It was a double header at Wellington Golf Club last weekend.
Visitors from Peak Hill, Orange, Dubbo and Yeoval came to compete for great prizes in the Federal Hotel Amateur Open co-sponsored by Cusack’s Butchery on Sunday while the May Monthly Medal was played for on Saturday.
In Saturday’s even, Kurt Cusack won the A grade medal with nett 70 and Ron Cowan just missed out with 71.
Kevin Whale won it for B grade with an early start and an impressive 68 while edging out Lance Noakes 72. At the half way point Lance Noakes was happy with his 41 off the bat but a second nine 50 turned out to be his undoing – such is golf.
Other ball competition winners were Luke Brydon 72, Bob Watts and Geoff Walker 73, James Cusack, Rodney Cunynghame, David East, Gary McCarroll, Barry Jeffery, Ab Towney and Stephen McCarroll all with 74.
The current leader in the F & J Gersbach Trophy is James Cusack with 140 points.
Ron Stubberfield Toyota Terrific Tee Shot winners were Luke Brydon, David Naveau, Kurt Cusack and Wayne Lang. David Naveau also won the McCarthy-Staggs Tiling nearest the pin in two shots on the eighteenth.
McDonald’s Biggest Whack winners were Lewis Payne (248m) A grade and Steve Whittaker (104m) B grade.
There was no mention of how close Steve’s drive was to the ladies’ tee.
Col Arnold had an absolute shocker to win the Brydon Encouragement Award with a nett 100. Col was heard to be muttering as he was walking through the car park that he felt he needed more than encouragement. No doubt as Maurie Lay reads this he would be questioning Col’s eligibility to be allowed on a golf course.
There was one visitor last Saturday, Gavin McDonald from Maitland.
The Harold Baker Bookmaker sponsored Match Play Championships were also played last Saturday.
In A grade James Cusack defeated Ben McCarthy, Gary Cusack defeated son Mitchell.
In B grade Ron Cowan defeated Rodney Cunynghame.
In A reserve Clinton Ridley defeated Kevin Athanasiou and Paul West defeated Joshua Bullock.
In the mighty C grade Mal Scott defeated David Wilson and Vic Payne defeated Bill Bright.
Thanks to the Wellington Soliders’ Memoiral Club for sponsoring this and the year’s monthly medals.
Handicap changes are Kevin Whale 21 to 20, Bill Bright 15 to 16, Peter Bryant 26 to 27, Tony Cowan 20 to 21, John Donnnelly 1 to 2, Wayne Lang 9 to 10 and Ab Towney 12 to 13.
Sunday’s results saw 2011 Club Champion Ben McCarthy take out the open scratch with a fine 69. Joe Ryan came in runner-up with 72.
Nicholas Cosier had 85 to win the B grade scratch with Stephen McCarroll runner-up with 86. C grade scratch winner was Barry Jeffery with 93 and Damien Bell 98.
In the Open Stableford James Cusack won with 36 points on a count back from David Naveau.
Les Tremain from Yeoval won the B grade stableford with 34 points and Mitchell Spradbrow was runner-up with 33.
John Southwell took out the C grade stableford with 31 and Anthony Cowan was runner-up with 29.
Nearest the pin winners on the eighth hole were Ben McCarthy A grade, Les Tremain B grade and John Southwell C grade.
On the sixteenth hole, nearest the pin winners were James Cusack A grade, Wayne Lang B grade and Anthony Barton C grade.
Longest drive winners were Lewis Payne A grade, Mitchell Spradbrow B grade and Anthony Cowan C grade.
The course and the overall running of the day were a credit to all involved.
Visitors to Wellington were full of praise and admiration for such a fine course cited by one visitor and affirmed by his fellow visitors that Wellington golf course is the best kept golf secret of the west - something the locals all know yet nice to hear from visitors.
At the presentation, Captain David Naveau congratulated greens staff Damien Bell and Mitchell Cusack on the presentation of the course and thanked the many volunteers who participated in various working bees and clean up activities leading up to the Open.
A big thank you to the ladies (and their male barbecue helpers) who catered as well as assisting with the starting, finishing and charting of the results on the board.
The generous sponsors of the Wellington Amateur Open Tournament, the Federal Hotel and co-sponsors Cusack’s Butchery are to be thanked for their contribution towards a highly successful day.
Tomorrow’s event is an individual stroke kindly sponsored by Ben McCarthy and round two of the David Naveau Earthmoving Trophy. The following week is another two-day event at Wellington with the playing of the Scott Miller Memorial Foursomes over Saturday and Sunday 19 and 20 May.
The results from round one of the Cornish Trophy saw Colin Sheridan and James Cusack defeat Vic Payne, Alan Ritchie and Paul McCarroll defeat Wayne Lang and Ron Cowan, and Bill Bright and Peter Bryant defeat James Armstrong and Joshua Bullock.
Norm Royal and John Donnelly defeated Malcolm Payne and Stephen McCarroll, Robert Baker and Gary Holding defeated Kevin Athanasiou and David Ryan, and Gary Cusack and Darren Whiteley defeated Barry Jeffery and Rod Irwin.
Colin Arnold and Kevin Whale defeated Kevin Reid and David Richards, Neil Hollow and Peter Cornish defeated Paul McCarroll and Brad McCarroll, and John Gersbach and Bob Watts defeated David Wilson and Brent Eather.
Lance Noakes and Geoffrey Walker defeated John Southwell and Steven Whittaker on the 20th, Paul West and Rodney Cunynghame defeated Bernard Smith and Mitchell Cusack, and Luke Brydon and Ben McCarthy defeated Matt Refern and Mitchell Spradbrow.
Lewis Payne and Clinton Ridley defeated Tim Parker and Rod Pedron, Trent Forrest and Damien Bell defeated Russell Gersbach and Garth Watts, and David Naveau and Robert Ridley defeated Stephen Kiss and Mac Harvey, while Ian Manning and Ab Towney defeated Lewis Stanley and Kurt Cusack.
A reminder that round two of the Cornish Trophy is to be played on or before June 16.
Members are advised that the weekly golf report is being posted on the club’s website sponsored by Precision Healthcare and accessible at www.wellingtongc.com.au/members.htm
Finally, to all those most special people in our world, Mums, may you have a wonderful day on Sunday and be spoiled to the limit.