FOLLOW THROUGH: Jim O'Donohue shows off his picture perfect swing during a recent round of 18 holes at the Grafton District Golf Club.
FOLLOW THROUGH: Jim O'Donohue shows off his picture perfect swing during a recent round of 18 holes at the Grafton District Golf Club. Debrah Novak

PUTTS AND PARS: Strong fields for long weekend events



Despite being a long weekend, a healthy field of almost 120 players contested the City Centre Apartments June Monthly Mug last Saturday.

Several visitors from clubs such as Nelson Bay, St George's Basin, Mt Coolum and Coffs Harbour helped bolster the number of players taking part. A grade player Simon Loadsman (7) was the early club house leader with a excellent score of 70 nett, a position he held for most of the day.

However, David Gilbert (18), playing in almost the last group, if not the last, came in with a 69 nett to claim the overall victory, relegating Simon to the win in A grade.

Simon's down fall was due largely to a unhelpful disaster on the par 3, first hole, but that should not detract from David's gross score of 87 hits, to record his popular win. A round that included six pars and a birdie.

The runner-up in A grade was Matt McKee (2) with 71, which equates to a one over par 73 gross.

A Coffs Harbour visitor, Jay Kirkman (12), took the honours in B grade with a 74 from Grafton's Chris Miller (10) who claimed the runner-up spot with 75 following a countback.

Only the one shot separated the place getter's in C grade with Phil Tarrant (16) eventually winning with a 70 from Aaron Hancock (18) on 71, again on a countback from several players. The winning score in D grade was 73 with a countback required to determine the runner-up spot which eventually went to Matt Katon (22) on 74 from James Hough (26), the unlucky player to miss out, that's despite some excellent advice from Tony Blackadder, regarding a remedy for avoiding the odd shank.

It was good to see Georgie Cowan make a welcome return to Grafton Golf, but it was his son Ashley (9) who brought fame and fortune to the family with his second shot on the par 4, 14th hole finishing just 65cm from the cup to claim the Eyecare Plus Optometrists nearest the pin trophy for that hole.

Darryl Toms' second shot on the Ralf's Mechanical 13th sponsored hole finished a mere 87cm away to claim that trophy.

In other nearest the pin trophies, on the first sponsored by Mark Harvison, Dan Hillier was the best, 268cm away. Simon Loadsman 198cm on Advantage Hospitality supplies and Clarence Valley Window Tinting 6th hole.

The Hanks Kitchen nearest the pin on the 10th was awarded to Bob Turns with his tee shot finishing a remarkable 60cm away with Adam Carroll claiming the 17th 181cm. The second shot into the par 4, 4th Solar Plumbing hole was easily the best of the day finishing 54cm away, awarded to Ian Langley. Tim Newsome claimed the Reece Plumbing Centres trophy with his second shot on the par 4, 8th 675cm away. To claim a proball on the day all you needed was 76 or better on a countback.

The course proved to be fairly difficult for the midweek players with the best score on Tuesday being achieved by Paul Ricketts with 39 points from Ron Phillips and Brian Scanlon on 37. Pro balls went down to just 29 points. In the Thursday competition, the course played a little easier with three players finishing on 40 points, John Sydenham, Clint Corbett and Peter Johnson. Proballs went down to 32 points on a countback.

The revised date for the Callaway trial day that was washed out earlier this month has been decided with next Monday, June 20, 11am-2pm, the date and time for it to happen. Callaway will have all their latest golf equipment available for you to try out with our own club professional, Mark Harvison, and Callaway representatives on hand to guide and advise you of the equipment to best suit your individual game. For further details contact Mark on 66425413.

There are still three or four matches remaining to be completed in the first round of the Grafton Undercover Storage singles knockout. The original compliance date for that series was extended due to the washed out play a week or so ago. However, regardless of that, the second round of this knockout series must be completed no later than July 23.

Next Saturday we revert back to Stableford play with club member, Bob Pike, providing the trophies for the day. Bob has been associated with the club for more years than he would admit to, including five years as Hon. Secretary, back in the mid '80s. There is no doubting Pikey's commitment to the club for all those years and his sponsorship is really appreciated by our members.

