Nambucca comes home from Sawtell with Celtic Shield

Wendy Mason presents the Celtic Shield to Nambucca Heads women's captain Jenny Johnston
Wendy Mason presents the Celtic Shield to Nambucca Heads women's captain Jenny Johnston

OUR greens staff and volunteers led by our superintendent Greg Jager have done a marvellous job giving all the greens at The Island Golf Course a major renovation during the week.

For those of us who like to give the ball a good thump when putting, this was the week to enjoy!

But seriously, the greens were presented for play with only a light dusting of fine sand and a remarkably smooth putting service - a little rain expected the coming week, and we're back to normal before you know it - well done everyone.

Last Wednesday the ladies took advantage of the work in progress and headed north to Sawtell to defend their title in the annual Celtic Shield challenge against Sawtell. The shield is won by the total of the best 10 stableford scores. Nambucca had 23 players competing and the shield was won with 394 points.

Best players were Wendy Ritchie 42, Wendy Avery 42, Morann Paterson 40, Sue Seymour 40, Coral McCann 40, Judith Boyle 39, Helen Ferraro 39, Robyn O'Dwyer 38, Dianne O'Leary 37 and Heather Gray 37.

Nambucca will be delighted to host the challenge next year.

A Medley Single Stableford was played on Thursday, with 97 starters undeterred by a little bit of sand on the greens, and some great scores were returned.

CORE BLIMEY: The greens at The Island Golf course were cored and dressed with fine sand last week

CORE BLIMEY: The greens at The Island Golf course were cored and dressed with fine sand last week

Our popular (most of the time!) club secretary manager Johnathon Zirkler (3 handicap) top scored in Division 1 (scratch to 18) with 40 points to win from Uri Ylinen (18) close behind with 39 points.

Another 40 points in Division 2 (19 to 24) saw Wayne Purcell (22) win from Andrew McKinnon (20) with 38 points. The ladies had Division 3 (25 to 45) all to themselves, with Leannne Welsh (25) top scoring on the day with 42 points to win from Margot Gook (29), visiting from Hurstville, with 40 points.

Other good scores were posted by Joe Street, Andrew Bagust, Paddy Byrne and Lee Fewings 38 points, and John Buganey, Neil Duffus and Phil Mander 37.

Some handicap adjustments can be expected!

Balls went down to 34 points on countback.

The qualifying round of the Keno 2 Person Ambrose was played on Saturday with a good field exceeding 100 players enjoying the course with some run on the fairways returning.

There was a threatening southerly change later in the day that fortunately for the players, only produced a few thunderclaps and a very light shower in the afternoon (sadly for Greg, who was hoping for a decent rainfall to boost the greens' recovery).

With an impressive score of 58.75 the winners were Thomas Robbins and Neil Duffus (12.25), followed by Colin Wormleaton and Steve Frost (6.25) with 59.75, and Adrienne Smith and Kevin Mulhall (8.25) with 60.75. The Duffo and Wormo teams qualify for the regional play-offs at Coffs Harbour later in the year.

Other good scores came from Leslie Mohr and Paul Maxwell and Liam Fuller and Steve Carr, both 61.25, Uri Ylinen and Greg McCoy and Peter Thompson and John Morgan, both with 61.50. In the ball comp rundown, the teams needed 64.00 on countback to collect.

There is plenty of golf on The Island this week. There are Medley Single Stableford competitions on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The ladies will play a 3 Person Ambrose on Wednesday.

This Saturday, the player with the best Stableford score will be awarded the Kerry McCoy Cup.

It is the club's intention to present this trophy on the second Saturday in September each year and to remember and honour all members who have passed during the previous year.

See you on The Island!

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