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At Ivanhoe Public Golf Course, Saturday, 29th June 2024. Deadline for registrations is 1200 on Thursday, 27th June. First tee time will be 0656 or first light (whichever is the later).

Club event – Par competition.

BallRun, BallPins, and ProPin (Jackpot on the 4th).

If you have not registered on the website or with the Tee Marshal(s), there will be a spot, but the Tee Marshal will be less than happy if there are too many of you.

If you have symptoms of any sort, please do not attend but notify if you have registered to play.

How good is a party?

Please note registration time – be there early or be square, or the tee marshals will get angry as they need to rejig the groups.

In the menus at the top of the page there is one labelled Registration (or click on the link above).  This is to indicate your intentions about playing next Saturday – just enter your name and click on Yes or No.  The form will be available until Thursday.  Could everybody please indicate your intentions, even if you are not planning to play.

Don’t forget that if you don’t play the inside comp, and you want your scores to count for your Australian Handicap, you have to fill in a card with your GolfLink number and Australian Handicap to the handicapper.  In the case of non-Home members, the card will have to be handed to the handicapper at your Home Club.  Also, in stroke rounds, please calculate your stableford points and record them to facilitate data entry.

This week’s Tee Marshall is Adam (or nominated alternate).

Link to Latest Handicap Sheet

Raj back at No. 1

Today's winner Raj with Craig and Michael on the first tee
Raj under the moon on the first tee

When the first group of Raj, Craig and Michael teed off with a morning moon and some mild fog on the shortest day of the year, Michael declared that as the winner would probably come from this group, he may as well save some time and get the main blog photo out of the way early.

And the prediction was correct, with Raj today’s winner with 35 points.

Raj’s highlight, along with his trademark expert lob wedge chipping around the greens was a bomb of a putt for a birdie on the 15th, one of five birdies from the small field of nine.

The lowlight was a birdie putt on the 17th that was dead-centre but with the pin in and angled a bit towards him, it bounced against the pin and stayed out. With pin out there is no doubt that was in the hole, it was dead-centre and rolling slowly. Raj was certainly robbed of one there, but as it turns out he didn’t need it anyway.

Raj after his win on 22 June 2024
Raj/Scottie over the moon after his win and regaining the No. 1 IOWGR ranking

With the win, Raj returns to the top (Scottie Scheffler) ranking in the Ivanhoe version of the Official World Golf Rankings (IOWGR), a new Harry the wizard initiative you can find on the website under Competitions/Order of Merit Table. Michael slipped back to second (Rory McIlroy) and Brendan is third (Xander Scahuffele).

Craig managed third today with 33 points, including a brilliant birdie on the 7th after a tee shot to about 5 feet and another birdie on the 14th after a great second shot and nailing a tricky downhill left to right slider.

Michael managed a point for 5th with 31 points, with his highlight being the luckiest 5 for 1 ever on the 8th. After a shocking duffed tee shot into the left trees, he tried to hit a driver off the deck under the trees for his second and sliced it badly and it was heading out of bounds on the right at a great rate of knots before bouncing back off a wooden stake and far enough back into the fairway that he had a relatively easy third shot to the green. He was almost too embarrassed to take the point.

The second group out, Whitey, SOS and Steve were “up the arses” of Group 1 all day, having to wait on most shots. The round was clocked at 4hr 6 mins which it was agreed for a 3 in a stableford round is at least 20 minutes too long, so next time around Raj, Michael and Craig need to smarten up and find a minute a hole, and some. Despite the frustrations of slow play, Whitey with 34 points earned himself second place points (and first in the Seniors) and SOS with 32 was fourth.

SOS’s birdie on the 14th was his highlight, coming off a good par on the 13th, although Whitey reckons SOS’s tee shot on the 15th was more noteworthy – short and left high up the hill and lost for all money but somehow bobbled its way down the hill through the thick wet grass out onto the flat. A good second shot followed and SOS only just missed the par putt. Whitey was still shaking his head after the round about how the tee shot made it out of that long grass on the hill.

