Golf appears to one of the few sports able to be played during difficult times contributed by Coranvirus spreading around the world.
In brief, tough times for all and after these notes have been contributed maybe more changes to what is open and shut, where we can go, gather, etc.
For now golf notes briefer then usual due to Short Putt having a break and we hope not mixing too much. Good time to spent in the garden.
Last Saturday 59 played everyone's favourite, a par event sponsored by Brian Everest, naturally from Everest Auto's.
Ian Bown who has taken over presentations and had great delight in telling all he won A grade with plus 3 from George Falvey who spruiked to all his driver was red hot while he also canned a few putts which was a bit unusual.
Perhaps his days at Bogan Gate playing the sand weren't a waste of time now that our greens have been recently renovated.
However, to be truthful he was lucky to be only one plus from Ian who let a plus 5/6 score go playing the first 14 holes as good as anyone.
At that time he was plus five only to fade over the final four to drop two.
Putts of less than two feet on the 15th (for a square) after being pin high for two followed at the 16th with similar for another square.
His par putt on the 17th wasn't much longer but he did finish with a square before his worst result from the tee finding the big gum on the right of the green to see his ball rebound close to the practise fairway to finish with a minus.
In B grade Matthew Duff stole the show winning with plus six scoring an even card with plus three both nines. Pluses on the eighth, ninth and tenth were a triple highlight.
Ross Williams, rated one the best handicap players in the club showed why to finish next beat on plus four, Plus one the front nine then plus three on the run home.
Nearest the pins, Todd Callaghan ninth who held his form the recent Canberra trip where he fleeced his travelling partners. On the 18th it was Lawrence O'Connor, close but no jackpot
Ball sweep to minus 2. 2 up Todd Callaghan, Martin Cahill, 1 up Josh Coulthurst, Robert Scott, David Bernardi, Bruce Carpenter, square Jon Cutler, Scott Kirkman, 1 down Peter Tisdell, Peter Dawson, Phil Maher, Andrew Dukes, 2 down David Earl, Doug Churchill, Richard Smith, Greg Webb, Graham Newport, Geoff Drane.
Benny Robinson was the best of seven players on Sunday in the medley scoring 39 points winning on a count-back while Ethan Gaffney took both nearest the pins.
This Saturday with all going to plan earlier in the week will be the Sanderson Memorial Golf Day.
Over the years this has been one of the major events with fields of around 200 players quite common with more support at presentations and time to remember the October 12, 2002 Bali bombing which affected all here in Forbes, especially local families who lost family members Greg Sanderson, Brad Ridley and Paul Cronin.
The event was scheduled to be four-ball Ambrose but with uncertainty as to the number of locals having a hit along with visitors, who are usually strong in support, the competition has been rescheduled to individual Stableford.
Sunday will be the usual medley Stableford.
A couple of events worth considering, if all goes to plan.
Saturday, April 4 will be the Monthly Medals sponsored by Terry Bros while April 19 is the scheduled three-person Ambrose with $1000 in prizes.
In this event there will be local rules which are available from the Pro Shop.
On the Pro Shop, please consider restrictions and rules covering Coranvirus.
Some these most likely will pass on to your time on the course.
Tuesday social golfers played this week with Bob Grant tops from tee to green scoring 33 points while organiser Geoff Drane displayed outstanding putting skills to have 15 putts for the 12 holes in scoring 32 points.
This week 20 went out for a social hit noting unusual conditions Coranvirus have brought to the game, but it is something we have to be mindful of and obey.
With so much doom and gloom around we will finish with a bit of humour heard on the course, all from the town's leading baker and noted punter, Bruce Chandler.
Standing on the 17th tee not playing all that well, he looks up to his playing partners commenting, "I haven't parred this hole since 1976, and Phil Bernardi (Maher) has the hide to say he had an eagle here once."
That's not the finish, after his blistering tee shot Bruce added, "This hole should be a par six as should the seventh, 11th and 14th."
Many would agree with you Bruce.
Finally, a note to all veterans. Competition in the Forbes/Parkes weekly Thursday 12 hole competition is suspended until further notice.
Short Putt's Mate
Sixty seven veteran golfers from across the Lachlan Valley converged on Cowra Golf course last Thursday for the monthly 18 hole competition. All commented on the well presented course from tee to green.
Forbes' Ted Morgan showed his liking for the challenge to again sit at top in A grade scoring 39 points from Jeff McPherson (Cowra) 38 points and Ken Harcombe (Cowra) next best on 37 points.
Best score for the day came from Robert Lea of Parkes in B grade with 40 points from fellow club member Dymto Dziuba on 38 points with Jimmy Clyburn (Condobolin) in the top three on 37 points.
In C grade home two players Warwick Spence on 35 points and Noel Riley 33 points were best from Steve Edwards (Forbes/Bogan Gate) also on 33 points.
Best of the Forbes players were, Ted Morgan 39 points, Tony Cogswell 35, Peter Barnes 35, Alf Davies 34, Allan Rees 33, Steve Uphill 31, Garry Pymont 30, Frank Hanns 30.
Note - veteran golfers are advised that the mid-week 12 holes competition between Forbes/Parkes vets has been cancelled. Players will be advised when the competition resumes.
Last Tuesday's social 12 holes saw three players finished on 29 points with Garry Pymont best in the count-back from Anthony Alley and Terry Shannon.
In a field of 16 players club champion Shane Sallaway was warmly welcomed as was Dennis McGroder back for another social 12 holes.
Tuesday social 12 holes of golf is open to all, ball toss at 9.30am for playing partners. For all information on golf in Forbes phone the Pro Shop on 6851 1554.
NSW has issued some strict rules if we wish to continue with our regular competitions.
Our Pro Shop and Captain have been very pro active and inventive.
Stay two club lengths from each other at all times, only play in pairs, mark your own card and the best part is that the cup has been turned upside down and above the surface of the green.
We only have to putt and hit the cup to claim it as in the hole.
This has been done so that players do not have to touch the flag stick which has been put in the shed anyway.
A Stableford was Played on Wednesday, March 25 Sponsored by Colleen Bratton and Patty Jones and the Winner with a great score was Robin Lyell (45).
Runner Up Heather Davidson (43).
The Ball Sweep was a random pick of the cards which went to Sarah Black, Helen Duff, Sally Crosby and Ev Uphill.
Last Saturday, March 21 normal golf was played and Barb Drabsch won with 36 points with runner up being Debbie Tilley on 33.
NTP ninth Jenny Hubbard and 18th Barb Drabsch.
BallSweep to Verna Lane and Debbie Tilley.
Thank you to our Sponsor Cafe Anglio Olio. For next Wednesday April Fools Day we are hoping to keep playing as we did this week.
Instead of having a time sheet just turn up at 9am and we will head out if the course has not been closed.
We will be playing Stroke and it is the second Round Golf NSW Medal withTeresa on Cards.