Nambucca Heads Golf Club grateful for 'Jim Barrie Express' courtesy bus

Jim Barries best mate Glen is pictured presenting funds for the Jim Barrie Express to President Geoff Harris.
Jim Barries best mate Glen is pictured presenting funds for the Jim Barrie Express to President Geoff Harris.

Remembering Jim Barrie

Jim loved his golf but his life was tragically cut short with an unexpected cancer diagnosis in 2019.

It was Jim's wish to make a donation to the club that gave him so much pleasure and enjoyment over the years.

The Board decided to use Jim's donation to replace its ageing courtesy bus and Jim was "chuffed" with this idea.

It is likely that the name "The Jim Barrie Express" will live on in the club for many years to come. Thank you Jim, and Rest In Peace.

The competition

There have been perfect conditions for golf over the past two weeks - beautiful, fine, sunny, winter weather, complementing our picturesque golf course that just begs you to come and play.

And there have been excellent fields during both weeks, with lots of visitors and social players enjoying our facilities.

Tuesday, June 23, saw a Medley Single Stableford which attracted over 80 players including numerous visitors.

Visiting from Lithgow was David Titcume (9) sharing the best score of the day with Paul McElhinney (16) to win Division 1 (scratch to 20) on a count back.

Kay McGoldrick (37) was the winner in Division 2 (21 to 45) with 37 points to win from Peter Dawe (25) with 35 points.

Other good scores came from Dale Murray (Port Macquarie) 37, Peter Miller 36, Terry Davis and Gavin Roberts (both Port Macquarie), Robert Reid and Peter Bush all on 35 points. To win a ball you needed 33 points on count back, with Steve McNeil from Dorrigo taking the last one.

Thursday, June 25, was the Open "Dolphin Day" Medley Single Stableford sponsored by Nambucca RSL Club.

A few scratchings for fear of inclement weather which didn't materialise reduced the field to 86. Best overall score and winner of the "Dolphin Day" shirt was Edward Beaton with 38 points.

A close tussle in Division 1 (scratch to 20) saw Stuart Johnston (9) and John Moore (17) from Everglades both scoring 37 points, with Stuart winning on the count back.

In Division 2 (21 to 45) Don Atkinson (31) scored 37 points to win from Neil Duffus (23) on 35 points.

Other good scores were seen from David Mattacott and Rodney Robertson, both 36, and Houston Baker and Andrew Johnston on 35.

You needed 32 points on a count back to collect a golf ball, with Tuesday's Division 2 runner up Peter Dawe claiming the last one.

There was a change of pace on Saturday, June 27, with a 4BBB event - 119 players hoping their partner would be able to hold up their side for a good score.

While many struggled with some challenging pin positions, this was not a problem for Drew Glasson and Rodney Robertson who romped home to win the day with a massive 46 points - each holing out for birdie 4 points on the 5th and 7th.

Runners up were Ralph Taylor/Garnet O'Brien and Rick Heywood/Anthony Smith both pairs with 43 points.

You needed 40 points on a count back to collect a golf ball, Peter Moxon/Jeff Morrison the last on the list.

Tuesday, June 30, had 80 players in a Medley Single Stableford.

The ladies battled out for Division 1 (scratch to 19) honours with Adrienne Smith (15) and Henny Oldenhove (17) both scoring 38 points, Adrienne winning on the count back.

John Landale (22) from Coffs Harbour took out Division 2 (20 to 45) with 36 points from Keith Elphick (22) on 35 points.

There were other good scores from Terry Davis from Port Macquarie 37, Stuart Johnston, Urpo Ylinen and Martin Brooks all on 36, and Sue Brooks, Robert Freebairn and Donald Atkinson all on 34.

The ball rundown went to 31 on countback, Kevin Mulhall the last to collect.

An even hundred players teed off on Thursday, July 2, for a Medley Single Stableford.

Paul Habgood (0) played excellent golf to win Division 1 (scratch to 12) with 36 points from Drew Glasson (9) on 35 points.

Warren Fuller (17) was the winner of Division 2 (13 to 18) with 40 points a long way ahead of runner up Robert Coneybeare (17) with 34 points.

The best round of the day went to Andrew Mackinnon (20) who scored 41 points to win Division 3 (19 to 45) from Leanne Welsh (27) with 40 points.

Other good scores from Dennis Holland, Walter Bortoletto and Christopher Swan all with 37 points and Ian Brown from Coffs Harbour on 36 points.

Ball rundown went to 32 on countback.

Windy and cool conditions greeted players on Saturday, July 4, for another Medley Single Stableford with over 100 players competing.

James Weimer 10 scored 40 points to win Division 1 (scratch to 16) from Geoffrey McCann (16) with 37 points.

Houston (Ray) Baker (22) had the best score of the day with 42 points to win Division 2 (17 to 23) from Peter Fredericks (22) with 41 points - good golf guys!

In Division 3 (24 to 45), Gary Thurlow (25) scored 36 points to win from Barrie Nicholson (25) on 35 points.

Other good scores came from Peter Farrell 36, Christian Knight and Darren Key 35, and Kel McGoldrick, Thomas Robbins and Lee Fewings on 34.

You needed 31 points on countback to win a ball.

The Island Sunday Mixed 4BBB Stableford returned on Sunday, July 5.

With a whopping 48 points, the winners were Jan and Geoff Harris.

Closest was Robyn Jones and Shane Anderson with 43 points to win a ball, along with Heather Gray and Don Wills on 42 points and Sue and Geoff Brooks all with 39 points.

Coming up

There is plenty of golf on the Island this week - Macksville Mitre 10 are the week's featured sponsor, and a big thankyou to them.

There are Medley Single Stableford competitions on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Friday is another stroke round of the Haval "Island Challenge" series.

Our Ladies competition continues on Wednesdays, and there's a 9-hole chook run on Friday afternoons.

Social play is available after competitions, and on other days from 8am until 4pm.

It's also Club Championship time! The men's commences on Saturday, July 18, and the ladies' on Wednesday, July 22. Don't miss out on the chance to play our course at it's best!

Bookings are available on-line for members, or by contacting the pro shop on 6568-8172.

See you on The Island!

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