Saturday was a 4BBB
sponsored by Forbes Livestock Agency, who have done so for many years. This is usually well supported by many players wanting a warm-up before the Open. In good weather, 74 players managed to score very well indeed.
The Handicap winners were Ted Morgan and Ralph Baker. These guys swung in more ways than one, but combined very well to score 46 points, getting ahead of the runners-up by count back. That unlucky pairing was Mark Collits and Dan Bayley, also with 46. The Scratch winners were Scott Allsopp (Balgowah) and Joel Wheatley (Fox Hill) who managed 42 points. They were comfortably ahead of Collits/Bayley with their 40, and who once again finished as bridesmaids.
The ball sweep went to 41 on count back, going to: 46 - Morgan/Baker, Collits/Bayley; 44 – Allsopp/Wheatley; 43 – T Cogswell/J Zannes, B Parker/D Culley; 42 – J Betland/Taylor, Duncan/Bown, Earl/French, McDonald/Haege (Royal Sydney); 41 – B Coles/Hogan.
The NTP’s went to: Ninth John Finlay (Manly); 18th – H Gulliver (Moore Park). There were thirteen 2’s scored overall, with four pairings scoring two 2’s each. That did not leave many for the others. Forbes gave the visitors a very friendly and sunny welcome, with players from Balgowah, Fox Hill, Royal Sydney, Nelson Bay, Cromer, Concord, Penrith, Trundle, Condobolin, West Wyalong, Lakelands, Yallourn, Pacific Dunes, Maitland, Moore Park, Murrumbidgee and Manly clubs.
This is a team event where the best team has their players mixing their good shots well. It is also important for each of the pair to help the other, and to stay together. Jack Clarke and Jeff Haley got the wrong idea when both were observed playing from the hazard on the 14th, after each had hit the trees. Where was the safety shot?
Terry Griffiths enjoyed his day. He had the company of Gordon Hurry, and capped the day off well with two chip-ins. The one on the 16th was a two-bounce and plop! straight into the hole for a birdie. His chip-in birdie on the 4th was spectacular. He was playing his third across the creek, when he hit the shot hard. Sending the ball like a rocket over the water, up the slope and across the green. The ball struck the pin, bounced up at least a foot and dropped straight down into the hole.
Peter Barnes played really well through the Vets week, then fell to pieces on Saturday. Gordon and Paul Kay were doing well in their match against Griffiths and Peter Cripps, until that little devil with the camera jumped out from behind a bush on the 16th and took their photo. It all went bad from there.
There are some good ‘Keno matches’. Bayley and Collits were warming up with their demolition of Pete Dawson and Shane Sallaway by 7/6. And firepower does not always help, as evidenced by Digit McAuliffe and Pete Tilden being ambushed by Newport and Chandler.
Michael Browne, when he hit his tee shot on the three had a very low trajector. It trundled over the green but stopped barely within bounds, leaving an awkward shot. Mike had to straddle the fence, and bring his club from behind the fence to connect with the ball, which he did very well, moving it forward about a foot and tangling his club in the fence.
Here is the News: We sadly say farewell to Daniel and Holly. Daniel has taken up the position as Head Professional at Foster-Tuncurry, managing many staff, two Pro shops, enjoying two courses and good teaching facilities. Holly is looking forward to the beach once again and being near family. They are both sad to go, but see this as a great opportunity. We all wish them well.
Today will be the Legends Pro-Am, in what may be wet conditions. We have a very full field, and a number of returning golf Pros who enjoyed themselves last year. This should be another great day of golf for them.
The ‘Winter Three’s’ competition starts Monday, May 22 and runs till August 28 this year. The Wallace Cup draw will be made very soon, with competition to commence in June. And pencil in the Sand-Grass Green Championships on August 19-20. Let’s build on the numbers we had last year.
It is crystal ball time: May 19 we have the Legends Pro-Am. This is a great day and well worth the time spent playing alongside top golfers. May 20 is a three ball Ambrose/Stableford sponsored by B&C Autos. This is their quaint way of spicing up your golf day.
- by Short Putt
On Wednesday, May 10 Jan Smith and Julie Woods sponsored a four Ball Stableford Multiplier. With a big winning score were Doreen Barnes and Jan Smith with 61 points. Runners Up Debbie Dingwall and Heather Davidson 60. Nearest the Pin on 9th Fran Smith and 18th Barb Drabsch.
Ball Sweep to D Barnes, J Smith, D Dingwall, H Davidson, K Stirling, R Lyell. Saturday 13th Stroke was played for the Robin Lyell/Colleen Venables Trophy.
Division 1 HC 0-23 was won by Colleen Venables with 71 on a count-back and the lowest score of the year was in Division Two with Enid Baker going low with 64. Ball Sweep to Enid, Colleen and Jenny Fletcher.
Nearest the pin ninth Eily Hush. Congratulations everyone. This Saturday, May 20 4BBB V Par Qualifying Round WDLGA sponsored by Bernie Horan Builders. Wednesday, May 24 is a Stableford in two Divisions with Julie Hurkett on cards.
Next week we will have all the news from Western Districts which is being held in Orange with thirteen of our Ladies attending.
On behalf of the Lady Golfers we wish Daniel all the success at Foster/Tuncurry Golf Club you have done a great job at Forbes and you will be missed, thank you.
- Roving Reporter