THE week started with a few sunny days, and our golfers were eager to get back to the golf course as soon as possible.
Our greens staff had started mowing the fairways, but it was impossible for the machinery to enter the rough due to the very soft conditions, and the bunkers remained unplayable.
To facilitate the wishes of our ambitious golfers eager to have a shot, we have allowed golf carts to return strictly to cart paths, with preferred lies and tee-ups across the green, but unfortunately many balls were reported lost, either plugged into the fairways or hidden in tall grass.
Despite everything against them, we were able to organize competitions every day for these super passionate golfers and vacationers.
This week’s featured sponsor was North Coast Boating Center in Urunga – we certainly could have used their products last week to cross the causeway – thank you for your sponsorship.
We had 24 players for a Medley Stableford on Tuesday April 12 – five didn’t finish, some got caught in a heavy downpour around midday.
With Sawtell closed due to heavy rain, Graham Montgomery and Gregory Hay ventured onto our soggy track with Graham (9) scoring 41 points to win from Gregory (19) with 37 points on a countdown from Matthew O’Brien (Urunga).
Others to win a ball were 36-year-old Nate Beverley, 35-year-old Jeffrey Vanderwyk and 34-year-old Adrian Aldabet (Branxton).
The scheduled Ladies American Foursomes have been replaced by a Single Stableford on Wednesday April 13 – 25 runners, eight cards unturned – I wonder why.
Lisa Urquhart (27) and Bryony Brownlie (43) both did extremely well in wet conditions to score 41 points each, with Lisa winning the countdown.
Dianne O’Leary scored 38 points, Judith Boyle and Jenny Thorne both had 35 and Angela Paton 34, all getting one shot in the tally.
Thursday April 14 went from an Aggregate Stableford to a Single due to a very small field of 15 players trying in the most difficult conditions.
This did not worry Lee Fewings (33) who managed to score a very good 41 points to win the day.
Ball dropped to Greg McCoy 38, Paul Maxwell 36 and Philip Rose (Mackksville) 35 points.
Following an inspection of the course on Thursday, it was clear that there was no way to restore the course to a suitable condition to host our annual Easter Bowl 36 Hole event on Saturday and Sunday, and the decision was made to postpone the event until the weekend of July 9 and 10, immediately following Veterans Golf Week. For those still wishing to stroll, the Medley Stableford events have been replaced by Easter weekend.
Bowl sponsor Toyota Genuine Service is staying on board for the rescheduled date – thank you.
It was great to finally see the sun come out on Good Friday – just in time for the Easter holidays.
With the back nine holes unplayable, unwalkable and undriveable, we have developed a 9-hole composite course that has a limited amount of water and less roughness – this will allow us to continue to be able to offer an 18 hole Par 58 competition for those interested, until normal conditions are restored.
The Medley Stableford on Saturday April 16 saw 37 starters including eleven visitors from Gunnedah to Campbelltown and places in between.
With a fantastic score of 49, visiting Gunnedah’s Petron Macarounas (36) made good use of his two shots on every hole to easily win the test from Chris Lucas (30) with 42 points to Trevor Peter’s countdown .
Other good scores from Robert Else (Wingham), Lee Fewings and Andy Bagust 41, Nate Beverly and Ben Venner 40, Andy and Jenny Johnston 39, all in the Ball Rundown.
A small field competed for a Medley Stableford on Easter Sunday April 17, with Rodney Boyd (34) winning with 46 points.
Preview of the ball to Scott Brown 38, Denise Paluch 36 and Garry Johnstone 34 on c/b.
Weather permitting, I hope to see you on the island.
By Geoffrey MCCANN