Yamba ladies golf – first it was off and now it is on

For golfers, it’s been a confusing week with messages regarding our right to play changing by the day. In the end, play has now been permitted with the restrictions implemented last week being tightened. Both social and competition playing groups have now been reduced to two and only Lower Clarence residents are permitted to play at Yamba Golf and Country Club.

No play took place on Wednesday but there were 38 ladies who took the opportunity to play on Friday in a Single Stableford competition. Daphne Hinshaw blitzed the field with 41 points. Daphne has had a couple of impressive scores lately. Jen O’Neill was her closest rival with 35 points. Well done to both ladies and many thanks to all who played.

On Saturday morning, we had eight ladies who played off the 1st hole in their Single Stableford format. Our ever-consistent and inspiring young player, Tana Lowe, came in with 32 points on a countback from Julie Campbell. Well done everyone.

Ladies are reminded to enter both Wednesday and Friday competitions via the club website, keeping in mind that play is now limited to groups of two at seven minute intervals. A big thank you goes out to our ladies for the manner in which they have been exercising physical distancing at all times and not congregating before or after play.

It goes without saying that all local Open Days are being disrupted at the moment due to the coronavirus situation. The latest event that we have received news about is the postponement of the upcoming Grafton May Tournament.

Many thanks are extended to John and Natasha Wright who are working very hard to ensure all regulations are adhered to so golf can still be an enjoyable experience for all. We encourage all golfing members to use our course as much as possible and understand the difficulties the club is operating under at the moment. Takeaway food and drinks are still available from the deck for consumption on the course; however, strict physical distancing rules apply to both their sales and consumption.

Finally, as The Independent will be providing news in digital format for the foreseeable future, we are now able to provide Yamba Ladies Golf news updates at random times throughout the week. To access this news, search online for Clarence Valley Independent and then select Sport (along the top bar). This will mean more up to date news at regular intervals for our members who do not access social media sites.

Leigh Robertson