Courtney Fuller watches her tee shot down the 12th hole in the second round of the Grafton Ladies May Tournament.
Courtney Fuller watches her tee shot down the 12th hole in the second round of the Grafton Ladies May Tournament. Adam Hourigan

GOLF: Playoff determines Mixed Foursomes Championship

GRAFTON

Men

A playoff was required to determine the 2016 Mixed Foursomes Championships, with two teams completing the 27 hole competition with a score of 122 gross.

Defending Champion Paul Langford and Courtney Fuller, together with the combinations of Matt McKee and Janeen Roberts featured in the play-off which was decided on the first play off hole. As a result Paul and Courtney were declared the winners of the Championships, their 3rd successive Mixed Foursomes title, winning previously in 2014/2015.

In the handicap scheme of things, the results were a little clearer with John and Marianne Mannel with a nett score of 106 3/4 winning from a couple of Gleesons, Trevor and Sandie, who completed their 27 holes with a very solid 108 1/4 nett Their score equates to 136 gross which was an outstanding effort when you consider the dangers playing this particular brand of golf with your spouse. Pro-Balls went down to those pairings with a nett score of 113 or better.

On Saturday the Annual Legacy day was held, with this Charity the obvious winner on the day, raising almost $3000 to assist this very worthwhile cause with their community projects.

The Legacy Cup Winners was Kahu Tweedie with an excellent score of 42 pts. Graeme Smith claimed the Diggers Cup with a score of 36 pts against his name. These two trophies being the feature trophies on offer for the day. For the rest of us it was a normal competition.

Obviously young Mark Hough (26) has inherited some of the brilliant Golf skills of his father John, by putting together a great score of 40 pts to take out the overall prize for the day. A feature of his game was the long distance he could achieve with the driver, together with a better than average skill on the greens. Runner up in the overall competition was Ron Phillips (12) with a very credible score of 39 pts which was the 3rd best score from the 115 starters on the day.

Anthony Cavanagh (12) claimed the A Grade win with 38 pts from Clint Corbett (8) on 37 pts. There were similar scores in B Grade when Brett McConnell (13) won that grade with 38 pts from Jim Lehn (11) on 36 pts. Commencing his round on the back 9, Bob Perl (19) had his acceptance speech made out when he recorded a magnificent 24 pts for his 1st 9 holes. However his 2nd 9 did not live up to expectations as he could only must a further 11 points for a 18 hole total of 35 pts. Due to his great back 9 score, Bob was able to claim C Grade on a countback from Sam Davison (17).

It was a battle of the "two Bobs"in D Grade with Bob Smith (29) just edging out Bob Turns (21), their scores 38 and 37 pts respectively.

Only one eagle scored on the day, and that was achieved by Tony Cavanagh on the par 5, 11th. Pro Balls should have gone down to 31 pts, however you needed 32 pts or better to make the claim for one.

With his tee shot finishing just 173 cm from the cup on the Par 3 1st hole, Bruce Wotton was awarded the Mark Harvison sponsored Pro Pin Trophy provided for that particular hole .

Barry Jones Smash Repairs are the sponsors of next Saturdays event, which again will be an 18 hole single stableford. This will be a good opportunity to fine tune your game for the Craig Woods Plumbing August monthly mug, to be held on the following Saturday. In conjunction with this event will be the 1st round of the 4 round 2016 Club Championships, co sponsored by Greg Harvison Building & Design and "birthday boy", David Morgan together with Leanne Morgan (Jacaranda Coaches). The 2nd round of the Championships series is scheduled for Sunday 8th August.

The 3rd and 4th rounds of the Championships to be held on 13th & 14th August.

The various knockout series are now well underway with the 2nd and 3rd matches to be completed by 27th August. Both the Grafton Undercover Storage singles knockout and the T.G.I.F 4BBB knockout are up to the 3rd round stage with the Grafton Glass 2 person Ambrose into the 2nd round status. All players involved in these knockout competitions should take particular note of the required completion dates.

Nominations for the 2016 Holden Scramble scheduled for Saturday 29th August are now open. Intending players should be aware that a double shot gun start will be in place at 7.30 am and 12.30 pm for that particular event, made possible with the support of Ken Casson Holden Grafton. For the complete playing conditions that apply to this event, contact Club Captain David Morgan, or our Club Professional Mark Harvison .

