Golfers weather the storm

Sixty golfers bravely ventured to the Parkes Golf club on Sunday to contest the annual Westlime Parkes Rotary Golf Day despite an ominous weather forecast.

Parkes Rotary Club President David Hughes said the 3 person Ambrose match, organised by “Mr Golf” Paul Thomas, was going great until the storm hit with most players having only gotten through about twelve to fifteen holes,”

“Most of them got drenched but when the storm broke, as wet as they were, they went out again and finished the match,” he said.

“Talk about dedication, they should all be Rotarians.

David thanked all of the sponsors on behalf of Rotary.

“In particular Westlime, our naming rights sponsor, who have supported this Golf Day for every event over the past nine years,” he said. 

“Westlime is not just the Best Lime they are the Best People and this event would not happen without them.”


Despite prevailing weather conditions a good field contested Sunday’s Westlime / Rotary Charity Golf Day on a day that saw players battle extremely strong north westerly winds and a severe storm that deluged the course, but golfers like true champions battled on and some 85% of the field completed the 18 holes played under Ambrose conditions.

Both the Rotary Clubs President Dave Hughes and Parkes Golf Club Captain Paul Thomas congratulated the events sponsors as well as the players who make the day the success it is as well as thanking the Rotary Clubs taskforce who looked after the good field.

Major winners on the day were Robert Hey, Dean Powter and Warren Gardiner in the Open Scratch award when they survived a countback after recording a great 6 under par 65.

In the Handicapped Mens 18 Hole Handicap, victory went to the team of Brian Hogan, Peter Picker and Ian Phipps on 56 5/6 nett while the runners up were Warren Blatch, Tim Burke and Tim Baker on 59 2/3 nett.

The Ladies 18 Hole Handicap section saw Sue Holman, Colleen Staples and Ann Jennings get the verdict after recording a 60 5/6 nett.

In the Handicapped and Non Handicapped Section Paul Thomas, Finni Latu and Brendan Chambers took the spoils with a solid 39 1/3 nett just ahead of runners ups Brad Blanchard, Anthony Riach and Steve Nicholson on 59 ½ nett.

Third place went to Mick Smith, Robert Simpson and Eddie Alexander on 61 5/6 nett.

In the final section, the division strictly limited to Non Handicapped players, Glendon Hooper, Pat O’Connell and Ian Coombs won after a 58 2/3 nett, runners up were Kap Pili, Matthew Wright and Phil Wennerbom on 59 ½ nett.

Nearest the Pin recipients were Lynne Guise on the 1st Hole, Robert Hey on the 4th Hole, Anthony Riach at the 6th Hole, Warren Blatch on the 11th Hole and on the final Par 3, the 15th Hole, Dub Rodgers was victorious.

The Long Drive 8th Hole saw Anthony Riach cap off a big day, with his third award of the day, winning the men’s award while Lynne Guise made it a double with victory in the Ladies section.