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Rain forces Gwen Gadd Memorial and Friendship Day to be abandoned

Disappointingly, for the second time in the past three years, our Gwen Gadd Memorial and Friendship Day, which was to be held last Wednesday, had to be cancelled due to the weather. However, on a positive note, President Heather together with a few of the committee ladies and a few players, were able to enjoy a lovely morning tea and get together with Debra Gadd, who had travelled from Newcastle for the event.
Perhaps it was due to the cancellation of Wednesday golf, that enabled us to see a super field of 40 starters enter our Stableford competition on Friday. With some tricky, heavy and muddy patches on the course, together with our perplexing Greens at present, scores reflected the difficulties faced by many.
The big hitting Elaine Shand was the best in Div 1 on 34pts with Renae Amos taking 2nd with 30 on a c/b from Marianne Mannell. Div 2 winner was Judy McFarlane with 36pts, followed by Eve Macpherson on 32 and Anna Bidstrup on 31.
Mary Katte was the winner of Div 3 with 34, Sue Byrnes placed 2nd on a c/b from Helen Irving with 30. Nine balls were given to a score of 27pts on a c/b.
Our NTP winners were Marianne Mannell (1st) and Elaine Shand (10th).
Saturday ladies had a chilly start to the day however, the 12 eager ladies all had a most enjoyable morning’s golf. Viv Nichols returned the best score with 36 Stableford points. Janette Blair, placed 2nd with 33.
Janet Croft with her well placed tee shot on the 1st which finished a mere 10cm from the hole, gave her a nice birdie and the NTP prize. Two balls were awarded (Chrissy and Kate) to a score of 30pts.
Peg James and Jan Patterson travelled to Coraki for their Open Day last week and both had a good day with the usual lovely hospitality provided by the Coraki. Peg took out 1st place in Div 1 with 36 Stableford points. Jan was also in the winner’s circle with a NTP.
Women’s’ Golf New South Wales Country Week for our ladies is fast approaching and “tour director” Peg James reports that entries (180) are the highest in all the years of Grafton travelling to this always great event. In a break from tradition, this year’s event will be held at courses around the Central Coast area.
With a contingent of 36 lady golfers (including 19 from Grafton) and players from Coolangatta-Tweed, Tenterfield, Yamba, Maclean and Nambucca Heads travelling on the bus, which is scheduled to depart bright and early on Sunday September 4, plenty of fun is certain to be had by all. Julie White