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Ray Wixey – Outstanding Mid-Week Stroke Round

The overcast sky reduced the Wednesday field by about 10 but those that played enjoyed the conditions and completed the round mostly dry.

Ray Wixey thrived in the conditions and played the best round of his golfing career. Ray had three Pars on the outward nine and turned 7 over which was four shots under his handicap. His second nine was even stronger and included two Birdies with a great swing from the Tee at the 16th Hole for NTP. Ray finished 13 over Par for an off-the-stick 83 and a sensational Nett 61. Good win and terrific day out. Ray seen below celebrates after his round.

The Division 2 Runner Up was Richard Downes on a count back over John Tatam. The count back was one of the closest possible and came down to the two players’ different scores at the 14th and 15th Holes. Both played very good golf for a Nett 66 and are congratulated on their excellent play.

The Division 1 winner was also determined by count back. Three players Mike Grills, Richard Quine and Brian Arnold retuned sub handicap scores of Nett 67 and each played disciplined stroke golf. Mike continues his recent good form and played his best golf of the day on the second nine which provided him the winner’s voucher. Richard backed up his good golf from Sunday and scored Birdies at the 11th and 16th Holes including NTP at 16. Brian also had lots of satisfaction on the day with his seven Pars. Nice golf guys!    

Notice Bernie Andersen also had a good sub handicap round and also continues his good play from Sunday.

Well done to Joe Lehkyl who won the valuable Pro Pin.

Octogenarians Sunday Golf Winners

Today’s Irish 4 Ball was played under extremely windy conditions that required two extra clubs on most shots into the wind.

There was a full field and the last playing groups endured three or four heavy showers.

The most significant numbers of the day were not the playing scores but rather the age difference of the winners compared to the rest of the field and particularly the runners up who held the club house lead until the final group survived the worst of the day’s playing conditions and posted a clear winning score.

Congratulations to today’s winners Roy & Bev Culpitt and Bernie & Daphne Anderson – three Octogenarians and a ‘youngster’ but still with an average age over 80.

Their win was a great team effort. Roy putted well and contributed six 3 Pointers to the card. Bev was on the card 8 times on the important back nine which set up the team win. Daphne was consistent thorough the round and was a major contributor on both nines. Bernie play an important role all day and chimed in with three significant 3 Pointer on the homeward nine. Great day out guys!

Bernie (centre) holds the mike ready to respond after being presented with the winner’s voucher by Vice President Rosie Connolly (far left) on behalf of Daphne (centre left), Bev (centre right) and Roy (far right).

The Runners up were the ‘babes’ of the day and more than collectively 100 years junior to the winners. Well done to Ken & Denise Culpitt (centre below) and Richard Quine (right) and Rosie Connolly (left). The Runners Up also played well as a team and produced the best outward nine of the day with equal team member contribution to the team score. The equal contribution flowed to the second nine where team members each contributed on 7 or 8 Holes. Terrific team effort.

One back from the Runners Up were two teams who tied at the top of the run down list.

Well played to Team – Barry & June Mc Fadden and Olga Little and Martin Dobney also to Team – Adam & Margaret Bee and Perc Dempsey and Betty Hall.

Betty who is only a few days short of 90, has her name in the prize ledger for the second time in a few days after her strong win on Thursday.

Well done to all the members who dressed in colour that reflected the Irish 4 Ball.

Another enjoyable Sunday Golf at Club Banora.


Hayden Gilbank Continues Winning Run

Well done to Hayden Gilbank who repeated his 40 Stableford Point score of a week earlier to return the best score of the day and again be Division 2 Winner. Hayden started slowly in the highly windy conditions that lasted all day. After 8 Points from the first six Holes, Hayden proceeded to light his card up with a 4 Pointer and six 3 Pointers on the remaining 12 Holes that included 24 Points for the second nine.  NTP at the 7th rounded out a great day!


Next on the Leader Board was Division 2 Runner Up Michael Coyne with 39 Points that consisted of 19 Points out and 20 Points home. Seven 3 Pointers was testimony to a very rewarding day. Good one Michael.

The Division 1 competition finished as a clash between two Club institutions Max Smith and John Dalley. John is the Club’s most active player and played better than handicap golf to score 22 Points on the outward nine. Max had a 4 Pointer and two 3 Points on the first nine but his second nine of 21 Points provide him with the count back win. Nice golf guys under difficult conditions.

The Rundown went to 35 Points and it was terrific to see foundation member, Tom Maye high on the list with 37 Points. Well done Tom.

Men’s Representative Wayne Muir was MC of the Presentation today for the first time in the absence of Captain Mike Flanagan who was committed to the move to his new home.   Good job Wayne.

Congratulations to Richard Quine who featured in the Rundown with 35 Points that included the coveted Pro Pin. Richard had three 3 Pointers each nine but it was his tee shot to the 3rd Hole which provided him with the major prize of the day. Richard celebrates a rewarding day.

Also one of the major winners of the day was Club icon Ken Mount who won the jack-potted North Estate members prize draw. Ken is seen below spinning the raffle wheel following his prize draw win.

Betty Hall Sweeps The Field in Single Stableford

Congratulations to our Most Senior Ladies Member of Club Banora in yesterdays Single Stableford Competition. Betty who turns a wonderful 90 this year not only won in Division two, but was the best whole of Club score of the day. A member of her playing group yesterday, told the ladies at Presentation,” that Betty played a beautiful game of golf”.

