The Ladies' Golf season recently finished up, culminating in a lunch and two very important presentations - one to Joan Collins, our newest Patroness, and the other to Wendy Jeffery on reaching an important milestone birthday. Congratulations to you both!
Joan began playing golf in the 1950s and with such enthusiasm that she (and Joyce McCutcheon) pushed their young toddlers along the fairways in strollers as they played!
Since those beginnings Joan has taken on a number of Committee roles including President and Captain.
She has encouraged and coached juniors players on weekends, has participated in many a Pennants team against other towns and has been a regular and committed member of the Club, and always a competitive force to reckon; Joan's name features on a number of Championship boards in the Clubhouse, including Club Champion an impressive 17 times!
The Club is proud to have Nancy Elrington, and now Joan Collins, as Patronesses.
And some reminders - The Golf Club's annual Presentation night is this Saturday, November 16, beginning at 6:30pm for a 7pm sit down Chinese banquet; all you can eat for only $15! Also coming up is the Members' AGM on November 28, beginning at 7pm.
Small field for Gerries this week!
Last Saturday a small field turned up for the weekly Gerries golf competition played in rather cool conditions.
Only three ladies faced the starter for their competition which was played on the front nine of the Narromine course.
Two of the competitors tied on 21 points meaning the count-back had to be used to decide the winner.First place went to Carole McDonald and the runner up was Dale Harding. Well done girls.
There was no winner in the NTP competition and the prize will now jackpot to the next game.
In the mens division the runaway winner was Vince Ferrari with 25 points which was a very good round allowing for the conditions.Runner up on the day was the very consistent Gus Smith on 21 points.
The men played the back nine and there was no winner of the NTP comp which will now jackpot to the next comp.
The overall NAGA prize went to Bill Burke who defeated Bob Culhane and Steve Squires on the count back.All three players returned cards of 15 points.
It was rather obvious there were insufficient players for the pool comp and it hoped for a larger turnout for our next match.
Numbers competing in the weekly Saturday competition have fallen away dramatically which is due to the fact a ruling has been made not to allow persons playing in the morning to compete in the afternoon Club competition.
This is disappointing and the Gerries Committee have decided to play their weekly competition on Thursday afternoons commencing on Thursday, November 14 with the hit off at 4pm.
A further decision on the competition will be made as soon as the weather gets too hot for afternoon games.
Well thats it for this week with the competition hitting off to-morrow (Thursday, November 14) at 4pm Ladies on the back nine and men on the front.See you all at the 19th.
Last Saturday we had the monthly medal play off in conjunction with an individual stroke event.
This event was sponsored by Ross King and Rusty McKenzie.
There were 14 starters and the individual stroke event winner in B grade was visitor Michael (Colonel) Montgomery with a blistering 64 nett.
Runner up was John Butcher with 68 nett. In A Grade the winner was Greg Kearines with 66 nett and the runner up was Steve Squires with 70 nett.
Nearest the pins were won by Colonel and Steve Gillette.
The Monthly Medal play off in A grade between Greg Barling, Greg Kearines, Steve Squires and Steve Gillette was won by Greg Kearines and in B grade the winner was John Butcher from Bob Fletcher, Dudley Alcorn, Col Shepherdson and Chris Harding.
The Golf Club would like to thank Macquarie Clothing for sponsoring all the Monthly Medal days throughout the year.
On Sunday we had a 4B Aggregate sponsored by Peter Perry with nineteen starters.
The winners were Rob Gainsford and Mitchell Smith with 81 points and the runners up were Tony Mann and Rob Williams with 74 points.
Nearest the pins winners were Vicki Gainsford and Tony Mann.
This Saturday we have a two person Ambrose sponsored by Agn Vet and Darling Irrigation followed by Presentation Night starting at 7pm including All you can eat Chinese Dinner.
On Sunday we have a 4BBB sponsored by The Darrol Handsaker memorial Day.
Another big week of action up at the "Bowly" this week, with Championships, Club Challenge matches and the odd game of social bowls all having a run, Yes folks you could say it was all happening: Well actually it happened and the first thing to report on was the Final of our last championship event for 2019 which saw a win for the Father and Son Combination of Robbie and Racardo Stanford who annexed the Major-Minor Pairs event last Sunday morning by defeating John Edwards and Paul Hilder 19/14 in what was a very interesting match.
Well done to Racardo on winning your first championship event and to who competed in this "NEW" Event, it proved to be a pretty good initiative and no doubt will grow in stature next year.
Narromine kicked off its Club Challenge Campaign with a win in the BLUE division last Saturday. The Team of Garry Raines, Arnold Gillespie, Steve Buttsworth, Ross Edden, Danny Carnevale and Peter Payne have now earnt themselves a trip to the State Finals in December after defeating Nyngan, Cowra and Parkes B and SC in the section of this state wide event.
The team won all three matches albeit the last one was very skinny, with only a "BOMB" from Peter Payne on the Triples Last end deciding the overall outcome of the day. Well done lads and best of luck in the finals.
As a side note Young David McNair will Manage this team for the State Finals, and I am sure he will do a sterling job. This coming Weekend the Gold squad will travel to Parkes for a one off Match with the winner advancing to the state finals series in Warilla. We wish them the best of luck and who knows the "CLUB" might have a couple of teams in the Finals series.
