Veterans Week of Golf at Nambucca Heads

THE ISLAND Golf Course at Nambucca Heads played host to 146 veteran golfers last week.

All came from out of town with no locals included in the field. Although the rain was a dampener all took to the course with great expectations. Thanks to Ian and Lyn Vidler, ably assisted by Coral McCann with helpers, for chipping in on each day of the tournament.

Wednesday was a rest day for the travellers with the locals getting a chance, but due to the rain a field of 90 was reduced to just 35 hardy soles who took up the challenge with a ladies and men's single stableford competition.

Winning the day for the men was Greg Smith with a round of 36 points. Following with rounds of 33 were Phil Mander and Ken Marriott. The ball rundown went to just 31 and the pins where taken out by Greg Smith at 3, Andrew Donovan at 5, Drew Glasson at 7, Stu Johnston at 8, Jenny Thorne won the pizza hole, Denys Tobin took out 15, and Ken Marriott collected the money shot. Jenny Thorne won the women’s event with a round of 26 followed by Heather Gray who had 25 points (conditions where not the best as the scores indicate).

Come Saturday with the sun out but still a wet track, 102 players took to the course with visitors from Everglades, Coonawarra, Leeton, Maitland, Mt Martha, South West Rocks, Tocumwal, Wallacia and Urunga.

Sometimes player Steven Cumming (12 handicap) took out A grade in the monthly medal round sponsored by Nambucca Local Liquor, with a score of 82/70. On his heals was Graham Weary with 80/70, only missing in a countback.

Taking out the medal in B grade was Urpo Ylinen 88/72 with Denis Myers (Tocumwal) 86/72 again beaten in the countback. Winner of the medal in C grade was Gary Roach with 94/70 on a countback from Col Easey 90/70.

Best gross scores went to Peter Farrell in A grade with 74, Denys Tobin in B grade with 89, and Richard Trevena took out C grade with 93 off the stick.

Ball rundown went to 76 with Paddy Byrne, Denys Tobin, Barrie Nicholson, Paul Ryan and Scott Burley all to collect.

Pins went to Greg Smith at 3, Phil Mander at 5, Chris Tinson at 7, Stu Johnston at 8, Robert Coneybeare won the pizza at 13, Ted Beaton at 15 and Phillip Shields went home with the money shot.

This week it’s back to normal with stableford competitions on Thursday and Saturday. The men’s 27-hole foursomes is set down for Sunday.

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