Forbes golfers once again showed their true grit as they proceeded to amass amazing scores. The sun shone on the colour across the course, on the flash of clubs being wielded, on the many smiles that abounded on the faces of the players, and on the outfits worn to support the ‘Pink Day’.
Numerous players wore pink, which was very fetching on many of the Lady players, and made some of the men players quite attractive. Some of the outfits were very inventive, and others required some courage to wear. Donations were aplenty, with the golfers contributing $134 which will go to the Forbes Breast Cancer Support Group.
Saturday’s event was an 18-hole Stableford, sponsored by Ian Simpson and Co Real Estate. The field of 74 focused on the productive greens, as they worked from fence to fence in their real efforts to make the estate theirs.
The A Division winner was Doug Churchill with an outstanding 43 points, on count-back. This was a rich reward for his lessons from Simon, and followed a build-up of good play in his ‘Sixes’ comp during the week. He was only one over on the back nine. Runner up was Paul Pymont who enjoyed slightly cooler conditions earlier in the day. He had 43 points and felt assured of a win, but was pipped by one stroke on the back nine.
The B Division winner was Greg Webb with a ‘lowly’ 42 points. He really enjoyed the shorter holes, although had some trouble on the longer holes. Not far behind was Robert Borger on 40 points.
The golfers did excel themselves with five players scoring 40 or more points and a further 29 scoring 36 or better. Maybe it was the soft greens, a result of the renovations work, or maybe it was the clear air helping the ball fly further, but it sure worked.
The ball sweep went to 37 on count back, being distributed to: 43 – D Churchill, P Pymont, N Duncan: 42 – G Webb; 40 – R Borger; 39 – C Alley, Mike Wood, T Callaghan, A Tucker, M Spice, B Doyle; 38 – R Taylor, D McAuliffe, R Searl, P Grayson, D Clarke; 37 – M Andrews, B Collie, M Wood Jnr, F Hanns.
The NTP’s went to: ninth – S Uphill; 18th – Alf Davies. Stephen got his two but Alf didn’t. Despite the excellent scoring there were not many twos recorded. In fact, only six overall, with one to the B Division, and three on the ninth. And yes, it was Greg Webb who got the lone B Division two.
The visitors included Richard Searl from TPI AND Vets in St Aust, and Mike Bradley Wood from Warren. Richard was here to keep Fred in line, and that he did. Mike had a warm-up before the Holden Scramble in Sydney on the weekend.
Spare a thought for the many hidden achievers. Like Niel Duncan. He scored 43 points and came third, and this with his second-ever best score of 77. You would have thought this was a winner, but alas no.
Greg Webb had a great score. His birdie on the 17th was a real charm, and offset the four misses he had elsewhere. Richard Nixon generally hits a good ball. You expect him to hit his tee shot onto the green or thereabouts on the ninth However, he scored a nine on that hole in quite unbelievable circumstances.
Another out of luck was Marty Cahill. He was so disappointed to miss out on the NTP on the 18th. He contemplated a measure to determine the result, but grudgingly accepted that his 38’ 8” putt was probably not in the hunt.
On Sunday, February 4 the regular Stableford Medley produced a number of smiles, winner was Ray Taylor with 43 points. Runner-up was Ron Morris with a credible 39 points.
Ray started with a mild score on the front nine, then parred the back nine to score 26 points. To this Ray added the pleasure of matching his age with his score.
On Sunday, Forbes had two teams in the CWDGA Inter-Club Pennants Semi-Finals being played at Duntryleague. It was a day of mixed success with the Division 1 team losing 3-2 to Dubbo, while the Division 4 team won 3-2 against Dubbo. This carries them into the Final against Wellington, to be played at Cowra on March 18.
The match was beyond doubt for the Division 1 team when the opponents to Steve Betland and Andrew Dukes conceded their games. Earlier Mark Collits (4/3), Peter Nixon (5/4) and Dan Bayley (5/3) had lost their games.
