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The 2020 Golf Season has been postponed until further notice.  This includes Sandy Creek on 29 March and matche thereafter.


Mount Osmond 15 March 2020

Pairs Round 1 – Mount Osmond – 15 March 2020, Chairman’s Report

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!

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 ranking.

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 Creek.

1st Barclay Matthews 32
2nd Warren McCard 29
3rd Scott Smart 29
4th Tony Mudge 29
5th Corey Mather 29
6th Ben Smart (Jnr) 29
NTP Par 3 Jamie Coulthard
NTP Par 4 Ben Smart (Jnr)
Long Drive John McKenzie
NAGA Alan Hincks 18

Consecutive Pars
- Keith Johns
- Jeff Pike

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