We won’t mention the scores in the final group of Harry, Dan and Stan, although Dan hit a great shot into the 12th to about 10 feet to knock off SOS for the ball on offer there. As is usual when the 4th is chosen for the ProPin, Jack Pot won there again. Michael won the ball on the 18th.

Stan wins best trick shot of the day. Standing over his second on the 5th with an awkward side hill lie (especially awkward for a lefty) beside the 7th tee, the ball started to roll during Stan’s back swing. Unperturbed, Stan adjusted his downswing and connected with the ball, hitting it on the run.

Under Rule 9.4b, if it was agreed Stan didn’t cause the ball to move, no penalty applies. Likewise, if Stan was able to stop himself in his backswing, he could have replaced the ball and then played the shot without penalty. As it happens, Stan recorded a 5 for 2 there on the 5th as well as winning trick shot of the day.

Photo taken by SoS of the morning moon as we teed off with balloon crossing the moon
SoS balloon and moon

The other competition was who could take the best photo of the morning moon. Thanks to everybody who supplied their photos. SOS’s probably wins because he manages to capture a balloon crossing over the moon. Honourable mentions to Whitey and Raj for their moonshots.

Let’s see if we can beat nine starters for next week’s Par Comp. There’s a whole $9 jackpot up for grabs on the ProPin on the 4th.

Rumour has it that Peps will be a starter next week. My money is on him to win the money.

Meanwhile, best wishes to everybody on the injured/recovery/rehab list at the moment, including Prez Priems (dud knee), Chrispy (dud shoulder) and Gordo (dud shoulder). Best of luck boys. Hoping to see you back swinging as soon as possible.

Results for Saturday, 22 Jun 2024
1st Rajesh Mahto (35) 2nd Rodney White (34) 3rd Craig Cameron (33) 4th Stephen O’Sullivan (32) 5th Michael Gourlay (31)

Seniors Results: 1st Rodney White (34) 2nd Craig Cameron (33) 3rd Michael Gourlay (31)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 4th Jackpot BallPin No 1 – 12th Dan Marie BallPin No 2 – 18th Michael Gourlay

Points all round on 15 June 2024.

Gordo cracks a smile
It’s been a long time between drinks!

The pundits were tipping it would be a day for easy points. Despite the rounds of emails, no extras were forthcoming to bolster the rather paltry field of six, so we only needed one tie for the whole field to share in the goodies on offer. For some reason, the management had some ground staff on the job, and the greens had been cleared and swept of dew. The rains during the week had had a chance to soak in, but there were still preferred lies on offer for the taking. Raj nominated himself to go back to the ProShop to check when the question was raised on the first, only to return with the news that there was a nice big sign prominently placed at the entrance which nobody had noticed in the general milling around before tee time arrived. The tee time arrived, and passed, as the first group vacillated while trying to decide whether to hit off and take their chances or not.

fog'n'mist on the first
That was only a practice swing, I swear!

Eventually, Craig bit the bullet and stepped up to the tee, and, as would be expected, whacked one straight down the middle – as far as could be seen. Prez and Gordo soon followed suit, and then it was up to the second group to decide whether the ghostly shadows in the mist were people or not before trying to follow suit. Conservative play was the order of the day, and group one finished the first with a round of bogies, with which they were pretty pleased. Group two was not quite so lucky. Harry went close to scoring a birdie after his shot from about 70m finished pin high, not much more than a hand-span from the hole. Raj managed a bogie, while Stan found all sorts of strife, though with the same ball, and finished out of the points.

