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Grafton Men’s Golf

The Grafton Ally Fabrication (Tony Blackadder) July Monthly Mug attracted an excellent field of 120 starters with the coarse proving a real test of golf for those players. This is despite the fact that preferred lies through the green were in place in an attempt to make play just a little easier, especially for the longer markers.
The winner of the mug, David Gilbert (17), completing his 18 holes with a nett score of 69. Woolgoolga Golf Club visitor Michael Johnson (15), recorded the best overall score of the day with a nett 68, unfortunately for Michael, being a visitor was ineligible for the mug. A Grade player, Ian Langley (9) was the Club house leader for most of the day with a score of 70 nett, unfortunately losing that lead by the fast finishing Gilbert and Johnson who were amongst the last players to finish. For his effort Ian was awarded the A Grade win from Graham Tracey who finished with 71. Bradley Deece had little trouble in seeing his way around the coarse, claiming B Grade with a fine 70 nett. Following a rather long absence from Grafton golf, George Cowan proved he has not lost any of his golf skill, finishing in the r/up spot in B Grade with 71. David Gilbert (17) was also awarded with the win in C Grade with Billy Byrnes (18) r/up with 72. The scoring in D Grade was a little more definite with Robert Usher (26) establishing a three shot win over r/up Ricky Paxton (24) with a 71 to Rick’s 73. To win a pro-ball you needed a score of 76 nett or better on a countback. Bob Wicks (18) claimed the pro-pin on the Mark Harvison sponsored 1st hole with is tee shot finishing just 74cm from the pin.
Club captain, David Morgan, is responsible for the setting up of the coarse. He has advised that the roped off areas on both the 12th & 16th holes are to be regarded G.U.R and as a result should your ball finish within that area you must take a compulsory drop at the nearest point of relief. This playing condition will remain in force until it is deemed fair to play the ball where it may lie in the designated G.U.R. no exceptions.
Two of our more regular Tuesday golfers, Tim Newsome (13) and Neville Higham (18) finished with 38 points and it required a countback to decide who was what. In the end it was Timmy who got the nod, with Neville having to settle for the r/up spot. That was the order they finished in both the Veteran’s and Member’s competitions. In the members competition Al McLeod (19) claimed the 2nd r/up position with 37 points with John Dougherty (22) being awarded that podium position in the Veteran’s component of the Tuesday competition with 35. Pro-balls went down to 30 points on a countback.
With a great score of 41 points, Cyril Coombes (17) easily won the Thursday competition, three shots clear of his nearest rival, Shane Essex (14) on 38. Ron Hulm (15) was the next best with 37. Pro-balls went down to 34.
Next Saturday the Don Bellamy Memorial Day will be held with Don’s family, Wendy, Jon & Mark providing the trophies. The event itself will be 18 hole 4BBB Stableford with prizes for both the gross and nett scores. Our July golf programme continues next Tuesday with the Herron Stakes day which will take the form of a 18 hole single Stableford. The cost for the day will be $25 per player which gives automatic entry into the sweepstakes component of the competition. The normal Tuesday walk up start will not apply on this occasion with nominations to be processed through the computer terminals located through the Club house or Pro Shop. Following on from that event will be the 36 hole Herron Cup scheduled for Saturday and Sunday July 15-16. Nominations are now open for that event, which is sponsored by Coca Cola Amatil with a anticipated maximum field for this event, it is advisable to get your entries in as early as possible to ensure your preferred tee off time. Ray Hopwood