Richmond Golf Club a tour de force in veteran's series

Richmond Golf Club members have turned the final round of the Western Sydney Region Veteran Golfers Association (WSRVGA) Inter-Club competition into a Tour de Force.

With the club already holding a commanding lead in the Club of the Year rankings, Richmond members Ken Powell, Judy Benson, John Manczak and Paul Evans took out the day's team prize on November 8 to emphatically secure this year's title for the Hawkesbury club at Glenmore Heritage Valley Golf Club.

Team Winners: The team winners in the Western Sydney Region Veteran Golfers Association (WSRVGA) Inter-Club competition from Richmond Golf Club were Ken Powell, Judy Benson, John Manczac. Missing from pic Paul Evans. Picture: Noel Rowsell.

Team Winners: The team winners in the Western Sydney Region Veteran Golfers Association (WSRVGA) Inter-Club competition from Richmond Golf Club were Ken Powell, Judy Benson, John Manczac. Missing from pic Paul Evans. Picture: Noel Rowsell.

Male Player of the Year went to front-runner and Richmond player Jim Lyons on 115 points, with club-mate Noel Byles narrowly tipped out of second place by the fast-finishing Steve Francis (Wallacia) with 112.

Byles finished third on 111, whilst Colin Cheyne (Richmond) also finished in the top 10 with a point score of 109.

Diane Bowen (Dunheved) won the Ladies Player of the Year title with 104 points, ahead of a dead heat for second between Richmond’s Gabrielle O'Dempsey and Judy Loader (Stonecutters Ridge) on 103.

Both Annette Leck (99) and Carol Lozier (94) of Richmond also finished in the ladies top 10, at seventh and ninth respectively.

Richmond also dominated in the daily prizes in the final event of the year, securing the majority of titles up for grabs.

Ken Powell won Men's B Grade, John Manczak won Men's C Grade and Judy Benson won the Ladies Division.

Manczak and wife Leonie won the Medley 2BBB, whilst Benson and husband Roy were runners-up in that event.

Glenmore spokesperson and WSRVGA Vice President John Lovatt said a total of 133 players took part in the final inter-club event for 2018.

“Apart from the rain shower that came in around 11.30am and lasted for about an hour, the day was a great success,” he said.

“Given the harsh winter and lack of rain, the course was in very good condition and is a tribute to Steve [course manager Steve Konkolics] and his green keeping staff.

“Sponsors are crucial to these events and I'd like to acknowledge Lower Mountain Air Conditioning, Drummond Golf, One Point Health, Pro-Tel Antenna service, Woolworths Glenmore Park, Swimart, Guardian Funerals, Frasers Property and the Richmond Club.”

Winners were:

Men's: Division One – Neil Johnston (Penrith), runner-up Warren Husband (Glenmore); Division Two – Ken Powell (Richmond), runner-up Peter Whiddon (Dunheved); Division Three – John Manczak (Richmond), runner-up John Edwards (Glenmore).

Women's: Division One – Judy Benson (Richmond), runner-up Jean Kenyon (Glenmore).

2BBB - Peter Green and Peter Whiddon (Dunheved), runners-up Garry Allsopp and Rex Smith (Penrith)

2BBB Medley – John Manczak and Leonie Manczak (Richmond), runners-up Judy Benson and Roy Benson (Richmond).