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Shell Cove Links course, one of the gems in the Illawarra, was the venue for the annual Jacket & Shawl event played on Saturday 27th March and the Ossie Ratford Challenge against the ACT Division played on Sunday 28th.

Both days turned out perfect for golf and despite the amount of rain the previous weekend the course was in good order. However, with carts restricted to the pathways it did extend the times for the rounds. Congratulations to Craig McHatton and Bruce Richardson who took out the singles events on the respective days.

Unfortunately for a variety of reasons the numbers were down particularly from the ACT. This resulted in NSW retaining the Ossie Ratford Shield for another year. However, those that participated enjoyed the occasion and Bob Murphy claims they will be up for the challenge in 2022.

Discussions were held on likely venues for next year and when resolved we will communicate the details so that you can plan accommodation etc well in advance.


Results were:

Saturday Jacket lefties winner
Runner up
Righties Winner Shawl

Sunday singles winner

2 Ball Winners

Craig McHatton
Warwick Stanwell
Steve Scott

Bruce Richardson

Mike Simon and Warwick Stanwell

33 points c/b


35 points

40 points


Note: NALG-NSW Policy-Players can only win one major prize.

The Tony Barr (Bowl & Vase) point score competition.

Following the Saturday event, the leading point scorers are:

Warwick Stanwell      27points
Peter Aroney               19
Rex Langthorne          17

Next Event

Our next event will be held at Strathfield Golf Club on May 11th for a 10.30am start. It has been a little while since we played this course and Paul Meyer tells us that the course alterations have settled in well and with recent good weather the fairways are in top condition.

The recent flooding caused the Lynwood course to be completely under water with only the Club House and Pro Shop remaining unaffected. With the help of many volunteers restoration work is underway as the water recedes. It therefore may be necessary to postpone or defer the event planned for July.

A note for your calendar, our December event will be at Long Reef on 9th with a 12.30pm start.

National Championships

Just a reminder that the National Championships will be held at Tocumwal 15th to 20 November, and it is suggested that you get your entry in early and secure your accommodation as it is limited. National President Bob Murphy informs me that having played the course recently it is in good shape and planning for the event well advanced.

Something to make you smile!

The owner of a golf course on the Gold Coast was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary for some mathematical help. He called her into his office and said, “You graduated from University and I need some help. ““If I were to give you $20,000, minus 14%, how much would you take off?”
The secretary thought a moment, and then replied, “Everything but my earrings.

Good golfing,
Rex Langthorne AM - President