Grafton Lady Golfers’ captain Jan Patterson, president Peg James and May Tournament organiser Dell Burke prepare for the May Tournament.
Grafton Lady Golfers’ captain Jan Patterson, president Peg James and May Tournament organiser Dell Burke prepare for the May Tournament. Adam Hourigan

It's 'all systems go' for golfers

LAST year’s flood couldn’t stop it, so why would some light rain curtail tomorrow’s Grafton Lady Golfers’ annual May Tournament?

Heavy storms battered the Grafton District Golf Club last year, forcing organisers to move the event to July.

But with just light rain this time, it’s ‘all systems go’ for when the action tees off for the 150-competitor field.

A two-ball event will be held tomorrow before the 36-hole stroke competition on Thursday and Friday, with Saturday’s mixed four-ball to round out the fun.

Grafton Lady Golfers’ president Peg James said, if anything, the weather had added to the allure of the competition, which draws players from across the eastern states.

“Last year we got flooded out, but we did eventually have it in July,” she said.

“But (this year) our course is looking wonderful, given the rain.

“And we get players from all over. We get them from Queensland, Sydney and out west.”

An all-star field including Gene Darl, Jane Horne, Shez Mayer, Sharyn O’Grady and previous event winner Barbara Moore will take part.

This would make the tournament ‘far and away the biggest thing’ on Grafton Lady Golfers’ calendar, James said.

Progressing from one of the few events of its kind, the 47-year-old annual tournament has spawned similar competitions throughout the state.

“It’s the biggest (event) that we have and it’s one of the biggest tournaments on the North Coast,” James said.

“When it started it was one of the very few two-day events in the area – now every club has one.

“(And) it’s becoming more and more competitive to get new members.

“(But) I think people will keep coming to our event knowing they will be getting a really good event.”



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