Well Done Betty you are a true inspiration to us all.

Final Version of 2016/7 Fixture Book

The 2016/7 Fixture Book is now completed.  Thank you to the past and current Captains for their contribution and also to the Secretary, Penny Martlew and Vice President, Rosie Connolly who played a significant part in preparing the document in electronic form so it could be sent to the printer.

It is anticipated the the book will be available for distribution to members in early May.

Fixture book 2016 MasterF

Annual Boomerang Shield May 2016

Ten of Club Banora’s Ladies travelled to Mullumbimby today to play 4BBB Match Play for the Boomerang Shield.

The Challenge has been running since 1985 between the two clubs. Today’s competition was played on a heavy course, due to current rain in the district, which restricted groundstaff from mowing the fairways and rough.

The ladies played extremely well on the away course, and for some was their very first 4BBB Match Play game. All the matches were close, and four of the matches were taken to the last hole, unfortunately, only one in favour of Club Banora, and one being squared.

4 of Club Banora’s Teams took the Mullumbimby’s team to the 18th hole, two games were lost on the last putt and the other was lost when the Mullumbimby Team chipped in from off the green, and one match was squared. The 5th Banora Team lost their challenge on the 16th hole.

All in all a great day was had by all, and Congratulations to all the Ladies who represented Club Banora.

Howard Williams Tops Vets Leader Board

Today’s Vets competition attracted a good size field of 68 players.

Congratulations to Howard Williams who played the round of the day scoring 43 Stableford Points. Howard’s back nine was sensational, starting with a 4 Pointers that was followed up with five 3 Pointers – 25 Points! Great round Howard (left); seen below receiving his winner voucher from Sub Committee member, Dave Harrod (right).

Stuart Irving was again at the top of the A Grade Leader Board in spite of losing two shots as a consequence of his outstanding 50 Points last Monday. Stuart started with 3 Points then played handicap golf until few one points saw him finish the outward nine with 15 Points. The return to the starting tee block at the 10th re-energised Stuart to his form of a week earlier and he proceed to turn out two 4 Pointers and four 3 Pointers for 25 Points and a total of 40 Points. Great to see your good form Stuart.

Tony Mason also was in the 40 Point club and produced an outstanding string of 3 Points from Hole 3 to Hole 8 – six in a row! How good Tony. Tony’s outward 21 Points was followed by 19 Points on the way in and the B Grade Runner Up voucher. Well done Tony.

A Grade Runner Up was won by former Vets Captain, Wayne Howlett on 39 Points with the closest of count backs over Mike Grills. Two good rounds guys. Wayne (right) receives his Runner Up voucher from Dave Harrod (left) below.

The C Grade Winner was new member Bob McElveney with 39 Points including an inward nine with Birdie at the 11th for 4 Points and Birdie at the 14th Hole for 5 Points in a total of 21 Points. Great golf Bob and welcome to Club Banora Golf.

Well done to John Mason who played one of his best rounds in the past twelve months for 37 Points that included a 4 Pointer on each nine. Good to see your name in the Prize Ledger.

NTP shot of the day went to Jeff Trichter seen below at presentation reflecting on his text book stroke.

Terry Schofield below also had plenty to be pleased with today with NTP at the 2nd and 38 Points. Nice day Terry.

Everyone has a good time on Vets Day and it’s great to enjoy the company.

Strong Field and Good Scores on Sunday

A near full field, good playing conditions and the relaxed atmosphere of Sunday golf produced three Men’s Stableford scores in the 40s. Nice play by Winner Brian Brown, Runner Up John Skerry and Ross Telfer.

Brian was consistent all day until the 18th Hole and scored 21 Points each nine for 42 Points. But for an errant stroke at the 18th, Brian’s could have been deeper into the 40s. Brian receives his winner’s prize from Vice President at the Presentation.

John ‘came to play’ and had five 3 Pointers on the first nine for 22 Points outward. He added another 19 Points on the way home for a 41 Points total. John responds below at Presentation.

Ross scored 40 Point with two solid nines of 20 Points and topped the Rundown list.

Well done guys.

Pat Hodda was top of the Ladies Leader Board with a very tidy 38 Points that started with a 4 Pointer on the 1st Hole and included four 3 Pointers on the back nine. Great day out Pat.

Lis Edwards was Ladies Runner Up. Despite a slow start on the 1st Lis scored a very credible 20 Points going out and helped the girls to a ‘half-time’ four Hole lead in the group boys verses girls derby. Nice play Lis.

Prize voucher in hand Lis tells the story of the day at Presentation.  Also members appreciate the great job you are doing managing the raffles on Sundays.   Thanks.

Kaye Mills was the NTP player of the day taking home the prizes at the 7th and 16th. Kaye finished 3rd in the Ladies field and topped the Ladies Rundown.

Wayne Muir had back to back Birdies at the 15th and 16th including take the Pin with a good swing at the 16th. John Edwards was not to be out done at the 3rd with a good Birdie as he tried to keep the ‘boys’ in the local derby. Wayne and John added a ball in the Rundown to the day’s prize list.

June McFadden also played a notable Par 3 tee shot and added a successful downhill putt for Birdie at the 3rd. June also received a ball in the Rundown.

Special welcome to relative new member Ivan Beazleigh who was on the Sunday roster for the first time. Am sure you enjoyed the Sunday merriment.

Another good Sunday.