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Par’s all round on January 15th, 2022.

Keith at the door
Sorry to post this again Keithy, but not sorry!
Chris's first win
Fake smiling due to handicap smashing yet again.

Tough scoring out there today, Captain Matty proclaimed sarcastically as he read out the results of the mornings play on an overcast but rain free Saturday in January. Well it was tough for some and easier for others as a few members tore the course apart.  There were 17 players in total in attendance which was not too bad considering school holidays and the ever lingering covid close contacts and pending out of control outbreaks that are happening in the Country.

Chris was beaming after the round and it could not be determined if he was more proud of his score of +5, a PB of 78 off the stick or his drive on the 14th which left him with an eagle putt. We won’t mention what happened after the eagle opportunity but a great effort nonetheless. A new handicap of 11 now awaits Chris next week so there will be pressure on him to back up next week!

Not to be outdone, but the resident TV celebrity Keith also handed in a very impressive card of +5 to share top podium honours. Keith started with a blaze if glory with 5 pluses on the front nine but steadied the ship to bring it home for a share of first place. Continuing his good run of form, Trevor yet again smashed his handicap and was hot on the heels of the front runners and ended up with +4. This result drops Trevs handicap to less than 36 which shows that some more consistent rounds is helping his scoring no end.

Anthony showed another consistent effort to stand alone in 3rd place with +3, which included 3 birdies for the round.  Whilst on the topic of birdies, there were 10 carded for the day including a chip in from Peps and after having a mare, a long range putt up the hill from porks on the 12th.

Joining the other lefties on the podium (Anthony and Trev), Stan followed suit and ended the day on +2 for the sole position on 4th place. Rounding out the final placings were Targe, Brenda and Peps on +1. Brendon was forced to be inventive on the 14th and played an in-between the legs backwards trick shot to good effect to almost drop one in from the bushes (refer photographic evidence below).

The nearest the pin for the first ball was hotly contested on the 7th for a change, and 3rd in line was Brent

who won a shiny yellow round one for his efforts. The 18th was not as competitive and the only name on the post it note was Chris of the James variety who continued his form right to the last hole. Whilst Craig was very close, he was not close enough and the pro pin went begging on the 12th for a jackpot.

The seniors were very competitive and the top 3 were Keith, Trev and Stan.

A very happy Birthday to the real Priems Prez who celebrates a milestone this week. Celebrations seemed to have started early with reports of another brokeback camping trip with Matty last week!

Results for Saturday, 15 January 2022
1st Keith Delzoppo (+5) 1st Chris James (+5) 2nd Trevor Jackson (+4) 3rd Anthony Browne (+3) 4th Stan Blackshaw (+2) 5th Targe Mifsud (+1) 5th Brendon Mitchell (+1) 5th Andrew Petricola (+1)

Seniors Results: 1st Keith Delzoppo (+5) 2nd Trevor Jackson (+4) 3rd Stan Blackshaw (+2)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 12th Jackpot BallPin No 1 – 7th Brent Loeskow BallPin No 2 – 18th Chris James

No wonder he was keen to play on 08 January 2022

JQ gloating
I know how to back winners!

About the only place to find more ins and outs would have to be a honeymooner’s bedroom! There were dickey knees, leaky roofs, changed circumstances and just plain forgot. At the start of the day, we ended up just about where we started with fifteen of the best (although the latter term is used rather loosely) wondering whether they had made the right decision as the mist continued to settle just enough to constitute a bit of a nuisance, and needing the umbrellas to be unfurled. A couple of times it intensified just enough to be called rain, but fortunately, any such events did not last for long. There were a couple of puddles around that could have resulted from earlier showers, or maybe the sprinklers had been used as well. The course was in fine condition and the greens were smooth with not a lot of leaf litter to brush away. With conditions so favourable, it then begs the question as to why we were only able to score a single birdie for the day.

SOS took on the task of marshalling the troops, and he valiantly tried to keep things in balance as the withdrawals and additions rolled in. JQ rocked up, and SOS searched for his name from the list that he had. Not there, but as he was keen to play, and there was a slot available, SOS was able to fit him into the field. Now, has John been fitting in some sneaky practice, or was he just still on a high after a successful day at the races. Whatever it was, he managed to come home with a net score of 68, thus minimising the damage to his handicap, although he did have a bit of a whinge about the winner’s penalty that he would have to take. The second hole was a bit of a nemesis for a number of people today, and it didn’t start off too flash for JQ either. His drive barely made it past the red markers and finished out on the 6th fairway. The second was cracked fairly well down the 6th and the third finished just off the 2nd green. A simple chip-in made the unlikeliest of pars. As they say in the classics, it’s not how, it’s just how many!

