Clarence Valley Independent

Grafton men’s golf

Apart from the major Jacaranda event, Saturday’s competition included the monthly mug for November. With a great score of 69 nett a jubilant Darryl Toms (12) was the eventual winner. 

Not only did Darryl win the mug, but he also was awarded the Ray Balderstone Memorial Trophy, an inter-club trophy contested between the Grafton and Armidale Golf Clubs. In his acceptance speech Darryl indicated winning the Memorial Shield was one of the highlights of his long and successful career. Should he maintain this form it will not be long before he returns to single figure handicap status. The grade results in the Mug series are a follows:

A Grade was taken out by Ian Langley (9) with 72 nett; Mick Beehag (12) was awarded with B Grade 72; also with 72 was Billy Heath (16) who was the victor in C Grade; Jacob Harris (21) was the best of the D Grade contingent with a handy score of 70. 

The November mug sponsored by Advanced Coast Security, also held in conjunction with the Saturday competition was the 2019 Gold Mug playoffs. Taking out the Clocktower Hotel sponsored golf mug was Kevin Vaughan who qualified for the final by winning two monthly mug trophies in December 2018 and again in June 2019.  Kevin’s winning score for the gold mug was a commendable 71 nett. The various grade winners in the playoffs were Scott Brown in A Grade; Michael Beehag in B grade; Graham Lentfer in C grade; Jacob Harris in D grade.

The final of the 4BBB knockout series was also held on the weekend with the pairing of Trent Dickson and Angus McKimm taking on the Billy and Jim Cross combination. The Newman/Cross team proved to strong in the end, taking out the final 6 and 5. Trent and Angus did really well to progress to the final, taking out several highly fancied pairings on the was and deserved their place in that final. They should not be too unhappy to finish in r/up position in this series, as they were up against a more than handy pairing in Newman and Cross, who were always the favourites right throughout the entire series.

Next Saturday, Dean & Corrie Hayes will be providing the trophies for the day, the event assuming the format of an American Foursomes. This is a unique competition and no doubt will attract a good field. 

On Sunday the Open Men’s 27 hole Foursomes Championships are scheduled to be held with the Club hopefully attracting a good field for these prestigious Championships. Entries remain open and as usual can be made on line or through Mark Harvison in the Pro shop.

For those involved with the mixed golf programme, your next event is scheduled for Sunday November 17 and will take the form of a 4BBB Stableford. The next event for the T.G.I.F. fraternity is set down for Friday December 13. At that time your subscription for next year will also be due. For details relating to this event contact the T.G.I.F. coordinator, Neil Hayward.

Ray Hopwood

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