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Putt’s ‘n’ Pars from Grafton Golf Club

Plenty of golf action on the weekend with a 2 Man Ambrose on Saturday, which was followed on Sunday by a mixed 2 Person Ambrose, both events serving as qualifiers for the NSW Keno 2 Person Ambrose series. However much of the golf action on the Grafton course focused on the mid-week competitions, particularly the Tuesday event which not only attracted a really good field of just over 100 players, but the scoring and standard of play was absolutely outstanding.

In a high scoring competition, Bob Turns (19) played one of the best rounds of the year by scoring an outstanding score of 45 points to completely dominate the field, picking up wins in both the members and veterans divisions as well as taking out the Veterans August round of the Amgrow Challenge. Bob is now the leading qualifier in that particular series with his 45, the final scheduled to be decided on 12th September. For those who like to know such things Bob’s card reveals scores of 23 points around the front, backed up with a further 22 on the back 9. With a score of 42 Peter Fysh (21) secured the 1st runner-up spot in the members competition followed by a visitor from Willunga Golf Club, Robert Lohmeyer (14) on 41 from Jason Casserly (8), Brian Dougherty (20) and Stephen Castle (20) on a countback. Pro balls in the members competition going down to 35 points. Brian Dougherty (20) claimed the 1st runner-up spot in the Veterans division from Stephen Castle (20) both players recording 41. Pro balls going down to 34 on a countback for the Veterans.

Yamba visitor, John Martin (9) led the Thursday field home with a handy score of 40 points from Billy Darby (10) and Kingsley Smith (11) both on 39. Pro balls going down to 35 or better.

No doubt the shot of the week belongs to Chris Wheelahan (12) who recorded a hole-in-one on the 10th in the Thursday competition which would have resulted in some financial pain for his regular playing partners, and at the same time picked up the hole-in-one bonus on offer that day.

There were 122 starters in Saturday’s Farrell McCrohon Stock Agents 2 Man Ambrose in which the winners of the event, Brenden Cleaver (7) and John Frame (16) recorded a score of 66 gross resulting in a net score of 60.25. In 2nd place with a net score of 60.750 was the combination of John Thompson (8) and Andrew Connor (17). They were followed by Paul Hewitt (15) and Jesse Langford (15) with 61.50 against their names. Pro balls went down to pairings with 65.75 or better. With a great shot into the 1st finishing just 31cm from the cup, Glen Roots (23) picked up the Pro pin prize for that effort. Glen held the nearest the pin prize on the 6th for some time, until Allan Donaghey (13 came along and knocked him off with his tee shot finishing 159cm away. On the 10th it was Eli Fahey (12) who got the cash with Shane Essex (11) the closest on the 17th.

The playing numbers may have been down in Sunday’s mixed 2 Person Ambrose, but there was no doubting eh quality of play by the event winners, Janeen Roberts (19) and Neil Hayward (19) who combined really well to record a score of 76 gross for a net score of 66.5. Just the single point in arrears to Janeen and Neil were Heather Purtill (12) and Brian Napper (10) who had the best gross score on the day with 73 hits, however with their lower handicap were unable to catch leaders, completing their 18 holes with a net score of 67.5. The nearest the pin awards went to Sharyn O’Grady (11) on the 1st, Brian Napper on the 6th, Di Chapman the 10th with Allen Shanley (26) too good on the 17th.

This coming Saturday the men’s competition will be a single Stableford with Studdy providing the trophies for the competition. The event will also serve as the final and 4th round of the Clarence Valley Rural & Industrial Supplies Winter Consistency trophy. The current leader in this series is Graham Tracey with 110 points followed by Tony Blackadder on 107. Next in line are Damien Blair and Jackson Wright on 105 closely followed by Shane Essex on 104. All these players are then followed by a host of contenders all in with a chance of taking out the series.

Ray Hopwood

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