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Putts n Pars 27th February 2023

Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club

Weekly Competition

Not only are the Grafton Golf Club weekend golf fields remaining strong the midweek fields are also positive, which indicates an increasing popularity of the game in Grafton.

For example, in last Tuesday’s (21st February) competition a total of 77 players teed it up, which included 66 Veterans, with the scores at the top of the leader board very tight. In the members competition, Karl Studd (19) was the star on the day recording a very strong 42 points to get the cash. Two players, Tony Gallagher (9) and Peter Brennan (15) shared the next best score, one point in arrears to Karl with 41 for which they were awarded with the 1st and 2nd runner-up positions respectively. Twenty five Pro balls were handed out to players with 33 or better on a countback and the two nearest the pin winners Tony Gallagher and Bruce Baxter. The Veteran’s medley competition which is held in conjunction with the members competition was won by Peter Brennan (15) with his score of 41 points. Next in the line to Peter was another Peter, this time Peter Rouse (11) who completed his round with 40, two points clear of Glen Jackson (25) with 38 for which he received the 2nd runner-up spot. Pro balls went down to those on 32 on a countback. The nearest the pin awards for the Vets went to Chris Wheelahan (11) on the 1st, Geoff Crispin (12) on the 4th, on the 14th it was Bob Mawhinney (23) with Peter Brennan claiming the 17th.

Almost 50 players contested the Thursday competition (23rd February) with just two points separating the top three players. Gerry McMullan (18) with his 39 led the field home, from Michael Gane (10) with 38 and Tony Gallagher (9) with 37. Pro balls went down to all players with 31 points or better.

Weekend Competition

Last Saturday’s 18 Hole Stableford event attracted a field of 106 players, which was down a little over the previous few Saturday events. Playing off a handicap of 13, Mick Beehag accumulated a total of 43 points (18 on front 9 and 25 on back 9) to easily win the event, three points clear of his nearest rival. Obviously Mick’s back 9 of 36 hits (25 points) was a contributing factor in his win and one he will remember for a long time. Two of Grafton’s leading ‘A’ graders fought out the winning positions in that grade which was eventually won by Matt McKee (1) with 38 from Jackson Wright (1) on 36. A countback was required to sort out ‘B’ grade with two players, Derek Latimer (15) and Shane Essex (13) both completing their 18 holes with 37 resulting with Derek being awarded the win. There was no doubting who the winner of ‘C’ grade was with Matthew Pye (3) completely dominating that grade submitting the second best score on the day in the process, recording an outstanding result with 40 points against his name. The runner-up on this occasion was Mitch Rose (17) five points in arrears with 35. Mitch had to claim the runner-up position the hard way by surviving a five way countback against Karl Studd (18), Shane Pitt (17), Ron Phillips (17) and Kevin Essex (24). No doubt Mitch’s 22 on the back 9 clinched the deal. In the nearest the pin department, Dougie Hughes (12) just missed the Hole-in-one jackpot of $1000 with his tee shot into the 1st finishing 21cm from the cup. As a consolation Doug was awarded the Pro pin award which is far better than nothing. The remaining N.T.P. prizes went to Jackson Wright (1) on the 6th, Darron King (21) won the 10th with Henri Arnold (23) claiming the 17th. Twenty four pro balls were awarded to those good golfers with 32 or better on a countback.

Coming Events

Next Saturday’s event will be the A. Fletcher & Associates Monthly Mug in which the competition is played under the stroke format. The overall and mug winner will progress to the Golf mug playoffs to be held later on in the year.

Club House News

Good news for those NRL experts, sufficient entries have now been received for the football tipping competition to now proceed. Late entries will be accepted, however those late entries must be before the commencement of the NRL competition.

Virginia Trip

Nominations for the Virginia trip have formally closed. However tour organiser, David Morgan, has advised that anyone who would like to go must advise him no later than this coming Friday and he will endeavour to get you on the bus.

Ray Hopwood

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