Author: Mark Duerden

SAOGA Renmark Championship Tournament – 2nd through 5th November 2017

53 adults and 7 children, incorporating 40 golfers, attended the 2017 Renmark weekend. Weather was mild for all 4 days with a changeable breeze throughout. It was good to see some of our new sponsors and also new members attend.
The Renmark CC was a good host yet again with plenty of food and drink available for everyone. The course was in very good condition with the green keeper presenting challenging pins.
Our SAOGA sponsors provided teams in the Friday competition with a total of 8 teams entered. It was a great day with good feedback from our generous sponsors. Well done to David Ellis and the Drummond team winning both the Sponsors Trophy and the Presidents Cup.
The state of the O&G industry has shown some upturn recently and still presented a challenge with raising adequate sponsorship – but still enabling us to put together an enjoyable tournament – it worked out well. Everybody had a great time with good weather and golf. However, good scores were hard to find this year.

Here is a summary of the results:
Thursday / Friday Winners:

• JFK Cup (Thursday Stoke) – 1st – S Thomson, 2nd – T Carter, 3rd – A Dewar
• Presidents Cup (Friday Ambrose – Winning team) & Sponsors Cup – Drummond Team – D Ellis, R Mulder, P Trezise & J Trezise.

Saturday / Sunday winners:

• Bardrill Cup (Ladies Stableford) – 1st – L Wedge, 2nd – C Kernahan
• Stealth Tools Cup (Best Stableford – Sat/Sun) – 1st – S Thomson, 2nd – S Healey, 3rd – D Garrick
• Cavpower Cup (Most consistent) – R Pearce
• Ensign Trophy (Best Stableford – Sat) – 1st – M Harkins, 2nd – K Rodrigues
• SAOGA Cup (Best Stableford – Sun) – 1st – R Mancini, 2nd – E Ellis
• OICS Cup (Best Scratch) – 1st – J Trezise, 2nd – J Lunnay
• Santos Cup (Eclectic) – 1st – T Carter, 2nd – S Moss
• RD Koch Trophy (Most Improved) – 1st – S Thomson, 2nd – C Belshaw
• NAGA – C Belshaw
• Halliburton Cup (Calloway) – 1st – – , 2nd – –

SAOGA Club Championship:

• A Grade – 1st – B Cox, 2nd – M Willis
• B Grade – 1st – M Mancini, 2nd – A MacDonald
• C Grade – 1st – R Mancini, 2nd – A Hudson

Again, many thanks to our generous sponsors who make the weekend possible. Also, thank you to all who donated prizes for the raffle on Saturday night.

Flagstaff Hill 2017 Mark Duerden Wins

We don’t have many competition rounds in thick fog as we experienced at Flaggy 17.
Members relying on course knowledge to navigate through the thick soup to try and find fairways and greens.
Mark Duerden cut through the fog for a great score of 39, 2nd Jim Stobie on 37 and 3rd John Mortimer 37 on CB.
A Grade
J Mortimer 37
C Skewes 34
W Engel 34

B Grade
M Duerden 39
A McDonald 32
M Mancini 31

C Grade
Jim Stobie 37
P Wingate 32
F Topolnjak 30

3rd Mike Willis 7 m
7th James Lunnay 2m
9th Andrew Hudson Chris Skewes 6m
13th John Mortimer 1.2
See you all at Blackwood
John Mortimer

South Lakes 2017 Gary Davies Winner

25 Members made the trip to South Lakes Golf Club nestled between the Southern Ocean and the mighty Murray River .Very windy conditions made good scores hard to come by as players struggled to play to handicap. The course was in excellent condition and Clubhouse food was very good. Gary Davies 1st with an excellent 38, 2nd Liz Wedge 35 and 3rd Mark Mancini on C/B.
A Grade
Chris Skewes 30
Andrew Reid 30

B Grade
Mark Mancini 35
Rob Pearce 32

C Grade
Gary Davies 38

Liz Wedge 35
Annette Pearce 30

5th Bruce Clark 6m
8th Mark Harkins 2.1m
10th xx
15th xx

See you at Rennmark.
John Mortimer

The Vines 2017 John Mortimer Wins

36 Members teed up at the Vines in windy conditions for our second event at this well kept course
It’s a great test of golf with sloping tree-lined fairways, blind tee shots, water hazards, and well placed bunkers protecting the greens.
Results: 1st John Mortimer, 2nd on C/B Chris Belshaw, 3rd Mike Willis

