THE WEEK of golf at The Island course continued Monday through to Friday, with reasonable fields taking on the layout and enjoying the experience.
While the numbers were not as great as in past years, there were still many new faces in among the players who return year after year to challenge this unique golf test.
Monday’s round was a teams event with only the best two scores for the hole being recorded.
Top score for the day went to the team of Ainsworth, Woodgate Pyne and Johnston – all out-of-towners – recording an aggregate of 88 points. Runners-up went to Seymour, Stockham, Jackson and Ainsworth, a round of 87 points. The local pairing of Taylors and O'Briens, with 86 points, took out the second runners-up prize.
Tuesday men’s and ladies single stableford saw Drew Glasson (10 handicap) topping the list with a 38-point round followed by Rodney Robertson (12), a 35-point round.
For the ladies, Donna Easey (25) with a round of 36 points was followed by Heather Gray (37) on 34 points.
The ball rundown for the girls went to 29 and for the men, 32. Nearest the pins were claimed by Louise Freebairn, Donna Easey and Lyn Grose, while the men’s was picked up by Paul Ryan and Alvin Rapley.
Thursday was the club’s Dolphin day sponsored by the V Wall Tavern. The best score for the ladies was Kay McGoldrick (23), with a round of 36 points. Next in was Ann Turner (29) from Tanilba Bay with 35 points, followed by Aileen Williams (30) from Sugar Valley who amassed 34 points.
The ladies ball rundown went to 29 points.
For the men’s competition Kerry McCoy showed a rare turn of form to be placed top of the leader board for a real change with 37 points. Next up was Michael Bennett with a round of 36, while William Nichols (Coffs Harbour) who assembled 35 points to get the countback from Ken Marriott and Andrew Bagust.
Balls in the rundown went to 32 points with all locals taking the spoils with Dave Mattacott, Mark Cooney, Keith Elphick, Ted Beaton and Michael Nugent to collect. Nearest the pins for the boys were won by Bruce Berry, Peter Miller, Dirk Prummell, Tom Byrne and Toney Wouters. The money shot was claimed by William Nichols who was in the last group of the day.
Saturday was for the monthly medal sponsored by Nambucca Local Liquor and a stroke event as always.
A field of 95 took part on a course desperate for rain and there was plenty of run to challenge the starters. New greenkeeper Brendan Graham had all of the greens at a fast pace, and this brought a few undone after he cut and rolled on Saturday morning.
But finding the conditions to his liking was Greg Smith with a round of 78 gross/68 nett. Greg took out A grade from Phil Mander 83/73. The best gross score off the stick was Bruce Berry with a round of 81.
Peter Miller took out B grade with a round of 82/69 from Paul Fitzgerald (Coffs) 84/70. Best off the stick score after the winners was Nigel Fairhurst (MacLean) 87 on countback. Winner in the lower grade was Steve Doherty (22) with a round of 88/66 and the writer can assure all that Steve will make B grade sooner than later. Colin Easey (19) with an 88/69 will be joining Steve in the higher grade. Best off the bat was David Wilson with a round of 90.
Balls in the rundown went to 75 with four players to collect and they are Rob Reid, Chris Tinson, Graham Cass and Barrie Nicholson. Pins for the day went to Trevor Peter, Greg Smith, Bruce Berry, Bryan Ussher and Michael Bennett. Steve Doherty took out the money shot that will repay a little of his sponsorship for the Island Classic.
On Sunday a good field took to the course in a 4BBB mixed event that is known as the Island Sunday competition. Sponsoring the day was Greg and Janice Smith.
Best pair for the day went to Julie and Ralph Taylor after they had a round of 44 points – a well deserved win. Coming in next with a round of 42 were Kel and Kay McGoldrick, followed by George Grant and Pamela Johnson who lost in the countback.
Collecting balls in the rundown were Jan and Geoff Harris, Mary and Graham Bysouth, Chris and Garnie O’Brien, Heather Gray and Paul McElhinney, Robert Fellows and Jodi Murdoch and Narelle and Peter Delaney.
Nearest the pins went to George Grant, Uri Ylinen, Lyn Grose and Geoff Knight.
Back to normal for this weeks golf with Saturday’s round a 4BBB while today it will be a Twoball with singles in conjunction.