Round 2 of Club Championships – Thomo Fails to Finish

A 1988 photo of Gus The Good Guy.

In a bid to to qualify for the Club Championship playoffs injured colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson returned to the links too soon. Despite a sterling effort Thomo was unable to complete the round and is doubtful for round 3 on June 17.

Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel posted the best score today in wild conditions with a net 71. Runner up was Eddie “The Flying Dutchman” Van keulen with net 75. David “Robbie” Robinson & Michael “Tickers” Tickner scored net 78 followed by Gordon “THe Chook Man” kakoschke 79, Matt Opperman 80, Dick Cleland 81, the mercurial Bob Taylor 83, Bob Perry 86, Darryl Venning 88 & David “Jack” Webster 91. Based on these figures it seems to me that Jack should have received the Mars Bar. Captain Gus The Good Guy, however awarded it to Darryl Venning!

Darryl Venning
Darryl Venning

Dick Cleland Makes it 3 in a Row

Dick Cleland rips one onto the 16th green
Dick Cleland rips one onto the 16th green

The mulligan field of 6 averaged 18.7 stableford points each despite windy conditions.

Dick Cleland showed his liking for these conditions scoring 24 points with the use of only 1 mulligan. The mercurial Bob Taylor was runner up with 21 points. Dick Secomb & David “Robbie” Robinson each scored 20 points. Both wasted an opportunity of  runner up with poor performances on the final hole (hole 2 in normal play). Robbie hit the drive of the day to be in the centre of the fairway 135 meters from the pin. A fine short iron to the centre of the green saw him with a chance of a birdie, but he eventually walked off with a double bogie 6 & 1 point. Dick on the other hand failed to score on the hole. Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke scored 18 while Andrew Hall took the Mars Bar (score withheld).

Dick Cleland Makes it Two in a Row

Dick Cleland
Dick Cleland

Dick Cleland followed up Saturday’s win with 41 stableford points on Tuesday. The swiftness with which the handicapper acted in deducting the 2nd stroke in 3 days from Dick’s handicap was almost uncivilised.

Runner up was David “Robbie” Robinson, making a welcome return, with 36. David “Jack” Webster was next with 34 followed by Queensland visitor Ron Carlson & Russell “Gus The Good Guy Wenzel on 31. Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke struggled with 30 points while Andy Phillips could manage only 29. Chris “Critta” Wters collected the Mars Bay with 26 after a very wild ride.


Club Championship Round 1 Qalifying

Dick Cleland Demolishes Field

Fancied A-graders Missing

Dick Cleland
Dick Cleland

Bookmakers’ favourite David “Robbie” Robinson & colourful local identity & crowd favourite Philip “Thomo” Thomson missed the 1st round of qualifying due to injury. There is some concern that Thomo may also miss the 2nd round.

B grader Dick Cleland took the honours today beating the A graders off the stick. Dick had a 83 gross net 65 to win the handicap round by 8 strokes. Runner up was leading A grader Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel with 84 gross net 73.  Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke & the genial Bob Perry had net 74 followed by Neil Webster 75, Matt Opperman & Andy Phillips 76, The mercurial Bob Taylor 77, Darryl Venning 79 & Andy Spackman 80. Peter Weiss had a dnf after losing a ball on the 12th.

Championship Placings

A-grade: Russell Wenzel 84, Matt Opperman 86, Andy Phillips 88, Michael Tickner 89.

B-grade: Dick Cleland 83, Gordon Kakoschke 96, Neil Webster 99, Andy Spackman 101.

C-grade: Bob Taylor 101, Bob Perry 104, Darryl Venning 108, Trevor Austin 117.

Trevor Austin

The Mars Bar went to Trevor Austin with a net 86.

The Chook Man Falls Short in Mulligans

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

Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel won today’s mulligans with a superbly consistent display. The Good Guy’s round of 21 points was made up of 6 2’s & 3 3’s. Gordon “The Chook Man  Kakoschke, on the other hand, was all over the place. His score of 19 was made up of 1 scrub, 2 1’s, 2 2’s, 3 3’s & 1 4 pointer. The 4 points came with a birdie on hole 17 when The Chook Man took a mulligan after playing a poor shot & using a ladies club played the ball to within 30 cm of the hole. The rest of the field were not in the hunt, with next best being the mercurial Bob Taylor on 15, followed by Andy Phillips & Dick Cleland both on 14. A countback was required to decide the Mars Bar between Andrew Hall & Diick Secomb who both finished with13. The countback saw Dick consume the chocolate.