A Grade
John Mortimer 38
Mike Willis 35
Rob Mulder 34
Tony Carter 34

B Grade
Mark Duerden 34
Andrew McDonald 33
Ben Cox 33

C Grade
Chris Belshaw 38
Dave Crimmins 34
Scott Healy 32

Liz Wedge 33

3rd Leon Mulder 2.7m
6th Scott Healy 2m
10th Andrew Reid 3.5m
14th Wolf Engel 5.5m

See you all at South Lakes
John Mortimer

Blackwood 2017 Vera Mortimer Wins

A real test of golf for Members and guests at Blackwood with cold and windy weather.
Most scores reflected the difficult conditions with only one player playing to Handicap.
Vera Mortimer 1st 36 pts , Graeme Wheare 2nd 33 pts , CB Dave Crimmins 3rd 33pts
Tony Carter 32pts
Alistair McDonald 31pts
Mark Harkins 31pts
3rd Andrew Hudson 5m
8th John Elliot 6.5m
11th Wolf Engel 1m
12th Mike Willis 4m
14th Rob Pearce 0.4m
Congrats to the winners see you all at The Vines for our next game
John Mortimer

Blackwood 2017 Entry

Hello All SAOGA Members,

Our sixth game of the 2017 season will be held at Blackwood Golf Club, Cherry Gardens Road on Sunday 16th July 2017. Tee off time is from 08:10 am.

Note that for Blackwood, we are required to pay green fees before tee off. Hence to confirm your entry you must include details of Direct Debit on the entry form (no pay on day).

Note: If you are unable to play due to unforeseen circumstances after entering, please contact either James (0414 844 796) or Mike (0418 800 505) by Saturday 15th latest or you will lose your entry money.

If you wish to play please download the form from the link below and email it back to SAOGA captain: by 5:00 pm Monday 12th July. Instructions are on the form. If hiring a cart – please call the club on 08 8388 2313 and book one of our pre-allocated carts.
Link to entry form – 06_blackwood_entry

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Thank you,
Mike Willis
SAOGA Secretary

Tanunda Pines 2017 Tony Harrison Wins

36 Members enjoyed our annual round at Tanunda Pines – a great test of golf in the heart of the beautiful Barossa. Excellent conditions with no breeze for our tee off time with the day warming to a hot 36 for the finish. A fantastic game from Tony Harrison for an easy win.
Winner Tony Harrison 48
2nd Andrew Hudson 37
3rd on cb Graeme Wheare

A Grade
Wolf Engel 36
John Mortimer 35
John Elliot 34
Ethan Ellis 34
Andrew Reid 34
B Grade
Graeme Wheare 37
Teof Rodriguez 34
Kris Rodriguez 34
C Grade
Tony Harrison 48
Andrew Hudson 37
Liz Wedge 33
Vera Mortimer 30
6th Ethan Ellis 4.5m
8th Tony Harrison 1.8m
11th Mark Duerden 6m
16th Andrew Reid 1.6m

John Mortimer

Benn Cox Winner at Fleurieu 2017

Great Weather and the course was in excellent condition for our 1st game for 2017.
Ben Cox had a fantastic round with 45pts to win in a big field.
2nd Scott Healey 39pts 3rd Chris Skewes 38pts
A Grade
Ben Cox 45pts
Chris Skewes 38pts
John Mortimer 36pts
B Grade
Scott Healy 39pts
Len Dewsnap 36pts
Graeme Wheare 34pts
Dwi Dwiatno 34pts
C Grade
Bob Troubridge 36pts
Masayuki Ohara 34pts
5 Mark Mancini 1m
9 Tim Kernahan 3.5m
12 Mike Willis 1.75m
14 Wolf Engel 3m
See you all at Tanunda
John Mortimer

The Vines Reynella 2016 – Ohara Wins

30 Members and Guests enjoyed our first round at the Vines. The Course was the winner on the day with no one shooting handicap or better. Now we have had a look, next year will hopefully bring better scores to all. Great to see one of our long term Renmark sponsors attend – Cillian Rouse from Sharpe Engineering in Roma.
1st Masayuki Ohara 35 points
2nd Wolf Engel 34 points
3rd Kris Rodrigues 33 points
A Grade
Wolf Engel 34 points
B Grade
Chris Skewes 31 points
Ben Cox 30 points
C Grade
Masayuki Ohara 35 points
Dwi Dwiyatno 31 points
Ben Wruck 31 points
D Grade
Kris Rodrigues 33 points
Jason Sobczynski 31 points
Scott Healy 31 points
Annette Pearce 29 points
Liz Wedge 29 points
3rd Chris Skewes 3m
6th Rob Mulder 8m
10th James Lunnay 9m
14th Masayuki Ohara 2m
See you all at The Dunes ⛳️
John Mortimer

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