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Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club

The Grafton Golf Club, as a consequence of hosting the ultra-successful Dougherty Property Grafton Pro Am earlier in the year, was formally recognized at the PGA Tournament of the year awards held last Thursday at the Golf Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Club was nominated as a finalist in the Regional Tournament of the year category, against much bigger and better resourced Clubs and Grafton may not have won the category but did finish in the top 6 of all the Clubs within the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Northern NSW areas. The awards were voted on by the PGA Professionals, with prize money, tournament co-ordination and course condition, together with many other factors being taken into consideration during the judging process. Any prestige derived from the awards night can be attributed to Grafton’s Club Professional, Mark Harvison, the Clubs Match Committee, Board of Directors and the events major sponsor, Dougherty Property who were also joined by many other associated sponsors to guarantee the success of the Pro Am. Members of the Grafton Golf Club also deserve special recognition for their participation in the Pro Am and assistance in the conduct of the event on the day. Congratulations to all involved, your efforts in all aspects relating to the Pro Am tournament have been more than justified with this result.

Mid-Week Competition

Scoring continues to impress no doubt due largely to the extra run on offer at the moment, with the current dry conditions. In last Tuesday’s members/veterans’ competition the members division attracted 86 starters with the Veterans field made up with 68 starters. Jason Casserly (9) took out the members group with 42 points against his name, one point clear of Karl Studd (17) who has been demonstrating some real good form lately with his 41. Another player who features regularly in the results was Billy Darby (10) who finished in the 2nd runner-up spot with 39. Pro balls going down to 32 on a countback.

The Veterans competition was a closely fought affair with just the single point separating the top three place getters. Leading the Veteran golfers was Neville Higham (17) who put together a round of 39 points to relegate Peter Heming (21) and Peter Rouse (12) to the two runner-up spots respectively with 38. Pro balls to those with 32 on a countback.

A total of 54 starters teed it up in Tursday’s competition in which Craig Heaslip (25) was the star with a score of 67 nett to take out the Tallowood/Harvo Challenge. Next best was Dean Sing (10) who cooked up a score of 69 nett from Joe Fahey (8) on 71 on a countback from Brett McConnell (8). Pro balls to those with a score of 75 nett.

Weekend Competition

Continuing from his winning form on Thursday, Craig Heaslip (24) completely dominated the Saturday 88 men’s field with an outstanding score of 46 points to claim the overall win. In Ä’ grade, Clint Corbett (9) made the game look easy in that grade with a good score of 42, four points clear of his nearest rival, Danny Li (5) on 38. Another player who regularly features in the results, John Frame (16) scored the 2nd best score on the day, picking up ‘B’ grade with his score of 53. John was followed by Allan Donaghey (12) with 42. A Coffs Harbour visitor, Darby Pearce (31), made the trip to Grafton worth while by taking out Ç’ grade with 41 from Alan Wade (19) with 40. Matt McKee (scratch) left no doubt who was to claim the Pro pin on the 1st by recording another hole-in-one to claim the prize. The remaining nearest the pin prizes were awarded to Graham Tracey (8) on the 6th, Terry Barnes (28) on the 10th with Troy McLaren (14) claiming the 17th. Pro balls going down to 34 on the countback.

Ray Hopwood.

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