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Griffith Golf Course reopened last weekend, following the mini tornado which devastated the course, uprooting at least 40 trees and damaging fairways and greens. A further 35 miles of rain fell on the course on Friday evening, which prevented carts from following the route on Saturday, which saw 62 walkers contest a single stableford. It was played off the white markers, which shortened the course by approximately 400 yards. Mike Coleman scored 41 points to earn the A grade, draining birdies first and 17th. Tony McBride 39 points runner-up also birdie the first. James Wythes 40 points best in Category B, 21 points and 19 at home ahead of Kierren Elvy 37 points second with seven three-pointers on a countdown to John Harrison 37 points. Riley Townsend 39 points won the C grade, 20 points and 19 at home, carding nine three-pointers from Mark O’Connor 36 points, nailing a birdie on 17 on a countdown on Greg Collins 36 points. John Brennick won the 4th hairpin, Tony McBride 7th, Greg Collins 11th, Justin Robertson 16th. A stableford single medley again out of the white markers with a 57-man field and with the lack of trees, saw extraordinary scores returned, none better than Jason Waring-Bryant’s C-grade effort. He plays 24 and shoots 81 off the bat for 50 points, carding nine pars. Tom Wright scored 40 points for second. In Category A, Sim Tuitivake shot two under par 69 to take the win with 41 points. Ben Jeffery 40 points runner-up. Bryan Corner 40 best points in Grade B ahead of Barry Northeast 37 points. Pins won by 7th Taoloa Toru, 11th Mark Townsend, 8th Steve Matheson. With more heavy rain expected this week, golfers should contact the Pro Shop on 69623742 to find out if play is permitted and under what conditions. The Brady Painters Red Gum Plate Qualifier will take place next Sunday as long as conditions allow. With 32 pairs to qualify with qualified who will not play their matches before Calcutta on Thursday January 27. The Scramble is back with the first of two events to be played on Sunday, February 13. Registration is online with the attached link. RELATED There were 14 Griffith golfers playing in the Summer Classic at Yarrawonga last weekend with Matt Staines reclaiming the title he won in 2020 with rounds of 68-69, seven under par 137. Josh Stapleton failed to capitalize on his first-round six-under par 66, shooting 72 in the second round, second in the scratch with 138. He also won the Handicap on 140 net. No golf veterans last week, but hopefully he’ll be back tomorrow in a single stableford. A single hit on Wednesday, a single Stableford on Saturday and an Aggregate 4 BBB on Sunday, the Red Gum qualifier. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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