However, the day really belonged to Gordo, who seemed to revel in the foggy conditions. If it hadn’t been for a pair of one pointers on the front nine, he would have left the rest of the field front nine scores in the dust, if there was any on the damp fairways. As the fog began to lift, however, Gordo seems to have become a little disoriented and his rate of scoring fell right away. On one hole, he apparently used driver, 1 iron, 1 iron, wedge to finish near enough to the hole to tap it in for a bogie. This seems to indicate the not even Gordo can hit a 1 iron! However, when the sun finally broke through on the 15th, he bolted for home to finish with 32 points for the round, and the winner’s podium, to make a fitting curtain call before he goes under the knife to get his ‘golfing’ shoulder fixed up. He’s apparently put in a request for a slight draw bias! Here’s hoping the job goes well, and that there are a few more podium spots to be held before the end of the season after you get back into the swing in a few months time. Gordo has promised to drop in for a visit from time to time in the meantime.

just like Augusta
Trust the tee to be in front of the ball washer!

Craig mostly carried on, as he had started off, with ‘conservative’ play straight down the middle, which resulted in a pretty steady accumulation of points. A scattering of double bogies with strokes and bogies without put just a bit of rain on the parade, and in the end he could only scrape together thirty-one points for the round. Rob, on the other hand, was much more up and down, and managed to accumulate a total of eight pickets on his way to sharing second place with Craig with thirty-one points as well. In the process, he chipped in for birdie on the 14th, which was the only one that the field managed for the day. He went close to repeating the effort on the 15th, but then, he started to worry that he might win and blow another stroke from his handicap, and, rather suspiciously, gathered two of his pickets on the next two holes.

Raj wandered from the straight and narrow a few times today, but he has a happy knack of extricating himself, and puts his ridiculously lofted chips to good use to finish near to the hole. His drive on the 17th looked to be flirting with the possibility of wet feet. On the tee, Stan had opined that he should aim to put it out into the shadow of the tree on the corner. While Raj headed for the water hole, Stan gave him a hoi that his ball was out in the shadow on the fairway, as he had directed. Thank goodness for trees, said Raj as he pitched it in close to the pin. Curse the putter, said Raj, is it rimmed the cup and popped out. Easy par though. Harry’s round was pretty much two halves. Half good results and half the other! Four misses and five pickets definitely made it hard to score more than the twenty-seven that slotted him into fourth place. And, Stan is more than happy to take a point for his card of 20 points after a day that proved remarkably difficult to get a decent shot away from the tee, and a few other places as well.

The ProPin was set on the ‘easy’ 12th hole, except that it almost wasn’t ‘easy’. It remained untouched until the last shot of the day, when Raj knocked his drive to a finish pin high and a metre from the hole. He was a bit cheesed that he missed the birdie putt. And he won’t be taking his wife out to dinner on the proceeds. The first BallPin was on the 15th, and this was a no contest when Prez was able to both get on and to be closer than anybody else. Not only that, but he repeated the performance on the 18th to take out the second BallPin as well.

Results for Saturday, 15 Jun 2024
1st Gordon Hill (32) 2nd Craig Cameron (31) 2nd Robert Priems (31) 3rd Rajesh Mahto (30) 4th Harry Boughen (27) 5th Stan Blackshaw (20)

Seniors Results: 1st Gordon Hill (32) 2nd Craig Cameron (31) 3rd Harry Boughen (27)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 12th Rajesh Mahto BallPin No 1 – 15th Robert Priems BallPin No 2 – 18th Robert Priems


One of the best on 08 June 2024

Pretty pleasing really!
I knew I had it in me!

There was a sense of anticipation about this morning as the smallish field of twelve gathered around to not go gallivanting around the countryside to celebrate somebody’s birthday. There were a couple of matches to progress, and there was wonderment at the number of strokes that Brendon was going to have to concede to Bob. Harry had done due diligence to confirm that his result checking software would be able to stand the strain. The early birds had hit off into the dark again to stay in front of the pack, and the hint of a mist that hung in the air held off, and all was good to go. Charlie knew that he had avoided his bush, but little else, and Prez called it right, towards the tree line. In actual fact, it was down the left and past the distance marker. Was this to be a sign of things to come? Would Charlie continue to hit them like a demon, and would Prez continue to see balls fly where they didn’t?

