TWO school teachers desperate to get back into the classrooms gave the holidays their last shot and came up with the Australia Day Cup victory.
A huge field of 186 men and ladies played in the Saturday event on the 1-18 Dubbo layout. Trophies were kindly donated by Deidre and Allan Kernahan at West Dubbo's Big 4 Parklands.
It has also been confirmed their sponsorship will continue in 2014, a commitment that is appreciated.
In the two-person ambrose event, Chris Schubert and Shane Groen came in with 58.75 nett to win by a quarter from Matt Brown and Luke Donnelly (59).
A third place trophy went to Andrew Lavelle and Edward Thompson with 61.25 on a countback from Gary Barraclough and Chris Tongue.
Other top cards came from Jake O'Brien and Nathan Morris (61.5), Col Parkes and Les Fuller (61.5), Ross Horrocks and Nathan Munro (61.75), Col and Mitch Davison (61.75) and Daniel Brock and Gerry Dawson (62.5).
The ball competition went down to 64.25 on a countback.
Four nearest to the pin prizes of three golf balls went to Ian Wheeler 134cm on the 8th; Rod Firth 120cm 18th; Barry Harvey 227cm 11th and Paula Murray 100cm 15th.
THE February Monthly Medal stroke event will be played on Saturday with trophies for all three grades, as well as the Dick North Junior Medal.
Sunday is a 4BBB medley and next week the Wednesday Medallion.
DUBBO veterans president John Dixon put the cat among the pigeons the previous Wednesday with an amazing card of eight-over-par 79 scratch for a 62 nett, one of the best scores we've seen for some time.
Needless to say his 17 handicap is long gone.
Dixon had Division 2 to himself, winning on front of Trent Fuhrman-Luck (88-67); Kevin Fullerton (92-67) and Peter Soo (86-88).
In the top grade, nett 66 was a popular score, coming from Darren Scholes (76-66), David Gleeson (69-66( and Errol Toomey (72-66).
Club professional Craig Mears had a great scratch round of six under 65 from plus-2 handicap for 67 nett and then came Oscar Koch (72-69), Shane Groen (81-69), scratch marker and trainee professional Daniel Harper (69) and Guy Naden (81-69).
Dubbo's new trainee professional Jacob O'Brien is also playing good golf, had one over 71 from one for 70 nett.
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ON Wednesday stableford was the game with Russell Peet coming up with a remarkable two eagles - three shots on the par-5 7th and three on the par-5 16th. Well done in a score card that produced 38 points.
Canadian holidaymaker Pat Wilson was also in sparkling form on the 1-18 layout with a massive 39 points from plus-5 handicap, a round that included eagle three on 16.
To the winners - Division 1 best was Alex Haylock with 41 from 12, in front of Mick Dunn 40. Then came Pat Wilson, Greg Makeham (39), Peter Ipkendanz, Russell Peet, Doug Medcalf and Jacob O'Brien (38).
In Division 2 Matt Hambrook had an excellent round with 43 points off 27 to finish one in front of Winston Granger with 42 (17).
Also good in that grade were Peter Soo (39), Andy Single (38) and Kayden Barker (37).
In the overall field of 106 players, balls went down to 36 after a countback.
Good news also for Col Yates who watched his ball finish just 30cm from the flag on five and cleaned out the 12 balls in the Super Pin vault.
For the NTPs on the other par-3s the winners were Dayne Gardiner (8th) 450cm; Nathan Peckham (11th) 181cm; Winston Granger (15th) 227cm; Peter Ipkendanz (18th) 189cm.