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With the current drying conditions, and the return of significant run on our course, there were some pretty hot scores recorded in last Saturday’s
Ravens Smash Repairs Monthly Mug.
Taking advantage of those conditions was Alan Wade (21) who was by far the best on the day with an exceptional score of 64 nett, which equates to 85 off the stick, a remarkable effort. That score of 64 recorded by Alan is the best so far in the current monthly mug series for 2016. Normally if you had recorded a score of 66 nett in this type of event, you could be excused for thinking that it would be an overall winning score. But as Timmy Newsome (12) discovered on Saturday that was not to be, as his score of 66 nett was only good enough to claim B Grade. If it is any consolation to Tim, that score was clearly the best of his grade, as the r/up, Gavin Butler (13), could only manage a respectable 71 to claim that position.
Scotty Davis (8) put a nice round together to claim A Grade with 68 nett from John Dahl (8) who finished with a 69. A countback was required to determine the winners in C Grade, as Terry Laybutt (18) was rewarded that Grade win from Bruce Wotton (18) with both players recording excellent scores of 67 nett. John Mannell (26) won D Grade in his own right, by returning with a great score of 70 nett, to just edge out Ryan Sheather (23) who finished with a commendable 71 for a deserved runner up trophy. There were 10 players who finished with 73, from which only 6 were rewarded with a pro-ball. Everyone else better than 73 also gained a ball for their effort.
Next week the Saturday competition will revert back to a 18 hole single Stableford, on this occasion being sponsored by Greensill Bros. Another long time supporter of Grafton Golf.
Our midweek golfing fraternity have had some really enjoyable golfing conditions with some good scores as a result. There was none better than Barry Leeson on Tuesday who recorded a great score of 40pts to not only take out the members competition, but he also claimed the veterans Amgrow Veterans Challenge which was held in conjunction. Barry, who is recognised as the “ Mr Nice Guy” of Grafton Golf not only received all the cash and trophies on offer, but he was also rewarded with a one shot reduction to his handicap which no doubt would have tempered the smile on his face.
The 1st and 2nd r/up winners in both the Veterans and Members competition, were Bruce Powell and Alan Ferguson respectively,both recording scores of 39pts. There were 83 starters in those two competitions with Pro-Balls going down to 33pts on a countback.
The Thursday field also attracted strong numbers with almost 70 players taking on the course. Two players, Trevor Gleeson and Matt Dougherty both completed their rounds with a score of 40pts. Trevor, over Club website Guru, was rewarded with the win from Matty following the countback procedure. Next best was Graham Lentfer with 39 points. To secure a pro-ball in this particular competition you needed a score of 35pts or better. In the 9 hole competition which is held conjunction with the 18 hole event, Mark Robson was declared the winner with 20pts, not a bad effort for just 9 holes.
Grafton Motor Group have continued the Toyota involvement with Grafton by their sponsorship of the opening mixed event for 2016.
Obviously the 2 person Ambrose format could not encourage an excess of players, however the quality of players made up for the shortage of numbers. For the record, the husband and wife team of Elaine and Gordon Shand got the cash with a 69 off the stick resulting in 62 3/4 nett. The brother and sister combination of Nick and Courtney Fuller should not be unhappy with their scores, finishing with a good score of 63 1/2. The next mixed event is scheduled for 13th March and will take the form of 2BBB which will prove to be more popular and should attract a greater field.
Ray Hopwood

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