CAPTAIN’S REPORT – JUNE 2019
A big talking point in local golfing circles has been the performance of gun Duntryleague golfer, James Conran. Conran, making his debut as a member of the NSW State Golf Team in the Interstate Series in Tasmania last month made a tremendous impact by winning four of his matches. His unbeaten run greatly assisted the NSW Team’s efforts to finish runners-up in this prestigious series after going right to the wire only to lose to the Victorian Team on a countback.
Conran’s impressive match play performance capped a magical month leading up to the Interstate series which included a fourteen shot win in the 36 Hole Macquarie Cup at Dubbo, finishing 16 under par. A breakthrough win in the Bonnie Doon Cup where he finished 7 under par for the two round event. Conran’s performance at the Interstate series impressed a number of keen judges which led to his elevation to the Elite Performance Squad.
James Conran’s selection in the NSW State Team continued a long tradition of Duntryleague golfers who have been selected to represent NSW and upon some occasions, for their country. Back in the 70’s, Robert Wells and Tim Keane earnt State selection while Steven Conran (James’ father) and Lucas Parsons were selected to play at both State and national levels. Robert Payne followed on from his NSW match play success with selection for the Interstate series where he reaped with considerable golfing brilliance
When we take into account James Conran’s age (he recently turned 20) the golfing world is at his feet – particularly if he continues his meteoric rise.
Duntryleague members have been fortunate to experience excellent golfing conditions over the past month leading into a number of outstanding victories in various events. An Individual Stableford event opened the men’s golfing program in May which saw Anthony Donovan taking the honours in Division I. Donovan, playing off a competitive 9 handicap, posted a fine 39 points to edge Hugh Johnston into second place with Kevin Giumelli close up in third place with 37 points. It was good to see Giumelli back in form and taking advantage of his 17 handicap.
Division II was closely contested with Peter Byrne posting 37 points to record a popular win on a countback from Ian Forrester. Dave (Bambi) Kent, the “International Traveller”, showed that he’s a force to be reckoned with 36 with 36 points which enabled him to claim third place on a countback from the ultra-consistent, Darrell Conran.
The May Monthly Medal attracted an excellent field of 132 players taking part. Josh Jasprizza struck a purple patch of form to win his inaugural Medal with a sizzling 87-23-64 Nett. This superb round also resulted in Jasprizza taking out the ‘C’ Grade Scratch prize.
In ‘A’ Grade, Matt De Graff found conditions to his liking posting a 67 Nett and edging out Will Currall who settled as runner-up on the day. Touring Professional, Steve Conran proved too strong in the ‘A’ Grade Scratch event after carding a four under par 66 off the stick.
‘B’ Grade fell to the skills of leading Orange ‘bean-counter’, David Pilcher, with a Nett 70 – just in front of in-form golfer, Hugh Johnston on a countback. Johnston’s 84 off the stick was enough to secure the ‘B’ Grade Scratch prize.
Club members extend their thanks to Wangarang Industries who assumed the sponsorship role for the May Monthly Medal.
The Wednesday competition used the Stableford format with gun golfer, Robert Payne shooting sub-par on his way to a highly competitive 39 point tally. Phillip Tudor took time out from his Canobolas Hotel duties to card a fine 37 points and claim the runner-up prize. Adrian Haynes showed touches of brilliance to finish third in Division I.
Andy Royal needed a countback to separate him from an unlucky Reg Wells. The pair finished with 36 points each. Geoff Newton found his way to the prize dais with 34 points on a countback.
The Par Three Championships drew a strong Sunday field of 72 players with the men’s Scratch falling to the skills of Rod Jones who carded a fine 57 in advance of Dennis Schultz only one shot back on 58.The men’s Handicap event was taken out in fine fashion by Brian Ross with a sizzling 46 Nett. Pat Farrell made a welcome return to the winners list as runner up in the Nett prize, narrowly missing out on top honours by a mere stroke.
The ladies Par Three Championship for 2019 was taken out by Sandra Schultz whose Scratch score of 63 proved too strong for Glenda Hodge on 64. Glenda’s runner-up result was somewhat overshadowed by her fabulous hole-in-one on the shorted Third hole on the day. Congratulations to Glenda upon this achievement! Aileen Ralston relished the conditions on the shortend layout and claimed handicap honours with a brilliant 45 Nett in front of Ann Burcher who returned a Nett 47. Margaret Shannon finished in the minor placings after coming off second-best after a countback.
Don & Beryl Pearce continued their sponsorship of the Par Three Championships with all members who participated enjoying their day and expressing their appreciation of the Pearce’s involvement and hospitality.
Inland Digital provided generous sponsorship of an Individual Stableford event on 11th May. The cream certainly rose to the top in ‘A” Grade when sweet-swinging Craig Stojanovic eclipsed a strong field to card 36 points by way on an even par round off his Scratch (0) handicap. David Parfett – arguably the most improved ‘A’ Grade golfer in the club, continued his consistent good form posting 33 points to edge Nathaniel Foster (4) into third place on a countback.
