Christmas obligations saw our field limited to 4 players today, despite perfect conditions. Dick Secomb took the honours with a solid score of 19 points with the use of only 1 mulligan. Runner up was Dick Cleland on a count back from Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel both on 18. Dick did not use any mulligans (he forgot!) while Gus used 2. Kobi Wenzel took the Mars Bar despite a very good score of 15.
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen sailed past his rivals on Tuesday to score a comfortable win. After a typically slow start (only 2 points after 3 holes) the Dutchman hit his straps to make the turn in 18 & charge home with 23 for a winning score of 41. The best of the rest were Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel & the mercurial Bob Taylor both on 37, followed by colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson with 36, then a gap to Andy Phillips 32, Mark “Mouldy” Millward 31, & David “Jack” Webster 30. Club Champion, Michael “Tickers” Tickner could only manage 27, while Dick Cleland & Kobi Wenzel tied in last place with 25. Kobi took the Mars Bar on a countback which was fortunate as 10 year old Kobi is the only player who doesn’t mind getting the Mars Bar.
The Burra Golf Course was miraculously converted to a 20 hole par 3 for the biannual par 3 event. This work was performed by Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel and it provided some very interesting challenges. Surprisingly it was allocated a slope of 83, whereas you correspondent would have considered 90 more appropriate. Handicaps were not rounded to the nearest whole number,inconsistent with Australian handicapping system.
Needless to say the event was won comfortably by Gus The Good Guy with a net 55.75. Runner up was Neil Webster on a count back from Andy Phillips with net 62. Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson was next with 63.25, then Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen 66.5, Kobi Wenzel & Mark “Mouldy” Millward 67, Dick Secomb 69.5, Club Champion Michael “Tickers” Tickner 70.25. Tarcowie member Klaus Heymann had the Mars Bar score of 77.
Seven players played in less than ideal conditions on Tuesday, with hot blustery winds.
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen with the benefit of a cart was too good for his opponents winning comfortably with 37 stableford points. Runner up was Andy Phillips with 35, followed by colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson 34, Bob Taylor 32 & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 30. David “Robbie” Robinson scored 27 avoiding the Mars Bar that went to Neil Webster on 24. Surprisingly The Dutchman’s handicap did not change. Both Andy & Thomo had reductions of 0.1 which has not affected their playing handicaps. Bob Taylor, however, has gone out by 0.4 which sees his playing handicap increase to 30.
The scores matched the weather with 12 players scoring 30 or better.
The winner was Chris “Critta” Waters with a well engineered 41 points. Critta was just ahead of David “Jack” Webster who finished with 40. The new handicapper took 1 stroke off Jack but left Critta unchanged. Andrew Phillips & Phillip Arthur were next with 37, followed closely by Bob Perry on 36 then Dick Cleland, Michael “Tickers” Tickner & Eddie “The Flying Dutchman Van Keulen on 35. The Dutchman experienced extreme asphyxiation on the back 9, after having turned on 23 he could only manage 12 on the run in. David “Robbie” Robinson & colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson scored 34, while Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel scored 33. Peterborough visitor & former country member Geoff Ashby scored 30 and Tarcowie visitor Klaus Heymann scored 24.
Three players braved gale force winds this morning for the 9 hole mulligan competition. Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson scored a creditable 18 points using only one mulligan. For once Thomo was the beneficiary of a choking incident as with 2 holes to play Dick Cleland lead by 1 point. That, however, was the end of the penny section for Dick as he failed to score on the last 2 holes going from potential winner to Mars Bar recipient with 15 points. Bob Taylor finished in the middle with 17 points.
Eight players contested Tuesday’s stableford in near perfect conditions. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel took the honours by a narrow margin from Chris “Critta” Waters. Gus scored 40 points to Critta’s 39. Dick Cleland was third with 38 followed by David “Robbie” Robinson 37, colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson 36 & David “Jack” Webster 35. There was a gap to Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen on 32 while the Mars Bar went to Phil Arthur who nonetheless scored 30 points.
Perhaps the greatest disappointment was the extreme attack of choking experienced by Thomo. Thomo reached the turn with a massive 23 points but once again he failed to deliver on the homeward 9, scoring a mere 13. Another less sustained case of choking occurred when Critta had a 6 foot putt (1.8288 meters) for a birdie 3 & 5 points on 16 only to leave it 3 feet (0.9144 meters) short.
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulan showed great form to win Saturday’s par competition. Eddie said it was so long since he had won that he had forgotten what a prize voucher looked like. So we put our fact checkers to work and it was way back on November 10 this year that Eddie last won.
Eddie scored +3 to win comfortably from Matt McCauley on +1. Dick Cleland was square. From this point the scores began fall away in a geometric progression. Michael “Tickers” Tickner scored -1 followed by Andy Phillips & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on -2, then Mark “Mouldy” Millward with a very disappointing -7 only saved from the Mars Bar by Dick Secomb with an even more disappointing -9.
Andy Phillips adopted extreme measures to try to combat the bush flies that have become a bit of a nuisance. Unfortunately this did not transfer to the score card.
Eight Players faced the starter for Thursday’s social 9 hole mulligan comp. Scores were generally good with a three way tie for first place, with David “Jack” Webster, David “Robbie” Robinson & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel all finishing with 20 points. The count back favoured Jack who started very slowly before scoring 16 pts on the last 6 holes. Robbie was runner up & Gus missed out. Interestingly Jack & Gus used all 3 mulligans allowed while Robbie did not use any suggesting he did not hit any bad shots.
The rest of the field were close behind with Andy Phillips on 19, Don Loyd 18, Dick Secomb 17 & Bob Taylor 16. The Mars Bar was given to Andrew Hall on 11.