Forbes Golfing Goodness

Great Support: Troy Howe, Walter Brown and Terry Griffiths at the Nissan Golf Classic presentation. For more information visit www.forbesgolf.org.au.
Great Support: Troy Howe, Walter Brown and Terry Griffiths at the Nissan Golf Classic presentation. For more information visit www.forbesgolf.org.au.

Men’s Golf

Golfers were greeted with a couple of heavy showers of rain and wind just after lunch time on Saturday which saw more then one head to the comforts of the 'Golfie' to reflect on what might have been before they reached the last hole.

Still, out of the 55 who nominated there were some good scores where just a few played for the Medal of Medallists which was won by Clayton Alley with 68 nett, which also saw him win B grade on a count-back from Stephen McAlister.

Sixty eight nett was a popular score for the winners in both grades on Saturday with Michael Spice leading the way home in A grade but again on a count-back, this time from Max Haley.

Nearest the pins in the Loomzy's Fish N Fix sponsored tournament, ninth Adam Borger, 18th Alf Davies.

Ball sweep to 72 nett on a count-back.

The top four plus, Alf Davies, Peter Dawson, Frank Donohue, Peter Tisdell, Ross Williams, James Earl, Paul Pymont, Jeff House, Andrew Cogswell, Cameron McMillan.

Sunday's Stableford medley was won by Andrew Dukes who got the better of his shanks from Saturday to fire a two under par 70 for 43 points.

Runner-up and long way back, Louise French with 37 points.

Ball sweep, Daniel Bayley 36, Stuart French 35 and Bruce Carpenter 35.

Golf this Saturday will be a 4BBB medley for the Don 'Deacon' Dwyer trophy sponsored by Forbes Catering and Packaging Supplies.

Sunday will be the usual Stableford medley.

Last Saturday after play the yearly presentation of major trophies was held and while not the best ever support those in attendance gave the evening the Thumbs Up for the way in which it was conducted.

Just to refresh your memory, our major winners were, A grade John Betland.

Runner-up Daniel Bayley; A Reserve Terry Griffiths, runner-up Doug Churchill; B grade Robert Webb.

Runner-up Scott Kirkman; C grade Rodney Joseph Besgrove, runner-up a young Craig Barrett.

As mentioned last week we are going to have a quick look at the NSW Open results where we were pretty well represented with five of our members engaged over the week which was played at Twin Creeks Country Club which is located in the Penrith area.

John Betland who qualified for the Open winning his spot here a couple of months back did not disgrace to post rounds of 74, 75 on Thursday and Friday to be five over par which unfortunately wasn't good enough to play the weekend.

“It was a good experience. Overall I hit the ball well but I didn't putt good enough.

Putts around five to ten feet just didn't go in, that was the story of the rounds, John told us.

His playing partners were Mark Hale, from Mudgee who played in the recent Nissan Classic but he too missed the cut at seven over par.

Their professional partner was Ben Stowe, a trainee from Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Our junior member, Cameron McMillan through the FGA was invited to play in a junior Canadian Ambrose on Wednesday, a day prior to the first round of the Open.

Cameron's father Neil said it was great experience for Cameron who was joined by juniors from Kiama and Batemans Bay along with Queensland touring professional Craig Hocknull, who finished seven under in the four day Open.

“All the boys play off five handicaps, they know each other and Craig was really good as he is a coaching pro and offered tips all the way round.

They played that well they finished third overall, but their handicaps were against them,” Neil said.

Peter Cowhan won a spot for three players in the Pro-Am which was played on the Tuesday prior.

He was joined by two of our 'gun' players, son-in-law Daniel Bayley and Steve Betland who made the trip to also caddy for his brother John in the Open proper.

Their playing partner was touring professional Rhein Gibson who himself recorded an eagle and seven birdies to finish eight under par in the Pro-Am.

Overall they 'tour up the course' in a Texas Scramble which at the end of the day did not suit their talents and handicaps where for example, a 30 marker could carry his ball to where the pros drive finished before playing to the green.

Their score of 87 points was 16 behind the winners.

“It was a great day but the scramble format and our handicaps didn't really give us a chance to win but the experience was worth the drive,” Daniel said.

Finally off course results from the classic weekend. Calcutta, first Wayne Cotterill.

Second Marin Sedger and equal third Peter Tilden, John Betland and Andrew Cogswell.

One hundred club, first  Bob Borger, second Barwy, and third Chris Lamont.

While the classic committee awaits all accounts from the successful weekend they again pass on their thanks to those who played, and in the hope we see about 15 or so more players next year which will put us over the 200 players for Sunday mark.    

With the course now in prime condition has there been a better time to encourage some new players to our game?

Casual play can be any day of the week while there are mid week competitions for the beginner to the more serious player.

Daylight saving time is designed for outdoor sports.

If clubs and a buggy are required to play these are available for hire from the Pro Shop.

No matter who you are or your ability, club curator 'Jack' Clarke as always asks that you carry a sand bucket to fill in fairway divots and also make the effort to repair pitch marks on the greens.

-by Short Putts Mate.

Ladies Golf

On Wednesday November 15, an 18 hole Stableford event, sponsored by Jessica’s Beauty Salon, was played. 

The winner with a very good score of 39 points was Ethel Coombs. 

Runner-up was Ev Uphill with 36 points. The Ball Sweep went to Ethel, Ev and Jill Cripps to 34 points.

NTP winners were Bess Shields on the ninth and Alison Kingston on the 18th.

Saturday, November 18 was Xmas Cake Day with the sponsor being Beatrice Beagle.

It was an 18 hole Stableford event. 

Winner of the cake was one of our up and coming juniors Gabby Alley with an excellent 37 points. 

In the runner-up position was none other than Ethel Coombs with a nice 36 points. 

Ball sweep went to Gabby.

The ladies were out early and avoided the afternoon storms. 

It is pleasing to see the younger players joining the more senior player members on the course.

NTP winners were Bess Shields on the ninth and Heather Davidson on the 18th.

Wednesday November 22 was another Stableford event, this time the sponsor was Lady Bird Boutique.  

On a beautiful day for playing golf,18 players took to the well manicured course.

It was again the in form Ethel Coombs who took out first place with a massive 40 points with Meg Scholefield not far behind on 39 points.  

The ball sweep went to Ethel, Meg and Robin Lyell to 37 points.

NTP were Denise Squires on the 9th with a lovely shot that hit the pin and Deborah Dingwell on the 18th.

Four Ladies attended Duntryleague’s closing day last Tuesday.

Although they didn’t bring home the big prizes Kerry Stirling and Judy Hodge managed to win a ball on the challenging course.

They had a lovely day.

The Xmas Party is on Wednesday December 8 at the Golf Hotel dining room. 

Please put your name on the board if you haven’t already done so.

Cost is $35. Items for the raffle can be left in the locker room or given to Heather or Sarah.

It was pleasing to see quite a few lady golfers at the Mixed Presentation Night last Saturday night to pick up the prizes they won throughout the year.

Forbes golfing

The Forbes 18 hole championship golf course is located beside the Newell Highway on the northern side of town.

A feature of the 6207m Par 72 course is four holes with water crossings.

Formally Pro-Am Golf Tournaments were held at Forbes and so it provides a challenging golf course for all golfers.

For more information visit www.forbesgolf.org.au or call the Pro-Shop on 6851 1554 or Sportsmans Club 6851 2929.