Victor Harbor 12th Aug – Captain’s Report

There was concern for the weather leading up to today but in the end 16 golfers faced cool overcast conditions. No rain and no wind for most of the round. Very pleasant conditions and the ground under foot was fine.

A few things happened before we hit off the Par 3 10th tee. Firstly 2 players lost a ball on the practice putting green, not a good start, I wont mention any names to avoid embarrassment but Peter Robinson and Mark Symes weren’t happy. A new player was welcomed to the club, Fran Poser, nice to have a lady playing at the club again although she looked suspiciously like Frank Poser, anyway Ray got her number. Speaking of Ray he was very helpful before tee off, filling up the sand bucket for the cart and settling in before he realised it was Jonah’s and Macca’s cart instead of his own. Most of been thinking about Fran too much.

Eventually some golf was played, scoring was hard to come by but it was Clem Bennett ‘Jonah’ who continued his good year and won on a countback with 32 points over the chairman Darren McCard. 3rd was Ray McCard with 31 points who beat Darren Bartholomew on a countback also scoring 31 points. 5th was myself 30 points (boo) and rounding out the top6 was Fran Poser doing well in her 1st game 29 points.

Longest Drive went to Darren Bartholomew while the NTP’s were Bill Finegan (par3) and Ivan Wootton (par4). NAGA was a 3 way countback situation but Dave McLaren was the worst scoring 24 points.

Singles action was postponed as 2 challengers could not make it and these games will be rescheduled as soon as possible.

One last thing, for the first time in Ingle Farm Golf History, Darren McCard parred all of the Par 3’s (4 in total) at Victor. A tremendous effort which justified him being in the first group and here’s a picture.

Next game at The Vines in 2 weeks.

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Lomas Par KelMac Trophy – Murray Bridge 29th July

19 players drove up the freeway facing cool and windy conditions. The course was in a good condition and we didn’t get wet which was a bonus. We played off the big boy blue tees and it was a par competition in memory of John Lomas. Mark Symes and Chris Kellett were playing their first games for the season.

The winner for the day with +4 was Frank Poser, he has had a few games off but has obviously been practising as he dominated to win by 3 over 2nd place on a countback Ivan Wootton with +1. 3rd was Darren Bartholomew +1, 4th Colin McPhedran -1, 5th John McKenzie -2 and 6th was Alan HIncks -5. It was a tough scoring day.

NAGA for the day was Chris Kellett with -12. Longest Drive went to Alan Hincks while NTP’s were Ivan Wootton (par3) with a birdie and Frank Poser (par4).

Next game in 2 weeks at Victor Harbor for singles with only 4 players remaining.

Winter Golf Getaway 2018 – Captain’s Report

Winter Golf Getaway 2018 25th Anniversary special. Waikerie 13.7.18 Barmera 14.7.18 & Loxton 15.7.18

The weekend got under way as per tradition with the Funky Larry Trophy at Waikerie. 17 players faced cool overcast but calm conditions. Craig Bartholomew flew all the way from Queensland to be there, the car park was abuzz with excitement. There were NTP’s on all Par 3’s and a Par 4 with a longest drive as well. The winner would also receive cash, 16 free drinks and the infamous butt plug trophy.
It was a great day and it came down to 2 players tied on 39 points. Wayne Best took all the fame and glory while I came second on a countback, I played in the same group as Wayne but thought I was a few shots clear as I strutted around looking forward to free drinks all night. This was my 3rd year in a row that I have finished second. Wayne was a gracious winner but to his credit took up all the offers on the free drinks and still made it to breakfast Saturday morning!

Now that everyone had had a warmup we were all ready for the big one, The Getaway Trophy. Our first round was at Barmera. 24 players (a getaway world record) faced fresh conditions with a slight breeze around the place. Clem Bennett aka Jonah drove up for the day to be there. The greens were quick and the course in a good condition. The winner for the day was Brett Greenshields with 38 , 2nd Craig Bartholomew (boo) 34 , 3rd Corey Mather 33, 4th Jamie Hill 33, 5th Peter Pedersen 32 and rounding out the top 6 Colin McPhedran 31 points. Longest Drive went to Clem Bennett, NTP’s to Warren Smith (par3) and Peter Pedersen (par4). NAGA for the day was Jeff Pike 17pts.

While the guys were playing golf the gals were enjoying a bus trip to the local gin distillery/winery and greek restaurant. From all reports and from their slurring voices a good time was had by all.
Saturday night came and the world famous raffle and putting competition came and went. Congratulations to all prize winners in the raffle and to Alan Hincks for taking out the putting competition. Awesome as always.

Sunday and golf was front and centre once again. 23 players (Jonah had driven back after Saturday’s game) faced another fresh but calm blue morning. We really had the best weather over the 3 days. The winner for the day was Peter Robinson scoring a very nice 37 points , 2nd Alan Hincks 37, 3rd Corey Mather 35, 4th Brett Greenshields 35, 5th Dave Larcombe 33 and 6th Craig Bartholomew (boo) 32 points. Longest drive went to Colin Hincks while NTP’s were Wayne Best (par3) and Colin Hincks (par4). NAGA for the day was Greg Adam 17 points.

