Around the Parkes sports grounds: Golf, bowls and darts

CONSISTENT PERFORMER: Aaron Wilkie recorded a creditable scratch score of 77 on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Kingham.
CONSISTENT PERFORMER: Aaron Wilkie recorded a creditable scratch score of 77 on Saturday. Photo: Jenny Kingham.


Last week's veterans golf competition to be played at Parkes was abandoned due to the inclement weather conditions.

This week Forbes is the venue for the twin-towns event. Registrationsform 12.30 for a 1pm start.

The following week (June 17) Forbes will also host the monthly LachlanValley veterans 18-holes competition. Starting time for this event is 10am.


Major singles

On Saturday, two games of first to 31 shots singles were played.

The first was a quarter final Majors game between very seasoned and experienced player Mick Went against Marty Tighe, with Gary McPhee as marker. This game began with both players scoring consistently until Mick gained some ascendancy and was leading by 7 shots on the 16th end. Marty replied and came back to give himself a chance when on the 26th end and 8 shots down, scored 8 shots in 4 ends to be trailing 28-29. With the game hanging in the balance Mick scored 1 shot on the 31st and 32nd end to register a 31 shots to 28 win.

Congratulations Mick, and Marty should be proud of the effort he put in, and will only improve with the experience and insights he gained in this cracker of a game. Mick now proceeds to a semi-final against Greg Townsend

In the other quarter final in Major singles, Mark Dwyer will play Steve Turner in the near future to ascertain who will play Brett Frame in the other semi-final.

Minor singles

In a first round game of Minor singles, Greg Townsend headed on to the rink to do battle with one of our regular and best clubmen Bob Freeman with Bernie Mitchell as marker. On the 7th end the scores were locked at 6-all but from then on Greg pulled away to score a comfortable win.

Major triples has reached the final game with the trio of Steve Turner, Guy Ellery and Wilbur Harris to play Greg Townsend, Mark Dwyer and Mick Went.

All players who have games to play are reminded that the No.2 state pennants playoffs are at our club in July so please arrange your games ASAP to alleviate any backlogs.

Major Pairs

On Sunday, the duo of Guy Ellery and Gary McPhee contested a major pairs semi final against Andrew Reynolds and Zone 4 rep player Mark Dwyer. In a game where team McPhee were dominant with Guy Ellery playing fantastic lead bowls, the score on the 16th end was 16-5 in team McPhee's favour. Team Dwyer picked up a 5 on the 17th end but team McPhee came back on the 18th with a 3 and went on from there to have a commanding 21 shots to 11 win.

Team McPhee now plays the duo of Tom Furey and Dave Johnson in the Major pairs final on a date to be advised.

Social Bowls

Our club always welcomes social bowlers and newcomers with free coaching and practise bowls available. Games begin at 1PM Thursday and Saturday. Please contact the club between 12 - 12.30 pm to register your name for that day. Please note you do not need a uniform for social bowls and the cost for a game is $15. Very good value for three hours of entertainment. For further information please contact the club on phone number 68621446.


Last weeks results

Lady Bugz defeated Twist Tops 4-3 to secure their spot in the grand final on June 16 at the Leagues Club.

Players player for Lady Bugz was Leah Roberts and Martin Phelan for Twist Tops.

High scores were Leah Roberts 121, 105. Frank Van Opynen 117, 108. Kathy Madden 117, 100. Scott Jacka 101, 100. Martin Phelan 180, 2x 140, 132, 119, 2x 100. Rob Clegg 140. Paul Roberts 115.

No darts this week.



Saturday saw the Telescope Tyres & Batteries / Hankook Masters Monthly Medal sponsored by Central West Pest Management. Our thanks to these sponsors for their ongoing support of the PGC.

There were 97 golfers out enjoying the fine winters day.


Riall Harrison kept his good form rolling with a 74 off the stick to take out the day, 3 strokes clear of the field. Riall shone for Parkes in the Condobolin Open the previous Sunday and proves hard to beat currently. Aaron Wilkie and Myles Smith performed admirably, recording 77 creditable scratch scores.

In the nett event the evergreen Ian Phipps presented his best round for a while with a 70 nett that won the day but only after beating Myles Smith on a countback. They were closely followed in by Blake Parker with a 71 nett. With the air chilled, the course off the blue markers and the course still damp from midweek rain only 5 golfers could beat 80 in the scratch stakes.


Michael Dellaca surprised himself and fellow competitors by hitting a solid 84 off the stick resulting in a 67 nett to take both events. Michael has been on the course straightening the drives and fine touching the short game so deserved his good result. Anthony Lock was next best in the scratch with 86 and Robert Rea 6 strokes behind in the nett.


Chris Goodie hit 94 off the stick to take out the scratch event. He finished 3 strokes clear of Sam Standen. Chris was overjoyed to get back into some good form and will be hard to beat in upcoming events. Brendan Smith took out the nett event with an excellent 66 the best of the day and a clear 5 strokes in front of Sam Standen.

Other awards

In the Wally Normal medal, John Fowler won the event for the first time on a countback from a few players.

In the Griffins Leading Edge Putting competition, Ian Phipps showed where the strong point of his round was as he recorded the magical 24 putts in his round.

Nearest The Pins

  • Idlerite Tyrepower 1st: Peter Amor at 300cm
  • Griffins Leading Edge 4th: Riall Harrison at 221cm
  • Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th: Michael Dellaca at 110cm
  • Parkes Readymixed Concrete 9th: Aaron Huppatz at 732cm
  • Harvey Norman 11th: Ben Howard at 315cm
  • Central West Glass 18th: Max Keith at 94cm

So that meant that Michael Dellaca won the lucrative 6th hole this week.

Ball winners

Myles Smith 70; Sam Standen, Blake Parker 71; Warwick Wright 73; Trevor Chatman, Wayne Tucker, Anthony Lock and Aaron Wilkie 74.


Next week sees the start of our annual Handiskins competition.

This is a five week competition where the best three rounds sees four qualifiers play off for the pot in a skins format.

The four finalists then qualify to go to Royal Pines to play off in a National final for large prizes.


The Parkes Golf Club will host the 2021 Lachlan Valley Golf Championships and Pennants on Sunday June 20. The Championships will be contested over 18 Holes with the Blue Ribbon event being the A Grade 18 Hole Championship for the Moulder Cup. Other grades being contested are the respective B and C Grades and the Junior and Veterans Championships also over 18 holes. All grades will have Handicap sections held in conjunction.

Meanwhile, the Pennants will be played in teams with the A and B Pennants being restricted to the respective club teams with the A Grade confined to team handicaps for the 6 players being 70 or less and in excess of 71 for the B Pennant teams. There are also separate Pennants for Veterans and Juniors with the Veterans teams will consist of three players whilst the Junior Pennants are for teams of 4 players.

All competition Fees for the Pennants are paid for by the club, whilst in the Championships the entry fee is $15, with School Students $12.

The Parkes Golf Club Match Committee will select the club's A Pennant team as well as the Veterans Number 1 team whilst all players who nominate will be included in the B Pennants sides except for the Number 1 team.

Members are urged to nominate and represent the club with a nomination sheet located at the Pro Shop and entries will close this Saturday June 12 at 5pm.

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