From The Rough

While playing in the recent North West Championships at the Devonport Country Club, Lain Thorn scored a Hole in One on the newly re-developed 10th hole, using an 8 iron.


The hole is now somewhat shorter than in the past, due to the building of three bowls greens around the southern and eastern boundaries of the hole as part of the County Club development. There are also additional bunkers surrounding the green, which is slightly smaller than before.


Two long standing members of the club, Kay and Graeme Hull offered a financial reward for the first club player to make a hole in one on the new 10th hole and last Wednesday, Kay Hull presented Lain with her award and a Hole in One trophy.


Bev Naiker, Lain Thorn, Kay Hull and Lu Proud


As promised last weekend’s Claremont Shield and Eric Bourke Memorial teams event held at the Devonport Country Club proved to be a great success.


After the first round of foursomes played on Saturday afternoon, hosts Devonport Country Club found themselves leading the Claremont Shield by one shot from Kingston Beach with Launceston, Royal Hobart and SMGA all a further shot back. However, on Sunday this all changed once the singles were under way. Royal Hobart ended up the eventual winners of the Shield. The lads from Seven Mile Beach won the club’s ninth title by a massive 15 strokes from tournament favourites, Wynyard. A trio of clubs including Devonport, Launceston and Ulverstone finished tied for third place.


2020 Claremont Shield Top Five Leader Board:

1st Royal Hobart +8 total 498

2nd Wynyard +23 total 523

T 3rd Devonport, Launceston, Ulverstone +24 total 514

Host club, Devonport, held on to their overnight foursomes lead to capture the Eric Bourke Memorial Trophy, winning the handicap prize by six and a half strokes from Royal Hobart with Ulverstone placed third followed by Kingston Beach in fourth and Launceston fifth.


2020 ERIC BOURKE MEMORIAL TROPHY leader board – TOP 5

1st Devonport Country Club +0.5 total 490.5

2nd Royal Hobart Golf Club +7 total 497

3rd Ulverstone Golf Club +10.5 total 500.5

4th Kingstone Beach Golf Club +17 total 507

5th Launceston Golf Club +22.5 total 512.5


Eric Bourke Memorial Trophy Winners Grady Boxhall, Greg Leedham, Peter Nielsen, Joel Lunson.


Stanley Golf Club will be hosting their annual Legacy Day on the 4th April 2020. It will be a Single Stableford at a cost of $25 per person which includes lunch. To enter phone the club between 9-11am or 3-6pm weekdays on 64581395 or Shane-0407 518 628


This is our final edition of From the Rough we wish to say it has been a privilege for us to write this column over the past few years bringing golf news to players and the general public. We have appreciated articles and photos sent by various clubs along the coast as well as the feedback and support we have received.



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