GOLF: Strong scent of Jacaranda among Grafton ladies
WE WERE pleased to welcome to our presentation last Wednesday the day's sponsor, Nutrimetics' representative Debbie Bowling, who was thrilled to present all our winners on the day with their prizes.
Although Debbie was not officially in attendance as the reigning Jacaranda Matron of Honour, she made mention of her delight in seeing quite a few past Jacaranda Queens, Matrons of Honour, relatives of Jacaranda Royalty and Jacaranda Committee Members amongst our lady members that were present in the clubhouse.
Debbie presented Noeline Smith with her lovely prize as the overall winner of the day's stableford event. Noeline had a great round to post a magical 38 points to come out on top.
This score also enabled Noeline to come in with the highest points, following two rounds, to win the Clarence Coast Blinds Monthly Aggregate with 67 points.
With the 2016 Championships done and dusted, Shirley Avery made a comeback and was once again elevated to A Grade for the day. Shirl, proved her grading status was correct and was able to take the win in division one with a very tidy 36 points.
We are assuming that there were no sand problems for Shirley on Wednesday as she appeared to be very happy with her nice form for the day. We are looking forward to seeing more of Shirl's talents and time on the golf course spent in A Grade.
The Jacaranda Queen of 1978, Janette Blair, returned 35 points to come in as the runner up followed by Carlie McKenzie in third place on 34.
One of our 2016 Champions, Kerry Harding was the winner of division two on a count back from birthday girl Dale Bax on 35. The consistent Heather Miller placed third on 34.
There is certainly no stopping our evergreen Sally Beresford as she is having a ball on the golf course at present. Sally was back in the winner's circle in division three with a fantastic 37 points. Roya Smith was runner up with 36 on a count back from Fay Shields.
Our nearest to the pin winners were Henwood's Hot Bread Shop 1st Lyn Dahl, MJO Legal 6th Jan Beattie, Clarence Valley Tyre Centre 10th Carlie McKenzie - with a great second shot that finished 10 cm from the hole, and First National Ford & Dougherty 17th Lorraine McLaughlan.
With a field of 63 starters there were 14 balls awarded to a score of 30 points on a count back.
Wednesday's presentations also included a lovely presentation by our Veteran's Delegate, Trish Clarke. We were delighted to announce the very special birthday and induction into the exclusive O.B.E. club of Kay Peoples.
Trish presented Kay with a beautiful bouquet of flowers together with a congratulatory certificate and badge from Veterans Golf News South Wales recognising Kay's birthday and golfing years. Congratulations Kay and best wishes for many more years of good golfing.
Mary Katte was the generous raffle donor on Wednesday where she drew Sue Byrnes' ticket from the bulging basket to win the lovely gourmet hamper prize. We were very happy to announce that we had made $94 from our raffle on Wednesday, which goes a good way towards helping to subsidise some of our ladies golfing expenses and special touches at Grafton.
Friday 1 July's stableford competition had many ladies quite confused and believing it must have been April Fool's Day. The ladies headed out onto the course surprised to discover that the pins on the greens had been placed in positions not compatible to our usual order of flag colourings.
Despite a notice from the Club Captain Dave Morgan being posted that morning on the information board outside the Pro Shop, and the Men's Putts and Pars column publicising this change in our Club's conditions, some ladies remained unaware and completely perplexed by the situation.
It is advisable that all ladies familiarise themselves with this and any other changes to keep abreast of our Club's playing conditions.
A good field of 37 starters entered the event on a glorious sunny winter's morning. Mary Atkins found her mojo once again to come in as the winner of division one with a very nice 35 points. Marianne Mannell and Elaine Shand both returned 34 points to take second and third place respectively.
Beryl Wilks was the winner of division two with 35 points, Roya Smith placed second ahead of Fay Shields on a count back with 32.
Division three winner was Tess Bloomer with 33 followed by Gail Knell and Sally Beresford both on 32 points.
Congratulations to Roya, Fay and Sally who all had a consistent week's golf to each be twice in the prize money.
Sue Petty was the winner of the Good Intent Hotel sponsored nearest to the pin on the 1st and Jan Patterson claimed the 10th with her second shot.
Eight balls were awarded to a score of 30 points.
Saturday's stableford competition saw the 12 early morning ladies enjoy their round, which was once again played in lovely winter sunshine.
There were some very clever trick shots performed during the morning with none better than our Captain Noeline Smith. After not so cleverly hitting a wayward tee shot from the 6th, which managed to finish behind the men's 7th tee, Noeline perfected the most incredible chip shot up and over the deep sand bunker to see her ball land on the green and roll into the hole, resulting in a lovely birdie.
