David Cruden hits the big time

Another huge field of 191 golfers competed in the midweek Stableford event at Yamba Golf Club on Thursday. David Cruden took full advantage of the beautiful conditions to record the best score of the day when he won AR Grade with 43 points, leaving Don Maling (38) and Stephen McKenzie (37) in his wake. In A Grade David Miles led the way with 40 points from John Hogan (39) and Graham Niland (38). In B Grade David Schwarz showed that the rule change about the use of long putters made little difference when you have that inbuilt talent which allows you to score 42 points to win from Peter Blom (39) and Guy Carpenter (38). Mike Quilty made a welcome return to winning when he took out the C Grade event with a fine round of 40 points. In second place was Marty Harris (39) followed by Brian Moriarty (38). NTP Winners were 3rd Evan harris 107cm, 9th Mackenzie Wright 202cm, 10th Terry Maher 33cm, 12th Mackenzie Wright (again) 107cm and 7th Andrew Kelly 282cm. Sponsors of the NTP’s were Seafire Steak & Seafood, Petr Campbell Physiotherapist and Yamba Barber Shop. The ball rundown went to 34 with 18 on the back nine. Saturday golf win to Gus Young A great finishing burst to avoid the oncoming storm saw Gus Young return the best score of the day when he won AR Grade with a huge 43 points. In second place was Warren Hughes with 40 points on a c/b from Albert Fox. Graham Kulmar returned to his best form to win A Grade when all three place getters scored 40 points. Rock Bailey (Howlong) and Andrew Kelly took the minor placings. It took 41 points in B Grade to allow Al Burke to record another win. He was closely followed by Peter Hyslop and Ted Davis who both scored 40 points and visited the c/b. A pleasing victory in C Grade went to Ardy Denehy with a great score of 41 points which left Peter Sweetman (39) and Tony Fischer (37) to share the minor spoils. NTP sponsors were John Wright Pro Shop, Peter Campbell Physiotherapist, SeaFire Steak & Seafood and Bean Scene. Warren Hughes was closest on the 3rd with 40 cm, 9th Phillip England (Strathfield) 301cm, 10th Graham Edwards 176cm, 12th Angus McDouall (Armidale) 247, 17th Joel Powell 150cm and 2nd shot to 17 Ardy Denehy 80. To win a ball it was necessary to shoot 36 points with 18 on the back nine. The popular “Dollar Dopes” will commence operation on February 6. Anyone wishing to take part in this great competition, which culminates with a party in November, should contact Noel Galvin or Tom Moore, please.