80 con­test Graham Open

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Nichols

A field of 80 took part in the Peter Graham Memo­rial Open last week­end, the first re­gional golf open at the Mi­rage Coun­try Club in 16 years.

Men’s A, B and C Grades, ladies di­vi­sions 1 and 2, and se­niors and ju­niors took to the course

Oliver Dun­can took the Gross 36 Hole tro­phy with a very im­pres­sive -2 over the two stroke rounds and re­turned a gross score of 142.

Claire Graham spon­sored the event in mem­ory of late hus­band Peter, and the two days of golf were ac­com­pa­nied by great at­mos­phere and ex­cel­lent cater­ing.

The course has not been in bet­ter con­di­tion this cen­tury and the weather was per­fect, said the proud gen­eral man­ager Peter Dou­glas.

“The on-course team led by su­per­in­ten­dent Alec Ross have been tire­less in ef­forts to bring the course back and it is ev­i­dent what a skilled pro­fes­sional he is.”

He said the field was lim­ited to 80 to al­low easy flow and for the coun­try club’s cus­tomer ser­vice to re­ally shine.

“I wanted the event to be re­laxed, be per­fect and be the very best ad­vert we could hope for. I be­lieve we ticked that box, that’s great.

In a bonus fea­ture of the day, Tar­quin and Mike MacManus (of MKR fame) cooked for each team as they came off the course.

“The food was just beau­ti­ful and cer­tainly im­pressed,” Peter Dou­glas said.

Pic­tures: STEPHEN NUTT

Cup win­ner Oliver Dun­can and club pro Rob Bry­don

Claire Graham (left) and Cairns sen­sa­tion Me­gan Smith

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