Golf

Bus Trip – Clare Masters 14 Apr

Captain’s Report

20 golfers and 2 caddies headed north on the resurrected and infamous Bus Trip to Clare for the Clare Masters.

The Bus headed off early and the West End was flowing early, seriously who still buys west end? Ray had one job and failed dismally quoting “Beer is Beer”.

Things went smoothly early until the second pick up point was reached which was the OTR Munno Para, Geoff Rigby turned up at a different OTR and met us at the right one eventually delaying things a little but at least we had west end to keep us company.

After a pleasant trip we turned up to Clare to face mild conditions with a bit of breeze around the place. We had the place to ourself and while the fairways were a bit dry the greens were in fine condition.
After 9 holes we had a quick bbq with a snag and some onions (on the bottom) before we got going again.

Many things are learnt on bus trips, kiwis sit down to pee, Frank Poser can’t drive carts nearly decapitating his pairs partner Randy Wallace by driving a cart straight into a sign, never give a bottle of Cointreau to the last group and that Corey Mather still needs a handicap readjustment.

The winner for the day was Corey Mather with a very impressive 40 points winning by 4 points over Brett Stewart 36pts who won on a countback over 3rd place Chris Kellett.

4th on a 5 way countback with 35 pts was Dave Larcombe, 5th Darren McCard and rounding out the top 6 was Ivan Wootton.

NAGA went to Jeff Pike 26 pts while longest drive was Trevor Shepard. NTP’s were John McKenzie Par3 and Brett Stewart with a birdie Par4.

Another fun day had by all, plenty of stories and what if’s on the way back as a few beers were had by all. A few even went back to the Clovey to keep the day alive.

3 weeks until the next game at Mt Compass.

Thaxted Park –  7 April

Chairman’s Report – Well, the golfing gods did not smile on Ingle Farm Golf Club this week.   During the week, Colin Hincks fell off a ladder and ended up in hospital with broken ribs and a busted shoulder. The Vines Golf Club cancelled our round scheduled for 2nd June.   Our stand in Captain for Thaxted Park (Jamie Hill) cut his hand off clipping his nails, and then today … DISASTER!!!!!. No draw sheet for Singles, no handicap list, no nothing !!!   Players ended up teeing off at random using the last handicap that they could remember!   So, unfortunately the Singles Play offs did not occur today. The committee will soon advise as to how we deal with that.

But despite the drama, we got away and played a round of golf. Some of us even had a good day. Dave McLaren had a day out and returned to his 2 x time club championship form. Despite scrubbing the first hole, he won the day with 41 pts, and it included an EAGLE on the par 5 6th Hole. Well done Macca!   The full results were:

WINNER:   David McLaren 41 pts

RUNNER UP: Geoff Rigby 36

3RD:       Mark Symes 36

4TH:       Frank Poser   36

5TH:       Clem Bennett   35

6TH:       Peter Robinson   35

NTP PAR 3: Mark Symes

NTP PAR 4: Peter Robinson + Birdie

LONG DRIVE: Dave McLaren

N.A.G.A:   Jamie Coulthard 9pts

CONSECUTIVE PARS: Trevor Shephard, Rob Carthew, John McKenzie

Apologies to all players for the stuff up today, and thank you for your understanding. There will be full Royal Commission in to what happened. Looking forward to the Bus Trip this Sunday. Remember, the bus leaves the Club at 7am sharp!

Please note the following change to the 2019 Ingle Farm Golf Program, due course unavailability.

WAS

Sunday 2nd June – The Vines

Tee Off 8.30am

NOW

Sunday 2nd June – Sandy Creek

Tee Off 9am

Pairs Round 1 – Tanunda 24 March

From the Captain –

Nothing like pairs to bring out the crowds. 30 golfers headed north in anticipation of the first round of the pairs. The weather was calm and mild and the course was in great condition.

The winner for the day and in fine form so far this year was Ivan Wootton winning with a huge 45 points, not the best time to have a handicap hit but who cares , its 45 pts. 8 points away in 2nd place with 37 pts was John Robins while 3rd after losing on a countback was Warren Smith with 37pts, 4th on a 6 way countback was Chris Kellett 36 pts , from John McKenzie 5th and Alan Hincks 6th all with 36 pts. 3 unlucky golfers also had 36 but missed out.

