Narelle Kriz and Scott Mayne lead the locals home

Narelle Kriz and Scott Mayne were the best of the local golfers competing in the
Legends Pro-Am event on Sunday. Kriz won the ladies division with a great score of 37 points and Mayne also finished with 37 points to win the men’s division. ▪ Photo
courtesy of Oh Shoot Photography

The inaugural Legends Pro Am golf participants were rewarded after praying for the weather to ease up on the weekend.

While Saturday’s game was washed out the course opened for Sunday’s 18 hole event which proved to be a bit of a challenge on the sodden greens.

A few of the professional golfers however were able to come in under par which only goes to show the depth of experience among these legends.

It only seemed right that the Ladies event winner was the one who put her heart and soul into the organisation of the Pro Am in Cobar.

Narelle Kriz scored an incredible 37 points for the win and collected the Nearest the Pin (NTP) prize on the 3rd hole and also the Straightest Drive prize.

Wen Zhang was the runner-up on 33 points followed by Carmel Owen (Inglewood, Queensland) with 30 points. Next was Sally Bannister on 28, Karen Manns (27) and Trudy Elder (Inglewood, Queensland) had 26 points.

Other NTP winners were Owen, Zhang, Wan Sipatsa and Elder who, also had the Longest Drive.

Scott Mayne was the winner in the men’s division scoring 37 points. Mayne also had the straightest drive on the 9th hole.

Jay Egan was the men’s runner-up on 34 points and he hit the longest drive.  Greg Clark placed third (32) and was closest to the pin on the 11th hole.

In fourth place, on 31 points, was Warwick Doulman from Molong after a countback from Mick Bannister and Andrew Bartlett.

Bartlett picked up a NTP win on the 8th hole. When Max Phillips is playing the nearest the pin on the 3rd hole is never in doubt, and he picked up another win on his favourite par 3 hole. The other pin winners were Bill Fugar on the 7th and Jody Parker from
Bathurst on the 15th hole.

The team of four winners were Scott Mayne and Wen Zhang along with professionals Colin Hunt and David Fearns.

Max Phillips and professionals Glen Roberts and Paul Powel were the team of three winners.

Professional golfer Simon Pope was the course champion on the day having an amazing 4 under par 67 on the difficult course.

The Legends were overwhelmed by the Cobar hospitality and were well fed over their three day stay with breakfast, lunch and a wonderful dinner on Saturday night.

So impressed, the consensus was that all are up for coming back next year after Cobar Bowling & Golf Club manager, Jason Howell, extended the return invitation for 2025, hopefully with better weather.

The club was also gifted a PGA Legends framed print at the presentation.

The weekend could not have happened without the dedicated team of volunteers and generous sponsorship, especially from the wonderful Cobar and Dubbo businesses, whose support was invaluable.

Samantha Smith was the photographer on course and had her work cut out for her getting around to snap everyone with some truly memorable photos.

Lady golfers are thinking it would be nice to get all three games in this week in their competition without Mother Nature disrupting games again. If all goes to plan, today will be a Stroke round with Stablefords to be played on Saturday and Sunday.—T’d Off