The winner of the day, Janette Blair, compiled a lovely 37 points to also give her two hits of prize money for the week.
Disaster could have struck for Janette when her tee shot on the 1st landed in the back bunker. However, she then "drove" the ball from the bunker only to see it slam dunk into the nearest to the pin marker on the green, which fortunately enable the ball to come to rest, rather than proceeding to finish in the deep bunker on the other side of the green. She was then able to putt the ball into the hole for an easy par.
Perhaps it was a case of Janette's Jacaranda royal blood protecting her or just Elaine Shand's great nearest to the pin winning shot which enabled Janette to give thanks to Elaine. Chrissy Danvers was the runner up on Saturday with 36 points. Balls were given to Kate Thomson and Elaine. The winner of Saturday's Ken Casson Monthly Aggregate for June was announced as Courtney Fuller.
Birthday cheers and best wishes this week go out to Sue Petty and Carol Toms, with one of these ladies celebrating a special zero birthday.
Today's 18-hole stroke event is kindly sponsored by Hair Solutions and we thank Debbie and Cathy for their ongoing support of ladies' golf. The 5th WGNSW Medal, 5th Captain's Trophy, Round 8 of the MJO Legal Winter Consistency competition and Round 2 of The Coffee Club Grafton Monthly Aggregate will also be incorporated today.
A steady flow of entries have already been received for the 2016 Herron Cup scheduled for 16th & 17th July, regarded as the blue ribbon golf event of the year.
Co sponsored by Coca Cola Amatil and the New Oriental Chinese Restuarant, the 36 hole stroke event attracts the best players from all over the Clarence Valley, Northern NSW, Brisbane and further afield with a capacity field anticipated to take part.
Defending the Herron Cup will be Matt McKee who won the 2015 contest with a score of 148 and who must be rated a good chance to repeat that victory, again this year. Runner up to Matt was Greg Harvison who no doubt will go all out to claim the top spot.
In the gross side of things, The Grafton Bowl, Graham Tracey will be doing his best to defend the title, which he won last year by a massive 10 shots.
It is a great tournament to be part of, and it is advisable you get your entries in as early as possible to not only guarantee a start, but also secure your preferred time slot.
Preceeding the 36 hole Herron Cup, we have the Herron Stakes day scheduled for Tuesday 12th July. The normal Tuesday walk up start provision will not apply on this occasion with entries to be submitted via the time sheets on the computer system. Even at this early time, nominations are very strong, with just a limited number of tee times remaining, therefore get those names in without delay. Entry fee to this will be a little more than normal at $25 per player.
You could not hope for better playing conditions last Saturday with almost 130 starters taking advantage of the great weather in the Grafton Ally Fabrication July Monthly Mug, thanks to Tony Blackadder and Jason O'Grady.
Before a winner could be determined, a countback was required to make that determination with two players, Sam Davison (17) and Scotty Davis (8) both completing their rounds on 71 nett. Eventually, it was Sam being awarded the Mug with Scotty having to settle for the win in A Grade. Runner up in A Grade was another of top Junior Golfers, Nick Fuller (8) who finished with a 72.
Again a countback was necessary to decide B Grade, and it was Karl Studd (15) securing that grade from Paul Ensby (14) with both players finishing on 72 nett.
A player who regularly seems to feature in the results, Rod Masen (18) claimed the win in C Grade with 72, from a seemingly surprised Richard Maguire (17) who completed his 18 holes with a 74 nett.
Bob Turns (21) returned to the winners list with a score of 74, just the one shot ahead of Jim Peoples (27) in D Grade. To Win a Pro-Ball on the day, you needed a score of 76 or better, with just the one player, Ralf Zaffino, claiming one on 77 nett. Winner of the Mark Harvison sponsored Pro-Pin was Patrick Vacchiano, whose shot finished 73 cm from the cup, just edging out Richard Maguire by a few cms to claim the prize.
In next Saturdays Competition we all get a chance to honour one of our clubs more colourful members, the lat Don Bellamy with the competition recognised as the Don Bellamy Memorial Day, sponsored by the Bellamy family of Wendy, Jon and Mark. The format will take the form of a 18 hole 2BBB and indications are that an almost capacity field will be in attendance. Don, who was no doubt King of the öne liners"was not only a highly respected member of our club, but also was a long time sponsor of Grafton Golf and the event is a great opportunity for all of us to honour his memory.