NAGA for the day was Jamie Coulthard with 22 pts.
Thanks to Tanunda Pines who donated 3 bottles of red which were handed out to the longest drive winner Rob Carthew and nearest to the pin winners Ivan Wootton par3 and Trevor Shepard par4.

Next game is in 2 weeks at Thaxted Park and 16 players will face round 1 of the singles.

The pairs results were as follows:

Round 1 results.

Rank 1 – John McKenzie & Ivan Wootton WON 7 & 5 against Rank 16 Chris Kellett & Ray McCard – Ivan was truly magnificent and was the star of this group. Ray McCard let Chris Kellett down.  Who swapped Ray’s clubs around, resulting in him hitting the wrong club twice?

Rank 2 – John Robins & Andrew Saint LOST 1up against Rank 15 Jeff Pike & Brett Stewart – A huge upset, with the 2nd rank team being knocked out.  Many questions will be asked.

Rank 3 – Corey Mather & Dave McLaren LOST 3 & 1 against Rank 14 Darren Bartholomew & Geoff Rigby.  Another poor performance by a top seed.  Macca the weak link in this group?

Rank 4 – Brett Greenshields & Peter Pedersen NO GAME against Rank 13 Alan Hincks & Colin Hincks

Rank 5 – Dave Larcombe & Martin Smith NO GAME against Rank 12 Frank Poser & Randy Wallace

Rank 6 – Clem Bennett & Trevor Shepard WON 5 & 4 against Rank 11 Jamie Coulthard & Mark Symes.  Jonah and Shep just too good in this match.

Rank 7 – Peter Robinson & Warren Smith LOST 3 & 1 against Rank 10 Jamie HIll & David Wilmshurst.  An injured Warren Smith played his heart out, but the in form Robbo was nowhere to be seen, and let his partner down badly.

Rank 8 – Darren McCard & Colin McPhedran WON 3 & 2 against Rank 9 Rob Carthew & Tony Mudge.  A titanic struggle with Carthew and Mudge being 2 up early.  Tony put on an exhibition of driving the golf ball.  But, McPhedran and McCard hung in there and dug deep, to turn it around on the back nine.  A courageous performance.

Round 2

John McKenzie & Ivan Wootton v Darren McCard & Colin McPhedran (the match of the round)

Catch up game – Brett Greenshields & Peter Pedersen v Alan & Colin Hincks

Catch up game – Dave Larcombe & Martin Smith v Frank Poser & Randy Wallace

Jeff Pike & Brett Stewart v Jamie Hill & David Wilmshurst

Darren Bartholomew & Geoff Rigby v Clem Bennett & Trevor Shepard

Summer Getaway – 16/17 March

From the Captain –

Summer Getaway at Victor Harbor and South Lakes Goolwa 16/3/19 – 17/3/19

The 1st round of the summer getaway commenced at the picturesque victor harbor golf course. 13 golfers were in the hunt for the two round competition. Weather wise the conditions were perfect but unfortunately the greens were only recently cored and were not much fun at all, very furry and very slow.

The winner for the day with a very impressive 41 pts under tough putting conditions was John Robins, 2nd was Ray McCard 40 pts, 3rd was Andrew Saint 36 pts, 4th in a three way countback was Alan Hincks, Brett Greenshields and Brett Stewart all with 34 pts.

The NAGA winner was Dave Larcombe 21 pts while the longest drive was Wayne Best. Nearest to the pin Par3 went to Bill Finegan while no one took out the nearest to the pin par4.

After Saturdays games 12 of the golfers, partners and kids went back to the caravan park for a bbq dinner under lights listening to Ray Attenborough and the comedy duo of Ray and Billy. The kookaburras turned up again to say hi. A great night again. Thanks to Brett Greenshields and Chris Pike for organising everything and to John and Wayne for cooking.

Sunday morning a few extra players joined a few blurry golfers for the second round at Goolwa South Lakes. 17 players faced calm overcast conditions with the wind picking up later in the round.
Frank Poser drove down from Adelaide and drove back home a winner with 38 pts. 2nd went to Wayne Best 37 pts, 3rd Ray McCard 36 pts, 4th Jonah 35 pts, 5th Jamie Hill 34 pts and 6th went to Peter Robinson after a three way countback 33 pts.

