Change of address and holidays helps McKee win Herron Cup
SOUTH Grafton school teacher Matt McKee admitted playing the Herron Cup at the end of school holidays played right into his hands.
McKee shot the best score (73 and 71 for total of 144) of the annual 36-hole tournament. On the run home a double bogey on the 17th was wedged between birdies on 16 and 18 to win by two shots from Greg Harvison (146).
The former rugby league star took up golf when he hung up the footy boots and now more than a decade later, approaching 40, he says he is playing the best golf of his life.
"I've nearly got myself down to scratch," he said.
"After the last couple of weeks I've got my handicap down from about 1.4 to 0.8.
"The school holidays help and my daughter likes playing it. But the biggest thing is living closer to the golf course. We moved from Gulmarrad to right next door. It used to be 30 minutes to the golf course, now it's about 30 seconds."
Meanwhile Casino's Darren Linton (138) had the overall winning net score and Jeff Fuller (141) was the Division One net winner.
Fuller also put his run of form down to being able to spend more time on course.
"I recently started working in Ballina which means I stay there about two nights a week," Fuller said.
"So in my spare afternoons with nothing to do I practice chipping and putting at Ballina Golf Club and my game's gone out of sight.
"I shot five over and seven over in the Herron Cup and before that I haven't shot two rounds in the 70s for a long time."
It was a good week for the Fuller family. Jeff's son Nick Fuller shot 172 off the stick for the best raw score in Division Two. The previous weekend daughter Courtney Fuller won the Grafton 27-Hole Mixed Foursomes Championship alongside Paul Langford. The pair shot 123 gross to win by one ahead of Matthew Worthing and Renae Amos, including coming back from seven shots down with nine holes to play.
Maclean players featured prominently in day two scores of the Herron Cup. Sunday doubled as the first round of the Tooheys Shield played between Grafton, Maclean and Iluka golf clubs.