Most golfers have a basic knowledge of the rules of Golf, which is sufficient for the majority of us. However if you want to improve your rules knowledge, the opportunity to do so will be available on Wednesday 20th July at which time a rules night has been programmed. Being conducted by Golf NSW, the course will commence at 6.30 pm and is open to all class of golfers, Men, Ladies, Juniors and Social Golfers. Hosted by the Grafton Golf Club, the rules night will take about 2 1/2 hours to complete. This is a great opportunity to get a better understanding of the many and sometimes difficult aspects of those rules, and the course is free to those attending.
Finally a reminder to all the normal Tuesday Golfers, there will be no golf for you on Tuesday 19th July as the WGNR Tournament for ladies will be held at that time.
Grafton Junior Classic
5 Hole Players
Gross: Tana Lowe (Yamba) 37; Gross R/Up: Annalese McKee (Gra) 39; Gross 2nd R/Up: Alex Sowell (Yamba); Gross 3rd R/Up: Lara McMillan (C.H.)
9 Hole Girls
Gross Winner: Holly Fuller (Gra) 50; Nett Winner: Maddison McKee (Gra) 30 net; Nett R/Up: Elly Peterson (CTH) 34 nett.
9 Hole Boys
Gross Winner: Cameron Harlen-Robertson (Lis) 44; Nett Winner: William Thorogood (T.H.) 26 nett; Nett R/Up: S Sowell (Yamba) 28 net; Nett 2nd R/Up: Kayne Whitelock: 31 net C/B.
18 Hole Junior Classic
Gross Winner: Willow Harris (Gtn) 75; Nett Winner: Nick Fuller (Gtn) 72 net C/B; Nett R/Up: Nathan Campbell (Coraki) 72 net; Nett 2nd R/up: Connor Whitelock (B.B.) 75 nett; Nett 3rd R/Up: Reilly Wunderlich (Yam) 77 net C/B. Grafton Overall Winner: Willow Harris.
Wednesday, June 29 - 2 Person Ambrose chook run, the winners with 33.5 nett was Theo Sheppard and Kerry Cook. Runners Up with 34 nett was Ross Lamond and Dick Grabham. Nearest The Pin on the 4th was not won, and on the 5th went to Max Withnell. Least putts with 12 was James Austen and Colleen Stockwell, on a c/b from Eric Macdonald and Col Want. After the game every one enjoyed Max's lunch which was a variety of delicious soups thanks to Kerry, Herbie, Lynne and Bev.
Friday, July 1 - 9 Hole par 3 comp, the winner was Sally Weeks who narrowly beat Kerry Cook and Red Dog.
Saturday, July 2 - Was the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Charity Golf Day. A large contingent turned up to play a 9 hole and 18 hole stroke event for the Lindsay Heynes Memorial Shield. Thanks to James and Karalyn Mulford for sponsoring all the prizes.
The 18 hole winner was Gary Stockwell and the r/up Greg Want. The 9 hole winner was Bev Ensbey and r/up Vic Durie on a c/b from Kerry Cook.
Nearest the pin on the 4th Ray Daniels and Kerry Cook, on the 5th was Murray Cooper from Lismore. Longest drive on the 6th was Greg Want and Bev Ensbey. Least putts went to Rex Brasington and Gary Stockwell. Drive and pitch was won by Colleen Stockwell and the nearest the drums went to Kerry Cook and Nick Sollazzo of Sydney. The improvers prize went to Bev Hardwick and Peter Capp.
The raffle 1st prize of a flat screen TV donated by Ken Large went to Tony Berry of Lawrence, 2nd prize watering equipment donated by H.R. Products was won by George Setch of Brisbane, and the 3rd prize of a $50 voucher went to Shippo of Grafton.
At least $2000 was raised for the Westpac Helicopter and Zeke Huish thanked the Lawrence Golf club for there support.
After the game a plaque was placed on a tree on the 1st fairway in memory of Lindsay, affectionately known as Beans. The day then continued with music supplied by Wildebeast ( Mitch and Bec) Thanks also to Peter Capp (poet) and Gary Rankin.
Next Sunday will be a 2 person Ambrose (choose Partners) sponsored by Stamford's Pharmacy of Maclean. The starters will be Noel Butcher and Max Withnell. Commencing at 8.00am.
Wednesday afternoons Skins saw a large group of contenders take to the course. It was a case of the Treasurer, Mark Hemmy beating the President, Paul O'Halloran on a c/b with both finishing with 4 apiece. A bit of local knowledge helps.
Thursdays Single Stableford saw a win to visitor Mike Hall with 40 points. Runner-up on 39 points was Barry Connelly. NTPs went to Peter Dowling on the 2nd, Jeffrey Miller the 7th, Geoff Johnson the 11th and Paul Moore the 17th. The pro-ball rundown went to 34 points on a c/b. Visitors who enjoyed the course came from Oxley, Taree, Walcha, Yamba, Grafton, Tully Park, Leeton, Iluka and Huon Valley. Luke Many won the hole from his partners with a long birdie on the 9th hole and Simon Commerford reckons he had his first shank ever on the 10th hole. Well overdue Simon.
