big one as well with the 2014 club championships and the veterans championships finalising this past week.
LAST Saturday was the fourth and final round of the 2014 Country Wide Business Solutions Club Championships and a field of 65 golfers mostly had an enjoyable day.
Sponsored by Cleaver's Tyres, the final round resulted in 14 of the top 16 players over the four grades playing a seeded draw in each grade at the tail of the field. This resulted in some very exciting play with a small crowd stationed at the 18th hole to witness the players in action.
Winners were: C-grade, winner John Turner and runner-up Trevor Abbott; B1-grade, winner Robbie Hynes and runner-up Trevor Harris; B-grade, winner Bob Polley and runner-up Jim Weeks after a three hole playoff on Sunday morning; and A-grade, winner Reid Brown by one shot over runner-up Ben Marron.
Congratulations to all winners especially to 14-year-old Reid Brown who now officially becomes the youngest ever Wingham Golf Club champion overall (the previous best was 16-year-old Ben Marron in 1999).
Congratulations must also go to captain Neville Blanch and his band of workers, Beth Braham, Rose Gilfillan and Denise Polley who did a phenomenal job running and recording the championships. The nett winners in each grade were Rod Brown (A-grade nett 294), Dennis McKeough (B-grade nett 286), Dave Irvine (B1-grade nett 304) and Brendon Reeve (C-grade nett 311).
On to the day's event, an individual stroke event sponsored by Wingham Cleavers Tyres, and the winner was our new club champion Reid Brown. Reid shot a 74 (two over par)/68 nett to beat several players on 69 nett.
Other nett winners were Mon Vilayrack (A-grade with nett 72), Robbie Hynes (B-grade with nett 69) and C-grade to Dave Irvine with a nett 73 on a countback over Robin Thomas. Runners-up in each grade were Rod Brown (A-grade nett 73 on a countback from Nev Blanch), Keegan Jobson (B-grade with nett 69) and C-grade went to Robin Thomas with nett 73.
There were two eagles Saturday, Reid Brown and Josh Foot, both on the par five eighth hole. In the ball competition, the course was the winner (again), with nett 75 (Neil Evenden) the last.
Nearest to the pins winners were Cam Darby (Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th), Scott Polley (3rd/12th hole), Brian Roberts (4th/13th All About Conveyancing), Ron Wilson (7th/16th Bayview Seafoods) and Mon Vilayrack hit one close to win the 9th/18th Bent on Food voucher and in doing so also won the Caddie's Restaurant "shot of the day". Good onya Mon.
THE 2014 veterans championships were also concluded this week and vets captain Bill Osborne is the new A-grade champion.
Bill recorded 253 over the 54 holes to win A-grade by five shots from Trevor Jones.
Garry Stackman hung on to win B-grade by two shots from Ron Wilson and Michael Harriman had a good win in C-grade.
OBE (over bloody eighty) champion was former North Sydney "bear" Barry Casey.
Congrats to the winners.
In the daily event Graeme Henwood won with 70 nett from several players on 72 nett. Of those Brian Haynes was second with Jim Clarke third. NTP winners were Courtney Adamson (3rd/12th), Bill Sullivan (7th/16th) and Neville Hall (second shot 9/18th).
Thursday LJ Hooker Chook Run
A RELATIVELY small field turned out Thursday with Rod Brown the star performer with a two under par 22 points. Rod was a clear winner by four shots from a very surprised Ian Scarr in second spot. Terry Wood on 17 points was third on a countback from a handful of other players. NTPs went to Ian Scarr on the 3rd and Neville Blanch on the 7th.
FRIDAY ladies played a two person ambrose this week with Dot Clarke and Jill Hampton the winners from Shani Darby/ Pat Whiteley, Helen Dunlop/Gay Wagener, and Cheryl Andrews/Sharon Juozaitis.
OVER the next few weeks we have a number of events coming up including this Friday,(nine hole Scottish Festival event, and Saturday, 18 hole Scottish Festival event sponsored by Wingham Remedial Massage.
See you there good luck and good golfing.