Ray Hopwood

Peter Sinclair is hitting off on the 10th during the mixed 4's championships at the Grafton Golf Club on Sunday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Peter Sinclair is hitting off on the 10th during the mixed 4's championships at the Grafton Golf Club on Sunday. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

Women

Congratulations to all our Grafton ladies, together with our visitors, who participated in last week's Women's Golf Northern Rivers Tournament. We were blessed with three days of brilliant winter sunshine which contributed to a successful Tournament. The "Golfing Gods" cleverly timed the rains for Thursday to freshen up our course.

There were many Grafton champions both on and off the course throughout the lead up to and during the Tournament.

On course Grafton champions included Marilyn Powell who was the winner of the Irene Fuller Salver, Division Three - 36 holes WGNR Closed Championship.

Marilyn backed this win up on the Wednesday when she combined fabulously with Millie Harris to win the WGNR Open Foursomes Nett Championship for the Beryl Harris Perpetual Trophy.

The mother and daughter team of the legendary Jean Dahl and her talented golfer daughter, Sue Reguson were the winners of the WGNR Open Foursomes Gross Championship and were awarded the Silver Tray.

There were a few ladies who celebrated multiple wins during the Tournament including Marilyn, Janette Blair (Div 1 Day 2 18-hole Gross winner and R/Up with Jen Townsend Open Foursomes Div 1 18-hole Gross), Sonya Baker (Div 2 36-hole Nett winner and Open Foursomes Div 1 18-hole Nett winner with Marianne Mannell)), Julie White (Div 2 Day 2 18-hole Nett winner and R/up with Kerry Harding Open Foursomes Div 2 18-hole Gross), and Kerry Harding (WGNR Div 3 Closed Championship 36-hole Gross R/up).

Special congratulations also to Heather Purtill who had a fantastic two days when she fired a brilliant 37 hits on the back nine on day 2 to charge home to finish the 36-hole Championship with 171, which was one shot behind the winner of the Women's Open Northern Cup, Sherree Forsythe of Maclean on 170. Heather was awarded WGNR Div 1 Open Championship 36-hole Gross.

A comprehensive list of all results of the three days was published in last Friday's Daily Examiner and is also available on the ladies' page of the Grafton District Golf Club's website.

These events require a huge effort from many volunteers and it is not just an hour of seen work by one or two that warrant thanks. Many hours, both day and night are required behind the scenes by a hardworking group, often trying to do their best with limited knowledge and resources.

Special thanks are extended to our Secretary Lyn, Treasurer Marilyn, Captain Noeline and President Heather for their enormous efforts in ensuring all would be "right" for the Tournament.

Our house chairwoman, Jen, together with her band of dedicated, supportive helpers, including our flower power girls, carried out their many tasks with the utmost attention to detail, which was appreciated by all. We thank Bobby Smith, our gourmet barbeque chef who did a fantastic job.

The presentation dinner on the Tuesday night was a great night of socialising, celebrating and indulging in the wonderful meal provided by Maree and Bernadette, whom we all thank most sincerely. The superb table decorations with the theme of the Mountains to the Sea, which included the timber pillar candle holders, Jacaranda tree seedlings, purple seeds and a lighthouse, showcased the extraordinary talents of Soo and Dale.

A highlight of the evening was the unexpected delight to have the special guest, Michele Adair of Golf New South Wales, invited to address the audience. Inclusive, positive, thought provoking, engaging, intelligent, passionate and driven are all descriptions that encompass Michele.

Michele exudes a breath of fresh air to the sometimes world of stuffy, archaic and feudal corporate boards and club committees. Golf New South Wales certainly have a wonderful asset in their Director Michele.

Our fabulous entertainer for the evening, DJ Wazza, was so impressed with Michele's articulate words of wisdom, he gave her an immediate thumbs up by playing Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman", which was met with rousing applause.

President Heather Robinson presented Michele with an engraved wine glass from Grafton Lady Golfers as a thank you gift for attending the Tournament in Grafton.

