Golfers out in good numbers despite the cold

Sunday’s Men’s Golf Individual Stableford winner John Martin (at centre) with golf buddies Colin ‘Butch’ Eves and Max Phillips braving the cold on the course on Sunday. ▪ Photo contributed

It was a cold weekend for golf but there were still good turn-outs, especially on Saturday when 24 players competed in the Men’s Golf Three Ball Classic.

The different rules which applied to this format of the game didn’t deter the Fraser family team, of Stewart, Alec and Mark, who once again combined well to finish with a score of 84 to win the day by one shot over the team of Ian and Bayley Prendergast and Peter Brien.

Third on 81 points was the team of Bill Fugar, Peter Lawrence and Colin Green and back in 4th spot were Bian Smith, Scott Mayne and Geoff Rorke on 79 points.

Mark ‘George’ Fraser had possibly the best individual score of the year with 44 points on Saturday followed by Greg Clark on 42.

Nearest the Pin prizes were won on the 3rd hole by Andrew Bartlett; 7th—Rod Chapman, 8th—Colin Green and 15th—Bian Smith with the 11th hole not won.

A small but tough field of 12 players braved the conditions on Sunday in an individual Stableford event.

John Martin and Alec Fraser both scored 39 points with Martin winning on a countback, after coring 20 points on the back nine.

Third place went to Bill Fugar who beat Peter Brien, also on a countback, with both players scoring 36 points.

A greedy Alec Fraser won the Nearest the Pin prizes on the 3rd, 7th and 11th holes while Mark Fraser won the 8th and Greg Clark the 15th.

After having the two best individual scores on Saturday, Greg Clark and Mark ‘George’ Fraser battled it out on Sunday in the Bill Bartlett Matchplay competition.

In a titanic struggle, Clarkie just managed to beat George after about 20 holes.

George had been the hot favourite for the event and now with his demise all the Frasers are out of the competition, bringing smiles all around the club and making for a much quieter and peaceful environment.

Clarkie’s opponent in the final will be between Jay Egan, who defeated Stewart Fraser on Sunday and the winner of the Peter Lawrence/Bill Fugar match-up.

Saturday is Bannister Day. This event, a Stableford, run by the Bannister family, has been a popular tradition in Cobar golf since 1958. Sunday’s game is a 4-Ball-Aggregate.—Out of Bounds