The answer to both questions was probably, no! For sure and for certain, in Rob’s case, he could barely put a foot wrong as he barrelled his way around the front nine to take the turn just four strokes over the card, thanks to a couple of birdies, and 23 points to the good. He did admit to a bit of ‘luck’ on the 7th when his drive hit an ‘imaginary’ object on the fairway, flew high in the air and finished some 10-12m from the pin. Whereupon, he took out his trusty putter and promptly rattled it in for the bird. His back nine was barely different as he finished five over the card, but without the help of birdies, for another 20 points. The total of 43 points pretty much streeted the rest of the field and seriously enhanced the downward trend of his handicap over recent times. His off the stick tally of 77 was just short of a personal best 76, that you have to go all the way back to 1999 to find. However, it was his best since the corresponding weekend in 2017 when he clocked a 78 on June 10th. Happy Anniversary, you might say!

After coming home in the second group, Michael and Ryan were sitting at the table, hoping against hope that their equal tally of 36 points would be enough to snare them top spot. As is often the case, early clubhouse leaders have their hopes dashed, but not often by such a great margin. As usual, Michael was bemoaning a fluffed chip on the 15th as the mental terror of the day that potentially robbed him of a better placing (tell him he’s dreamin’). However, he was also bragging about the number of holes that he had parred by playing driver and one iron. And that included the 14th! And everybody knows that not even God can hit a one iron. Ryan found himself behind a tree140m out on the 16th, and opted to hook it around the tree as all direct shots were cut off. He didn’t account for a low-hanging branch on the far side which the ball ‘found’, and he had little idea of where the ball headed. Except that it headed straight for the green, and finished close enough for him to sink the putt for a par. He obviously used up all of his luck, and he would be bemoaning the gash on the 17th that might have robbed him of a better place (ditto as above).

The Captain holds forth
I didn’t realise the Captain had so many duties!

Brendon had quite a few things on his mind today, not least of which was the 23 strokes that he had to concede to Bob in their match. Despite that heavy load (and that of being Captain), he managed to make the turn not too far off his handicap with 39 off the stick and seventeen points on the card. In the match, he had taken an early lead, but Bob had started on the come-back trail and the lead was back to two holes at the turn. On the 11th, it looked as if Bob was in with a chance to claw another one back with Brendon, under the trees (having hit two – trees, that is) playing his third shot. This shot was described by Brendon as a ‘running wedge’, although it did run a bit more than he intended (so he says), and he was left with a 15m putt. Needless to say, he sank it for his par to square the hole. Overall, his back nine was slightly better than the front, and he ended with 18 points for a total of 35 and third place. Along the way, he prevailed over Bob to finish the match at the 15th, 4 and 3.

Although he was beaten, he certainly was not bowed, and Bob put in a very creditable performance to finish the day with 33 points to fill the fourth podium stage and to collect another couple of points. The card was only spoiled by a couple of blow out holes. Despite his rather speccy start, Charlie only had a few moments on the front nine. One of these was a very nice birdie on the 3rd, which helped his Eclectic campaign no end. With only a few more rounds before he decamps to London, he is going to be a hard man to toss in that event. The standard picked up quite a bit on the back nine, and even Charlie began to have dreams of grandeur. Then the 17th drive finished in the kikuyu necessitating a couple of hacks to get out, and the dreams started to turn to dust. Well, almost. He did finish with 31 points and collected the last point for the day.

The second match of the day was between Adam and Raj. But, despite it being described as a ‘battle of the duds’, it was very much a close-run thing. Raj did get out to an early lead, as Adam took about half a dozen holes to get himself warmed up. Raj started leaking oil on the 6th when a played a shot for the green, which hit a tree so hard that it flew back beyond where Raj stood and went close to taking out a group standing on the 2nd tee. Adam continued to score while Raj’s shoulders drooped more and more. By the 11th, where Raj was spotted trudging across from the far side of the 13th fairway, the card was back to square. The next few holes were a Mexican stand-off, until Adam resumed his spurt to win 14 and 15, only to promptly lose the next two to make it all square once more. When they squared the 18th, it was off to the practice green for a chip-off. Nerves obviously got to Adam, and he barely made it onto the green, while Raj was better placed, but still no gimme. Both putts missed by a similar amount, and the tension was now palpable. Adam ran his by, while Raj calmly slotted his, and it was all over, red rover giving the match to Raj on the first ship-off.

