Grafton Golf Club

It was a double celebration for Grafton Golf Club head chef last Saturday for Dean Sing (15) not only was it his birthday, but he cooked up a great score of 68 nett to claim the Grafton Hotel Monthly Mug for December.  Dean has set himself up as some kind of Monthly Mug specialist winning the October Mug with a even better score of 66.  Most of us would be satisfied to win just one mug, to win two within 30 days is a mighty effort.  Dean now joins the November mug winner, Darryl Toms in the Gold Mug play-offs to be held in the latter part of 2020.

Two players, Andrew Connor (17) and Danny Li (6) completed their rounds one shot in arrears to Dean with 69 nett.  For his good golf Danny was announced as the winner of A Grade with Andrew the leader of the pack in C Grade.  Runner-up in A Grade was John Tracey (7) with 71, whereas in C Grade Lenny Jones (19) proved he can still play the game with a certain amount of skill, claiming the runner-up spot in that grade on 70 on a countback from Matt Davidson (18).  With a score of 73, Paul Hewitt (14) was the winner of B Grade from Gavin Butler (12) who finished with 74 nett. A visiting golfer from Lynwood Golf Club in Sydney, Mark Perl (36), was the best of the D Graders, taking out that grade with a 73.  However he had to win the hard way with one of Grafton’s leading Veteran golfers, Eric Schaefer (21) forcing young Mark to endure the countback process before being awarded the victory in that grade.  There was some very close results in the nearest the pin trophies component of Saturday’s competition.  Ted Strong (17) put his tee shot on the 10th (Hanks Kitchen) just 55cm from the pin.  On the 6th (Advantage Hospitality and Clarence Valley Window Tinting), Darron King (11) was just 198cm past the pin.  Brian Hewitt (19) was 221cm away on the 17th (GJ Gardner Homes-Clarence Valley).  Ian Langley (9) picked up the prize on the 4th (McKimms Real Estate), his 2nd shot in finishing just 68cm from the cup.  Peter Tracey (12) was even closer with his 2nd shot into the 14th (Ralf’s Mechanical) when he put his tee shot a mere 63cm short of the cup.  The Mark Harvison sponsored Pro pin on the 1st was taken out by Brian Dougherty (18) finishing 144cm away.  Pro balls went down to all players with a score of 75 or better.

Competition for the Saturday men’s competition from now until the end of the year will be played under the single Stableford format with next Saturday’s event sponsored by Grafton Golf Club.  Commencing on Saturday 7th December will be the first round of the Bendigo Bank Summer Consistency trophy, which will be decided over 8 rounds.  Only your best 6 scores from the 8 rounds will count in the final calculations. The 8th and final round of the Bendigo Bank series is scheduled for Saturday 25th January.  Even if you miss a round or two in this series you can feature in the results. The final mixed event for 2019 is scheduled for Sunday 8th December and will take the form of a 18 hole 4BBB Stableford with all the trophies on offer having a Christmas theme.  As usual the event will commence with a shotgun start at 10am. Nominations for that competition now open on line or through the Pro shop.

It is that time of the year that our Club Professional, Mark Harvison, would appreciate it if anyone with money or ball credits outstanding be used prior to the end of the year.  One way you could clear those accounts is to buy yourself or any family member who plays golf a Christmas present through the Pro shop.  Your assistance in this matter will be of great assistance to Mark and it is a great opportunity to take advantage of the many golf equipment specials he currently has on offer.  Or better still convert your card balance to a gift card, allowing the card recipient to choose their own gift.  Should you not be sure of the balance on your card just contact Mark or Jo in the Pro shop by telephoning 6642 5413.

Visiting golfers from Maclean, Yamba, Woolgoolga and Howlong Golf Clubs dominated the results in last Thursday’s Mark Harvison and Iron Jack sponsored Tallowood Challenge.  Coolangatta Tweed Heads and Palm Beach Golf Club were also represented, however those players found the course and its setup a little more difficult.  Maclean golfer, Terry Lawes (11), won the major prize with a strong 69 nett.  David Bruton (6) from Yamba Golf Club with a 70 nett took out the runner-up trophy, following a countback from the best of the Grafton players, Peter Herden (19).  Pro balls went down to those players with 76 or better.  The Tuesday results were a little less complicated with Grafton’s leading cricket umpire, Bruce Baxter (14) converting his cricket skills to the golf course, winning with 40 Stableford points, Scotty Scott (28) was the next best with 39, followed by Greg Tozer (15) with 38.  Pro balls went down to those with 33 points or better. These results are identical to the outcome of the Veterans component of that particular event, which was held in conjunction.

Ray Hopwood