The Hamilton Island Teams Challenge took place on 11th-14th July 2021, between COVID Lockdowns in Melbourne and during the big Sydney lockdown. Sadly this meant the couples from Sydney were unable to join us.
We were fortunate to have two lovely golfing days with a light zephyr making the game just that little bit more interesting.
The course at Hamilton Island is very exposed to the wind and tight in places, so it was inevitable that many balls would be lost.
We therefore tailored our competition to a team event rather than individual competitions, given the difficult reputation the course has. There were 4 teams with leaders Ian Greenwood (blue/green hats) Rob Urquhart (grey hats), Sue Semmens (light blue hats) and Leigh Bull (white hats).
DAY 1 was a 4BBB Stableford comp where pairs from each team played with a pair from another team.
All pairs scores contributed to the overall team score for the Teams Challenge.
Opening Tee Shots
The best 4BBB score was 45 points posted Sue Semmens & Heather Wood - they played beautifully!
DAY 2 was a team event for groups of 4 with the best stableford score counting on the first 6 holes, the best two scores on the next 6 holes and best three on the next five.
On the last hole every player's score counted.
It was fun to play as a team in such dramatic golfing surrounds.
The winners on the day were Robert Urquhart, Zak Urquhart, Steve Timms & Peter Wood with an impressive team score of 76 points.
The major event winner was Robert Urquhart's team (the grey hats). Congratulations Rob Urquhart, Zak Urquhart, Steve Timms, Scott Steer, Nonee Steer, Peter Haylock, Sue Haylock and Peter W. As a prize, they all received a Hamilton Island Golf shirt.
Sue's team was a close second.
Nearest The Pin
Day one winner was Bryan Newman, and day two winner was Nonee Steer. Great shots!
With so many balls being lost, we decided to run a lost ball competition. For $5 in, everyone nominated the total number of balls that would be lost by the group.
283 balls were lost by 28 golfers, averaging over 5 balls per round per golfer.
Debbie Barr guessed 280 and won the cash!
So that was The Hamilton Island Teams Challenge!
It was a tough gig to organise under the circumstances, but we were blessed with our timing.
Even more so now that we are hearing that COVID reached Hamilton Island on Friday!
I will remember these few days fondly, and hope you will too!
Thanks to our leaders and for all those that attended.
We hope to catch up again soon..
Heather & Peter Wood
The Travelling Golfer
Adelaide Beer & Wine Team Challenge- date TBC early 2022 (self drive option or coach transfer)