Broken Hill visitor Jenny Stephenson cleans up Cobar Open

Women’s golf open winners A Grade—Jenny Stephenson (Broken Hill), B Grade—Pam Richards (Hillston) and C Grade—Karen Manns (Cobar) with sponsor representative John Barnes from Atlas Copco. ▪ Photo contributed

The annual Cobar Ladies Open, sponsored by Atlas Copco, was played on Sunday in gale force winds with Jenny Stephenson from Broken Hill cleaning up.

Stephenson needed a trailer to take all her golf prizes home after being named the Atlas Copco A Grade scratch winner again, having also taken the title in last year’s event.

The rain earlier in the week kept the dust down to a degree but the strong winds picked up and moved anything on the course that wasn’t nailed down including golf balls, with some players even finding it hard to stay upright!

Numbers were well down on previous years with only 31 players taking part in the 27 hole competition. The few visitors that made the journey to Cobar came from Hillston (4), Broken Hill (1), Hay (1), Coonamble (1) and Trangie (1) along with one player from Tottenham. The 2017 Open results were:

A Grade: 27 hole scratch winner—Jenny Stephenson (plus A Grade Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive prizes as well as best Veteran and Grandmother awards); 27 Scratch runner-up—Chrissy Gilligan; 27 hole net winner—Fay Hardwick; 27 hole net runner-up—Angela Fryer; 18 hole scratch winner—Trish Vincent; 18 hole scratch runner up—Narelle Kriz; 18 hole net winner—M Stibbles; 18 net runner-up—Robynne Morton; 9 hole scratch—Bec Hurley; 9 hole scratch runner up—Linda McCutcheon.

B Grade: 27 hole scratch winner—Pam Richards; 27 hole scratch runner-up—Barb Barklimore; 27 net winner—Pam Sikora; 27 hole net runner-up—Ann Dunn; 18 hole scratch winner—Geraldine Francisco; 18 hole scratch runner-up—Lize Stander; 18 net winner—Marlene Wynd; 18 net runner-up—Jannine Wilkin (plus B Grade longest drive); 9 hole scratch winner—Jenny Murray; 9 hole scratch runner-up—Serena Fraser (and B Grade Nearest the Pin); 9 hole net winner—Pat Polack; 9 hole net runner-up—Daphne Cross.

C Grade: 27 hole scratch winner—Karen Manns (and C Grade Nearest the Pin); 27 hole scratch runner-up—Heather Lyall (and C Grade Longest Drive); 27 hole net winner—Tina Gordon; 27 hole net runner-up—Sue Phillips; 18 hole scratch winner—Deb Reko; 18 hole scratch runner-up—K Irvine; 18 net winner—Karen Walsh; 18 hole net runner-up—Alma Rogers.

Barb Barklimore was thrilled to be named the winner of the Barb Bartlett award for best local 27 hole net player with Mrs Bartlett on hand to present the lovely prize.

The Vi McLaughlin Memorial Trophy for best local 18 hole C Grade player went to Karen Manns.

The novelty team winners were Pam Sikora, Jenny Stephenson and Chrissy Gilligan while Karen Manns and Gilligan teamed up to take the pairs prize.

Saturday’s New Gold Peak Gold Mine sponsored Canadian event was the start of a great weekend for Jenny Stephenson when she teamed up with Pam Sikora to win the day with a scratch score of 92.

Close behind were runners-up Pat Polack and Fay Hardwick with 93 off the stick.

A last minute pairing worked well for Alma Rogers and Chrissy Gilligan who combined to win the net competition carding 72½.

Di McLeod and Robynne Morton were net runners-up with 77. Nearest the Pin prizes went to Robynne Morton and Di McLeod, Jenny Murray and Sue Phillips (2), Jenny Stephenson and Pam Sikora plus Ann Dunn and Daphne Cross.

After her good result the previous week, Bessie Kitson once again won last Wednesday’s Stableford game scoring a massive 42 points to take the win from Marlene Wynd who posted an impressive 41 points.

Sue Phillips was third with 38.

Jenny Stephenson was 4th with 36 points and also claimed the Nearest the Pin prizes on the 7th and 15th holes.

Today’s round is a Par game.

The Cobar Ladies Golf pennants team will take on Dubbo at Gilgandra on Friday if another player can be found for the trip.

Saturday has a Four-Ball-Best-Ball Stableford game scheduled so partners need to be sourced for this event.

Pink Day will be held on Sunday so players should get in and get their costumes and teams of three ready for this great day.—T’d Off