With the presentations of the much sought after beautiful trophies and prizes to all the lucky winners finalised, it was onto the dance floor for many to let their hair down and boogie the night away, with DJ Wazza pumping out the music and well-received songs.

Our courtesy bus driver, Neil, ensured all made it home safely at a respectable hour for a good night's sleep before the players needed to be back on to the course on Wednesday for the final day of the Tournament.

Thanks to Grafton's No. 1 Pro and Jo who, as usual, ensured all players were off to a great start each day and catered for their every whim.

We also thank our very generous ladies who donated lovely prizes in support of our raffle which enabled us to help cover our costs associated with hosting this Tournament. The Wednesday raffle prize table was fantastic and there were many thrilled winners.

President of Women's Golf Northern Rivers, Robyn Trotter, was thankful and praised all involved in the successful staging of the Tournament, including her own Committee and the Grafton Ladies Committee.

Fifteen of our weary ladies backed up on the Wednesday night to attend a most enlightening rules seminar hosted by the very informative Rod of Golf New South Wales.

Normal competition resumed last Friday with a stableford event with a small field of 26 starters. Sonya Baker was the winner of division one with 34 points on a count back from Kaye Murdoch. Third place went to Shirley Avery on 31. Shirley Grainger was the winner of Division two with 36 from Sally Beresford on 35 and Jan Davis on 31.

Rumour has it that on Friday the warmer weather brought out the fishing rods once again with an unconfirmed report of one fish being pegged on the course. Perhaps it was the influence of the holidaymakers in the group who have just returned from their extended caravan travels. Welcome back Kaye and Narelle.

Saturday ladies stableford competition attracted a very small field of only four starters. Marg Hopkins was the winner on 31 points with Chrissy Danvers the winner of the nearest to the pin.

Round One of the Weekend Match Play Championship was also held on Saturday. Kate Thomson defeated Peg James 1 up on the 19th hole. Shirley Goodger defeated Julie White 4/2. Chrissy Danvers won on a forfeit from Courtney Fuller. Janette Blair defeated Marianne Mannell 2/1.

Today, Wednesday, is our day in support of Legacy and we trust that all ladies will dig deep and show their support for this wonderful cause. Our 18-hole stroke event will be kindly sponsored by Tania Clark of Allure Derma Cosmetic Skin Clinic.

Our event today will also incorporate the 15th and final round of the MJO Legal Winter Consistency competition. We sincerely thank Grafton Solicitors, Peter James and Paul O'Connor for their ongoing generous support and sponsorship of our ladies' golf here in Grafton.

Julie White

LAWRENCE

We are happy to announce that our Lindsay Heynes Memorial Fundraising Day for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service held on Saturday 2nd July was a great success. A cheque for $2000 was presented to Zeke their representative on Sunday for which they were very grateful.

Golfers please note that the 1st Round of our 2016 Handicap Championships is due to be held on Sunday 7th August and 2nd Round the following Sunday. We look forward to a good turn out!

The Wednesday Chook Run was won by Col Want with nett 31 and the r/up Vic Durie with nett 32. Nearest the pin on both the 4th and the 5th went begging. Least putts was taken out by Warren Hulme with 13.

Saturday's Ladies 9 hole competition was won by Molly Plunkett with nett 45 and the r/up Joy Studdon with nett 46. NTP was won by Nancy Commerford and least putts was taken out by Lynne Dickens with 15. A reminder to the ladies that they will be playing away on 13th August at Westlawn Golf Course.

Sunday, 24th July was a Stableford event sponsored by Inspiration Paints of Grafton. We welcomed the Roches Hackers for our annual 9 hole stableford contesting the Bobby Taylor Shield. This was won narrowly by Lawrence with 166pts over The Hackers with 165pts. We would like to thank them for a superb day which was enjoyed by everybody and look forward to their return next year. Our 9 hole winner was Pat Parkes with 13pts and r/up Kerry Cook with 12pts. The 18 hole winner was Ross Lamond with 39pts and the r/up Vic Durie on 38pts. The O'Halloran Motors, John Deere Lawn Care sponsored nearest the pin on the 4th went to Colleen Stockwell for the ladies and Ross Lamond for the men and on the 5th to Anthony Nagle. The Maclean Motors sponsored least putts was taken out by Ross Lamond with 12. Club Balls went to John McCormack, Warren Hulme and James Welsh. The Money Tree was won by Theo Sheppard.

