Marilyn Schott hit a hole-in-one on the 12th hole at Mollymook Hilltop golf course on Tuesday 30 July 2019. Congratulations Marilyn from all of us at Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club.

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2 Person NSW Ambrose Qualifier - Medley 2 Person Ambrose

This fun event will be held at The Heads Golf Club on Sunday 11 August 2019. Tee times are available from 9am - 11am. The championship is open to men, women and mixed pairs.

The championship fees are $25.00 per person which includes lunch.

Each pair must have a minimum combined daily handicap of 8 (eg. if one player’s daily handicap is 4 and the second players daily handicap is 2 - they cannot play together because their combined of 6 is less than 8).

The difference between each player’s daily handicap is limited to 20 strokes (eg. If the lowest daily handicap is 5, their partner must play off no more than a daily handicap of 25). Note that a player with a higher handicap, say 30 strokes, may play off a handicap of 25 in the above example.

Each playing pair’s Ambrose handicap will be ¼ of their combined daily handicap (eg. 5 and 25 in the above example will have a combined Ambrose handicap of 7.5).

Each player must use and record a minimum of 6 tee shots during a round.

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Three teams line up to challenge each other on a cold windy morning. Who will take out the prize this year, the Bowlo, Pub or Golf Club?

Three Way Challenge results are:

First place - Golf Club on 335
Second. - Bowlo on 331
Third. - Head Hotel on 320

women’s winner - Maureen Latimer on 37
Second. - Valdez Schroeder on 33
NTP. - Jeannie Salway

Men’s winner. - Peter Badman on 41
Second. - Bob McDowell on 38
NTP. - Michael Clinch

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Mixed Foursomes (over 18 holes)

The Mixed Foursomes competition was held today with a competitive field of 40 players. Three pairs finished with the best gross score of 81 strokes. The three pairs who finished on a gross 81 stokes are:
• Cheryl and Peter Grinlinton
• Leslee Maddinson and Luke Taylor
• Tara Mackie and Geoff Collins

Since Tara had to leave early, we had a two way play off between Cheryl / Peter Grinlinton, and Lee Maddinson / Luke Taylor. The play off comprised the best score over three holes, the 10th, 11th and 12th holes. As the scores remained tied after the additional three holes, they continued back down the 10th, 11th and 12th holes except this time it was a sudden death, with the winner of the hole taking the prize. Unfortunately, after tying the 10th hole, Luke hit his tee shot over the back of the green and out of bounds on the 11th hole.

We congratulate Cheryl and Peter Grinlinton on their win of the gross prize.

The nett winners are Ed Szczepanowski and Lynne Davis with a nett 71 strokes.

The nett runner up pair are Karl and Valda Schroder with a nett 71.5 strokes.

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A qualifying round of the Stoney Creek 3 Ball Golf Classic was held today at Shoalhaven Heads Golf Course. The classic is played under the newest golf format to enter the world of golf in decades. As the players will testify, the game is thrilling and keeps all players totally involved for the entire game.

Sixteen groups of three players competed for first place, with only one team advancing to the regional final. The regional finals are played at premier golf courses throughout Australia. The winner of each regional final will then be invited to play in the National Final at Hamilton Island later this year.

The team of Geoff Collins, Keith Muller and Bill Ryan have qualified, on a count back with a score of 93 Stableford points, to advance to the regional final. The team of Shane Young, Nathan Flavell and Ricky Wheeler made a very close contest with 93 Stableford points, to only miss out on a count back.

Congratulations to the qualifying team of Geoff Collins, Keith Muller and Bill Ryan.

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New Fun Games on Sundays

The Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club has put together a Sunday competition programme which will introduce new exciting fun games of golf. The rules of the new games are explained below. The competition is open to all men and women members and may be played as a mixed event.

The cost of each event is $15 per person, the same as a Saturday competition. Tee times are available from 9am until 11am unless we have a shotgun start or large numbers are booked in. Each event will be played on the white course for men and yellow course for women.

The Sunday two months trial programme is as follows:

23/6/19 American Foursomes (see rules below)
30/6/19 Stoney Creek 3 Ball (book in at Stoney Creek 3 Ball website)
7/7/19 Mixed Foursomes Championship
14/7/19 3 Way Challenge (Pub v Bowlo v Golf Club)
21/7/19 American Stableford (see rules below)
28/7/19 Top Gun Challenge
4/8/19 Heads Primary Scholl charity day
11/8/19 2 Person NSW Ambrose Qualifier - Medley 2 Person Ambrose
18/8/18 Irish Stableford (see rules below)
25/8/19 Pairs Special Six Stableford (see rules below)

American Foursomes: Both players hit tee shots on each hole, then hit a second shot with their partners ball. One ball is then selected and play proceeds as in foursomes (play alternating shots for the rest of the hole) with the owner of the selected ball playing the third shot.

