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Grafton 27-hole Mixed Foursomes Championship washed out

The weekend rain may have been welcome, however it did have a negative effect on our golf activities. From a field of 140 plus nominated players just 66 players braved the conditions in the Muddy & Studdies Servo 18-hole single Stableford on Saturday. 

Playing off a handicap of 6 Brendan Cleaver produced a round of 40 Stableford points to take the overall win. The wet conditions did not cause any concern for Brendan who recorded a very consistent 20 points on each 9, his card revealing entire wipe free 18-holes. 

Twenty A Graders took up the challenge with three players from that group completing their rounds with 35. Following the three way c/b Tim Bartlett (1) was declared the winner from Graham Tracey (7). The remaining player in that grade on 35 was Ian Langley (7) who had to settle for just a pro ball for his effort. B Grade attracted the largest group of players with 23 players. Peter Brennan (14) with a fine round of 36 was the leading player from Alfie Groves (13) on 34.  It has been quite sometime since the C Grade winner has featured in the results with John Dougherty (18) recording the 2nd best overall score of the day with 37. Just 12 players contested C Grade with the r/up to John being Robert Usher (19) on 33. The weather conditions must have got to the D Grade fraternity with just 11 players. Michael Corfe (22) may have been a little surprised to win the grade with 31, however he was a dominate winner with his nearest competitor being Aiden Langford (24) two points in arrears with 29. From the six players who completed their rounds with 31 points just two of them earned a pro ball for their effort, Bob Turns and Greg Harvison, the remaining players relegated to the also ran status following the required countback.

Unfortunately the 27-hole Mixed Foursomes Championship scheduled for Sunday had to be postponed to a date yet to be fixed. A total of 54 players had nominated for the event which would have been one of the biggest mixed field for many years. When the revised date has been decided fresh nominations will be required at that time.

All Grafton golfers will be pleased to learn that the hole-in-one jackpot has now been reinstated. The normal non compulsory entry fee will be applied for those wanting to take a chance on scoring a hole-in-one.  Obviously the jackpot prize only applies to Club competitions and only on the par 3 holes. The jackpot was suspended due to the Coronavirus situation and the reintroduction will be a little late for those five players who scored an ace during that time. They will just have to do it again.

Ray Hopwood 

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