This year’s SCT Logistics Parkes Open Golf Tournament on 16th and 17th September is playing out to be one of the strongest in its history. Tournament organiser Paul Thomas believes the event will once again have a capacity field.
The club has received in excess of 80 entries already, and with entries still to come from several of the major players plus regular contingents from reciprocal clubs such as Northbridge, The Coast and Duntry League in Orange, a capacity field of 160 players is within in reach.
Defending titleholder Steve Betland has indicated he will try to preserve the title he won convincingly last year on a saturated course that saw the event cut back to 18 holes as heavy rain came close to forcing its abandonment.
Multiple winner Duntry League’s Robert Payne has indicated his intention to return and attempt to win the title he has dominated over the past decade and a half. Both Betland and Payne will have to overcome quality opposition including a host of current top line state players. These include another former champion John Betland of Forbes, Mudgee’s Mark Hale and Andrew Best, Asquith’s Dave Morgan, current Pymble Champion James Conran along with Cowra’s Peter Kirwan, Duntry Leagues’ Andy Campbell and the Dubbo duo of Ross Horrocks and Errol Toomey.
Local golfers Justin Sutton and Mitch McGlashan are also up as contenders. Nominations for the prelude event the
Atlas Copco Australia Open Four Ball Best Ball Stableford in both scratch and handicap sections are on target to give the club a field of over 200 players.
By Paul Thomas