Grafton golfers preparing for May ladies tournament

Weekday competition

It was a tough week for Grafton golfers last week, if the course closed sign was not in place, then players were restricted, particularly in the use of motorised carts with field restricted to walkers only. 

However on Tuesday almost 90 players were able to get a game in the normal Tuesday members/Veterans competition. Despite the tough conditions there were some reasonable scores with a three way c/b required to sort out the various winners.  In the end it was Stephen Hancock (10) who received the major trophy with his 39 points. The first and second r/up spots going to Tony Gallagher (7) and Darryl Berry (22) respectively for their 39 point score. 

Pro balls went down to those with 30 on a c/b. In the Veteran’s component of the Tuesday competition the results were almost the same with the exception of the first r/up spot which went to Darry Berry with Robert Usher (20) claiming the second r/up spot. 

Pro balls also going down to those on 30 on a c/b.

Weekend competition

There is no doubting the popularity of Ambrose golf in Grafton, with just under 150 starters in the Johnno & Dianna Johnson Memorial day and again supported by time family friend of the Johnson family, Bruce Wotton. 

Although playing conditions were exceptionally difficult, the winning score of 58.5 was a great effort by the team of Rowan Butcher (9), Jordan Weller (15), John Want (24) and Sam Wicks (12) whose card revealed a gross score of 66 hits. Although their score card required some intense interpretation before the result could be declared. The combination of John Taylor (9), Riley Taylor (16), Jamie Stockton (15) and Matt Muller (25) produced a gross score of 67 which resulted in a 58.845 nett result to claim the first r/up spot. The second r/up went to Trent Dickson (9), Kane Dickson (18), Tim Gooley (24) and Mark Stephenson (21) with a nett score of 59. Pro balls went down to those teams on 63.375 or better. John Tracey (7) just missed out on the hole-in-one jackpot finishing just 48cm from the cup on the 1st and had to settle for the Pro pin as his reward for such a top shot.

Coming events

Next Saturday the competition will revert back to an individual event, that being a single Stableford. 

On this occasion, George Tillman of Georges Tree Services, together with The Stihl Shop Grafton will be providing the trophies. The event will also serve as the qualifier for the Grafton Undercover Storage Singles knockout, for which the top 16 players will progress to knockout stage. Should you want to qualify please mark your card appropriately indicating that intention.

As most regular golfers would be aware that on Saturday May 29 the event will be a 18 hole Mixed American Foursomes, which is the final component of the Annual Ladies May Tournament. A large contingent of 20 ladies from Mona Vale Golf Club have indicated their intention to play and require a male partner for the event. If any men golfers can help out and partner one of these Mona Vale ladies, give your name to Mark Harvison and he will make the necessary arrangements. The event itself has been an important part of the ladies tournament for more than 50 years with local accounting firm AC Small Maxwell part of that association for most of that time, and it is a great event to be part of as a player.


Ray Hopwood