Weekend’s a drawcard

Troy Hurford and Ray Taylor watch on as Hannah Plunkett tees up for the Nissan Golf Classic.
Troy Hurford and Ray Taylor watch on as Hannah Plunkett tees up for the Nissan Golf Classic.

All indications are that this weekend’s Nissan Golf Classic will be one of the major events on the district golfing calendar with just under 180 nominations received up until Saturday evening.

What started in 1990 due to record floods which resulted in no golf being played in Forbes for six months the classic is today regarded as one of the premier golfing events in the Central West attracting players from all over NSW as well as interstate.

The weekend is no different, with only a few vacancies available on the nomination sheet, mostly in the earlier time slots. It is expected 200 plus will play the Nissan individual 18 holes on Sunday.

Prior to that, a 'welcome' round and time for visitors to look over the course will be held on Friday before a four-ball competition on Saturday, which is also expected to result in close to 200 players taking part.

Due to excellent sponsorship from local business houses over $5500 will be on offer over the weekend.

This includes a bonus of $500 if a visiting male player wins the overall scratch event taking the total prizemoney to around $1200 which includes a voucher from Allure On Main (RM Williams clothing).

Other incentives over the weekend include $250 to the leading male player if not the winner, $250 to the visiting club with the largest number of players.

All golfers with GA handicaps are invited to play, this includes A, B and C grades for men plus events for juniors, veterans and ladies.     

Along with golf a calcutta will be conducted on Saturday evening with selected players grouped into 12 pairs which will go under the hammer. This has proven to be extremely popular with just under $2000 going to the successful bidder.

In recent years Frank Spice Nissan has been the major sponsor, something Nissan Dealer Principal at Frank Spice's, Troy Hurford, welcomes.

“The Spice family is well know for their involvement over the years with golf and that continues to today. And, I also love to have a hit although my brothers, Luke and Clint, are far better than I'll ever be,” Troy said.

“We will have a display of Nissan vehicles again on show at the Golfie all weekend and I invite everyone over to have a look at the range of vehicles in a different surround, and while there have a look at some of the golfing talents playing.

“I know for a fact that the leading Forbes players are as good as any around and will be hard to beat this weekend.

“We at Frank Spice's are proud to be part of this major sporting event. I welcome all visitors to come and try their luck on a course being rated one of the best in the country,” Troy said.   

Nominations can be directed to the Golf Club Pro Shop on 02 6851 1554.