Back at the 19th, May 16

Difficult weather conditions made it a hard day at the office for players, who contended with an icy wind and a heavy course last Saturday.

The event was a single vs par, one of the toughest examinations of player’s handicaps.

Brad Lemon, -2, won A Grade. He exploded out of the gate, +3 after four holes, but by the turn he had slipped to -2. He birdied the 10th, then added pluses on the 13th and 14th, but again lost it to finish the back nine all square. Lemon pushed Martin Sweeney, also on -2, into second on a countback. He birdied the sixth to turn -1 and then had -1 on the back nine.

The B Graders handled the conditions better; Jim Dickie, +2, taking the win – out in +2, nailing a birdie on the 7th, then squared the back nine. He survived a countback over Lance Perry, also +2, with the same splits, out in +2, in with square.

Alan Le Brocque won C Grade with the day’s best score, +3 – out in +2 home in +1 – over Garry Purcell, who finished all square. Pro pins were won by Martin Sweeney and Tuiri Phillip.

A two-grade single stableford last Sunday had Alf Franchi, 41 points, winning 0-18 Grade over Shane Gaffey, 40 points. Corey Saunders, 35 points, won 19-36 Grade ahead of Damon Cafe, 34 points. Mathew Staines won 7th pin, firing 68 off the stick. Alf Franchi 16th. Vouchers to 33 points.

JOLLEY CUP

The Jolley Cup will be played at Grong Grong on Sunday, May 27 with a 10am shotgun start.

If Griffith can get two teams of nine players, a bus will be hired. There is a sheet for players names. Entry includes a barbecue lunch.

A double round for qualifiers will be played this weekend. The qualifier for the Belford Petroleum 4BBB Handicap Matchplay will be played Saturday, with 16 pairs to qualify, and the Mixed Matchplay with eight pairs on Sunday. There will be a single stableford in conjunction.

The Ladies Open will be played today, so the mens competition was played yesterday. The first two rounds of the Mixed will be played the following weekend.

VETERANS

The veterans played a two-grade single stableford last Thursday.

John Gale, 39 points, won 0-18 Grade over Jim Dickie, 38 points. Len Sexton, 37 points, won 19-36 Grade; Keith Woodbridge, 36 points, second. Bill Brown won the 4th pin, Byoardron James 8th. Vouchers to 33 points.

Veterans are advised to return their entries for their October week of golf. Nomination forms are on the noticeboard.  Another single stableford will be played this week.

A two-grade single stableford was played by vets last Wednesday.

Gerry Cox, 40 points, again won 0-18 Grade – carding birdies on 1st and 8th – from David Woodside, 36 points, who got birdies on the 7th and 8th.

Derek Langford, 37 points, won 19-36 Grade; Peter Den Houting, 35 points, second. Vouchers to 33 points.

TEEING OFF: Tony Catanzariti gets his round underway at the Griffith Golf Club recently. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo

TEEING OFF: Tony Catanzariti gets his round underway at the Griffith Golf Club recently. PHOTO: Anthony Stipo