Forbes golfing goodness | Major tournaments on the horizon at the Forbes Golf Club

Forbes golf professional Ben Gear tees off as Forbes Deputy Mayor Jenny Webb, Andrew Cogswell (Lachlan Commodities) and Andrew Dukes (Tournament Director) look on.

Forbes golf professional Ben Gear tees off as Forbes Deputy Mayor Jenny Webb, Andrew Cogswell (Lachlan Commodities) and Andrew Dukes (Tournament Director) look on.

Prior to weekend results today we are going to look at major tournaments on the horizon at the Forbes Golf Club. Events scheduled for the benefit of local players (and visitors) who organisers seek the utmost support to see the continuation of such competitions.

First of all and foremost is the $11,000 Ladbrokes PGA Legends Tour to be played today week, September 27.

Local golfers are reminded that along with the 36 professional players nominated the major tournament is open to local and visiting amateur golfers who will join in a playing group with one of the professionals competing.

For a full field to play organisers are looking to have 78 amateur players involved which will see a full field of 134 players. Tee-off is from 8.30am to 10.30am taking in the first and tenth tees.

Tournament director Andrew Dukes said this week that the amateur fee is $45 which covers green fees etc while lunch is also included.

"You never know playing with a pro a few tips on how to improve your game may come. In fact I know if your ask the pros they are only to pleased to pass on tips to play a better game," Andrew said.

"This is the third year we have held the pro-am and not only men amateur golfers can play ladies as well as juniors are also invited to have a hit. Its not every day you get to play 18 holes with a professional player," he added.

Followers of golf over the years will notice some familiar players taking part next week headed by Steve Conran from Orange with a record as a prolific winner on the Asian Tour.

England will be represented by Ben Jackson along with regular Australian tournament competitors Grant Kenny and Noel Ratcliffe, another successful overseas competitor.

Young will host the Legends Tour after Forbes with play to be held this Monday and Tuesday.

Amateur winners in Forbes will be well rewarded with the best Stableford scores resulting in Srixon golf bags and t-shirts amongst the trophies.

Major sponsor of the tournament is the Forbes Shire while added sponsors include Lachlan Commodities, Walkers Ag-N-Vet, Forbes Machinery, Bernardi Group, BWR Accountants and Jemalong Irrigation.

Deputy Mayor of the Forbes Shire, Jenny Webb visited the golf club on Tuesday to acknowledge the shire's support of the tournament commenting she and the shire are in full support of backing community clubs when and where possible.

"I think we have something like 90 events which are sport related, a lot for the shire when you take in the communities such as Wirrinya and Bedgerabong," Jenny said.

"Sport, such as golf, gives the opportunity for farmers and the community (town) to come together. Which is good for the town and district, and why sport gets more community funding then any other."

More major golf tournaments will follow the Legends Tour with club championships set down for October 12, 13, 19 and 20, Rotary Charity Day Sunday, October 27 before the staging of the Frank Spice Nissan Classic on Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10.

The 2019 presentation night will follow the stroke Medal of Medallist on Saturday November 16. Plenty to keep all golfers busy, get out and enjoy a game on a course as good as it gets in these testing, dry conditions.

Also on the horizon is the Grenfell Open, this Sunday September 22.

Back to this weekend, tomorrow (Saturday) will be a 4BBB multiplier sponsored by the Tuesday Golfers while on Sunday will be the usual Stableford medley.

Saturday week (September 28) will be yet another four-ball, this time a four-ball Ambrose Medley sponsored by Albie Callaghan while the following day the newly sponsored VW Scramble will be contested.

Last Saturday, Martin Cahill who is behind numerous sports as a sponsor was in the 'Golfie' Hotel to present trophies after the playing of the Cahills Footwear 4BBB Stableford medley which attracted 72 players.

Club directors Brian Doyle and Greg Webb were out to defend the trophy they won last year, and they did, recording 47 points to edge out Ethan Gaffney and Barry Shine by a single point.

As expected Martin threw in a few extras with nearest the pins.

All the winners were - ninth ladies nil, men Bruce Carpenter, 18th ladies Julie Hurkett, men Dave Rhodes (near to a hole-in-one), third ladies Bess Shields, men Dennis Culley. Nearest the pins second shot, 13th ladies Bess Shields, men 12th hole Dave Rhodes.

Ball sweep to 43 points on a count-back, the top two pairings plus Dennis McGroder and Ted Morgan 45 points, Neil McMillan and Bruce Carpenter 44 points plus all with 43 points, Julie Hurkett and Verna Lane; John Zannes and Dave Rhodes; Debbie Tilley and Kath Collits; Robert Webb and Peter Tisdell; Ross Williams and Alf Davies.

Eight made the effort to play Sunday's medley with the winner George Falvey scoring 38 points from Greg Webb, 37 points.

Nearest the pins, eighth George Falvey, 18th Barb Drabsch.

Last weekend as usual Forbes golfers ventured to Parkes for their Open Tournament with John Betland runner-up with five over par 111 for the 27 holes scratch on Sunday to Robert Payne from Orange who finished three over 109.

Also taking in the trophy table was Neil McMillan in B grade in Sunday's individual.

In Saturday's 4BBB where Steve and John Betland were sent out favourites best they could do was one over par 37 points matches by Andrew Dukes and Peter Kirwin from Cowra to finish 'out of the money'.

Congrats: Martin Cahill (centre) with winners Brian Doyle and Greg Webb.

Congrats: Martin Cahill (centre) with winners Brian Doyle and Greg Webb.


Another big win for Enid Baker following on with good form won the Dot Coady Matchplay Trophy.

Enid played Heather Davidson an A grade player with a lower Handicap however both played to their level and it was a close tussle going to the 17th hole with Enid two up and taking the title.

Thank you to the Coady family for continuing with this great competition of Match Play.

On September 12 a number of girls played in Canowindra and Sally Perry won the Handicap in Division 2 and Teresa Armitage won the scratch in Division 3, well done.

This week a Stableford sponsored by Anne Reade, Alison Kingston and Goldie Ridleywas played and Judy Hodge won Division 1 with 34 points and runner up Denise Squires 33, Division 2 winner Enid Baker with 38 ( I am sure her secret to success is her happiness of being on the course), runner up Anne Reade 33.

NTP 9ht Enid and 18th Bev Gerdes. Ball Sweep to Denise,Anne, Bev and Sarah Black (32) well done everyone. Coming up thisSaturday is a three ball Ambrose sponsored by Fletcher, Tilley and Hubbard with Julie H. on cards.

Grenfell tournament is on Sunday, September 22. Wednesday, September 25 Shot Gun start for a Stableford round and of course our cake day.Sal Perry is on cards.

Roving Reporter