Speaking of countbacks there was a 5 way countback for NAGA with Geoff Rigby taking the honours with 26 pts. Longest drive went to Jonah, while nearest to the pins were Brett Greenshields Par3 and Wayne Best Par4.

After 2 rounds the winner of the 2019 Summer Getaway was Ray McCard with 76 pts. An investigation is currently underway to see if his new bionic eyes are legal to enter any further competitions. 2nd was Wayne Best 69 pts, 3rd John Robins 68 pts, 4th Alan Hincks 67, 5th Jamie Hill 66 pts and 6th Brett Stewart 66 pts.

First round of the pairs is next week at Tanunda Pines.

Northern Hydraulic Trophy
West Lakes 3rd March

From the Captain – 23 golfers faced warm overcast conditions at West Lakes, trying to win the prestigious Northern Hydraulic Trophy. The winner for the day receives a night out with Ray , runner up wins 2 nights. Last year’s winner was very happy with the night out , and by all reports the night was a hit. Last years winner was Ray McCard.

The course was nice and green and in good condition. Its a Par70 and the course is tight with small undulating greens.
The player that handled the conditions the best and the winner for the day was Brett Stewart with a very nice 38 pts. Brett is really looking forward to his night out. Runner up was Peter Robinson with 37pts, 3rd was Tony Mudge with a solid 36pts, 4th on a countback was Wayne Best 35 from Jeff Pike. Thanks Wayne for taking care of pot of gold duties. Rounding out the top 6 was Martin Smith on a 4 way countback with 33 pts.

NAGA on a countback was Terry Stephens with 19 pts, I wont mention the who else scored 19 but Andrew Saint was really happy. Longest drive went to John Robins while ntp’s were Martin Smith (par3) and Darren McCard (par4).

Not much else happened for the day, Colin McPhedran is taking some time off to discover life the universe and everything and Darren Bartholomew after a long hard game in the sun ordered a raspberry at the bar. I was confused and frightened and had to mention it.

Next game in 2 weeks is the Summer Getaway over 2 rounds.

Singles Qualifying – Barossa

Chairman’s Report – Singles Qualifying – Barossa Valley 24th Feb.

Another huge field turned up for Singles Qualifying. It would have been even bigger, if our Captain Big Willy turned up, leaving stand in Jamie Hill to perform the Captain duties for the day, and he did an excellent job. Apparently Big Willy had a Big day at the cricket yesterday! Brett Greenshields was also a no show … nobody knows why … and nobody really cared.

A lack of water has taken a toll on the fairways. Although very dry, they played well and players appreciated the extra roll they provided. Scoring was white hot, with 34 pts the minimum required to get you into the top 16 and qualify for the next round. Dave McLaren had 34 pts but was beaten into 17th place on a countback and did not qualify.


Robbo was best of the day, with 40 pts to win on countback from Martin Smith. It was good to see Robbo stay back for presentation. Rob Carthew had an eagle putt lip out on the 5th hole. Darren McCard’s tee shot on the par 3 3rd hole hit the edge of the tee block and ricocheted back 10 metres behind him, but he nearly holed his second from the back of the tee block (what a recovery!). And how well is Corey Maher going? He was adamant that he had lost Eclectic card. He could not find it anywhere. After being threatened with a $50 fine, he somehow found it ……. in his back pocket!

And a very special mention to the superstar Ryan Christoff.  He drove Ray McCard around in the buggy all day, and by all reports did a great job, only running into one tree. He also sold the raffle and broke the all-time club record for raffle collection, raising $125 dollars. Well done Ryan!

NOTE: For the next round, West Lakes may not be able to accommodate the large fields we have been having lately. Hopefully, we can get everyone in, but some may have to miss out. So, make sure you pay for next week EARLY. If we have to restrict the filed, we will do it on a “who paid first basis”.

