As COVID creeps harder around the state, golf is still on the exercise list and we continue on, just in a modified format and back to last year's course conditions.
Rakes have disappeared, ball washers have their beanies on, flags are no touch items and lingering before or after your round has been discouraged after you play in pairs only, or if in same household groups, a few more.
Round times are certainly moving along faster, so a lunchtime tee off will see you home for the day footy game in the comfort of your home.
Bearing all of this in mind, and at this stage (things change daily in NSW), the comp is still on, thanks to the Golf Genius software the club is running.
You can book in online, score online, and see your results online.
For those who still have not mastered the technology, you may mark your own card and text a photo of this after your round to the club GM who will be conducting the scoring from the comfort of his own home.
If we all play with care, we all still get our weekend golf, be it comp, social or just a casual hit to get out for a bit, in a safe manner.
Remember masks on when not in playing mode from the car to the course, sanitise where you can, touch only your equipment and no big love-ins on the 18th after your round. Arranging deduction of golf fees off your club card or payment can be arranged by ringing the club on 6386 2483 or emailing before your round to GM@hardencountryclub.com with your phone number and I know Christopher or his staff will ring you to sort it out.
Saturday saw a modest field play in the comp, with quite a few on course also but because they started on the 10th for ease of movement and queueing reasons, they missed the comp rego sign.
Of those that played, again we see the course, which is in fine fettle, bite back. Only two of the field played to or better than their handicap and these were up and coming junior Jesse Glover, who is trying to stamp his name as the golfer in the family.
Jesse tied with wizen veteran Craig Filmer, who showed some glimpses of ultra rare patchy form last weekend.
Both gents finished the day tied on 38 stableford points, however, Jesse's bold starting 9 of 21 points saw him come home with 17 points. Craig on the other hand knocked out his two 9 holes in 19 points each, which took care of the back 9 countback. Craig collects the club voucher onto his membership card, whilst balls will be waiting for collection by Jesse and 3rd place getter Maurice Manwaring, who was best of the rest, with 35 stableford points.
Pepe's Duck Run
This event is ongoing and is the front 9 holes at any time over a weekend. Likewise, contact the club, record your interest, photograph your card or Golf Genius expanded scores after your round and email it or text it to 0447 568 164, and you are in like Errol.
This week saw Craig's 19 point front prevail out of the entries put in, thus claiming a plucked duck and Louise Hufton claiming the Ladies half loved unplucked duck, thanks to the Pepe's Duck crew in Cunningar.
Remember, watch Golf Genius on your phone apps, get some exercise and stay safe everyone.