Players are also reminded that the mixed/medley golf competitions originally scheduled for June 5 will now be held on Sunday, June 26. The event, sponsored by Coles supermarket will take the form of a 2BBB Stableford and will require fresh nominations.

Ray Hopwood.


Our 2016 Club and Division Championships are under way with the first round being held last Friday.

There were many sad and sorry tales of disappointment and frustrating times on the course. Most of the field of 52 starters encountered trouble with their putting on the day. However, course conditions still pose many difficulties for all players, especially as most of our fairways are at present in less than an ideal state for good golfing.

The leading players after round one, although not returning record breaking scores, will head into round two today confident that they can once again conquer the course conditions.

Frontrunners after round one are 2015 Club Champion Jen Townsend who is tied with Jane Wolfe on 89. Sharyn O'Grady sits in third place on 90, followed by Sue Petty 93 with Jan Patterson and Marianne Mannell both on 94.

The bookmaker's early favourite for division two, Shirley A - for "A Grader", had a not so pleasant start to her first round when she placed her first shot of the day into the deep bunker on the first. The ball remained there for a considerable amount of time, hence giving Shirley a not so welcome double figure (ouch) score for her first hole of the Championships. No doubt there has been many more before Shirley who have had plenty of similar stories over the years that can sympathise with her.

However, the very happy Millie Harris is the outright leader of division two on 99. Liz Fisher is next best on 101, followed by Dell Burke 102 with Anna Bidstrup, (who expertly played one of her first shots of the day out of the deep 1st hole bunker), and Sonya Baker both on 104.

Division three saw Marg Hall jump out of the gates to charge to an early lead on 102, followed by Marilyn-May Powell and Sandra Gleeson both on 105. Kerry Harding is next best on 109.

We wish all players the best of luck today for round two and again on Friday as they head into round three. Wednesday next, June 22, will be the fourth and final round of the 72-hole championships.

Last Friday's stroke event held in conjunction with the championships was generously sponsored by Dot Newton. With a fantastic score of 67 nett Margaret Hall was the overall winner and the recipient of Dottie's lovely prize.

Jane Wolfe (hcp 20) was the division one winner on 69, Sue Petty placed second on a count back from Marianne Mannell on 75. Liz Fisher was the winner of division two on 74, followed by Millie Harris on 77 and Anna Bidstrup was third on 78.

Division three saw Marilyn-May Powell get the count back ahead of Sandra Gleeson on 73 to claim first place and Gail Knell took third place with 80 nett.

Putting winners were Jane Wolfe 27, Millie Harris 30 and Marg Hall 31 on a countback.

Last Wednesday's stableford event had a great field of 67 starters all vying for the Allure Derma Cosmetic Skin Clinic (Tania Clark) sponsored trophy.

Liz Fisher was the star player when she posted a fabulous 40 points. She was awarded the beautiful prize and is looking forward to her pampering session.

This win also helped Liz over the line to take out the Stephen Donnelly Financial Services monthly aggregate with 75 points.

Division one winner on Wednesday was Mary Atkins with 33 followed by Janette Blair on 32 and Dot Newton was third with 31 on a countback.

Val Franey was the winner of division two on 33, followed by Kerry Harding and Sharyn Rowles both on 31.

Gai Leeson was the winner of division three on 32, Royer Smith was second on 31 and Judy Burt placed third on 29.

Nearest to the pin winners were Jan Patterson (1st), Noeline Smith (6th), Narelle Butcher (10th) and Mary Atkins (17th). Balls were awarded to a score of 28 on a countback.

With the long weekend last Saturday, a smaller than usual number of players entered the day's competition. Carol, Kate, Shirley G, Marianne and Sonya all had a most enjoyable morning with Sonya Baker continuing her form for the week, putting on a fine display of great golf to come in as the winner of the stableford competition with 34 points.

The ladies started out bright and early being entertained on the 10th and 11th by what they suspected as noisy neighbours making loud grunting sounds. The culprits were discovered as a pair of koalas who were sitting high up in their own trees socialising with one another from a distance across the fairways.

