With a sigh of relief to not be playing a stroke championship event, 27 players participated in a Split 6 Stableford four person team game. This was a challenge in itself as the format of the game requires taking the best score of the group on the first six holes, two best scores on the second six holes and three best scores on the final six holes. This in theory is easy but to have two or three members of the group to score well consistently over 12 holes creates quite a challenge and often the harder one tries the worse it gets. Everyone played a single stableford and as the computer was working out the team score, it was hard to know how you were doing unless you kept track of the aggregate on each hole.

However, the purpose of the day was to have a bit of fun and take the pressure off between the Foursomes Championships last week and the Club Championships which begin next week. It was a chance to hone our skills particularly in the short game, which we all know is the most important when playing stroke rounds. If you are chipping and putting well many a shot can be shaved from your score on a hole.

The course looks particularly picturesque at present with  splashes of colour being provided by azaleas, clivea and the variety of shades of green and reds to be seen in the new growth on all the trees. With the irrigation works trenching now completed, the grass is beginning to grow back and will soon cover the bare areas.

Once again the weather was very kind if not a little chilly to start with a keen breeze keeping the warmer temperature down to a comfortable level. The breeze turned in to a forceful wind towards the early afternoon and the tail end of the field was relieved to get into the club house.

The formidable combination of Maree McLean, Lyn Hatchman, Wendy Phillips and Linda Weatherill narrowly claimed the honours for the day with 78 points nudging out another strong team of Sue Beazley, Betty Tucker, Shirley Moore and a “Mystery Player” with 77 points. It’s “pot luck” having a mystery card but usually it proves to be very useful and in this case seems to have been.

The other team scores were as follows:

75 -Fay Wright, Donna Hewat, Anne Newton and Dot McManus

73 – Patricia Austin, Angela Boadle, Nancye Massingham and Colleen Lymbery

72 – Linda Trusler, Gloria Davis, Jill Levi, Robyn Moore

69 – Lyn Hatton, Sue Hunter, Di Pritchard and Joyce Wallace

69 – Marj Burns, Margaret Ford, Michele Carey and Kirsten Themsen

There were no Nearest to the Pins today so there will be a few extra balls in the ball competition.

Next week is Round 1 of the Club Championships. Remember to pay your fees ($16/round or $30/round for Bronze members) by next Tuesday 6th October to Di Pritchard in cash or by direct transfer to:

Womens Golf Nowra

BSB: 062 585

Acc: 28034522

The draw will be done next Tuesday and you will receive an email with your tee time.

Good Luck everyone