Forbes well-represented as vets golfers get away for a round

ON COURSE: Trevor Toole, Garry Pyrmont, Brian Clarke and Mark Toohey. Picture: File
ON COURSE: Trevor Toole, Garry Pyrmont, Brian Clarke and Mark Toohey. Picture: File

Floods did not stop Lachlan Valley veteran golfers from venturing to West Wyalong last Thursday for their Invitation Day where play was over 18 holes incorporating the NSW Vets Medal and LVV Championships.

The host club dominated with only a scattering of 'out of town' players picking up awards and from these most were from Forbes which was as usual was well represented.

In the NSW Vets Medal for those who qualified including Forbes representatives Peter Barnes, Barry Parker and Ted Morgan winner was Stephen Howarth (West Wyalong) with 37 stableford points from Dennis Smith (Grenfell) on 34 points.

Results from the championships played in three grades. A grade. Scratch winner was former Forbes club champion Andrew Grierson with 78 off the stick from fellow club member Stephen Uphill, 79. Handicap, Trevor Tulloch (W/W) 72 nett, r/u Don Parris (W/W) 76.

B grade. Scratch, Stephen Howarth (W/W) 86 on count-back from Colin Clarke (W/W). Handicap, Greg Moncrief (Condo) 71 nett, r/u Jeff Haley (Fbs) 74 on a c/b.

C grade. Scratch. Kevin Watts (Fbs) 93, r/u Stephen Bolton (W/W) 94. Handicap Alex Maitland (W/W) 74 nett on a count-back from Denis Smith (G'fell).

Two grades were played in the Invitation Day with A grade going to Stephen Uphill (Fbs) winning from Stephen Howarth (W/W) while in B grade it was Kevin Watts (Fbs) from Alex Maitland W/W).

Nearest the pins - B grade Tony Glasgon (W/W) in A grade Nym Dziuba (Pks). Forbes players to collect in the ball sweep included Steve Uphill 37 points, Jeff Haley and Andrew Grierson 34 points and 'Fearless' Frank Hanns 31.

With the likelihood the Forbes course will be closed Thursday due to the flood you would think vet golfers will head to Parkes for play. Best to contact the Pro Shop for the latest on the floods and scheduled competitions. Phone 68511554.

The rising flood waters had an affect on the number of social golfers last Tuesday for the 12 hole competition with Ted Morgan in the swing of things scoring 33 points with 'daylight' second.

While numbers were down slightly it provided birthday celebration for Peter Schofield who tipped the scale at 79 prompting the ever young David Williams to comment 'once you reach 80 you can lay-up on the 9th'. Which you do.

Tuesday chief GD advises that the Christmas dinner is scheduled for Tuesday December 14 with numbers required shortly for catering purposes. Let him know your intention.

It was fitting that the Memorial Services for the late Andrew McDonald last Friday was highly successful, a bit like the life of a man admired by many.

The welcome by Robert Scott to the tributes from members of Andrew's family including his children and grandchildren and that of Ted Morgan were as expected, at the highest level.

What Andrew achieved in a manner above all expectations was at the highest level, truly professional with a vision for the future. Rest in Peace Andrew.