Next Sunday 31st July is our Monthly Medal No 10 Stroke event sponsored by Spar Supermarket of Maclean. The starters are Danny Sliwinski and Val Davis. See you all there at 7.30 am.

John McCormack

MACLEAN

Men

Last Saturdays event was a 2 Ball Aggregate Stableford sponsored by Kate and Mark Hemmy of Grafton NRMA. Stephen McMahon and Theo Sheppard were clear winners with a great score of 77 points. Runners-up Stewart McDonald and Barry Connelly carded 73 points. Bob Harvey got his game off to a fantastic start with a brilliant eagle on the first. Well done Bob on cleaning out the Eagles Nest. NTPs went to Craig Slater on the 2nd, Mike Hall the 7th, Brian Iveli the 11th and Scott McNeilly the 17th. Andrew Cowling was closest to the pin for two shots on the par 4, ninth taking the Thistle Hole. Pro-balls ran down to 63 points on a c/b. With the course in beautiful condition we continue to attract many visitors. This week they came from Oxley, Terrigal, Yamba, Parkwood, Woolgoolga, Ballina and Shortland Waters.

Wednesdays Medley Single Stableford saw Geoff Dickinson and Paul Moore fight it out for the win with 38 points each with the c/b going to Geoff. Bad luck Paul but you did manage to beat playing partner John Phillips who came in third with 37 points. NTPs went to Leigh Barrington on the 2nd, Phil McGuire the 7th and 17th and Luke Many on the 11th. Pro-balls went down to 34 points on a c/b. Visitors came from Pacific Golf Club, Grafton, Royal Hobart, Terrrigal, Byron Bay and Windaroo Lakes.

Last Wednesdays 9 Hole Skins winner was Clive McLachlan with a terrific round of 6 skins, narrowly beating Don Skaines with 5 skins. As they played together it must have been a tightly fought-out game.

A big thank you to the organisers Bruce and Megan Walsh and our volunteers for a very successful Vets Week of golf.

Next weeks "Xmas in July" on Saturday night has been cancelled and the days Medley Single Stableford event will have normal tee-off times.

Don't forget our next "Sunday Mix" which is a mixed 4BBB is on Sunday August 7th. $20 for a game and lunch.

Players are reminded that the Maclean Golf Clubs Website is available to book online for a game. To keep up to date with the latest information just click on the notices.

Phil McGuire

Women

Maclean Ladies Golf are thrilled to congratulate Sheree Forsythe and Kim Moore on their great wins at the 2016 Northern Rivers Tournament held at Grafton. Sheree took out the Champion of Champions and was also the gross winner of the 36 Hole competiition with a great 86 on Monday and 84 off the stick on Tuesday. Kim was the winner of the Div 2 Gross and also had the best nett by far with a 70 nett on Monday and a 67 on Tuesday. Molly Plunkett also took out the best gross for Div 2 on Tuesday and Maclean won both the four person teams event on Monday and the three person teams event on Tuesday. We had seven ladies playing in the tournament and everyone came home with a prize. Special mention must also go to Sally Weeks who played for the first time in the tournament and did exceptionally well. We thank the Grafton Ladies for their great welcome and hospitality.

We had a small field for our competition at Maclean due to the tournament and the Maclean Vets Week of Golf. Our winner was Kate Hemmy and runner-up Carol Young. NTP's 2nd Sally Weeks 7th Jan Adlard 11th Kate Hemmy and 17th Joy Studdon. Club Balls went to Cathie Parker, Mary Wiseman, Joy Studdon and Nancy Commerford. Our sponsor was the Maclean Vets.

The ladies also want to congratulate the Maclean Vets for the great job they have done in the week of golf. It was very professionally run and all our visitors had a great time and left with promises to return in 2017. Bruce and Megan Walsh have done a incredible job over the last few years and together with a large band of volunteers from the club have established Maclean on the vets circuit.

Wednesday 27/7/2016 we play our annual 4BBB Knockout Qualifier. Our sponsor for this day is Kim Moore. The best eight teams will go on to play off over the next month till we have our winners so good luck to all.

