Five players ventured out in warm sunny conditions with a light breeze for what proved to be an enjoyable round of golf. Both Bob Taylor & Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen started well with the Dutchman scoring 22 points on the front 9 to Bob’s 21. Bob faltered on the back 9 failing to score on holes 12 & 13 but then he resumed as though nothing had happened finishing with 39 points. The Dutchman’s round started to unravel around the 14th hole & never quite recovered & he finished with 37 points. Dick Cleland finished 3rd with 36 followed by a disappointing colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson on 35. Graham Webster received the Mars Bar with a relatively high score of 31.
The rescheduled Burra Hotels Ambrose was held on Sunday in warm sunny conditions with just a slight breeze, ideal for golf.
The Club wishes to thank Coopers Brewery, The Commercial Hotel, The Burra Hotel & The Royal Exchange Hotel who generously sponsored the event.
A field of 48 players in 12 teams contested the event and enjoyed the conditions greatly enhanced by the provision of refreshment & steak & sausage sandwiches at Dick Secomb’s tent erected near the 5th & 11th tees.
The winners of the championship (best gross score) the Kapunda #1 team of D Carson, W Strangward, B Pearce & J Lindablab, who carded a score of 61.
In the handicap section the Chairman’s team, made up of Burra trio Dick Cleland, Bob Perry, & Eddie “The Flying Dutchman Van Keulen plus Klaus Heymann of Peterborough scored a stunning victory with a net 54.875, 3.25 strokes clear of the runner up.
Particularly disappointing was the performance of the Burra #3 team which featured Summer specialist Philip “Thomo” Thomson and Shawn “Sheep” Rayson. They finished well out the running for any prizes except the encouragement award (Mars Bar) which they avoided by 0.625 of a stroke. This award went to the Peterborough #2 team of A O’Dea, A Borowiche, A Ranarwitz & G Kennewell.
Kapunda #1 D Carson, W Strangward, B Pearce & J Lindablab 61
1st Chairman’s Team Dick Cleland, Bob Perry, & Eddie “The Flying Dutchman Van Keulen (Burra) Klaus Heymann (Peterborough) net 54.875
2nd Riverton R Bradsma, B Rainie, T Buttery, R Thomas net 58.125
3rd Crystal Brook P Tyler, R Cook, M Coates, A Steff net 58.325
4th Burra #5 Chris “Critta” Waters, Brett Wallis, Kevin Wallis, Kodi Wenzel net 58.5
5th Burra #2 Michael “Tickers” Tickner, David “Jack” Webster, Bob Taylor, J Catt net 59
Long Drive 0-18 handicap R Hill (Peterborough)
Long Drive 19-36 handicap David “Jack” Webster (Burra)
Nearest the Pin hole 4 B Pearce (Kapunda)
Nearest the Pin hole 8 Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen (Burra)
Nearest the Pin Hole 11 R Thomas (Riverton)
Nearest the Pin Hole 15 G Hill (Peterborough)
Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson & noted Summertime golfer won yesterday’s stableford on a count back from Michael “Tickers” Tickner. Both scored excellent scores of 41 points with Michael scoring consistent nines of 20 & 21 while Thomo started with an ordinary 17 points but stormed home with 24. It would seem that the current count back system favours the less consistent golfer. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel was third with a solid 38 points. Others were David “Jack” Webster 35, Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen 33 & Dick Cleland 31. The Mars Bar was a no contest with Mark “Mouldy” Millward the recipient with a very sad 23 points.
Four players went out in perfect conditions to play 9 holes of mulligans. Bob Taylor got away to a good start, playing well through 7 holes before slowing to a walk on the final 2 holes with just one point on each. Dick Secomb, on th other hand got a very modest start before coming home in a rush scoring 11 points over the last 4 holes. Bob finished with 20 points to Dick’s 19. Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen & Dick Cleland tied for the Mars Bar with 15. The Dutchman’s game was up & down while Dick played well through 5 holes before his putter went cold. Dick got the Mars Bar on a count back.
Four players managed a rain free round between heavy morning showers and a wet afternoon. Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson recovered from his disappointment on Saturday to post a winning 37 stableford points. Bob Taylor was 2nd with 33 while David “Jack” Webster had a let down after his fine round on Saturday with 32. Chris “Critta” Waters took the Mars Bar with 30. The handicapper has given Critta an extra stroke.
David “Jack” Webster stole the limelight with a runaway win in Saturday’s stroke competition. Jack scored an excellent score of net 66 (86 gross) to win by six strokes. On the other hand colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson, usually noted for his summer form collected the Mars Bar with a net 83. Scores in between were runner up Matt McCauley net 72, Bill McMahon nnet 75, Dick Cleland & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel net 77, Michael “Tickers” Tickner net 78 & David”Robbie” Robinson net 80.
The handicapper acted quickly to take a stoke off Jack and gave one to Gus The Good Guy.
At the end of Winter 2015, colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson was on a handicap of 15 marginally better than the average for Australian male golfers. During the Summer of 2015/2016 with hard fairways with plenty of run Thomo reduced his handicap to 10. By the end of Winter 2016 Thomo was back on 15. Now that Summer has finally arrived and the fairways have hardened up we see Thomo returning to the winners circle. He has already reduced his handicap to 14 & now is well on his way to further reducing it.
Tuesday saw the best weather for golf in a decade & yet only 4 players turned up. Monday night saw a meeting of the Burra Malt Whisky Tasting Group which could account for 1 or 2. Thomo won with a score of 40 stableford points which would have beaten much larger fields. Runner up was Andy Phillips four points back on 36. Brett Wallis made a rare appearance to score 30, while Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen took the Mars Bar with 26.
Ten players braved gale force winds to play today’s stableford event, and the scores reflected the difficulty the conditions caused. Winner was David “jack” Webster who scored a creditable 36. Matt McCauley & Andy Phillips tied for 2nd just 1 back with 35. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 34 & Chris “Critta” Waters 30, were the only others to score 30 or more. At the head of the rest was David “Robbie” Robinson on 28, followed by Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen 24 & Michael “Tickkers” Tickner 24. As visitor Klaus Heymann could not stay, Mark “Mouldy” Millward took the Mars Bar for the second week in a row with 23. The new handicapper has taken pity on Mouldy and increased his handicap to 10′
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen appeared to be becalmed in the first 3 holes of today’s mulligans scoring only 2 points. On the 4th hole he picked up the breeze and began a recovery of Lazarean proportions. Despite his improvement the Dutchman maintained the demeanor of one disappointed in his standard of play. He scored 19 points in the last 6 holes for a score of 21. By the time his fellow competitors woke up to what was happening it was too late. Dick Cleland finished 2nd with 20, followed by Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke with 17, Andrew Hall with 14 and Dick Secomb collected the Mars Bar with 12 points. Eddie topped the day of by collecting the 2 nearest the pins on offer.
The Burra Golf Club has taken delivery of what we believe to be the first brand new piece of equipment in its 117 year history.
Our photo shows David “Robby” Robinson showing the mower to David “Jack” Webster. The new mower replaces an almost 20 year old mower that was well past its use by date. The mower will be a boon to our small workforce & we look forward to some fine putting surfaces.