On Saturday the golfers competed in a Stroke event over two Divisions. This was also the competition round to determine the ‘Medal of Medallists’, whereby each of the winners of Monthly Medals through the year was eligible to be crowned “the Best of the Best”.
In the “Medal of Medallists’, 27 of the 32 eligible medallists participated. Denis Culley relished the warmer temperatures, last winning medal in May, and played well under his handicap to record a nett 66. The best eligible A-Grader was Peter Dawson on nett 73, alongside Steve Betland. In the A Division, Phil Maher was the winner when he played within his handicap to score a nett 71. Runner-Up was David Rhodes, with72.
The B Division went to Denis Culley, with 66 nett, from a determined Andrew McDonald with 69. Denis played well under his handicap. Andrew was fortunate to scrape in on countback from Gary Collitts and Stuart French. Nearest the pins were: 9th – Brian Monaghan; 18th – Brian Everest. They were the only two ‘Brians’ in the field, not counting
Fred Collie. The ball sweep went to 73 nett, being awarded to those above plus: 69 – G Collitts, S French, 70 – R Morris, A Callaghan, 71 – R Baker, 72 – J Clarke, B Everest, 73 – P Dawson, S Betland, A Grierson, N McMillan, S Kirkman, P Duke. Sunday’s Stableford Medley was a quiet day, with many persons wishing to rest and recover from the weather influences.
Richard Smith took the winners circle with 45 points. The NTP’s went to: 9th – Ron Morris; 18th – Brian Monaghan.
The Vets played an 18-hole event at Condobolin on 19 November, the last 18-hole event for the year. The Winners list for the day‘s competition includes:
A-Grade: 1st – J Haley (Fbs) 44 Points; 2nd – D Rogers (Pks) 41; 3rd – B Toms (Cdo) 41 B-Grade: 1st – G Griffiths (Cdo) 43; 2nd – A Luff (Cwa) 40; 3rd F Donahue (Fbs) 40. B-Grade: 1st – T Broadley(Cdo) 45; 2nd – L Archer (Pks) 42; 3rd – B Menzies (Cdo) 42. NTP’s went to: A-grade – D Rodgers; BGrade – F Donohue; C-Grade – R Glover.
The Coles/Miller Shield, which accrues points across the year’s 18-holes Comps went to: Parkes (2170 points) from Forbes (2146), Grenfell (1578), W/Wyalong (1467), Cowra (1342) and Condobolin (1038). Maybe 2016 will see a different result.
This was also the Inaugural Lachlan Valley Districts Vets Golf Medal, sponsored by NSW Veteran Golfers Association. This is played for only between eligible players, those being the grade winners from the first six 18-hole events of the year.
The winner was Len Archer (Pks) with 42 points. He pipped Ralph Baker (Fbs) on count back from his 42 points. The next game is a 12-hole event at Parkes. We return to a gathering time of 12:30 pm for a 1:00 pm start. It could be hot again so take plenty of drink.
Golf Pro Tip Myth busted! We have all heard it before ‘KEEP YOUR HEAD DOWN’. I’m sorry to tell you but it is one of the most unproductive things you can tell a golfer. Let’s think about it for a second, when we tell someone to keep their head down what do they usually do? Tuck their chin on their chest! This causes many problems including a restricted shoulder turn and a rigid golf swing. Try it yourself and you will soon see!
Yes, we must keep our head still but, when you miss or ‘top’ the ball that’s not because you lifted your head it is because your chest has come up to where it was causing the club to not stay on path and hit the ball. This is usually caused by the golfer trying to ‘scoop’ the ball in the air.
So next time rather than telling someone to keep your head down, tell them keep their head still and focus on hitting down on the back of the golf ball. This is a much more effective and productive way for someone to improve.
Happy Golfing! Daniel