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Australian Par 3 Championships

The Rotary Club of Grafton finally managed to again stage the Australian Par 3 Championships after interruptions for Covid19 and washouts, hosted by Grafton Golf Club on a specially prepared course layout.

The winner this year was Jason Casserly with a fine score of 59 shots for the par 3 set up of the course. He won on a countback from Matt McKee. The net event was won by Irwin Perring with a net score of 51.3. The junior event was won by Annalese McKee with a gross score of 65. Had Annalese not faded over the last few holes it may have been a very close family affair between Annalese and Matt. A very special thanks to the major sponsors being Jacaranda Laundry who sponsored the $10,000 hole-in-one prize on offer at the 18th hole and the Grafton District Golf Club for their generous support. Thanks also to the many businesses and individuals who sponsored the event.

Weekend Competition

Competition was very tight at the top of the leader board in las Saturday’s 18 hole single Stableford, conducted by Grafton Golf Club on their very much rejuvenated course since all the recent rain. Three players, Rowan Butcher (9), Shane Essex (12) and Daniel Blackman (10) (two A graders and one B grader) finished on top of the pile with 40 points. For their effort Rowan was awarded the overall win, Danield took out A grade with Shane the best of the B graders. Runner-up in A grade was John Dahl (8) with 39, with Terry Brooks (15) claiming the runner-up spot in B grade with 38. A countback was required in C grade with both Neville Henwood (19) and Brett Paxton (18) both completing their rounds with 38, Neville eventually granted the win.

A player who regularly features in the results but has been missing in the major results in recent weeks, Brett McConnell (7) made up for that omission by claiming the Pro pin on the 1st with his tee shot just 66cm from the cup. Tim Bartlett (2) our more than regular nearest the pin specialist held the winning shot on the 10th, until Rowan Butcher came along and knocked him off by 16cm to claim the prize. On the 6th it was Ralf Zaffino (16) who got the trophy, with Brett Armfield (18) picking up the prize on the 17th. Pro balls going down to 22 players on 35 on a countback.

Midweek Competition

No doubt, influenced by the vastly improved course condition the results in Tuesday’s competition was also very tight on the top of the leader board with four players no less, all finishing with 36 points. They were Ron Phillips (13), Steve Llewellyn (17), John Tracey (12) and Kingsley Smith (8). Ron declared the overall win with Steve and John award the 1st and 2nd runner-up spots, respectively. Kingsley unfortunately relegated to the status as a pro ball winner. Pro balls going down to 33 in the members division and 32 on a countback in the Veteran competition.

The Thursday competition was also well supported with 55 players taking up the challenge. In the end it was Sam Herd (16) who achieved the win with a total of 41 points. John Dahl (8) preceded his Saturday result with another runner-up place as a reward for his 41. Kingsley Smith (8) finishing on the positive side of a countback for the 2nd runner-up spot. Pro balls going down to those on 32.

Coming Events

Next Saturday, the competition will be the December Monthly Mug, a Stroke event on this occasion sponsored by everyone’s “mate” Tim Newsome. On the following Saturday the competition will be an 18 hole Stableford which will also incorporate round one of the 8 round Bendigo Bank Summer Consistency trophy, with only your best 6 rounds of the 8 to count in the series.

As advised previously, the Club’s Annual General Meeting is to be held on the revised date of Monday 11th December commencing at 5.30pm.

Ray Hopwood

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