Conditions test golfers in Nissan Classic at Forbes

John Betland watches on as 'Didget' McAuliffe gets in practise during the weekend's Nissan Golf Classic.
John Betland watches on as 'Didget' McAuliffe gets in practise during the weekend's Nissan Golf Classic.

His score card showed the talent which John Betland brings to golf in winning last Sunday's $5500 Nissan Classic.

After dropping shots to par with bogeys at the short 12th hole and not so easy 13th to be over par saw it all changed over the next two holes, and this is where the major tournament was won.

A birdie at the testing 14th hole followed by an eagle at the par five 15th to go from one over par to two under in the space of two holes was enough for the talented right handed to add another major title to his ever growing list of achievements.

Spectators were in awe of John's talents to finish two under in testing conditions with a howling wind complementing growing cold conditions for players who finished at the end of the field on Sunday.

Another Forbes player to record his best round for some time was Lee Grievous with even par 72 for the left hander looking at one stage as being the winner.

Making it a trifecta for the top three placing was Steve Betland.

Except for a handful of players most found conditions extremely testing.

After play on Sunday evening John Betland expressed his thanks to playing partners and curators for the way the way the course was presented.  

“The wind made it difficult and it got colder as the day grew longer but I'm happy with the way I played,” he said.

“Jack (Clarke) has the course looking good and the greens while fast were a pleasure to putt on,” John added.

Just under 200 played in Saturday's four-ball while a similar number played the individual events on Sunday.

Once again John Betland and 'Didget' McAuliffe won Saturday's scratch with six under par for 42 stableford points.

Ladies scratch winners were Forbes' Sharon Grierson and Cabramatta Golf Club member Gaynor Maloney.

Other major results for Sunday's play saw Dean Guymer from Temora with B grade scratch with 85 while C grade winner was Mark Bown from Dubbo with 91.

Lee Grierson with 69 nett win A grade handicap, B grade Bob Borger (Forbes) with 71 nett while in C grade Richard Smith (Forbes) won with 71 nett.

Ladies scratch winner, Michelle Dunn (Cabramatta) 92. Handicap, Debbie Tilley (Forbes) nett 72.  


Forbes' Garry Collits hit the fairways at the Parkes Golf Club last Thursday to win the twin towns 12 hole competition with 28 points.

Runner-up was Peter Irwin playing out of the Parkes club with 27 points on a count-back from fellow club member Laurie Wakefield.

Encouragement Award went to Parkes' Joe Davies with 13 points.

In the Mick Miller Shield, Parkes 159, Forbes 147.

Nearest the pin on the 4th to Parkes players, A grade Michael Lynch, B Cassa Bella.

This Thursday's play is 18 holes at Condobolin, nominations from 9.30am, tee off 10am.

Thursday week it is back to Forbes with tee off at 1pm, before play the local AGM will be held.

Last week's Cheating Tuesday's results were headed by Frank Donohue with a massive 33 points for the 12 hole competition.

An indication to the score was next best went to Geoff Drane with 30, a score to win most other days.

Cheating Tuesday is on a again today with ball toss at 9.30am for partners.