Five players came out to play in weather equivalent to a good Scottish summers day, 8 degrees C and a fine mist. David “Jack” Webster, Andy Phillips & Bob Taylor all scored 20 points. The arbitrary count back system awarded the day to Jack & 2nd placing to Andy. Dick Cleland scored 17 & the Mars Bar went to Sam Cleland. Bob won nearest the pin on hole 4 & Jack was on hole 15.
Only 5 men turned up today in cold golfing weather. It should be remembered that Burra winters are not as harsh as Scottish summers. With 2 players engaged in A Bogisch Cup match (reported earlier) it left only 3 players to play in the stableford competition. The scores were all respectable with Dick Cleland winning with 38 points from Chris “Critta” Waters 36 & Neil Webster 34. The handicapper has deducted another stroke from Dick’s handicap.
Bob Perry & Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen played their first round Bogisch Match Play match today because Bob is unavailable on Saturday. As they both rode in Eddie’s cart they made quick progress around the course and after 5 holes caught up with a group of ladies playing ahead of them. Rather than approach the ladies & politely ask to play through they elected to cut across to the tenth hole & return later to complete the missed holes. Unfortunately this is in breach of rule 2-1 which states that a match “consists of one side playing against another over a stipulated round”. A stipulated round is defined as “playing the holes of the course in their correct sequence” thus our two protagonists have found themselves in breach of rule of rule 1-3 Agreement to Waive Rules, the penalty for breach of this rule in match play- disqualification of both sides.
When advised of the ruling the Dutchman was philosophical (he lost anyway) while it will take more than this to disturb Bob Perry’s equilibrium.
The committee urges all participants to acquaint themselves with rules as they apply to match play before their matches begin.
The four qualifying rounds have been completed with players best two scores counting. The successful players are:
Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel 163
David “Robbie” Robinson 167
Michael “Tickers” Tickner 168
Matt Opperman 168
Dick Cleland 164
David “Jack” Webster 192
Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke 193
Andy Spackman 204
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen 190
Neil Webster 198
Bob Taylor 210
Trevor Austin 215
Semi final matches tol be played on Saturday July 22 are:
|A GRADE:||G Wenzel||v||M Opperman|
|D Robinson||v||M Tickner|
|B GRADE:||D Cleland||v||A Spackman|
|D Webster||v||G Kakoschke|
|C GRADE:||E VanKeulen||v||T Austin|
|N Webster||v||R Taylor|
The Club Championship qualifying rounds are also the qualifying rounds for the Bogish Handicap Match Play Cup. The first round will be played next Saturday July 1. Players who are unable to play on Saturday must contact their opponent before Saturday to arrange an alternative time to play. All round 1 matches must be completed before July 15 when the quarter finals are due to be played.
Defending Club Champion, Michael “Tickkers” Tickner looked like missing the playoffs this year and required an exceptional performance in the last round of qualifying to have a place in the finals. And he did just that becoming the only player to break 80 in the qualifying rounds Tickers had a 79 net 65 to take the honours in yesterday’s final qualifying round. A much improved Trevor Austin was runner up with a net 67 & Trevor gained a place in the C Grade finals.. Player of the month Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen was third with a net 68 followed by David “Robbie” Robinson & Chris “Critta” Waters net 69, Andy Phillips & David “Jack” Webster net 71, Dick Cleland & Mat Opperman net 73, colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson net 76, Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel net 77, Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke net 79, Luke Spackman net 80 & Andy Spackman net 81. The Mars Bar went to Darryl Venning with a net 82.
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen bounced back from the Mars Bar on Tuesday to win Thursday’s 9 hole mulligan comp with 25 stableford points. Eddie’s score was all the more remarkable as he did not use any mulligans. Leading the C Grade qualifying with one round to go The Dutchman will be unbeatable if he can reproduce this form in the matchplay rounds. Runner up was a much improved Andrew Hall with a score of 22 (3 mulligans). This score would have been sufficient to win in the 3 previous weeks. Andy Phillips scored 19(3) followed by Bob Taylor 18(3), Dick Cleland 16(1 + -sand bucket)) while Peter Mengerson took the Mars Bar with 11(3).
Chris “Critta” Waters enjoyed a comfortable win in Tuesday’s stableford. Critta scored 37 points to beat runner up David “Jack” Webster by 4 points. The mercurial Bob Taylor was next with 32 followed by Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke, Andy Phillips & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 30. The Mars Bar went to Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen with 27. Given the good conditions the scores were disappointing & with the exception of Criita all players will need to pull their socks up if they wish to be in contention when the match play begins.
Dick Cleland shows he is a master of the greatest test of golf, the stroke round. Dick swept the field away in the handicap competition scoring a net 65 for the second time in the 3 qualifying rounds played so far. Dick had 81 off the stick despite a disastrous 8 on 17 after losing a ball. In other developments, colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson completed his first qualifying round despite severe pain from a back injury.
Thomo must play next week to have a chance of qualifying for the finals. Knowing what a nuggety little fighter he is we are sure he will be there next week. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel has tightened his grip on top spot in A grade with 83 gross, while C grade is emerging as the competition to watch with last year’s finalists separated by 1 stroke after 3 rounds.
Handicap results for Saturday were Dick Cleland 65, Darryl Venning & Gus The Good Guy, 72, Matt Opperman & Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen 74, Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke, David “Robbie” Robinson & Neil Webster 75, Andy Phillips 76, Michael “Tickers” Tickner 78, Thomo 80, Garth Watts (Echunga) 81, the mercurial Bob Taylor & Chris “Critta” Waters 83.
The Mars Bar went to Bill McMahon who made a welcome return after some absence, with 85.
The Count Putts comp went to Dick Cleland with 25 putts.
Next Saturday is the final chance to qualify.
Progressive scores in the Championships (best 2 rounds) are:
|Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel||163|
|David “Robbie” Robinson||176|
|Michael “Tickers” Tickner||181|
|Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke||193|
|Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen||197|
Eddie “THe Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen has swept all before him this week winning Tuesday’s stableford & Thursday’s mulligan competitions. This has seen the Dutchman firm as favourite for the Club’s C grade Championship where he is currently leading qualifier.
On Tuesday Eddie scored 36 points to beat Andy Phillips on 35. Dick Cleland scored 33 while Shawn Rayson made a welcome return scoring 31, & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel sraped home in 30. The Mars Bar was no contest with Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke scoring a humble 26 points.
On Thursday things were much tighter with 2 others joining the Dutchman in a 3-way tie on 19 points. The Dutchman prevailed on a countback with Dick Secomb runner up & Andy Phillips missing out. Dick Cleland finished with 18 after taking a 2 stroke penalty on the first hole. The remaining scores were of some concern with Peter Mengerson, the mercurial Bob Taylor & David “Jack” Webster all managing just 15. Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke continued his poor form from Tuesday scoring just 13. The Mars Bar went to Andrew Hall who had another bad day.