Parkes Golf: The annual Naggers cup was played

STEADY: Phillip Bishop in action on Saturday at the Parkes Golf Club. Photo: Jenny Kingham
STEADY: Phillip Bishop in action on Saturday at the Parkes Golf Club. Photo: Jenny Kingham

Saturday saw a number of competitions underway and the course filled with enthusiastic golfers trying to excel in them.

The annual Naggers cup was played, where married or partnered couples get to enjoy each other's company whilst playing golf. Liz Matthews once again sponsored this great event and this year Colleen and Rob Staples were victorious with 42 points ahead of Judy and Bernard McCabe on 37 points.

The Sadie Hawkins trophy was also played where couples who are only golf partnered for the day play together. Lesley Fisher and Brian Hogan Snr were the winners of this with a good 37 points as well.

There were numerous matches played in the Jack Burch and McDermott Cup as well as the grade matchplay championships for the men to get these matches past the preliminary and Round 1 games. Round 2 of Handiskins was also played in conjunction.

The golf for the day was a 4BBB with an individual in conjunction. In the individual stakes sponsored by long-time PGC supporter Byrne Menswear and Worklocker in Parkes there were over 80 starters. There was also the prestigious Fred Cusack Memorial Trophy and the Keith Mill & Keith Cusack Memorial trophy up for grabs.

Cody Hando on 39 points was the Worklocker winner whilst Kieren Deland on a 38 point count-back was the Byrne Menswear runner up. Cody must have been feeling the pressure coming up the last as he managed an out of bounds but still hung on to take the great prize.

Kieren had to beat off both Blake Smith and Jake Hodge on a count-back to pick up the generous prize. Good to see the younger brigade fighting it out for all places.

There was a gap of three points back to the next finishers so once again the course wasn't conquered, and all players are appreciating the good condition it is currently in following further rain and sunny conditions.

The Nearest The Pins are getting tighter as the golfers get used to hitting the targets again. Idlerite Tyrepower first was won by Joe Van Opynen at 379cm, the Griffins Leading Edge fourth by Rob Staples at 150cm, the Dirt Doctor Landscaping sixth by Phil Barnard at 114cm, the Parkes Readymixed Concrete ninth by Anthony Riach at 130cm, the Harvey Norman 11th by Anthony Lock at 260cm, the Parkes Readymixed Concrete 15th by Tom Medcalf at 310cm and the Central West Glass 18th by Brad Scott at 166cm. So that meant that Phil Barnard won the lucrative 6th hole this week.

Ball winners were - Blake Smith, Jake Hodge 38 points, Michael Dumesny, Jake Thompson, Finne Latu and Joe Van Opynen 35 points, Josh Kearney, Ben Ryan, Peter Magill, Brad Scott, Anthony Riach, Brian Hogan Snr, and Garry Phipps on 34 points.

The Nearest the Pins for the Ladies this week were, on the Kathy Kelly and Denise Charlton first - Cathy Kelly, on the Services Club fourth was Anita Medcalf, on the Telescope Tyres sixth - Judy McCabe, on the Jacob O'Brien ProKonnect 11th Denise Charlton, on the Liz Matthews 15th was Judy McCabe.

This week is the July Telescope Tyres and Batteries Monthly Medal sponsored by Central West Pest Management with the Griffins Leading Edge putting competition and the Wally Norman memorial medal in conjunction. So, bring you best game along as we hit off the challenging blue tees.

The Ladies Monthly Medal is sponsored by Central West Glass this month.

Keep abreast of the COVID updates as further changes to golf are expected on July 1.