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The genesis of our Club was amongst staff at the St Leonards Small Business Centre, an Australian government office in St Leonards, Sydney, from 1997 to 2009. Organised golf games commenced in 2000. Being experts in administration, we naturally have records from the commencement of our activities. Unfortunately there are a lot of holes in those records, particularly for the good ol' early days. From the flimsy ephemera available, we have reconstructed annual stableford results as far as we can, and present those details for your enjoyment. Each round's scores were posted on a notice board in the office foyer. In the few instances in which game results were circulated, they mention only the winner and runner up and on many occasions omit any details of scores. Lists of players were not often circulated but some idea of participants at each round may be gleaned from the email traffic.

We play in good spirit for fun. We welcome men and women. We provide scope for players of competitive instincts. But if you wish to enjoy the great outdoors while simply measuring yourself against the courses we play, without the distraction of competition, we have room for you.


• 2000

The tables that follow show stableford scores and other known details. In the years 2000 to 2005, for which records are incomplete, a cell hilighted yellow indicates a player's attendance at a game, even if a score is not known. Even this aspect of our records is incomplete, however. For example, we are certain that our esteemed inaugural Mr President Terry Darlington would have played the first game on 11 February 2000, but there is no evidence to say so. The problem in this case is that he did not win anything and thus there is no evidence he was ever there! All evidence as to what happened in the last half of the year has disappeared.

Two players, Warren Lever and Tony Mulvey, scored a respectable 34 in our first round. The winner on countback was Warren.

For our first two years we played only at Gordon, Chatswood, North Ryde and Asquith.

• 2001

There was some Email traffic in February 2001 between our Secretary and the producers of our screen-based staff magazine about an item for publication. Some of the dialogue in that interchange is somewhat mysterious. Michelle (Staff Magazine): “ps. all of the photos turned out really well esp. the one with the frog on the end of the golf club - it really was very artistic”. Secretary Warren: “Glad to hear. The frog was the only one looking its best on the day.”!? In any event the article made it to press and the photo below appeared in the publication. No sign of the frog!

(Above) 23 February 2001, Gordon Golf Club. From left: Warren Lever, Graham Walshaw, Ellis Leung, Peter Moore, Tony Ducker, Neil James, Albert Renshaw.

 

The records show Tony Watson played his first game with us in September 2001.

• 2002

Through 2002 we still played across a limited range of courses. A historical point to note is that the Gang of Four joined up. Also known as the North Turra Mafia, this group, made up of Chris Franklin, Russell Schreiber, Greg White and Ross Stevens, started recruiting others to their group, including Peter Kiely, Kevin Murphy and Cec Moloney. Eventually they roped in the Handicapper, Andy Dessaix, and sometimes, the President through those harrowing times, Mr Terry Darlington, himself. The point of all this is that when the Comtax Shield was introduced as the club’s main competition in 2007, in all years, from 2007 to 2012, the Shield has been won by players involved with the North Turra Mafia. The coincidence is just too obvious. When you combine it with their generally insidious behaviour it is clear that there needs to be a stewards' enquiry. NSW Police have an ongoing investigation but expectation of any result is low. Bruce Jones also joins us but we do not think the two are linked.

The winner of round 4 of 2002, played at Gordon, was Tony Watson, ahead of Tony Ducker on countback, after both scored 36.

• 2003

Again for 2003 (below) we have virtually no information on results. But we have more attendance information covering every course played during the year. We had matches at St Michaels and Moore Park. Warwick Bulmer, Greg Carew, and Kevin Murphy joined us.

• 2004

By 2004 the lack of detail is still with us. Ranjit Balakrishnan makes his first appearance amongst us. We have now added Long Reef, Liverpool, Nelson Bay and Wyong to our list of courses.

• 2005

The 2005 sheet shows a lot more detail. If we had had a competition based on your best four games, Tony Watson would have won it. At least he is not part of the Turra Mafia.... as far as we know! Good to see Albert Renshaw up there in 3rd place. Ted Gibney and Cec Moloney joined us.

