Small fields marked the start of the Men’s Golf season on the weekend with perhaps the warm weather and the cricket season still being in progress that keeping a few players away.
The weekend was however all about one golfer – Greg Clark.
‘Clarkie’ dominated both Saturday and Sunday’s games, taking all before him, including the ultimate ambition in every golfer’s life – a hole in one.
The 2020 season kicked off with a Four Ball Worst Ball competition on Saturday with three teams competing.
The winning combination on the day was Greg Clark and Jason Foster with Stewart Fraser and Peter Lawrence second and Max Phillips and Will Brown third. Clark’s score of 38 was the best individual score of the day followed by Foster on 36.
Nearest the Pin prizes were won on the 8th, 11th and 15th holes – all by Clark, including his hole in one on the 8th.
Many champion golfers play all their life and never get a hole in one. (Cobar golf captain Peter ‘China’ Brien is an exception – he has three!)
Sunday was the first serious day of golf with the first Monthly Medal competition of the year conducted.
Once again, it was won by Greg Clark with a score of 36.
Max Phillips was playing his usual solid, boring game, hitting everything straight up the middle and looking every bit a winner before coming unstuck on the final two holes and failing to score.
He relegated himself to second place after finishing with 32 points.
Just nipping at his heels was Paul Kershaw, also on 32.
Phillips won Nearest the Pin prizes on the 3rd and 15th holes and Clark again cleaned up on the 8th.
Big things are now expected of ‘Clarkie’ after his big weekend as he shakes off his ‘Mr Inconsistency’ tag.
Perhaps with a mounted golf ball in his trophy cabinet and a Monthly Medal shirt hanging in his wardrobe he might take his golf more seriously.
This week there will be Stableford events played on both days, with an individual event on Saturday and a four ball aggregate on Sunday.
There are also a couple of big upcoming events.
For the serious golfers, the NSW Sand Green Championships will be played at Walcha in a fortnight.
For those out for a more of a fun day, the Herbie Dunne, Cobar Ultra Finish-sponsored Louth Open will be contested at the end of the month and the event is always a good day.—Out of Bounds