What a great week of golf on The Island, good summer weather once again, and the course has recovered well from the wet conditions of previous weeks. A huge wrap to our greens staff for getting the course back on track, and to Peter Miller for his endless hours on the rough mower - we were able to remove the "preferred lie" for our Medal round on Saturday, although some of the rough did live up to its name for those that ventured off the fairway.
Tuesday, January 12, had a field of 74 players for a Medley Single Stableford, boosted by 30 visitors from far and wide.
The ladies featured well in the trophy count, with Sue Brooks (14) scoring 38 points to win Division 1 (scratch to 21) from Trevor Wilson-Brown (16) with 37 points.
It was much tougher going for Division 2 players (22 to 45) where Nicola Bedwell (28) from Palmer Colonial scored 33 points to win on countback from "Mr.Pizza" Steve Ward (29).
Other good rounds were from Maxine Townsend and Martin Jones on 36, and Ethan Dowling (Kempsey), Martin Tizzard (Urunga), and Mark Stuckey (Sawtell) all with 35 points.
The ball comp ran down to 31 points on countback.
Nearest the pins (NTPs) went to Leanne Welsh on 5 (589cms), Peter Delaney on 7 (308cms), Gary Johnstone on 8 (5.5m), Colin Wormleaton got the voucher on 13 (4.9m), Colin Dunne got Stu's ball on 15 (103cm), and Henny Oldenhove on 18 (56cm).
Thursday, January 14, was another Medley Single Stableford with a good field of 103 players including 23 visitors.
Ken Marriott (17) scored 39 points to win Division 1 (scratch to 17) from President Geoffrey Harris (17 - not anymore!) with 37 points).
In Division 2 (18 to 23) Neil Duffus (23) had the best round of the day with 40 points to win from John Hopkins (20) close behind on 39 points.
In Division 3 (24 to 45) Peter King (28) from Tamworth scored 38 points to win from Donald Lavery (32) on 36 points.
Other good rounds came from John Buganey 37, Colin Wormleaton, Paddy Byrne and Peter Moxon all with 36 points.
The ball comp went down to 31 points on countback.
NTPs went to Col (Wormo) for the longest putt on the 2nd, Bruce Berry on 5, Greg Smith on 7, Ken Marriott on 8 and 13, and David Bradshaw got the Pro Pin Jackpot on 18.
Saturday, January 16, was the Men's Monthly Medal Stroke round sponsored by Nambucca Local Liquor, which was deferred from the previous week due to very wet course conditions.
The field of 108 players included 13 visitors. While most of us found the conditions tough going, especially if one ventured off the fairways, the winners seemed to have no such problems.
Garnie O'Brien (12) had a great round with a net 67 to win A Grade (scratch to 12) closely followed by Stuart Johnston (10) with net 68. Matthew Brock (Cromer) won the scratch with 76.
In B Grade, (13 to 18), Philip Mander (15) scored a net 66 to win from Steve Frost (16) with net 69. Parrish McMahon (The Ridge) won the scratch with 85.
In C Grade (19 to 45), Ben Venner (34) top scored for the day with a net 59 to win by six shots from David Wilson (21) with net 65. The scratch was won by Steve Doherty with 85.
Other good rounds were carded by Raymond Meehan 66, Richard Trevena 67, Peter Thompson, Trevor Peter and Scott Burley all on 68, and Kevin Anderson, Keith Elphick, and Peter Farrell on 69.
The ball comp went down to 74 on countback.
NTPs went to B. Percy for the longest putt on the 2nd (6.36m), Reg Harris the 5th, Phil Mander on 7 (426cm), Joe Street got the 8th, Steve Frost nearly holed out on 13 with 41cms to get the voucher on the 13th, "Wormo" got Stu's ball on 15 with 39cm, and the all-important Pro Pin Jackpot $100 was won by Nambucca Guardian's Christian Knight.
Sunday, January 17, was the first Open "Island Sunday" for the year kindly sponsored by Sue and Geoff Brooks, and it was great to see 40 players competing in the Mixed 4BBB Stableford event.
With a great score of 45 points, Talia Waaka (Bowraville) and Kevin Anderson took the winners' trophy from runners-up Deidre Byrne and Trevor Peck, close behind with 44 points.
Other good scores were seen from the sponsors themselves with 42 points, Jenny and Andrew Johnston, Sandy and Bruce Mason, and Robyn Jones and Rodney Ford, all with 41 points.
NTPs went to Deidre Byrne and Geoff McCann on 5, Garnie O'Brien got the voucher on 13, and Glenys Thompson and Garnie O'Brien on the 18th .
Men's Pennants are back on again. Competition commences in April - 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 on-line or through the Pro Shop if you want to participate.