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Grafton District Golf

It was great to see one of our veteran and more regular supporters of golf, Leo Jordan (28) claim the win last Saturday with a superb score of 43pts in the Central Coast Motors 18 hole single stableford. A quick inspection of Leo’s card reveals a total of 19 points around the front 9 and a massive 24pts around the back, which was made up of 3, 4 pointers and an unlucky wipe on the par 4 12th. Not only did he accumulate a great score, but he also claimed the nearest the pin trophy for his 2nd shot on the par 4 14th hole, finishing a mere 125 cm’s from the cup. Obviously he made the birdie putt to secure one of his 4 point holes. As a further reward, Leo lost just the one shot to his handicap for his effort.
Simon Loadsman (6) continues with his good form to take out A Grade with a score of 41pts, 4 shots clear of his nearest rival in that grade, John Spry (3) who finished with 37 points. With a score of 42 points, Ron Hockey (11) was the winner of B Grade from Shane Essex (14) who finished on 40pts. Only the one shot separated the top 2 in C Grade when Sam Davison (19) was successful in that grade on 40 points, from the runner-up, Greg Tozer (15) with 39 points. The same scores were recorded in D Grade with Ryan Sheather (24) recording 40pts over Davis Windsor (26) who finished on 39. In the pro-pin department, Billy Heath was the best with his tee shot on the 1st finishing just 113cm’s from the pin to claim a pro-ball only 2 players with a score 35pts from the 10 players with that score were awarded with a ball, together with anyone with better than 35 points.
Next Saturday the Jacaranda 18 hole 4BBB is scheduled, which will include the return match between the visiting Armidale players and Grafton. Armidale currently lead in this inter-club competition by 99 points. However the home course advantage should help the Grafton team substantially reduce that gap. Living Turf are the suppliers of the trophies for that day.
The following weekend, the Annual 36 hole Jacaranda Open will be held. This particular competition attracts entries from all over the North Coast and Clarence Valley Clubs as well as several Brisbane Clubs. Particularly Virginia Golf Club, who at this time have 38 nominations in. That event being co- sponsored by Coca Cola Amatil and Tooheys Lion Nathan.
For those golfers who were wondering if the Annual Summer Teams competition is happening, will be relieved to learn that series will commence again this year on 8th November. As always teams are made up of 7 players, with the 5 best scores to count from the weekly round robin 9 hole competition. Matches can be played anytime Sunday to Saturday with nominations now open. This is a fun competition which enjoys strong support from golfers of all skill levels and has been part of our golf programme for almost 20 years.
Anyone wanting to represent our club at a district level, will have an opportunity to do so with the upcoming round of the 2015 Tooheys Shield. This particular round being hosted by the Iluka Golf Club on Sunday 15th November. The Iluka Golf Club has a great reputation for its outstanding hospitality as well as a course which is enjoyed by players of all standards. Club Captain, Neil Hayward, is hopeful of sending a strong team to contest the round, and if you want to be part of that team, just place your names on the nomination sheet on the notice board.
Despite excellent weather conditions for playing golf last Sunday, only 32 players (16 pairings) turned out for the Holiday Coast Meats Jacaranda 4BBB Stableford. The husband and wife team of Allen and Cheryl Shanley were the winners on the day with 44 points. Two teams finished on 43pts with Graham Smith and Gail Knell being declared 1st r/up team from John & Marianne Mannell on a countback. Pro-Balls went down to teams with 42 point or better.
Ray Hopwood

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