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Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club

Weekend Golf

Last Saturday, the 4th and final round of the Clarence Valley Rural and Industrial Supplies 2023 Winnter Consistency Trophy was held with Graham Tracey a mor then decisive winner, dominating the entire field to win by 8 points over his nearest rival. Graham recorded scores of 32,40, 38 & 38 for a total of 148 points, Graham’s final round of 38 not only secured him the series win, but also gave him the win in Á’ grade in Saturday’s regular competition. In 2nd place in the Winter series was Damian Blair with rounds of 38, 35, 32, 35 totaling 140. With a score of 139 Jackson Wright claimed the 3rd place spot from Tony Blackadder on 138. Once again a very successful series and our thanks to Rod Gleeson for his continued support of this very popular event. For a complete run down of all the scores, refer to the Club notice board.

The event last Saturday was an 18 hole Single Stableford, sponsored by long time supporter of Grafton golf and a current Board member, Karl Studd, which attracted a field of 111 players. Despite the dry conditions and the resultant extra run just 10 players were able to play to their handicap. Three players, Michael Corfe (22), Troy Henwood (14) and Dean Sing (13) all recorded 39 points with Michael recognized as the overall winner on the day with Troy and Dean awarded the win and runner-up spots respectively in ‘B’ grade. As mentioned earlier Graham Tracey (10) took out Á’ grade with 38 from Clint Corbett (9) with 37 on a countback from John Dahl (9). The results in Ç’ grade were a little more defined with Gerry McMullan (18) claiming victory in that grade with 38, two points clear of Andrew Sear (21) with 36 on a countback from Neville Henwood (19). To win a pro ball you required a score of 32 or better on a countback to earn yourself one. The Pro pin on Saturday was warded to Jake Frame (+3) who just edged out Tony Blackadder for the award. The remaining nearest the pin trophies were awarded to Jason Casserly (9) on the 6th, Mat McKee (+1) the 10th, with the 17th taken out by Allan Donaghey (13). This coming Saturday the competition will be a 4BBB Stroke sponsored by Clarence Coast Motors.

Weekday Golf

The mid-week fields continue to impress with 90 starters in Tuesday’s member/veteran competition with 53 starters in Thursday’s Tallowood Challenge. The results in both the members and veteran division on Tuesday were identical in which we find that Brian Baldwin (23) was the star on the day with a well-constructed 41 points just the single point in arrears to Brian was Stephen Castle (19) with 40 from Bruce Powell (22) on 39. Pro balls in the veteran competition went down to 32 and 33 in the members division. In Thursday’s Tallowood Challenge, which is played under the Stroke format, current Club Champion, Jackson Wright (scratch) took out the event with a score of 69. The runner-up spot went to Craig Woods (14) who had to survive a countback with Gerry McMullan (19) both players recording a score of 70 nett. Pro balls going down to net 76 on a countback.

Veteran’s Top Gun Shootout

Just a few more weeks remain for Veteran golfers to qualify for the Coopers Brewery shootout final with the final qualifying round scheduled for Tuesday 19th September. The shootout itself to be held on 8th October (according to the official programme book). The current standings in the shootout qualifier has Bob Turns leading with 45 from Geoff Shepherd and Bradley Deece on 43. They are followed by five players on 42, Sam Davison, Scotty Scott, John Dougherty, Steve Castle and Bob Pike. The final two spots are currently held by Michael Beehag and Gary Bondfield with 41. Also with 41 is Bruce Baxter who currently is the first reserve player should any qualifier be unable to take their place in the final shootout.

Ray Hopwood

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