Saturday saw another good field in attendance to fight it out for the Monthly Medal and Mug kindly sponsored by Greg Dickinson. Thanks Greg. Hugh Saunders with a nett 72 was first place in A division closely followed by Greg Dickinson with nett 73. In B Division the scores were better with Dave Smith returning a nett 68 to take the Medal and Mug from Peter Wild with a nett 70. The NTPs went to Hugh Saunders on the 2nd, Robert Fuller the 7th, Peter Wild the 11th and Mark Stowers the 17th. Pro-balls ran down to 77 on a c/b in both A and B Divisions. Visitors came from Bermagui, Taree, Grafton and Foster-Tuncurry. Back tees and some sneaky pins made it tough going for most with only 5 players playing to their handicap or better. John Bloom, like many others found the last hole particularly tough, carding a 10 which included a trick shot which went through his cart without hitting it. Don't feel bad John as Simon managed a 15. It can be a cruel game.
Next Saturday sees a Medley Stableford generously sponsored by Macleans Spar Supermarket.
On Sunday the Clubs top two qualifying teams from the Keno Mixed Fourball travel to Ocean Shores for the District Final. Good luck to Robert Fuller and Sally Weeks , Kim Moore and Phil McGuire.
Sunday, July 17th is the first round of the interclub Tooheys Shield in Grafton. Captain Geoff is taking names or you can contact Paul in the pro-shop to play.
Last Wednesday 29/6/16 we played a Single Stableford very generously sponsored by Maclean Flower Box. Some great scores were recorded in Div 2 with Val George having 36 points and both Marlene Roberts and Bev Ensbey having 35. Marlene was the lucky one this time getting the runner-up prize on a count back. In Div 1 it also came down to a count back with Di Moore winning from Helen McFarlane both ladies playing to their handicap on the day.
NTP's: Div 1 Chris Forrester Div 2 Lynne Johnston Overall 7th Tina Hogg 11th C. Picton. Balls Rundown: C. Ayres, S. Forsythe, B. Ensbey, C. Parker and K. Hemmy.
We held our Half Yearly Meeting after golf and it was great to see that all members present congratulated the Ladies Committee on the great job they have done for our Club. There were no complaints and just a few suggestions in relation to the course and future events. We are very fortunate for such a small club to have a strong and willing Committee and it certainly makes our golf days a pleasure.
Today Wednesday 6/7/16 we are playing the first round of the Mareeba Aged Care Challenge and we are all looking forward to this event. We are also holding a Trading Table to raise funds to assist the Maclean Vets in their week of golf so if you can do some baking or bring along any produce or saleable items they will be greatly appreciated.
Any ladies who have not yet entered this year's Women's Golf Northern Rivers Annual Tournament and would like to do so, is urged to contact Assistant Secretary Carmel Atkinson as soon as possible regarding a post entry.
The Tournament is scheduled to be held on Monday, July 18, Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20 at the Grafton District Golf Course.
Carts can be hired and bookings should be made through the Grafton Pro Shop on 66 42 5413.
The program details, conditions of play and entry forms are available via the Women's Golf Northern Rivers website - see Latest News.
The presentation of trophies for the Monday and Tuesday events will be held at the dinner on the Tuesday night at the Grafton District Golf Club.
Bookings for the dinner should also be made through Women's Golf Northern Rivers and all players are encouraged to attend this always fun and special night. Cost of the dinner is $25.00 per person with a modern Australian two course menu set for the evening. Entertainment will also be provided on the night by the always very entertaining D.J. Wazza.
The foursomes event which is to be held on the Wednesday will see the presentations for that competition held at the end of the day's play.
We had only 15 starters on Sunday for a stroke event. David Campbell won A grade with a nett 32. Runner up was Vic Bennetts with 34. B grade was taken out by Rob McCredie with 35 on a count back from his mate Pete Gardiner.
Brett Perrett won C grade with a nett 32 1/2 from Kirsten Heillers 36 1/2. A grade long drive went to Billy Darby. B grade was Rob McCredie and Tim Clark won C grade.
The nearest the pins went to Wayne Burt and Vic. David Campbell won the monthly mug. Club Championships are on next month.
42 players took to the fairways on Sunday for the Paul Cubbin sponsored Monthly Medal in conjunction with the 2nd round of the Jacaranda City Coaches Match play championships.
