Brothers scramble best in wet
THE three Tracey brothers and their mate Paul McErlean will represent Grafton Golf Club in the Holden Scramble regional playoffs after claiming honours in the local event sponsored by Ken Casson.
Peter, John and Graham Tracey combined with McErlean to score an impressive 62 and 7/8 ambrose points in Saturday's event to finish eight points clear of the team captained by Golf Club president Trevor Townsend.
The winners made the most of their early tee time, posting their score before the afternoon drizzle settled in.
Townsend and his teammates were among those who hit off late and as such were forced to contend with increasingly cold and wet conditions.
"It was a good day of golf, and keenly contested, but the morning players definitely had the best run of the course," club professional Mark Harvison said.
"I don't know how much difference it made but the runners-up played in the afternoon and still shot a good score.
"It's always one of those days where teams come back to the clubhouse rueing missed putts or lost opportunities."
The winning team will now play other winners from around the north coast at the intimidating Bonville Golf Resort course south of Coffs Harbour. The regional final will be played in October.
Should the Grafton golfers progress past the regional stage, a playoff at one of Australia's best courses beckons, as does a swag of prizes.
Steve Casson, manager of sponsor dealership Ken Casson Motors, didn't let all the prizes slip away on Saturday.
His nearest to the pin prize on the 10th hole ensured he got some sponsorship money back.