Easter events are a big hit

DOWN THE MIDDLE: Andy Campbell tees off, with playing partners Andrew Page and Simon Warwick watching on in the background. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
DOWN THE MIDDLE: Andy Campbell tees off, with playing partners Andrew Page and Simon Warwick watching on in the background. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

PYMBLE golfer Corey Jones made his first trip to Dubbo over the weekend, and he made it worth his while by taking out the feature Macquarie Cup.

The 36-hole stroke event was played over the middle two days of Dubbo Golf Club’s annual Easter tournament, and attracted a quality field.

With the course in immaculate condition and the weather conditions ideal, Jones dominated day one and fired a five-under 66 to assume the early lead.

It was a lead he wouldn’t relinquish as he came out on Sunday and fired 70 to win the event by six shots from local ace Jones Comerford.

The Fairways Cup, a 36-hole stableford played over Saturday and Sunday, was won by Grant Fish with 74 points.

Fish needed to survive a countback in order to beat Murray Gilchrist, who led the event after scoring 39 points on the opening day.

“The quality of golf over the four days has been exceptionally high, obviously highlighted by Lindsay Wilson shooting 61 on Friday,” Dubbo Golf Club professional Craig Mears said.

“That was the best score of the whole weekend but I thought Corey Jones’ score of 66 on Saturday wasn’t far off being the best round because the course changed so much from Friday to Saturday and the pins were tucked away.”

Big fields were the order of the day over the four days of competition, which commenced on Friday with a four-ball stableford.

Rex Miller and Bob Taylor finished with 51 points to beat home their rivals, with Zac Perrin and Zac Duffy (50) their closest opposition.

Lindsay Wilson’s round of 61 gave him 44 points in the individual stableford, while the ladies four-ball stableford was won by the pairing of Alice Diamond and Julie Wilson (25 points).

On Saturday, Jones’ round of 66 in the first round of the Macquarie Cup was the highlight.

But there was plenty of good play in the other events, with Jo Searle’s nett score of 71 enought o hand her victory in the ladies stroke event, ahead of Jeanette Madgwick.

In the scratch event Karen Furlong took the honours with 78 off the stick, nine shots ahead of Sally McGrath.

In the mens stableford event Gilchrist, Daniel Baxter, Warwick Doolan and Peter Ipkendanz each led the way with 39 points.

In Sunday’s stableford Cameron Liddell and Alex Haylock each had 38 points to set the benchmark for the day’s play.

The four-ball stableford was won by Paul Harris and Toni Brown (45 points), one ahead of Patsy and David Wrigley, while David Wrigley gained his revenge by winning the mixed individual stableford with a score of 36 points.

Mears said the feedback had been positive, with numbers up on 2016.

“Our player numbers are better than last year, and the course is really in great condition,” he said.

“One of the real positives is how hotly-contested the Macquarie Cup was and how young the top players are, with an 18-year-old, a 17-year-old, a bloke in his mid-20s and one in his mid-30s playing in the final group.

“We’ve had people from out of town coming back saying they will be back next year and hoping to bring other players with them, so that is great as well.”