Issues associated with COVID reduced the fields for the annual Seahorse Classic on Friday, the feature event for Narooma Golf Club. 96 players teed off in the Fourball in difficult weather conditions at times where the scratch event was won by Bart Carroll from Bonnie Doon and Darren Sweeney from Wagga Country with 39 points.
A countback decided second place on 38 points where Ray Salzmann from Howlong and Gary Price from Campbelltown edged out the Cumberland pair of Tim Hill and Matt Andrew. The net event was decided by countback on 45 points with Garry Hunt from Narooma and Damien Cheney from Wagga Country taking the spoils ahead of the Narooma father-and-son pairing of Mark and Ricky Falconer.
The NTP winners were Matt Andrew on three, Simon Snedden from Gold Creek on nine, Brian Kelly from Gold Creek on 14 and Keith Schull from McLeod Country near Brisbane on 17, while the ball competition went down to the top two groups on 39 points.
The conditions for the field of 135 players on Saturday were marginally better but still left a lot to be desired. They did not deter Nicholas Crundall from Pambula-Merimbula from posting 68 off the stick to win A Grade gross by four shots from Scott Harris from Narooma who edged out Jake Davies from Gungahlin Lakes on countback on 72.
The net event was won by Alan Wilder from Bermagui on 72 on countback from Josh Campbell from Murrumbidgee who in turn edged out Tim Hill from Cumberland to take second place in a very close countback.
The gross event in B Grade was taken out by Tom Heffernan from Moruya with 76 followed by Peter Zotti from Federal who headed Bill Durnan from Narooma on countback on 78 to take the runner-up position.
The net event went to Narooma, with Rod Fletcher registering 70 and Ricky Falconer 71. In C Grade David Deeble from Gungahlin Lakes was a clear winner with 81 ahead of Ray Salzmann from Howlong on 85 who edged out Greg Corby from The Grange to take second place.
The net event was won by Andrew Tyson from Maffra with 73 while Nigel Roberts from Narooma took second place with 74 on countback ahead of six other players.
The long drive competition went to Adam Harris from Gold Creek in A Grade, to Marty Brooker from Tully Park in B Grade and to Adam Gatford from Tumbarumba in C Grade.
The NTP winners were Scott Ker from Narooma on three, Phillip Yapp from Moruya on nine, Tim Carswell from Wagga Country on 14 and Keith Philip from Belconnen Magpies on 17, while the ball competition went down to all on 74.
On Sunday the traditional golf carnival weather returned, even though it didn't increase the speed of play.
The A Grade gross was taken out by CalebTe Moananui from Gungahlin Lakes with 71, two better than Harrison Savage from Sale. In the net event Josh Gregory from Federal prevailed with 71, one better than Narooma's Ben Sealey.
In B Grade Rustin Emery headed the gross with 74 on a countback, with John Simic from Sale in second place on 77. Ricky Falconer won the net with 67, well ahead of Peter Zotti from Federal with 72 on a countback from Wayne Bennett from Gungahlin Lakes and Narooma's Bill Hannam.
The C Grade gross went to Andrew Tyson from Sale with 83 on a countback, with Kevin Whitwell from Kogarah in second place on countback from David Deeble from Gungahlin Lakes. Adam Gatford from Tumbarumba took out the net with 70 with David Taylor from Young in second place on 74 on a countback.
The long drives were Josh Campbell from Murrumbidgee in A Grade, Tom Heffernan from Moruya in B Grade and Martin Kenny from Wollongong in C Grade.
The NTP winners were Ricky Falconer on 3, Tim Hill from Cumberland on 9, Kevin Whitwell on 14 and Sam Wicks from Gungahlin Lakes on 17, while the ball competition went to all on 76.
The final round of the 54 hole competition on Monday was one of fluctuating fortunes for many players.
The A Grade gross was taken out by Harrison Savage from Sale with 71 while Jordan Lang took second place with 75 on a countback from another Narooma player in Scott Harris. The net was decided by a countback in favour of Narooma's Mal Gregor on 71 ahead of Tom Heffernan from Moruya.
In B Grade the gross went to Aaron Patten from Sale with 76 ahead of Ricky Falconer on 78. Jason Northey from Russell Vale was a clear winner in the net event with 67, four better than Phillip Yapp from Moruya.
In C Grade the gross went to Sal Terranova from Cromer with 82, while Andrew Tyson from Sale was favoured by the countback on 84 to take second place from David Deeble from Gungahlin Lakes. The C Grade net went to Darren Sweeney from Wagga Country with 67 ahead of Scott Peisker from Yowani on 69.
The long drives went to Bart Carroll from Bonnie Doon in A Grade, Ricky Falconer in B Grade and Martin Kenny from Wollongong again in C Grade.
The NTP winners were Greg Corby from The Grange on 3, Ray Salzmann from Howlong on 9, Bart Carroll on 14 and Brian Kelly from Gold Creek on 17, while the ball competition went down to 76.
The winner of the Seahorse Classic for 2021 is Harrison Savage from Sale, a third time winner, with 218, one better than Nicholas Crundall from Pambula-Merimbula on 219 who led all tournament until coming to grief on the final hole.
The net winner in A Grade was Alan Wilder from Bermagui with 219 and Ben Sealey from Narooma in second place on 220. In B Grade gross Tom Heffernan from Moruya needed the countback to win on 230 while Rustin Emery took the second position on 235. Ricky Falconer, after losing the scratch on a countback, took out the net with the lowest score of the tournament in 209.
Aaron Patton from Sale was runner-up with 220. David Deeble from Gungahlin Lakes won the C Grade gross with 250, with Sal Terranova from Cromer in second place on 259 on countback from the luckless Greg Corby from The Grange who was beaten to a place by countback on all three days of the tournament. Andrew Tyson from Sale won the net event with 214, well ahead of Scott Peisker from Yowani on 225.