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A feature of last Saturdays Barry Jones Smash Repairs 18 hole Stableford was the accuracy of several players on a couple of the nearest the pin holes. On the Mark Harvison Pro Pin hole on the 1st, Kin Li (12) placed his tee shot just 21cm from the cup to claim that prize. The par 3 6th hole proved to be no problem for Derek Latimer (13) when his tee shot finished a mere 33cm from the cup and was rewarded with the NTP prize provided by Advantage Hospitality Supplies and Clarence Valley Window Tinting. That shot no doubt contributed to Derek’s 18 hole score of 39 points which was good enough to claim the runner up spot in B Grade. That particular grade taken out by Ashton Anderson (13) on a countback from Derek. However those two NTP efforts were relegated to the also ran category, following John Dougherty’s effort in the Tuesday competition when he recorded his 2nd career hole in one on the par 3, 1st. This being a well deserved result for John , as there would not be a more dedicated golfer in the Club, highlighted by his practice regime of countless hours of chipping and putting when not playing the game. The best effort in the Saturday competition was produced by Peter Gibbons (13) with a score of 42pts, which gave him the overall win by a margin of 3 shots over his nearest competitor in the field of 120 players. With a score of 38 points, Ian Langley (7) cleaned up in A Grade from Paul Grieve (9) who put together a commendable score of 37 points. For the 2nd week in a row Bob Turns (2)) featured in the results by taking out C Grade with a well constructed 38pts. At the same time eliminating one of the favourites in the Grafton Undercover Storage Singles Knockout series in the process. R/up in that grade was David Page (18) with 37 points. Three players finished with 38 points in D Grade which required a countback to decide the winners. In the end it was Simon Commerford (27) coming out on top from Tony Rose (22). Russell Jones (26) was the unlucky third player in that grade to miss out on a trophy. From the 10 players who scored 34 points, only 2 secured a pro-ball for their efforts, with every one on 35 pts or better being successful. This coming weekend, the first two rounds of the co-sponsored Greg Harvison Building & Design and Jacaranda City Coaches (David & Leanne Morgan) Club Championships are scheduled. In conjunction with Saturday’s first round, will be the Craig Woods Plumbing August monthly mug which will add even more interest to the Championship series. Defending champion, Matthew Worthing, will be trying for his 13th title, as well as Greg Harvison who will be trying for his 2nd title. Greg’s form going into these championships has been very good in recent weeks, culminating with a strong victory in the recent 36 hole Grafton Bowl. However, both these players have a long way to go to catch up to Graham Dewberry who has been successful in claiming the Club Champion title on 22 occasions, a record which may never be broken or even equalled. Of course interest will not only focus on the Club Championship, but also the various grades. The 2nd round of the Championships will be held on Sunday with the final two rounds scheduled for the following weekend. The Grafton Undercover Storage Singles Knockout Series has now progressed to the quarter final stage which will need to be finalised no later than 27th August. Those players to qualify for the next round include Paul Danvers who will take on Simon Loadsman in one match. Phil Tarrant will be up against Graham Tracey in another match up with David Morgan to take on Peter Sinclair in another. Bob Turns has qualified for this particular round, however his opponent has not as yet been determined. Players intending to participate in the Ken Casson Holden sponsored Holden Scramble event scheduled for 20th August, are urged to get their nominations in early as a capacity field is anticipated for the double shot gun start. Ray Hopwood