Grafton men’s golf

Things maybe a little difficult in the world of golf, however that did not deter the 91 starters who contested the Clarence Valley Tyres 18 hole single Stableford conducted last Saturday. 

With an outstanding score of 46 points, Jason Casserly (10) was the clear overall winner on the day, 4 points clear of his nearest rival, Paul Langford (7) with 42, who was the best of the A Grade players.  Runner-up in A Grade was Brian Napper (9) who put together a consistent round of 40 points to claim that prize. 

John Hough (10) made a successful return to Grafton golf with a steady 38 points for which he was awarded the r/up spot in B Grade, just the single point in arrears to Mick Beehag (14) with 39. 

Results in C Grade were a little more defined, with Peter Gibbons (16) taking out that grade with 39 points 3 points clear of David Wilks (16) on 36. 
A gap of 5 points separated the winners in D Grade with Mitch Rose (27) clearly the best with 38 with Ron Baker (23) who may have been a little surprised to be awarded the r/up spot with just 33. Due to the fact that the current playing conditions do not permit any nearest the pin trophies, there was no Pro pin awarded. 

Obviously the hole-in-one jackpot remains in recess due to the same conditions and will remain at that status until the eventual relaxation of the playing conditions. 

Pro balls however were available and went down to those on 31 points on a c/b. 

Nominations for next Saturday’s Findex 18 hole Stableford have all but reached capacity due to the two player per group restriction. However there maybe a few vacancies outside the advertised tee times both before and after the times as per the online times. To possibly secure one of those time (prior to 6.15 or post 2pm) you will need to contact the Pro shop on 6642 5413 without delay, you may just secure a spot.

Last Thursday’s competition attracted a good field of 50 players which resulted in several good scores being recorded. Returning from injury, Craig woods (13) quickly returned to form with an accumulation of 43 points, three shots clear of r/up Bill Blaikie (20) on 40. A countback was required to determine the 2nd r/up spot with both Gerry McMullan (19) and John Dahl (8) returning scores of 39. Gerry eventually being awarded the prize. 

Pro balls went down to all those with a score of 33 or better. 

In Tuesday competition an even bigger field of almost 80 players teed it up with Dek Pabian (22) claiming the top spot with a handy 40 points. The runner-up spot went to Chris Wheelahan (13) just the one point behind on 39. Once again a c/b was required to sort out the 2nd r/up spot, with Bonville visitor (and past Grafton member) Grant Rickwood (1) being awarded the position with 38, with Wayne Creighton (18) the unlucky player on the wrong side of the countback. Pro balls went down to those golfers with 33 or better.

A further casualty of the current conditions that apply to golf at this time is the formal presentation of trophies at the completion of any competition. As all would appreciate any congregation of members is not permitted, which is unfortunate as our sponsors cannot be formally recognised for their more than appreciated contribution to Grafton golf. Hopefully that situation will change, sooner rather than later, however all our sponsors can be assured that they are not being forgotten in the current circumstances.

This Sunday a special 9 hole medley Stableford competition has been organised with tee times commencing at 11am, through to 2 pm. The cost to members will be $12 per player. This is on a trial basis and if supported may become a little more regular in the future. This event replaces the scheduled 18 hole mixed event detailed in our programme book.

Ray Hopwood