Ray Smith of Grafton hits off at the first on the first day of the Veterans Week of Golf at Grafton Golf Course.
Ray Smith of Grafton hits off at the first on the first day of the Veterans Week of Golf at Grafton Golf Course. Adam Hourigan

Wintergolf attracts veteran golfers

THE Grafton District Golf Club should have considered hiring a traffic cop this week as veteran men and women golfers hit the course for the annual Wintergolf Festival.

With the sudden influx of golf carts on the course local golf professional Mark Harvison likened the fairways to that of Pitt St in Sydney.

But for tournament director John Tibbs it's just part and parcel of an aging group of keen golfers who flock to the course every May.

"This is the fifth year we've run the event and we have golfers from throughout NSW and Queensland," Tibbs said as he took a break from his hectic schedule making sure things run smoothly.

"We have 39 clubs represented and they've provided 187 golfers, which is a little down on last year.

"Camden Haven is responsible for the most competitors with 18 and they always support our tournament.

"The event is for both men and women golfers with the males being over 55 and the women over 50.

"Just over half the field is made up of visitors and the balance is made up of locals."

As in previous years the tournament opened on Sunday with the popular nine-hole prelude event and for one lucky golfer a hole in one on the first was the perfect start for the week ahead.

"We introduced a prelude event four-years ago, which is played on a composite course on the Sunday," Tibbs said.

"It's a course we set out with seven par-threes and two par-fours and we actually go across country.

"Susan Gilchrist, from Camden Haven, hit her tee shot near the ninth green, over the trees and managed a hole in one, which she was obviously very excited about."

With the fairways and greens recovering from all the recent rain and curators working overtime competitors should have no excuses as far as the course is concerned.

The tournament winds up on Thursday with an 18-hole single stableford for both men and women followed by a presentation dinner at the Club.

And for those veterans who wish to punish their bodies even further an 18-hole 4BBB medley is set down for Friday.

 

WINTERGOLF EVENTS

  •  18-hole single stableford Monday-Tuesday

(Men's four grades, ladies three grades)

 

  •  36-hole Eclectis Monday-Tuesday

(Overall men's and ladies' winner, runner-up)

 

  •  18-hole V.G.A single stableford Thursday

(Must play a minimum of two days)

 

  •  18-hole single stableford Thursday

(Men's four grades, ladies three grades)

 

  •  18-hole 4BBB Medley stableford Friday

(Winners and runners-up)



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