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September 19th, 2018 by admin

Golf course recovering from flooding

Golf course recoveringby Short Putt
Nanjing Night Net

Over recent weeks the rainfall and the river floods have combined to disrupt the lives of many people. The resilience of the Forbes community will see it recover, albeit with a few water stains on the memories.

Obviously with the golf course covered in water to varying depths there has been no opportunity for any play. A number of major events have had to be cancelled, including the Juniors Golf Camp, scheduled forSeptember 28-29, and the NSW Open Regional Qualifier scheduled forOctober 8-9.

But the course is recovering, as the photos show. From the weekend of the floods with water everywhere, and now one week later the levels have subsided enough to see some features returning. As with many facilities around town and the surrounding districts, volunteer assistance will be needed to help get things into shape on the golf course once we can move around it.

The Course committee is looking to re-establishing activity as soon as possible, and quite probably initially on a composite arrangement of holes to avoid the “excessive water hazard” (will they be marked with striped yellow and black pegs – we shall see!).

Looking to some upcoming events, there will need to be some re-scheduling undertaken, so do not plan your holidays yet. Many Committees have put their heads together to see what could be done.

Additionally, both Cowra and Parkes Golf Clubs have offered the use of their courses for Forbes events. Depending on what happens, you may be travelling to a different course for some familiar events.

The 2016-17 Summer Sixes were due to commence competition in the week commencingOctober 10. Now it is hoped to get underway in the week commencingOctober 17.

Any commencement will depend on the condition and recovery of the course so keep an eye on the notice board at the Pro Shop to see how things progress.

Nevertheless, please get your team entries into the Pro Shop as soon as you can, and also your name if you are looking for a vacant spot somewhere. Daniel will be able to work something for you. Getting an early idea of the number of teams will enable the Sixes committee to better plan the whole event.

In order to encourage players to get their fill, the Sixes committee have instigated a discount for secondand subsequent cards. This means that an individual player can enter more than one card each week with the intention of improving their score, and pay less for the extra games.

For those who want to get off to a flying start, you may want to avail yourselves of the special offer that Daniel has on Sixes Team coaching sessions. A mere $10 each will secure a focused and rewarding session, from which you will emerge invigorated and full of potential. Or maybe you just want to be able to swing the club with a higher probability of contacting the ball. Let Daniel be your “Fixit Doctor” so you can really enjoy your game. It may be possible to get some practice in before the comp starts.

The Mens Championships were due to be played on the weekends of October 15-16 and 22-23. This should be played over four rounds across 18-holes on consecutive weekends, so it is quite probable that this will be delayed also.

It is possible this may be played in November, with the Presentation Night re-scheduled to December. Some dynamic shuffling is needed to squeeze this event in somewhere, so please be patient.

Here is the news:A team from the Lachlan Valley Districts Golf will contest the NSW Country Championships, which this year will be held at Goulburn. The team, chosen on current form, comprises Steve and John Betland and Lee Grierson from Forbes, and three players from Parkes. Players from other Lachlan Valley clubs were considered but unfortunately were ineligible. We wish them well, and hope they will improve on the Lachlan Valley’s previous best performance of seventhoverall.

A group of players ventured to Parkes last weekend, endeavouring to swing a club and shake out some creases. They participated in the Stableford event, which was an Individual and Pairs competition.

The Pairs competition was won by Ian Bown/Steve Grallelis, who were both unaware that they were contenders. This victory was sweetened by virtue of winning the Keno from their playing partners, Todd and Alby Callaghan.

Other Forbes players to collect prizes included Max Haley and Cameron McMillan.

Once again Forbes has elected to participate in the Australia Golf Month during October, when the community at large are invited to ‘give golf a go’. Any participation events will depend on the condition of the course, but you can still enquire about – membership offers, ‘Introduction to Golf’ lessons, and the possibility of ‘Free’ lessons for new players on Sunday,October 30. More to come on these things.

Daniel will be participating in a Holden Scramble event next weekend. He will be leading the winning team from the Forbes Holden Scramble, who were a group from Mudgee. Unfortunately the Forbes players were not able to score well on the qualifying day so Daniel must fly the Forbes flag alone. We wish him well.

It is crystal ball time:The ball (both the crystal and the golf) is pretty muddy at present so I cannot say what is going to be played when.But as soon as I hear, I shall let you know.

Eight Green: September 26 the flood waters covering the eighth green. You will need more then your wellies.

Bowls: Don Drabsch with his grandchildren Alice, Isabelle, Ben, Kate and Sarah.

Bogan Gate Golf Ark Need: 8th Green on October 3. This is taken a week later and shows the 8th green having emerged from the flood water. The flag stick is still there, but still water all around.

With the weather so bad over the last couple of months, and the course flooded for an indefinite period there has been little golf played.

Saturday, September17the Men braved the elements and played an 18 hole Stableford , winner on the day was Graham Hunter with 33 points, runner-up was Ron Boness on a count-back also 33 points.

Nearest the pin on the thirdand12thGraham Hunter.

Next Sunday,October 9weather permitting is the Mens 27 hole Foursomes Championships.

Coming events are the re-scheduled Bogan Gate Open to be held on theOctober 16 commencing 8.30amstart.

The “Inaugarel Jim Nutley Memorial Trophy Day “ this is a Mixed 4BBB Stableford to be held on theOctober 30commencing11am Draw for partners also a high tea. Visitors are most welcome please come along and make this a great day.

Cup winner chases more gloryDUBBO Cup winner Any Blinkin’ Day will get a chance to add another country feature to his tally on Sunday when he lines up in the $45,000 Coonamble Cup (1600m).

Prepared at Dubbo by Clint Lundholm, the five-year-old gelding hasn’t raced since his all-the-way win in the Dubbo race on September 20.

Lundholm has been able to retain the services of Sydney rider Anthony Cavallo for Sunday’s event, which has drawn together a handy field.

In fact, the top three over the line in the Dubbo race will all line up at Coonamble, with Justin Stanley’s gelding Something Borrowed and Dar Lunn’s mare Playing Game also set to contest.

Lunn has engaged champion hoop Greg Ryan for the mount on Playing Game, while Mathew Cahill will be aboard Something Borrowed.​

CRICKETDESTRUCTIVE Parkes, Lachlanand Western Zone opening batsman Anthony Heraghty will line-up for defending Whitney Cup premiers Macquarie in 2016-17.

Heraghty’s 11thhour arrival at the defending Dubbo District Cricket Association first grade champions –the season starts on Saturday –became official mid-week, with the gun batsman’s transfer from Parkes club Cambridge secured on Tuesday.

Parkes’ representative team and Macquarie have a strong tie thanks largely toShane Skinner, with the two sides annually taking part in a pre-season clash in honour of the former Parkes junior and Macquarie captain and club president, who passed away in 2011.

Heraghty said Skinner attempted to lure a then 19-year-old opening bat and part-time off-spin bowler to the Dubbo club in 2006.

“I ummed and ahhed then,” Heraghty said of his initial wooing a decade ago.

“The Parkes competition has formed one grade this summer, so a chance to play against some strong sides each week will be good for my cricket.”

The move will also enhance one of the zone’s premier batsmen’s chance at higher honours.

Heraghty, since Mycricket stats started in 2013-14, averages 64 at a rep level with Parkes –his 502 runs at 125 in five innings three seasons ago one to remember.

The 29-year-old said making the move to Dubbowas as much about having a crack at a Bush Blues cap as it was playing with “a few mates at Macquarie”.

“That’s the goal. Every cricketer wants to test themselves,” he said.

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