‘Hole in One’ for John Dougherty at Grafton

By his own admission, Bill Newman’s recent golf form has been anything but inspiring. However that all changed last Saturday when he won the Grafton Print May monthly mug. Playing off a handicap of 16, Bill put together an outstanding round of 82 gross, to finish with a 66 nett to claim the overall win. It was not an easy runaway win, as Bill had to survive a countback to claim the prize as Stephen Summerell (17) also recorded a nett 66 for which he was awarded the C Grade win. Runner up in that grade was the always consistent Jim Packwood (18) who completed the 18 holes with a 70 nett. The best from the 22 A Grade players who competed was Dan Hillier (8) who finished with a score of 70 nett, just edging out Ian Langley (8) who finished with a 71. There were a couple of good scores in B Grade, which resulted in our recent retiree, and ex Captain, Neil Hayward (10) claiming that grade with a 69. Dougie Hughes (11) made a strong challenge to overtake Neil, but just missed out with a 70 nett and had to settle for the runner up spot. Brian Hewitt (23) recorded a score of 74 nett, which was good enough to take out D Grade from Billy Dahl (26) who finished with a commendable 75 for which he was awarded the runner up trophy. In the run down for a Pro-Ball, 8 players finished with 76 nett, with only one, Bobby Smith gaining a ball on that score. Everyone else with 75 or better were successful in securing a ball. The Pro-Pin on the 1st was won by Simon Loadsman whose tee shot finished just 177cm from the cup for which he received the trophy provided by our Golf Professional, Mark Harvison. Next Saturday will be a big weekend for the family of one of our Past Presidents of 6 years, and life member Johnno Johnson as they are the sponsors of the scheduled 4 person Ambrose in memory of Johnno. Nominations are strong for the event, however there remains several vacancies in the field should you want to play. There is a significant variation to the normal playing conditions that apply to ambrose events. The main variation is that each player must record a tee shot on a Par 3/4/5, which is to be recorded on your score card. This is a great event, to honour a past energetic and popular member whose contribution to our club history is appreciated by all our current membership. Due to circumstances, we were unable to produce our weekly golf column last week which prevented the recognition of a hole in one by John Dougherty, on the Par 3 , 6th hole. This is a just reward for John for all the dedication he puts into his game through hours of practice each and every week. With the annual Veterans Wintergolf Festival currently underway this week, the normal Thursday competition will not be held this week. Any Veteran who would like a game, can enter for Thursday’s event by completing the appropriate entry and submitting it as a post entry. The same allowance is available for Friday which has been programmed as a men and womens 18 hole 2BBBMedley in the Veterans Wintergolf Festival. For further details relating to either day just contact Mark or Jo in the Pro-Shop. Qualifying for the 2016 T.G.I.F 2 ball knockout is scheduled for Saturday 21st May. Only 16 combinations will proceed to the main draw which is one of the feature Knockout events in our Golf Year. Nominations for the qualifying event are now open. Ray Hopwood