Our ninth Week Of Golf has just concluded. This year was our biggest that we have had to date. Our entries were up compared to previous years. We did have a number of cancellations leading up to our Week with those participants receiving refunds. We, at Murwillumbah, offer our condolences, our sympathy and our best wishes to those participants who had to pull out of the Tournament due to ‘passing away’ of loved ones, personal injury or family commitments.
The weather was perfect for the whole week. The mornings were brisk but quickly warmed up. The course had been prepared well by our Green Staff. Some GUR bare patches and areas damaged by heavy machinery, was marked as GUR with players being able to Lift, Clean and Drop. With the new path work on the 5th and 11th holes, a Drop Zone was marked from which players were able to take relief. The Greens were running true and Pin Placements were realistic. Volunteers from both the Ladies and Vets at Murwillumbah gave up their time to rake bunkers, act as ball spotters and markers, and computer terminal input of score cards. A “Lolly Sheriff” regularly patrolled the Fairways to ensure that there was no slow play, and also to hand out “Lolly Sugar Hits” and Bananas. Presentation was held on Friday Night with Kel Pearce, NSWVGA Vice President officiating at the Presentation Dinner. There were 98 guests at the Dinner with particpants enjoying a generous serve of Roast Pork and Lamb, Roast Potatoes, Vegetables and Gravy. Individual Pavola and Berry Coulis was served as dessert.
With fantastic weather, a relaxed Registration Afternoon where participants received their pack containing the final Newsletter, complementary pen and various promotional material, a challenging course, picturesque scenery, finely tuned and detailed organisation, culminating with the Presentation Dinner, the participants thoroughly enjoyed their time at Murwillumbah. Many said they will be back next year, with one participant already booked in and paid.
We had 699 Rounds of Golf played throughout the week with 188 players on Monday, 177 players on Tuesday, 175 players on Thursday and 159 players on Friday. Players came from 73 Clubs located in Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. The biggest contingent of players came from Nelson Bay, with 17 players.
Winner of the Men’s NSWVGA Group 14 Shield and Prize Money was Ken Ashworth from Rich River with 36 pts on Tuesday and 40 pts on Thursday for an aggregate of 76 pts c/b. Ken’s 2nd Round of 40 pts gave him a win on a countback from Runner-Up, Dennis Robbie (Southport QLD) – 37 pts and 39 pts = 76 pts. Ken Glover (Pittsworth GC (QLD) was 3rd on a countback – 34 pts and 39 pts = 73 pts c/b from Kerry Bullen (Murwillumbah) 34 pts and 39pts = 73 pts.
Winner of the Ladies’ Murwillumbah Shield and NSWVGA Prize Money was Jan Alborough from Stawell (Vic) with 34 pts on Tuesday and 37pts on Thursday for an aggregate of 71 pts. Joan Hedges (Nelson Bay) was Runner-Up with Rounds of 30 pts and 38 pts = 68 pts c/b from Yvonne Bean (Shelly Beach) with Rounds of 32 pts and 36pts = 68pts.
A full list of each day’s Winners is located on Murwillumbah Veterans dedicated Website. Please CLICK HERE to view … 2017 Week Of Golf Results
Congatulations to ALL Place-Getters. Where NAMES appear in RED, this signifies that the Participant actually finished in that position, but due to the Policy of ensuring that Players can only win One Prize in the Single Competitions, other participants have been promoted to receive the prize. This enables more participants to receive prizes. The participants taken out of 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place have received a Prize to a Higher $$$ Value on another day.
Thank you to my hard working team of Gary Fidler, Gary Hughes, Bob Green, Ian Audsley and Nancy Neinert. It is always a lot of hard work, but the resulting enjoyment of the event by participants, makes it all worth while.
See you next year
Tournament Director 2017