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Not one…but two holes in one at Grafton

There is no doubt that when our course becomes just that little more difficult than normal, that difficulty is reflected in the scoring.
That was in evidence last Saturday when the best score on the day from the almost 120 starters was 40 Stableford points, which on this occasion was achieved by Patrick Vacchiano (12) resulting in him winning the overall trophy provided by event sponsor “The Clarence Motor Group”. The next best score was produced by Danial Usher (23) who completed his 18 holes with 39 , which easily gave him the win in D Grade. Daniel held the Clubhouse lead for much of the day, being a morning player, that is until Patrick arrived with his winning score late in the day. Those two players were followed by a host of players, all recording 36 points which was all you needed to win the various grades.
A Grade was taken out by Tim Bartlett (6) from John Dahl (7), who finished one shot behind Tim with 35. It required a c/b to determine B Grade, with Paul Ensby (13) successful over Kieran Walsh (14) both with 36. Both Graham Lentfer (19) and Denis Gosling (17) finished with 36 points to claim C Grade, and that is the order they finished in following the c/b. In the run down for a proball, nine players finished with scores of 32 points from which five were successful in being awarded with a ball. Obviously those players with scores better than 32 also gained a ball for their efforts. In the NTP component of the Saturday competition, Paul Grieve (8) claimed the Pro pin on the Mark Harvison sponsored first hole his shot finishing 237cm from the pin. Simon Loadsman’s (7) shot on the 6th finished 83cm. Clint Corbett (8) handled the par 3 10th better than everyone else, his tee shot stopping 283cm short. On the par 3 17th hole, the NTP prize provided by GJ Gardner Homes-Clarence Valley, was awarded to Dough Taylor (13) who was easily the best on the day, finishing a mere 63cm away. Bob Pattison (327cm), Dean Hayes (400cm) and Geoff Gilbert (173cm) all claimed the NTP awards for their second shots into the par 4’s 4th, 8th, 14th holes respectively.
As anyone who plays our course on regular Club competitions would be aware, should you achieve a hole in one on the par 3 1st hole is awarded with a cash bonus of $200 provided by hole in one sponsor, JT Cleaning Services. In the last three weeks two players have cleaned up with successful hole in one shots. Firstly it was John Dougherty in a Tuesday competition. That has now been followed by Robert Usher, with his hole in one effort in last Tuesday’s competition. Most of us are just happy to hit the green, to record a hole in one would be unforgettable. Our thanks to TJ Cleaning Services for providing the extra incentive to try just that little bit harder with our tee shots on the first.
Normally, the first Saturday of each month is reserved for the monthly mug competition, however that will not be the case this coming Saturday as the event will be a 18 hole 2 Man American Foursomes. On this occasion the sponsors will be Club members Chris Wheelahan and Dennis Pye. This is a unique event and deserves our support. The September monthly mug is scheduled for Saturday 10th September. According to our official programme book the annual Naggers Cup is scheduled for this coming Sunday. Due to the fact that a fairly large contingent of our Lady golfers will be attending Country week, the timing of the Naggers Cup event has been amended. That event will now take place on Sunday, September 18.
In another change to the golf programme, the Maclean Open day date originally scheduled for September 18 has also been changed to a date to be advised. This event also incorporated the Maclean round of the 2016 Tooheys Shield. As soon as a date is known we will advise intending players accordingly
Ray Hopwood

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