Hole-in-one at Island Golf Course

The Urunga boys - far better known for their prowess at hockey - were if nothing else colourful at the Elly Stig Memorial Golf Day. Photo: Christian Knight
The Urunga boys - far better known for their prowess at hockey - were if nothing else colourful at the Elly Stig Memorial Golf Day. Photo: Christian Knight

A GREAT field of 131 starters fronted at The Island Golf Course on Thursday – and there was none better than Walter Bortoletto’s ace at the 13th hole, his first ever.

Many visiting golfers from all over helped to make up the field in a medley single stableford event. Taking the honours in A grade with a round of 40 points was Drew Glasson playing off an 8 handicap, followed by Brad Fortescue (10 handicap) with 38 points.

Winner of B grade was Mark O'Keefe (17), Muirfields, with 43 points. Following on from his good form last week, Ian Vidler (13) had a round of 38 points.

Taking the voucher in C grade was Roy Louis (27), winning with 41 points from playing partner Colin Dunne (24), a round of 37 points. Others who could count themselves unlucky not to win a voucher are Jeff Morrison 38 points, John Patterson 37, Greg Smith 36 along with Peter Delaney, Brenden McLeod (Cessnock), Keith Elphick and Ross Donnelly.

Ball rundown for the round went to 32 with Trevor Hopkins, Tom Robbins, Ted Beaton and Alvin Rapley the only players to collect on 32 points.

Nearest the pins went to Rod Robertson at 2, Paul Hilton (Cumberland) at the 5th, Mark O'Keefe the 7th, Alvin Rapley won the 8th, Walter Bortoletto aced the 13th, Paul McElhinney the 15th and Graham Long (Cumberland) took out a healthy pro pin at 18.

Saturday’s medley stableford was played in blustery wind with 100 players taking part. Not perturbed was Peter Farrell who put together a round of two under par to finish with 43 points playing off a five handicap.

Also having the best of things was Paul Hilton (8) with a round of 40 points to finish runner-up in A grade. Winning B grade was Darren Key (13) with a round of 37 points in a countback from Mark O'Keefe (16).

Well on his way to B grade after the last two weeks, Robert Reid (19) took out the C grade with 37 points. Geoff Rackham (23) was next with 36 points.

Other good rounds and just missing a voucher were Ron Lapin, Ron Cook and Noel Gaddes all with rounds of 36 points. Ball rundown for the day went to 32 with Mary-Anne Payn (Kareela), Troy Erickson (Camden), Russell White, Shane Anderson and Scott Burley all to receive.

Nearest the pins went to Ray Whan at 2, Shane Anderson at the 5th, Trevor Hopkins at 7, Mark O’Keefe the 8th, Jimmy Barrie took the 13th, Nigel Black the 15th and Steve Doherty had the pro pin in his pocket at 18.

The Elly Stig fundraiser day again was a great success with almost 200 players involved with two shotgun starts.

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