Neil Webster Blows Field Out of the Water

Neil Webster
Neil Webster

Neil Webster has moved into top gear as the Club Championships draw nigh. Neil scored 44 stableford points to leave his competitors stunned. Next was Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel with 36. Other scores were Andy Phillips 33, Chris “Critta” Waters & David “Jack” Webster 32, the mercurial Bob Taylor 26 while Dick Cleland took the Caramillo Koala (we were out of Mars Bars Eddie) with a dismal 22 points.

Club Championships – Round 2

Dick Cleland
Dick Cleland

Only 9 players played in the 2nd round of the Championships yesterday. Some players seem dispirited by poor form, others are settling back to normal after a busy start to May in Burra and others are recovering from injury. There are still 2 rounds to play before the match play begins and anyone who has yet to play can still qualify. We believe that Chris “Critta” Waters was too upset after his showing on Tuesday to play but we all know how quickly our form can change in golf. Of particular concern is the fitness of popular colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson and whether he can be fit enough to play by June 16.

Round of the day was had by Dick Cleland who scored a gross 86 catapulting himself to the top of the A Grade leader board with Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel. Defending Champion Matt Opperman showed that he is going to be in the mix again this year with an 87 gross. Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke leads B grade after 2 rounds while Bob Taylor holds his lead in C Grade.

Dick Cleland also took out the handicap event of the day with a net 75. Runner up was Neil Webster who beat Michael “Tickers” Tickner on a count back, both scoring net 75. Other scores were Matt Opperman 77, Gus The Good Guy 78, Andy Phillips 79, The Chook Man 80, Bob Taylor 83 & the Mars Bar went to Kobi Wenzel with a net 86.

Progressive Championship Qualifying Scores

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Aggregate Best 2 Rounds
  05/May 12/May 16/Jun 23/Jun  
A Grade
R Cleland 90 86 176
R Wenzel 87 89 176
M Opperman 87
M Tickner 89
D Robinson 90
B Grade
G Kakoschke 105 105 210
D Webster 88
A Phillips 95
N Webster 99
C Grade
R Taylor 111 111 222
K Wenzel 118

Andy Phillips Wins Mulligans as Jack Webster Blows Up on Final Hole

Andy Phillips (file photo)
Andy Phillips (file photo)

Andy Phillips returned from a recent trip and showed that he will be a strong contender for this year’s B Grade Championship. Andy & David “Jack” Webster were both playing strongly & were on an equal footing coming to the final hole. Unfortunately for Jack the hole was a complete disaster which included an airy and he failed to score. Andy was also a little shaky but managed to drain a long put for 2 points and a total of 19. The hapless Jack was edged out of 2nd place by Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on a count back after they both finished with 17. Dick Cleland scored 16 & the Mars Bar went to the mercurial Bob Taylor with 13 points.

Burra Ladies’ & Men’s Open Championships

Ladies Open: Friday May 18 –

Prize winners 2017
Prize winners 2017

Shotgun start at 9;30 am

Entry $25 includes lunch

Enquiries to Di Day phone: 08 8892 2372, email:

Men’s Open: Sunday May 20

15th with approaching storm
15th with approaching storm

27 Hole Championship (stroke) tee off 9:00 am

18 Hole Stableford Challenge tee off 10:0 am

Entry $25 per player includes lunch & afternoon tea

Enquiries to Gus “The Good Guy” Wenzel phone: 0439 846 421,  email:


Whisky Tasting No Obstacle to Winning Golf

Dick Cleland rips a hybid
Dick Cleland rips a hybid

Dick Cleland scored 38 stableford points to win today’s competition despite being heavily involved in last night’s meeting of the Burra Malt Club. Dick scored 21 points on the front 9 and after a slow start on the back 9 fought back to hold off David “Jack” Webster who came home strongly to finish with 36. The mercurial Bob Taylor scored 32, Neil Webster scored 28 & Chris “Critta” Waters, who was having a hit out prior to the second round of the Club Championships on Saturday, took the Mars Bar with just 19 points.