(Above) Tony Watson,
best four Stableford
scores, 2005

• 2006

The 2006 Table has complete details for every match. If we had had a best of 5 the winner would have been Chris Franklin. A libel action currently before the Supreme Court prevents us from commenting further on this matter. Our esteemed President at the time, Terry Darlington, ran 2nd and many people think he should be awarded first prize retrospectively. The Committee will consider this when the results of the Police enquiry have been made public. Peter Kiely joined us.

• 2007
The St Leonards Shield


From 2007 we have competed for a perpetual trophy, the St Leonards Shield, kindly provided to us by COMTAX Credit Union. The Shield is presented to the winner of our premier annual stableford competition.

Originally awarded for the five best scores over a year, from 2013 the criterion changed to the best eight stableford scores over a year.

(Above) A Comtax representative presents the St Leonards Shield to players,
to be awarded in annual stableford competition. (Players from left: Neil James,
Russell Schreiber, Chris Franklin, Albert Renshaw, Terry Darlington, Kevin Murphy)

(Above) The queue on the 1st tee, Gordon on 17 December 2007. From left: Dave Thomson Jnr (visitor), Richard Chan, Kevin Murphy, Graham Walshaw, Dave Thomson Snr, Tony Watson, Warren Lever, Tony Ducker, Terry Darlington.

 

The inaugural winner of the St Leonards Shield in 2007 was Chris Franklin, with a 3 point win over Cec Moloney.

• 2008

Moving on to the 2008 year, the St Leonards Shield winner, with a clear lead over President Terry, was Peter Kiely. Both were close after round 9 at Northbridge with 42 and 41 respectively. However Asquith proved to be the downfall of the Pres with no opportunity for a final push owing to the last round of the year, as with the first, being washed out by rain.

• 2009

(Above) Players cool down after the final round of play in 2009. Clockwise from front: Albert Renshaw, Peter Moore, Ted Gibney, Tony Watson, Chris Franklin, Kevin Murphy, Greg White, Peter Kiely, Russell Schreiber, Steve Merchant,
Angus Stewart, Tony Ducker, Ranjit Balakrishnan.



The 2009 year saw the arrival of Kevin Murphy. Kevin went into the final round with a 10 point lead over Greg White. He must have been worried as he only managed a 32 and Greg was playing well. Greg got a 39 making up 7 points but Kevin got over the line by 3 points.

• 2010

(Above) The field that lined up at Gordon, 17 December 2010. Standing left to right: Chris Franklin, Warren Lever, Peter Kiely, Russell Schreiber,
Kevin Murphy, Neil James, Terry Darlington, Angus Stewart, Greg White; crouching, left to right: Tony Ducker, Ranjit Balakrishnan, Albert Renshaw.



2010 saw Russell Schreiber come to the fore. He started his campaign early when, at North Ryde on 5 March, off a handicap of 6, he scored par for the round, contributing 42 points to his final total, 5 points in front of Greg White. Unfortunately for Greg this was his second bridesmaid in a row.


• 2011

Andy Dessaix turned up to play with the club for the first time on 15 April 2011 at Mona Vale. He scored 20 points! He did not look like a threat. But he performed well in his last 4 matches. Going into the final round Tony Ducker was leading on 177, with Russell on 176, and Andy on 172. Russell did not play and Tony was involved in the Match Play final against Mr Handicapper. Tony did not know that playing Mr Handicapper means that your standard of play is dragged down to his. Andy carded a 45 and snuck through the gap to win comfortably.

• 2012

 Going into the final round at Gordon on 9 December 2012 there were five players in contention. Mr Handicapper Moore led with 192 points, 4 points clear of Cec Moloney on 188. Tony Ducker had 182 points. There were two others that did not appear to be in contention, Steve Merchant and Terry Darlington, on 178 and 171 points respectively. Then the cards started coming in. Terry Darlington 48, Steve Merchant 47, Cec Moloney 39, Tony Ducker 38. Turmoil reigned. But Mr Handicapper managed to compile 38 points to sneak in by a point from Steve Merchant and Cec Moloney.

• 2013

In 2013 we had an interloper from overseas. Grahame Curry returned to Australia after 13 years in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Given that he spent every one of those years playing golf 4 times a week (more than 2,500 games) it is little wonder that he won the St Leonards Shield. Buzz Holden joined the club. Creditably, Buzz tied for 2nd with Andy Dessaix in the aggregate Stableford comp. Carefree Andy, running 2nd in the competition but with the lead probably out of reach, got the date wrong and didn’t play the final round. There’s a lesson there. At our annual meeting on the final day’s play, President Terry retired after 14 years at the helm, and was made a life member of the club. We were fortunate that super talented and capable Tony Ducker volunteered to step into Terry’s giant shoes.

