Last weekend Forbes golf course was the place to be with 75 in the men’s competition, plus a ladies division, while dozens more social players enjoyed the course.
“George get it to the hole,” was the word for most of the round on Saturday as golfers experienced something new in playing flag free and cups raised due to safety health regulations brought on by the current Coronavirus situation.
There was a great sense of humour enjoyed by competitors on the day, after the ball toss prior to the first hole for the in-group match play, George Falvey, with a handicap of 13, drew none other than John Betland, who has a handicap of plus 4. Enough said.
With greens on the ‘slow’ side due to recent renovations, John Betland enjoyed his time to score nine birdies. Despite a strong game from the tee George took a while to get the message, ‘don’t be short’, as he continually frustrated his talented partner. One who did not have to worry about the putter was Ronnie Morris who scored a hole-in-one after ‘tipping’ the cup on the par three ninth.
Division 1 winner Max Haley was able to score six over par for 45 points while runner-up, Jacob Bernardi, a ‘newer’ player who highlighted brute strength from the tree only a couple over par for 43 points.
Jack Dobell took all honours winning Division 2 with 46 points, eight over par 80, while Ronnie Morris was runner-up on 42 points.
Unfortunately, all future events have had to be cancelled. Golf in Forbes, like all other sports, is now finished for the foreseeable future amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrew McDonald, President of the Forbes Golfers Association, stated that from Monday, 30th March, Forbes Golf Club will be closed following the advice from Golf Australia.
By Short Putts Mate