Narooma Golf Club newsSept. 9

IT is Father’s Day as I begin my article and we are about half way on our travels north to celebrate a family affair. I hope all the dads had a pleasant day on Sunday last.
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As we left the shire it was still raining intermittently and a check of the weather details tells me the past week was mild with temperatures as low as 4 on Wednesday and the maximums around 17 degrees. Hardly enough to kick start the tomato plants with gusto.

Sad farewells!

I would like to acknowledge the passing of a couple of friends before talking golf. Firstly, at All Saints church in Bodalla on Tuesday last week there was a service commemorating the life of Liz Ferguson. Liz was 94, lived a full life and was a Potato Point community pioneer. I met her in 1980 soon after buying a block at the Point and as recently as three weeks before her passing she was giving me cheek after dinner at the club. She was involved in the Fire service and a host of community organisations. She will be sadly missed after a long life.

A former teaching colleague of mine, Geoff Bell, passed away suddenly last Thursday. Geoff spent a lot of time in the Eurobodalla when he wasn’t at work in Canberra and I recall when he was at Tuross Head on holidays years ago. He had come over to Potato Point to see us just after Christmas and reported that a CSIRO guy that he knew from work had kept ocean temperature records for several decades. This was during one of those summers when the water goes cold. Well he reckoned the temperature was 12 degrees. That is ice cream headache material. Geoff was a gemmologist who also kick started Forensic Science courses at CIT and the University of Canberra. He was a top bloke!

Thursday’s Stableford Competition

The athletic and long hitting Justin Bennett won A grade with 39 points just ahead of Clive Williamson and Graham Kerr. B grade was a ding dong battle with Graham Small managing to pick up first prize with 36 points on a count back from Chris Goldsmith and Tony Ings. In C grade the clear winner with 42 points was Ross Giblett and he was six points better than the next best.

As we drove north to Forster – Tuncurry on Friday, now there is a retirement town or two, I heard there had been another incident involving a shark and this time a surf ski paddler. What is going on with the number of north coast shark “attacks”. Climate change, warmer waters and early morning surfers seem to be linked in the spate of recorded cases in the last year or two. I have seen them surfing and diving, but have never been too close. It is their domain after all!

September Monthly Medal

The prestigious stroke event to start spring saw Chris Brown win the medal and A grade with a net 69. Well played Chris. The next best was Bob Knipler with a net 70. James O’Sullivan had a 73 to take out B grade from the well-known Peter O’Kane and the happy go lucky Mark Westwood. C grade belonged to Derek Smith with a net 74 and in the ladies, Diana Williamson was the winner once again with a net 71.

Congratulations to you all. Well played.

Spring thoughts and aspirations

One Pablo Neruda cunningly wrote “spring is sooner recognised by plants than it is by us” and similarly “they can cut all the flowers but spring will still come”. I read these on a blackboard in a cafe in Blueys Beach recently.

First meeting of the new board of Narooma

A full and frank meeting was held last week and all looks in readiness with detailed reports received from the course superintendent, Brendan Warby, treasurer Phil Haynes and general manager, Dominic Connaughton. I can’t go in to detail except to say progress continues and augurs well for the rest of this year and next. Hopefully the big challenges of the past two years are history. Hope so.

I look forward to a further report from travels north next week. Hope you have a pleasant week and stay well.

Cheers and regards, Bill Baker.

Men’s GolfTuesday, September 1 – 12 Hole Stableford

Winner, Gil Mott 29 points. Runner-up, Reg Shooter 23 points c/b.

Nearest to pin: 9th Colin Pratt, 14th Ken Adams, 17th Colin O’Sullivan.

Golf balls down to lucky Peter Kape on 19 points.

Thursday, September 3 – Men’s Stableford

A Grade: Winner, Justin Bennett 39 points. Runner-up, Clive Williamson 38 points. Third, Graham Kerr 37 points.

B Grade: Winner, Graham Small 36 points c/b. Runner-up, Chris Goldsmith 36 points c/b. Third, Tony Ings 36 points.

C Grade: Winner, Ross Giblett 42 points. Runner-up, James Gibson 36 points c/b. Third, Bruce Day 36 points.

Nearest to pin: 3rd Bill Hannam, 9th Peter Elliott, 14th Colin Pratt, 17th Cameron Rowley.

Golf balls down to all on 32 points.

Friday, September 4 – 9 Hole Stableford

Winner, Wayne McMillan 16 points. Runner-up, Ian Vincent 13 points.

Nearest to pin: 3rd Wayne McMillan, 17th Peter John.

DPP 17th Veronica Shakeshaft.

Golf ball down to lucky J John on 11 points.

Saturday, September 5 – Men’s Monthly Medal Stroke

A Grade: Winner, Chris Brown 69 net. Runner-up, Bob Knipler 70 net. Third, Robert Ackling 75 net.

B Grade: Winner, James O’Sullivan 73 net. Runner-up, Peter O’Kane 74 net. Third, Mark Westwood 75 net.

C Grade: Winner, Derek Smith 74 net. Runner-up, Phillip Johnson 77 net c/b. Third, Kevin Simpson 77 net.

Ladies Grade: Winner, Diana Williamson 71 net.

Nearest to pin: 3rd Jim Grant, 9th Brett Thompson, 14th Colin Pratt, 17th Mitch Jeffery.

Golf balls down to all on 79 net.

Ladies golfMonday, August 31 – Stableford

AFTER a very wet week, a small field braved the soggy conditions to enjoy a nice day out!

Winner: Dorelle Monteith – 36 points. R/U: Lorraine McCarthy – 35 points.

NTP: D Landells.

Wednesday, September 2 – Monthly Medal

Division 1: Winner Madeline Robinson – 75 ocb. R/U Sue Neil – 75.

Madeline and Sue will play off next month for the medal.

Division 2: Winner – Janice Eardley – 76 ocb. R/U Ris Cheale – 76.

NTP: Division 1 – Sylvia Donohoe. Division 2 – Jan Boxsell.

Please get your names in for the Molly George Day on Sunday, September 13.

It is a mixed Medley to raise money for Junior Golf – which was a passion of Molly’s that we would like to continue. Importantly it is men against the women, and it is time the women retrieved the trophy – so help is required.

9 Hole Ladies Golf stroke/putt competition 2/9/16

Winner: J. Mapsom 46 net.

Runner Up: I Whitty 48 net.

Putting: Gerrard 15 putts

Call 0408 366 726 for information to play 9 holes golf or ring 4476 1203 or just come along meet outside pro shop 9am Wednesdays.

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