On a day where only half a dozen golfers either beat or played to their handicap, Wayne Tucker stood out to claim a one point victory in the Mike Richardson Me- morial Shield at Parkes Golf Club last Saturday.
Sponsored by Richardson Dental Surgery, the 18 hole stableford was played on a course that proved too tough for the majority of the 50 starters. Tucker used the early conditions to shoot an excellent 39 points, too good for the rest of the field.
Ball winners went down to those golfers on 33 points. Saturday’s event doubled as the third round of the Handiskins which sees nominated golfers vying for a spot in the four-person final. The finalists play a skins game with club vouchers up for grabs on every hole, and a chance to com- pete in the national final in Queensland.
Anthony Riach virtually assured himself of a berth in the local final with his 37 points. Three more qualifying rounds remain as competition heats up.
In ladies golf, Junior Ladies Club Cham- pion Kasey Fay-Rice continued her mete- oric rise through the ranks with an impres- sive one point win in an 18 hole stableford sponsored by Judy McCabe.
Kasey shot a very good 37 points to beat Sue Holman, who finished with 36. Lynne Guise finished third with 34 while Colleen Flynn, Barbara Donnelly and Ann Berkeley all scored 32 points.
Parkes Golf Club men will have their last chance to qualify for this year’s IGA Scratch Shoot-out this Saturday. Played in conjunction with the Telescope Tyres and Batteries Monthly Medal, the sixth and fi- nal qualifying round is the last chance to get into the 19 person field.
The shoot-out sees 19 players tee off the first hole and the golfer with the worst score eliminated each hole. Last year’s event, which is a favourite with members, was won by Joe van Opynen who beat Mark Kelly.
While Telescope Tyres and Batteries sponsor the scratch awards this Satur- day, Central West Glass are sponsoring the handicap events. The Griffins Leading Edge putting competition will also be held in conjunction.
By Denis Howard