From left, Janelle Branch, Mary Mork and Kay Eccleston enjoy the moment after Mary finds out her fairway drive has finished in the hole.
From left, Janelle Branch, Mary Mork and Kay Eccleston enjoy the moment after Mary finds out her fairway drive has finished in the hole.

Appetite whet by action on day one

THE Grafton Ladies May tournament got underway yesterday with golfers from across the state taking part in the annual event.

The four-day tournament teed off with a Four Ball Best Ball Stableford competition and local favourite Jean Dahl and Sue Regusen their presence felt, emerging as gross winners on a 32 scratch.

The nett winners were Gay King and Carolyn Garland. (For the complete scorecard see Sports Roundup on page 32).

While there was some rain and a chill wind, the conditions did not dampen the spirits of the 114 competitors who were in action.

Grafton Ladies president Peg James said competitors from as far afield as Sydney and western NSW have nominated for the tournament.

Mona Vale, Jamberoo and Armidale are just some of the home clubs listed on entry forms.

Mary Mork grew up in Calliope and is a member at Cromer Golf Club in Sydney. Each year one of her old friends invites her up for a golf-based visit.

“I love the course here, it is easier than Cromer. The course also looks great and I love the greens here,” she said.

Maclean golfer Helen McFarlane takes part in the event each year because she likes to support local clubs and likes the idea of a two-day event.

“It is also good for competition with many on low markers,” she said.

“I’m thankful we didn’t get as much rain as I thought we would. It has been a good day, I have thoroughly enjoyed it.”

The 36-hole scratch event will start today and before wrapping up tomorrow.

The tournament will culminate on Saturday with an 18-hole mixed couples competition.



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