Stephenson and Phillips claim 2019 Vet’s golf titles

The 2019 Cobar Veterans Golf Ladies’ and Men’s winners, Jenny Stephenson and Max Phillips. ▪ Photo contributed

Nice weather and a good field of 46 golfers made the 2019 Cobar Veteran’s Golf annual event on Friday an enjoyable day all-round.

Travelling golfers were surprised to see greenish fairways and enjoyed Cobar’s hospitality with the Cobar Bowling & Golf Club once again outstanding in the catering department.

Players came from Coonabarabran, Dunedoo, Warren and Nyngan to join the locals.

The in-form Jenny Stephenson, with an under-par scratch score of 71, won the overall Ladies trophy. Her score was the best of the day in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

Narelle Kriz was two shots behind and she won the Ladies First Division prize with 73 off the stick and 42 Stableford points.

Fay Hardwick was second on 38 points and Deb Matheson, from Nyngan, was third with 34 points.

In Second Division, ever-green Alma Rogers won first place with a score of 35 points, followed by Barb Barklimore on 33 and Pam Sikora on 32.

The Longest Drive prize in First Division was won by Fay Hardwick and big-hitting Sue Phillips unleashed a massive drive (which her husband Max would have been proud of) to win Second Division.

Nearest the Pin prizes were won by Narelle Kriz on the 3rd and 8th holes, Deb Matheson the 7th, Jenny Stephenson the 11th and Fran Samios on the 15th.

Cobar’s travelling golfing ambassador Max Phillips, with a score of 78 off the stick, hung around on Friday and cleaned up in the Men’s First Division. (He won the same event last year and in 2017.)

Phillips was closely followed by Junior first-time Vet Bian Smith, who took out First Division in his Vet’s tournament debut with a score of 80 off the stick and 41 Stableford points.

Dave Bunyan from Coonabarabran, with a score 34 points, was second on a count-back from Greg Matheson from Nyngan.

The oldest golfer on the day, 92 year-old Rex Reese from Nyngan, took out first place in Second Division with a score of 41 points.

He was followed by local golfers Piers Brown, also on 41, and Paul Kershaw on 39.

The Longest Drive prize in First Division was won by the youthful Smith and John Downey from Dunedoo took out Second Division.

Nearest the Pin prizes were won by Gary Dunn on the 3rd and 8th holes, Reese the 7th and 15th and Matheson claimed the 11th.—Out of Bounds