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Grafton Golf flag sequence to change

From the 125 starters in last Saturday’s 18 hole Stableford, four players finished with a good score of 40pts which sent the countback procedure into overdrive.
Ray Hickey (28) was declared the overall winner to claim the bulk of the Bob Pike sponsorship. The other three players all were rewarded with Grade wins as follows. In A Grade it was Rohan Ford (8); B Grade Stephen Hancock (14); with John Dougherty (23) claiming D Grade; Bruce Baxter (17) proved to be the best in C Grade with a strong 39 points against his name.
The r/up positions in all grades were in A Grade – Dan Hillier (7) with 39pts; Kin Li (14) – B Grade also with 39pts; C Grade – Gary Cook (18) on 38pts; D Grade – Matt Katon (22) with 37pts. For Matt it was the 2nd week in succession that he was recognised as the D Grade r/up. Hopefully next week he can take that extra step, and claim a win in his grade.
There were some very close efforts in the various NTP trophies on offer. The Pro Pin on the 1st was taken out by Paul Gadd, 49cm from the cup; On the 6th (Advantage Hospitality Supplies) Tim Newsome – 189cm; The Hanks Kitchen on the 10th Paul Langford – 205cm; Trevor Townsend on the Eyecare Plus Optometrists 14th – 247cm; Harry Walker the 17th (G. J. Gardiner Homes) – 45cm; Dan Hillier would have held his breath on the par 4, 4th hole with his 2nd shot finishing a mere 28cm on the Solar Daily sponsored hole; The Reece Plumbing 2nd shot on the par 4, 8th hole was secured by Trevor Gleeson, just edging out Tim Newsome, finishing 710cm away; Greg Harvison recorded an eagle on the Ralf’s Mechanical par 5, 13th hole. To claim a Pro Ball you required a half respectable 34pts on a countback.
Those players involved with the T.G.I.F mini tour to Kooralbyn Golf Resort this Friday are advised that the tour bus will depart Grafton Golf Club at the ungodly hour of 5.30am. Our tee off at Kooralbyn is 10am, therefore the early start.
Players are advised that as from July 1, the flag sequence on all our Greens will change to fall in line with all other clubs in the Clarence Valley. Red flags will indicate front of the Green, white flags indicate centre of the Green with yellow flags indicating the back of the Green. These changes may not mean much to most of us, however those players with the skill to be able to hit the Greens with some degree of regularity and accuracy it will mean something.
Last Sunday, the Essential Energy Annual Charity Day in support of Camp Quality went ahead, despite the unfavourable weather, hosted by Grafton Golf Club. Their effort was very commendable raising just in excess of $4500, all those involved are to be congratulated for such a great result, for a more than worthwhile cause.
In last Thursday’s Tallow-wood Challenge (sponsored by our Golf Club Professional, together with Coopers Brewery), attracted an excellent field of almost 70 players. With the Tallow-wood, the course is set up at its most difficult where playing to your handicap is considered a good result.
Three players, Andrew Kelly (Yamba), Peter Johnson and Graham Tracey all finished with 69 nett and following the mandatory countback procedure that was the order they finished in. The 3rd and 4th r/up positions were awarded to Michael Gane and David Morgan respectively, both finishing with 72 nett.
This Saturday, a 18 hole Stableford is programmed and on this occasion sponsored by Elgas. That will be followed on Sunday with the Coles Supermarket Mixed 2BBB Stableford as well as a medley event for those not involved with mixed golf. The competition will commence with a 11am shotgun start.
Ray Hopwood

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