HOW did everyone handle the "big blow" on Sunday evening? My wife and I were on our way back from the Knight's unlucky loss to the very fortunate Canberra raiders team when we heard the news of the "mini cyclone".

There were certainly some branches and trees down. Hope you survived it okay.

SATURDAY'S play was for the "Ancient Ruins" Irish Fourball, a combined stableford event.

The "Ancient Ruins" term is for a group of elder statesmen who play golf at the club, mainly on Thursdays.

A number of players must have been true "Irish" as they forgot to put their handicaps on their cards. One group however, who did the right thing, was that of Glen Porter, John Hynes, Barry Brown and Rex White. Their combined total was 93 points, winners by one point from the Heywood boys, Ben and Daryl, Craig Harrison and Rod Brown. From all reports one player in that group may as well have not signed his card after his minor contribution.

Third place went to the group of Bill Osborne, Brian Roberts, Geoff Swaffield and Dave Irvine on 86 points. The individual event was won by Neville Blanch (40 points), Rohan Abbott runner-up with 38.

In the ball comp, the last group to win was that of Jason Fowles, Matt Hardy, Murray McCartney and John Morley with 83 points. Also run last Saturday was the A grade kangaroofing long drive, re-run from the week before, Murray McCartney the winner this week. Players are reminded that they cannot put their name on the long drive if they have won it previously that year in that grade (names are always on the marker on the day). The nearest to the pins were again very competitive all less than two metres. Best on the day and winner of the Caddies Restaurant "Shot of the Day", was Ben Heywood after his superb shot to win the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing hole.

Other winners included Jason Fowles on the Wingham Plaza Butchers 1st/10th, Trevor Abbott the Manning Natural Healing 3rd/12th, Dave Irvine the 7th/16th Bayview Seafoods hole and Rod Brown won the Bent on Food 9th/18th hole.

FORTY two veterans played a single stableford last week, John Thompson winning the day on a countback from a number of players all on 42 points. John beat Cec Pedron into second spot followed by Vince Brassil.

Barry Neave won the NTP on the 3rd/12th and John Daly did likewise on the 7th/16th.

ANOTHER good field of 57 players enjoyed fine conditions last Wednesday. Scoring was "hot" with a number of groups four under or better, the winning group "Family Ties" the best with six under par.

Captained by Matt Primmer, they won by a shot from "Hairy hats" (Terry Robards)," Manning Smash Repairs" (Bob Polley) third and "Happy Campers" (Antony Urquhart) fourth.

Saul O'Brien from the winning team won the NTP on the third, Matt Primmer won the port and Reid Brown won the cooked chook (again).

TWENTY seven players competed in the Chook Run this week, scoring up a bit from previous weeks. John Halpin returned to form winning the day with a well compiled 23 points.

John won from Pat Marcus (22 points), Daryl Heywood third (21 points on a countback) and Wes Neil fourth (21 points). Denise Blanch won the third hole NTP as did Craig Harrison on the seventh.

THE ladies this week played a two person ambrose, the winners Helen Dunlop and Jill Hampton. They won from Pat Whiteley/Shani Darby, Beth Braham/Sharon Juozaitis and Noelene Nelson/Joy White. Shani Darby also had a win in the ntp competition and best of the long markers was the combination of Connie Gates and Gloria Burden.

DIVISION one received a forfeit this week from Wauchope, Division three beat Harrington three and a half to two and a half (winners were Franz Schubert, John Morley, Adrian Yeo and Glenn Smyth drew his match). Division four results were unknown at the time of printing.

THIS Saturday's event is a single stableford for the Sheathers Machinery trophy.

It is also the first round of the Drummond Challenge (best five of eight rounds to count). Good luck and good golfing.