Lester English hits the front at Yamba

A field of 160 golfers competed in the midweek event at Yamba Golf & Country Club on Thursday July 29. It was billed as a Mystery competition and, the answer to the mystery was, that it was played off the ladies’ tees.

Some great scores eventuated, and it was gratifying to see Lester English return to the winner’s circle with nett 68 on a countback from Bruce Petith. Third in B Grade was Bruce Douglas with 69.

Noel Bushell had a day away from the blackfish to win A Grade with a fine round of 69 nett. Dave McGregor and Andrew Kelly both had nett 70 to take the rest of the vouchers.

Peter Blom again showed the value of an early start when he won C Grade with nett 71 on a countback from Roger Cotton. Dennis Blackburn filled the final placing with nett 73.

NTP’s for the day were sponsored by SeaFire Steak & Seafood, Peter Campbell Physiotherapist and Yamba Barber Shop. On the 3rd – Marty Tishler was closest at 254cm; 9th – Andre Rizk 222m; 10th – Max Mulham (Bayview) 280cm; 12th – Noel Cowling 76cm and 17th – Rod Berry 102cm. The ball rundown went to nett 74 with 35 on the back nine.

Reilly, the eagle, strikes again

Another good field of 162 enjoyed a great day on Saturday. There were visitors from no less than 21 clubs in attendance. A highlight of the day was the eagle scored by Reilly Wunderlich on the first. A drive, a 3 iron and a metre put was all he needed to record a three on the par five hole. The eagle’s nest never fills very much these days and Reilly has cleaned it out three times in the past six weeks.

In the day’s Stableford event Luke Hitchings had an easy win in A Grade with 42 points followed by Ronnie Blakey (39) and Reilly Wunderlich 38.

A total of 40 points saw Peter Barbour win the voucher in B Grade followed by Peter Hyslop and Tony Burley, both of whom scored 37. The round of the day was recorded by Joel Imeson from Maclean when he scored a massive 46 points. Gordon Wilson was second with 37 and Lindsay McDonald third with 36.

NTP winners:  3rd – Dave Cruden 155m; 9th – Col Simmons 163cm; 10th – Richie Carter 311cm; 12th – Rory Gibson 175cm and 17th – David A Grant (Parkwood) 273. David hit a great shot into the 17th, measured it and went to write his name on the card and was amazed to see David Grant (another club member) had his name there. An unusual coincidence to have both the Davids hit such great shots to the difficult par 3.

Sponsors of the NTP’s were SeaFire Steak & Seafood, Peter Campbell Physiotherapist and Bean Scene café. The ball rundown went top 34 with 18 on the 3 back.

Winner of the Friday Chook run was Grant Dwyer with 19 on a countback from Stephen Lamb. The Tuesday nine holes Stableford winner was Ken Dewar with 18 points. 

David Miles