Sports

Eight times successful for Mathew Worthing

No doubt one of the feature events of our annual golf programme at the Grafton District Golf Club is the Coca Cola Amatil & Tooheys Jacaranda Cup held last weekend over 36 holes.
With rounds of 78 and 73 (151), Mathew Worthing, playing off scratch, claimed his 8th Jacaranda Cup, which he first won in 1998 and has dominated ever since. Mathew did not have it all his own way as Woolgoolga champion, Logan Toms, who plays off plus 3, also recorded 151 strokes, but was unfortunately unavailable for a play off and organisers had no alternative but to award the trophy to Mathew. No one could dispute a more than worthy recipient of the trophy. In the nett scheme of things, the best there, was a Virginia player, David Breitkreutz (15) who completed the 36 hole event with a very commendable nett score of 140. For a complete rundown of all the scores and the various division winners refer to the official results sheet located at the Club.
One further result which should be recognised was the best school boy score and that went to Willow Harris (8) who finished with a gross score of 168, which is a outstanding outcome for the 14 year old who has a big future in the game.
In last weeks column we advised that the Grafton men’s Veteran presentation and AGM was scheduled for Tuesday 1st December. That information was also displayed on the Veteran’s notice board. That event has now been brought forward and will happen on Tuesday 24th November, as indicated in the programme book. The same playing conditions will apply as before. The start time for activities also remains the same with a shotgun start at 9.30am. Names are still required for the various committee positions, with the nomination sheet for that purpose on the Veteran’s notice board.
For those unfortunates who currently employ the use of long or belly putters will no doubt be aware by now that the body anchoring of such putters will not be permitted as from 1st January 2016 (rule 14-16). Information relating to this major change can be found on the Club’s notice board. That particular document also explains how the rule applies to various methods of stroke and also addresses more general questions which may arise due to the changes. That particular document is too lengthy to reproduce here, therefore for those players that the changes apply to should refer to it. Alternatively information can be obtained from www.randa.org/anchoring, or better still have a chat to our Golf Professional, Mark Harvison.
For those players involved with the 2015-2016 Summer teams competition, that particular series has been put back a week and the weekly round robin competition will now commence this coming Sunday. The normal playing conditions remain the same.
This Saturday the trophies will be provided by Grafton Advanced Coast Security. The event itself will be the November monthly mug and as normal will be a Stroke competition. For those players who engage with mixed golf, the next event for you will take place on Sunday 22nd November and will take the form of a 4BBB Stableford. Following on from that, the final mixed event for the year will be the Christmas themed competition to be held on Sunday 6th December. Fields for all mixed events this year have been down a little and organisers hope that trend will be reversed in both of those competitions, which will ensure a strong finish for mixed golf for the year. Players should also be aware that commencing on 30th November the end of year major greens renovations programme will commence. We have always enjoyed first class greens at Grafton and the renovations can only ensure that this standard is maintained.
Ray Hopwood

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