Grafton golf attract good fields under the circumstances

Despite the obligations required in observing the requirements of social distancing, our fields in both our midweek and weekend competitions remain strong, with a 100% compliance by all our golfers in maintaining that required distance between players.

Last Tuesday there was a field of just under 100 players teed it up in a single Stableford in the combined veterans and members competition. 

In the members competition Karl Studd (19) absolutely smashed the field with an outstanding score of 44 points, five points clear of his nearest rivals who were Peter Brennan (16) and Bob Fish (19) on 39; pro balls going down to those with 31 for members. 

In the veteran’s component of the competition, Peter Brennan (16) and Bob Fish (19) shared the top spot with their 39 points with Peter taking the overall win following the required countback. Bob had to settle for the first runner-up spot with Mark Dougherty (9) being awarded with the 2nd runner-up position with 37 points. 

Pro balls went down to the Veteran players with 29 points. 

On Thursday 65 starters contested the Tallowood Challenge, which is a Stroke event over 18 holes. The best of that bunch was Joe Fahey (18) with a nett score of 68. Joe was followed by three players, Stephen Follington (18), Ryan Woodlock (5) and Shane Essex (13) all completing their rounds with 70 nett. Steve and Ryan were awarded the 1st and 2nd runner-up spots respectively with Shane having to be content with just a pro ball following the required countback. 

Pro balls went down to those with 75 nett or better.

The feature event of the week was last Saturday’s 18-hole Stableford sponsored by Findex, which resulted in a capacity field of just under 100 players. The round of the day was recorded by Greg Harvison (1) with a score of 41 points, which equates to a four under par effort which gave him the overall win. Two other players also recorded 41. One of those players was Brett Mc Connell (9) who was awarded the win in A Grade, 4 points clear of John Tracey (7) with 37 points.  Brett has been playing some outstanding golf in recent times, which included a hole-in-one in late March, and a win cannot be far away. Graeme Lynn (20) was the third member of the 41 club, which was more than enough to give him the win in C Grade from Dwayne Doyle (17) on 37 points.

The scoring in the remaining two grades were very similar with the winners of both B and D Grade recording scores of 40 points. 
The winner of B Grade was Kin Li (11) from Ralf Zaffino (13) on 38. 
Graeme Rickwood (24) took out D Grade from Dek Pabian (21) also with 38 against his name. Pro balls went down to the majority of those players with 35 on a countback. 

On Sunday a new golf competition was introduced which saw a total of 21 players give it a go. The event was a 9-hole medley, played under the Stableford format. Organisers of the event were more than satisfied with the turnout and it is anticipated that future 9-hole medleys will happen on a more regular basis due to this initial success. 

For the record Hannah Blundell (38) was the best of the bunch with a more than respectable score of 23 points with Hannah’s card revealing one 4-point hole, three 3-point holes and the remaining holes all 2- pointers, very consistent golf. With a score of 22 points Jake Frame (plus 1) was the next best, his card revealing two eagles, achieved on the par 5 2nd and par 5 9th holes which no doubt was a major contributor to his score.

Finally, just a reminder to all intending players, that all nominations must be completed online, as the normal walk-up start provision cannot be accommodated under the current playing conditions. It is also advisable to submit those nominations at least seven days prior to your anticipated day of play, as due to the maximum two person grouping capacity fields are being achieved. Should the 2-person restriction be relaxed members will be advised both through the Club website, as well as Facebook. Should you not have access to either of these mediums, Mark Harvison can provide any updates as they become available.

Ray Hopwood