Record field to tee off in 2017 Forbes Nissan Golf Classic

Long-time supporters of this big weekend of golf, Michael Spice (Frank Spice Nissan), David Fitzgerald (Forbes Services Memorial Club) and Renee Powell (Forbes Advocate).
Long-time supporters of this big weekend of golf, Michael Spice (Frank Spice Nissan), David Fitzgerald (Forbes Services Memorial Club) and Renee Powell (Forbes Advocate).

Records could tumble this weekend in the $5500 Nissan Golf Classic.

The reason for this is that a record 196 nominations were received up to early Tuesday with more expected before a ball is hit Sunday morning.

In the lead-up to the individual classic, over 18 holes is the four-ball, best ball which is also attracting strong interest with 172 nominations up to Tuesday.

Chairman of the Classic committee Randal Grayson said he couldn’t see anything but an outstanding weekend due to the number of nominations, which includes two players from Western Australia.

“The number of nominations is already a record, and with the quality of players coming, we could quite easily see a record score in the A Grade scratch, which is currently held by 2016 winner John Betland with 64 off the stick in 2010,” Grayson said.

While all the focus will be on A Grade players, where a visiting golfer could collect a bonus of $500 if they take the honours in the scratch event.

However, the Classic is for A, B and C Grade players in men’s, ladies, juniors and veterans.

“For us to be able to cater for all these, we have had fantastic sponsorship support today and prior to this weekend,” Grayson said.

“This weekend, players are coming from all over the state as well as interstate and the quality they bring is sure to see some brilliant scoring on a course which has been rated by many as in its best condition for decades.

“Amongst our visitors will be former club champion Danny Acret, who is bringing a team of Master Veteran players from Penrith with many on a handicap of scratch and lower.

“Also nominated are all the leading players from neighbouring clubs.

“Our thanks to everyone who has helped prepare for the Classic and especially curator Justin Clarke and his brother Darren.”

Off the course, the Classic committee will be conducting a calcutta on Saturday night with all leading players involved along with celebrities, where the best net scores determine the winner.

“One thing I would like to ask all players is to be early as our first group on Sunday is teeing off at 7am and the last 1.30pm,” Grayson said, adding that he would like all players to check their tee-off times for both days.

The Classic has a long history: the event was started with the sponsorship the Forbes Advocate and Forbes Services Memorial in 1990 after flooding had closed the course for six months. 

Both the club’s current managing director David Fitzgerald and Advocate editor Renee Powell are delighted to continue their support of the event.