By Lyn Banks
THE welcome rain throughout the region made for some difficult conditions for play on Saturday, February 8 at the Scone Golf Course. The rough has grown significantly and combined with the mud made it hard to find the ball at times. The rest of the course and especially the greens were presented in excellent condition.
Dan Malone showed the rest of the players how handle the condition when he had a great score of 41 points to win the 18 Hole Stableford event for the Rod Spratt and Kerry Benning Trophy. The runner up was George Davidson with 39 points and Peter Teague finished third with 37 points.
The ball winners were the above mention players and Les Cottam 36, Brad Baker 35, George Campbell, Charlie Wintle, Jake Teague, Darryl Dutton 34, Ross Banks, Justin Smart 33, Mick Reynolds, Tony Pringle, Mick Alsleben, James Smart and Steve Morse 32.
The NTP’s were won by David O’Donnell on the 4th / 13th with a shot to 2.21metres and by James Smart on the 8th / 17th with a shot to 1.33metres.
After the third round of the Summer Shield the players with the best two scores are Brad Baker and George Campbell with 77 points. Others still in the race are Jake Teague, John Roe 76, George Davidson 75, Tony O’Neill 74 and Jock O’Connor 73. The final round will be played on Saturday February 29 with the best 3 out of 4 scores to count.
The Summer Knockout for the Mal Bruce Shield has reached the semi-final stage. Matt Langan will take on Scott Reid in one semi-final and Paul Smart will play Ross Banks in the other semi-final.
The event for Saturday, February 15 is an 18 Hole Stableford for the Joel woods and Graham White trophy. The Annual Presentation Night for men and ladies from the 2019 season will also be held this Saturday night, February 15.
On Sunday, February 9 the Hunter River District Pennants were called off due to the wet weather. The next round on Sunday February 16 will see A Grade travel to Muswellbrook to play Branxton whilst the Senior team plays Dungog at Aberdeen.
In cooler conditions eight ladies played a 9 Hole Stableford for the Tea of Life Café voucher on Thursday, February 6. The winner was June Jukes who had a very good round of 20 points. Lyn Banks won a ball with 18 points along with Annie Woods on 16. Next Thursday, February 13 will see the last of the 9 Hole Coffee Comp rounds with play for The Asser House voucher. The concept has allowed for the ladies to play some golf during the extensive heat of summer and also have the valuable social aspect which is so much a part of the game. Great appreciation is extended to all of our sponsors who have been involved over the summer.
The Wednesday, Yellow Tee Challenge on February 5 was well supported with fifteen players. The winner was Josh Davis with 28 points from runner up Matt Hobbs on 23 points.