Grafton men’s golf

Weekend competition

As a result of some wild windy weather, the scoring in last Saturday’s July monthly mug was not up to the usual high standard with just seven players able to play to their handicaps from a field of 116 starters. 

Shane Essex (13) was one of those seven with a nett score of 70, which was good enough to claim the mug for July. Shane recorded gross scores of 41 around the front and backed that up with a strong 42 hits around the back and following the application of his 13 handicap achieved the winning score.

Three players finished one shot in arrears to Shane with 71 nett one of those three was Bob Turns (20) for which he was awarded the win in C Grade from Daniel Usher (17) with 72 nett. Also with 71 was Brendan Cleaver (7) and as a reward was recognised as the best of the A Graders from Jeff Hackett (6), who completed his round with 73 on a c/b from David Green (9). The remaining player with a score of 71 was Jack Sheean (15), giving him the win in B Grade from Steve Houlahan (15) on 72 on a c/b from Neil Hayward (15). With his tee shot finishing just 102cm from the cup on the 1st, Jim O’Donohue won the pro-pin for that effort. Matt Davidson (10) claimed the NTP trophy on the 6th (130cm), the 10th went to David Green (9) 30cm with Frank Petty (19) the best on 17th (202cm). By virtue of Billy Bishop’s (12) 2nd shot into the 4th he was awarded the appropriate NTP trophy for that hole, just missing the eagle finishing just 40cm from the cup. Everyone with a score of 77 nett or better received a pro ball for the effort.

Next Saturday the event will be the O’Donohue/Hanna & Associates 4-person Texas Scramble. The event attracts its own special playing conditions which include each player must contribute at least three drives each excluding the par 3 holes. The best three Stableford scores on each hole to count.

Players who are involved with the Undercover Storage Singles Knockout as well as Grafton Glass 2-man Ambrose knockout, would be aware by now that the dates for the completion of the first round matches is approaching and must be completed by the dates nominated. The 2021 27-hole Mixed Foursomes Championships are scheduled for this coming Sunday with only a few nominations received for the event.  From advice received via out Club Captain, the event can only continue should significantly more nominations are received. To ensure the competition proceeds please get those nominations sooner rather than later.

Midweek competition

Our midweek competition continue to flourish, especially the Tuesday events with 100 players turning out last Tuesday. Leader of the pack on this occasion in both the Veterans and members competition was Brian Baldwin (20) with 40 points. The nearest competitor to Brian was Dean Hayes (19) who accumulated a total of 39 points, two clear of the 2nd r/up, Michael Corfe (18) with 37. Pro balls going down to 31.

In Thursday competition which attracted 51 starters, Chris Tuite (22) was a clear winner in the Tallowood Challenge with a 70 nett. Next was Peter Gibbons (16) with 72 on a c/b from Paul Harvison (13). Pro balls went down to 78 nett or better.

Ray Hopwood