Golf report

WELCOME back to the WGC and we start with a report of some magnificent rain over the weekend.

It was perfect, nice and light soaking rain.

Thankyou to all concerned.

Saturday Wingham Beef Exports single Stableford

ONTO the golf and 60 players ‘enjoyed’ the light rain Saturday, the afternoon golfers in particular.

Best on the day was youngster Matt Brislane with a creditable 43 points.

Matt won by two shots from A grade winner Mone Vilayrack who won on a countback from A grade runner-up Scott Dwyer, both on 41 points.

Adrian Yeo also played well, winning B grade with 40 points, Ashley Armstrong the runner-up with 38 points.

C grade winner was Darren Lewis on a countback from Trevor Abbott, both with 40 points.

Balls went out to 35 points on a countback with “captain my captain” Neville Blanch the last recipient.

There were three eagles Saturday, Murray McCartney on the 17th, Scott Dwyer the 8th and Rohan Abbott scored a rare eagle two on the par four 15th.

Great shot Rohan.

Speaking of Scotty Dwyer, he had a mixed day Saturday, playing well, but unfortunately lost the the final of the Croucher Fencing 4 Ball Best Ball Knockout.

Scott teamed up with Simon Crowe against eventual winners Darren Lewis and Scott Blanch, Scott and Darren won a very close game one up after 18 holes.

Congratulations all.

Nearest to the pin winners all needed great shots to win with Jason Fowles the “shot of the day” as a result of his shot to win the 9th/18th Bent on Food hole.

Other winners were Jarrod Harris on the 1st/10th Wingham Plaza Butchers hole, Craig Harrison the All About Conveyancing 4th/13th and Rohan Abott won the Bayview Seafoods 7th/16th.

Last but not least welcome back to David “OD” O’Donnell.

David celebrated his return to golf with at least one good shot to win the NTP on the Manning Natural Healing 3rd/12th hole.

He might need a massage after his long layoff.

Wednesday Veterans

SIXTY three veterans competed in the annual Taree Challenge Wednesday with 15 Taree players included in the field.

Alex Kees “carried the flag” for Wingham winning the event with 41 points.

Jim Clark had his best game for a while for 40 points to run second and Phil Hanlen continues to play well, his 39 points beating a number of others on a countback.

Ross Townsend won the NTP on the 3rd/12th as did local Courtney Adamson on the 7th/16th.

Vince Brassil won the OBE (over bloody eighty).

In the actual “challenge”, Wingham won quite convincingly from Taree, as usual!!!!

Thursday LJ Hooker Chook Run

THURSDAY was a perfect day for golf, especially for veteran Jim Bradshaw.

Jim played a superb game to record 25 points, good enough to win the day by four shots.

Ian Herd also played well, his 21 points for second spot beating Ken Squires on a countback.

NTP winners went to Barry Brown on the seventh and Graham Steel (again!!!) on the “extremely difficult” third hole.

Friday Ladies

A LITTLE bit of history this week for the Friday Ladies.

Narelle Smith has won her first ever competition with the ladies.

Regular readers would know, Narelle has had extensive ‘coaching’ from husband Greg and thoroughly deserves this result.

Congrats Narelle.

Ball winners were Beth Braham, Sharon Juozaitis, Pat Marcus, Janice Surtees, Pat Whiteley, Ruth Woodward, Pat Moseley and Jan Baker. Belinda Tonkin won the long marker prize and Narelle Smith ‘”capped off” a fine day by winning the nearest to the pin and the putting competition as well.

Next year this event will be called the “Narelle Smith day”.

Coming Events

THE next two weeks in the Saturday competition are set down for the Machin’s Mill 2014 Men’s Foursomes Championships, otherwise known as “sorry mate” day.

For those who do not wish to play in the foursomes or cannot get a partner, a single stableford will be run as well both weeks.

Also don’t forget the “Caddies Restaurant” Sunday ambrose will be run Sunday August 24.

Good luck and good golfing and “happy 60th tomorrow Lesley”.