BrentL is back from his visit to the North, and his first stroke (and hole) suggested that he might be a bit rusty. However, he soon settled down and started putting together a reasonable round. It was helped more than somewhat by some good short game, and one putt in particular played a part. His birdie attempt on the 14th was solidly struck, hit the pin dead centre, spun around the hole and finished about 50mm past. A few millimetres right or left could have finished off the green, and half a ball width either way would have left a longish putt back. Ryan’s round was epitomised by his shot into the 15th which landed and spun back to finish 4.83m from the hole, which was just enough to qualify for the Double Jackpot ProPin. He can apparently thank the fact that he wasn’t using a ProV1, which, he reckons, would have spun back off the green. SOS started out well enough, and made par on the first three of the back, but then he ‘faded’ just a little, so that, he too, finished his round with a net score of 70, to share the second place honours.

Keith doesn’t seem to have let his televisual notoriety go to his head, as he has been featuring in the results on a reasonably regular basis in recent times. Today was no exception, and, except for a couple of quads, he could have been much further up the pecking order. The pars proved elusive for Pepsi today, although he did manage to score our only birdie on the 16th hole. This gave him a share of third spot with a score of 71. Craig played a very balanced round with a pair of forty-ones for his score of 73 and fourth place on his own. Dale (Spiderman) was awarded fifth place with his score of 76 once Matt managed to get somebody to read Dale’s spidering.

The first BallPin was on the 12th, and there was something of a contest, with SOS managing to edge out Pepsi for the ball. The second was on the 18th, as usual, and it could easily have been a jackpot, if it had not been for ChrisV who managed to stay on the green and get his name on the chit.

Harry was a bit cheesed with the course management for having extended the teeing area on the second, which allowed them to place the red markers further forward that they used to be. As a result, his heavily ‘sconed’ drive did not make the grade, even though it was past the ‘old’ tee-box. Targe also had some problems with the positioning of the reds on the second, as he went on to accumulate a score well into double figures for the hole. Dale owned up to having played a shot between his own legs on the 8th, but it was not recorded whether this was from the tee or not. Bob had his fair share of troubles today. Although his buggy did not break down, Bob almost did when it capsized as he tried to negotiate his way out of one of the grass bunkers by the 14th green. He also had a lot of problems with ‘crooked’ tees until SOS was able to come up with a ‘straight’ one and teed his ball up for him. Mattie was in ‘shorts’ today, not only from a sartorial point of view. It seems that he left a fairly large number of putts just 30mm or so short of the hole. Harry’s ‘shorts’ were considerably longer, sometimes reaching as far as 2m.

Results for Saturday, 08 January 2022
1st John Quinlan (68) 2nd Brent Loeskow (70) 2nd Ryan Porker (70) 2nd Stephen O’Sullivan (70) 3rd Keith Delzoppo (71) 3rd Andrew Petricola (71) 4th Craig Cameron (73) 5th Dale Webb (76)

Seniors Results: 1st Keith Delzoppo (71) 2nd Craig Cameron (73) 3rd Harry Boughen (77)

Nearest the Pin Results: ProPin – 15th Ryan Porker BallPin No 1 – 12th Stephen O’Sullivan BallPin No 2 – 18th Chris Vinecombe

Stan and The Man on 01 January 2022.

Happy 2022 everyone – it’s just gotta be better than 2021!

As the inveterate, and possibly inebriated, party-goers were just beginning to feel the pain of the aftermath of last night’s frivolities, two intrepid souls teed off, without being teed off, to welcome in the New Year in quite another way. With about six cars in the car-park and the club-house sealed up as tight as a drum, it was easy to imagine that you had the course to yourself. The early morning coolth was pleasant enough, but there was no doubt that it would not last forever, and, as the morning progressed, the temperature rose and rose and the shady side of the fairway was the place to be. The sprinklers had been given a run, but the tee boxes were still hard, and the fairways offered plenty of run for the lower launch-angle ball. The odd puddle by the edge of the green stood ready to halt the progress of the chip that happened to make the right (or should that be wrong?) distance.

Harry was resigning himself to a round of ‘bogie’ golf after missing par putts on the first five holes. The par on the 6th broke that little run and there followed the prospect of eight of the nine holes with a five on the scorecard, until the 9th well and truly wrecked that. Stan had his fair share of troubles with balls ‘disappearing’ in what should have been plain sight, and he reckons he set a new standard for high score on the 6th after one such episode. He did compensate with a couple of chip/putt-ins from just off the green. His tee shot on the 12th was always straight at the pin, but the run out on the green could not be discerned and was thought to be a chance. Harry followed the same line and also looked to be in NTP contention, if nothing else. Both were a bit short, but Stan easily won the closest spot. All in all, not a bad way to welcome in the New Year of Golf.

And, while on the subject of the New Year of Golf, next Saturday will be the January Monthly Medal, a good chance to qualify for some silver-ware come next Trophy Day. If nothing else, the Double Jackpot for the ProPin on the 15th should be enough to entice you along, so, get onto the website and register to reserve your spot. Also, don’t forget that memberships are now over-due, and the Treasurer would appreciate your prompt transfer of the appropriate amounts ($40 for Club, and $90 for GA (if applicable)) into the Club bank account.

See you on the tee and may you all finish behind me /;-{)}

Results for Saturday, 01 January 2022
No Competition but Harry had 37 points (net 67)