Slowly but surely things are returning to normal at NSW golf courses.

Playing groups doubled in size from Friday following a Golf NSW announcement last Wednesday which gave clubs across the state the green light to allow their golfers to once again play in groups of four.

Narrabri Golf Club, where golfers played in pairs since the course re-opened on Friday, May 8, was one of the clubs to put the change into effect and for the first time since March players were able to go around the course alongside three others.

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Another was the Wee Waa Golf Club where golfers have played in pairs since Sunday, April 12.

Many other COVID-19 rules are still in place at NSW courses including Narrabri and Wee Waa, including 1.5-metre social distancing, one player to a cart, one set of sticks per player, the clubhouse being off limits to golfers and golfers still being unable to touch the flag poles.

All golfing action in Narrabri is still currently social golf, however local golfers were pleased to learn on Friday that competition golf is likely to return in June. The Narrabri Golf Club announced that its match committee was aiming for a June 6 resumption of competition golf.

Wee Waa Golf Club on the other hand continues to host competition matches and on Sunday 15 players contested an individual versus par event.

The winner was David Avery who was victorious with score of plus two, narrowly edging out his father Greg Avery who totalled plus one.

Greg was named the runner-up following a countback after both Matt Swansbra and David Cruickshank also had plus one. Cruickshank also claimed the pro pin.

Wee Waa Golf Club president David Russell told The Courier that groups being extended to four and the ability to have shotgun starts made things a lot simpler.

“It was great to be back in groups of four,” Russell said.

“It makes it easier for us, otherwise we have to wait around and send everybody off in individual groups of two.

“It gets pretty time consuming.”

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