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Grafton District Golf

It took a visitor from Charlestown Golf Club, last Saturday to show the locals how best to tame the Grafton Golf Club course.
Playing off a handicap of 23 Steven Dalley was a clear winner from the 125 starters with an excellent score of 43 points in the Greensill Bros 18 hole Stableford. Following Steven were three players, John Dahl (7) Jack Harvison (33) and Neville Gilbert (10) all finishing with 40 points.
For their efforts John was awarded the A Grade win, Jack secured the D Grade win, with Neville taking out B Grade.
No doubt after being thrust into the world of work retirement, past Captain, Neil Hayward (9) will be seen in and around the Club more often. He began his retirement campaign last Saturday by claiming the r/up position in A Grade with 37 points from Neville Henwood (13) with a respectable score of 38 points on a countback. A countback was also required to decide C Grade, with Graeme Smith (17) declared the winner from Shane Tinnock (16), both players recording 38 points. As mentioned earlier “super Vet” young Jack Harvison won D Grade. R/up was another of our really good Veteran golfers, Jimmy Peoples (29) with 39 points.
NTP trophies went to James Wilks 14th hole finished just 1cm from being a eagle Eyecare Plus Optometrist the providers of the prize for that shot; On the Advantage Hospital Supplies and Clarence Valley Window Titting 6th, Neville Higham (38cm from the cup); Trevor Townsend (91cm from the cup) then followed by Gary Clark (59cm); The Pro-pin on the Mark Harvison sponsored 1st was taken out by Neville Henwood (220cm away). Results of the other NTP trophies are as follows: On the GJ Gardiner Homes Clarence Valley 17th Craig Langford (174cm); David Morgan’s Solar Daily 4th (86cm); John Thompson’s Reece Plumbing Centres Grafton 8th (132cm); Shane Essex Ralf’s Mechanical 13th (130cm); James Wilks 10th (109cm). To claim a proball on the day you required a score of 35 points or better on a countback, which incidentally was led by Barry Leeson due to his more than respectable 23 points around the back. The only eagle recorded on the day was achieved by Greg Harvison on the 462 metre Par 5 2nd.
The Match Committee have concerns regarding the unauthorised presence of people in and around the buggy sheds, especially late afternoons. The Committee strongly ask that all the buggy sheds be securely locked no later than 3pm each day. This regardless of the fact that there maybe golf carts out on the course.
Finally, this Friday the T.G.I.F. group will be conducting their normal February competition. Intending players are asked to put their names on the appropriate nomination sheet on the T.G.I.F. notice board. The event will commence with a card draw for partners to be followed by a shotgun start at 11.30am. Neil Hayward or Bobby Smith can assist with any enquiry you may have. Post entries will be accepted. Ray Hopwood

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