27 March, 2020
Willy Wagtails Golf at Ilfracombe
IT WAS BACK to business on Saturday, March 21, after the very enjoyable Central West Pennants played at Alpha the week prior.
A great roll-up did battle from all parts of the Central West.
Teams of seven men and three ladies from Longreach, Muttaburra, Ilfracombe, Barcaldine, Blackall, Tambo and hosts Alpha all hit the fairways.
As the red dust and flies settled, Barcaldine and Muttaburra were a dead heat, with Barcaldine coming home after a close play-off.
A good day was had by all, and many thanks to the Alpha Club — not forgetting to mention Central West president Duncan Emmott — for all the work and organisation involved. Only heard one complaint, and that was that the bus driver was a bit dodgy, but can’t remember who that was.
Eleven keen golfers teed-off last Saturday for a Stableford event and began practising their social distancing. Hopefully the flies don’t carry this virus or we will all be in trouble. The fairways were superb, thanks to Peter Johnstone, who just quietly goes about his business.
It was also a highlight to see Pete back playing; it won’t be long before he is back beating us all again. But Saturday belonged to Jimmy Hook, and by hook and by crook, he was on fire. With an excellent 66 net, it would have to be one of the best rounds he has played for sometime.
At the presentation, this young fella had a smile as wide as a housewife with a new Hookie kitchen. Good on you Jim. Runner-up went to old Snow ‘Sando’ Williams. Pin shots went to Benny Emmott and Lizzie Emmott.
Captain Dunc’s useless information: A mysterious masked golfer played the game for 700 miles (1,120 kms) from Brisbane to Sydney in 1931. Note: It might have been strange to see then, but nowadays no one would turn a hair.
Play may be on this Saturday, but players will be kept posted by the Captain.