Hawks Nest back on course after rocky pennants start

MR CONSISTENCY: James Nitties is hitting some good form on the pro-am circuit after three east coast victories in eight days. He also finished third at Charlestown's Big-Hole Pro-Am on Friday.
MR CONSISTENCY: James Nitties is hitting some good form on the pro-am circuit after three east coast victories in eight days. He also finished third at Charlestown's Big-Hole Pro-Am on Friday.

Hawks Nest salvaged their place in B-grade division-two pennants on Sunday after a difficult start to the season.

The team were penalised for using a player with an ineligible handicap in the first round against Muree then forfeited the second match day against Tanilba Bay.

They were in danger of being booted out of the competition but fielded a full team against Nelson Bay at Horizons on Sunday, losing 6-0. 

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James Nitties collected his third PGA Pro-Am series joint victory in eight days at the Lane Cove Country Club Charity Pro-Am last week.

He shared first place with Matthew Millar, Andrew Evans and Troy Moses at the $8000 event with an 18-hole score of two under.

He shared first place at Port Macquarie and South West Rocks the week before.

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The Vintage amateur Dylan Perry missed the cut at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup in Japan, carding 75 and 72 for a five-over total.

Golf Australia sent the 22-year-old to the $1.6 million, co-sanctioned Japan and Asian tour tournament in Chiba after his strong showings at the British and US amateurs this year.

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Toronto captain Stan Blackhall was elected Newcastle District Golf Association vice-president at the NDGA annual general meeting last week. 

Long-time junior promotions officer Don Nelson was awarded life membership.

Hunter River association will be looking for a new volunteer district secretary at its AGM at Aberdeen on November 12.

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Merewether will hold its Junior Classic in conjunction with the Merewether Cup on Saturday, October 7.

The event for boys and girls is the day after the Jack Newton International Junior Classic in the Hunter Valley and includes $2000 prizemoney.

Entries at juniors@merewethergolf.com.au.    

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Entries are open for the NSW Veterans Golf Association Matchplay Championship for men and women in November.

The four-day tournament, which is match play but not a knockout, starts at Belmont on Monday, November 6, then moves to Waratah, Muree and Charlestown, with a rest day on Wednesday. 

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Jake Higginbottom won the Charlestown Big-Hole Pro-Am on Friday, shooting a 62, one in front of Blake Windred and two ahead of James Nitties. Josh Caban won the pros’ $1000 shootout to the 18th pin. 

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Nelson Bay won the Saturday Women’s Invitational after the third and final round at Merewether last weekend.

The field of 60 included players from Merewether, Nelson Bay, Charlestown, Morisset and Barnwell Park.

The Invitational, open to women who play golf on a Saturday at any club, comprises a three-club swing between Charlestown, Nelson Bay and Merewether. 

Nelson Bay won with a three-player aggregate stableford score of 320, ahead of Merewether on 301 and Charlestown on 260.

The individual winner was Nelson Bay’s Barbara Frost with a 93 aggregate score, six in front of Merewether’s Carol Knox.