Saturday saw the mixed & men’s Pinehurst foursomes played, generously sponsored by Sevenhill Winery.
The winners of the mixed competition with the best score of the day were Judy Reilly & Dick Cleland with a score of nnet 65.5.
The men’s competition was won by the mercurial Bob Taylor & Gordon “The Chook Man” kakoschke with a net score of 69.5.
Nearest the pins went to Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on hole 4, & Michael Tickner on hole 11.
Special mention needs to be made of colourful local identity “Philip “Thomo” Thomson & Bob Perry who received the Mars Bar with a score of net 83.5, which included an 11 on hole 6 after Thomo left the ball lodged in a tree some distance off the ground.
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen played powerhouse golf to win today’s mulligan event with 23 stableford points,. The Dutchman’s game showed great consistency with 5 three pointers & 4 two pointers. Runner up was Dick Cleland with 21, just 1 ahead of Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 20, both good scores. Next was visitor Anton De Vent from Moe, Victoria. Playing off a 5 handicap Anton scored 18 points. The mercurial Bob Taylor was slow off the mark scoring just 1 point in the first two holes before settling down & finishing with 17. Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke managed only 16. Despite his disappointing score he mysteriously used only 2 of his 3 mulligans. Andrew Hall scored 15, followed by a disappointing Andy Phillips on 13. Andy started the day with 4 one pointers. The Mars Bar went to Ron Kahane.
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.
Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke won today’s 9 hole mulligan competition with a come from behind effort on the final hole to beat Dick Cleland on a countback (which went to the final 3 holes). The Chook Man played his final approach shot to the 9th green finishing close to the pin but by the time his group reached the green the ball had made its way into the hole giving the Chook Man 4 for 4 points and a total of 22. This tied with Dick Cleland who had played good golf without any of the luck that blessed the Chook Man. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel was third with 19 followed by Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen 17, Kobi Wenzel & Andrew Hall 15, Daryl Venning 14, the mercurial Bob Taylor & Peter Mengerson 13, and Don Lloyd collected the Mars Bar with 12. Gus The Good Guy & Don Lloyd won nearest the pins on holes 8 & 11 respectively.
The last time Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke was runner up in the ANZAC Cup he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by choking on the last hole and giving up the lead. Yesterday he played steady golf scoring 19 points on each 9 for a total of 38. Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson also scored 38 with 19 on each 9. Thomo scored 1 more point than The Chook Man over the last 6 holes & was awarded the trophy. Considering the conditions these were excellent scores. This is Thomo’s 5th ANZAC Cup victory, which he was very quick to point out.
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman’ Van Keulen was next with 36 followed by Peter Weiss, making a rare appearance, on 35. Dick Cleland & Luke Spackman scored 34, Andrew Spackman & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” 33. Andrew Lenartowicz (Peterborough Golf Club) & David “Jack” Webster 31.
The remaining players struggled in the windy conditions with Bob Perry on 28, Bob Taylor on 26, and Kobi Wenzel on 23.
Eight ladies played, with Margie Stockman a clear winner on 34 points. Runner up was Peggy Gebhardt on 28, followed by Sharyn Roberts 26, Reva Cullen & Di Day 25, Andrea Rowe 23, Judy Reilly 20 & Marj Wride with the Mars Bar 16.
Michael “Tickers” Tickner narrowly edged out Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen in Saturday’s stableford. Tickers scored 40 points to the Dutchman’s 39. The pair finished streets ahead of the rest of the field with next best Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel on 32. Dick Cleland scored 31 & colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson just scraped into the 30’s. Of the remainder, David “Robbie” Robinson scored 28 while Gordon “THe Chook Man” Kakoschke only managed 25. Chris “Critta” Waters took the Mars Bar with an appalling 23.