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Grade A winner Zeke Huish seen with Macfarlane family and friends before his winning round. Image: Contributed

John McFarlane Memorial to Zeke Huish

The rain held off just long enough to complete the John McFarlane Memorial at Maclean on Saturday.

In A Grade, Zeke Huish just pipped island local Steven Potter by c/b on 39 points; Corey Lewis was only just behind on 38 points.

Winner of B Grade and highest points scorer of the day on 41 points was Stephen Burton. He was the winner of the men’s McFarlane award just two shots clear of Derek Bloomfield. Helen Graney came third in Grade B and won the women’s McFarlane award; second in the women’s McFarlane award was Tracey Johnson.

Peter Saunders was closest to the pin on 2 with Zeke Huish rounding off a dominant day with a low sneaky close one on the 7th. Kate Thompson from Grafton landed just short of the 11th, but an unlikely amount of run got her very close. Stephen Follington from Howlong found the difficult pin position a breeze on 17 and Stephen Burton capped off his big points day with an excellent second shot to the front of the ninth green to win the Thistle award.

Club prizes down to Scott McNeilly on 34 points in A Grade and to Tiffany Lee from Yamba in B Grade.

Thursdays Stableford played in clear but heavy conditions was a slog for all competitors but out on top in A Grade was Stephen McKenzie with a fine 40 points; just behind him was the classy but quiet John Porter.

In B Grade Don Skaines just beat his handicap on 37 points to win over Matt Doherty on 34 points with deserved club prizes down to 34 points in both grades.

Chris Wheelahan was closest to the 2nd pin with the very straight Leigh Barrington close to the 7th. David Bruton had slightly lucky thinned shot pull up close to the 11th pin and Graham Edwards made light of the water all around the 17th to get in very close.

The Thistle prize was won by the in-form Alan Weick.

The Woodford Island course has taken a hammering with steady amounts of rain just stopping some parts of the course drying out. At the moment it will be closed until at least Wednesday of this week, if there is no further rain.

Miles James

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