The Division 4 result hinged on the outcome of the final game. Once again Garry Pymont had the weight of the team on his shoulders. He won his game one up on the very testing 18th hole. Ash Tucker had a variable day, eventually winning his game one up with a very fine finishing burst on the 17th and 18th holes, and Mark Watts was steady and determined winning his game 3/2. Both Richard Smith (5/4) and Troy Howe (6/4) faced very tough opponents and despite their own good play they faltered.
Here is the news: The nominations for the Forbes Veterans ‘Week of Golf’, set for April 23-27, put your nominations in. Planning is underway for the Forbes Open, incorporating a Regional Qualifier for the NSW Open. Stay tuned for more details.
It is crystal ball time: March 17 is a 4BBB Stableford event, sponsored by C&D Floor coverings. Sunday is the 18 hole Stableford Medley. On Saturday, March 24 we have the Annual Sanderson Memorial Day, a 4-ball Ambrose Medley.
-by Short Putt
March 10 Stableford Competition saw 18 players trying to win the the beauty treatment prize sponsored by Sephora. Julie Hurkett won with 39 points and Runner Up was Robin Lyell with 36. NTP ninth Robin Lyell and 18th Heather Davidson. Ball Sweep to Julie, Robin and Fran Smith.
March 14 21 Ladies played a Stableford in two Divisions sponsored by Jill Morgan and Fleur Wells. Division One winner was Heather Davidson 38 points, Runner Up Kerry Stirling 37. Division Two winner Bess Shields 34 points. Runner Up Helen Duff 33. Nearest the Pin 9th Kerry Stirling, 18th Heather Davidson. Sweep to Heather, Kerry ,Bess and Judy Hodge. Congratulations everyone.
March 17 is a Stableford sponsored by one of the great coffee spots, Cafe Aglio and Olio with Barb Drabsch on cards. Next Wednesday 21st is first Round NSW Medal, Monthly Medal and Putting Competition in two Divisions this is also sponsored by one of our favourite spots Pantry Cafe and and Catering with Janet Smith on cards.
-by Roving Reporter
The first stage of the ASI Capital sponsored Super Sixes golf comp produced some scintillating performances that shows these matches will be hard fought. The individual scores were low, leading to some very tight results. The strongest team overall was F Troop who scored 99 and made short work of Bushrangers. On their heels were Kool Kats and their 99.5, ensuring a win over a gallant TBC.
In the individual scores this week, the best Members score was made by John Bruce (30.5), followed by Jenny Hubbard and Ken Sly who both scored 31.5. The best Non-members score went to Wayne Wright (31.5) who was just ahead of Richard Biles (32) and Beth Dickens (32.5).
The ball/money voucher winners for each Pool are:
- Pool 1 – Phil Wells, Phil Maher, Bev Gerdes, Kerry Stirling, Michael Browne, Mark Watts and Terry Sharpe.
- Pool 2 – Jenny Hubbard, Richard Biles, Jenny Fletcher, Debbie Tilley, Graham Newport, Mary Ewing and Brodie Hodges.
- Pool 3 – Beth Dickens, Neil Herbert, Jayne Norrie, Karl Biles, Maree Hodges, Len Wood and Nick Ryan.
- Pool 4 – John Bruce, Wayne Wright, Ken Sly, Alison Baker, Louise French, John Ridley and Mandy Tooth.
The winners last week who get this week off are: Cup – Pool 1 Boys and Girls, Pool 2 to be decided, Pool 3 Postie Top Six, Pool 4 F Troop; Plate – Pool 1 Draw shanks, Pool 2 Hit n Miss, Pool 3 Lost in the Trees, Pool 4 Hook, Drive and Sink. It is all shaping up for a good Final on April 8. Having Easter before hand means that the final Knockout round will be played over two weeks. And do not forget the Presentation Dinner, details of which will be known soon. Sadly those teams who lost the 3rd versus 4th or 7th versus 8th matches bow out of the comp. Carlton Dry Boys did well to post a competitive score (107.5) but B&C Automotive were just that much better. But while your team may miss out there is still plenty of daylight hours available to go out and enjoy some golf.
-by Smooth Swinger