Parker best in low-scoring round

Left-hand golf specialist Barry Parker was at his best last Thursday in the 12-hole weekly Forbes/Parkes competition winning with 28 points where scoring was better than usual for the twin town veterans.

John Smith representing Tuesday veteran golfers presents a sponsorship cheque to resident professional Ben Gear for weekend competition.

John Smith representing Tuesday veteran golfers presents a sponsorship cheque to resident professional Ben Gear for weekend competition.

Played in Parkes Michael Lynch used his local knowledge to secure runner-up with 26 points after a five way count-back while former Forbes club president Tom Edols did not leave empty handed taking the Encouragement Award.

Ball winners went down to 24 points. Beaten on a count-back with 26 points were John Whatmore (F), Dale Stait (P), Rod Luyt (P), John Dwyer (P), 25 Viv Russell (F), Roel ten Cate (P), 24 Brian Clarke (F). Ten players missed by one for a 'burner' scoring 23 points.

Nearest the pins, 4th A grade Ian Phipps (P), B grade John Dwyer (P), 11th Roy Bell (P), B grade Gordon Christie (P).

In the Mick Miller shield Parkes with 20 players scored 152 points to Forbes 149, 15 players.

Golf on Thursday here in Forbes over 12 holes before Lachlan Valley veterans travel to Condobolin for the monthly 18 hole competition on Thursday week.

Bob Grant won the ever popular 12 hole competition last Tuesday with 30 points on count-back from the vastly improved Viv Russell and Vince Aitken.

John Smith is looking for a win which appears to be just around the corner scoring 29 points while Mark Toohey had a win looming but failed over the last couple of holes.

Included in the 22 players last Tuesday there was an international flavour with Scottish visitor, John Whiteford, related to the family of Alison and Alister Lockhart out having a hit. From all reports John reported the casual atmosphere and course was as good as he has played during his world wide travels.

Tuesday organiser Geoff Drane called the field of 22 players together last week in a show of support as he presented resident professional Ben Gear with sponsorship for two weekends of competition play.

“This is one way our local veterans can give back to the FGA for the excellent works they are achieving week in week out. Its a big task keeping the course in the excellent condition it is presented each week,” Geoff Said.

Reminder to local vets that visitors are keen on the Lachlan Valley Forbes Veterans Week of Golf tournament being played April 8 to 12 with strong nominations. Local support is now being urged as organisers are out to beat the number of 117 which played last year.

A change in scheduled play – Monday 8th four-ball medley. Individual competitions Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th in the 36-hole competition. Friday 12th, 18 holes for the NSWVGA trophy. Wednesday10th, leisure day.

Tournament nomination forms available from the Pro Shop as is the current editions of the NSWVGA membership handbook.

For all information on golf, social or competition, phone the Forbes Golf Pro Shop on 6851 1554.