As we signed off on a successful 2018 golfing year our members are approaching the new golfing season with renewed enthusiasm and an endeavor to improve their golfing skills on our wonderful parkland golf course. In a year where we experienced growth in all membership categories including participation in our golf competitions the icing on the cake came with our course being re-instated in the Top 100 Public Access Golf Courses in Australia.
The New Rules of Golf are now in play from the 1st January and all golfers should now have a copy of the new rules booklets and access to the many publications and videos from the Golf Australia web site to avail themselves of the updated Rules of our game.
To kick off the 2019 season Andy “Retro” Hall slammed in an impressive 65 net to collect the January Monthly Medal and become the first qualifier for the Medal of Medals to be played in February 2020. Andy pipped Tim “Jabber” Jennings with 66 net and Colin “Triple O” Radford with a commendable 67 net. Our international travelling professional Steve Conran completed a tidy 4 under par 66 to get his season off to a good start after completing a stellar career on the Japanese Tour.
The big event in January was the annual Mercedes Benz Classic with many visiting participants from interstate and one visitor this year from England. This event, developed from an idea by our past member John Slade, has witnessed increased patronage each year and is a fantastic promotion of golf at Duntryleague that showcases our facilities and our City to the broader golfing community.
The event became a 3 horse race over the 3 day tournament based on stableford points with defending Champion Bob Brazier, Club Captain Dennis Schultz and Bryce Robilliard contesting for the Classic trophy. Brazier got off to a hot start with 45 points to open up a lead of 5 points over the rest of the field that included the Captain with Robilliard a further 4 points adrift. Robilliard came good on Day 2 returning 43 points to close the gap on Brazier who like Schultz returned 38 points. On Day 3 all eyes were on Robilliard who overcame a slow start on the front 9 but rallied on the home stretch to finish with 42 points and claim the winners trophy with a total of 121 points to get the gong over Brazier on 120 points and the Captain on 118 points.
Bryce Robilliard not only became the Mercedes Benz Classic Champion but also collected the inaugural John Young Memorial Trophy in memory of our recently passed member John Young who was a keen participant in this event. John’s sons Adam and James Young made the trip down from Queensland to play in the event and present the trophy to the winner. President John Cook and Captain Dennis Schultz collected the John Slade Trophy for the best 2 aggregate scores over the 3 days.
The annual Canobolas and Dalton Cups were contested during the month with 16 qualifiers from the Monthly Medal progressing to the handicap match play rounds. John Fogarty outlasted the field in the Canobolas Cup to defeat Todd Burrow in the 36 hole final 7/6. John is a perennial finalist in this event and was a humble winner in collecting the “good doctors” sponsored event with Ken Hazelton proudly representing the medico’s in their 4th decade of sponsoring this “Cup Event.” Although Todd did not overcome his opponent he did record a “hole in one” on the 7th during the Final to temporarily arrest one hole from the defiant Fogarty. Great shot Todd for his first hole in one and some much needed bragging rights over his closest associates.
In the Dalton Cup the Club Captain Dennis Schultz continued his good form to pull out all stops to get the goods over a gallant Hugh Johnson 5/4 in a quality final. Tony Kirkwood was on hand to present the trophy to The Captain in one of the longest standing annual events held at Duntryleague.
Other winners for January included the Printhie Plate winners in Hamish Goff and Bryce Purdie with 50 4BBB points to win the Printhie Wines products from Greg Rhodes and Bill Callaghan on 48 over and Geoff Dickenson and Mike Ryan also on 48 points.
Andrew Kermode had a great day out in the My Storage Shed sponsored 4BBB Stableford event on the 19th Jan returning a personal 44 points and combining with Gordon Taylor to return 50 4BBB points. Kermode continues to improve his golf with many hours practice on the range and this “born again golfer” is likely to progress thru the ranks to a lower Grade in 2019.
The Central West District Pennants have now commenced with Duntryleague entered in all 4 Divisions. Their season commenced at Dubbo against the Wellington Golf Club. Hot and dry conditions prevailed at Dubbo with our teams not able to cope with the conditions and the strong competition. All 4 Teams came up empty on the day with Wellington rejoicing in arguably their Club’s best performance day in the history of their Club.
The 2nd round was contested at Wentworth Golf Club with our teams taking on Mudgee. Mixed results were returned by our teams with Div 2 and Div 4 teams completing a 5/0 routing of the opposition however our Div 1 and Div 3 teams again endured a hard day at the office to go down to quality opposition sides.
Upcoming events in February include the annual visit to the New South Wales Golf Club on the 23/24 Feb. with members requested to nominate on the sheets in the pro shop. We are seeking 16 players to make this journey and play for the NSW Cup contested since 1936 on one of the best golf courses in the world.
The Red Plate Challenge is on the 9th Feb with an opportunity for our members to tray their skills on the Red Course. The annual PCYC Charity Day is to be held on the 17th Feb with a scramble format commencing at 1:00 pm shot gun start and a BBQ available from 11:30 onwards.
Good golfing during Feb.