It?s party time
By TONY WHITE
GRAHAM Dewberry celebrated his '21st' in style at Grafton District Golf Club last Sunday.
No it wasn't his 21st birthday but the 21st time the 46-year-old local golf star has won the Grafton Golf Club's A Grade Club Championships.
And in what turned out to be a memorable occasion for the Dewberry family, Graham's 17-year-old son Ryan won his first ever Club Championship in the C grade division to make it a family double.
Graham Dewberry, despite playing with constant pain and a restricted swing due to a nagging elbow injury, scored an amazing come-from-behind win to oust last year's champion Matthew Worthing.
After the first two rounds Dewberry trailed a red hot Worthing by six shots ? Dewberry shooting 69, 72 (141) to Worthing's 65, 70 (135).
Last Saturday Dewberry fired a three-under 68 to Worthing's one over 72 to bridge the gap to just two shots heading into the final round on Sunday.
"I knew I had to play really well to catch Matthew and that was not knowing what he would do," Dewberry said. "We've always had good matches in the past. We're keen competitors.
"Unfortunately for Matthew he dropped off big time.
"I was striking a lot of good drives and irons and my putting did improve from previous rounds. I just buckled down and concentrated."
On Sunday Dewberry fired a one over par 72. Arch rival, seven-time club champion Worthing, had one of his worst rounds in ages, firing a five over 77.
Dewberry collected his 21st A grade Club Championship with a four-round total of 281 to Worthing's 284.
It was Dewberry's first Club Championship since 1997. He won his first title in 1976 which began a 10-year reign.
"A couple of years back I set myself a goal of trying to win 20 Club Championships," Dewberry said.
"This is a bonus and I've still got some life in me yet.
"As you get older obviously you slow down. I've had this bad elbow for over a month and had to strap it up.
"I've only been half hitting shots and couldn't follow through because of the pain.
"The elbow's still sore but this win has relieved the pain."
Dewberry, off a handicap of one, scored the classic double also winning the net title with 273 to edge out B grade winner, John Johnson (276).
He was particularly rapt his son Ryan, a Year 12 South Grafton High student, won C grade.
Dewberry's other boy's Adam, 20, at university in Lismore and Brock, 15, who attends South Grafton High, are also avid golfers with Dewberry predicting Brock a future club champion.
"Ryan's only been playing golf for about two years and is coming along really good," Dewberry said. "He's off a 15 handicap now.
"I've just shown him the basic swing and grip and fundamentals of the game.
"He's bloody hitting the ball further than me now," he said.
"I know he was really happy to win his grade."