IT was a beautiful 'Scottish day' on Saturday and 62 players turned out for the "Clash of the Tartans" at Wingham Golf Club.
A good turnout of players played nine holes on Friday and a number also played Saturday in the 18 hole competition. Of those the winner was club captain Neville McBlanch with a combined total for the 27 holes of 57 points. Recently crowned club champion, Reid McBrown, also with 57, was an unlucky second, beaten on a countback. Of the women Cheryl McAndrews was the best with 36 points.
Onto the daily competition, and the winner 'by a mile' with daylight second, was Peter Griffin with a massive 47 points. Peter won by seven shots from second placed Jim Weeks on 40 points. Darren Lewis, making a comeback to golf, was third on 39, John Broadbent fourth with 38 and Terry Thompson was fifth. The "Clash of the Tartans" was won by Ashley Armstrong with 38, Gary Morley, also had 38 and Grant Gutterson had 36 points.
The Drummond Challenge prize went to John Broadbent with 38 points, again on a countback. In the ball competition, Jim Bradshaw was the final recipient with 34 on a countback. In the Friday Scottish Festival nine hole event, Craig Harrison took the day off and was rewarded with a win with 21 points. Alan Thompson played well to get second spot with 20 points, just beating Darren Lewis on a countback. In the "Clash of the Tartans" nine holer, Rod Brown won with 19 points, beating his son Reid and Matt Brislane on a countback.
Back to the Saturday competition and the nearest to the pins were again of a very high standard with the best and winner of the Caddies Restaurant "shot of the day" was Darren Lewis with his second shot to the 9th/18th Bent on Food hole. Others to do well were Wayne "Wally" Lewis on the Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th, Steve "Harmy" Allwood the 3rd/12th, Ashley Armstrong the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing hole and Jim Weeks on the 7th/16th Bayview Seafoods hole.
FIFTY one veterans played a single stableford this week for the Courtney Adamson trophy. Robert Allan was the star performer, his 39 points just too good for runner-up Richard Lucas on 38, who in turn beat sponsor Courtney Adamson on a countback. Richard Lucas also had a win in the NTP winning the 7th/16th with a great shot.
Bruce Armstrong did likewise on the 3rd/12th with an even better shot.
OBE this week was Rex White with a modest 30 points. I assume you played the full 18 holes Rex.
Thursday LJ Hooker chook run
THURSDAY was one of the best days weather wise you could possibly ask for, with the sun shining beautifully throughout the day. The scores however did not shine as much with a mere 21 points needed to win the day. David Blair was the winner, 21 points after corrections (I was his marker), Rex White second with 20 and Syd Gilfillan third on a countback. Rex White also won the NTP on the 7th with a good shot and Craig Harrison did likewise on the 3rd hole. The winner of the May LJ Hooker umbrella was Terry Wood, his total of 94 points one shot ahead of Rod Brown with 93.
THE Friday women played their own version of the "Clash of the Tartans" with joint winners this week.
They were Pat McMarcus and Janice McSurtees, who could not be separated. Jill Hampton was next followed by Robyn Dudgeon, Jan Baker, Judy Periera and Cheryl Andrews. Jan McSurtees also won the NTP, and Shani Darby and Gloria Burden were the best long markers.
THIS Saturday the June Taree Motorama Monthly Mug/MRD Electrical medals/Kangaroofing long drives are on in earnest with the first of the monthly Caddies restaurant ambroses on at 10 am Sunday. This event is open to all players (handicaps or not) so turn up if you would like a game. Another major event not far away is the start of the Gary Croucher fencing 4BBB knockout.
The qualifying round is Saturday, June 14. You will need a partner so start looking.