Grafton golf thrives under Covid restrictions

Weekend competition

Fields in both our mid-week and weekend competition continue to impress despite the circumstances relating to COVID-19 and our Club’s strict observance of all those restrictions. 

Last Saturday’s September monthly mug field, which was a 18 hole Stroke event, is a good example with just under 130 starters in the Tomsy’s Timbers sponsored competition. With a score of 69 nett, Greg Tozer (16) was the mug and overall winner for the day and now qualifies for the Gold Mug playoffs scheduled for later in the year. One shot in arrears to Greg were three players on nett 70, Mick Beehag (12), Terry Sampson (12) and Peter Johnston (10).  Mick and Terry were rewarded with the win and runner-up in B Grade with Peter picking up the win in A Grade, r/up was John Tracey (9) with 73.  Just the one shot separated the place getters in C Grade with Jesse Langford (17) completing his round with 72 from Clive Taylor (18) on 73 on a c/b from Greg McCaughey (18).

Jamie Stockton (16) realised every golfers dream by recording a hole-in-one on the 6th hole. Unfortunately for Jamie, due to COVID-19 the hole-in-one jackpot is temporarily suspended so he will have to repeat the effort when the jackpot is re-instated. Jacob Cox (5) produced an eagle on the 18th which was the highlight of his round. 

Pro balls went down to players on 76 nett on a c/b. 

Next weekend the event will be a 18 hole single Stableford, on this occasion sponsored by Naeco Blue.

Mid week competition

In last Tuesday’s Members/Veterans competition a total of 120 players teed it up, the competition on that day also incorporated the first round of the 36 hole Veteran’s Championships. A countback was required to determine the winner of the members competition with Stephen Summerell (13) and David Brown (24) both finishing with 66 nett and that was the order they finished. The second r/up position was awarded to Paul Harvison (10) with 68. The second round of the Veteran’s Championship series was held this week and the results for all four grades will be announced in next week’s column.

A total of 94 players made the effort to play in Thursday’s competition with Mark Hackett (16) the outstanding winner on the day with 45 Stableford points. Mark was followed by Michael Gane (9) with 42 with Tony Pidcock (22) gaining himself a little of the prize money on offer with a decent score of 41. 

Pro balls went down to those on 36.

There has been some concern by a couple of Grafton golfers relating to the admission of any visiting golfer to our competition, under current COVID-19 requirements. Any player with those concerns can be assured that any visitor outside our LGA is not permitted to play on our course at any time, including social play, as well as competitions. Any visiting player from within our LGA can play, however are subject to confirmation from their home Clubs of their residential status. All members can be assured that our Club complies with all COVID-19 restrictions as determined by NSW Health as well as Golf NSW without exception. Confirmation that members are satisfied that the Club maintains a safe and enjoyable golf environment under COVID conditions is clearly demonstrated by the almost record fields that continue to turn up each and every day.

Ray Hopwood