March is the month the serious golfers come out to play with the Stroke Play Championships and the Match Play Club Championships getting under way. The course has been prepared in pristine condition in readiness for these blue ribbon events with some great scoring returned by the competitors.
Stroke Play Championships:
In the Stroke Play event James Walford came out with all guns blazing in Round 1 with a great 2 under par 68 to set up a 2 shot advantage over Mal Gregor and Robert Payne on even Par with Tyson Lane and Craig Stojanovic a further stroke back on 71. Gusty weather conditions greeted the field for Round 2 with Walford and Lane dropping well off the pace with Payne, Gregor and Stojanovic returning 3 over par 73’s to open up a clear margin on the rest of the contestants. The 3rd round played on the following weekend saw many scores balloon out with early rain, strong winds and plummeting temperatures taking its toll on the contenders. Payne generally thrives in these conditions and clearly showed his all round strength by recording an even Par round of 70 to open up a commanding lead over Gregor and the little lefty Rob Parfett who returned a commendable 72 to come into the mix. The final round became a 1 horse race as Robert Payne confirmed his status as our premier golfer with a final round of 1 under 69 to conclude the Stroke Play journey with a 2 over par score of 282 for the 72 holes. Robert Payne successfully defended his title by a commanding 17 shots to Rob Parfett and Mal Gregor. Payne also picked up the Seniors event over Wayne Carpenter. Mal Gregor collected some consolation by winning the net score for the event.
In the B Grade a 4 way tussle evolved over the 72 holes between Ross Montgomery, Ian Paine, Ewan Powell and Scott Kennedy with little separating all players throughout the event. Montgomery held a 4 shot buffer over Paine and Powell at the half way mark however a difficult 3rd round witnessed Montgomery slip from atop the leader board and hand over the lead to Paine with Kennedy entering the mix along side Powell and Montgomery. The final 18 holes came down to the wire with Ian Paine getting the gong by 2 strokes over Ross Montgomery on 347, Ewan Powell on 348 and Scott Kennedy on 349. All players are lamenting various mistakes during their final rounds however Ian Paine is a worthy Champion in this Grade having been a perennial contender in this Division over several years. Gordon Smith collected the 72 hole nett prize for B Grade to win on a countback from Steve Gander.
The C Grade also became a titanic tussle between 3 players in Jason Bright, the mercurial Martin Boyd and Steve Stojanovic. Event sponsor and the rapidly improving Bob Craig was the overnight leader after Round 1 however a very early Sunday morning start in Round 2 quickly extinguished any thoughts Craig had of a title opportunity and duly became a passenger thereafter. Bright stamped his authority on this Division with a resounding 84 in this round and was never threatened for the remainder of the 72 hole journey to be a comfortable winner on 357 and have 6 shots to spare over Boyd and Stojanovic with Boyd collecting the runner up prize on a countback. Tate Webb played consistent golf during the 72 holes to win the net prize with 277 from Steve Fulmer on 281.
Club Match Play Championships:
The 1st and 2nd rounds of the Stroke Play Championship included qualifying for the 2019 Club Championships. In the Open Championship the field was reduced to the top 8 qualifying scores with Mal Gregor being top qualifier from Robert Payne (2),Craig Stojanovic (3), James Walford (4), Dennis Schultz (5), Adrian Priest(6), A Reserver Peter Bell (7) and last years finalist Rob Parfett (8).
Rob Parfett came up against leading qualifier Male Gregor in round 1 and eliminated Gregor 5/3. James Walford could not repeat his good golfing of the previous week golfing down to a convincing Dennis Schultz 7/6, defending Champion Robert Payne was a handful for Peter Bell winning 6/5 and Craig Stojanovic systematically ended Adrian Priest’s comeback to championship golf 3/2.
