HELLO from Potato Point where the sun is shining and the surf is pumping.
It is great to be home after five weeks away in North America, and even more so when you can play golf at Narooma, as I did twice last week.
Notwithstanding drab weather on Saturday morning, overcast skies and drizzle till around 12.30 or so, the course was the winner again with Mother Nature in charge. I had five layers of clothing on at the start of play but by Hogan's Hole, the third, I had stripped down to three and my playing partners to two. They are younger and tougher than I plus I was endeavouring to sweat out a travel bug or two.
The on-going improvements to our golf course over the past month or more are a credit to all involved in decision making and practical hard work. From the general manager and his staff, to board members, Eurobodalla shire council managers, engineers and trade professionals, the green staff and our volunteers, what advances after adversity have been achieved. And there is more to come. Great work everyone. I am proud of you all. The rainfall is icing on the cake with spring now with us.
To the golf now, and the weather did keep a few away, however it was character forming for those that played. What stands out from the results is that only two guys finished in the black, better than their handicaps. Garry O'Connell (14) had a plus 9. That is brilliant and Gary Leahy (23) a plus 1. Par events are always an extra challenge in my view and the rest of the field would probably agree with me. In A grade Scott Ker (2) was all square and Jordan Lang (plus 4) managed a minus 2. I won the last ball with a minus 3. Lucky me!
Next weekend is the Monthly medal and Father's Day to follow. I will be in the national capital but will report back to all in time for next weeks news!
Catch you all next week when spring will have just a little bit more bite and the greens and fairways will be even more fun to putt and play on.
Good health and enjoy it all.
Narooma men’s results:
Thursday, August 28 - Men’s Stableford
A Grade: Winner, Graham Kerr 39 points. Runner-up, Jim Grant 38 points. Third, Michael Commins 37 points.
B Grade: Winner, Vince Harper 40 points c/b. Runner-up, Mike Shevlin 40 points. Third, Keith Van Dam 37 points.
C Grade: Winner, Gary Leahy 40 points. Runner-up, Don Caldwell 37 points. Third, Frank Clarke 36 points.
Nearest to pin: 3rd Alby Donnelly, 9th Colin Holmes, 14th Scott Ker, 17th Josh Maloney.
Golf balls down to all on 32 points.
Friday, August 29- 9 Hole Stableford
Winner, John Mairs 13 points. Runner-up, Shirley Dellamarta 12 points. Third, J John 11 points c/b.
Nearest to pin: 3rd Jim Jones, 17th Nil.
DPP 17th Midge Smith.
Golf balls down to lucky Maureen Casswell on 11 points.
Saturday, August 30 - Men’s Par (4)
A Grade: Winner, Scott Ker square c/b. Runner-up, Michael Commins square. Third, Brett Thompson minus 1.
B Grade: Winner, Garry O’Connell plus 9. Runner-up, Steve Richards square. Third, Robert Coulson minus 1.
C Grade: Winner, Gary Leahy plus 1. Runner-up, Paul Russell square c/b. Third, Peter Bashford square.
Nearest to pin: 3rd Nigel Roberts, 9th Ian Harris, 14th Gary O’Connell, 17th Neil Robertson.
Golf balls down to all on minus 3.
Narooma ladies golf
TEAM events seemed to be the theme this week, with round 4 of the 4BBB played on Monday and a 3 person split six event on Wednesday. The pink (long) course was in play on Wednesday which caused some anxiety in some quarters, but everyone came through with flying colours.
The first round of the singles match play was also played on Wednesday, which put Rose Sztama and Jenny McIntyre in the next round while Di Wilkes and Sylvia Donohoe went through via walkovers.
Monday, August 25 – 4BBB Stableford, round 4 of 5
Winners J McIntyre and R Sztama 45 points.
Balls down to 44
Wednesday, August 27 – Split Six Stableford
Winners: S Donohoe, D Wilkes and A McMillan 68 points.
NTP: 3rd hole Division 1 S Donohoe. Division 2 J Boxsell.
Balls down to 61.
Narooma Golf Club member profile - Marlene Hunt
MARLENE Hunt was born in Sydney and attended Riverside School at Gladesville. After leaving school Marlene worked for 26 years for GIO Insurance, married Tony and moved to Normanhurst where she became the proud mum to two beautiful, talented and successful daughters. The youngest daughter Debbie has a Master’s Degree and works for Oxfam as ACT NSW campaign co-ordinator.
Marlene and Tony’s eldest daughter is a chef with the voice of an angel, the name, you may have guessed by now, Julie Goodwin Australia’s first ever Master Chef.
Trish and I had the privilege of being invited to Marlene’s for dinner recently, yes folks it is quite obvious where Julie learned all of her cooking skills, as we were treated to the most delicious three course dinner, a nine out of a possible 10 .(Nothing burnt.)
As a golfer Marlene is a great cook, a modest handicap of 32 at the moment, has played on a handicap as low as 27, and really loves the game. Tony and Marlene have lived permanently in Dalmeny for two years, however they and the family have been holidaying in Dalmeny since 1977, and built a holiday home in Dalmeny in 1982 after Marlene’s dad Roy purchased the land in 1956.
They have been extremely proud and passionate members of the Narooma Golf Club for 30 years. Marlene has won three mixed foursomes championships at her previous Club Asquith.
Since retiring in Dalmeny, Marlene has been involved in cooking cakes for the RSL senior’s morning tea and helping out at Monty’s as well as playing golf at least three times each week. She is a great dinner host, a ball of fun and loves having a good time in general. Tony on the other hand is a great volunteer worker for the club.
Marl, is one of those people small communities depend on, one of those people that our small community can’t do without.
A story in an Australian magazine called Caravan and Motorhome, tells of a caravan built by Marlene’s dad Roy White in 1956, possibly being the oldest caravan that has been continually registered and used in Australia. This little beauty is a 16ft plywood van (you would have to see to believe, plywood covered in waterproof canvas) designed and built as a backyard project. It has travelled around Australia once without incident and once while Marlene was towing up near Tennant Creek with incident when a huge road train drove past and the van was forced to the side of the road and blown over, the van weighs only about 350kgs.
Everything in this great little van is still original, and is mint condition. Incidentally this was the third caravan that Marlene’s dad had built.