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Putts "n" Pars

Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club

Weekend Competition

Last Saturday the event was the December Monthly Mug, sponsored by a great Club member and supporter of Grafton Golf, Timmy Newsome. Tim would be pleased with the player turnout with 104 starters, made up by 29 A graders, 36 B Graders with 39 C grade players completing the field. Brian Hewitt (25) was the star on the day, capturing the Mug with an excellent score of 67 net, just edging out Sam Wicks (14) on 68 nett which gave him the win in B grade from Terry Bowe (16) with 69. In A grade it was Rowan Butcher (6) who got the cash, his collection of trophies enhanced by the nearest the pin award on the 17th. Kingsley Smith (8) once again had to settle for a runner-up prize, with his score of 71. A countback was required to sort out C grade in which Tony Norton (20) and Andrew Sear (18) both recording 71 and that was the order they finished in. The Pro pin on the day was won by Rohan Hackett (2) with the remaining nearest the pin awards going to Graeme Lynn (16) on the 6th with Danny Li (4) picking up the 10th. Pro balls going down to 74 or better.

Next Saturday, the competition will revert to a single Stableford and with incorporate round one of the 8 round Bendigo Bank Summer Consistency Trophy.

Mid-week Competition

In the Tuesday members competition there were a total 87 starters which included 79 Veterans in a Medley event which is normally held in conjunction. The member’s competition was dominated by Jason Casserly (8) with 42 points. That score was three points clear of 1st runner-up Matthew Worthing (2) with 39. To claim the 2nd runner-up spot Ted Strong (26) had to survive a countback with his score of 38. Those on the negative side of the countback process were Brian Chevalley (28) and Dave Stewart (21). The Veteran Medley competition was won by Ted Strong (26) with 38 in which Brian Chevalley and Dave Stewart with the same score picking up the 1st and 2nd runner-up spots respectively. Pro balls went down to 31 on a countback in the veteran competition and 33 in the members competition.

Fifty-two starters made the effort on Thursday in which Michael Gane (12) was the leading player with 40 points two points in arrears was Dean Sing (10) on 38 from Kingsley Smith (8) who was awarded the 2nd runner-up spot with 37 on a countback from Tim Bartlett (2) and Daniel Blackman (9). Pro balls going down to 34.

Tradies Day

Last Friday a charity day in aid of Wooli Marine Rescue was held, organized and hosted by various tradies which attracted a spectacular field of 140 starters. What was even more amazing was the almost $14,000 raised by the group who received unreal support from many Grafton Business organisations, unfortunately too many to recognize in this report. The many Grafton tradies who organized the event were assisted by the Grafton Golf Club representatives of Scott Polglase (Golf Club Manager) and Club members Neville Henwood who put a lot of time and effort into the day. So successful was the event it has been determined that in future the charity day will now become a stand alone annual event, which will be held on the first Friday in December each year. No doubt this permanence will encourage even more participation and even greater success. Congratulations must be extended to all the organisers, the many sponsors, and the Grafton Golf Club for achieving such a great result, for what Marine Wooli Rescue will surely benefit.

Annual General Meeting

Next Monday (11th December) Grafton Golf Club’s Annual General Meeting commencing 5.30pm will be held, at which time the Board of Directors will be formally endorsed. In a undoubted vote of confidence, the complete current board is re-elected unopposed, which is a positive outcome for the Club. As many members as possible are urged to attend, to confirm their support for a job well done over the past twelve months.

Ray Hopwood

0408 431 343

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