Grafton’s Bob Pyke ‘week of golf’

At long last, a welcome return to some reality with the first Saturday competition for some months taking place last Saturday with an 18-hole Single Stableford.

The number of players taking part may not have been that great (79 starters) however the quality in the scoring was relatively high despite the lack of any regular golf for such a long time.

Playing off a handicap of one (1), Jackson Wright was the overall winner with 40pts made up with 22pts around the front and 18 around the back, with just the one blemish on the back, with nil points on the 10th hole.

In A Grade it was Jamie Arthur (11) who got the cash with 38 points from Graham Tracey (9) who put together a steady round of 37pts.

A countback was required to sort out B Grade with both David Wilks (14) and Justin Rainbow (12) completing their rounds with 37pts, David eventually proclaimed the winner.

There was a two-shot gap between the winner of C Grade, with Henri Arnold (31) recording 39pts from Daniel Usher (19) on 35pts. 

In the nearest the pin component of the competition, Richard Maguire (21) dominated, claiming two of the five NTP prizes on offer as both 10th (145cm) and 17th (369cm) which resulted in a birdie and par for both of these holes, and seven (7) Stableford points.

The Pro Pin on the 1st was taken out by Andrew Loy (14) putting his tee shot just 51cm from the cup, Jackson Wright (1) added the NTP on the 6th to his weekend haul of trophies with his tee shot into the 6th finishing 172cm away, the remaining NTP hole on the 14th was not claimed.

To receive a Pro Ball for your golf efforts, you required a score of 31pts or better to qualify for one, which may seem a little low, considering the course is quickly returning to its normal high standard, condition wise.

Next Saturday will be an 18-hole Single Stableford which will be the beginning of the Bob Pike ‘week of golf’. 

The Legacy Day which was originally scheduled for that day has been moved to sometime in early August. The precise date to be advised a later date.

Following the Saturday competition, on Sunday of the Harvo’s Shootout Target challenge was held with just under 40 players taking part. In the end it was the combination of Neil Haywood and Matthew Worthing who got their hands on the major proportion of the available prize money on offer; they were then followed by Irwin Perring and Sue Blake, just ahead of Tony Gallagher and Brett McConnell.

The men’s chipping competition the win was awarded to Brett McConnell with Di Alderman taking out the ladies’ division. 

The putting competition was taken out by Tony Gallagher and Brett McConnell. Brett as usual displaying his all-around exceptional golfing ability. 

The next round of the shootout to be held within the next 2 or 3 weeks.

On Tuesday July 12 the annual Herron Stakes Day will be held which normally attracts a near course capacity field. The competition fees for that day will $30 per player which allows you entry into the Stakes component as well as the hole in one competition. To secure your preferred time slot it would be to your advantage to nominate early. 

There will be no Veterans golf competition on that day.

Following on from the Stakes Day will be the 36-hole Herron Cup to be held on Saturday and Sunday July 16 and 17 sponsored by the Lion Organisation. Intending players for the 36-hole event must nominate and pay their entry fees prior to hitting off on the Saturday. Those players who are just playing in the 18th hole events on Saturday or the Sunday can pay their competition fees on the actual day.

With the course returning to normality, all regular competitions will now return, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday competitions for men as well as the hole in one Jackpot will resume which now stands at the maximum $1000 level. Our thanks to the greens staff and their band of volunteers who have made it possible for the return of golf.

Ray Hopwood