New hole for Grafton Golf

We have all watched the recent construction of the new Par 3 10th hole, at last the official opening of this newest addition to our course will be held this coming Sunday at 10.30am. The opening shots, and therefore the formal opening of the hole will be made by two of our life members in whose honour the hole will be known. They are of course Arthur Bernard and John Tibbs, who no doubt deserve this special recognition for their efforts and contribution to our Golf Club over many years past. Following the formal opening, the Reg and Kay McLennan promoted Muscular Dystrophy NSW (Research) Charity Day will be held. This event is normally one of our better supported mixed events and on this occasion will be a 4BBB. Play will commence with a shotgun start at 11am for which post entries will be accepted. Clarence Valley Tyres provided the trophies for last Saturdays 18 hole Stableford and the best score on the day was a superb 43 points from Paul Sutton (20). The next best score was submitted by Paul Danvers (16) who finished with 41, which gave him the win in C Grade, from Matt Day (15) with 37pts. George Cowan (13) was accredited with the 3rd best score when he posted a very credible 40pts, for which he received the trophy for winning B Grade with Ian Smith (12) the runner up on 38pts in that grade. Having the responsibility of being our Club Captain has not caused any concerns for David Morgan (6) who survived a countback from Tim Bartlett (6) to take out A Grade with both players finishing on 38pts. The results in D Grade were a little more decisive with Michael Corfe (24) winning that grade with 38 points from David Windsor (24) who completed his 18 holes with 36 points on a countback. The Mark Harvison Pro-Pin was taken out by Darren King with his shot on the 1st, finishing just a mere 1.11cms from the cup. To win a Pro-Ball you needed a score of 34pts or better. The event also served as the qualifier for the 2016 Grafton Undercover Storage singles knockout for which the top 32 players wanting to make the knockout draw have progressed too. The draw for that series is now up on the notice board with the relevant dates for the mandatory completion of the various rounds. The event for this coming Saturday is a 2 person Ambrose sponsored by Cromack Transport which will also be the qualifying round of the Grafton Glass 2016 2 man Ambrose Knockout. Only the top 16 pairs will make it through to the Knockout draw and teams are requested to indicate on their score cards should they want to qualify if their score is good enough. Saturday’s event will be preceeded by the T.G.I.F competition Friday with a shotgun start programmed for 11.30am. Also for T.G.I.F members, for those players intending to make the trip to Kooralbyn Golf Resort on June 24-25 must play their $220 to Neil Hayward by Friday. That fee covers your golf, accommodation and breakfast with the bus cost yet to be determined. Those Veterans who want to be part of the 2016 Veterans Winter Festival, nomination forms for this series are available at the notice board. The programme involves golf on Sunday May 8 which is the start of the festival with a composite Par 3 competition. That will be followed on Monday May 9 through to Friday May 13 with various daily competitions, with the exception of the Wednesday, which will return to the normal ladies competition for that week. The Winter Festival has attracted sponsorship from Glenwood Tourist Park and Motel, Sunset Caravan Park, Gateway Lifestyle Grafton and Heritage River Motor Inn. Following on from that series, the John Copeland Challenge Shield will be held on Thursday May 26 being hosted by Woodburn/Evans Head Golf Club. A free bus will be provided and nominations are now being accepted. Check the Veterans notice board for further details. All players, both weekend and midweek, please continue to monitor the notice board relating to playing conditions on our course as the preferred lies condition may change. Ray Hopwood