Players ham it up at Port Macquarie

A LARGE field contested the Fredos Meats’ Hams Day at Port Macquarie Golf Club on Saturday and the single stroke event produced some outstanding scores.

None was better than Jason Strong’s net 63 sixty three as the 19 marker had nine pars in his 82 off the stick. 

His round was shaping up to be even better as he had eight of his pars in the first 11 holes.

Strong won the prize for the best net score of the day. There were equivalent prizes for the best net score in each grade.

Fourteen year old Jackson Jubelin shot 73 three off the stick to win A grade with net 66 and in doing so reduced his handicap to five. Jubelin turned 14 just two months ago and since then he has reduced his handicap from eight to five. Jubelin got away to a slow start making two bogeys in the first three holes. He was one under par for the next 14 holes, only to bogey the last hole. His round included two birdies and four bogeys.

With Strong winning the overall event the main prize in B grade went to Kevin Hall with net 66.

Hall, a 16 marker, was one under par for the par threes and this laid the foundation for his good round. He had 41 for each nine holes. At one stage he had three consecutive sixes but he quickly recovered from this bad run. His round included eight pars and a birdie.

Marcus Brockhouse continued his run of good form returning the best score in C grade. Despite dropping seven shots to par in three holes in the middle of his round, the 24 marker had 89 off the stick for a net score of 65. Strong, Jubelin, Hall and Brockhouse all won full hams and the next four players in each grade won half hams.

In A grade, half hams were won by Dave Heagney with 67 net, Adam Knight and Dave Harris with 68 and Brad Hawkins 69. Heagney’s round was boosted by an eagle two at the par four sixth hole. The half ham winners in B grade were Richard Wilson 67, Dave Tydd 68, Neil Stevenson 68 and Laurie Smith 70.

Bill Lever 67, John Dickens 68, Ken Seago 70 and Paul Jones 71 won half hams in C grade. The next seven players in each grade won a third of a ham and the following nine players in each grade won a Christmas pudding.

The nearest to the pins were won by David Haydon (144 cm at the fifth hole), Adam Knight (276 cm, 7th), Russell Gorrie (24 cm, 13th) and Tristan Brindley (98 cm, 16th). Michael and Lorraine Swift had a day out on Sunday, clearly winning the medley fourball with 50 points.

They were well clear of four pairs who made 45 points with the runner-up prize going to Terry Jones and Nancy Whiteley and third to Lia Hallam and Geoff Lamb. The golf course is quite busy in the period between Christmas and New Year and as a result all events, including the Thursday and Saturday, will operate a one-tee start. 

It is recommended that people wishing to play socially book through the pro shop.

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