Date: July 19, 2016
Author: Dave Tease, Golf NSW

Greg grabs Grafton Bowl

Grafton Golf Club’s Greg Harvison has finally broken through to win his first ever Grafton Bowl.

Harvison, who has two Jacaranda Opens and a Grafton Golf Club championship to his credit in a 30-year association with the Clarence Valley club, had never won the Grafton Bowl – until last Sunday.

"It's the one I've been trying to win for a long, long time. I was starting to think it might be one I don't get," the 56-year-old said. "This is pretty special for me. I've won two Jacaranda Opens, which Greg Norman won in the 1970s and a club championship.”

Harvison carded a neat one-over-par 72 on Saturday followed by a three-over-par 74 on Sunday to take the title by a shot from the two-time defending champion, Matt McKee.

He wasn’t sure if his score was going to be low enough to win however, "I led by two on the first day and I knew there were a lot of talented younger players chasing me down, I played early on Sunday and went out to the races thinking 74 mightn’t be enough," he laughed.

He said nerves had played a big part in his round on Sunday.

"Yesterday I was more nervous than I've ever been on the last day of a tournament."

Harvison reckons his win was a triumph of technique over brute power, "I'm getting on a bit now and I don't have the length in my game I used to have," he said. "To stay competitive you have to use all your craft and knowledge."

The NSW Open Regional Qualifying event set for September 24th and 25th to be held at Yamba and Grafton and Golf Clubs is firmly in Harvison’s sights.

“I’m definitely playing,” he smiled. “I know both the courses pretty well and if can shoot a good score of around even par, you never know what could happen, I’m looking forward to it,” he smiled.