Putts put them up
By TONY WHITE
THE team of Brian Dougherty, David 'Spud' Green and Tom Porter played sensational golf to win the Ken Casson-sponsored Holden Scramble at Grafton Golf Club on Saturday.
The trio carded 10 birdies over 18 holes finishing with a gross 61 and nett 54 to win the annual ambrose event that attracted 174 players.
"We just had one of those days and combined really well," 15 handicapper and Kim Dahl Real Estate salesman Dougherty said.
"We managed to sink some great putts, which you always need."
Green plays off an 8 handicap and Porter, 19.
On the front nine the trio birdied the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th and 8th and on the homeward nine came up with birdies on the 10th, 13th, 16th, 17th and 18th.
"We had a couple of near-misses, too," Dougherty said.
"On the 4th, 14th and 15th we had chips from around 100 metres out but only managed pars.
"I guess it all evens itself out in the end.
"I've been going in this event for about five years. It's great to win it, we were all happy and are looking forward to representing Grafton at the regional finals at Bonville."
The Holden Scramble Regional Finals will be staged at Bonville Golf Club, south of Coffs Harbour, in late October.
Runners-up, Grant and Margaret Rickwood and Anthony Duff, scored 63 gross and 55.5 nett.
In third place on a countback, Sam Steen, Paul Hewitt and John MacDonald, scored 64 gross and 56 nett.
Grafton professional Mark Harvison, who will team with Dougherty, Green and Porter at Bonville, said the first three placed teams would represent Grafton at the regional finals.