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Putts 'n' Pars

Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club


In news just to hand, Grafton District Golf Club has been nominated as a finalist in the Regional Pro Am Tournament of the year awards. The Club hosted the Dougherty Property Grafton Pro Am earlier in the year, with the nomination as a finalist, recognition in the successful conduct and promotion of the event. These awards are voted on by the PGA Professionals with prize money, tournament co-ordination, course condition, together with many other factors taken into consideration during the process of determining who those finalists will be. The winners will be announced at the Queensland Golf Industry awards night, being staged at the Gold Coast Exhibition and Convention Centre on Thursday 19th October 2023. This is special recognition for the effort put in by our Club Professional, Mark Harvison, naming sponsors Dougherty Property Grafton and other associated sponsors, together with the Club match committee and Club members who all joined together to ensure the ultimate success of the Pro Am. Being nominated as a finalist is already a win for the Club, to take out the final would be a more than worthy bonus.

Veteran Golf News

The Annual General Meeting of the Grafton Veterans is scheduled for Tuesday 10th October at which time the election of officers for the 2023/24 year will be held. The appropriate nomination sheet for the various committee positions is up on the notice board, with those nomination to close on 2nd October. The A.G.M. will be proceeded by golf competition with a shotgun start at 9.30am followed by lunch. For further details contact any member of the current committee.

Finalist for the Coopers Brewery Veterans Top Gun Shootout have now been determined with the shootout scheduled for Sunday 8th October commencing at 9am. Those who made the cut include the leading qualifier, Bob Turns, with a qualifying score of 45 points, Bob is followed by two players, Geoff Shepherd, and Bradley Deece with 43. The remaining qualifiers all made the cut with 42. They are in order Sam Davison, Scotty Scott, John Dougherty, Steve Castle, Andrew Connor, Alan Wade, Darren Hindom and Brian Baldwin. Should any finalist be unable to take their place in the shootout, please advise Ron Baker who will arrange an appropriate replacement.

Weekend Competition

Last Saturday, the men’s competition was a 18 hole American Foursomes sponsored by the combination of Dennis Pye and Chris Wheelahan, two Club members who put a lot of effort into Grafton golf, both as sponsors and regular players. From a field of 1-4 starters, the pairing of Glen Roots (23) and Chris Gannon (31) were the standout pairing to take out the event with a net score of 67.75. They were followed by Brian Napper (10) and Henri Arnold (22) with a score of 68. The 2nd runner-up spot went to Mick Beehag (12) and Craig Langford (5) who scored 68.625. The Pro pin was won by Tim Gooley (14) on the 1st. On the 6th went to Matt Beetson (8), the 10th awarded to Craig Heaslip (26) with Neville Henwood (19) putting his tee shot really close on the 17th 38cm form the cup.

Midweek Competition

The highlights of both the Tuesday and Thursday competitions were a couple of hole-in-one efforts. On Tuesday it was Billy Heath (23) who scored his ace on the 17th, which went a long way to his winning score of 42 points in both the Veterans and Members divisions. The ace yielding 5 stableford points towards his total. Runner-up to Billy was Athol Green (15) with 39 from four players on 37, John Thompson (9), Bob Pike (31), Dean Sing (11) and Andrew Connor (14). Pro balls went down to 32 on a countback in the Veterans and 34 in the members competition. For those who are wondering Bill did qualify for the hole-in-one jackpot on offer. In Thursday competition, it was Glenn Jackson (26) who achieved the 2nd hole-in-one for the week, picking up his ace on the 1st. Unfortunately, Glenn did not qualify for the hole-in-one jackpot. Winner of the Thursday competition was Jamie Brian (31) with an outstanding score of 45, 5 points clear of his nearest rival Bob Wicks (20) who was just the single point in front of Gary Pym (24) on 39. Pro balls went down to 33 on a countback.

Ray Hopwood

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