Overall it was a one horse race with Brett Greenshields taking out his first getaway trophy, maybe it was because he didn’t play Friday, maybe it was because he had his family there but he played brilliantly to win with 73 points, 5 clear of second place Peter Robinson 68, 3rd Corey Mather 68 (Corey’s first trip and he dominated the day and the night , he probably had the least sleep all trip), 4th Craig Bartholomew (boo) 66, 5th Alan Hincks 64 and 6th Jamie Hill 63.

Another successful trip away and looking forward to next year already.

Pairs Semi Finals – Gawler 1st July 18

17 players faced fresh but perfect conditions. The driving range was the place to be as it overflowed with golfers before tee off. The greens were a dark green almost blue at times but in great condition and the fastest we have faced in recent times. I’m still trying to get used to the different 1st tee but I guess it breaks up the Par 4 ‘s on the old back nine. The highlight of my group was Randy Wallace slam dunking his second shot from the right side bunker on the Par 3 4th (the old second hole) for a 2 for 4 pts, nothing but net!!

The pairs competition was down to 4 pairs and the 2 winners will play off for Pairs Champions later in the year.
The 1st game had Darren McCard/Colin McPhedran v Ivan Wootton/John McKenzie, Darren and Colin were giving Ivan and John 20 shots overall however it was Darren and Colin who won 4 and 3 to make their second grand final.
The 2nd game had Alan and Colin Hincks taking on Dave Larcombe/Martin Smith with the Hincks boys winning 3 & 2. The Grand Final will be a cracker with the 4th qualified Darren and Colin v the 7th qualified Hincks brothers.

The greens caught a few people out but the winner for the day (who might have sore shoulders after carrying his partner all day) was John McKenzie who had a huge 7 point victory over the rest of the field with 41 points. The handicapper will be sharpening his axe and im sure his handicap will take a fall. Unfortunately for John he didn’t partake in the pot of gold and missed the $50. 2nd place and the winner of the pot of gold after a 4 way countback with 34 points was Clem Bennett (17pts back nine), 3rd was Randy Wallace 34 (16pts), 4th was myself 34 (15pts) and 5th Colin Mcphedran 34 (14pts). There was a lot of self reflection amongst the 34 pointers, 1 more point and $50 could have been theirs. Rounding out the top 6 was Alan Hincks with 32 points.

NAGA for the day was Geoff Rigby with 16 points but his day got a little better as he won the NTP Par3. The Par4 NTP was taken out by Clem Bennett and the longest drive was won by Adam Morcombe.

Next game is in 2 weeks being the golf getaway 25th anniversary spectacular. 22 golfers chasing the dream.

Balaklava Cup – Balaklava Golf Course – 17th June 2018

Robbo is the king of Balaklava, after taking out the Balaklava Golf Cup with 39 pts, on countback from Darren Bartholomew 39 pts.
Despite the course having some rain over the previous few days, the Balaklava course was in pretty good nick. The rain mostly stayed away during the round, so it was enjoyable to play.
HIghlight of the day before play, was when word came through that Colin HIncks could not make it, as he was stranded near Adrossen when the back wheel of his truck came off and want past him at 100 km/h. Quite ironic seeing that the wheels fell off his golf game some 2 years ago.
Highlight of the day after play, was the outstanding lunch provided to us, which we thoroughly enjoyed by the open fire.
In a Singles catch up match, Darren McCard defeated Martin Smith in a closely fought content, Darren winning 3 and 2.
Winner – Peter Robinson 39 pts
2nd – Darren Bartholomew 39
3rd – Corey Maher 35
4th – Dave Larcombe 35
5th – Brett Stewart 34
6th – Clem Bennett 33
NAGA: Frank Poser 24 pts
No long drive or NTP awards, as nobody was smart enough to collect them from the captain’s house.
Next game, is Sandy Creek on 1st July, where we have two ripper Pairs Semi Finals:
1 )Darren McCard/Colin McPhedran v’s John McKenzie/Ivan Wootton
2) Hincks Bros v’s Dave Larcombe and Martin Smith


Despite not playing last round, Jeff Pike retains the lead in the Eclectic Trophy.
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Unfortunately, Darren McCard’s stellar form continued, and he won for the fourth time this season, with 42 points to take out the Dinning Trophy.

There were two Pairs catch up matches played.   Pairs rookies Ivan Wootton and John McKenzie were up against seasoned campaigners Frank Poser and Randy Wallace in the first match.   It was a tight contest all day, but the rookies got on a roll late in the round to win.    In the other match, Martin Smith carried is partner Larry all day, to win over Wayne and the Bart man 4 and 3.

