WELCOME to this week’s golf report, and again it is good news weather wise.

The rain we have had has been magnificent, especially for our rural friends.

All we need now is a couple of heavy downpours to fill some dams.

Onto the golf.

Round one of the Machin’s Mill Club Foursomes Championships

ENOUGH players for three grades turned out Saturday for the 2014 Machins Mill Mens Foursomes Championships.

Overall leaders and of course A grade leader after round one is the pairing of father/son Reid and Rod Brown.

They lead by a shot from Neville Blanch and Rod Desborough on 83.

In B grade dave Elliott and partner Earle Braham on 91 lead Ashley Armstrong and Mark Fotheringham by three shots.

C grade is close with leaders Jason Griffis and Richard Clarke leaders by two shots from Phil Hanlen and Steve Hatchwell.

Good luck next week lads.

In the nett event the C grade leaders fought it out with the Hanlen/Hatchwell combination winning by two shots from the Griffis/ Clarke pairing 69 and a half to 71 and a half.

In the foursomes ball competition, Dave Elliott and Earle Braham won the last ball with 78 nett.

For those players who were not able to play in the foursomes, a Stableford event was run with the winner being Adam Beattie with 40 points.

Runner up was Richard Dudgeon on a countback with a modest 37 points.

In their ball competition, James King was the last recipient with 35 points.

Nearest to the pin winners had to work hard with the damp conditions, but despite that there were some great shots played.

Best of the lot was Geoff Swaffield to just over a foot to win the 7th/16tth Bayview Seafoods prize.

Steve Hatchwell capped off a good day when he won the 1st/10th Wingham Plaza Butchers prize and Adam Beattie did likewise on the 9th/18th Bent on Food hole.

Other winners were Peter Pratten on the 3rd/12th and Earle Braham on the 4th/13th All About Conveyancing hole.

Wednesday Veterans

ONLY thirty seven veterans braved the inclement weather Wednesday, but despite the small field some good scores were recorded.

Retired dairy farmer Dave Andrews “walked the walk”, when he was the only player to record 40 points.

Dave just beat Bill Sullivan by a shot and Gordon Shanko “wound back the clock” to record 38 points and claim third spot on a countback.

In the NTP competition, Don Gutterson continued his good run winning the 3rd/12th with a good shot.

Trevor Jose also hit a good one on the 7th/16th to win that NTP.

OBE (over bloody eighty) winner was Nev Hall with 31 points.

Thursday LJ Hooker Chook Run

WEATHER wise, Thursday was a mixed day with occasional showers making life difficult for some players.

However, despite the conditions, it just proves that having a good marker does help.

Would you believe “yours truly” won the day with 27 points, a par round off a generous handicap.

As a result there was the expected and predicted “smart” comment, and yes I did only play nine holes and no I didn’t get my wife to play in my place, as suggested by some cruel people.

Second spot, some distance back I must say, with a mere 21 points (after a one under par round off a low handicap), was Rod Brown.

Rod relegated Syd Gilfillan, also on 21 points, to third spot via a countback.

NTP’s were a bit more competitive than previous weeks, with good close shots needed to win the day.

Neville Blanch did just that to win the third as did Dallas Chapman on the seventh.

Friday Ladies

A KEEN group of Ladies enjoyed fine conditions Friday resulting in some good golf.

Anne Palmer had a particularly good day as she beat a bunch of good scores to win the day, her first for a while.

Next home was Chris Cavanagh, followed by Bev Bisby, Margaret Earley, Belinda Tonkin, Noelene Nelson and Jan Baker.

Chris Cavanagh had a double reason to celebrate after she won the nearest to the pin prize as well.

Well played Ladies.

Coming Events

NEXT Saturday is the second round of the Men’s Foursomes Championships and again there is a single Stableford on offer for those not playing in the foursomes.

The following Saturday, despite being the first one of the month, there is an Irish Fourball scheduled because of Father’s Day, the day after. The following Saturday, the 13th, is Monthly Mug day.

Good luck and good golfing.