The handicapper acted quickly reducing Dick”s handicap to 12 which makes him a real A grader.

Golf Club Auction a Great Success!

A good crowd bid strongly for a strong offer of quality items. Which proved to be a great result for bidders, vendors & the Club.

The Golf Club is once again indebted to auctioneers Connor Lamond & Tim Taplin for the generous contribution of their skill & time. Once again a strong contingent of club members ensured the smooth running of the event. We saw the return of Gordon “The Chook Man’ Kakoschke to assist his colleague Bob Taylor in cooking the barbecue. Apparently there were no bowls tournaments with big enough prize money today.

Bob Taylor & The Chook Man cook the BBQ under the supervision of Judy Reilly & canteen boss Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen
David “Robbie” Robinson, Peter Weiss & David “Jack” Webster discuss tactics before the auction.
Tim Taplin takes a bid as Gus The Good Guy looks on.
Connor Lamond knocks down a lot during the auction
The lady seated was not included in the sale.
A lucky bidder gives her number to the auctioneer.
Some wonderful items of children’s clothing were on offer.
Some bargain plants.
This wonderful old arm chair sold for $26
Connor calls for bids as Gus admires the goods on offer.
Part of the crowd gathered around the auctioneer.
A ride on mower is about to be sold by Conner.
This lady was not included in the sale either.
The sale of construction timber has been a feature of all of the Club auctions.

Low Turnout for Round 1 of Club Championships

Only 6 players turned out for the first qualifying round of the Club Championships. While colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson is recovering from an injury it would appear that many other members either failed to check their program or were attending the Burra Antique  Fair. Fortunately for those that missed Saturday’s round qualification for the semi finals is determined by the best 2 of 4 qualifying rounds.

The standings after round 1 are:

David "jack" Webster lets one fly off the 3rd tee.
David “jack” Webster lets one fly off the 3rd tee.

The winner of the day’s handicap event was David “Jack” Webster with a net 72. Runner up was Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel with 76, followed closely by Dick Cleland 77, Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke 80, David “Robbie” Robinson 81, while the mercurial Bob Taylor received the Mars Bar with 83.

Small Field & Small Scores

Russell "Gus The Good Guy" Wenzel
Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel

Men’s Tuesday golf saw a field of just four salute the starter. Despite the benign conditions no spectacular scores were achieved. The best that could be managed was 35 stableford points by Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel with runner up David “Jack” Webster on 34. Dick Cleland scored 33 & Tarcowie member & regular visitor Klaus Heymann took the Mars Bar with 24.

Spacky Bombs ANZAC Cup Field

Andy Spackman
Andy Spackman

Club poster boy Andrew “Spacky” Spackman blasted the ANZAC Cup field with an outstanding 43 stableford points. This left the opposition in disarray with the runner up, David “Jack” Webster 7 points in arrears on 36. There was than a gap of 2 more points to the mercurial Bob Taylor & Kobi Wenzel on 34. They were then followed by Chris “Critta” Waters 32, David “Robbie” Robinson & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel 31 & Luke Spackman 30.

The Mars Bar went to Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke with just 29.

Gordon "The Chook Man" Kakoschke
Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke

Jack Webster takes out McMahon Mug

David "Jack" Webster
David “Jack” Webster

With an emphatic finish to the only “four ball – better ball” contest of its type in the world David “Jack” Webster took out the 2018 McMahon Mug. Jack & partner David “Robbie” Robinson scored 47 points today, Jack scoring 42 on his own. As your correspondent has been absent for four weeks I have no idea who came second but who cares.

Individual scores today were:

David “Jack” Webster 42, Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel 36, David “Robbie” Robinson & Andrew “Spacky” Spackman 33, Michael “Tickers” Tickner 32, Kobi Wenzel 29 & the Mars Bar went to Dick Cleland who has returned from a long absence with 27.