CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS – RESULTS & REPORTS
Posted on: 20 October
Club Championships – Round 2 Report
Overcast and cool conditions greeted the early starters. Winds were light to moderate. As the day progressed the sun shone through, temperatures increased, and the winds dropped. It was one of those days where conditions favoured those hitting off late. The course was once again well presented, and it was no surprise to see some great scores returned. In round 3 the top 8 players from each grade will play in seeded groups.
Kirk Buckley (140) followed up his 67 with a 73 to maintain his six-shot lead over Will Blomley (146) who also shot 73. Ryan Suckling (149) was the big mover in round 2 returning a fine 1 under 70. Will (138) leads the nett by 3 from Ryan (139) with Paul Doyle (140) tied for third with Kirk.
Michael Procurat (166) has moved into the lead following an 83 in round 2. Mark Forster (169) shot a fine 75 to catapult him up the field into a tie for second with Steve Baird (169). The nett is led by Scott Thompson on 141 followed by Matt Holman, Michael Procurat and Greg Catto all on 142.
Marcus Walsh shot a fine 84 to join Craig Field in the lead in C Grade on 173 with Don Sinai (179) in 3rd. Marcus (133) leads the nett from Craig (135) and Don (139)
Junior Championship (Under 18)
Firstly, an apology for incorrectly referencing the Junior championship as U21 in the round 1 report. In particular to Will Blomley, who was incorrectly reported as leading and to Kade Webber who was not recognised as leading the category after round 1. At the completion of round 1 Kade (78) led from Ryan Cadle and Darcy Mackay who both shot 80. Ryan (153) moved into the lead after a 73 in round 2, whilst Kade (154) is close behind and Darcy (158) retains 3rd position.
Senior Championship (Over 50)
Todd Ostler (150) continues to lead after returning a 76 in round 2. Craig Baird (151) and Colin Gallen (152) remain close behind.
The following players have made the seeded groups starting from 9:45am.
Players that were playing in those time slots for Round 1 and 2 have been moved to other times as best as possible to preference and are advised to please check the timesheet.
2020 Men’s Club Championships – Round 1 Report
Round 1 saw golfers greeted with a fine day and light winds. The course was presented well, greens were firm and moderately paced. Conditions were set for good scoring. Members are reminded that for the purposes of the Club Championships the scratch prize is the major prize and scratch prize winners are ineligible for any nett prize.
Kirk Buckley (67) leads the field after a fine round including 7 birdies. Will Blomley is in second with a 72, closely followed by Ryan Williams, Todd Ostler and Damo Mirkovic who all shot 74’s. Kirk has established a handy lead and the chasers have some work to do to close the gap, but with 3 rounds to go there is plenty of time. Kirk (67) also leads the nett from Will (68)
Steve Baird recovered from a sluggish start to came home with a strong back nine and lead with 82. Richard Perkin and Mick Procurat are close behind on 83. Again, plenty of time for others to put themselves in the mix, it looks at this stage that this will be a closely fought grade. Steve (69) also leads the nett by 1 from Richard (69).
Craig Field (85) leads after two consistent nines of 44 and 41. Craig had some struggles on the 5th but a birdie on 7 got his round back on track. He leads from Peter Hibben (87) and Greg McDougall (88). Looks to be another close contest in C Grade. Craig (66) also leads the nett from Peter, Greg, Ka Chan and Marcus Walsh who all returned nett 69.
Junior Championship (Under 21)
Will Blomley (72) has established a handy lead over Kade Webber (78). Will’s round included 4 birdies. He was 1 under after 14, troubles at 15 led to a double bogey but Will rallied and parred in from there.
Senior Championship (Over 50)
Todd Ostler (74) leads by 2 from Col Gallen and Craig Baird who both shot 76. Todd got off to a slow start which saw him 3 over after 8 but with pars on every hole from then on, he kept the round together.
Pace of Play Reminder
With the first round of men’s Club Championships commencing this Saturday and a field of 220, members are reminded that pace of play is imperative. All players should make every effort to complete your round in a reasonable time, 4h 30min is considered acceptable during stroke events although the earlier players should complete their round in less. Course marshals will be active during all rounds of the Championships and offending players will be penalised.
Please practice the below Ready Golf principles at all times.
- Hitting a shot when safe to do so, if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options.
- Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait.
- Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play.
- Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball. Never should all four players in a group be searching for one ball.
- Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line.
- Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to bunker maintenance.
- Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off.
Below is an example of how little it takes to improve general speed of play
- Each player in a four-ball takes an average of 5 seconds less to play each shot
- Each player has 80 shots
- 80 shots x 5 seconds x 4 players = 26 minutes and 40 seconds
That means that, ignoring all other variables, the four-ball would play in 26 minutes and 40 seconds less time simply by shaving off an average of 5 seconds per shot.