Clear blue skies on an early winter’s morning greeted 40 players at St Michael’s Golf Course to contest the 2018 President’s Cup.
The pre-match breakfast was excellent and worthy of mention as the players gathered in the clubhouse. This idyllic scene was made even more welcoming by the sight of migrating whales just off the coast. It was then time to face the challenges of the course. St Michael’s was at its pristine best. Fairways wide and welcoming and pin placements that demanded the very best of approach shots. A golfer’s dream.
It didn’t take long before the dreams of our golfers were shattered. The course threw down the challenge and, regrettably, very few of our team met it. As a measure of the level of broken dreams, the average stableford score for the group was 25 points. For the information of non-golfers, that is appalling, particularly when considering the quality of our group, made up as it is of players on low handicaps from some of the leading courses in the State.
The winner of the individual event was Mr Wayne Maybury with 40 stableford points. Runner-up with 33 points was the President of the AMA (NSW) Golf Society, Dr George Thomson. Winners of the 2BBB were Dr William Benz and Mr Wayne Maybury with 44 points. Runners-up on 41 points were Dr Alan Home and Dr Malcolm Patch.
Both nearest-the-pins were won by Mr Wayne Maybury – a clear indication that Wayne was certainly in the zone for St Michael’s on the day.
For our many members who fervently follow Dr Alec Harris I can only say that, as always, he acquitted himself well, but on the day was just desperately unlucky. On the other hand, his brother Don – who is a great supporter of the Golf Society – played well, but sensational is not a word that would describe his day out.
A very special thanks must go to the staff at St Michael’s and, in particular, the Secretary Manager, Mr Geoff Wagner, who oversees proceedings to ensure all visitors have a memorable and enjoyable day.
The next AMA (NSW) Golf Society event is the Spring Cup to be held at one of our very popular courses, Stonecutters Ridge on Friday 14 September with an early morning start.
In the meantime – good golfing to all.