Cathy Ayres

SOCIAL

Roches Hackers

Last Sunday saw 20 Hackers board the bus bright and early at HQ for the trip to Royal Lawrence. The morning started with breakfast, expertly cooked and served up by our fantastic hosts, the Lawrence golfers - men and ladies.

Our sponsors for the day were Hanks Kitchen and Bruce Powell. It was good to see Hank turn up for his first game in 3 years, or so he said! At stake for the days play was the Bobby Taylor Memorial Trophy.

Winner on the day was "Jamtin" Pitken with 20 points. Sponsor, Slugger, came in 2nd with 18 points but sponsors can't claim so the runner-up was awarded to Calfey with 17 points on a countback.

NTP's went to Col Williamson on the 4th and Sandman Cahill on the 5th.

Pro-balls went to "Mean Machine" Cavanagh, Bert, Spiderman, Glynn Bodimeade and Picko.

The Gold Jacket was eventually won by Picko, the only left-hander on a "right-handers" course….according to Picko. More about that later.

Unfortunately Roches, as the current holders of the BTM Trophy, could only manage a total of 165 points and were pipped by the Lawrence Golfers with 166 points. We'll be back next year to try and claim it back.

Presentations followed the barbecue lunch, again cooked up by our Lawrence hosts. We would like to once again thank all the Lawrence Golf Club for their hospitality and friendship. It was a great day again.

The greens at Lawrence proved a bit tricky for some.

Kel was very happy to hit the green with his tee shot on the 5th and then not so happy to 4 putt for a five. Captain Jacko had 3 putts on 4 holes and 4 putts on another.

Col Williamson hit 2 balls OOB on the 1st.

Fletch's drive was heading for OOB on the 1st only to hit a fence post and deflect back onto the fairway.

Fletch also had a big airey on the 3rd and Sandman an airey on the second. This must have put him off as he then proceeded to putt Jacko's ball on the 2nd green and almost sunk the putt.

Our next outing is to Coutts Crossing on the 14th August for a 4BBB with a car pool leaving Roches at 7.30am. Sponsor for the day is Coopers.

Names and $100 deposit for the trip away must be in by the 14th August with all monies paid by the 31st August. The total cost is $300.

Until next time…..happy hacking!

WESTLAWN

Men

It is with great sadness that we were told on Sunday of the passing of our member Gavan Smith after a long illness. On behalf of the members of the Westlawn Golf Club our condolences go out to Gavan's wife and family, our member Mark Biggs is Gavan's son-in-law. Gavan was always a pleasure to play a round of golf with and was always ready with his interpretation of the rules of the game if he was asked, from rake positioning in the bunkers to lost balls in the water. Gavan you will be missed by us all.

Gavan Smith blasts out of the bunker on the 11th to setup a par putt in competition golf at Grafton Golf Club.
Gavan Smith blasts out of the bunker on the 11th to setup a par putt in competition golf at Grafton Golf Club. Adam Hourigan

On Sunday 40 players took to the fairways to contest a Single Stableford event and with the course in great condition good scores were the order of the day. The best score of the day went to C Grade Winner Ron Jenkin with a very good 24 points, Great golf Ron, followed by Nathan Blanch, Rod Jackson, Dave Lynch and Jim Corrigan all on 20 points.

Ron may have had the round of the day but the shot of the day went to Paul McFarlane who hit the perfect lob wedge into the 8th green from about 15 meters out and we all watched as it landed on the edge of the green and roll up to and into hole for a very nice Eagle. Eagle sponsor Nev Winters was walking down from the 9th tee just in time to see his sponsorship money leave his pocket and head to Paul.

There were three Waterboys from Sunday that I know about, Charlie Husking on the 2nd, Joe Fisher on the 7th and myself on 9th. Welcome to the club Gentlemen.

Next Sunday will be a 4 person Ambrose in support of the G D S C Pipe Band. Starters will be T Ord and J Blanch with R Finch and R Jenkin to handle the results.

Sunday August 7th will be a Stroke event for the Peter and John Kelleher sponsored Monthly Medal. Starters will be R Miller and J Leonard with W Hambly and J Armstrong to handle the results.

