St Leonards Golf

Carnarvon, Friday 4 October (hottest October day in history!)

Mr President is in Japan and will be sitting in the stands for the Wallabies v Uruguay game as I write, with the kick off due in about half an hour.

Since I did not play this will be a very short Harangue.

We had 10 players for the round. Chris tells me that there was a slow group in front of the first group but they still managed to finish the round in 4 hours 15 minutes. Carnarvon is a long course at 6,175 metres and no doubt the unseasonable 33 degree heat did not help. The result was low scores with only one player equalling their handicap. Peter Irvine often says that he is a 40/20 player, meaning that he plays well, or produces crap, and nothing in between. Carnarvon was a day on with Peter winning the Stableford Singles and Doubles, two of the four NTPs, the A Grade Longest Drive, and scoring the only Birdie of the day. However, his 3 wipes cost him two shots.

Chris discovered an error on Andy Dessaix's card with him being scored 4/3 on the Par 3 3rd hole instead of 4/2. No criticism as this can happen at Carnarvon where the colouring of the card can confuse players. It means he scored 31 points but it had no impact on the Stableford Singles and Doubles as announced at the presentation.

Speaking of Presentations Chris tells me that he was congratulated for his presentation by many players. "Concise" and "short" were amongst the phrases used. Perhaps Terry and I should take note.

The course had an impact on Mark Messenger with him taking over from Doc Watson with the highest Bradman for the year, 94 points.

Highlights of the day

  • Congratulations to Peter Irvine, winner on the day with 36 points from Andy Dessaix on 31 points. Chris Franklin picked up third place with 30 points.

  • Tony Ducker and Peter Irvine scored a very good 45 points to win the Doubles, with Andy Dessaix and Chris McCann coming second with 40 points on a count back.

  • None of the leaders in the St Leonards Shield improved their positions.

Terry will be back for Asquith but I will be sending out the invite. Hope to see you all there.

Next Round: 18 October, Asquith