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Putts 'n' Pars - 15th May 2023

Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club

Weekend Competition

No one could ever doubt the popularity of Ambrose with just under 150 players contesting the annual Johnno & Dianne Johnson Memorial Day for which Bruce Wotton provided the trophies. Competition at the top of the leader board was very tight with the first three teams separated by just 0.75 of a shot. The winners of the competition with a gross score of 14 under par 58, which equates to 55.395 nett was the foursome of Jackson Wright (plus2), Scott Brown (5), Steven Camac (7) and Brodie Boorman (11). This high powered group had 30 strokes around the front 9 and backed that up with 28 around the back. Next in line was the combination of Rowan Butcher (9), Riley Taylor (11), Sam Wicks (13) and John Taylor (10) who put together a gross score of 61 and following the application of their 5.375 handicap finished with a nett score of 55.625. The highlight of their round was a string of 6 straight birdies over the last 6 holes on the back 9. Also in strong contention, with a nett score of 56.125 was the group comprising of Matt McKee (1), Sebastian Cox (13), Adam Dewberry (7) and Mark Blundell (10). A quick check of their card reveals they had 29 strokes around the front and 31 around the back, however their handicap of just 3.875 was not quite enough to overtake the two leading teams in the competition. In the nearest the pin component of the Ambrose event, Andrew Loy (11) claimed the Pro pin on the 1st with his tee shot finishing just 125cm from the cup, just edging out Richard Maguire by 4cm to claim the prize. David Green (10) claimed the 6th, Bill Dudgeon (18) the 10th and John Thompson (8) on the 17th. To claim a pro ball your team needed to finish with a score of 59 or better.

Coming events

This coming Saturday the competition will be a 4BBB Sta bleford on this occasion sponsored by Cromack Transport. Next week with the Women’s Annual May Tournament there will be no Mens golf competition on Thursday. The Saturday event will be the normal 18 hole Mixed American Foursomes competition sponsored by AC Small Maxwell & Co with golf action to commence with a shotgun start at 9am. Entries to be completed on line and are now open.

Midweek Competitions

Last Tuesdays competition (9th May) attracted a strong field of 99 starters with the results almost identical in both the members and veterans golf divisions that day. In the members competition, Tony Gallagher had to survive a four way countback to win that event with 69 nett from both Gary Pym (23) and Barry Leeson (34) who were awarded with 1st and 2nd runner-up positions respectively. Also with 69 was Yamba visitor Clive Taylor (15) who got just a golf ball to take home for that effort in the members competition. In the Veterans component, Gary Pym, Barry Leeson and again Clive Taylor took out the major trophies with all three players recording a score of 69, that being the order they finished in. Pro balls for the members competition went down to 77 nett with just the one player, Noel Reeves (29) securing a ball with a score from the 10 golfers on 77. In the Vets, those on 78 or better on a countback also received a ball.

The Thursday competition attracted 52 starters from which Glen Gardner (12) was the standout player, recording 38 points establishing a three point margin over his nearest rivals. The 1st runner-up spot went to Peter Gibbons (13) over Derek Latimer (15) both finishing on 35 on a countback from Noel Allen (21). Pro balls going to those on 32 or better.

Course Conditions

Until further notice the preferred lies playing conditions will be in force throughout the entire playing area. The only areas where mats will be allowed are both the 14th and 15th holes on any acknowledged rocky areas. For the duration of the Women’s May Tournament, spotters on those two hole will have mats for those lady golfers especially visiting golfers, who would not have a mat. Any enquiries relating to the preferred lies and the permitting of mats should be referred to Club Captain, David Morgan.

Ray Hopwood.

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