Golf notes

Nowra Women

Everyone donned pink when the Nowra ladies played their annual Pink Day for Breast Cancer.

Everyone donned pink when the Nowra ladies played their annual Pink Day for Breast Cancer.

Nowra ladies played their annual Pink Day for Breast Cancer last Thursday. Everyone donned pink for the occasion and the only thing louder than the clothing was the laughter. Our 3BBB was played with great spirit and camaraderie and the day was most enjoyable.

The men behind the scenes also got into the spirit and into some quite surprising outfits! The eighteenth tee has never looked so glamorous and we thank them for their very generous contributions to the day.

Things were looking fabulous on the course too with Pink Ladies standing sentinel on all the tees (thanks to John Buttle),  and pink balloons welcoming us all to the event. At the end of our round we found the clubhouse transformed with balloons and flowers and the fun continued over lunch. A team of pink fairies flew in for presentation and awarded prizes to all the winners. Sue Davis, Pauline McKie and Di Pritchard had the winning score of 49 points and Corrinne McMillan, Gail McMillan and Jenny Parnell were runners up with 45. Maree McLean, Pauline Lawrence and Sandra England claimed third place with 44 points.  Sue Hunter, Jenny Brown and Jan Buttle were the winners of the pink ball event and were heard to mutter that playing in wings was like being permanently stuck under a low branch!

The longest drive for divisions one, two and three respectively went to Sandra England, Betty Dillon and Di Pritchard. Straightest drive went to Angela Boadle, Maree McLeaan and Gail McMillan. Shirley Moore, Marj Burns and Wendy Legge were nearest to the pin on the 4th hole and on the 17th hole Corrinne McMillan and Jean Wallace were closest. The jackpot 16th hole was won by Robyn Moore, Nancye Massingham and Wendy Legge. The ball rundown went to 41 points and there were four winning teams. Congratulations and well done to all who participated in this extraordinary event. 

Tomorrow, Thursday 20th October will see us in a more serious mood for round two of our Championships. The time sheet has been placed in the locker room so check your tee time and remember to enjoy your golf!  Good luck and good golfing ladies.

Callala RSL Country Golf Club Veteran Golfers

 Vet’s Captain Doug Ingle had a great game at Callala on Tuesday to win the Single Stableford Event with a handy 44 Points. He narrowly defeated Runner Up Roger Mearns on a Count back with Third & Fourth Places being filled by John Love & Graham Weston on 43 & 42  Points respectively.

Nearest the Pins: Hole  3 & 10 –R Mearns , Hole 11- G.Lewington & J.Love, Hole 14- P.Cousins, Hole 16- D.Ingle. Ball Rundown : N.Sparks, Helen Sturgess, J.Reardon, C.Chessell, B.Jarman, B.George, I.Sesum, H.Reynolds, S.Chapman, R.Elletson, P.Cousins, A.Purchase, T.Pittlancaster, F.Park ,N.Smith, J.Harris, G.Hargrave, R.Bristow, B.Downton.


It was a very nice Saturday morning at the Vincentia course on the hill for the final round of the Burnett Shield. We had ten starters and it was good to see Cyrano back having a game with us. The Vincentia greens have improved out of sight and a pleasure to putt on, as testified to by Skeeter with 15 putts on a countback from Tommo, for the nine holes.

The winner on the day was Mumbles with a net 36 followed by Skeeter with a net 37 on a countback once again from Tommo. No nearest the pins were recorded! Next weeks game is at the Country Club, hit off at 7.45 am.

Nowra Men

The Nowra Golf Club commenced their 2016 Championships on Saturday. Josh and the boys have done a magnificent job to get the course into championship mode. The greens were near perfect after a mow-down.

            Those that made a good start and featured in the day event were Paul Phillips with a 78/65 for first in ‘A’ grade. Ian Harris was good for second after c/b with his 79/66 and Stephen Rice had to settle for third with his 74/66. Long drive went to Mark Panopoulos and he leads the Championship.

            Peter Foley put a great round together bringing home a solid 83/64 for first in ‘B’ grade. A visitor from Wagga Wagga G.C. in Keith Bassett fared well for second with an 84/66 on c/b from Neil Dinnie who had to settle for third with an 81/66. Long drive to John Bond.

            John Barron was good for first in ‘C’ grade with an 86/65 and needs a handicap review. Glenn Buikstra had to settle for second on c/b with his 89/65. Phil White was good for third with his 100/67. Long drive to Cam Stubbs. Balls ran out on c/b at 70 nett. Peta Merchant was best in the girls.

            The NTP’s at the 4th went to Ken Wills, the 8th to Ernie Royston, Mitch Roser was good for the 12th and Peter Calvert was closest at the 16th. The grade drive/pitch holes at the 11th to Leigh Quinn, the 13th to Col Lott and the 7th didn’t get anyone.

