Parkes Golf Club: Huppatz returns to form and tops leader board in 18 hole stableford

CLOSE CONTEST: Saturday's 18 hole stableford saw a number of Parkes golfers returning to form, including Aaron Wilkie who fired a 76. Photo: Jenny Kingham
CLOSE CONTEST: Saturday's 18 hole stableford saw a number of Parkes golfers returning to form, including Aaron Wilkie who fired a 76. Photo: Jenny Kingham

The Easter Bunny provided a perfect Saturday for players to test themselves and 83 did just that in the Parkes Courier Services event.

Thanks again to the Thompson's for their ongoing sponsorship of the PGC. Being a holiday long weekend this was a very good showing for the club.

The event was an 18 hole stableford and it was good to see a couple of players returning to some form, climb to the top of the leader board.

Aaron Huppatz fired a good 38 point round to claim the trophy ahead of runner-up Tony Hendry on 37 points who had to hold off Cameron Standen in a countback.

Both players have been out of the major prizes for some time but were able to fire consistently on the day to claim the Easter eggs. There were four players biting at their heels on 36 points so it was important to score well on both 9s.

Riall Harrison once again had a low 70s scratch score and playing partner Aaron Wilkie fired a 76 so the pennants form is still holding up. Also good to see Warwick Wright back in some form with a score in the 70s.

The Nearest The Pins this week were - Idlerite Tyrepower 1st won by Mick Smith at 248cm, the Griffins Leading Edge 4th by Brian Hogan Snr at 10cm, the Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th by Aaron Huppatz at 475cm, the Parkes Readymixed Concrete 9th by Cameron Standen at 180cm, the Harvey Norman 11th by Rob Cheney at 46cm, the Westlime 15th by Riall Harrison at 222cm and the Central West Glass 18th by Cameron Standen at 140cm. So that meant that Aaron Huppatz won the lucrative 6th hole this week at 475cm, a good day all around.

Ball winners were - Cameron Standen 37, Nimesh Piyatissa, Toby Tanks, Riall Harrison, Warwick Wright 36, Nym Dziuba, Josh Miles, Rob Cheney, A. Deane, Richard Hutchinson 35 points.

The ladies are back in full swing and on Wednesday they had 16 players in attendance to play their first monthly medal.

Colleen Staples came out on top with a solid 68 nett to defeat Kaye Jones on 70 nett.

Ball winners were Kaye Jones, Cathy Kelly, Jaquie Charlton and Lyn Davison.

The Nearest the Pins for the ladies this week were, on the Cathy Kelly and Denise Charlton and ProKonnect 1st - Colleen Staples, on the Parkes Pharmacy 4th was Judy Fisher, on the Dunford's Pharmacy 6th - Kathy Jeffress, on the Parkes Services Club 11th Colleen Staples, on the Brian Collins Smash Repairs and Parkes Caravans 15th was Jaquie Charlton.

The Lone Pine Contracting Award went to Leone Stevenson and the Kaye Jones Putting competition went to Kaye Jones.

On Saturday the ladies sponsored their own stableford event and 13 players were in attendance.

Cathy Kelly was successful in beating home the field with a well compiled 35 points. The runners-up on the day were Colleen Flynn 33, Anita Medcalf, and Sue Holman and Colleen Staples on 32 points.

Nearest the pins were - on 1st - Cath Kelly and Denise Charlton Hole - Cathy Kelly, 4th Parkes Services Club hole - Sue Holman, 6th Telescope Tyres and Hankook Masters hole - Col Flynn, 11th ProKonnect hole - Frankie Cock, 15th Liz Matthews hole - Colleen Staples.

Flynny Award - Frankie Cock.

This week is the prestigious monthly medal event for the men, with sponsor Brian Hogan and Telescope Tyres and Batteries/Hankook Masters Monthly Medal, daily sponsor Paul Lewin at 1300 BUGMAN and other sponsors Griffins Leading Edge Putting Competition and Wally Norman Memorial Medal.

The ladies will play their first monthly medal this year with Mick Horan and the team from Central West Glass sponsoring.