Dave Lynch

Women

The weather was not cold but there was quite a breeze which made it a little hard to play good golf.

Only 3 or 4 played to their handicap or better, the rest didn't quite make it. We welcome Shaz back to having a game with us.

Yvonne Gillett won Kay McLennan's raffle, pity it wasn't the trip to Hawaii that she said it would be!

Gwen Mulherin

YAMBA

Men

JAMIE PENGILLY WINS MIDWEEK STABLEFORD   Despite the threat of rain a good field of 125 golfers took part in the midweek Stableford and there were some remarkable scores returned. In A Grade Jamie Pengilly came in late to take the lead with a fine round of 42 points. Left floundering in his wake were David Bruton (41) and Terrance Crowe (38). Al Burke used some of his undoubted connections with higher authority to hold off Peter Hall in a countback with 41 points to take the AR Voucher. Jim Cope was third with a steady round of 40 points. In B Grade Tom Moore was the winner with 38 points (still lost the match for the Keno) with Guy Carpenter (37) and Max Sweetman (36) in the minor placings. John Lloyd won C grade with a sterling round of 39 points from Michael Killen and Ross Wilson on 37. NTP winners were: 3rd Al Burke 21cm, 9th Chris Bonner 260cm, 10th Robb Robertson 290cm, 12th Russell Cain 62cm and 17th Jim Cope 91cm. Thanks go to the sponsors, SeaFire Steak & Seafood, Peter Campbell Physiotherapist and Yamba Barber Shop.  35 points with 17 on the back nine was required to win a ball in the rundown. A BIG SATURDAY FOR KEVIN SHANAHAN 140 golfers competed in Saturday's Stableford event and, despite some warm sunshine, the wind played havoc with most scores. Kevin Shanahan knows how to use the wind to advantage and recorded the day's best result to win A Grade with 40 points. He was followed by David McGregor (38) and Paul Tarasenko (37). AR grade was won by the first player to tee off, Doug Luckie, with a steady round of 37 points from Alan Warry and Richard Beresford with 35 points each. It was left hander's day in B Grade when Kevin Molloy showed the way with 39 points to leave Thomas Golder (38) and Peter Auliff (36) to share the other places. Don O'Brien took out C Grade with 35 points from Col Ayton and Peter Sweetman both recorded 34 points. NTP winners were 3rd David Bruton 320cm, 9th Graham Edwards 310cm, 10th Graham Edwards (again) 330cm. 12th Alex Podbereski 120cm, 17th John Maguire 74cm and 2nd shot to 17 Laurie Arnott 370cm. Sponsors were John Wright, Peter Campbell Physio, SeaFire Steak & Seafood and Beach Scene. A lowly 32 points with 21 on the back nine won golf balls in the rundown. GOVERNOR'S CUP ATTRACTS BIG FIELD The annual Governor's Cup attracted a really good field to compete for this prestigious trophy. The result was extremely close and Margaret Solomon, Yins Wong, Ron Jeffrey and Jim Kelly scored five under 67 or 55.875 nett and were the winners. In close pursuit were Kim Lipscombe, Lorraine and Doug Luckie and David Bruton 56. Darie Nightingale, Michael Shirlow, Krystyna and Peter Korju were in third place. Ball winners scored 59.125 or better.  

The winners of the Governor’s Cup (from left) Ron Jeffery, Margaret Solomon, Peter Julian (Mixed leader), Yins Wong and Jim Kelly.
The winners of the Governor’s Cup (from left) Ron Jeffery, Margaret Solomon, Peter Julian (Mixed leader), Yins Wong and Jim Kelly. contributed

  CYSTIC FIBROSIS CHARITY DAY 31ST JULY Sunday 31st July is the annual Cystic Fibrosis Coast to Course Charity Day at Yamba Golf Club. There is a walk from Brooms Head to Yamba Golf Course or a shorter walk to and from Green Point. Also, golfers can play a 4 person Ambrose instead of walking. All funds raised go to this very important cause. Those wishing to play golf should  ring the Pro Shop to book in. At the conclusion of the walk and golf there will be a BBQ available as well as raffles etc. More details from the club office.  



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