Colourful local identity, Philip “Tommo” Thomson put in a good round of 39 stableford points in the men’s midweek stableford. It was not good enough, however, as Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel playing in the last group scored 40 points to edge Tommo out. Mark “Mouldy” Millwood showed improved form carding 37 points while Dick Cleland scored 35.
Russell “Gus The Good Guy’ Wenzel won the first competition of 2020, a par round, with a score of 1 up, one worse than his handicap. There was a three way tie for second between Bill “Noddy” McMahon, Andy Phillips & Michael “Tickers” Tickner all square, with Tickers getting the ball on a count back. Pat Hallion ironically won both the birdie ball and the Mars Bar with -5. The world handicapping system is due to be implemented on January 30 at which time these scores would be downgraded by 2 strokes.
“Mad” Max Wiech kept his cool to win Sarurday’s stroke event, considered by some as the only true test of golf but by most as a pain in the backside. Max retained his composure, as one bad mistake can spell disaster scoring a net 72. Max was 2 strokes ahead of David “Robbie” Robinson with net 74. Peter Stockman was next with a net 76 and was closely followed by Mark “Mouldy” Millward & colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson with net 77. The only other player to break net 8o was President Dick Cleland with net 79. Amongst the also-rans was Michael “Tickers” Tickner net 80, Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke & Andy Phillips net 81 & Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel net 85. The only reason that Gus The Good Guy did not receive the Mars Bar was that visitor “Kiwi” Armstrong played & had a net 89. Normally Captain Gus The Good Guy excludes visitors from consideration for the Mars Bar but for some unknown reason he did not do that this time.
After an absence of 4 months because of injury David “Robbie” Robinson decided to test himself out over 9 holes in today’s 9 hole mulligan competition. The result was that he scored 21 stableford points sweeping all before him, so we expect to be hearing a lot from him in the coming weeks. He can also forget about the extra strokes that he pleaded for before the round. Fortunately the handicapper has a heart of stone and took no notice. Runner up was Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke who finally came out on the right side of a countback, tying with Andy Phillips on 20. Andy was playing his 2nd game back from a break and has returned in good form but today he choked on the last hole scoring 0 when in a winning position. Trevor Austin was next with 17 followed by President Dick Cleland, Don Lloyd & Peter Mengerson all with 16. The President was happy with the secret he is now working on for his long game but urgently needs to find the secret of the short game. Colourful local identity Philip “Thomo” Thomson scored 14 & Andrew Hall scored 12. Sharon Austin graced us with her female charm (you probably aren’t allowed to say that any more) and collected the Mars Bar.
Saturday provided ideal conditions for golf but none of the 9 competitors took advantage. When Mark “Mouldy” Millward completed his round his foremost thought was “I hope that’s enough to avoid the Mars Bar.” But lo and behold, his score of 33 points was enough to win the coveted trophy (regular followers of this blog will be aware that men require 38 points to play to their handicap at Burra). Runner up was Russell “Gus The Good Guy” Wenzel who once again edged out the hapless Gordon “The Chook Man” Kakoschke both on 32 points. They were followed by a group of 3, Dick Secomb, Philip “Thomo” Thomson, & Michael “Tickers” Tickner on 31 & Bob Taylor on 30. Things got really bad after this with Phil Arthur on 25 while the Mars Bar went to Bob Perry with only 19.