Esteemed events

Smithton Country Club’s annual long weekend of coveted golf tournaments began with the Neil Wells Memorial Four-Ball-Best-Ball Stableford which was won by Smithton Golf Club’s Todd and Brian Blake (second and third from left). The title holders were congratulated by the Wells family in (from left) Trudy Stone, Mandy Gale and Barb Johnson. Picture: Ashleigh Force.

Golf. With representation from more than 20 clubs and a full field of 120, the Neil Wells Memorial Four-Ball-Best-Ball Stableford was held at the Smithton Country Club on Saturday.

Father-son duo Brian and Todd Blake, both of Smithton Golf Club, took the event’s top honours while fellow club members Tom Gale and Harold Shepherd finished runners-up.

In accepting the honour, Brian recalled a notable memory.

“I remember a long time ago, Neil [gave] me some lessons on the ninth,” he mused, “it didn’t do me a lot of good!”

Brian has earned the prestige once before more than two decades ago however Saturday’s win was a first for his son.

“It was an excellent day, we both played well together as a team,” said Brian.

“If one played a bad shot the other would play a good shot to make up for it.

“To win as a father and a son makes me very proud.”

Amongst the excitement of Saturday’s proceedings, local stalwart Craig Clark hit an albatross on hole 13 from 160 metres out.

Fine conditions continued throughout the weekend for the coveted SW and AJ Barker Smithton Bowl.

Smithton Golf Club’s Liam Blazely secured the title while longtime visitor Rohan Clark of Thirlstane Golf Club earned runner-up. A former Smithton Golf Club member, Haydn Bramich who currently plays with Western Australia’s Castle Golf Club, was runner-up on a countback.

Another former member, Wynyard Golf Club’s Craig Hancock won the Bob Pacey Memorial A Grade Scratch and was part of the team to win the Bob Barry Memorial Team Trophy alongside Clark, Paul Marshall and Peter Hoiberg while Andrew Wood scored an eagle on holes nine and 18.

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