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Bone of Contention

With a promise given by our ladies just on 12 months ago on a coach trip home from Sawtell that we would “rise to the challenge” this year to overcome the Sawtell Lady Golfers in our annual interclub competition, we have managed to do just that.
Last Wednesday saw a field of over 80 players, including 20 from Sawtell, contest the stableford event. Quite a few of the Grafton ladies posted great scores on the day and we were able to wrestle back from Sawtell the Ashes of the Bone of Contention.
Captain Noeline announced an average score of 30.28 points for Grafton to take the win from Sawtell’s 28.10 points, to the jubilant cheers of the Grafton players.
It has been seven years (2008) since our players have held the trophy and our President Heather was very proud of her players and thrilled to accept the trophy from Sawtell’s President and Acting Captain, Joy Lawrence.
The ladies were delighted to welcome Peter Gibbons of the Bank of Queensland to our presentations as the generous sponsor of the day’s event. Peter well and truly relished congratulating and presenting the trophies to the lucky winners. Thank you Peter for your continued support of our ladies golf.
Best players for Sawtell on the day were Maureen Ryan with 34 on a three way count back from Rosemary Krneir and Suzanne McMullen.
President Joy congratulated the Grafton ladies and made mention of the great day and camaraderie that all her ladies had enjoyed.
Sawtell players dominated the nearest to the pins with Helen Haynes taking the 1st, Raewyne Leeds the 6th and Joy Lawrence for her second shot on the 17th. Grafton’s Gold Medallist, Elaine Shand was the winner with her second shot on the 10th after sinking her birdie putt.
Grafton’s prize winners were Soo McPherson (38), Sharyn O’Grady (37) and Elaine Shand (36c/b) in Div 1. Millie Harris (39), Jan Davis (37 c/b) and Kay Eccleston received the Div 2 prizes. Sandra Gleeson (40), Jean Milne (37), who played lovely golf but unfortunately those half a dozen rued short putts let her down. Lizzie Smith (36c/b) was 3rd placed in Div 3. Balls were given to a score of 31 points on a c/b.
With our Party Day set down for Wednesday 25 November, perhaps it is time to give some thought to your team composition and the dress up costumes for the day. Your committee have selected the theme for this year’s dress up as something beginning with the letter “P”.
We trust that our ladies have all their purple jacaranda regalia, aka golf outfits, ready for our much anticipated and very traditional Jacaranda Open 4bbb Day which is to be held on Friday of this week. We look forward to welcoming all our visitors for this event and wish all players a happy Jacaranda, good golfing and the best of luck.
As usual, a vast array of fantastic prizes is up for grabs thanks to our long-time supporters and wonderful sponsors, Westlawn Finance and we look forward to their representatives’ attendance for our presentations following play. We have witnessed in past year’s a touch of royalty at our presentations which always adds to the spirit and atmosphere of the day.
Julie White

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