Grafton golf with COVID requirement

Weekend competition

There may be some fairly harsh playing conditions in place due to the COVID-19 requirements, however that did not deter 124 players who contested last Saturday’s Ken Casson Motors single Stableford. Playing in groups of two, the entire field got through the day without any undue hold ups, the speed of the game increased if anything, at the same time players were observing all COVID-19 restrictions, including social distancing.

Playing the round of his life, Brenton Branch (32) put together a great score of 44 points to easily claim the overall win for the day, which should result in a substantial reduction to his handicap of 32. With a 18 hole score of 42 points, Matthew Dougherty (14) recorded the next best score to give him the win in B Grade three points clear of his nearest rival in that group, Rory Tolhurst (15) on 39. 

From a field of 49 players who contest C Grade, two players, Jock Macpherson (19) and Peter Fysh (20) were the best of that group, both recording scores of 41, with Jock getting the best of the c/b process, and was declared the C Grade winner with Peter the r/up. 

Just the single point separated the winners in A Grade, with Matt McKee (scratch) getting the win with 38 from John Dahl (7) on 37 on a c/b from Jamie Arthur (11).  There were 13 players who recorded a score of 35 points, but unfortunately only two of those players were awarded a pro-ball in the ball run down.  Two eagles were recorded on the day, Mathew Worthing (3) on the 11th an John Thompson (8) on the 15th.  Scott Brown (4) qualified for the eagles nest shootout, which is scheduled for later on in the year, with his 2nd shot on the 14th finishing a mere 35cm from the cup. 

The Pro-pin on the 1st was taken out by Matt McKee (136cm). The remaining nearest the pin awards went to Tim Bartlett (3) on the 6th, Billy Heath (20) on the 10th and Robert Perl (17) on the 17th.  Paul Danvers (12) with his 2nd shot into the 4th finishing 276cm from the pin for which he was awarded to NTP. 

Next Saturday September 1, the event will be the September monthly mug, sponsored by Tomsy’s Timber, played under the Stroke format.

Midweek competition

The Tuesday members/veterans competition attracted a good field of 100 starters with four players at the top of the result sheets with 37 points, requiring a countback.  The winner, together with 1st & 2nd r/up spots were awarded to Bob Mawhinney (24), Ray Smith (19) and Leon McPhee (16) respectively with the 4th player of that group, Karl Studd (20) having to settle for just a pro-ball for his effort. 

Another strong field on Thursday with 83 players fronting up. Paul Harvison (11) and Kin Li (13) were awarded the major prizes with 42 points.  John Martin (26) with his 40 named as 2nd r/up on a c/b from David Morgan (11) and Mark Robson (19).

Veterans golf

Unfortunately the Veterans Golf Open Day scheduled for Monday September 27 has been canceled, again due to COVID-19. The return inter-club match for the Grayson/Hackett Shield has been postponed to a date yet to be fixed. The first round of the Veteran’s 2021 Championships was completed this week, with the 2nd round of the 36 hole series to be held on Tuesday September 7 for all four grades.


To complete this week’s column, a bit of housekeeping. Firstly should you find yourself on any rocky spot in the course general area, relief can be taken by the use of your artificial grass mats (penalty areas excluded). This condition will remain in place until further notice. Secondly should your golf ball find its way into any G.U.R. area on the course, it is compulsory that you take relief from that spot, no exceptions. Failure to comply with this condition could result in a penalty, a situation no one would want. Any enquiries relating to either of these matters should be directed to the Club Captain, David Morgan.

Ray Hopwood