The best round of the day was a very good 32 nett from C Grade winner Gary Reynolds who also claimed the Monthly Medal, Gary was closely followed by A Grade winner Dave Morgan with 33 nett and B Grade winner Steve Carnley with 33 ½ nett. Nice golf guys.
After a quite couple of weeks for Waterboys Club memberships there was a flood of entries on Sunday with no less than 9 memberships taken out. Richard Sear on the 4th, Mark Biggs 7th, John Corrigan 7th,Ron Jenkin 7th twice, myself on the 7th and Terry Ord taking out a trifecta with entries on the 1st,2nd and 7th. Welcome to the club gentlemen.
The results of the Match play championships were as follows, A Grade Dave Morgan defeated Nathan Blanch 3 & 2 and Damien Roberts won on a forfeit, B Grade Peter Curd defeated Russ Tangye 1 up and Peter Johnson won on a forfeit and C Grade Joe Armstrong defeated George Mallison 1 up with Peter Chessell defeating Alan Atkinson 2 & 1. The final round will be played in 2 weeks time.
Next Sunday will be our annual trip to the Big Course for a Single stableford event due to Westlawn being closed for the start of the CRJC July racing carnival. Committee to start and handle the results.
Sunday July 17th will be a 4BBB Stableford event. Starters will be D Clark and P Miller with C Husking and K Rogan to handle the results.
The Course Must Be Vacated BY 10.30am due to CRJC Race Day.
Another pleasant day to play our three person dropout fun game. Yvonne found the water on the 4th and Bev put two into the bunker on the 8th. One group's best shot was an air swing and they still came in winners! Go figure!
Yvonne Gillett won June Cavanagh's raffle. The game next Saturday is a stroke event, a monthly medal round and a qualifying round for the Captain, President and Secretary/Treasurers' trophies.
130 Players enjoyed the crisp winter conditions chasing this week's stableford competition with preferred lies on the scores were back up to above par. Shots of the day went to Barry Bartley who hit driver wedge into 4 giving him an eagle.
A Grade winner was Dave Bruton who returned 38pts giving him the easy victory over David Miles with 34 on a count back from Kane Hancock 34pts.
A Reserve winner and score of the day went to Danny Quin with 42pts from Chris Bonner 38 and Doug Luckie was 3rd with 36pts.
Peter Auliff won B Grade with 40pts from Peter Steward from Deloraine 39pts and Dick Ord was 3rd with 36pts on a count back.
Vic White made a welcome return to the podium with 41pts to give him C Grade from Terry Wilson 40pts on a count back from Peter O'Donnell 40pts.
Nearest to the Pins were; On the SeaFire Steak and Seafood 3rd Greg Robbs 55cm, the Peter Campbell Physio 9th was Van Isackson 500cm, on the SeaFire 10th Danny Quin 255cm, on the Yamba Barber Shop 12th Alan Syle finished 70cm and on the SeaFire Steak and Seafood 17th Dave Muir was only 166cm.
Balls went to 34 neat.
Another cold winters day but with a cloudless day know one was complaining with 136 players contesting the July Monthly Medal.
In A Grade Alex Podbereski who yet another medal with a great round of 69 nett beating Greg Wyllie 70 nett, 3rd went to ex Captain Glenn Scarffe with 72 net.
Alex won the gross with 78 hits.
Robb Robertson celebrated tartan day with an A Reserve medal returning 69 nett from Doug Luckie 73 nett on a count back from Russell Cain 73. Robb also won the Gross with 85 hits.
B Grade Larry McKenzie took the medal with 71 nett on a count back from Al Burke 71 nett and 3rd went to Mark Phillips from the SGA Golf club with 72 nett. A Burke also took the Gross with 91 hits.
C Grade winner with 70 nett on a count back was Dennis Walpole from Bryan Groth 70 Nett; Terry Bull was 3rd with 73 nett. Bryan won the Gross with 99 hits.
Nearest to the Pins were; On the John Wright Pro shop 3rd Geoff Willis 260cm, the Peter Campbell Physio 9th Carl Wood 372cm, on the SeaFire Steak and Seafood 10th Rock Bailey was 154cm, the SeaFire 12th was Dave McCormack form Gailes Golf Club 196cm, Glenn Scarffe won the Bene Scene 17th at 344cm and the SeaFire 2nd shot 17th went to Gordon McHugh.
Balls for the day went to 75 nett with 37 ½ on the back 9.
Next Saturday we have a stableford event that is sponsored by the good folks at Palm Meadows Golf Resort with the highest stableford score winning a trip for 2 to Palm Meadows with accommodation, golf for 2 with a cart for the winner.