Small High Calibre Field Faces Strong Winds

Dick Cleland flies one into the 17th green
Dick Cleland flies one into the 17th green

A dramatic change in weather conditions saw many players stay at home today. Only four players ventured out onto the links in high winds approaching gale force. Despite the extreme conditions the scores were surprisingly good. At the turn Andy Phillips lead with 18 points from Dick Cleland 17, David “Robbie” Robinson 16 & Russell “Gus The Good Guy Wenzel 15. On the back 9 Andy & Dick raised the stakes with Dick edging ahead until Andy leapt back into contention with a spectacular birdie on the 14th. In the end Dick came home in 22 to Andy’s 20 for a narrow win 40 points to 39. Robbie finished with 33 while Gus struggled on the back 9, collecting  the Mars Bar, finishing with 15 for the nine which included 6 points on the last 2 holes.

Burra Men’s Open – Thomo Fails to Finish

Numbers were down due to the clash with Mother’s Day, but those that did attend enjoyed perfect conditions. Some concern is held for the well being of colourful local identity, Philip “Thomo” Thomson who was forced to retire hurt after 18 holes.

Results were:

A Grade Championship

From left: Gus Wenzel, Tim Harvie, Chris Whittaker
From left: Gus Wenzel, Tim Harvie, Chris Whittaker

Tim Harvie [Copper Coast] – 120 [80/40], Chris Whittaker [Copper Coast] – 123, 81/42], Craig Jervies [Clare] – 125 [84/41], Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel – 126 [82/44], Bert Pearce [Kapunda] – 135 [85/50], Andy Phillips – 142 [95/47], Phil Thomson – DNF [95 / back spasms]


B Grade

From left: Chris "Critta' Waters, David "Jack" Webster, Andrew Rac.
From left: Chris “Critta’ Waters, David “Jack” Webster, Andrew Rac.

David “Jack” Webster – 136 [90/46], Chris Waters – 148[101/47], Brook Burton [Blyth] – 150 [104/46], Bob Taylor – 166 [113/53], Andrew Rac [Gladstone] – 174 [111/63]

Handicap Results

A Grade: G Wenzel 109.5; C Jervies 110

B Grade: A Rac 121; B Burton 126

Veterans: Gus Wenzel 37 points

Nearest The Pin

Hole 4 – A Phillips; Hole 8 – C Jervies; Hole 11 – C Waters; Hole 15 – the club

Long Drive

A Grade – A Phillips [first drive of the day]; B Grade – The club


Mars Bar

Bob Taylor with the Mars Bar
Bob Taylor with the Mars Bar

Burra Ladies Open Day, Friday May 12th

Ladies Open winners 2017
Ladies Open winners 2017

39 Ladies played in the Burra open. We could not have wished for more perfect weather. Mid North district made up a fair percentage of the field, and we also welcomed guests from Royal Adelaide, Tea Tree Gully, Victor Harbor, Kooyonga, North Adelaide, Barmera & Waikerie.

Thanks to our wonderful sponsor Burra Chemmart for their great prizes .


A Grade
Winner – Kathy Smith, Clare 32 pts
Runner up – Sharyn Roberts, Burra 32 pts c/back
3rd – Meredith Williams, Barmera 30 pts
B Grade
Winner – Gloria Maynard, Clare 34 pts
Runner up – Sally Minns, Barmera 32 pts
3rd – Margie Stockman, Burrra 30 pts
C Grade
Winner – Peggy Gebhardt, Burrra 34 pts
Runner up – Janece Peters, Clare 34 pts c/back
3rd – Jacquie Johnson, Balaklava 30 pts

Veterans Winner – Gloria Maynard, Clare

Longest Drive – A grade – Julianne Smith, Clare. B grade – Julia Tannebring, Tea Tree Gully. C grade – Angela Davidson, Victor Harbor.

Nearest to the Pin – A grade (Hole 4) Sharyn Roberts, Burra. B grade (Hole 8) Reva Cullen, Burra. C grade (Hole 11) Jacquie Johnson, Balaklava.

NAGA – Angela Davidson, Victor Harbor.

All winners pictured below with the Burra Chemmart girls.

Thank you also to President Dick for checking the cards. Eddie for the bar & the lady members for a wonderful lunch.

Burra Open Golf Weekend Day 2

From left Dick Cleland & Judy Reilly, winneres of the mixed, & Bob Taylor & The Chook Man, winners of the men’s comp.

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.

Flying Dutchman Too Strong

The Flying Dutchman demonstrates the reverse pivot.
The Flying Dutchman demonstrates the reverse pivot.

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.