It was wonderful to get out onto the course in the sunshine after all the drenching rains and one could be excused for thinking we had entered “fairyland” on approaching the first green, which was the fourth hole today. Large toadstools festooned the side of the green and then looking further beyond, along the riverbank side of the sixth fairway they were all lined up like sentinels, keeping an eye on the proceedings. Sadly there were no fairies, elves nor imps to be seen. They must have been too shy to show themselves.
As was expected it was extremely heavy going through the wet grass and the competition on the composite course means a much longer walk than usual with having to play the two long par five holes twice. The 20 intrepid members who came out to play were very pleased to finish as all were totally exhausted and the scores were indicative of the conditions. However, as always it was a lot of fun and all agreed that it was better than being at home.
To the delight of all, the bunkers were all full of water and out of play but that didn’t compensate for the long grass on the fairways and roughs and the persistent moisture deterred any chance of a good shot getting much run. Those who managed to score over 20 points today were hailed for their prowess and 28 points was the top score of the day.
In Division 1 Sue Beazley showed she has the mettle for tough conditions and claimed the admiration of all for producing the best score of 28 points to claim the prize. Robyn Moore was hot on her tail and was runner up with 26 points.
Maree MacLean was very surprised to learn that she had topped the ranks in Division 2 with a 20 points result, just hedging out Val Wilson on a count back.
Leanne Robson was the successful candidate in the Division 3 stakes with 22 points while Robyn Lenehan came in as runner up with 21 points.
Everyone else earnt a ball today for their efforts.
In the NTP’s competition there was only one successful player in the field. Lyn Hatton managed to win the Drive and Pitch on the 4th.
The competition next week will depend upon the state of the course. If the composite course is still in play, a Stableford competition will replace the Monthly Medal.