Here's what has been happening on the fairways.
Parkes Golf Club
Excellent weather conditions saw 114 golfers out and about trying to win one of the quirkier Stableford events.
Long time sponsors Paul Thomas and Ken Ryan brought their annual Irish Stableford event to the fore once again and a big thanks to them.
The event is a 4-person Stableford where the best score is recorded by one player of the team for six holes, then two players for five holes, three players for four holes then all four scores count for the final three holes.
It's a fun format until all four scores start to count and then the pressure goes on.
Last year the winning score was 97 points and this year it came up a little short with 94 being the winning total which had to be decided on a countback.
The winning team comprised John Dwyer, Gordon Pritchard, Rob Staples and Peter Bristol.
It turned out to be a good combination as all players contributed equally across the 18 holes.
The unlucky team on the day comprised Vince Kelly, Wayne Parker, Ross Smith and Ray Maxwell.
They were confident they were on the money but just fell short.
In the individual stakes Rod Luyt managed to put together a large 46 points with almost four strokes being shaved off his handicap for his next outing as a consequence.
Rod is a passionate golfer and volunteer course caretaker so it was a fitting reward to the time he spends on the course.
Other notable sores were Nimesh Piyatissa on 42 points off his 10 handicap having a scratch score of 75.
Finne Latu, Simon Hogan and Paul Thomas all recorded 40 points, which were outstanding scores.
27 golfers shot better than par, highlighting the fact the fairways are starting to harden up from the warmer temperatures and we are getting a bit of run for all golfers now.
11 scores were under 80 this week, with Joe Van Opynen recording the day's best scratch score of 74.
The other standout moment was Wayne Powter recording an eagle on the 18th, holing his second shot - a rare event off a very good golf shot.
Well done Wayne!
Nearest The Pins
- Idlerite Tyrepower 1st by Andrew Bourke at 173cm
- Griffins Leading Edge 4th by Blake Smith at 10cm
- Dirt Doctor Landscaping 6th by Mick Smith at 235cm
- Parkes Readymixed Concrete 9th by Anthony Riach at 300cm
- Harvey Norman 11th by Finne Latu at 427cm
- Westlime 15th by Simon Hogan at 90cm
- Central West Glass 18th Wayne Powter at 0cm
So that meant that Mick Smith at 235cm won the lucrative 6th hole this week.
- Nimesh Piyatissa 42
- Finne Latu, Simon Hogan, Paul Thomas 40
- Peter Amor, Jack Creith 39
- Mark Kelly, Wayne Powter, Warwick Wright, Robert Norman 38
- Ian Phipps, Ian Hendry, Lindsay, Jarrod Kemp 37 points
The Ladies individual stableford results were Anita Medcalf, continuing on from her excellent Mixed Foursomes form, winning on 39 points just ahead of playing partner Kaye Jones and the ever consistent Dale Matthews on 37 points.
This week there is an 18 hole Individual Stableford for Breast Cancer Awareness with our Sponsor Totally Workwear.
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Parkes Services Club social golf
19 players turned up to play some great golf in a Stableford event which saw some great scores.
None were better than young Simon 'Junior' Hogan scoring 42 points, second on a countback with 41 points was Rod 'Noisy' Luyt who beat Richard Hamilton and Dawn 'Mrs Silver' Phipps also on 41 points.
Great work guys!
Nearest the pins for the women was Lyn 'Purple' Davison on the 11th and in the men's it was Simon Hogan on the 4th, Rod Luyt on the 11th plus a birdie to double his prize, and Rob 'Yoyo' Hey on the 6th and 15th.
In the raffle, Kath Jeffress was the winner with runners up going to Lyn Davison, Simon Hogan, Nim Dzuiba and Matt 'Swipe card' Wright.
In what can only be described as enjoyment for me to write, the bunny award went to Billy Ray Cyress' brother Robbie Rae and let me tell everyone, there was a round of applause from everybody at the presentation.
Next week will be our monthly medal and putting competition, proudly sponsored by the Parkes Services Club.
The week after will be the quarter finals of the match play, which I will be tipping the winners for next week.
The Mad Dragon
Forbes players relished returning to their home turf when they scooped the pool at last week's twin-towns veterans golf competition.
Wet weather had caused at least three cancellations of the veteran's competition at Forbes and to make up for lost days an 18-hole event was played.
In a field of 43 players Peter Cowan lead the way for Forbes returning a well put together 41 points and was closely followed by team mate Warwick Judge on 40 points.
Judge took second place on a count back from another Forbes player Steve Edwards.
Such was the hot scoring by the locals that they won the Twin Town Shield by 29 points - 236 to Parkes' 207 points.
The rout continued for the nearest the pins, with all four won by Forbes players: A-grade winners were Niel Duncan and Alf Davies on the ninth and 12th holes respectively, while Ross Williams and Edwards saluted in B-grade.
To complete an all Forbes day, John Whatmore won the encouragement award.
- 40 points - Steve Edwards (F)
- 39 - Steve Uphill (F)
- 38 - Ken Sanderson, Peter Barnes and Jeff Moon (F)
- 37 - Alf Davies (F) and Nim Dziuba and Mick Bond (P)
- 36 - A. Grierson (F)
- 35 - Barry Parker, Don McKeowen and D. Moon (F) and Peter Bristol (P)
- 34 - Tom Delmenico (P)
- 33 - Alec McKinnon (F)
- 32 - Scott Kirkman, Barry Shine and Tony Cogswell (F) and Gordon Pritchard, John Fowler and Phil Bishop (P)