Chris Morgan wins Tura Beach golf monthly medal

Winners: Golf president Ric Wright presents C grade winner Norm Hamilton with his prize, while Chris Morgan receives his monthly medal prize from golf professional Loraine Lambert of Sapphire Coast Golf School.
Winners: Golf president Ric Wright presents C grade winner Norm Hamilton with his prize, while Chris Morgan receives his monthly medal prize from golf professional Loraine Lambert of Sapphire Coast Golf School.

In ideal weather conditions a field of 120 men competed at Tura Beach for the Sapphire Coast Golf School’s November Monthly Medal.

The blue championship tees again proved to be a difficult challenge with only nine players managing to better their handicaps on the par 73 course.

Although retiring to the Tura area only three months ago from Melbourne, ex-Council worker Chris Morgan, playing in A Grade off a handicap of 5, made easy work of the course, sweeping away all opposition to take the November Monthly Medal with a net 68 that included an eagle on the par 5 second.

David Kerr, a visitor from the Tathra Golf Club also playing in A Grade, was next best, 2 shots back with a net 70, with Simon Barclay taking third on countback with a net 71. 

B Grade was a close tussle with club handicapper Bernie Russell taking the honours with a net 71 from Wayne Hicks with 72 and John Mussell with 73. John is continuing a good run of form after a first place finish in B Grade the previous Saturday.

C Graders found it a tougher grind with only Norm Hamilton bettering handicap and taking out the Grade with a net 72.

Peter Scaife, inspired by his playing partners, came in with a net 74 to take second place from Charles Bradley who carded a net 75. 

Steve Baulman, although just missing a podium finish on countback to Simon, managed two eagles on the day, both on par 5's, the first on the 2nd and the next on the 18th hole.  

The nearest the pins went to M Coulter on hole 3, B Lowder on 5, R Staite on holes 9 and 13, topping off his day by also taking the Golden Shot prize money, and I Culliver was nearest on the 17th hole. The ball competition went down to net 78.

Tuesday saw a stableford event off the white tees that provided some high scores. Two players, both in C Grade, came in with 43 points, the best scores of the day.

Ron Bayley was ultimately declared the day’s winner on countback from Bill Keith. 

A Grade was close with Mike Wood coming in with 41 points just ahead of Mick Rooney from the Eden Golf Club who had 40 points. 

John Lea took out B Grade with 40 points from octogenarian Don Bonthrone who scored 38 points.

Ladies

On Wednesday, October 31, a game of par tested ladies’ skills and temperament. Marg Watts maintained both to win the best score of the day, and division 2.

Div 1 winner was Barb Rees(22) +2; runner-up Wendy Moon(20) square. Div 2 winner Marg Watts(32) +3; runner-up Kaye Payne(28) -1. NTP: 3rd Helen Pearsall; 5th Jan Dobson; 9th Jenny Lasker; 17th Rose Amos. Eagle 16th Sandy Crowe. Golden shot 13th Myriam van Hock. 

Beautiful weather conditions for Saturday’s stableford and Anne Madigan starred with 39 points to be winner of the day and Division 1. Runner-up Mara Roberts(23) 31. Div 2 winner Marcelle Burton(35) 36 points; runner-up Pamela Davidson(45) 35. NTP: 3rd Wendy Moon, 9th Sandy Crowe, 17th Sandy Coates. Golden shot 13th Joy Stewart.