Paris Results:
Ivan Wootton/John McKenzie defeated Frank Poser/Randy Wallace 3 & 1.
Dave Larcombe/Martin Smith defeated Wayne Best/Darren Bartholomew 4 & 3

Singles Results:
1st Darren McCard 42
2nd Alan Hincks 39 points
3rd Dave Wilmshurst 38
4th Brett Greenshields 36
5th Wayne Best 35
6th Colin McPhedran 35
NAGA Darren Bartholomew 26
Long Drive Colin Hincks
NTP Par 3 Dave Wilmshurst
NTP Par 4 Peter Pedersen


19 players drove up the freeway facing cool overcast conditions to play the second round of singles at Echunga.

The course had taken a bit of rain in the last week but wasn’t too bad under foot although a few times the mud rule would have been nice.

Singles results: 3 out of 4 games were completed.

Clem Bennett defeated Colin Hincks 2 & 1
Jamie Hill defeated Dave Larcombe 4 & 2
Alan Hincks defeated Ivan Wootton 5 & 3

Next round of games will be:
Jamie Hill v winner of Martin Smith/Darren Mccard
Clem Bennett v Alan Hincks

The winner for the day on a countback was Alan Hincks 37 pts from Peter Pedersen. 3rd place on a countback with 36 points was Frank Poser with Darren Mccard 4th. 5th went to John McKenzie 35 points and rounding out the top6 was Jamie Hill 34 points.

NAGA for the day on his home course was Ray McCard with 19 points. Longest drive was Warren Smith while the nearest to the pins were Dave Larcombe Par3 and Jamie HIll Par4.

Next game in 2 weeks at Barossa Valley for Pairs catchup games and the Dinning Trophy


Pairs Round 2 @ Fleurieu aka Mt Compass Golf Club

Today saw 19 players venture south for the second round of the pairs competition. It was a calm blue day however the wind picked up early on. The course was in good condition however the rough was a tad brutal and many balls were lost. It was a long day with a 5 hour plus round. Out of 4 pairs games left only 1 could be completed due to other commitments. The winner of this match was Darren McCard/Colin McPhedran defeating Ray McCard/Brett Greenshields 2 & 1.

Overall scoring was tough but Geoff Rigby shone and scored a whopping 42 points to win the day. 2nd place went to Colin Hincks with 36. Honourable mention to dual club champion Dave McLaren who came out for a look and scored 35 points. 3rd place went to Peter Robinson 33, 4th Clem Bennett 32, 5th went to Dave Larcombe 31 pts on a countback from myself also on 31 who finished 6th.

Colin Hincks won the longest drive and also the NTP on the Par4. Ray McCard was NTP Par3 and the NAGA for the day went to Brett Greenshields with 14 points. Noted that Brett had smashed his thumb during the week playing with bricks and had to drill into his thumb nail to relieve pressure. No excuse and a soft display of golf.


2018 Program change.  Thaxted Park 20th May is now Echunga with tee off at 8.45am




It was the annual Captain’s v Chairman’s grudge match, the Memorial Trophy played at Kapunda. Only 0.1 of a point separated the teams at the end, the Captain’s team being victorious. It was former Chairman Ray McCard who let his team down badly, coming dead last with a pathetic 30 points.

Here is the report from the victorious Captain …

19 players made the trek north to Kapunda for the Memorial Trophy. We faced blue calm skies and furry slow greens and played off the white tees.
A catch up pairs game was played. Super sub Greg Adam paired Andrew Saint against Darren McCard/Colin McPhedran. Darren and Colin won 2 & 1 and made it into the 2nd round of pairs.

Ray McCard was at his carting best , taking out some hoops in the ground on the 1st hole , driving straight over one of them with out seeing it.
The winner for the day with a great 42 points was Corey Mather. Corey killed it and I reckon the handbrake came on a bit at the end but he won by 3 over the inform Darren McCard who had 39 points on a 3 way countback with John McKenzie also 39 and Clem Bennett 39.
We had a special guest today, past 150+ game player Theo Symonds aka batman who also scored an impressive 39 points on his home course. 5th place was Ivan Wootton with 38 points and rounding out the top6 was Colin Hincks with 37 points.
Longest drive went to myself and nearest to the pins went to Geoff Rigby (par3) and John McKenzie (par4). It was a high NAGA and it was won by Ray McCard on a countback with 30 points.

The other competition that went on was the Chairman v Captain teams. Darren and I studied the form and over a 4 hour selection process on saturday the teams were picked.

Chairman’s team: 315/9 Average = 35.0
Corey Mather 42; Darren McCard 39; Ivan Wootton 38; Jamie Hill 35; Alan Hincks 35; Colin McPhedran 32; Geoff Rigby 32; Peter Robinson 32; Ray McCard 30.

Captain’s team: 351/10 Average = 35.1
Clem Bennett 39; John McKenzie 39; Theo Symonds 39; Colin Hincks 37; Randy Wallace 36; Darren Bartholomew 35; Dave Wilmshurst 34; Dave Larcombe 31; Andrew Saint 31; Greg Adam 30.