Hetherington cleans up

Despite a large number of Parkes Golf Club members venturing to other courses for Easter Tournaments a good field of members contested the Chris Goodie sponsored 18 hole Stableford  event on a lush Parkes course.

It was Ron Hetherington who cleaned up with a brilliant 45 points, some 9 shots under his 17 handicap which is sure to take a battering once the handicappers have their say. Hetherington’s round was highlighted on the front 9 holes where he returned a massive 24 points to set up the victory as the quietly spoken Credit Union employee fired an impressive two over par round of 37 and this long with a more conservative 6 over par 42 on the back nine enabled Hetherington to fire a great 79 off the stick and that to golfers is like winning the lottery as they continually chase that score of less than 80.

Ball Winners from Saturday’s round were 41 Steve Edmonds, 39 Rod Kiley, 38 Anthony Riach & Tony Hendry, 36 Richardson, Jake Hodge, Paul Thomas & Fini Latu and surviving golfs dreaded countback on 35 points were Wayne Tucker & Tim Burke.

In the Nearest the Pin awards the Idlerite Tyrepower 1st Hole was saw Greg Powter finish some 900cms from the flag while Ian Ward claimed the Griffins Leading Edge sponsored 4th Hole at 407cms while Steve Edmonds claimed the first of a double when he took home the Money Hole award after he hit a brilliant 8 iron to just 556cms of the pin while on the Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th Hole Jake Hodge got the bragging rights when he finished 248cms away from the pin while Greg Powter made it a double after his solid 5 iron finished just 287cms away on the Harvey Norman sponsored 11th Hole and on the final Par 3 the difficult Westlime sponsored 15th Hole saw James Ward succesfull at 318cms.

The day’s final two awards, the Nearest the Pins in two shots on the Parkes Ready Mixed Concrete 9th Hole and the PJL Groups 18th holes saw Steve Edmonds record a birdie 3 after his approach shot finished just 344cms from the flag on the 9th Hole while Ray Griffith hasn’t lost his touch as he also  recorded a birdie after his wedge shot finished 116cms away on the Par 4, 18th Hole.


Last Wednesday saw the Ladies contest an 18 Hole Flag competition for Adrianne Brown’s trophy and once again it was a battle between two of the clubs inform women in Glynis Conroy and Lyn Davison who fought out the finish as both finished on  1 over par scores of 74 nett with Conroy gaining the countback decision.

Denise Charlton finished in third place also on 74 while Lynne Guise and Barbara Donnelly won the remaining golf balls after both returned 75 nett.

In the Nearest the Pins Colleen Staples took out the Macquarie Alarms 1st Hole, Barbara Donnelly the Leagues Club 4th Hole, Lyn Davison the Dunfords Pharmacy 6th Hole, the parkes Services Club 11th Hole saw Lynne Guise triumphant and on the final Par 3 the Brian Collins Smash Repairs 15th Hole went to Denise Charlton.

Then on Saturday it was a Club sponsored 18 hole Stableford event that saw Lynne Guise declared the victor of the Club donated trophy with 38 points while ball winners went to Kaye Jones on 37 nett as was Anitta Medcalf and Cathy Kelly with Lyn Guise winning the remaining ball on 34 points on a countback.

Saturday’s Nearest the Pin winners were Lyn Davison on the Lyn Rogan 1st Hole, the Parkes Pharmacy 4th Hole went to Sue Holman, the Telescope Tyres and Batteries 6th Hole saw Cathy Kelly victorious and on the back nine holes Anita Medcalf took out the Parkes Services Club 11th Hole and on the Railway Hotel sponsored 15th Hole victory went to Lynne Guise.


Parkes teams to represent the Club at the annual Lachlan Valley District Golf Associations Championships and Pennants which will be played at the Forbes Golf Club this Sunday 23rd April.

The clubs selectors have named the A Division Pennant team and it consists of Justin Sutton, Mitch McGlashan, Robert Hey, Peter Dixon, John Green and Steve Edmonds while the No1. B Division side consists of Ian Phipps, Phil Bishop, Jake Hodge, Colin Barker, Peter Boschman & Richard Hamilton while the B2 team is Tim Burke, Tony Hendry, Dub Rodgers, Paul Thomas, Peter Bristol & Tony Evans and the B3 team is Sam Turner, Lachlan Buesnell, Greg Powter, Cody Hando, Garry Phipps & Vic Gaidzionis while the Veteran’s No 1 team will be Robert Hey, Peter Dixon and Ian Phipps with the No 2 side comprising Tony Hendry, Dub Rodgers and Phil Bishop.

All players who have been selected or nominate will automatically contest the Championships that will be played in conjunction.

The Draw will be displayed on the Club Noticeboard on Wednesday.


Nominations closed last Saturday for the annual Jack Burch 4Ball Best Ball Handicap Matchplay Championship and the draw for matches which must be completed by Sunday 2nd July, 2017 is on the Club Noticeboard and as a reminder the team highlighted in red must organise the match and if a match is not played by the last day set down the team in red will be disqualified.


The annual Northparkes Mines Charity Golf Day will be held this Saturday with Shotgun starts at 7.30am and 12.30pm in the 3 Person Ambrose event.

Cost for the day is just $30.00 per player with all players to receive a delicious BBQ luncheon and several novelty events will be incorporated on the day.

Intending players are urged to get their team nominations in by Friday so that organisers can organise a draw for tees etc.,

All monies raised on the day will go to the Parkes branch of Can Assist and following golf a Charity Auction will be held as well as entertainment from “Twiggy” McGirr.


The annual members Terry Bros Furniture and Floorcoverings sponsored Club Championships will commence next weekend with the 1st and 2nd rounds to be played on Saturday and Sunday 29th & 30th April while the final two rounds will be contested the following weekend.

Members are urged to nominate on the timesheets which are now available in the Clubhouse and players are reminded that players can nominate with whoever they wish to play during the initial three rounds and a draw will be done for the final round with the leading players all grouped together.

The clubs Matchplay Championships qualification will be done from the 3rd Round of the Championships and it will be the leading eight players in each of the three grades who qualify.


The clubs AGM will be held on Saturday 27th May commencing at 10am and members are urged to attend and receive the clubs financial reports as well as adopt the Changes in the Club’s Constitution which are on display on the Clubs Noticeboard.

Members wishing to stand for the Clubs Board of Directors can nominate on the Nomination Forms which are displayed on the Clubs Noticeboard for the positions of Vice President, Captain, Secretary and the one Directors position that fall due under the Clubs Constitution and these nominations close at 6pm on Saturday 13th May, 2017.


This Wednesday the Ladies will play an 18 Hole Stableford event for Lesley Fisher’s trophy with the round also being the qualifying round for the Giles Bowl Match Play Championship then on Saturday both the Ladies and the men will contest the Annual Northparkes Mines Charity Golf Day with all proceeds going to the Parkes Branch of Can Assist.

On Tuesday 25th April, (Anzac Day) the Men and Ladies will contest an 18 Hole Medley Stableford for a Club donated trophy.

Finally to all members with the days becoming shorter the cut off time for the return of scorecards has be changed to 5.30pm for all Saturday competitions.

Resident Professional Daniel Newton will also conduct an 18 hole Stableford event thru the week with the winner to receive a trophy from the Pro Shop and as well there will be a Ball competition in conjunction and players can play any day from Sunday through to Friday with scorecards to be handed in by 5.30pm on a Friday.