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Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club

Weekend Competitions It was a busy weekend of golf at the Grafton Golf Club course with the Grafton Glass 2 Man Ambrose on Saturday, which was followed on Sunday with the opening mixed event for the year. Confirming the popularity of Ambrose golf, almost 130 players competed in Grafton Glass sponsored event in which some fairly handy scores were recorded leading the large field home with a nett score of 61.5 was the pairing of Jackson Wright (1) and Brodie Boorman (13) who recorded a gross score of 65 (33 on front 9 and 32 on back 9) to achieve the winning score. Next in line was another fancied pairing, Graeme Smith (19) and Paul Langford (6) who completed their 18 holes with a gross score of 69 and following the application of their handicap finished with a nett score of 62.75. Just the single stroke separated the 1st and 2nd runner-up teams with Peter Sinclair (9) and Paul Danvers (12) claiming the 2nd runner-up spot with a nett score of 63.75 as a result of their gross score of 69.

The Saturday event also served as the qualifier for the Grafton Glass 2 man Ambrose knockout. The top 8 teams made the cut made up by the following players. In the top half of the draw, Jackson Wright and Brodie Boorman will take on John and Jake Frame. Danny Li and Gary Cook will play Simon Loadsman and Rohan Ford. Also qualifying for the first round of the knockout series and who make up the lower half of the draw include Graeme Smith and Paul Langford take on Graham and Peter Tracey, Steven Camac and Scott Brown will challenge Peter Sinclair and Paul Danvers in the hope of progressing to the 2nd round of the knockout series. All players who have qualified are reminded that all first round matches must be completed no later than 19th April.

In the nearest the pin component of Saturday’s event there were some very close results. None better than Craig Woods (12) who slammed his tee shot on the 1st hole to within 73cm from the cup, for which he was awarded the Pro pin prize applicable to that hole. Jake Frame (Plus 4) claimed the 6th (85cm), Daron King (21) the 10th 26cm, with Billy Bishop (12) the best on the 17th 513cm). Proballs went down to those teams on 66.75 or better.

On Sunday, 14 teams contested the opening mixed event for the year, which was a reasonably strong turnout for mixed golf. The Grafton Golf Club sponsored event was played under the 4BBB Stableford format in which Bob (35) and Di (31) Chapman were the stars of the event, recording a v very good score of 45 points. With a score of 44 the combination of Neil Hayward (16) and Christine Stephenson (35) were awarded with the 1st runner-up spot. Their cause no helped with both Neil and Christine wiping the 1st hole, one of the more notable disasters on the day. The 2nd runner-up spot going to Glenn Gardner (10) and Janet Pilgrim (31) with a score of 42. The nearest the pin awards going to Sue Blake (29) on the 1st, Bob Chapman (35) on the 6th, Sue Petty (17) on the 10th and Scott Polglase (23) picking up the 17th. Pro balls going to those good players on 40 or better.

Coming Events According to the official programme of events for men’s golf, there are a couple of events coming up that may require some thought now in constituting your teams. The first event is the 18 hole Texas Scramble, a four man teams event scheduled for Saturday 11th March, sponsored by O’Donohue Hanna & Associates. A 18 hole singles Stableford will be held in conjunction with the Scramble. Following that event on the 18th March the annual Men’s 18 Hole Irish 4 Ball , a four man teams competition, on this occasion sponsored by McMullan Contracting. Both of those events will be preceded by the March Monthly Mug on 4th March, sponsored by A. Fletcher & Association.

Clubhouse News The Neil Hayward inspired tipping competition is scheduled to commence shortly, however the competition still requires six more starters for the series to be sustainable. The cost of participating is $50 per entry, and must be paid at least one week prior to the commencement of the NRL competition. This competition has been part of the Grafton Golf Club’s social activities for many years and it would be disappointing to see it lapse for the want of a handful of starters. For further details just contact Neil.

Ray Hopwood.

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