Plenty of golf happening on the Island this week, with some great scores and a Hole In One by Robert Freebairn on the 123 Metre Par Three 13th Hole. We've introduced a "Preferred Lie" on the 1st and 9th fairways until these have recovered from Greg's (our excellent Greenkeeper) radical surgery to improve the quality of the grass coverage.
A special warm welcome to all our visiting golfers to the Valley for the school holidays, some from as far as Berwick and Coolamatong - where, you ask?
One visitor was overheard "Geez, there's a lot of water on this course" - there is actually a lot more fairway!!
Tuesday saw a Medley Single Stableford in conjunction with the MNC Vets.
Gregory McCoy (4) had a great round scoring 40 points to win Division 1 (Scratch to 20) from Peter Miller (14) (our rough mowing volunteer extraordinaire) with 38 points.
In Division 2 (21 to 45), Robert Freebairn (36) was assisted by his "Ace" six pointer on the 13th Hole to score 38 points to win Division 2 from Graeme Bassam (35) with 35 points.
Don't lose that ball, Robert, your special HIO trophy is on it's way!
Other good scores came from Ryan Edwards (Shellharbour) 36, and Edward Beaton 35.
In the ball comp you needed 32 points on countback. Ryan Edwards was the Vets winner with 36 points, Edward Beaton was runner up with 35 points.
Wednesday 7th October was the Ladies Monthly Medal with three visitors from Coffs Harbour bringing the field to 38 starters.
The lazy afternoon breeze didn't affect Bryony Brownlie's performance coming in with 68 nett to be overall winner from C Grade. After her last few outstanding rounds Bryony won't be in C Grade for much longer!
A Grade winner was Judith Boyle with 71 nett, and runner up Leanne Welsh with 72 nett.
B grade was won by Faye Hopkins with 70 nett, runner up Gillian Anderson on 72 nett.
C Grade runner up was Morann Paterson with 74 nett.
Sue Brooks was our gross winner with 87 off the stick and Kerry Naylor won the putting with 27.
Ball run down went to 75 nett.
Thursday was a Medley Single Stableford sponsored by Nambucca Plaza Butchery.
The early morning players certainly got the best playing conditions, with a strong nor'easter blowing up around 10am - players had to hang onto their hats, didn't they Col!
Danny Lloyd (14) visiting from Kew scored 39 points to win Division 1 (scratch to 16) from Colin Wormleaton (9) with 36 points.
William Mann (18) scored 40 points to win Division 2 (17 to 23) from Michael Tarleton (21) with 37 points.
Best score of the day went to Bernard Dugdale (24) with a massive 42 points to win Division 3 (24 to 45) from Raymond Meehan with 40 points.
Other good scores were from Russell White 37, and Paul McElhinney and Rod Hope (Stonecutters Ridge) 36.
The ball comp went down to 32 points on countback.
Friday saw another round of the Kempsey Haval "Island Challenge" - a stroke event for the more hardy who like to challenge themselves to the best the Island course has to offer, with a chance to win the "Drive to Royal Pines" prize at the end of the year.
With only two more rounds to go, this week's results are being kept a closely guarded secret, creating a bit more of a mystery as to who the final winner might be.
Saturday saw another fantastic spring day, with a more challenging presentation of the course following Friday's "Island Challenge" for the Medley Single Stableford.
Allan O'Brien (10) was quite stoked when he returned to the Clubhouse with the top score of the day - 40 points to win Division 1 (scratch to 17) from Rick Heywood (16) with 38 points.
Geoffrey McCann (18 - lately dubbed "Victa" by his playing buddies) finally got control of his putter to score 38 points to win Division 2 (18 to 23) from Edward Beaton (20) with 36 points.
In Division 3 (24 to 45) Anthony Reams (28) scored 37 points to win from Donald Atkinson (31) with 36 points.
Other good scores were seen from Stuart Johnston and Glen Crow 37, and David Wilson, David Mattacott and Bill Percy all with 36 points.
The ball comp run down went to 32 on countback.