Thomo in Back 9 Collapse – Again!


Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson suffered a collapse of gargantuan proportions yesterday. Playing in a stableford competition amongst the also rans (i.e. those no longer required for Jennison Cup duties) Thomo made the turn with 21 points just 1 off the lead. In what is probably the biggest collapse in the Club’s history, Thomo could only manage 6 points on the homeward 9 for a total of 27. This casts a big question over Thomo’s fitness.

Dick Cleland
Dick Cleland

Dick Cleland lead at the turn with 22 and he too struggled on the back 9 scoring 14 for a total of 36. This was just enough to take the honours as Dick finished just 1 point ahead of the steady, if not spectacular, Michael “Tickers” Tickner on 35.  The handicapper deucted a stroke from Dick’s handicap. Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen finished third with 33 after a disappointing back 9 (13), while Tarcowie visitor Klaus Heymann scored 30. Mark “Mouldy” Millward continues to struggle with 29 points. Mouldy’s handicap has now blown out to 14 which is as high as it can go until October. The Mars Bar went to Thomo who as mentioned earlier scored 27.

Jack Webster & Bob Perry Through to Jennison Final

David "Jack" Webster
David “Jack” Webster

“David Jack” Webster defeated Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel in their semi-final of the Jennison Handicap Match Play Cup yesterday. In a hard fought tussle  Jack finished 1 up to just edge out the Good Guy. Jack appeared untroubled by the reduction in his handicap after Tuesday’s round and is the form player going in to the final.

The other match was a study of opposites with the mild mannered Bob Perry’s unflustered approach against the explosive power of Chris “Critta” Waters. The match see-sawed with each player taking a turn in the lead before Bob managed to finish 2 up after the 18th. Our video demonstrates Bob’s calm unhurried approach to golf.

The final will be played on Saturday March 18.

Dick Secomb Wins Mulligans

Dick Secomb lets one fly from the 14th tee.
Dick Secomb lets one fly from the 14th tee.

Warm but pleasant conditions with a gentle cool breeze  greeted 5 competitors for today’s 9 hole mulligan competition. Dick secomb continued his good mulligan form following his second placing last week with a win today with 21 points. This form of the game appears to suit Dick very well. Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen was runner up on a countback from Dick Cleland, both scoring 18 points. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel scored 17 while the Mars Bar went to the mercurial Bob Taylor with 16.

Jack Webster is “Jack The Biscuit”

Jack Webster
Jack Webster

Tuesday’s field was reduced because of the Burra Malt Whisky Tasting Club’s meeting on Monday night & the forecast of hot weather. This did not worry David “Jack” Webster who probably would have beaten a field of 100, posting a scorching 41 stableford points. In his wake 5 strokes in arrears with 36 points each were the mercurial Bob Taylor & colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson. Bob was runner up on a count back as Thomo’s fitness gave out on the back 9 fading to 15 points for the 9 after being in a competitive position at the turn. This only left Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel to take the Mars Bar with 33 points.

Saturday – Perfect Weather, Not So Perfect Golf

Michael "Tickers" Tickner
Michael “Tickers” Tickner

Only 6 players met the starter in perfect sunny conditions on Saturday, but nobody played to their handicap although most players with the exception of colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson & Mark “Mouldy” Millward improved on the back 9. Best of the back 9 & the day was Michael “Tickers” Tickner with 37 points after coming home with 21. Runner up was Chris “Critta” Waters with 36 scoring 20 on the back 9. Critta was closely followed by  & Russell “Gus the Good Guy” Wenzel on 35. “Mouldy” Millward is still struggling with form & managed only 31 points. Tarcowie visitor Klaus Hermann took the Mars Bar with 27.

Hot Scores in Thursday’s Mulligans

Bob Taylor eating a pie
Bob Taylor eating a pie

The mercurial Bob Taylor turned his form around in spectacular fashion after Tuesday’s debacle to win this week’s 9-hole mulligan competition with 24 stableford points. Bob handled the conditions with aplomb, made the more difficult because of lack of wind forcing the players to hit the ball where they were aiming. Dick Secomb was runner up with an excellent 22 points while Dick Cleland & Bill McMahon tied with 20 points. Andrew Hall took the Mars Bar with 13.

Small Field & Small Scores for Tuesday’s Stableford

Thomo relaxing after a hard day on the links
Thomo relaxing after a hard day on the links

Despite benign conditions, none of the 4 men who turned up on Tuesday got anywhere near their handicap (38 points).  The winner was colourful identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson with a modest 35 points. Runner up was Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel with 34. The convivial Andy Phillips could only manage 29 points, while the mercurial Bob Taylor took the Mars Bar with a round best forgotten.

Thomo Bundled Out of Jennison Cup

Colourful local identity Philip "Thomo" Thomson
Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson

The quarter finals of the Jennison Match Play Cup were played today. Chris “Critta” Waters out-played colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson to win a close fought battle 2&1. Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel defeated the in-form Andy Phillips 5&3 while Bob Perry beat Dick Cleland in the match of the day 1 up.

Eddie "The Flying Dutchman" Van Keulen
Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen

For those already eliminated from the Jennison playoffs a stableford competition was held. The winner was Eddie “The Flying Dutchman’ Van keulen with 39 points on a countback from “Mad Max” Wiech. Dick Secomb, who appeared to be in an unassailable position 5 holes from home faded to finish with 38. David “Robbie” Robinson scored 37 followed by Mark “Mouldy” Millward & David “Jack” Webster on 35,  then a gap to Michael “Tickers” Tickner on 32 & Andrew Spackman on 31.

Failing to make 30 points were Luke Spackman, 29, Aaron Bihun 26 & Klaus Heymann with the Mars Bar score of 22. As Klaus left early Aaron ate the Mars Bar for him.

The Mercurial Bob Taylor Breaks Andy Phillips’ Winning Streak

Bob Taylo
Bob Taylor

Six players competed in today’s 9 hole mulligan stableford in perfect weather and good scores were the order of the day.

Bob Taylor won with 23 stableford points. Andy Phillips was runner up with a score of 21, maintaining the form he has shown in the past few competitions. Dick Cleland scored 20, followed by Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Weznel on 19. Peter Mengerson took the Mars Bar with 18, probably the highest Mars Bar score recorded.

The Weather Cools But Andy is Still Hot

Andy Phillips
Andy Phillips

Andy Phillips actually improved on Saturday’s blistering performance. Even with his handicap reduced one stroke he improved his score to 44 stableford points winning by an incredible margin of 8 points. His handicap has been reduced again by 1 stroke.

The runner up, well in arrears, was Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van Keulen who continues to enjoy improved consistency. David “Jack” Webster & colourful local identity, Philip “Thomo” Thomson scored 35, followed by Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel 34 & Dick Cleland 33. Despite a good start of 18 points on the front 9, Bob Perry faded on the homeward run to take the Mars Bar with 30.