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November Medal: Geoff Coles is framed by the trees as he gets set to drive on the 13th tee. His companions are hiding behind the trees.
November Medal: Geoff Coles is framed by the trees as he gets set to drive on the 13th tee. His companions are hiding behind the trees.

Men’s Golf

AS Forbes people have come to expect, beautiful conditions greeted the district and the golfers across the weekend. A hint of very warm weather ensured most golfers swung easily, and the grass growth ensured the ball was controllable.

Last weekend was the November Monthly Medal, sponsored by Jelbarts Tyrepower, with 46 players looking to put their tread across the course and burnout the opposition to ensure good traction on a Medal.

The A grade players produced dazzling golf and demonstrated their skill in this game. The two place getters were both at the back of the field.

The form of Todd Callaghan has risen like a phoenix, culminating in a round of 66 nett that included three birdies, and relentlessly consistent golf on the back-nine.

Runner-up was Digit McAuliffe with an impressive 69, no doubt still flushed with the good times he had at the NSW Senior Open the previous weekend.

The B grade was a much closer contest. Doug Churchill shimmied his way to the front of the grade, producing a 69 nett.

Paul Kay, playing under duress from his opponents, was well pleased with his 70 nett. Both Doug (42/42) and Paul (43/43) were consistent in their play, although Paul could have done without a seven on the seventh.

The C graders were not to be outdone and also produced good scores. Frank Donohoe took advantage of cooler early conditions and carded a 70 nett.

Richard Smith was also out early and came home with a 72 nett. They both had an ‘oops’, with Frank’s coming on the second and Richard’s on the 17.

Maybe there were strong vibes emanating from those side-by-side holes that induced a force field which distracted the ball. Or maybe it was just coincidence.

The ball sweep went to 73 nett, going to: 66 – T Callaghan; 69 – D McAuliffe, D Churchill; 70 – P Kay, F Donohoe; 71 – N McMillan, A McDonald; 72 – W Judge, S Kirkman, R Smith; 73 – P Nixon, B Slack-Smith.

The NTP’s went to: ninth – T Callaghan; 18th – S Sallaway. Shane seems to have gotten his teeth into the 18th green of, picking up a number NTP’s there.

Both players got their twos, and amounted to 50 per cent of the overall haul. Despite the great conditions the twos were scarce indeed, with the B-graders not getting any.

The great conditions produced some great scores, but alas there were a few ‘at ‘tuther end’ that kept the balance.

This week, new player Royce tried a new tack in his approach to do well on the course. Unfortunately this did not work and he succumbed to the 9th hole.

Another to not do well was Stevie G. His playing group commented that a rusty gate swung easier than him. His scored quickly tallied up as he mixed serene tee shots with many skulled, duffed and near-shanked chips.

And do not mention the flies! You know summer is near upon us when the soft dulcet tones of buzzing flies permeate your every conscious effort to concentrate on your shot.

Some players got so bereft with the flies they flung their arms around with such vigour that they nearly became airborne. Just wait until summer really kicks in.

There were some interesting spectacles. Dave Rhodes takes the honours for the most adventurous tee shot on the 18th. His shot finished on the first tee, with very little room to swing. He did manage to salvage a bogey though.

There were other players to find the water on the ninth. Milton Cartwright was as ever down the middle. This time his tee shot was true, straight into the water.

In another group a player waited patiently on the 9th tee. He was called up by those putting on the green. And yes, his tee shot went into the water also. Is it not always the case?

Maurie Westwood was again victorious among his group. He managed the win the ‘most on one hale’ accolades with a well-constructed ‘12’ on the 15th.

The score was helped along by three balls in the water. We had better be careful or the dam creek will fill up and overflow.

The competition for the Keno or Medallion was as always quite intense in some groups. One pairing was quietly confident as the left the 14th green, being three-up with four to play.

Alas, their air of confidence crumbled as their opponents, Al Rees and Paul Kay, relentlessly won each hole back complementing each other’s score with sixes and fours.

Their hapless opponents could only manage sixes and eights, bring despair to both Craig and Terry together.

There was no Sunday Stableford Medley this week, with the course being taken over for a Charity Day to aid the Currajong Disability Services.

This was a well-supported event by both Parkes and Forbes players, with many Forbes businesses donating prizes.

In all, 56 players participated who range din skills from expert golfers, who played 18-holes, to fun-at-any-cost players who managed nine-holes.

Once in the clubhouse the players participated in a bbq, in a trivial pursuit, an auction and the prize presentation.

Prizes were awarded for Scratch and Handicap scores for the nne-hole and 18-hole players. NTP’s were also presented.

The 18-hole Scratch winning group were Kemp/Latu/Wood with 65, on count back. The nine hole scratch winners were the McGlashen family, also on count-back. Refer to the separate report for a full list of prize winners.

