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Grafton men’s golf season starter

Saturday competition

Our 2022 golf season is now officially underway with almost 200 players taking part in last Saturday’s McLennan Earthmoving formal opening day, despite the ever present chance of rain. The course and greens were in terrific condition and as a result there was some very impressive scoring. Just 2.750 shots separated the top four teams in a very competitive field.

At the end of the day it was the combination of Riley Taylor (13), John Taylor (9), Matt Muller (19) and Aaron Hartmann (12) who were awarded the overall win with a gross score of 61, which equates to a nett winning score of 54.375. They had 21 hits around the front made up with 7 birdies and 2 pars around the back 9, they had a total of 32 hits, 4 birdies and the rest pars. That score of 54.375 was 2.250 clear of the r/up team of Steven Camac (8), Justin Rainbow (13), Jackson Wright (scratch) and Scott Brown (6) a very formable team who recorded a gross score of 60 (31 front 29 back) for a nett score of 56.625. A check of their card reveals they achieved a total one eagle, 10 birdies and the rest pars, it was only their adjusted handicap of 3.375 which denied them the win.  The 2nd runner-up team consisted of Rowan Butcher (6), Jamie Stockton (15), Daniel Blackman (16) and Jordan Weller (12) who put together a very respectable nett score of 56.875. Just behind that group were Matt Beetson (7), Ben Gapps (22), Tony Webber (23) and Joshua Arndell (11) who completed their 18 hole with 57.125 against their name to be awarded with 3rd runner-up spot.  Pro balls went down to those teams with a nett score of 60.375 or better.  I

NTP’s: John Taylor (9) claimed the 1st (93cm), David Green (10) was very close on the 6th (48cm); the 10th went to Paul Thompson (7) 182cm with Terry Ord (15) picking up the 17th with this tee shot finishing 127cm from the cup.

Next Saturday the event will be the February monthly mug which as normal will be a Stroke event, with the mug winners progressing to the Golf Mug play-offs to be held towards the end of the year. 

Prior to the Saturday event, on Friday the postponed T.G.I.F. Christmas event will be held. Competition will commence with a shotgun start at 11am preceded by a card draw for partners and a few social drinks. T.G.I.F. members should note that your membership fees for 2022 will be due and payable on the day.

Virginia golf trip

Names are still being accepted for the annual inter-club visit with Brisbane’s Virginia Golf Club, which is scheduled for March 4-6. Details of the complete itinery, together with the nomination sheet are up on the Club notice board. 

One very important condition relating to the trip is that all those who intend going must be double vaxed to be eligible to play and enter Brisbane Golf Clubs. This is not a condition imposed by the Golf Club’s involved with the trip or Grafton Golf Club. That particular requirement is one imposed by the Queensland Government and will remain in force unless amended by Queensland authorities. For any details relating to the Virginia trip, contact Club Captain and trip organiser, David Morgan.

Correction

Golf Club members should note that the winner of the Grafton Under Cover Storage knockout was incorrectly identified in the Club’s annual report which is to be confirmed at the A.G.M. this coming Sunday. The winner of this particular knockout series was Sam Davison, not Ron Phillips, as incorrectly recognised in the report. The Club apologises for the error and congratulates Sam for his success in the series.

Ray Hopwood

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