Nich hits back to win Cup honours
By MITCHELL DALE
WHEN Nich Rae's first shot in last weekend's annual Bonville Cup dribbled into the water, he feared he was in for a long day.
Rae had been so busy with work at the BIG club that he hadn't even swung a club in the three weeks leading up to the event.
But, after the disastrous start, the 19-year-old recovered to shoot a three-over-par 76 on day one and eight-over 81 in testing conditions on day two.
That may not have been enough to win the overall gross event for Rae ? that honour was claimed by Mona Vale's Michael Raseta (147) ? but it was enough to take out the nett event.
"My first tee shot was a mullygrubber, it got about five metres off the ground and went 20m before rolling into the water," said Rae, who plays off a handicap of three.
"I think everyone in my (playing) group thought I was in the wrong division.
"I just thought 'Here comes another good day'."
But instead of making Rae tense, the first tee dramas had the opposite affect.
"It actually settled my nerves," Rae says.
"When that happened there was no pressure on me keeping a good score.
"I relaxed a bit and had a chat to the other players in my group and things got better."
Even though he went around in five extra strokes on Sunday, Rae was still relatively happy.
"Not many people shot good scores on the second day," he said.
"All the pins were on slopes which made putting very tough.
"There was one guy playing off three who shot 98."
The result has renewed Rae's hunger to keep competing.
"It was my first competition game for three weeks and in the last three months I have only played about six rounds," he said.
"But now I want to play in more tournaments, it has spurred me on a bit."
Bonville Cup winners:
Divion 1 (O - 9 handicap) stroke play.
Gross winner, 36 holes: Michael Raseta (Mona Vale) score 147; gross runner-up, 36 holes: Ritchie Gallichan (Moore Park) score 149; gross, 36 holes third: Justin Roach (Bonnie Doon) score 151; gross 36 holes fourth: Aaron Hart (Muree) score 152.
Nett 36 hole winner: Nich Rae (Bonville) score 149; nett 36 hole runner-up: Logan Toms (Woolgoolga) score 151 (c/b); nett 36 holes third: Andrew Blayney (Coffs Harbour) score 151.
Division 2 (10 - 27 handicap) stableford play.
36 hole stableford winner: Gordon Brauer (Bonville) score 70; 36 hole stableford second: David Johnson (Bonville) score 66 (c/b); 36 hole stableford third: Ray Lang (Bonville) score 66; 36 hole stableford fourth: Iain Mackinnon (Bayview) score 66.
Daily winners, first round gross winner: Stefan Albinski (Mona Vale) score 71; first round gross runner-up: Tim Stewart (Bayview) score 73; second round gross winner: Jamie Arnold (Cronulla) score 77; second round gross runner-up: Aaron Robinson (Woolooware) score 78 (c/b); first round nett winner: Tony Campbell (Bonville) score 71 (c/b); first round nett runner-up: Michael Hodgett (Bayview) score 71; second round nett winner: Nathan Scrope (Lismore) score 72; second round nett runner-up: Mike Radford (Mona Vale) score 77 first round stableford winner: Peter Tonkin (Yamba) score 36 (c/b) first round stableford runner-up: Les Robinson (Boomerang Farm) score 36; second round stableford winner: Ron Wallis (Bonville) score 36; second round stableford runner-up: Steve Martin (Shortland Water) score 34.
Nearest to pins. Day one, fourth hole: Andrew Clark; sixth hole: Iain Mackinnon; ninth hole: Stefan Albinski (hole in one); twelfth hole: Michael Hodgett. Day two, fourth hole: Lindsay Howe; sixth hole: Matthew Johnstone; ninth hole: Charlie Kaehler; twelfth hole: Peter Woodward. Longest drive, day one Division 1: Aaron Hart, division 2: Ruben Gasanz; day 2 Division 1: Rohan Blizzard, division 2: Iain Mackinnon.