After an absence of 4 months because of injury David “Robbie” Robinson decided to test himself out over 9 holes in today’s 9 hole mulligan competition. The result was that he scored 21 stableford points sweeping all before him, so we expect to be hearing a lot from him in the coming weeks. He can also forget about the extra strokes that he pleaded for before the round. Fortunately the handicapper has a heart of stone and took no notice. Runner up was Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke who finally came out on the right side of a countback, tying with Andy Phillips on 20. Andy was playing his 2nd game back from a break and has returned in good form but today he choked on the last hole scoring 0 when in a winning position. Trevor Austin was next with 17 followed by President Dick Cleland, Don Lloyd & Peter Mengerson all with 16. The President was happy with the secret he is now working on for his long game but urgently needs to find the secret of the short game. Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson scored 14 & Andrew Hall scored 12. Sharon Austin graced us with her female charm (you probably aren’t allowed to say that any more) and collected the Mars Bar.
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.
David “Robbie” Robinson won Saturday’s par competition in 3 way count back. Robbie finished 1 up as did C grade favourite Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel who is also shaping as a chance in the A grade . Next were Chris “Critta” Waters & Dick Cleland with -2. Andy Phillips & David “Jack” Webster scored -3 but reigning Club Champion Michael “Tickers” Tickner appears to have some work to do before the play offs finishing with -8. The Mars Bar went to our youngest member Kobi Wenzel with -10. I urge older members to avoid being complacent as Kobi is not destined to remain a cellar dweller.
Today’s 9 hole mulligan event started in fine but chilly conditions. The Sun soon warmed things up for a pleasant morning. Dick Cleland scored 20 points to beat the resurgent David “Robbie” Robinson by the narrowest of margins. Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke was third with 18, one better than his best mate the mercurial Bob Taylor. Peter Mengerson scored 15 followed by Andy Phillips on 13. Andrew Hall had a rough morning and was awarded the Mars Bar. As he had left prior to the presentations Andy Phillips enjoyed the chocolate.
David “Robbie” Robinson won Tuesday’s stableford comfortably with 37 points. It seems that Robbie is coming in to form at just the right time for the club championships with the final qualifying rounds this month. The rest of the field did not fare well with next best Andy Phillips on just 34 points. David “Jack” Webster, Dick Cleland, Gordon “The Chook Man” kakoschke & Chris “Critta” Waters all had 33. Dick, Gordon & Critta had excellent front nines but collapsed dramatically on the homeward nine with 13, 13 & 12 points respectively. There was also a tie for the Mars Bar with the mercurial Bob Taylor & Eddie “The Flying Dutchman’ Van Keulen both scoring 27. The Dutchman received the confectionery on a countback.
The Flying Dutchman may have appeared to have had a bad day on the face of it but this is not the case. He manages to visit some lovely parts of the course where other members have never been. I recommend that players take the trouble to book a game with Eddie & take ride in his cart. I can guarantee that you will be amply rewarded.