Golfing at Maclean

Thursday medley Stableford

A heavyweight midweek field competed with good scoring, particularly in Grade A.

Leading the way in with a very solid 40 points was Justin Lavender. Close in on his heels was Paul Duck on 38 points.

In Grade B, young Sean McFarlane won with 38 points, closely followed by Glen crooks just one point behind.

Nearest the pins were Geoff Craigie, Brendan Payne, John Lockyear and John Harrison.

The Thistle hole was not awarded this week.

Ball prizes down to 33 points in both grades.

We welcomed visitors from Yamba, Grafton, Iluka, Glen Innes and Noosa and all found the course playing hard, with only two of them getting up to 30 points.

Saturday monthly medal 

Playing off the black tees in very moist conditions meant most golfers got at least one more shot handicap. The eighteen remaining single figure golfers were left trailing in the wake of  Maclean’s own PGA pro Paul King. His level par round gross was  a seven under nett total of 66, which gave him a three shot buffer from the otherwise excellent rounds from Fraser Marsh and Mark Rae.

Even though they missed out on the major prizes it was good to see very good rounds from low markers of level par or better: frequent visitor Jeff Hackett Grafton GC; Vice President Terry Adcock; President Geoff Grayson on his 70th birthday, Alex Robison and welcome return to the competition field for Paul Bamback.

Ball prizes down to 76 in Grade A.

In Grade B, Dylan Spagnolo from under water Yamba had a magnificent winning net 66. He was a full four shots clear of Greg Doolan and Jonah Menzies. Only six other golfers bettered or equalled the DSR for the day of 73. They were in-form Sean McFarlane, Kylie Ryan, Coby Tabor, Anthony Mee and Milo James.

Ball prizes down to nett 76.

Section C was taken out by the smooth swinging Ted Harvey, Kaye Grayson celebrating husband Geoffs 70th birthday was just one shot back and she just squeezed out on count back Mark Williams and Axel Kay.

Notable was Mark Raes drive, eight iron and putt eagle on the 14th and MartinTischlers nearest the pin on the 11th, just 20cm behind the hole.

Other nearest the pins were Maclean’s course new superintendent and clubs lowest marker Shaun Rose on the second and Mark Curry from Charleston G.C. on the 7th.

The thistle prize on the ninth was won by John Phillips from Grafton G.C.

With Yamba golf course closed again it was great to see so many Yamba members getting out to experience Maclean at its longest.


Miles James