Droves of visiting hopefuls take a drive up Nambucca's fairways

Droves of visiting hopefuls take a drive up Nambucca's fairways

After getting the course back into top shape last week, the rains came back with a vengeance, and we are back to square one. Greg and his team will be busy in the coming week getting the fairways back into shape again, and Peter Miller will have a great time taming the rough in those areas where he won't get the machine bogged.

The Men's Monthly Medal and the Open Day "Island Sunday" were postponed due to the extremely wet condition of the course making it unsuitable for golf carts and scooters - these events will now be held this coming weekend.

We had 72 players on Tuesday, January 5, with 27 visitors - mostly from Sydney, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains. The visitors featured well in the Trophies with Chad Halliday (10) from Howlong having the top score of the day with 41 points to win Division 1 (scratch to 18) from Brandon Kop (8) from Twin Creeks with 37 points.

In Division 2 (19 to 45) Malcolm Blanch (20) from Kempsey scored 37 points to win from Nambucca member Peter Brien (26) on countback.

Other good scores were seen from Martin Jones 37, Gillian Anderson and Timothy Clarke (Cumberland) on 36, and Bradley Dyet (Kempsey) on 35.

In the Ball Comp you needed 32 points on countback to win a ball.

NTPs went to Tim Clarke for the longest putt - 116cms on the second, D. Cashin with 11m on the 7th, Greg McCoy to 189cms on 8, Trent Baade got the voucher on 13 with 206cms, Peter Brien came to 6.48m on the 15th, and M. Jones cleaned up the Pro Pin Jackpot on 18 with 186cms.

Saturday's event on January 9 became a Medley Single Stableford for those who were prepared to walk the course. Daniel Wren (16) from Bowraville top scored with 40 points to win from John Morgan (18) with 37 points.

Other good scores came from Leon Reynolds (Bowraville) 36, Ben Venner 35 and Colin Wormleaton and Murray Ingram on 34.

The ball comp rundown went to 31 points on countback.

The NTPs went unclaimed on the second and seventh. Les Reedman took out the fifth with a great shot to 74cms, Jacob Cox the voucher on 8 with 2.86 meters, J. Salvin claimed the voucher on 13 with 224cms, Dennis Ashton got Stu's ball on 15 with 254cms, and the all important Pro Pin Jackpot went to Trent Baade with 111cms.

Men's Pennants are back on again. Competition commences in April, and members wishing to play are asked to place their details on the nomination form on the golf notice board.

And the MNCDGA Men's Championships are being held at Nambucca Heads on Sunday, February 14. Register online or through the Pro Shop if you want to participate.

This weeks' golf (weather permitting!) has Medley Single Stableford events on Tuesday and Thursday with the postponed Men's Monthly Medal Stroke on Saturday. There is an Open Mixed 4BBB Stableford "Island Sunday" on Sunday, with free entertainment out on the deck - everybody welcome. The ladies have a 9 Hole Stableford Summer Competition on Wednesday. There is also a 9 hole Chook Run on Friday.

The first round of the 2021 "Island Challenge" Series sponsored by Kempsey Haval now takes place on Friday, February 12 - a Stroke event, where you can challenge yourself to the best that the Island course can throw at you for very generous trophies if you play well. Your best five rounds during the year count towards the race to Royal Pines - for full details, check out the flyer on our website! Put that date in your golfing calendar.

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