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Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club -10th July 2023

Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club -10th July 2023

Weekend Competition.

There is no doubt Grafton golfers know how to support the various memorial days held throughout their yearly golf programme. That was again highlighted last Saturday at which time the Don Bellamy Memorial day was held. The competition sponsored by the Bellamy family, Wendy, Jon and Mark, attracted a healthy field of just under 120 starters. The scoring in the 4Ball Aggregate was of a very high standard with teams having to record a score of 43 points or better to secure a pro ball for their efforts.

Coming home with an aggregate score of 50 points the pairing of Brendon Cleaver (6) and Dylan Cleaver (33) absolutely smashed the competition field, signing off with a more than outstanding score, three points clear of their nearest rivals. The Cleaver combination might have easily won the day, however it was reasonably costly handicap wise for Dylan Cleaver with his handicap severely reduced from 33 to 18 as a reward for his outstanding contribution to the teams result with 46 individual points, as calculated by organisers of the competition. With a score of 47 the team of Dek Pabian (25) and Trevor Lascelles (16) were awarded the 1st runner-up spot. Their score no doubt enhanced by a hole-in-one on the 17th by Dek, which yielded them a very handy five points towards their final score. The popular and long-time combination of Terry Barnes (29) and Tony Miller (16) were appropriately awarded with the 2nd runner-up spot with a great score of 45, 25 of those points recorded on the back 9 which gave them the upper hand in the countback with the team of Brock Dewberry (12) and Mitch Rose (17) who also finished their round with 45.

In the nearest the pin department of the event all the interest on the 17th was diminished by Dek Pabian’s hole in one, however there were some very close efforts on the remaining nearest the pin holes. On the 10th, Andrew Sear (22) knocked it close just 55cm away. On the 6th Kris O’Neill (+1) proved his class finishing just 96cm from the cup. Ian Langley (9) proved he was no slouch claiming the Pro pin on the 1st with his tee shot rolling close to the pin, just 130cm away, knocking Shane Essex out of the calculation by the very small margin of 2cm.

For those current golfers who did not know Don Bellamy personally, he was one of our Club’s more colourful characters and a great supporter of Grafton Golf for many years. Our thanks to the Bellamy family for allowing us to remember Don in this fashion and continuing their association with Grafton Golf Club.

Coming Events

This coming weekend the Club will be hosting the now famous 36 hole Herron Cup, a stroke event decided over two days. Sponsored by Lion Breweries, providers of Tooheys, FourX and Hahn products has attracted a top class field with a few vacancies available in the field. For those golfers who contest the 36 hole competition the cost will be $55 for both days. Those players who are contesting just either single days play the cost will be $30. Competition fees for the 36 hole competition must be paid prior to teeing off on Saturday.

Grafton Pro Am

Friday 21st July is the date for the 2023 Dougherty Property Grafton Pro Am for which a record number of golf Professions have nominated. There will be 65 Professionals in the field with a further 20 Professionals on a reserve list should any of that 65 be unable to take their place in the event. Play will commence with a shotgun start at 9.30am. At the completion of the day play at 3pm there will be a shootout on the 1st with a $500 prize for the winning Professional in the nearest the pin shootout. For the amateur division players their prize in the shootout will be four games at the Bonville International course. For any Grafton member who would like to get really close to the golf action and assist in the successful conduct of the event, spotters are required in that regard. Just provide Mark Harvison with your name and he will allocate a hole to you and you get to see the best of the up and coming young Professionals in action.

Ray Hopwood

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