Relaxing of rules under Covid for Grafton golfers

Weekend competition

It is said that practice makes perfect, Danny Li (7) would practice his golf skill more than anyone else in the Club. 

In last Saturday’s Naeco Blue 18-hole single Stableford he smashed the 123 man field with a blistering score of 46 points, five points clear of his nearest rival, Justin Rainbow (15) with 41. That score of 46 equates to a 3 under par 69 score off the stick, which is a just reward for all the practice and effort Danny puts into his game. 

As a consequence of his 41, Justin Rainbow (15), was awarded the win in B Grade from Paul Grieve (12) with 39 on a c/b from Tim Gooley (15). 

The best of the 33 A Grade players was Jacob Cox (5) with a score of 40 from Tony Blackadder (7) on 39. 

Two points separated the major place getters in C Grade with Sebastian Cox (32) winning that grade with a good score of 40 points with Wayne Creighton (17) picking up the r/up spot on 38 on a c/b from Neville Higham (17). Neville’s score without doubt enhanced by his effort on the par 4 14th, his 2nd shot in finishing just 29cm from the cup and with the easy birdie putt, earned a very easy three points for the shot of the day. Graham Tracey (8) also put his 2nd hot close on the 14th finishing inside the one metre threshold required to also qualify for the eagles nest shootout with Neville to be decided later on in the year. 

The remaining sharp shooters in the NTP department include Aiden Langford (11) who captured the Pro pin on the 1st finishing 106cm from the pin. Brett McConnell (8) claimed the 6th (432). On the 10th it was Sebastian Cox (22cm), the 17th went to John Tracey (232cm) with Danny Li putting his 2nd shot into the par 4 4th hole 53cm from the pin. Pro balls went down to player on 34 or better on a c/b.

Next Saturday the event will be a 18 hole American Foursomes with Dennis Pye and Chris Wheelahan providing the trophies.

Midweek competition

Thee Tuesday Members/Veterans competition attracted a field of 104 starters with five players all finishing their rounds with a nett 69. Following the c/b process Rod Masen (19) was declared the winner, the 1st and 2nd r/up spots went to Athol Green (13) and Bob Turns (20) respectively. The remaining two players on 69 were Jeff Hackett (6) and Ron Hulm (14) having to settle for just a pro ball for their good golf.  Pro balls going down to those on 74 nett.

Seventy eight starters contested the Thursday competition with Chris Tuite (22) claiming the top prize with 43 points, followed by Mark Stephenson (21) with 40 from Tim Newsome (17) on 39.  Pro balls going down to golfers on 35 following a countback.

General news

Due to the relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place over recent weeks, playing conditions have virtually returned to near normal. Groups of four are now permitted with two player able to share a cart. The NTP jackpot has been reinstated with the top prize of $1000 on offer. All booking to be made on line. 

There will be no formal presentation until further notice, a requirement of Golf NSW. 

For those involved with mixed golf, this coming Sunday the annual Naggers Cup will be held. The event will take the form of an American Foursomes and play will commence with a 11am shotgun start. Nominations to be completed on line.

Ray Hopwood