In the semi finals the consistent Rob Parfett proved too strong for Club Captain Dennis Schultz to close out the match 3/2. Schultz got off to a shaky start and turned 1 down after 9 however consecutive birdies at the 11th and 12th by Parfett proved to be decisive in the final result. In the remaining semi final Robert Payne did enough to get over 2014 Champion Craig Stojanovic 3/2. Payne made an impressive birdie on the Par 3 11th hole to open up a 2 hole advantage over Stojanovic and eventually closed out the match on the 16th hole with an equally impressive up and down for a birdie on the short Par 5 hole. For the second year in a row Rob Parfett and Robert Payne will play off for the coveted Club Championship event.
In A Reserve the Final will be contested between Rod Jones and Darren Morris after both players easily accounted for their opponents in the semi-finals. Jones survived a close match against Kim Makaroff in his 1st Round winning 2up however played consistent golf against Josh Fitzgerald to conclude his semi final match on the 14th hole winning 5/4. Morris accounted for Craig Griffiths in his 1st round match winning 4/2 and met Bruce Buchtmann in the semi final. Buchtmann demolished the big hitting Sam Morgan in his initial match 6/4 however found the ball striking of Morris to large a mountain to climb eventually going down 6/5 in the semi final.
In the B Grade all matches have been very close in the 1st and semi final rounds of this event. Leading qualifier Ross Montgomery has won both his matches thus far on the 18th hole over Allan Oswald and Scott Kennedy. No2 seed Ian Paine has accounted for Nick Sharp 2/1 in his 1st round and eventually wore down the titanic efforts of Duncan Gibbs to win the semi final match 1 up. Ross Montgomery and Ian Paine now advance to the Final in what should be an enthralling encounter.
The battle in C Grade is looming as a closely fought tussle between Chis Dwyer and his “lefty and righty” mate Steve Fulmer. Dwyer has been impressive over his elimination rounds recording a 4/2 win over Richard Benson and accounting for Keiran Gentles 6/5 in the semi final match. Fulmer has been equally impressive with wins over Tate Webb 4/2 and Steve Stojanovic 5/4 to reach the Final.
The Finals will get under way at 8:15am on Sunday 14th April with each Match being played over a 36 hole journey in the West Orange Toyota sponsored Championship.
Monthly Medal :
Ben Williams returned one of his best scores ever from his 16 handicap to return a 63 net and win the Orange City Real Estate sponsored Monthly Medal. Ben only had one shot to spare over Adrian Priest (64 net) and Paul “Fatty” Ryan (66 net). Ben now qualifies for the Medal of Medals to be played next February that brings all 2019 Medal winners together vying for the coveted honor board event.
The monthly round of the 4BBB Printhie Plate was held on Wednesday 20th March with the dynamic duo of Joe Gander and Mike Ryan collecting the Printhie wine products with 49 points to win on a count back from Paul Bradshaw and James Russell. Dean Parker-Smith combined with the evergreen John Tilston to record 48 points and collect some wine product for their effort.
Other achievements in March:
Bob Symes and Club Director returned a commendable 37 points to win the Spanline sponsored stableford event on the 16 March to get the cheque in Division 1 from visitor Ian Montgomery (36) and Craig Griffiths (36). Mark Fardell also returned 37 points to win Div 2 over Steve Duff (36) and Mark Johnson (36).
David Willis was the outstanding golfer in the Pave ‘n’ Scape sponsored Par event on the 9th March with a +6 score to get over Chris Dwyer and Noel Everleigh on +5 with Brian Carley, Phil Hodges and Kim Makaroff all returning +4 scores. Duntryleague also hosted the Gloucester Golf Club members over this weekend and shared many golfing stories and banter over highly contested inter club matches.
Players are requested to ensure they check their score cards at the conclusion of each competition. Prior to signing and scanning their results in the system, players should counter check their scores with their fellow competitor (marker) so that any discrepancies are rectified and agreed before officially returning their scorecards. The Player is responsible for the correct scores being recorded on their scorecard and also submitting of their card in the computer system. Amendments to scores or scorecards should not be undertaken post signing by the player without the marker’s concurrence.
8-10 April – FOOD Week Plate
14th April: FINALS DAY – Club Championships
19-22 April: Easter Weekend – various competitions each day
Good golfing over the coming weeks at Duntryleague.