The Spring weather conditions have certainly been welcomed with some outstanding golfing results being achieved by our members and visitors alike. The course is progressively returning to its brilliant best with rave reviews being forthcoming from the many visitors who have played Duntryleague over the past few weeks, and with the much needed rainfall received has assisted in the course recovery for the various Championship Events conducted during this past month.
We kicked off our month with the Macquarie Alarms sponsored monthly medal with Peter Jackson collecting the medal with a fine 68 net from his 24 handicap. Jacko withstood challenges from Brett Macken and Brandon Akerstrom who also returned 68 net scores however Jacko’s strong back 9 enabled him to win the event on a count-back. Jacko has been in the winners circle of late and with his consistent form should progress to a lower grade over the summer period. The members ill all watch with interest. The quiet achiever Craig Stojanovic collected the scratch prize for his excellent 2 under par score of 68.
The 4BBB Championships were conducted on the 13th and 14th with Andrew Campbell and James Conran combining brilliantly to record a 5 under par 135 over the 36 hole journey to relegate defending Champions Robert Payne and Dennis Schultz to the runner-up position on a score of 137. Campbell played particularly well over the 2 days to keep his team on top of the leaderboard as Payne and Schultz often challenged but were kept at bay by the consistent shot making of Campbell. The prodigious hitting of Conran was something to behold over the journey and both players are to be congratulated for their first victory in this honour board event.
Grant Barrett and Paul Madden were victorious in the Div 2 Championship with a 36 hole score of 162 to pip the highly fancied combination of Peter Snowden and Mervan Bilske on 165. Rod Jones and “Kev” Frazer returned the best net scores in Div 1 and Greg Spong and Richard Benson the best net in Div 2. Fine golfing by the combinations.
Nick Sharp continues to impress after taking up the game recently following a stella career on the hockey field. Nick is rapidly reducing his handicap and by recording 41 stableford points on the IGA Ashcrofts sponsored day on the 2oth he is well on his way to a single figure handicap just down the track. Mick Fisher had a great score of 41 points on the day continuing his solid form of late that includes honing his sweet swing with some dedicated practice sessions on our new practice facilities.
Stuart Porges and John Dawes combined brilliantly for 48 stableford points to collect the monthly 4BBB Printhie Plate on a count-back from Doug Pickett and John Dawes who was the swinger on the day. Greg Rhodes and Wal Reynolds rounded out the prize winners with a fine 47 points to collect the Printhie Wines products courteously provided by Ruth and Jim Swift from the award winning Printhie Wines Estate.
The Annual return visit to Duntryleague by our close colleagues from the New South Wales Golf Club involved some hotly contested matches with the Duntryleague team collecting the coveted silverware 3 matches to 2. These team matches were first played in 1936 following the relationships established during the WWII when the NSW Golf Club site was used for military purposes and a group of hardy golfers were invited to venture to Duntryleague by train for a game of golf. Longstanding friendships have evolved from these annual events and provides a great opportunity for members of both Clubs to experience the vagaries of “links and parkland” style golf on 2 of the best examples of their respective golf design types in Australia.
The Duntryleague side comprised proud members John Tilston, Chris Dwyer, Dennis Rose, Bob Craig, Mark Hildebrandt, Marco Pasquali, Dave Bouffler, Jim Lenon, President John Cook, Chris Kelly, Jock Sampson, Roger Gordon and led by Captain Dennis Schultz. In the year of the Ryder Cup it was a sweet victory by the home side and NSWGC Captain John Ellis reluctantly handing over the Cup with a promise to adopt a stronger team selection process for the next matches in 2019. A great relationship building weekend between the 2 Clubs was enjoyed by all. Well done Duntry.
The “Father and Son” (or grandson, or stepson, or whatever son) was sponsored by the Rose family on the 27th with Dave and “that’s my boy” Garry McLeod returning a hot 51 stableford points to pick up the winners envelope from Brian and Greg Smith on 46 points. Garry who was visiting from Warringah was humble in collecting the winning spoils with a speech that reflected an inauguration speech in Parliament. Dave Corby teamed up with another Northern Beaches player in Mona Vale’s Patrick Hamer to score 48 points in the “other non-family event” pipping Ross Montgomery and Tim Nicholson on 47 points.
Last but not least congratulations to James Conran for his outstanding win in the Bathurst Open returning an 8 under par score of 134 to set up a 3 shot victory and qualifying to play in the 2018 NSW Open at Twin Creeks later this month. James has re-ignited his love for the game and with this victory on the back end of his team winning performance in the NSW Country Championships at Goulburn could be a significant stepping stone in following his fathers foot steps to edge a career in the golfing industry.
James will clearly be the man to beat at our upcoming 2018 Hahn Golf Open Amateur Championships to be played at Duntryleague on the 24-25 November with entries now being accepted for this highly contested Vardon Event. Entry forms are located in our clubhouse foyer or can be lodged via our website.
Good golfing in November.