Perhaps it was the sounds of the grunting koalas, the good company or just awesome skill that played a role in Sonya's beautiful birdie on the par four 12th when she holed out from 110 metres out for a five pointer.

A few of our regular Saturday ladies, together with an adopted ring in from the Lower Clarence, spent the weekend partying, aka, participating in the annual Bonville Ladies Team Challenge. No prizes nor reportable happenings made it back home this year, but the ladies thoroughly enjoyed their weekend.

Our 18-hole stroke event, in conjunction with our championships today, will be sponsored by Bob Pike. As has been stated previously in this column, our ladies are very grateful for Bob's continuing kind sponsorship of our golf days. Bob's generous sponsorship this year will not only cover today's event but also our event on Friday and both our ladies and men's events on Saturday of this week, which is a very kind gesture indeed.

Today, Wednesday's, event will also incorporate our fifth Monthly Medal, fourth Captain's Trophy, first Gwlad Murray Event and Round 2 of The Coffee Club Grafton Monthly Aggregate.

A reminder that the annual GIMY (Grafton, Iluka, Maclean, Yamba) Friendship Day is this year being held at Iluka on Thursday, June 23. Any lady who may be interested in attending this always fun day, is asked to please place their name and entry fee with Treasurer Marilyn today, Wednesday, if possible.

Grafton ladies, together with our golfing friends in the area, are urged to make a note in their golfing diaries of this year's annual Women's Golf Northern Rivers Tournament. The tournament this year will be hosted on the Grafton District Golf Course and we are looking forward to as many ladies as possible joining us for this always special event. Monday, July 18, Tuesday, July 19 and Wednesday, July 20 are the dates for this year's event.

Julie White

Sunday Mixed

38 players fought it out in the Twp Ball Aggregate Stableford with the winning team returning 64pts, Glenn Scarffe and Carolyn Chester were the worthy winners from Janelle and Guy Carpenter 60pts, third went to Ian and Robyn Brockwell with 59pts.

Chris Durrington


The Wednesday Chook Run was won by Denis Hardwick with nett 32 and the r/up Colleen Stockwell in a 3-way c/b from Max Withnell and Col Want. Nearest the pin on the 4th was won by John Mc Cormack and on the 5th by Eric MacDonald. Least putts was taken out by Theo Sheppard with 12.

Friday afternoon's Par 3 Competition was won by Tony Chester with a 37 off the stick. Aaron Patterson won the mystery prize for r/up and our thanks to Barry Wheeler and Tony Chester for providing the prizes.

Saturday's Ladies Competition was won by Sue Fong-Kee with nett 44 and the r/up Nancy Commerford on nett 46. Sue Fong-Kee once again had a great round taking out the NTP as well as least putts with 14.

Sunday, June 12 was our annual Bob Martens' Memorial Stableford event sponsored by the Martens Family who as usual provided great prizes. The 9-hole winner was Lyn Fisher with 14pts and the r/up Bev Hardwick with 13pts in a c/b from Brein Bancroft. The 18-hole winner was John McCormack with 35pts and the r/up Col Want with 33pts. NTP sponsored by the Martens Family went to John McCormack on the 4th and Bob Richards on the 5th. They also provided the prize for least putts which went to Brein Bancroft with 13 in a four-way c/b as well as a Bradman's which went to Jobe Graham with 8pts. Our usual weekly NTP sponsored by O'Halloran Motors, John Deere Lawn Care went to Colleen Stockwell for the ladies on the 4th and on the 5th to Bob Richards. Club balls went to Noel Butcher, Greg Bevan, Bruce Martens and Annie Graham. The Money Tree was won by Peter Pritchard.

Next Sunday, June 19 is a stroke event sponsored by Tony and Tonia Berry who are also the starters. See you all there at 7.30am.

John McCormack



Last Wednesday's 9-Hole Skins Event attracted a big field of players. The winner with six skins was John Parkes whose round included two four pointers. The runner-up was the die-hard Dragons supporter and skins organiser John Gorman who carded four three pointers.

