Wentworth cleans up veterans major prizes

GREAT SWING: Wollongong's Herb Bell whacks one down the middle at Duntryleague during this week's City of Orange Veterans Classic. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

GREAT SWING: Wollongong's Herb Bell whacks one down the middle at Duntryleague during this week's City of Orange Veterans Classic. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

Wentworth golfers dominated the City of Orange Veterans Golf Classic, claiming half of the major trophies on offer during the prestigious, three-day, annual tournament, played throughout the past week.

Although, this year’s edition was played over two rounds after the opening 18 holes on Monday was washed out.

Played out over Orange’s three courses – Wentworth, Duntryleague and Ex-Services Country Club – Steve Bray claimed the men’s title while John Dalton also bagged a major trophy.

Bray was superb across the two days of the men’s tournament, claiming his division’s 36-hole, individual stableford title with 60 points.

The men's championship prize is awarded to the best scratch scores, rather than the handicap marks.

Bray won from clubmate Dave Agst, who finished second with 50 scratch points and completed a memorable Wentworth one-two finish.

Bray, also Wentworth’s Central West District Golf Association division one pennants skipper, last won the tournament in 2014 before Shoalhaven’s Cameron Fraser claimed back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016.

Dalton, playing in B grade, was strong enough at Wentworth on Thursday to seal the men's NSW Veterans Golf Association Week of Golf Trophy.

That award is presented to the best 18-hole scores on a nominated day and Dalton carded 38 points, two under his handicap, to seal the prize.

Shoalhaven Heads ace Irene Swyer won the women’s equivalent, she came in with 35 points at Duntryleague on Thursday.

Ryde-Parramatta’s Robin Hassell won the City of Orange women’s title – awarded on handicap scores – with 73 points.

She won from second-placed Pamela Hodkinson, of Kiama, who carded 69 points through 36 holes.

Outside the major awards, it was visitors who cleaned up the individual grade awards.

Greg Voss won the men’s A grade 36-hole crown, finishing with a handicap score of 71 points while Kiama’s Gail Pottinger sealed the women’s equivalent with 66 points.

Dalton bagged another trophy by winning the men’s B grade gong with 70 points, while Shelly Beach’s Ron Stain won the C grade prize with 66.

Wakehurst’s Britta Lambourn finished as the women’s B grade winner after having a 36-hole total of 60 points.

Shelly Beach’s Trish Bosley won the women’s C grade trophy with a strong 67 points.

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