            The Vets on Tuesday had a fair spattering of Kiama visitors as the WGI girls took over their course for their open meeting. It was the October Medal for the Nowra boys and girls and John Pratt got it all together with a solid 38 pts to take the ‘A’ medal. Young Ted Wright also knocked up an impressive38 pts to claim the ‘B’ medal.

 In the girls, Shirley Moore put together a tidy 37 pts to secure that medal. The best visitor score came from Denis Beynon with an awesome 43 pts. Pauline McKie was the r/u in the girls with 36 pts. Balls for the boys ran out at 32pts on c/b and for the girls at 30 pts on c/b.

The NTP’s at the 4th for the boys went to Nev. Harrison, Roger Hardy again for the jackpot at the 8th, Bruce Hammond was good for the 12th and Greg Christian was closest at the 16th. The girls NTP’s at the 4th went to Shirley Moore, the 8th and 16th to Sue Hunter and Marj. Burns was good for the 12th.

The mid-week Stableford hosted 75 players and that’s the best it has been for a long time, thanks to a mob of touring golfers. Course is in excellent condition thanks to some TLC by all involved.

You only needed 38 pts to feature in ‘A’ grade and they were Bob Hansen, Maurie Bruce and Warwick Merchant. Better scores always come from ‘B’ grade. Brian Hawkins made a rare appearance with an impressive 41 pts for first place. Greg Jennings would have been happy with 40 pts for second. Nice to see Ian Hayes-Williams knock up 38 pts for third. Balls ran out at 36 pts.

Ex-Servicemen's Social Golf

Fine and warn conditions welcomed the 22 Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen's Social Golf Club members at Nowra Golf Course on Sunday 16 October 2016 for the second round of the 2016 Club Championships.

Mark McClellan played consistent golf to lead the field home with a Nett 64, to win by 4 strokes from John Van Diejen, Nett 68. Keith Muller was the second runner up with a Nett 69.

The best of the rest on the front 9 went to President Judy Wakeford, recording a 32, while Glenn Summerfield recorded 34.5 on the back 9 to take out those prizes.

Nearest the Pin ball winners were: 4th Ash Hoogwerf;  the 8th went to Peter Harvey while the Birdie's Nest on this hole remains unclaimed; 12th hole – Nev Harrison and on the 16th Ash Hoogwwerf took home another prize.

The Men's Drive and Pitch on the 13th hole went to Mark McClellan. The Ladies Drive and Pitch on the 17th was won by Linda Trusler.

The 9th hole longest drive winners were: Jenniffer Goodall (Ladies), Luke Bowden (A Grade) and Captain Paul Kirk (B Grade).

The next social golf match is Shoalhaven Heads Golf Course on Sunday 20th November for a 0800 tee off.  Please advise your intention to play to Captain Paul Kirk (0424 243 005).

This is the third and final round of the 2016 Club Championship, with players best two rounds being used to determine the Champions.

The final activities for 2016 are the annual 3-stick 9-hole event at Worrigee Links, followed by the AGM and presentation luncheon to be held on 4th December 2016.

Shoalhaven Heads

The Heads Vets hosted 94 golfers at Thursday’s 2 best ball + single stableford cometition.   The singles winner was James Hogg (Stonebridge) with 42 points, with Pauline Delaney, 40 points, the runner-up.  The women’s winner was Lynn Beringer on 42 points.  The 2BBB winners were Bruce Hammond and Rod Hodkinson on 48 points and the runners up were Bob Cookson and Gary Salway, 47 points.  Men’s D&P went to Dave King and women’s to Maureen Latimer and Lynn Beringer.  Men’s NTPs to Nick Skinner and Keith Muller, women’s NTP to Lynn Beringer, balls awarded to 33 points.  Next Thursday’s competition is a single stableford.  The Heads Vets Presentation Day is on Thursday 24th November after the competition.

On Friday the Club hosted a Corporate Challenge with an excellent turnout of 22 teams of 3 players.  Once again the prizes were well distributed between the players and, unfortunately, no one won the Hole in One prize which was provided by Nowra City Holden.  There were, however, 2 holes in one on the day achieved by Jan Wood and Frank de Graaf.  The club would like to thank all sponsors and the teams for an excellent day.

Saturday saw a large field of 135 players set off to play a single stableford competition.  Mark Johnston returned an excellent 39 points off scratch and was followed by Neil Hartley on 40 points as the winner of the A Grade competition.  Second place went to Peter Barley on 38 points and third place to Paul Manning on 37 points.  The B Grade winner was Paul Hawker who had 41 points followed by Chad Casinelli on 40 points and Max Lamond on 39 points.  An excellent score of 46 points by Gary Lewis was enough to win the C Grade and Michael James came second on countback with 39 points, Glenn Askew in third place also with 39 points.  The winning lady was Marilyn Schott who returned a score of 36 points.  Ben Lancaster won the Drive and Pitch with Keith Muller, Peter Thomsett and Di Knoll taking the Nearest the Pin prizes.