Thursday's Medley Stableford also saw some excellent scoring. Graeme Reti managed to put it all together for an impressive win with a score of 43 points. Close behind, John Porter was relegated to runner-up with a great score of 42 points. John North also played very well to come in third place with 40 points.

NTPs went to Leigh Barrington on the 2nd, Phil McGuire on the 7th and 11th and Bob Richards showed good form to take the tough 17th. Pro-balls ran down to 35 on a c/b. Visitors came from Wondai, Yamba and The Ridge.

The course handled the inclement weather of the previous weekend very well but thanks must go to the staff and volunteers for the clean-up effort that was needed after the very strong winds. Well done.

Saturday saw a stroke event for the Monthly Mug kindly sponsored by Maclean Rural Supplies. Justin Menzies came in with a solid 68 nett to beat Gregor Simpson also on nett 68 on a countback. The best in B Division were Darrell Simmons with a nett 71 followed by Peter Fitzpatrick on nett 72. NTPs went to Wayne Mackaway on the 2nd, Gregor Simpson the 7th, Rod Smith the 11th and Paul Bamback the 17th.

The separate prize for the ladies winner went to Cath Parker. Visitors were in attendance from Woolgoolga, Yamba and Grafton.

Bruce Wiseman was a happy chappy after sinking his birdie on the 9th hole for a four pointer in front of the cheering verandah crowd. Gregor Simpson made a spectacular Eagle on the 13th after driving wide off the tee over to the 4th fairway. Taking a three wood he smashed it to five metres from the pin and then sunk the putt. Brilliant.

Next Saturday we have the NSW Men's 4 Ball Qualifier 4BBB Vs Par, sponsored by Schweppes. Line up a partner for this popular event.

Sunday, June 26 is also a day to keep free as it is a 9-hole four person ambrose organised by the Maclean Chamber of Commerce to raise funds for the Maclean Hospital Auxiliary. Players and non-players are all welcome. The day begins with an 8.30 roll-up followed by a 9am shotgun start. Following the game will be a barbecue lunch and a charity auction with Travis McConnell, from LJ Hooker, doing the honours. Thanks Travis. It is also a chance to meet and greet our wonderful emergency services people from the police, ambulance and fire brigade. Cost is only $25 each and includes lunch. To register your team and for any enquiries talk to the club on 66452183 or Richard Parker on 0418731398. Come and support this worthy cause.

Phil McGuire


The last Vets game was held on Monday, June 6 following the heavy rain at the weekend and it was very noticeable how well the course had handled the 200 plus mls.

The dams were all full again however there was little or no water on the course. There was a field of 25 starters for the monthly medal which was taken out by our Vice Captain Doug Hudson with 40 points.

Runner up was the ever improving Bruce Johnson with 39 points and in third place with the free game for next club balls went down to 32 points and the nearest the pins were won by Chris Forrester and Jeff Miller on the 2nd; Tina Hogg and Jeff Miller on the 7th; Bruce Johnson on the 11th and Chris Forrester on the 17th.

The Murwillumbah Open Day which was to have been on the same day was cancelled due to the weather and all money for that game will be refunded.

Our next game is on Monday, June 20 and is a single stableford.

Also the ladies are conducting a Trading Table on July 6 to help raise money for our Vets week of golf so as Vets we need to support this . If you have any goods that would be suitable for this please leave them at the club.



The trip away to Tweed Heads is still open… just. If you intend to go you need to get your name down and $100 deposit paid as soon as possible.

Our next outing is to Royal Westlawn on Sunday, June 19 for Captains vs Presidents day, with our sponsors being Roches Hotel. Tee off will be about 9am after the Services Club Golfers.

Until next time… happy hacking!



With the recent rain the Jacaranda City Coaches Match Play Championships has been rescheduled and the 1st round will now be played next Sunday, the draw is as follows.

7.12 G Mallison v J Corrigan, J Armstrong v A Schubert

7.19 R Tangye v N Reeves, J Ellis v P Johnson

7.40 D Morgan v D Tasker, J Casserley v N Winters

7.47 N Blanch v T Ord, D Roberts v P Taaffe

8.01 K Ellem v J Blanch, P Curd v S Carnley

8.08 C Husking v A Atkinson, G Reynolds v P Chessell.

With the cancellation of the four person ambrose for the Community Bus event on June 26, the match play championships will be played over the three weeks as per the program book.