• 2014

2014 saw Mr Handicapper score 53 points at Chatswood on 7 March. One would have thought that with such an amazing score as part of his aggregate, he would win the Shield. But, no! By the end of round 20 with two rounds to go, Tony Ducker had caught up. President Tony and Mr Handicapper Peter were even on 300 points. In the penultimate game, Mr Handicapper pulled ahead by a point, but in the final round Tony pulled a 40 pointer out of the hat to win the St Leonards Shield by 4 points.


(Above) Starters for the final round at Gordon, 5 December 2014. Left to right: Albert Renshaw, Andy Dessaix, Graham Curry, Buzz Holden, Peter Moore, Greg White, Chris Franklin, Steve Merchant, Tony Watson, Kevin Murphy, Tony Ducker (front), Angus Stewart, Ranjit Balakrishnan, Cec Moloney.

 

 

• 2015

2015 saw the "Rise and Rise of Steve Merchant". Steve had his first match with the club on 7 December 2009. In his first 6 games Steve managed to score 50 wipes, and Mr Handicapper, taking some pity, increased his handicap to 45 in June 2010. However, by the beginning of 2015 Steve had reduced that handicap to 29. By the end of the year he had further reduced that handicap to 24 to win the St Leonards Shield by a massive 13 points from Chris Franklin. Mike Willis and John O'Connor joined the club.




(Above) In the starting gates — the field assembles for the final round of 2015, 4 December, North Ryde GC. Left to right: Tony Ducker, Vilis Rudzitis, Mike Willis,
 John O'Connor, Russell Schreiber, Cec Moloney, Buzz Holden, Graham Curry, Kevin Murphy, Kevin Crowley, Dave Robertson, Ranjit Balakrishnan, Steve Merchant, Peter Moore, Chris Franklin, Andy Dessaix, Albert Renshaw (front), Greg White.

 

• 2016

Chris Franklin led the Shield rankings for most of 2016 and after round 13 was 8 points in front of his nearest rival and 23 points in front of the eventual winner. But round 9 saw Grahame Curry become equal leader after a 40 point game. Grahame took a 1 point lead and held that single point for the next 5 matches. But Mr Handicapper snuck through the pack to take a 1 point lead with 3 rounds to go. Despite Buzz Holden snapping at his heels, Mr Handicapper managed to hold on, to become the first player to win the Shield twice. 2016 also saw Cec Moloney score a hole in one on the 17th at Asquith, the same hole on which Andy Dessaix scored his hole in one, in 2012.

Ready for the starter's gun: 9 December 2016. Back, left to right: Vilis Rudzitis, Steve Merchant, John O'Connor, Dave Robertson, Mike Willis, Angus Stewart,
Ranjit Balakrishnan, Buzz Holden, Peter Moore, Tony Watson, Chris Franklin, Albert Renshaw; front left to right: Peter Irvine, Steve Greene, Terry Darlington,
Russell Schreiber, Andy Dessaix (crouching), Grahame Curry, Tony Ducker.

• 2017

North Ryde, 8 December: (left to right) Tony Ducker, Chris Franklin, Cec Moloney, Mark Messenger, John O'Connor, Dave Robertson, Mike Willis, Tony Watson, Peter Irvine, Russell Schreiber, Kevin Murphy, Buzz Holden (obscured) Peter Moore, Ranjit Balakrishnan, Albert Renshaw, Angus Stewart (obscured), Richard Chan, Andy Dessaix, Grahame Curry.

• 2018

North Ryde, 14 December: (left to right) Tony Ducker, Steve Merchant, Mike Willis, Tony Watson, Chris Franklin, Dave Robertson, Russell Schreiber (front), Ranjit Balakrishnan, Peter Moore, Terry Darlington (front), Andy Dessaix, Grahame Curry.


• 2011


There can be only one winner in match play:

In 2011 it was Tony Ducker!

[Photos: 20 JAN 2017]

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