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Rain doesn't deter golfers

MORE than six inches of rain in six days didn't allow for much golf last week.

However, that didn't deter 36 golfers (real desperate) who presented themselves on Saturday to take on the elements and a very wet golf course.

After being confined to home for the week most of us were keen to get out even if the golfing conditions were very uncomfortable. The conditions didn't faze the winner on the day, Bill Newman (13), who demonstrated how well he can play by returning a great score of 41 points to take out the improvised event and at the same time give the club handicapper an opportunity to adjust Bill's handicap in an appropriate manner. Next best on the day was Barry Godwin (21) on 40 points, which was a tremendous effort on a course more suited to the big-hitting A graders.

If you had 36 points or better you have won yourself a pro-ball with 12 players achieving that score.

Another casualty of the big wet was the 15th and final round of the Summer Teams Competition. That round has been extended and will now have to be completed by this Saturday.

Leading the series is the Skyline Car Care team on 37 points and excluding a major upset they seem assured of the minor premiership. The TGIF team have displaced the competition's early leaders Premium Trusses in the runner-up spot, both being on 35 points with TGIF gaining the second position currently on a count back. In fourth spot is the Gateway Village team on 31 points, relegating The League of Gentlemen team to fifth spot on 30 points.

The fourth and final spot to contest the final series will depend on how both The Gateway Village and The League of Gentlemen perform this week.

The semi-finals of the Bendigo Bank Summer teams competition will commence on Sunday, April 19, and will have to be completed by Saturday, April 18. The first placegetters will play the fourth placegetters in one semi, with the second and third placegetters to decide the second semi. The semi-finals are to be played on the front nine. The winners of the semi-finals will then compete in the final, scheduled to commence on April 19, again on the front nine.

One positive to come out of the big wet is that our water storage capacity is now at 100 per cent, which will insure ample water supplies for the foreseeable future and will no doubt put the subject or argument of alternative or augmented water supplies on the back burner for a while and enable club directors to focus on other areas within the club and continue with their program of course and club enhancement.

Grafton Women

MONDAY was the only day last week we got on the golf course. The semis of the matchplay championships were played with most players able to return to the club before the rain set in. The finals, which were to be played this week, were postponed due to the condition of the course, and will be played on Monday, April 20. Those players who will be vying for the position of matchplay champion in their division are: division one - Fran Forman and Janeen Roberts; division two - Sally Beresford and Bev Snowdon; division three - Marg Rickwood and Marg Manahan, and ; division four - Marilyn Powell and Robyn Wilkes. Robyn only played her first game of matchplay against Trish Clark the previous week and reported that she thoroughly enjoyed the very close, though friendly contest that was not determined until the 18th hole.

On Monday, March 30, Woolgoolga women were able to eventually finish the second day of their rain-shortened tournament held over from Tuesday, March 10. With only one short downpour of rain to contend with, Sharyn, Jane, Margie H, Helen P, Enid and Trish bravely tackled the course again, testing out its many hazards.

Once again our members very generously left the trophies for players from other clubs, though Sharyn did manage a NTP.

This week the keen Monday nine-hole players were able to play their games as carts were permitted for the first time in a week. The sunshine also meant that the volunteers could do their usual Monday jobs so that the grass and weeds that love the rain are kept under control.

The second monthly medal/WGNSW Medal, second round Captain's Trophy, and Gwlad Murray event and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute Event, which were all postponed from last week, will now be played on Wednesday, April 29, and the equivalent Saturday events will be played on Saturday, May 2.

Maclean Golf Club

WITH all the rain around over the last week or so we were fortunate to get Thursday's and Saturday's games in without getting drenched.

Saturday turned out to be overcast, but fine for most of the day for the monthly medal and mug event. There was a really good field for the medal with visitors from Grafton, Iluka and Yamba and the day was well sponsored by AB Accounting, which provided great trophies for the event.

Ilarwill resident , Fenwick Young, was in the last group and came in with the best score of the day to claim the B grade medal and the mug.

He finished with a nett 66, despite a near disaster on the third when his tee shot actually went backwards and finished two centimetres behind his tee. However, he recovered well and had a great back nine to win the day. Fen explained that he was getting lots of tips from his partners, but after the third hole he threw all their tips out the window and played his own game.

Ritchie Tabor was the A grade medal winner with his nett 70. Runner-up and looking the likely winner for a while was Trevor Godwin who had a nett 68 on a count back from Peter Bell who claimed third place. Club balls went down to 73 on a countback and the nearest the pins were won by Peter Hamilton , Gunny Dickenson, Helen Graney and John Nash . John Clarke took out the Thistle hole and Mark Stowers went home with the Crownie.

There was a depleted filed on Thursday because of the weather and many of the early morning starters were frightened away, however those who hit off a bit later had a fine day's golf with just a couple of short, sharp showers to contend with. The winner was JFK with 38 points on a countback from Gunny Dickenson. JFK has been featuring fairly regularly in recent months and has been playing pretty consistent golf for most of the year. Club balls went to 35 and JFK, Mark Stowers, Paul Reid and David Schwarz collected the nearest the pins.

The club mixed foursomes were played on Sunday, however, results are not at hand at this stage.

Next Saturday the event is an 18-hole stableford sponsored by Ron King and Yamba Shipping and Arcay Marine. The first round of the Clarke/O'Keeffe Shield must be played by this date also.

Roches Hackers

A FEW more snippets of news have surfaced from our last trip to Safety Beach.

One of our most recent signings with the Hackers is Arthur Wells and the scribe had the pleasure of playing with him. Arthur struggled with his golf that day, including an airy, four putts on the 16th and only two scoring holes. However, I'm expecting that to change as Arthur told me his home out at Waterview Heights, on a few acres, has a five-hole golf course. It was six holes, but he knocked one out for a new shed. Good luck next outing Arthur.

Another to have four putts was Trev 'Whoops' Lascelles on the 15th and that was after driving his tee shot just past the green. Trev must have upset his business partner, Gary, who tried to hit him with a ball. However, Gary maintains it was just a case of mistaken identity as Trev jumped out of the bushes and Gary thought he was a kangaroo.

Cushy showed some glimpses of form, just like the Roosters, and his playing partners were very amused when he ran his ball across the bridge over the water hazard on the 16th ... nice one Cushy.

Back at Roches Jacko thought he'd give Foges a ring to see how he was going at the Grafton track and was a little surprised to find he was actually sitting at the 'table of knowledge' at Roches - about five metres away - talk about blind.

We currently have 28 starters for the trip away to Tweed Heads in August. There is room for three more, but you'd better get in quick.

Another successful Hackers raffle was held last Friday night with a good roll-up. Our next outing is to South Grafton on Sunday, April 26 - a stableford event off the front nine with tee off at 8am. Our sponsors for the day are Elders and BCU Grafton.

Until next time ... happy hacking.




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