Barossa Results:
Winner: Peter Robinson 40 pts
Runner Up: Martin Smith 40
3rd: Jamie Hill 37
4th: Ray McCard 38
5th: Brett Stewart 38
6th: John McKenzie 38
NTP Par 3: Jeff Pike
NTP Par 4: Martin Smith
Long Drive: Dave Larcombe
NAGA: Jamie Coulthard 23
Consecutive Pars: Hill, Robbo, Al Hincks, Poser

Singles Qualifiers (Top 16):
Peter Robinson 40 pts
Martin Smith 40
Jamie Hill 37
Ray McCard 38
Brett Stewart 38
John McKenzie 38
John Robins 37
Alan Hincks 36
Colin Hincks 36
Clem Bennett 36
Frank Poser 36
Trevor Shepard 35
Dave Larcombe 35
Lee Wootton 34
Geoff Rigby 34
Damien Murphy 34
Reserves:
Macca, BartMan, Ivan, Rob Carthew, J.Pike

Paris Qualifying – Ashton Hills

Pairs Qualifying @ Aston Hills Mt Barker 10/2/19.

29 players and 16 teams headed up the freeway for pairs qualifying. 3 players had to qualify solo but at least everyone qualified. We were able to split the tees which helped out with 8 groups. It was overcast and the course was a lot greener than we had seen lately compared to the other courses.

Another large field and another huge day for scoring with John McKenzie winning the day by 2 with 43 points with his pairs partner Ivan Wootton coming in 2nd on a countback with 41 points.

Look at the results after the first 4 rounds and noticed this:
Game1 Rigby 41 pts (2nd Ivan 40)
Game2 Ivan 41 pts
Game 3 Corey 43 pts
Game 4 John 43 pts.

Now I’m not sure what they put in the drinks at the Clovey but there is a pattern. I’m scared to drug test any player playing for Ingle Farm because god knows what we will find but Today Tonight are on the case. As for Ivan he is almost a paid professional receiving cash every week with a 1st and two 2nd’s so far. A great start.

3rd was Darren Bartholomew 41pts, 4th Dave McLaren with 40 pts, 5th was John Robins 39 pts and rounding out the Top6 was Andy Saint with 38 pts on a 4 way countback. Andy securing 6th after 23 pts on the back nine.

NAGA for the day was 1st gamer (for the year) Jamie Hill 26pts, longest drive was Corey Mather and both nearest to the pins were won by myself (a birdie on the par4).

Pairs matches for Round 1 as follows:
Rank 1 McKenzie/Wootton v Adam/Kellett Rank 16
Rank 8 McCard/McPhedran v Carthew/Mudge Rank 9
Rank 4 Greenshields/Pedersen v Hincks brother Rank 13
Rank 5 Larcombe/Smith v Poser/Wallace Rank 12
Rank 2 Robins/Saint v Pike/Stewart Rank 15
Rank 7 Robinson/Smith v Hill/Wilmshurst Rank 10
Rank 3 Mather/McLaren v Bartholomew/Rigby Rank 14
Rank 6 Bennett/Shepard v Coulthard/Symes Rank 11

The draw is like tennis so the winner of the 1st game will play winner of the 2nd game.

Next game is in 2 weeks time which is singles qualifying at Barossa where the top 16 will fight it out. If singles were this week 32 points would have been needed to get through.

Corey Wins His First Club Trophy – Finegan Sausage Sizzle – McCracken

Captain’s Report – Finegan Sausage Sizzle 13th Hole @ McCracken 3.2.19

32 golfers headed south looking forward to the 2nd holding of the Finegan sausage sizzle at McCracken. Many thanks to Dereen, Billy, Christine, Marty and Rosie for providing this great service on the 13th hole. Enjoyed by all and looking forward to next year. Ray McCard (mascot for the day) did think his sausage was a bit small but he often shares too much information.

Initially we had 35 golfers however 3 were missing in action. Brett Greenshields had a sore eye , Darren Bartholomew needed more beauty sleep and Greg Adam turned up at the wrong course , apparently he was looking at a 2018 program and headed off to the barossa valley!! By all reports he won the day, longest drive and all nearest to the pins. Well played Greg.

The course was dry , greens fine and early on the weather was hot and muggy until the sea breeze kicked in which made conditions more bearable. We had another 4 golfers play their first game for the year, welcome to newcomers Damian Murphy and Trevor Shepard.

