Grafton golf knockout series draws toward finals

Currently we have two knockout competitions in progress, the Undercover Storage Singles and Grafton Glass 2-man Ambrose knockout, both at various stages due to the circumstances relating to COVID-19. 

Chris Wheelahan has already qualified for the final of the singles knockout having defeated Matt Katon and Brett Paxton in his journey to the final. There remains one semi-final to be played between Rohan Butcher and Sam Davison to determine who Chris will be up against in the final. 

Those golfers remaining in the Grafton Glass 2 man Ambrose series still have a long way to go before the semi-finals and finals components of that particular series. Organisers of the Ambrose competition understand that the COVID-19 situation has not been helpful in the completion of the lead up rounds of the series, and request that those players catch up their various matches as soon as possible to enable the competitions to proceed to the finals without any future delay. 

Unfortunately, the normal 4BBB knockout was unable to be held this year due to the prevailing conditions at the scheduled start of the series, however it will definitely be held again next year.

Weekend competitions

There were just over 120 starters in last Saturday’s single Stableford with two players dominating the competition, Neil Hayward (15) with 40pts and Dean Sing (13) who also cooked up a score of 40. At the end of the day Neil was awarded the overall win with Dean being declared the winner of B Grade. 

In A Grade, Craig Langford (4) was the clear winner with 39pts, two points clear of his nearest rival, Steve Summerell (4) with 37 on a c/b from Simon Loadsman (6) and John Dahl (7). As mentioned earlier Dean Sing (13) cleaned up the B Grade group with 40 his nearest rival being Kieran Walsh (14) four points in arrears with 36. 

Shane Pitt (22) was the star of C Grade with 39 just edging out Ted Strong (20) who finished his round on 38 on a c/b from Alan Wade (22). 

Pro balls went down to those on 34 points with Geoff Gilbert (13) picking up the Pro pin on the 1st, his tee shot finishing 131cm from the cup.

Veteran news

The finals of the Coopers Brewery Top Gun shootout were held a week or more ago and the last man standing at the end of the 9-hole elimination series was Glen Gardner who qualified for the final with 40 points. Runner-up was Irwin Perring who qualified with 42pts. Qualifying with 40 was Eddie Clack who claimed 3rd place in the final. Surprisingly, early favourite to dominate the final, Brett McConnell was the first man knocked out of the final, despite qualifying with 41pts. 

Following the shootout final, the Veterans held their AGM at which time the Committee to handle the Veteran golfing affairs for next year were elected. There was little change to that Committee with Jeff Hackett, Graeme Smith, Ron Baker and Bob Pike all returned as President, Secretary, Captain and general committee respectively. Also elected to the 2nd general committee position was Irwin Perring who no doubt will be a real asset in conducting the golfing arrangements in relation to the Veterans. All enquiries relating to Veteran golf, should be directed to any member of that Committee.

General news

With the formal presentation of trophies not permitted due to COVID-19 at the completion of each days competition, the various winners prizes have been issues by voucher and if not collected, are attached to the voucher award board. At this time there are many vouchers not collected and are starting to mount up. Club House Chairman, Neil Hayward has requested if you are one of those to collect a voucher, could you do so as soon as possible as the board is over-flowing with those vouchers.

Ray Hopwood