Here is the News

The winners of this month’s Monthly Medals will join the other Medal winners from the year in the Medal of Medallists, to be held on Saturday, November 17. The Club Trophy Presentations will be held that afternoon, after the golf.

This weekend is the Forbes Classic Weekend, sponsored by Frank Spice Nissan and many other businesses. There are many players travelling from afar for the event, and also looking forward to the Saturday night Calcutta.

The golf does not stop there with more fun to come. On Sunday, November 18 there will be the Forbes Rotary Charity Golf Day.

This is another event that is well supported and becoming a regular item in the golfing calendar. Ring the Pro Shop to get your name on the list.

This will be a three-person Ambrose shot-gun start, commencing at 9am, which is early but will beat the heat and allows players to enjoy the afternoon.

Then on Sunday, November 25 we have the Scramble, where VW have replaced Holden as the major sponsor.

Teams of four will play an Ambrose format, with a minimum number of tee shots per player, and a chance to advance to the Regional Finals. WE need 12 teams so round up your mates and enter.

We all offer our condolences to Peter Tilden and family on the passing of their mother during last week.

Peter is well known to Forbes and has been active in the Australian golf industry for many years. We trust that Peter will last as long as his mum.

It is crystal ball time

Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11 is Forbes Classic Weekend. Saturday has a 4BBB comp (scoring Scratch Stableford and Handicap Stableford) sponsored by the Forbes Advocate, while Sunday is the Forbes Nissan Classic Individual Stroke event.

On Saturday, November 17  we have an 18-hole Stroke and the Medal of Medallists. This will be followed by the Club Trophy Presentation Night.

Sunday, November 18 is the Forbes Rotary Charity Golf Day. Get your names down now.

by Short Putt

Ladies’ Golf

The Silvers Team representing Forbes that traveled to Mudgee for the inter club competition last Friday tried hard but Dubbo once again out scored everyone.

The previous day was Wellington Tournament which had seventy six players in three divisions, Forbes was well represented by seven players but alas we were out of the prizes this year.

Back to Forbes on Saturday for a Stableford round sponsored by Egans Building Supplies with the winner being Ethel Coombs (32) who also had closest to the pin on ninth with Bess Shields being closest on 18th.

Due to the beautiful rain on Wednesday with only the brave finishing One division was awarded the Jessicas Beauty Salon trophy and that went to Jenny Hubbard with a great nett score of 72. 

The monthly Medal competitions was still played and Division One went to Heather Davidson, Division Two Jenny Hubbard and Division Three Sarah Black.

Champion Putter was Robin Lyell 32. NTP ninth Heather and 18th Jenny.

This weekend is going to be busy with full fields and with only a few weeks left for our weekly competitions its time to make the most of our course before summer comes along.

Wednesday, November 14 a Stableford in two Divisions sponsored by Bokeyar Electrical with Sarah on cards. Saturday, November 17 is  Xmas cake day sponsored by the famous Beatrice Beagle followed by the Mixed golfing presentation of trophies night.

by Roving Reporter

Bogan Gate Golf

Well the season has come to an end for major events so chicken runs will start on Sunday, November 11 commencing at 4.30am a sausage sizzle will be held after the golf.

The last two events for the year is a follows; The Jim Nutley Memorial Trophy day was held on Sunday, October 28 with a very good roll-up of players.

A big thank you to Shirley and family for putting on the day. the day was a 4BB Stableford with an individual in conjunction. 

Winners on the day was the pairing of Maureen Boness and Colin McKay with 51 points. 

Runners up were Shirley Nutleyand Guy Parker with a score of 47points. 

Ladies individual winner was Di Cornelissen on 35 Men’s Individual was Tony Bratton with 40 points. 

Ladies nearest the pin was Gail McKay longest drive was Marion McIntyre. Men’s longest drive was Bill Potts and nearest the pin Don McKeowen. longest drive mens non-golfer was Guy Parker. 

Sunday, November 4 the club held The Parkes Overnighter Caravan Park Trophy Day,which was a 4BBB Stableford with individual in conjunction.

Once again the playing numbers were great and a two course meal following was excellent so was the presentations for the club yearly trophies.

The winners were Gail McKay and Don McKeowen with 47 points, runners up were Di Cornelissen and Bill Scott with 46 points.

Ladies individual winner was Marion McIntyre with a score of 30 points Mens individual winner was Graeme Hunter with a score of 40 points. 

Ladies NTP was Marion McIntyre and she also took out the longest drive

Mens longest drive was Ron Boness and the NTP was Don McKeowen. Next on the events calendar will be the xmas party this year it is Parkes turn so we are at the North Parkes Motel on Saturday, December 15 at 7pm-7.30pm.

I would like to thank the champion Post and the Forbes paper for entering our results for 2018 and Bogan Gate Golf Club wish you all a very safe and happy xmas.