There was a Jackpot ProPin on the 7th today, and after he popped a shot to 1.73m, Porks was quietly confident that he would be taking home the cash as he enquired from the Treasurer what the pool added up to. He needn’t have worried, although he did do a double take when he misheard Stan made a comment about somebody going close to beating him. The BallPin on the 12th was hotly contested, but it was Bobby-dazzler who marched in victorious. There was a similar contest on the 18th, although Michael was calling for a tape measurement when he found he had been dudded by Prez on the top deck.

the suspense is killing me
That’s gotta be playable…….

Gordo was probably a bit jet-lagged, having barely arrived back from China after 22 hours on the road (figuratively speaking), but he soldiered on through the highlights (a birdie on the 11th, one of 9 for the day), and the lowlights (his drive on the 9th, that barely made it off the mound, let alone to the red markers). Steve pulled off a never-before-seen feat when he ‘drove’ the green on the 1st. Only problem was, it was the 9th green after the ball hit the elm tree off to the right so hard that it finished not far off the aforesaid 9th green. Despite the inauspicious start, Steve finished just outside the points. Harry got himself into a couple of tricky spots today, and, with any hope of a podium out of reach, a shot from this spot seemed to be a ‘no-brainer’. That’s what he said about himself as he eventually took the penalty that he should have in the first place.

Results for Saturday, 08 Jun 2024
1st Robert Priems (43) 2nd Michael Gourlay (36) 2nd Ryan Porker (36) 3rd Brendon Mitchell (35) 4th Bob McDonald (33) 5th Charles Gibbs (31)

Seniors Results: 1st Michael Gourlay (36) 2nd Bob McDonald (33) 3rd Steven Gervasoni (28)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 7th Ryan Porker BallPin No 1 – 12th Bob McDonald BallPin No 2 – 18th Robert Priems

No ballooning for Old Reliable

Hot air balloons flying over the second green on Monthly Medal day 2024

Monthly Medal day, stroke, tees up the back, there was a bit of fear about the possibility of ballooning scores when 17 players stepped up on the tee for the first day of 2024 winter golf at Royal Ivanhoe.

And looking through the cards, forget today’s birdie count (9) the big number today was 7 (or worse).

Overall there were 34 scores of 7 or worse, that’s an average of two per player!

In fact only two players in the field had a card without a 7 or worse. Porks was one and the other bloke you can probably guess. Hint: Old Reliable.

If there was a contest for the most interesting 7, Matty’s effort on the 8th would be a contender. Less than a metre off the green in two, he somehow managed to shank the chip and finish up closer to the fence than the green. Apparently the after shot vibe was more embarrassed chuckles and wry smiles than swearing and cursing. The next chip from near the fence lobbed up nicely to 4-5 feet, from where Matt managed to take 3 putts, including one “tap back” miss from what was reported to be 2 inches.

Harry’s 8 on the 17th might even beat Matt’s effort thanks to quick thinking SoS jumping on the photo opportunity. Drive left, hack out, third left of the green in the long grass.

Harry with a wry smile and grass on his hat after taking a big swing and a miss in the long grass on the 17th
For my next trick!

For his fourth Harry managed an airy, hitting plenty of grass (some of which ended up on his hat) but not hitting the ball. Another chip and 3 putts later for the 8.

SoS was marking Harry’s card and also managed an 8 there and standing on the 18th tee both Harry and SoS had a chance for the magical cricket score off the stick.

Both managed a 4 up the last to finish just shy of the magic number. Harry matched Ashton Agar’s debut innings (1st Ashes test of 2013) and SoS went one better to match Shane Warne’s best test score, which was against New Zealand in Perth in the third test of the 2001 series.