An excellent turnout of 22 teams took part in this year’s Corporate Challenge with BIGG putting in 5 teams and Ace Cutters and Flavells Plumbing each signing up 2 teams.  This year for the first time, Ray White Estate Agents in Berry sponsored a team of ladies from the Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club.  Sue McGilvray, Connie Parrish and Jan Wood were the lucky ladies sent out to do battle. 

Prizes were awarded to the top 5 teams.  In fifth place was BIGG 2 who had a gross score of 71 points and 58.5 nett.  Fourth place went to Shoalhaven City Council who had a score of 73 gross and 58 nett.  The winners of the third place were Nickell Australia who managed 63 gross and a nett 57.5 points.  Ace Cutters 1 took second place with scores of 66 gross and 57.3 nett.  Finally the winners were the team sponsored by Shoalhaven Heads Pharmacy who returned an excellent score of 61 gross and 56.6 nett.

The Nearest the Pin prizes went to Brad Sharpe, Alistair McDonough, Cooper Maddinson and Jan Wood who scored a hole in one on the 11th hole.  Brad Sharpe missed winning the car on the 2nd hole by a very small margin of 200mm.  The prizes for the Drive and Pitch went to Graham Sweeney, Paul Mastrangelo, Luke Day, Peter Finch and Sue McGilvray.  After the competition the teams were provided with an excellent lunch. 


Saturday’s two person Ambrose competition was played by a good field of competitors who also enjoyed the best weather we have had since last summer. The team of Doug Ingle and Ilija Sesum gave a new meaning to “team” with each complementing the other to near perfection to achieve their number one spot on the podium. C

The runner up team of Wayne Minns and Michael Inness also played precision team golf and all but for one point would have been the top dogs. 

Nearest the Pin:- 3rd and 16th holes team of Ilija Sesum & Doug Ingle, 14th hole team of Rod Elliott and Les Cuka.

Men’s Golf Open: The day did not disappoint with great weather and a full field of enthusiastic players ready to compete for the podium positions on offer.

This year was not an easy path for the Champion as two exceptional golfers, Nathan Whiteman and Mark Johnston each finished on 70 off the stick which meant they had to play off for the right to be crowned Callala Open Champion.

Both agreed to play on the 18th hole to give all the other competitors and spectators the chance to watch the playoff. In front of an appreciating crowd the day belonged to defending champion Mark Johnston who, after a short tussle with Nathan on the green, managed to put the winning ball into the cup.

Congratulations Mark on a wonderful display of golf to retain your Callala Open Champion title. Commiserations to Nathan and looking forward to seeing you both back next year.

At the presentation of his trophy Mark thanked all involved in making this year’s Callala Open a great success. Mark also thanked Sponsor EyeQ Optometrist Nowra for his first prize pair of Niki Vision Golf Sunglasses.

St George's Basin Women

 This week we were pleased to wish Fay Foxton a very happy 90th birthday. Fay walks the 18 holes regularly and is the sponsor of our annual match play event.

 Last Friday, on a perfect day for golf, Denise Campbell was very happy with her 77 nett which won  division 1 medal on c/ b from Liz Cullen, who had 85 to win the gross. Jenny Hartmann was third in division 1 with 78 nett. Jenny also won the NTP jackpot AND the long drive.

Gloria Ardouin was star of the day with her 92/66. Gloria won the vets, the gross and the medal. A great effort Gloria. Lois Dwyer was r/ u with 71 on a c/b from Judi Nethery. Judi also took NTP for division 2. Susan Finlay was the big hitter.

In division 3, fresh from safari, Rhonda Whiddon  won the medal with a commendable 69. Yvonne Potts was r/u on the c/ b from Jan Wong with a 71.  Yvonne also won the third division gross with 106. Lesley won NTP and  Christine  Cottier won the long drive.

 Even those of us with high scores were happy to be there on the day. The course is recovering well from all the water. The ground staff are doing an excellent job and should have everything in prime condition for the pro am on 26 th October. All interested golfers are invited to attend and see how the experts do it!

The WGI district tournament was held at Kiama last week. 9 of our members competed with varying results. Liz Cullen and Deb Weeks were r/u in the foursomes championship on Wednesday. Myra Kara was third in division 3 36 hole event and won the long drive both days. Catherine Hayward and Vicki Diefenbach won their respective drive and pitch on Monday. Lots of balls were brought home as well.

The numbers attending the  Catalina open were down on previous years but the quality was high. Lynn Dunn and Pat Maidment won the division 2 scratch Canadian foursomes, while Joan Davoren with Julie Atlee took the nett event. Julie Atlee won the 36 hole scratch  as well as the saturday's  18 hole and NTP.

Lynn Dunn decided she was not going to be outdone in the NTP event and clinched it with a perfect hole in one on the 23 rd hole. Where to next? Congratulations travellers, you are great ambassadors for our club and we are proud of you all. 

Fellow women golfers, it is not too late to find a place in our field for The Country Club Cup. Friday 28th October, 18 hole stableford,  with masses of prizes and a great raffle.