Grafton Golf – 2nd round of the annual Lion/Tooheys ‘Month of Golf’ series this Saturday

Despite it being holiday time, and together with the threat of rain, an outstanding field of 118 players contested the January monthly mug last Saturday. From that 118, a total of 15 players were from visiting golfers from various clubs throughout the State. One of those visitors, Don Penson (10) from Woolgoolga recorded the best score of the day with 68 nett. Unfortunately for Don, being a visitor he was ineligible for the mug. That honour was awarded to Trevor White (12) with a score of 71 nett against his name. He did however have to survive a 3-way countback to claim the win with Grant Titman (20) and David Wilks (13) also recording the same score. For their effort David was awarded the r/up in B Grade and Grant claimed the win in C Grade. Good scoring from all the major winners as there is little or no run on the course following all the recent rains. Scoring was tight at the top of A Grade with two players completing their rounds with scores of 72 nett. At the completion of the countback process, Tony Gallagher (6) was declared the winner, with Scott Brown (6) having to settle for r/up. Not only did Trevor White (12) take out the mug, he was also awarded the win in B Grade from David Wilks as mentioned earlier. Runner-up to Grant Titman in C Grade was the ever reliable Tony Daly (18) with 72 nett. No doubt, the difficult conditions due to the lack of run on the course hampered the efforts of our D Grade fraternity with the best score of 78 recorded by both Rick Paxton (21) and Craig Heaslip (25) and that is the order they finished in. In form golfer Terry Bowe (13) may not have featured in the regular results however he did claim the Mark Harvison sponsored Pro pin on the 1st with his tee shot finishing just 152cm from the cup. He received a dozen golf balls as well as a new shirt to add to his collection. The remaining NTP trophies were awarded to Bill Darby (13) on the 6th, Peter Fysh (21) on 10th, Tony Daly (18) added another trophy to his winnings for the day by claiming the 17th with Troy McLaren claiming the 4th with his 2nd shot to the green just 130cm short of the pin. To win a pro-ball you needed to be in the top half of the twelve players to record 77 nett following a countback. Next Saturday the event will be a 18 hole Stableford, which will be the 2nd round of the annual Lion/Tooheys Month of Golf series. The competition will also incorporate a round of the Bendigo Bank Summer consistency cup. That particular series has been reduced to six rounds with only your 4 best scores to count in the final tally. The final round is scheduled for Saturday 30th January. Members are reminded that the 2020 Annual General Meeting has been rescheduled for January 17, commencing at 11am. Nomination for all the Board of Directors positions remain open and will close 6pm Sunday 10th January. The formal opening day of the 2021 golf season is scheduled for Saturday 6th February and will take the form of a four man Ambrose. The event being sponsored by McLennan Earthmoving. As usual a large field is anticipated so now would be an appropriate time to construct your team. Ray Hopwood