SCT Logistics Parkes Open Golf Tournament

19 Sep 2016 11:43 AM - BETLAND BLITZ
Bill Wakim Financial Controller of SCT Logistics congratulates Steve Betland on his maiden victory in the 2016 SCT Logistics Parkes Open Tournament.
4BBB Scratch Winners Steve & John Betland are congratulated by Regional Manager Alan Sharpe of Atlas Copco Australia.
Handicap victors in the 4BBB Stableford Kyle Bell of Woolooware & Parkes golfer Jake Hodge are congratulated by Alan Sharpe of Atlas Copco the sponsor.
Harvey Normans Electrical Supervisor Kylie Gordon with Neil McMillan of Forbes & Atlas Copco's Bill Wakim upon his win in the Harvey Norman Scratch title for B Grade Golfers.

SCT Logistics Parkes Open Golf Tournament RESULTS SHEET

Forbes golfer Steve Betland joined his brother John as the only brothers to record victories in the SCT Logistics Parkes Open Golf Tournament last Sunday with the tournament losing some of its luste as rain curtailed the Championship event to an 18 hole slog.

Parkes Golf Club Tournament Director Paul Thomas made the much awaited decision when he changed the Championship event from its programmed 27 hole back to a less enduring 18 holes much to the praise of the players as well as changing the hit off times back one hour due to heavy rain that at times flooded the greens as well as the fairways but typical of the weather just as it was thought that the event would be called off the rain eased allowing the greens to become playable.

In recording his first SCT Parkes Open victory the easy going Betland fired a great 2 under Par round of 69 to record a one shot victory over Mudgee’s Mark Hale as visitors dominated.

Betland in accepting the spoils of victory from SCT Logistics Bill Wakim congratulated the sponsors as well as the Parkes club for the conduct of the event as well the players who challenged the tough conditions which at times became daunting thus joining his much acclaimed brother John as a winner of the prestigious Championship event.

In the handicap section Duntryleague’s James Conran fired a solid 72 nett playing off a plus 1 handicap to finish 1 shot ahead of Lee Grierson of Forbes while the best of the local contingent was Justin Sutton with a solid 3 over par 74, 1 shot ahead of Mitch McGlashan while multiple winner Duntryleague's returned a 76, John Betland had a 75 and Mudgee Champion Andrew Best a 74 and The Australian’s James Brownlow returned the same score.

In the Harvey Norman B Grade Neil McMillan finished 12 over Par after a 83 to edge out John Murphy and local Phil Bishop by one shot with Bishop being relegated to third on a countback and McMillan stated he was lucky to get a start as he relied on a scratching to gain a birth in the 160 capacity field that had nominated for the event, McMillan also congratulated the sponsors as well as his fellow golfers.

Despite losing the runner up position in the scratch event Bishop with his 74 nett proved too good in the Handicap section to edge out Richard Hutchison by one shot who also survived golfs dreaded countback system while in the Network Video C Grade The Coast’s Dominic Romeo blitzed the field for a comfortable 8 shot victory as he fired a superb 14 over Par round of 85 and he like his fellow victors was full of praise to the sponsors and to the Tournament Committee and the Parkes Golf Club for its hospitality. Runner Up to Romeo was former Parkes resident Mick O’Malley who hails from the Federal Golf Club in Canberra while Ron Hetherington returned an excellent 71 nett to be 4 shots ahead of runner up Greg Powter made it a quinella for the Parkes duo in the handicap section.

Prior to announcing the winner of the John “Gidgie” Leister Memorial Trophy Tournament organiser Paul Thomas praised the legendary Leister for the work and imput he had on the Tournament before handing over to Leister’s Son in Law Anthony Ruzgas who mentioned it was a privilege and honour to represent the family as The Coast’s Dominic Romeo was awarded the much sought after award while the Keith Clark Memorial Trophy for the best Scratch score of the day sponsored by the Asquith Golf Club went to Duntryleague's Robert Payne while Phil Bishop with a 74 nett took home the Ken Keith OAM veterans handicap award.

Saturday’s prelude event the Atlas Copco Australia Open 4BBB Stableford Scratch & Handicap saw a field of 180 players contest the event which was played in ideal Spring conditions and along with excellent conditions came some great scoring which was emphasised by the Scratch victors John & Steve Betland who returned a great 7 under Par round of 64 for 43 Stableford points in recording a solid and convincing 4 shot win over the highly fancied Robert Payne & Robert Parfett form Orange club Duntryleague who survived a countback over the local pairing of Justin Sutton & Joey Van Opynen.

Former local junior and now member of the Woolaware Golf Club in Sydney Kyle Bell teamed with local Parkes member Jake Hodge in recording a magnificent 47 points in the Handicap section to claim the major award from the local pairing of Andrew Huntly & Richard Hutchison who finished equally impressive on 46 points while the Sydney pairing of Paul Fabian & Rolf Schufft claimed the Bradmans trophy.

In the Parkes Mensland Long Drive Championship saw Duntryleague's Tyson Lane claim the award with a drive that finished some 265 metres from the Teeing ground.


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12 Sep 2016 12:11 PM -
Club President Bernie McCabe.

Members of the Parkes Golf Club voted unanimously to appoint Bernie McCabe as the club's new President at a Special General Meeting last Saturday.

McCabe in being elected to his first term as Club President replaces Ross Smith who resigned due to family and health conditions and in his maiden speech to the members upon his election McCabe congratulated Smith on his outstanding contribution over the past 15 months.