‘B’ Grade provided more scoring fireworks with Scott Kennedy taking first place with 38 points on a countback from Jonathan Quigley. Leading Orchardist, Kevin Fraser, plucked the low-hanging fruit to claim third place following his fine 37 point haul.
The up and coming Dave Gibson stamped his authority on the ‘C’ Grade field with an outstanding 41 points. Runner up was Stephen Basha who posted a career best 40 points off his 24 handicap. Brian Ross continued his excellent form to claim third place on 35 points.
Wednesday 15th May’s Stableford event attracted a field of 120 players with former Hawks Rugby League star, Allan Hurford excelling with an impressive 39 point total in advance of evergreen competitor, John Brennan who carded 38 points. Local legend, Robert Payne, was relegated to third place despite his sub-par round to return 37 points.
In Division II, Mick Doyle turned the clock back to blow the field away with a superb 40 points. David Cantwell secured the runners-up prize with an excellent 39 points, managing to ward off Dan Blyde just one point back on 38.
Orange Funerals, represented by John McDonell, sponsored a 4BBB and Individual Stroke event on 18th May which attracted 133 competitors. Michael Walker combined with John Farquharson to take out the 4BBB with 59 Nett, just ahead of a string of pairings led by new Director, Allan Oswald and the in-form Dave Gibson who took our second placing with their score of 60 Nett on a countback. David Cantwell followed up some solid mid-week form to combine with the irrepressible ‘chalkie’, Scott Hudson to tally up Nett 60 also.
The Individual Stroke honours went to Phil Tudor who played superbly for his 66 Nett result, whilst David Cantwell’s 67 Nett narrowly took out the runner-up position over legal heavyweight, Bob Lulham on 68 Nett. Craig Stojanovic hit a magical shot to 18cm on the 7th Hole to secure the overall NTP on the day.
The following day, the time-honoured Naggers’ Cup was played in perfect conditions with popular husband & wife duo, Michael & Kathy Fisher proving too strong with 44 points on a countback to claim victory over Peter Mitchell and Wendy Reid. Club President, Dennis Schultz combined with wife, Sandra to take third place with 42 points following a countback. Peter Mitchell’s sharp-shooting iron play enabled him to win NTP on the 4th & 7th Holes Brian Smith and Phil Pile, both tireless workers for Duntryleague, provide sponsorship for this popular Mixed event.
Wednesday 22nd May drew a large field with big-hitting Joshua Hurst blitzing Division I with 8 points off a low 4 handicap. Warwick Wheatley, plying off 15, took second place with 37 points whilst ex-Club Captain, David Corby claimed third on 36 points after a countback.
The scoring fireworks came from Division II where Paul Bradshaw finally realised his immense potential to blow the field away with 41 points. Bradshaw’s long driving should soon lead to a sharp reduction in handicap. Barry Keane showed a significant return to form to card 37 points to edge out Pat Farrell on a countback.
Yours truly, Club Captain, John Fogarty achieved an ACE on the 17th Hole and reinstated the Hole-in-One Cup for future recipients following the day’s Presentations.
Austbrokers Risk & Insurance (Steve Duff) were the sponsors of an individual Par competition on 27th May with an excellent field of 149 golfers doing battle. Scores on the day were top-class with Garry Shiels topping ‘A’ Grade with a super round of +6. Shiels has been a model of consistency over the past few months and thoroughly deserved of victory. The ‘ultimate competitor’, Brian (Beatle) Bailey, turned back the clock to his halcyon days to snare second place on +3 by counting out Bruce Yarnold, also on +3.
Stephen Duff broke the rule of sponsors not winning their own trophy when he shot the lights our around the Front Nine before coming in with a fine +3 result. Warwick Bradley’s pinpoint driving and iron play led him to a score of +2 which relegated Ray Wilson to third after a countback.
Tony Kirkwood’s game was on song in ‘C’ Grade, relishing the conditions to finish with +5. John Bird was a little unfortunate, also carding +5 but the dreaded countback proved his downfall while Jim Zeylemaker finished third on another countback. Andy Campbell’s accurate iron shot to 133cm on the 11th Hole was enough for him to secure Overall NTP.
Popular Club Trainee Professional, ‘Slammin’ Sam Pasquali posted an excellent finish in the recent Victorian PGA Trainee Championship played at the picturesque Tocumwal Golf Club. Pasqauli played solidly over the 72 Holes to finish tied 35th in the field of 140 players. Sam works very hard on his game and deserves any kudos that comes his way.
The Board wishes to thank the many individual members who responded to the recent online survey which sought comments on the future of the Club’s Championships. The focus of the survey was to seek input as to how we can revamp the format to increase participation in each of the respective grades. The surveys are being collated and results will be put to the members with a sub-committee formed to take further action. It would be a shame if the Club Championships lose their aura as they represent the pinnacle of excellence in the respective grades and is the blue ribbon event for aspiring golfers.
Last but certainly not least, I must pass on a “Big Thank you” to all of our volunteers for their efforts during the month.
That’s all from me, for now… until next time, happy golfing!