Last Saturday also saw the Courthouse Hotel entertain the Wellington Bowling club in the second of their bi-annual Bowling Challenges. Not too sure who won, and really does it matter, by all accounts a great afternoon on and off the green was had by all.
Social Bowls numbers this week weren't too shabby with 14 going round on Thursday afternoon and another 16 lining up for the chook run on Sunday. Firstly to Thursday and it was Greg Wright and Danny Carnevale who took all before them to win the days event courtesy of a resounding 32/16 win over Kerry and David.
The other two matches were much closer with just 1 shot separating the winners from the losers. In the other pairs confrontation it was Neville Townsend and Peter Cross who prevailed 16/15 over Noel and Steve, whilst in the Triples encounter Col Hume, Des Lincoln and Eddie McPhee just nudged out Cliff, Bob and Terry 21/20. The jackpot continued to remain aloof and was not sighted in the building, therefore will be worth a few more dollars next week for some lucky team, Perhaps?
Sunday morning saw director "Beaver" in Charge of Presentations and with his "ministrations" he saw fit to award the days trophy to Peter Kelly, Kevin Short and David McNair for their tidy 20/15 win over Des, Bob and Bill. He then managed to get himself a small refreshment courtesy of his troop Colleen and Lionel assisting him to win 15/11 against Barb Kevin and Arnold.
In the pairs match it was straight off the grass Kevin Rider who teamed up with "DAD" to notch a hard fought 18/15 win over the McPhee Brother Eddie & Peter. Once again the jackpot wasn't found and so it two will add a few more dollars to its coffers for next week.
The Names on the list for pennants is not looking special at the moment, and I know the Club would like to see some commitment from the players before Christmas so they can go forward with any plans for a pennant trial or two. So if you intend playing or Have a desire to Play Pennants for the Narromine Bowling Club in 2020 please "PLONK" your name down sooner rather than later.
Well that's it for another week, don't forget Trivia is on next Tuesday, November 19, why not bring along a crew for the Last Trivia Night for 2019 and support the local branch of the Lions Club at the same time.
Returning home after racing at remote tracks in outback Queensland, the five year old mare Bells 'N' Bows has struck top form with three successive wins including the 1600 metres Qube Logistics Cotton Cup on Sunday at Warren.
Trained at Nyngan by Rodney Robb for Wayne Brown and partners, Bells 'N' Bows in August campaigned at the Simpson Desert Carnival and was placed at Betoota, Birdsville and Bedourie.
Back in New South Wales, Bells 'N' Bows ran second at Come By Chance Picnics and at Forbes before winning at Dubbo, Narromine and Warren.
Ridden by the talented apprentice Wendy Peel in the $32,000 Cotton Cup, Bells 'N' Bows ( $14 ) travelled third to the home turn then dashed to the lead and held on to beat Sea Lady ( Mathew Cahill, $12 ) by a length with Quick Spin ( Daniel Northey, $13 ) a long neck away third.
Racing in career best form, the Dennis Bush, Forbes trained Molasses after winning the Crystal Sprint at Coonamble and finishing second at Coonabarabran, defeated an outstanding field in the 1200 metres Kurri Kurri Boys Sprint at Warren.
During his lengthy career, Grant Buckley had only ridden once before at Warren and he handled Molasses to perfection for Dennis Bush and the Grenfell based owner Danny Kotel.
Allowed plenty of time to settle, Molasses ( $5.50 ) sprinted home from well back to account for Professor Marx ( Daniel Northey, $11 ) and Go Beau Jangles ( Ken Dunbar, $41 ).Molasses has now recorded 9 wins and 8 placings from 35 starts.
Grant Buckley then won the Landmark Operations Benchmark 58 Handicap ( 1000 metres ) on the Luke Morgan, Tamworth trained Fussdinado ( $2.80 favourite ) which parked behind the pacemakers before finishing best to beat Rufio ( Clayton Gallagher, $5.50 ) and Tattinger ( Chelsea Ings, $15 ).
Dubbo based Ken Dunbar also rode a winning double, Boult ( $3.60 fav.) for Coonamble trainer Ian Holland and on the Bryan Dixon, Gilgandra trained $31 outsider Blinkin Nomore.
Success also for Dubbo when the Garry Lunn trained Oracabessa ( Billy Cray, $6 ) produced a strong finish to win the Halcroft and Bennett BM 58 Handicap ( 1400 metres ) from Moratai ( Grant Buckley, $7.50 ) and Dart Street ( Ashley Morgan, $6.50 ).
Despite being a last start winner at Mudgee, the Peter .W. Stanley, Bathurst trained The Long Run started at $26 when leading throughout to win the QLD Cotton Class 3 Handicap ( 1200 metres ) with the trainers daughter apprentice Ashleigh Stanley in the saddle.
The first leg of a winning double for jockey Billy Cray came when the Sharon Jeffries, Parkes trained Ruby Lil ( $6 ) led all the way to win the 1000 metres Qube Logistics Maiden Handicap.
Racing at Bathurst ( Saturday ) and at Dubbo on Sunday.