Last Sunday 44 players took to the fairways for a Single Stableford event in conjunction with the annual visit from the Fairfield RSL social golf club. The best round of the day was a fine 22pts from C Grade winner Joe Armstrong closely followed by Max Bonner, Nev Henwood, Dave Lynch and Russ Tangye all on 21pts and Jim Corrigan with 20pts with another four players on 19pts.

There were only three Waterboys on Sunday, I thought there would be more, Ron Jenkin on the 4th while playing the 3rd, Paul McFarlane on the 9th and Peter Curd on the 7th while playing the 9th. Welcome to the club gentlemen.

Next Sunday will be a Single Stableford event in conjunction with the 1st round of the Jacaranda City Coaches Match play Championships. Starters will be W Burns and D Lynch with K Ellem and A Schubert to handle the results.

Sunday, June 26 will be a Single Stableford event in conjunction with the second round of the Match play. Starters will be G Reynolds and TBA with J Ellis and D Tasker to handle the results.

Sunday 3rd July will be a stroke event for the Monthly Medal sponsored by Paul Cubbin in conjunction with the final round of the Jacaranda City Coaches Match play Championships. Starters will be G Larnarch and P Cubbin with G McCowen and P Chessell handling the results.

Dave Lynch


Another fine day for golf but Judy B still found the water and I hear Judy P had such a bad day that we won't talk about it.

Judy Burt won Marie Watsford's raffle. Shirley Avery won Division 1 monthly medal and the qualifying round for the Captain's trophy, Di Alderman won Division 2 medal and the round for the President's trophy and Judy Burt (she had a good day) won Division 3 medal and the round for the Secretary/Treasurers' trophy. Next game is a stableford event.

Gwen Mulherin


Thursday saw 136 players enjoy the surprisingly dry course and even with the recent rains there were no preferred lies and only a few plugged balls.

A Grade winner was Greg Starr who returned 38pts from Scott Stratford 37pts and third went to Graham Kulmar 36pts.

A Reserve winner was Chris Bonner with 37pts on a count back from Peter Hall 37 and third went to Andy Wilson with 36pts.

Phillip McDougall had the score of the day with 42pts giving him the win easily over Vic Heron with 37pts on a countback from Ron Bines 37pts.

Brother Brian Smith was the winner of C Grade with 40pts with Ray Scovell second 37pts on a countback from Tony Moran 37pts.

Nearest to the Pins were; On the SeaFire Steak and Seafood 3rd Greg Starr 280cm, the Peter Campbell Physio 9th Iain Gosling 404cm, on the SeaFire 10th Phil McDougall 112cm, Al Burke took the Yamba Barber Shop 12th at 188cm and the SeaFire 17th went to Graham Kulmar 890cm.

Balls for the day went to 32pts with 17 on the back.

Saturday Stableford saw 123 players contesting the prizes with only one player hitting the 40-point mark.

A Grade winner with 37pts on a count back was Graham Kulmar from Ron Jeffrey and Graham Edwards was third with 36pts.

Guy Carpenter took out A Reserve Grade with 40 pts from Greg LaForest 39pts and John Maguire was third with 36pts.

Stewart McDonald, from Maclean, was the B Grade winner with 39pts on a count back from Noel Galvin 39pts and third went to Dale Pigram 37pts.

C Grade winner was Brett Serjeant who returned 35pts from Brian Smith 34pts and third went to Ken Collins 33pts on a count back.

Nearest to the Pins were; On the John Wright pro shop 3rd Rohan Smiles was 340cm, on the Peter Campbell Physio 9th Brian Scanlon 261cm, on the SeaFire Steak and Seafood 10th Graham Kulmar 900cm, on the SeaFire 12th Andrew Kelly finished 72cm on the Bene Scene 17th Peter Hyslop was 451cm and on the 2nd Shot SeaFire 17th Terry Bull was 146cm.

Balls for the day went to 33 with 15 on the back.

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