Honourable mentions to Targe for his 12 on the 6th and Charlie for his 8 on the 14th, which involved making a par with his third ball after his first two were lost in “Charlie’s second bush” in snake country in front of the tee.

Raj only had one lost ball on his way to a 7 on the 15th. Earlier, on the 11th, Raj had this week’s “nearly eagle.” After a well struck drive somehow managed to float through all the trees down the left hand side, Raj’s pitch from about 40 metres out was perfectly struck with his sand-iron and was running towards the hole before it stopped on the lip. One more roll and it was in.

Stan had his fair share of 7’s today and was in no danger of shooting his age (a feat both him and Harry have achieved in recent years). The new target for Stan is now 84, having celebrated a birthday during the week. Targe, as mentioned in last week’s blog, also had a big recent birthday (75) and we might have missed Gordo’s the previous week. His number still has a 6 in front of it, but only just.

In and amongst all these big numbers, Craig is officially back to his Old Reliable self. His net 66 today had him all smiles at the presentation as a 2-stroke winner of the Monthly Medal. He also won the “Inside” medal.

Craig all smiles at the presentation for the June 2024 Monthly Medal
Old Reliable is all smiles, “just consistent golf”

Asked for his highlights for the blog, Craig said “nothing really, just consistent golf.” His playing partners nodded and said “Yep that pretty much sums up Craig’s day.”

So everybody watch out, Old Reliable is back in town!

Adam took on Porks in the Matchplay today, with Porks having to give 8 shots on handicap difference.

All square after 5, Adam utilised one his strokes to edge ahead on the 6th and kept his nose in front all day. Porks could sense he was a chance to get back in the match on the 14th when Adam duffed two chips a row but then he chipped the next one in for an unlikely par.

Adam then made the most of his last stroke of the day to win the 16th and the match 3 and 2. Two nice pars down 17 and 18 saw Adam sign for a net 68, good enough for equal second with Michael whose 70 off the stick included a 7 on the 9th. Unlike Matty and Harry, Michael was not reported to be doing any wry smiling at the time.

Bobby did a bit of his own Old Reliable impression today with solid golf throughout to finish on net 71 and solo third.

Brendon shrugged off a poor started including a 7 at the second to regroup with a back nine 36 off the stick and a net 72 for fourth place.

Sharing 5th was Chrispy and Porks with a net 73, with Steve, Prez Priems and Dan, despite all having their struggles, only just missing the points.

Today’s money hole was the 7th and with the tee at the back it was no surprise to see Jack Pot triumph again. On the 15th, Adam won the nearest the pin ball while on the 18th, Brendon was confident of the win before Old Reliable knocked him off to claim the 18th ball for the second week running.

Today’s most spectacular birdie came from Chrispy on the 14th. Once again, the course had lots of funky pin placements, with the 14th much closer to the front than usual and on (even by the 14th’s usual standards) a very severe slope.

Anybody putting their second shot beyond the pin could expect that three putts were more likely than two. No such problems for CJ though. From the very back of the green about 50 feet away, he hit the perfect putt and it did the big right to left curl and gently rolled in for a birdie.

The scream of delight was heard around most of the course and is obviously up there with Gene Sarazen’s 4 wood into the 15th on Sunday at the 1935 Masters that is known as “the shot that was heard around the world.”

As it happens, Prez Priems was the other scorer of a birdie on the treacherous 14th today. In his case, it involved a drive down the actual 14th fairway (not the usual excursion via the 16th fairway) a wedge to 3 feet (an actual proper golf club not the chipper) and a putt straight in the middle.

Results for Saturday, 01 Jun 2024
1st Craig Cameron (66) 2nd Michael Gourlay (68) 2nd Adam King (68) 3rd Bob McDonald (71) 4th Brendon Mitchell (72) 5th Ryan Porker (73) 5th Chris Priems (73)

Seniors Results: 1st Craig Cameron (66) 2nd Michael Gourlay (68) 3rd Bob McDonald (71)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 7th Jackpot BallPin No 1 – 15th Adam King BallPin No 2 – 18th Craig Cameron