Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel reversed Saturday’s order with Dick Cleland to win Tuesday’s stableford. Gus, ever consistent, finished strongly to score a handicap breaking 39 points. Dick on the other hand, experienced a late fade once again to finish on 37. Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen & Brett Wallis tied for 3rd with 35. David “Jack” Webster scored 34 while colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson had the penultimate score of 32. David “Robbie” Robinson took the Mars Bar with 29 & the handicapper took pity & gave Robbie back a stroke.
Saturday’s field was reduced to only 6 players as members rushed to attend the Burra Antiques Fair. Scores were only average with Dick Cleland scoring a handicap equalling 38 points after a late fade. Although Dick faltered under pressure 3 putting the last two greens, he still managed to finish 1 point clear of the consistent if unspectacular Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 37. Matt Opperman was third though well back on 33 just ahead of colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson 32. Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke struggled once again and his score of 30 is somewhat flattering as he needed 4 points on the final hole to reach 30. Darryl Venning collected the Mars Bar with 25. The handicapper, somewhat unreasonably, docked Dick’s handicap 1 stroke.
Mulligan specialist Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke failed to reproduce his stellar form of recent weeks only managing 18 points in Thursday’s Mulligan competition. The other mulligan specialist Dick Secomb fared even worse scoring a mere 15 points.
This left the way open for Dick Cleland & David “Jack” Webster to fight it out with Dick Winning on a countback after both scored 20 points. The Chook Man finished third followed by the mercurial Bob Taylor on 16, then Dick Secomb and Don Lloyd taking the Mars Bar with a round he would rather forget. To help him forget we will not publish his score.
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman’ Van Keulen came home with a wet sail after faltering at the start of the homeward 9. The Dutchman played steady golf on the front 9 for a share of the lead with 18 points. He scored only 2 points in the next 3 holes and it looked like the all too familiar choking malaise was about to strike once more. But Eddie got his second wind scoring an amazing 17 points over the final six holes for a total of 37. This was just enough to defeat Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel who finished with 36. The mercurial Bob Taylor scored 35 while David “Jack” Webster scored 31. Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson continues to struggle and it is only going to get worse as the winter conditions start to bite. Thomo took the Mars Bar with 28 points.
Scores for Saturday’s par competition were very disappointing to say the least. There was a 5 way tie for first place largely because the winning score of -1 would normally be in the middle of the field. It should be noted that a score of +2 is required for the Burra men to play to their handicap.
The winner on a countback was visitor Wes Thomson, son of colourful local identity Philip “THomo” Thomson. Runner up was Matt “Oppy” Opperman, while the other players on -1 were Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke, Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel & Michael “Tickers” Tickner. Trevor Austin, David “Robbie” Robinson & Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” van Keulen all scored -2 followed by the mercurial Bob Taylor, Darryl Venning & Chris “Critta” waters on -4. Colourful local identity “Philip “Thomo” Thomson could manage only -5 but the Mars Bar went to Dick Cleland with a disastrous -7.