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Michael Corfe plays the round of his life

A outstanding field of 130 starters at Grafton contested last Saturday’s Dennis Pye & Chris Wheelahan sponsored 2-man American Foursomes, a rather unique event in our golfing programme. 

It was no real surprise that the combination of club Champion Matt McKee (+2) and Trevor White (12) were the best on the day with a gross score of 71, resulting in a nett result of 67.25.  Both players being very strong tee to green and more than handy on and around the greens. Just 1.5 shots in arrears to the leading pair were Mick Beehag (10) and Craig Langford (4) who completed their 18 holes round with a nett score of 68.75. Craig who always players exceptional golf and is possibly one of the best putter in the Club was well supported by Mick and deserved their r/up spot. The 2nd r/up went to another strong combination of Mark Dougherty (6) and Brian Napper (8) who finished with a gross of 75 and following the application of their 5.24 handicap ended up with 69.75 nett. 

To win a pro-ball you needed a nett score of 72.75 or better to earn one. 

All regular Saturday golfers should note a major change in next Saturday’s competition which was originally scheduled to be the September monthly mug, a Stroke event, will now be a 2-man Ambrose. The change was necessary to allow the qualifying round for the NSW Keno 2 man Ambrose (the main condition relating to the Ambrose, each player must contribute at least 6 drives each, to be completed within the prescribed time). The September Mug will now be held on the following Saturday.

Mid-week competitions

There were some unbelievable scores recorded in the mid-week competitions beginning on Tuesday with Michael Corfe (21) playing the round of his life to accumulate a massive 48 points for his 18 holes. A score such as that is regarded as a good effort in a fourball format, however to achieve it as an individual player is absolutely amazing. With a score of 43 points, Richard Maguire (19) that score under normal circumstances would be good enough for a win. However he had no choice but to settle for the r/up position. The 2nd r/up spot went to Bob Mawhinney with 42. 

Pro-balls went down to 33 on a countback. 

The Veteran component of the Tuesday competition, the same three players featured in that event which is held in conjunction.

On Thursday, Ron Hockey (14) was the star leading the 70 man field home with 41 points. Following a countback, Noel Allen (18) and Dek Pabian (20) were awarded with the 1st & 2nd r/up positions respectively with 40. 

Pro-balls went down to those on 34 or better. 

It has been noted over the past two or three weeks in both mid-week and weekend golf that there has been an apparent increase in the number of players being disqualified. The main reason obviously relating to the signing of score cards. To prevent this happening, it would be helpful to pay a little more attention to the appropriate signing of cards and avoid any disappointment.

Ray Hopwood

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