The likeable and extremely approachable McCabe also stressed that he would continue to strive to support current endeavours to improve the club's financial situation as well as upgrading aspects of the club's renovation programme.

McCabe has previously served on the club's Board of Directors including a three year term as Chairman of the Greens Committee and has urged members to get behind the club in its endeavours. 

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PGC Camp Oven Night

20 Aug 2016 5:30 PM -

The Camp Oven Night on Saturday 20th August at the Parkes Golf Club was a night of terrific tasty meals and enjoyable friendship.

With the theme being "Bring the Family" it turned into a great night and with some 50 children and 60 parents enjoying the night everyone went home thoroughly impressed. 

The undoubted stars of the evening were the cooks Matt Swetland and Dave Chambers who served up three delicious meals to the hungry crowd.

With the parents certainly catered for, Alyssa Miller certainly entertained the crowd with easy listening music but she was certainly the Pied Piper for the children who constantly kept her on her toes with their requests especially Katie Perry songs.

Meanwhile in the auditorium the remaining children played a multitude of supervised games as well as enjoying the Shooting Gallery and the Jumping Castle.


15 Aug 2016 5:09 PM -

The final of the 2016 Handiskins competition was held last Sunday at the Parkes Golf Club and with a brisk south westerly breeze keeping the players cool it was Cameron Butler who emerged as the big winner in the annual skins match.
Handiskins which has been defined as the ultimate game for amateur golfers as it is one of the few competitions where amateur golfers get to play a game of “skins” golf. Skins golf is where a group of players compete against each other and if two players have the same score the hole is squared with the following hole jackpotting.
As play commenced last Sunday morning, players had not only to battle against the cool weather but the remnants of an early morning frost and it was the veteran of the field Ian Phipps who collected on the 1st Hole with an easy par.
The Par 5, 2nd Hole was squared by Wayne Butler and Robert Cheney with pars while the on the 4th Hole Cameron Butler exerted his presence with a solid par for his first bank and with holes 4 through to 12 being squared the players now felt added pressure as they were playing for $560.00 on the Par 5, 13th and once again Butler was to show his brilliance as he recorded a birdie 4 then on the 14th Hole the players suddenly felt the pressure level drop but once again the hole was squared while on the Par 3, 15th Hole it was Ian Phipps who snared the cash with a great par as he added to his purse.
The 16th Hole was to become a battle between Robert Cheney and Cameron Butler and it was Cheney’s brilliant chip and run third shot to within a metre of the pin that was to enable him to birdie the hole and he became the outright winner of the hole as he opened his account while both the concluding holes were to be squared as it enabled Wayne Butler to finally open his account as the prize pool was shared by the four players.
In conclusion Cameron Butler was to collect some $740.00 in vouchers with Ian Phipps collecting $300.00, Robert Cheney $120.00 and Wayne Butler $40.00.
All players congratulated Handiskins for its conduct of the competition and will now make the trip to Hamilton Island to contest the National Final later this year where they be playing for some $10,000.00 in prizes and vouchers.

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Cunningham’s IGA Supermarket Scratch Shootout


Despite bitterly cold westerly winds a field of 18 golfers contested Sunday's Cunningham’s IGA Supermarket Scratch Shootout and with the late scratching of Charlie Allen due to health reasons the honour of being first eliminated went to Ian Phipps who had a disastrous start that eventually saw him record a double bogey 7 on the Par 5, 2nd Hole.

At the conclusion of 17 holes it came down to a battle between two of the fields outsiders as Joey Van Opynen and Mark Kelly went up the 18th hole in an effort to reign and with several hecklers and supporters watching on they couldn’t be separated.

Kelly’s tee shot missed the fairway and left him with a difficult shot over the trees from the edge of the 10th fairway whilst Van Opynen was well placed despite a bad lie on the right side of the 18th fairway. Kelly’s played a magnificent wedge to pin high on the right side of the green but with a daunting 8 metre putt meanwhile Van Opynen guts his second shot through the green and then played a delicate chip to with 50cms of the pin to guarantee a par.

Kelly’s attempt at a birdie came agonisingly close as it shaved the hole and came to rest some 15cms past the hole thus ensuring that both players would rely of the sudden death chip off to decide the outcome.

With Kelly being the first to play he like a lot of other players during the day failed to reach the green which took the pressure off Van Opynen and he then hit a magnificent chip shot to 30cms to take the title.

Earlier the favoured players including Justin Sutton, 15th Hole, Cameron Butler, 14th, Robert Hey, 13th, and Peter Dixon 12th Hole had departed the final after suffering on one bad hole while the likes of Wayne Parker and David Stevenson had ensured the favourites a battle royale and their pressure paid off despite being eliminated at the 17th and 16th holes respectively.

Van Opynen congratulated sponsor Peter Boschman from Cunningham’s Supermarket for his sponsorship as well as thanking him for the delightful luncheon provided by Janelle Thompson at the half way mark. 

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Michael Richardson Memorial Trophy

25 Jun 2016 9:00 AM - Sponsored by Dr Khazima Riaz

Last Saturday members of the Parkes Golf Club contested the inaugural Michael Richardson Memorial Trophy which was ultimately won by Cameron Butler with 37 points. 

The Memorial trophy was supplied by members of the "Professionals" group who are a group of local businessmen who enjoy a game of golf and a love of fishing. 

The late Mike Richardson was one of the group's organisers as well as being a former Club Captain and Director of the PGC.

The event sponsor on the day was Dr Khazima Riaz of Richardson's Dental Surgery.

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