Pairs Round 1 – Mount Osmond – 15 March 2020, Chairman’s
Well, what a great day! Perfect weather and 30 players turned
out for the first round of pair’s play-off action. There was
certainly no shortage of trash talk on the first tee. The Mt
Osmond course played super hard with only one player breaking a
stableford score of 30. That is really tough going!
PAIRS ROUND 1
The number 1
ranked team Wilmshurst/W.Smith (1) took on the huge underdogs of
McPhedran\D.McCard (16) and things went according to the script
early on. Willy/Smith took an early lead and went 2 up.
McPhedran/McCard couldn’t win a hole until the 7th. At the turn,
things were all square and then McPhedran/McCard got on a bit of
a roll and went 3 up early into the back 9. Willy/Smith bounced
back and won two on the trot, and were only 1 down on the 15th
tee. The 16th hole was tight with 3 players in the hole with 2
points each, then McCard (after getting a great read from his
partner) holed a 15 footer for par, to go 2 up. McCard/McPhedran
took advantage of the stroke advantage on 16th (Willy/Smith did
not get a stroke) and recorded a 3 and 2 victory to send the
number 1 seeds packing. Willy could not help mention, that he
had NEVER EVER EVER lost a first round pairs match with his
regular partner Jamie Hill. Ouch!
The pairs match of the day was Coulthard/Mudge (8) against
McLaren/Mather (9). It was tight all day and the match went
right down the wire. The pairing of Coulthard/Mudge with high
handicapper and a very low handicapper might seem an odd
coupling, but they gelled together most brilliantly. The match
finished ALL SQUARE, so Coulthard/Mudge will go through on
Defending Pairs Champions Bennett/Shepard (4) got out of the
blocks early to go 6 up against Poser/Wallace (13). But, Frank
and Randy weren’t going to give up easily and started to string
a few holes together. Clem Bennett in particular was feeling the
pressure, and for a short time, it looked like the defending
champions could be bundled out. However, some late great play by
cousin Shep saw them hold on, and win 2 and 1.
W.McCard/M.Smart (5) found themselves in real trouble early
against Adam/Robinson being 4 down after just 8 holes. Robinson
found out of bounds trouble, and Warren had a brilliant back 9
(17 points) to turn things around completely, and win 3 and 1.
The last pairs match was very much a one sided affair, with
Stewart/Pike being completely outclassed by Smith/Larry, going
down 8 and 7. Jeff Pike had a very unusual day, having 3 pars in
row and 8 scrubs in a row!
As for the singles result, Barclay Matthews won his first ever
Ingle Farm event after only 6 attempts. He would be an early
favourite for rookie of the year. John McKenzie launched a bomb
on the 18th hole to win longest drive.
There was a huge controversy at the after match raffle.
Trustworthy Warren McCard ran the raffle and pulled out his OWN
ticket for first prize. WOW! Well, that can happen. Then, the
second ticket pulled out was brother Darren McCard. Well, that
can happen too. Then, third prize……… you guessed it, Ray McCard,
to make it a McCard trifecta. Well, that can happen! Fearing a
lynching from the crowd, Warren wisely decided to draw fourth
prize, or it seemed wise. Fourth ticket out ….. Warren McCard to
make it a McCard fourtrella! Now, that just can’t happen! All
raffles have now been suspended pending investigation.
Special thanks to Warren McCard for doing the raffle, and for
the most excellent bacon and egg breakfast at his house on the
way to the course.
Don’t forget, next round is Singles Round 1 playoffs at Sandy
Barclay Matthews 32
2nd Warren McCard 29
3rd Scott Smart
4th Tony Mudge 29
5th Corey Mather 29
6th Ben Smart
NTP Par 3 Jamie Coulthard
NTP Par 4 Ben Smart
Long Drive John McKenzie
NAGA Alan Hincks 18
- Keith Johns
- Jeff Pike