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Jen Townsend is Grafton Ladies Golf Champion

The final round of our 72-hole championships for 2015 was played last Wednesday with Jen Townsend holding onto her lead after round three to win her maiden Ladies Club Championship. Jen finished on 353 after sinking a monster putt for a great birdie on the par five 18th hole to come in one shot ahead of last year’s winner Sharyn O’Grady.
After driving her tee shot into the hazard on the 16th, Jen thought that she had all but blown her chances. However, she rallied to come home with a par on the 17th as well as the birdie on the last.
Special thanks were given by Jen in her speech to her playing partners, Janette, Jean and Marianne for their steadying influence in the final round and of the “good battle” that she had had with Sharyn over the four rounds.
President Heather Robinson presented an excited Jen with the historic Ann Bawden Perpetual Brooch.
Elaine Shand had a great final round (70) to come in as the Div 1 Nett Champion on 305 with Marianne Mannell r/up on 307.
For the second year in a row and playing her renowned steady golf, Mary Atkins was the Div 2 Champion on 407, three shots clear of Shirley Avery (410). The always effervescent Mary, was presented with the Sally Beresford Perpetual Brooch.
The Nett Champion for Div 2 was Sonya Baker on 311 with Mary Atkins r/up on 316.
Jan Hamilton continued her great championship form, and didn’t let the nerves get to her, to be awarded the Div 3 champion on 430 and was presented with the Roylene Denning Perpetual Brooch. Lorraine McLaughlan was runner up on 437.
Gai Leeson was the Div 3 Nett Champion on 317, one shot ahead of Jan Hamilton.
Congratulations to all our winners and it was lovely to have two of our esteemed golfers,Sally Beresford and Marie Keynes, in attendance for the presentations, celebration cake and bubbles in the clubhouse.
The winners of the day’s trophies on Wednesday, should all be looking radiant in the coming weeks, thanks to the wonderful gift vouchers provided by Pure Perfection Day Spa. Elaine Shand with a 70 nett received the Div 1 voucher, Cathy Jones (72c/b) Div 2 and Gai Leeson (74) Div 3. Putting winners were Jean Dahl (26c/b) Div 1, Fay Shields (30c/b) Div 2 and Sue Byrnes (32c/b) Div 3. Elaine Shand was also the winner of the Stephen Donnelly Financial Services Aggregate for the month.
Last Friday’s Stableford competition saw a welcome return to some run on the course for some players, and attracted a field of 26 starters. The huge hitting Robbie Wilkes came in with a massive 41pts for the winner’s “cheque” in Div 1 followed by Lorraine McLaughlan on 38pts for 2nd place with Renae Amos in 3rd place on 35. Div 2 winner was Sandy Gleeson on 35, Marie Watsford placed 2nd on 34 and Jan Davis was 3rd on 31.
The final round of the 54-hole Weekend Championships was held on Saturday. Junior golfer, Courtney Fuller is this year’s weekend champion after finishing with a total of 245 gross with Chrissy Danvers the runner up on 283. Fuller was the nett winner also on 226 just two shots ahead of Chrissy.
Chrissy had an awesome final round on Saturday with a return to form when she came in as the day’s winner with a fabulous nett 69. Sue Petty is enjoying her Saturday golf and was rewarded as the best putter with 30.
Grafton Lady Golfers have Gai and Barry Leeson in their thoughts and prayers following their sad loss.
Julie White