Around the Parkes sports grounds: Golfers brave the weather

HOT IRON: Jack Matthews has a hit at the Parkes Golf Club. Only a few brave souls put their handicaps on the line in Saturday's poor weather. Photo: JENNY KINGHAM.
HOT IRON: Jack Matthews has a hit at the Parkes Golf Club. Only a few brave souls put their handicaps on the line in Saturday's poor weather. Photo: JENNY KINGHAM.

Veterans golf

Parkes and Forbes players dominated the monthly Lachlan Valley veterans golf day played at Parkes last Thursday.

Despite the wet and threatening weather that preceded the day a solid field of 50 players took part in the 18-hole event.

Scoring was not high with 34 points the best of the day by 14handicapper Barry Parker from Forbes who won the A grade.

Another Forbes player, Barry Shine (12 handicap) was runner-up with 33points; he had to survive a count-back from Peter Bristol (Parkes) and Jeff Haley (Forbes).

It was a one-two for Parkes in B grade between 23-handicappers Mick Bond and John Dwyer, with Bond also gaining the decision on count-back. Both players scored 33 points.

In the nearest-to-pins, Brett Whittaker and Forbes' Frank Hanns won the A and B grades respectively on the fourth hole, while Kim Herbert (F) and Gordon Pritchard (P) were the A and B grade winners on the 11th hole.

The Geoff Coles and Mick Miller shield was a tight fought affair with Forbes taking the honours over Parkes 100 points to 99.

They were followed by West Wyalong (90), Grenfell (85), Cowra (56) and Condobolin (50).

This week the local Parkes/Forbes veterans competition will be played at Forbes on Thursday. Registrations from 9.30am for a 10am tee-off.

Parkes golf

Only 53 very brave souls came to the course on Saturday to play in the Phil Barnard Painting Services 2 Man Stableford Aggregate with an Individual in conjunction.

Thanks to Phil, a long-time player and supporter of the club. The last round of 2021 Handiskins was also played.

The wind was a constant 30km/h from the west with regular 40 - 50 kilometre wind gusts which made the little white ball do all manner of things.

The best on the day in the aggregate were Blake Smith and Peter Amor with a respectable 65 points. Both players combining well to score a good win.

In the individual stakes, Mitch Cambourn used his handicap to advantage to rack up a solid 35 points but had to fend off Garry Paddison on a countback to win the event. Mitch did suffer a fair reduction in handicap when he next meets the starter.

Also finishing up on 35 points was Anthony Riach. Only Anthony and Blake Smith managed to break 80 this week so once again the course and conditions had a win.

Phil Bishop and Blake Smith also had scores of 34 points which was creditable in the conditions.

Also worth noting is that new greenkeeper Logan Booby is starting to make his mark around the course and with the assistance of Rob Cheney and course volunteers the layout is starting to look great.

The four finalists for the 2021 Handiskins were decided on Saturday with Anthony Riach winning this week and finishing on 104 poins, Chris Luke jumped a few places to claim 2nd position on 103 points and Chris Goodie and Ronald Hetherington claiming the last 2 spots with 101.

These players will now playoff in a Skins style final, whereby holes can be either won or jackpotted so creating a lot of tension and excitement for the players.

There are also some nearest the pin prizes along the way to further increase the opportunity and the risk.

Nearest The Pins

  • Idlerite Tyrepower 1st David Stevenson at 10m
  • Griffins Leading Edge 4th by Garry Paddison at 364cm
  • Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th by Rob Hey at 126cm
  • Parkes Readymixed Concrete 9th by Myles Smith at 156cm
  • Harvey Norman 11th by Ron Hetherington at 131cm
  • Westlime 15th by Phil Barnard at 92cm
  • Central West Glass 18th by Robert Cheney at 7cm

So that meant that Rob Hey at 126cm won the lucrative 6th hole this week.

Ball winners

  • Garry Paddison, Anthony Riach 35
  • Blake Smith, Phil Bishop 34
  • Rob Lea, Trevor Chatman, Myles Smith 32
  • Robert Cheney, Peter Magill 31

A reminder to stay in the conversation regarding our proposed changes to the course as a consequence of the new Parkes highway by-pass.

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Parkes squash

Volley Squash Draw for July 22


  • Flash Gordon's vs A Team
  • Kiss My Aces vs Serves You Right
  • Aus Champs vs Win or Booze
  • Nothing But Air vs Misfits


  • Hogsbreath vs Just Here For Fun
  • Golden Boy vs Wild Cards
  • We Showed Up vs Wanna Pizza Us
  • Here 4 The Beer vs Left Overs


  • Couch Potatoes vs Covid Safe
  • Unnamed & Untamed vs Road Runners
  • Hot Trots vs Services
  • Ball Bangers vs Electric Cows

Northparkes Oval park run

This week 22 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom one were first timers and two recorded new Personal Bests. Representatives of two different clubs took part.

The event was made possible by nine volunteers: Michael Cooper, Ronel Van Wyk, Peter Heath, Samantha Leonard, Peter Guppy, Craig Bland, Tim Keith, Amanda Harris and John SHORT.

The female record is held by Jorja Davis, who recorded a time of 21:30 on May 29.

The male record is held by Scott Westcott, who recorded a time of 15:51 on July 3.

He also holds the Age Grade course record.

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