GREAT weather for golf, and with the dry conditions, who would not want to take the benefit from all that extra run on The Island layout at Nambuca Heads.
Our competitions were well supported during the week, and some great scores returned. The finals of the Top Gun Shootout were held on Sunday morning - and there were some obvious nerves on the first tee.
In the men's, a number of chip-offs were required to decide elimination on a few holes, and some putters were put to the test rather than the possibly risky nervous chip run shot.
The last two standing on the 9th tee were Peter Moxon and Steve Doherty - unfortunately for Peter, he struck trouble with some trees trying to recover from the first fairway and conceded the hole to Steve, who was very thankful that he didn't have to perform any more nervous putts.
Great camaraderie was shown by all contestants, and it was certainly an entertaining format to watch as a spectator. Next year's competition will open in February.
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Tuesday saw a Medley Single Stableford with 85 players including many Mid North Coast Vets. In Division 1 (scratch to 20), Colin Habgood (11 handicap) from Kempsey had a great round scoring 40 points to win from Chris Thomas (19) from Wingham with 38 points.
Jan Harris (32) who could barely walk three months ago and has had a brand new hip installed, had the best score of the day with 41 points to win Division 2 (21 to 45) from Michael Broadfoot from Urunga with 39 points.
Other good scores were carded by Gael Tosio (Urunga) and Heather Gray 38, Kevin Mulhall, Rodney Ford and John Buganey 37, and Greg McCoy and Ray Baker 36. The ball comp went down to 32 points on countback, with Andrew Donovan the only one on the cut-off to collect.
Wednesday was a Single Stableford with 46 players competing. Overall winner on a count back was A Grade's Henny Oldenhove with 39 stableford points. A Grade runner-up was Leanne Welsh with 38. B Grade was won by Kerrie Jackson with 39 from Mary Rees 38.
Linda Piccin won C Grade with 36 points on a countback from Deidre Byrne. Ball run went to 32 points.
Following her good performance on Wednesday, Henny won the Ladies Top Gun shootout on Sunday, with last year's winner Dorothy Bunyan being knocked out on the last hole.
Thursday was a Medley Single Stableford with 96 players competing. Colin Habgood (10) from Kempsey who lost a shot from Tuesday's good result, followed it up again with 39 points to win Division 1 (scratch to 16) from Craig Haworth (15) with 38 points.
Jeffrey Vanderwyk (21) had the best score of the day with 40 points to win Division 2 (17 to 21) from Rodney Robertson (17) with 38 points on countback from Gary Beggs. Neil Duffus (23) is getting fit for Cancer Council's The Longest Day challenge on December 14, and he scored 38 points to win Division 3 (22 to 45) with 38 points from John Buganey (24) with 37 points.
Other good scores were posted by Raymond Meehan, Peter Brien, Peter Miller and Paul Ryan all on 36 points. The ball comp went down to 33 points on countback, with Don Atkinson getting the last one.
Saturday saw another popular Medley Single Stableford with 118 players enjoying the spring conditions.
Drew Glasson (8) had a fine round of 39 points to take out Division 1 (scratch to 16) from Garnet O'Brien (12) with 37 points. With the best score of the day and running red hot of late, was Dennis Ashton (18) with 43 points to win Division 2 (17 to 22) from David Rosser (20) close behind with 42 points.
In Division 3 (23 to 45), Roy Sims (30) scored 39 points to win from Michael Summerill (29) with 38 points. Other good scores were carded by Uri Ylinen 41, David Wilson 39, Hans Jansen, Robert Reid, Warren Fuller and Kel McGoldrick 37. You needed 34 points or better to win a ball and Ralph Taylor was the last one to collect with 33 points.
This week's golf has Medley Single Stableford events on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday - with Thursday being the Open Dolphin Day for players to compete for a specially embroidered golf shirt.
Saturday is Presentation Day - with the Major Trophies presented from 5pm. The ladies will have a Two Person Ambrose on Wednesday, and there will be nine hole Chook Run on Friday.
The Longest Day - Col 'Wormo' Wormleaton and Neil 'Duffo' Duffus are playing a 72 hole challenge on Monday December 14 raising funds to support the Cancer Council. Check out their feature article on the Nambucca Guardian News website here or through Facebook. You'll be able to support their cause in the pro shop and clubhouse, or donations through their fundraising page: https://www.longestday.org.au/fundraisers/duffusandwormo
See you on the Island.