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Grafton District Golf Club

The consequence of receiving 150mls of rain (6”in the old scale), is that any golf programmed for last weekend was completely washed out. However no one should complain, as the rain was badly needed and no doubt our course will really bounce back to its very best as a result.
The monthly mug which was supposed to be held last Saturday will now be contested on 11th June and will be held in conjunction with the “More for Men” sponsored single Stableford scheduled for that day. Another casualty from the big wet was the Coles sponsored mixed/medley which was to be held last Sunday. That particular event will now be held on Sunday 25th June. Fresh nominations will now be required for that competition.
Prior to the weekend rain the mid week competitions went ahead with good fields in both the Tuesday and Thursday competitions.
The winner in Tuesday’s Members/Veterans competition was Brian Baldwin with a outstanding 42 points for which he was rewarded with both the member competition and the veteran’s event held in conjunction. John Mannell and Bill Dudgeon both finished with 41 points and were rewarded with the 1st and 2nd runner-up positions respectively, in both competitions, at the completion of the countback procedure. To gain a pro-ball for the day you needed a score of 33 points or better following a countback to be rewarded with one. Nine players finished with that score with three players missing out as a result of the countback. Just refer to the official result sheet in the Club to determine if you were one of the lucky ones.
In the Thursday competition which attracted almost 60 players, a visitor from Toukley, John Barnes, handled the course best with a score of 40 points. Following John Barnes was Noel Allan who put together a good score of 38 points from Peter Johnson on 37, who had to survive a countback from John Bowell and Warren Powell who finished on the same score. Peter Brennan cleaned up in the nearest the pin trophies, sponsored by Ford and Dougherty First National Real Estate, by claiming two of the four trophies on offer. Peter’s best effort was on the 6th, where his tee shot finished just 335cm from the cup. His other prize winning N.T.P. shot was recorded on the 17th where he put his tee shot 510cm away. Ray Evans continued his recent N.T.P. dominance by again claiming one on the 1st, just 219cm away. The final N.T.P. prize was recorded by Norm Burt on the new 10th hole, his shot finishing 492cm from the difficult pin placement, thoroughly deserving the reward. To gain a pro-ball on the day all you needed were 34 points or better.
As mentioned earlier, this Saturday will be a 18 hole single Stableford sponsored by “More for Men”, with the City Centre Apartments re-programmed June Monthly Mug being held in conjunction. On the following weekend , Club Member, Bob Pike will be providing the trophies with the competition again being a single Stableford. That event will also be the 2nd round of the Clarence Valley Rural Supplies Consistency trophy. “Pikey” not only sponsors men’s competition, but also various ladies events for which he deserves special recognition.
Those T.G.I.F. players who are going on the Kooralbyn Mini tour on 24th and 25th of this month are advised that the cost of return bus transport has been determined at $50 per seat. Tour organiser Neil Hayward would appreciate if you could pay for your bus transport sooner rather than later enabling that loose end to be finalised.
Another unfortunate casualty of the recent heavy rain was the Callaway trial day which was to be held on Monday 6th June. That particular demonstration day will still go ahead at a later date. As soon as that date has been decided you will be advised accordingly through this column.
Those players involved with the “Grafton Undercover Storage” knockout would be aware that the first round of that series was to be completed by last week. However that was no possible due to the weather and as a result the due date for completion of that round has been extended to Saturday 18th June. Compliance with the revised date will be appreciated by Club Captain, David Morgan.
Ray Hopwood

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