A field of 7 men hit off this morning with all but one wearing jumpers. A strong Southerly breeze made conditions challenging and & no one managed .to play to their handicap. Winner was Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on a count back from Dick Cleland with 35 points. Andy Phillips, David “Jack” Webster & colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson all finished with 33. Chris “Critta” Waters scored 30 while the mercurial Bob Taylor took the Mars Bar with 26.
Despite a forecast maximum of 40 degrees, colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson, Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel, David “Jack” Webster, Michael “Tickers” Tickner & Kobi Wenzel set out in the afternoon heat for a stableford round. Four of the five took the precaution of riding in carts with only the hardened Thomo tackling the course on foot. Fortunately the temperature only reached 38 degrees.
Gus The Good Guy blew the field away scoring 42 points while grandson Kobi was runner up with 37. Tickers scored 34 & Jack 33.
Sadly Thomo faded badly once more even though he was not defending a lead. Making in the turn in 4th position with 16, Thomo faded badly scoring just 10 points on the back 9 for a total of 26 & the Mars Bar.
Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel & playing partner, colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson were locked in a fierce battle in today’s stableford. Gus reached the turn with 20 points to Thomo’s 19. Both lifted on the back 9 and Thomo had victory in site when Gus performed a freak shot on the 17th to hole out from 50 metres robbing Thomo of a well deserved victory. Gus finished with 41 to Thomo’s 40 Thomo’s performance suggests that while he has difficulty defending a lead he is better suited to the chase. Dick Cleland, who is considered the best finisher in the club was the one to fade today after starting with an eagle on the 1st and reaching the turn in 21 he could only manage 17 on the run home to finish 3rd with 38. Klaus Heymann from Tarcowie Golf Club scored 34 followed by David “Jack” Webster & Kobi Wenzel on 33. The Mars Bar went to Trevor Maxted playing his first round in 12 months & scoring a respectable 31.
Mulligan specialist Dick Secomb was triumphant over a small but quality mulligan field on Thursday. Dick was able to come up with the big points when needed including 5 points on the 14th. Dick finished with 21 points, enough to edge out Andy Phillips on 20. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel & the mercurial Bob Taylor scored 19 points while a mental implosion on the 17th saw Dick Cleland take the Mars Bar with a nonetheless acceptable 18.
The forecast maximum for Burra tomorrow has been reduced to 37 degrees thus avoiding cancellation due to our heat policy. Colourful local identity Phillip “Thomo” Thomson has declared himself a definite starter so if you don’t mind the warm weather & would like a game with Thomo be at the club for a 10:00 – 10:30 hit off.
Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson was off to a cracking start in today’s stableford reaching the turn with 22 points well clear of his rivals. Unfortunately, as is too often the case, Thomo was unable to sustain his form over the back 9 adding only 14 points to his score. Thomo’s playing partner, Andy Phillips reached the turn in 17 but burst into form on the back 9 with 22 including 10 on the last 3 holes to claim first prize with 39 points. Runner up was the mercurial Bob Taylor with 37, followed by Chris “Critta” Waters & Thomo on 36 & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 32. Dick Cleland finished with 29 after managing to accumulate 4 penalty strokes. Dick was penalised 2 strokes on the first hole for carrying more than 14 clubs. Fortunately this was discovered on that hole thus avoiding a similar penalty on the second hole. On the 12 hole Dick was penalised 1 stroke for causing his ball to move while at rest & another stroke for an unplayable lie. Despite this the Mars Bar went to David “Jack” Webster who had a very ordinary day scoring just 23.
Six players saluted the starter for today’s stableford. Conditions were extremely pleasant in the morning with a gentle South Easterly keeping players comfortable.
Dick Cleland followed up his win on Saturday scoring 45 points to win comfortably. Runner up was Andy Phillips with 39 points. Only 1 point separated these players after 9 holes but Dick scored 24 points on the back 9 to seal the win. David “Robbie” Robinson & colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson both scored 34 points while Chris “Critta” waters scored 32. Nothing much went right for David “Jack” Webster who surrounded the course with lost golf balls. Jack took the Mars Bar with 24 points.
Dick was unlucky for the second round in a row to suffer the displeasure of the handicapper loosing yet another stroke.
Eleven players played in today’s round of the Chemmart Challenge in high winds. Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen & Dick Cleland handled the conditions best & were locked together on 19 points at the half way mark. On the run home Dick proved the steadier finishing with a total of 37 points to the Dutchman’s 35. Mark “Mouldy” Millward & colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson scored 34 followed by Bob Perry & Andy Spackman on 33, and Andy Phillips & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 32. Chris “Critta’ Waters & Kobi Wenzel could only manage 28 but the Mars Bar went to
Michael “Tickers” Tickner who could not take a trick finishing with 26.
The handicapper was busy after today’s round. Dick Cleland was unlucky to lose a stroke but Mouldy, Andy Phillips & Critta all gained a stroke.
The winning streak of Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen came to an abrupt end on the 8th hole of today’s 9 hole mulligan competition. Five players enjoyed the cooler morning temperatures, & after 7 holes Andy Phillips & Dick Cleland were locked together on 18 points with Eddie & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel poised just 1 back on 17. Surprisingly the only player out of contention was mulligan specialist Dick Secombe on 13.
The Dutchman’s game unraveled on the 8th when he played Gus’s ball by mistake incurring a 2 stroke penalty which resulted in a scrub. Visibly shaken, the Dutchman only managed one point on the 9th (2nd hole) despite 2 strokes handicap on the hole. Andy & Gus held the line scoring 2 points each on the last 2 holes but Dick Cleland showed his class closing with a par on the difficult par 4 to finish with 23. Andy was runner up with 22 followed by Gus with 21. Dick Secombe finished the best with 3 points on each of the last 2 holes to finish with 19 while Eddie finished up with the Mars Bar on 18.
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen swept past his rivals to win today’s stableford. The Dutchman scored 38 points to win convincingly from runner up Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 36. Andy Phillips & colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson finished with 35 each
while the mercurial Bob Taylor took the Mars Bar with 32.