Forbes Veteran Golf

Vice President NSW Vets Golf Richard Doyle (second right) congratulates a group of winners including Graham West, Alan Rees, Jeff McKenzie (Leeton).
Vice President NSW Vets Golf Richard Doyle (second right) congratulates a group of winners including Graham West, Alan Rees, Jeff McKenzie (Leeton).

“Despite results, if you played this week you were a winner,” was how vice-president of NSW Veteran's Golf Association, Richard Doyle, summed up last week's of Lachlan Valley Week of Golf in Forbes. 

With Richard heaping praise on the successful staging where 109 nominations from across the state were received to play 309 rounds there was one player who left full of success and happy he took the time to play the week long event.

Geoff McKenzie of Leeton, and former Forbes resident and son of former Forbes High School teacher Col McKenzie, had plenty of reasons to feel happy with his week's play winning the A grade 54-hole stableford with 108 points while also collecting Friday's four-ball medley with Graham West scoring 47 points. Richard Doyle, who was born in Forbes and now from Sydney club Glenmore, said he starting playing golf in Forbes when sand greens were in play.

“A lot has changed since those days and I have been coming back here for around 60 years and I don't think I have seen the course better,” Richard Doyle said last weekend. This is a great tournament on the vets calendar,” he added.

President of the Forbes Veteran's Association Peter Barnes, added his thanks and praise to all who played and helped organise the tournament.

“Comments I have received have been really good. The weather has been excellent, the company good and our presentations on Thursday were very successful with excellent numbers and the dinner served was extremely satisfying,” he said adding thanks to his committee and volunteers for their continued support.

Winners of the NSW Veteran's Golf Association Shield (handicap). Men, Trevor Topp (Richmond) 40, r/u Mark Collits (Forbes) 38. Ladies, Lyn Kennedy (Forbes) 42, r/u Yvonne Kelly (Peak Hill) 39. Results (all results in stableford points). 54-holes men, A grade. Geoff McKenzie (Leeton) 108, r/u Ken Sanderson (Forbes) 98. B grade. Trevor Topp (Richmond) 106, r/u Colin Darley (Nowra) 98. C grade. Allen Rees (Forbes) 93, r/u David Williams (Forbes) 90.

54-hole ladies. Shirley Mawhinney (Grenfell) 105, r/u Ethel Coombs (Forbes) 97, third Yvonne Kelly (Peak Hill). 36-hole men. A grade. Mark Collits (Forbes) 71. r/u Fred Collie (Forbes) 66. B grade. Jeff Haley (Forbes) 75, r/u Peter Mawhinney (Grenfell) 69. C grade. Garry Pymont (Forbes) 65, r/u John Whatmore (Forbes) 61. 36-hole ladies. Lyn Kennedy (Forbes) 69 on a c/b, r/u Yvonne Kelly (Peak Hill) 69, third Jeanette Shaw (Albany) 65. 18 hole scores. Monday, men. A grade George Cross (Wyong) 34 on a c/b, r/u Garry Gracie (Port Kembla) 34. B grade Dale Stait (Parkes) 34, r/u Colin Darley (Nowra) 32. C grade Keith Kelly (Peak Hill) 37, r/u David Williams (Forbes) 31.

Ladies. Teresa Armitage (Forbes) 36, r/u Barbara Drabsch (Forbes) 35, third Ruth Hughes (Morisset) 32. Nearest the pins. Ninth Peter Mawhinney (Grenfell) and Barbara Drabsch (Forbes), 18th George Cross (Wyong) and Barbara Drabsch (Forbes). 

Tuesday, 18-holes. Men, A grade Jim Moloy (Forbes) 35 on a c/b, r/u Max Haley (Forbes) 35. B grade Bruce Chandler (Forbes) 40, r/u Frank Donohue (Forbes) 35. C grade Geoff Drane (Forbes) 32, r/u Rod Luyt (Parkes) 31.

Ladies. Ethel Coombs (Forbes) 33 on a c/b, r/u Jeanette Shaw (Albury) 33 on a c/b, third Jenny Hubbard 33. Nearest the pins. Ninth John Daley (Yamba) and Dianne Morosin (The Links). 18th Ian Howell (Wyong) and Gillian Mitchell (Morisset). Third Garry Pymont (Forbes). 

Thursday, 18-holes. Men. A grade Peter Cowhan (Forbes) 41, r/u Phil Bishop (Parkes) 40. B grade Bob Borger (Forbes) 37 on  a c/b, r/u Peter Mawhinney (Grenfell) 37. C grade John Whatmore (Forbes) 37, r/u Frank Hanns (Forbes) 36.

Ladies. Yvonne Kelly (Peak Hill) 39, r/u Ethel Coombs (Forbes) 33, third Jeanette Shaw (Albany) 32. Nearest the pins. Ninth Colin Darley (Nowra) and Shirley Mawhinney (Grenfell), 18th Trevor Topp (Richmond) and Barbara Prosser (Gibraltar). Friday, four ball medley. Graham West (Forbes) and Geoff McKenzie (Leeton) 45 points, r/u Shirley and Peter Mawhinney (Grenfell) 53. Ball sweep to 38 points. Nearest the pins. Ninth John Daley (Yamba) and Helen Robinson (South West Rocks). 18th Geoff McKenzie (Leeton) and Lee Daley (Yamba).

Lovely Day: Jill Cripps with Gillian Mitchell (Morisset).

Lovely Day: Jill Cripps with Gillian Mitchell (Morisset).