Golfer’s biggest weekend of the year

The biggest golfing weekend of the year so far, the Club Championships and BRilliams Copper City Classic, capped off a huge week with Men’s Golf competitions played on five out of six days in a row.

For the sixth year in a row, Jacob Ryan is Cobar Golf Club Champion, with his runaway win over the weekend, taking all before him in grand style.

Garry Wilkin kept pace with him for the first day, being only four shots down, but in the end Ryan went on win by 15 shots leaving the rest of the field in his wake with a score of 211.

Wilkin came second with 226 (behind Ryan for the second time) and Jay Egan was third on 241.

Ryan has only been playing about one game a month and yet seems to be able to produce the goods at will. He is now only one Cobar championship title behind Craig Dillon and Andrew Bartlett, who have seven titles to their names.

Jeff Smith has also won six.

B Grade went to club captain Peter ‘China’ Brien, whose score of 257 was well clear of Jason Foster on 270 and Greg Clark on 282.

In the fiercely contested C Grade competition, Jack Kershaw got up over Tim Turton by three shots. (They were the only two who played!)

Ryan also took out the BRilliams Copper City Classic title.

Second place went to Alec Fraser, third to Garry Wilkin, 4th was Peter Brien and 5th place was super-vet, Max Phillips, who played five out of the six days and suffered from a panic attack when there was no golf on Friday!

Over the weekend Nearest the Pin prizes were won by Stewart Fraser, Alec Fraser, Brian Russ, Peter Lawrence, Jacob Ryan, Garry Wilkin and Max Phillips.

Almost as an after-thought there was golf played last Wednesday, Thursday (in Warren) and Monday.

Seven golfers played on Wednesday with Greg Clark back in the winning circle with a score of 41, finally breaking the 40 hoodoo.

Rod Chapman scored 38 and Bian Smith 34.

Nearest the Pin prizes were won on the 3rd hole by David Tomek, as well as Rod Chapman (7th), Max Phillips (8th), Bian Smith (11th) and Greg Clark (15th).

Last Thursday five intrepid golfers travelled to Warren to play in their annual Vet’s day.

Warren is a sort of “final frontier” for Cobar golfers who struggle with the mixed sand and grass greens. This year was no different with the A-Team of Max Phillips, Will Brown, Peter Brien and Paul Kershaw coming home empty-handed, yet again. (It was hard to get a clear report from these usually very quotable golfers as to how they all went. Silence is not always golden!)

On Monday 17 players contested the CADJ Carwash Four Ball Aggregate sponsored by the Parisi Family.

The winning score of 68 was by Stewart and Alec Fraser who out-talked their opponents, Peter Lawrence and John Collins, to win by two shots, with Will Brown and Max Phillips coming in third on with 65.

The winning individual score of the day was 36 points by the super-vet Max Phillips with Jay Egan coming second on 34 beating a host of players on a countback.

Mick Bannister took home Nearest the Pin prizes for the 3rd and 11th holes, along with Max Phillips (7th) and Peter Brien (15th).

Another big weekend is looming with golf in Cobar, Nyngan and Gilgandra this week.

Saturday is the Nyngan Open and on Sunday Cobar is taking two teams of six players (a scratch team and a net team) to contest the Western District Golf Association Pennants and Championships in Gilgandra.

Cobar will have individual Stablefords played on both Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t forget the postponed Epiroc Cobar Open is just around the corner on Saturday October 24.—Out of Bounds