Tooth chips two shots off his handicap

LOSING just two shots off your handicap after having 46 stableford points seems a fairly good deal to me.

The temperature was hot to very hot on Saturday at the Dubbo Golf Club and so was Jeremy Tooth's game as he carved out a winning score from his 17 handicap. The down shot is he's now off 14.8 (15) next time out.

A good field of 141 players were on the 1-18 layout with Tooth the standout in B-grade, winning by three from Grahame Marchant who had 43 off 14 but is also now down to 13.1 (13).

In the same grade, Stephen James continued his good form of recent weeks having 42 while Winston Granger's hole-in-one for five points on the 5th hole shot him up the leaderboard, finishing with 41, the same number as Grant Fish.

Then came Glenn McLean, David Pilon and David Haylock (40) and 39 coming from Arthur Hosking.

THERE were also some good scores in A-grade, headed by James Morrow who was under the card with 44 points from four handicap. He also came under notice of the handicap system and is now off 2.6 (3).

Max Reid watched Winston Granger rifle his hole-in-one and was inspired to shooting 41 points off nine for second place behind Morrow.

Also in the top grade we see that Brett Wrigley had 41, Ray Moulds (40), and Pat Caton and Errol Toomey (39).

C-GRADE also found an outright winner in master painter Ian McGuinness who made light work of his 20 handicap to record 44 points - four in front of Aaron Moulds (23) with 40.

Steve Collier was next on 39 and Warrick Wheeler had 38, but overall the C-graders didn't fire with just three four scores in the top 32 overall.

AS well as scoring his second career hole-in-one on the 5th, Winston Granger also cleaned out the Super Pin jackpot earning 24 balls for just one shot. Sounds easy doesn't it?

Each of the four nearest the pin contests were close with James Morrow just 67cm from the flag on the 8th; Geoff Shuttle 87 on 11th; Stephen James 140cm 15th and Ian Edmunds 200cm on the 18th.

In the ball competition, 38 points after countbacks was the cut line, players to miss out were Ray Mills, Daniel Brock, Geoff Shuttle and Warrick Wheeler.

GLENN Farr, good to see you back on the golf course.

He's been off the scene in recent weeks but having 32 points off eight on Saturday wasn't such a bad pipe opener and don't be surprise to see further improvement.

Darky's son Jason matched Dad's score with 32.

INTERESTING to see a couple of players seemingly playing dead on Saturday. Gerry Dawson had 23 points and was 136th overall, Randall Richardson 22 and 138th and club board member John Ferrari didn't have one of his best days signing off on a card that produced just 21 points - last in the field of 139 completed cards.

RAY Walton stitched up his mates with a winning score of 24 points in the veteran's event on Saturday.

This left Winston Granger (21) and Ray Moulds (21) to take second and third placings after a countback.

The remaining vouchers went to Greg Vane, Bob Hargraves and Ian McGuinness (20).

ONE result we needed to catch up on was the January Wednesday Medallion with the Dubbo Property Doctor the sponsor.

Brian Munro (15) was on his A-game for 67 nett to take out Division 1 from Alan Mann who survived a countback for second with 68 in front of Garry Barraclough.

Mann has only been back in the game a short time after a two-year enforced spell in the paddock because of a back problem, but he hit the ball sweetly and his drives were long which made the rest look easily.

In Division 2 on the same day, Warwick Doolan (16) won with 68 nett on a countback from Nathan Sparkes (20).

Scratch prizes were won by Anthony Kek (70) and Doolan (84).

NTPs: 8th Rob Reardon 20cm; 11th Justin Moses 202cm; 15th Mark Murray 180cm; 18th John Searle 385cm.

THE Monday ladies group was out and about with 17 players on the course and Ronda Lew was the best with 21 stableford points.

This left Gillian Hill and Dorothy (19) and Bernadette Reynolds (18) to share the balls, while Marion James and Carolyn Campbell also had 18 but were counted out.

Campbell, home from Newcastle for a time to be with her mum and dad, however claimed the nearest to the pin prize.

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