American Stableford: A player records 5 points for an eagle, 4 points for a birdie, 3 points for a par, 2 points for a bogey and a point for a double bogey. All scores are added together for the 18 holes and then the players daily handicap is added to this score to give a total score.

Irish Stableford: An individual event. The sum of the Stableford score for the first six holes, Holes 7-12 the sum of the Stableford score multiplied by 2, holes 13-18 the sum of the Stableford score multiplied by 3.

Pairs Special 6 Stableford: The first six holes are 2 Ball Aggregate, Holes 7-12 are 2 Ball multiplier, Holes 13-18 are 2 Ball best ball.

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Will Diabarra scores an Albatross

Most golfers find scoring par to be challenging and rewarding enough. Will Diabarra is show above pulling his ball out of the hole having scored an Albatross. An Albatross is three shots better than par.

To put it into perspective, a hole-in-one is two shots better than par (an eagle) which most professional golfers are extremely pleased with. Note that there is no Albatross awarded in the new Sunday American Stableford game rules shown, no one is expected to score an Albatross. Will scored two shots (an Albatross) on the 17th par five hole during the Pro-shop competition on Wednesday 5th June.

Most players who are lucky enough to shoot a hole-in-one mount their ball to show off. I wounder what Will has done.

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Great Scores in the annual Macey Insurance Heads Open

The annual Macey Insurance Shoalhaven Heads Open Tournament was held on Sunday 26TH May 2019. The tournament attracted strong attendance with 116 players taking on the course in swirling blustery conditions. There were visitors from many different clubs including a large number who came down from Gold Creek Golf Club in Canberra.

These events don’t happen without the support of sponsors such as Paul Brown, Brendan Goddard and the team at Macey Insurance. We therefore take this opportunity thank Macey Insurance for their continued support for this event. We also thank the Titleist team who assist with prizes, allowing us to boost the prize pool to over $3000.

We also thank our greens staff and volunteers for providing a golf course in excellent condition and worthy of staging an open tournament.

Low scores were going to be very difficult to achieve in the blustery conditions. Notwithstanding, Colin Mitchell played a super round scoring 67 strokes, 4 under par to take the title.

Paul Feest from Shoalhaven Heads shot the round of his life to return a net score of 61 strokes to take overall net winner.

Darcy Boyd from Stonecutters Ridge edged out Danny Nesbitt from Shell Cove on a countback for runner up in the overall gross event with score of 71.

Andrew McGee returned a net score of 65 to be runner up in the overall net event.

Gross Winner in each grade:

A Grade Danny Nesbitt 71 B Grade Rohan Epe 85 C Grade Brett Grey 92

Net Winner in each grade:

A Grade Brendan Armstrong 70 B Grade Graham Seery 69 C Grade Joshua Shovella 67

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The 2019 Macey Insurance Shoalhaven Heads Open Mens Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday the 26th of May. Last year 160 players were attracted to the course with many players competing with handicaps of 5 or less.

We thank Paul Brown, Brendan Goddard and the team at Macey Insurance for their continued support of the event. Macey have sponsored each of the 7 years of the tournament and we look forward to their continued support in to the future. Everyone will be happy with the prizes on the day with over $3000 worth of Titleist and Footjoy product to be won.

The course is in immaculate condition this year having just completed the Srixon NSW Mid-Amateur Championship. And the club championships are being held over the coming weeks leading up to the Open Tournament. With the course in peak condition, it will present a true test for championship golfers.

Past winners Honour Board:
2013 Graham Todd Wilson
2014 Mark Johnston
2015 Trent Cadger
2016 Graham Stinson
2017 Mark Johnston
2018 Danny Nesbitt

Bookings may be made on-line via the club’s website (which is open for booking the Tournament) or by calling the pro shop on 4448 8683. The entry fee is $25 per person.

In the Photograph above from left Geoff Collins (Shoalhaven Heads Captain), Greg Collins (Golf Professional), Paul Brown and Brendan Goddard from Macey Insurance.

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