Scoring was hot and the winner for the day with a handicap destroying (just before pairs) 43 points was Corey Mather. Runner up with a still impressive 42 points was Jonah. 3rd and wondering what do you have to do to win a round was Frank Poser with 41 points. Not many 41pt games end up 3rd. 4th with 38 was Peter Robinson, 5th was newcomer Trevor Shepard with 36 and rounding out the top6 was Robert Carthew with 35 points (off a hcp of 5!).

Just when there couldn’t be any more excitement Jonah scored the first eagle for the year on the 10th hole after claiming the longest drive on the same hole. Your a legend!!

Nearest to the pins went to Corey Mather (Par4) with a birdie and Billy Finegan had the nearest to the pin on the 13th hole and also sunk the birdie. NAGA for the day went to Jamie Coulthard with 13 points.

Drivers took a bit longer to get home due to a fire at Mt Compass and were diverted off the main road. I’m just writing this to protect people from their partners as most rocked up a lot later than normal. It was nothing to do with the extra beers..just sayin.

Pairs qualifying is on next week at Ashton Hills aka Mt Barker and 15 pairs have registered at this stage. Game on. Ashton Hills will also be the start of the eclectic too.

Ivan Wins His First Club Trophy, The Drummond – Sandy Creek

Another bumper group of 29 players drove north to play for the Drummond Golf Trophy at Sandy Creek. The course was looking dry and the greens were slower than normal , no doubt pumped full of water recently due to the heat. I’m not sure what the temperature hit today but it was nice to sit down after the game , it felt hotter than it probably was but the clubhouse was cold as were the beers.

No Ray McCard today, first time in awhile without his supervision and i’m not sure if this was a coincidence or not but we had 5 new players and prospective future members have a hit. Welcome to Tony Mudge, Doug Osborne, Rob Carthew, Keith Johns and Brett Hughes. This carried on from 2 new players the week before so the future is looking good.

The player that handled the conditions the best and scored a handicap destroying 41 points was Ivan Wootton who takes home the Drummond Golf Trophy. 2nd was Jonah , back in fine form again with 39 points (Colin McPhedran, surely that handicap has to drop eventually??). 3rd went to Peter Robinson with 38 points on a countback from Alan Hincks. 5th went to Dave McLaren with 37 points and rounding out the top 6 was Brett Stewart who scored 35 points.

NAGA for the day and playing with a handicap for the first time was Jamie Coulthard with 15 points. Longest drive went to Wayne Best while the nearest to the pins were Colin Hincks (par3) and Alan Hincks (par4).

Next game is in 2 weeks at McCracken for the Finegan Sausage Sizzle Day.

2019 Tees Off

The 2019 Season got off to a bumper start on 6th Jan, with 30 players out to complete for the first trophy of the year, the Buscumb Trophy.  A very warm welcome to new comers Jamie Coulthard and Terry Stephens. Jamie comes to us via the Clovercrest Hotel and Terry, despite being a mate of Brett Stewart, seems like a really nice bloke.

A shame that Ray McCard could NOT play out the full 18 holes due to poor eye sight. One wonders if he should have spent his money on a white cane, instead of the new Callaway Launcher driver for $400?

Despite some negativity on the new golf shirts they were a HUGE hit and we almost sold out on day 1. Some members even bought shirts for their wife and kids!

Also, it was really pleasing to have so many members paying their $80 subs at the first round – thank you and well done! And thank you to everyone who bought a raffle ticket, the raffle raised $133 for the club.

Scoring was high with Geoff Rigby having a great start to the year and winning the day with 41points. 2nd went to Ivan Wootton 40points, 3rd was Alan Hincks 39points, 4th was Darren Bartholomew 37points on a countback from Corey Mather who was 5th. Rounding out the top 6 was Jonah with 36 points. Tough to get into the top 6 with 30 players.

NAGA for the day went to Colin McPhedran with 23 points. Nearest to the pins were Chris Kellett Par3 and Brett Greenshields Par4. Longest drive went to Jonah which was measured out at 233m

BBQ duties went to new committee member Wayne Best who was trying to fire up the barbie for at least 5 minutes , pressing away until it was discovered no gas bottle was attached!! Better lift his game for next time.

Congratulations to Geoff Rigby on winning the first trophy of the year, the Buscumb Trophy.We are off to a great start, and I look forward to seeing you at the next round at Sandy Creek on 20th Jan.