Category: Match Reports

Tanunda Pines March 2021 – Al MacDonald Takes a Win

Tough times at Tanunda for most of the 28 starters with only 11 recording a score of 30 or more. This course belies it’s Stroke vs Par Rating and with trees, rough and bunkers it’s a great test of Golf. The weather was excellent and all enjoyed the BBQ. 


1st Al MacDonald 36 pts, 2nd Jai Brown 33 pts, 3rd on C/B Frank Topolnjak 33 pts

NTPs (now 2 categories: NTP for handicappers up to 19 and separate NTP for handicappers 20 and over):

7th: Benn Cox & Bob Troubridge 

11th No one made it 😱

13th Bruce Clark & Mark Duerden 

16th Darren Griffiths & 😱

Match play Result: Benn Cox and Bruce Clark went down to the wire with Bruce prevailing on the the last hole to win a close one.

Our next event is at Victor Harbor on Sunday 18th April

John Mortimer 🏌️⛳️

Mount Compass February 2021 – New Member Kevin Turnbull the Winner!

33 Members teed off on this challenging Links Style course in perfect conditions.

New Member Kevin Turnbull took the prize on a countback from Wolf Engel.

All enjoyed the lunch, great food was provided. 6 new Members were introduced and welcomed into SAOGA (Cathy & Marty Goldsworthy, Helen Janetzki, Lyndon Prior, Marcus Kernahan and Kevin Turnbull) and 2 other new members who were unable to attend (Hamish Kennedy and Stephen Mortimer) were acknowledged.

The AGM was conducted, the major point being the re-election of all existing committee members (Mark Duerden as President, James Lunnay as Captain, Stuart Thomson as Secretary-Treasurer, and John Mortimer, Darren Griffiths, Oska Wyness, Benn Cox and Rob Mulder as General Committee Members). Stuart Thomson agreed to take on the Secretary’s role (in addition to his existing Treasurer’s role), given Mike Willis’ resignation from the club after his move to Queensland.


1st Kevin Turnbull (39 pts), 2nd on count-back Wolf Engel (39 pts), 3rd Bob Troubridge (35 pts).

NTPs: 5th Stu Thomson (6m), 9th Jai Brown (2.7m), 12th Kevin Turnbull (2.2m), 14th John Mortimer (3.5m).

Also, 2 of the Summer Match Play games were played, between Oska Wyness and Tony Harrison as well as between Oska Wyness and Jim Day – these were close battles throughout the game, with Tony and Jim ganging up on Oska at the end to each win their matches +2 and +1 (respectively) on the last hole !

See you on Sunday 21st March at Tanunda for our next round !

John Mortimer  🏌️⛳️

Blackwood January 2021 – Al Macdonald wins the farm

Obviously the Blackwood Golf Club presented quite a challenge for all of us as the winning score was only 33 points, posted by Al Macdonald, followed closely by Jai Brown and Bob Troubridge on 31 points each (Jai took silver medal position on a countback) and the wooden spoon being taken with 19 points (no names mentioned).

There were also 3 match play games going on, with Darren beating Mark 2/1, Alistair beating Oska 4/2 and Martin beating Rob 3/2 – all reasonably close matches coming down to the last few holes so well done to the victors!

The course was in pretty good condition so let’s blame that really annoying rain which came and went throughout the day, interspersed with humidity when the sun came out every now and then. I always thought that the weather bureau couldn’t forecast their way out of a paper bag as they definitely didn’t predict that weather!

Anyway, I think a fun day was experienced by all and it was worth the drive up there.

SAOGA Clare Championship Tournament – 5th to 8th November 2020

59 adults and 4 children, including 41 golfers, attended the 2020 Clare weekend. The weather was near perfect for most of the weekend, being mostly sunny and moderately cool for most of the 4 days with a little breeze at times. It was good to see some of our new sponsors and also new members attend. This was our second outing to Clare for our end of year tournament.

Both the Clare Golf Club and the Clare Country Club were great hosts with plenty of food and drink available for everyone. The relatively hilly course is picturesque and quite challenging, however a fun time was had by all. The greens were generally in very good condition.
Our SAOGA sponsors provided teams in the Friday competition with a total of 11 teams entered. It was a great day with good feedback from our generous sponsors. Well done to Trevor Reardon and the Prochem team for winning the Presidents Cup and to Dave Garrick and the Bent Creek Wines team for winning the Sponsor’s Cup.

It was also refreshing to see young Sam Garrick (our only junior golfer) win the Stealth Tools Cup with the most overall Stableford Points on Saturday and Sunday.

There were many Covid-related challenges this year with some uncertainty regarding our budget and sponsorship. Great work by the Committee in bringing it together, and to the catering efforts by the Clare Country Club on Friday and Saturday evenings as well as to Steve for providing the excellent BBQ lunch after golf on Saturday. 

Dave & Nina Garrick also very kindly put on an excellent wine-tasting event near the hotel tennis courts on Saturday afternoon, which was great fun to attend. Dave Garrick and Andrew Hudson also hosted an excellent BBQ on Sunday night – so bad luck to all of those who rushed home on Sunday afternoon after the prize-giving ceremony, you should have stayed until Monday morning!

Here is a summary of the results:

Thursday / Friday Winners:

  • JFK Cup (Thursday Stoke): 1st = Stu Thomson, 2nd = Darren Griffiths, 3rd = Bob Troubridge.
  • Presidents Cup (Friday Ambrose, 1st) = Prochem Team (Travis Reardon, Stewart Campbell, Brian Ferraro, Tony Steward)
  • Sponsor’s Cup (Friday Ambrose, 2nd) = Bent Creek Wines Team (Dave Garrick, Sam Garrick, Darren Griffiths and Stu Thomson)

Saturday / Sunday Winners:

  • Bardrill Cup (Ladies Stableford): 1st = Lisa Wedge, 2nd = Carolyn Kernahan
  • Stealth Tools Cup (Best Stableford – Sat & Sun): 1st = Sam Garrick, 2nd = Mark Duerden, 3rd = Darren Griffiths
  • Cavpower Cup (Most Consistent Golfer): Graeme Wheare
  • Ensign / OD&E Trophy (Best Stableford – Sat): 1st = Benn Cox, 2nd = Tony Carter
  • SAOGA Cup (Best Stableford – Sun): 1st = Peter Trezise, 2nd = Bruce Clark
  • OICS Cup (Best Scratch): 1st = Jamie Trezise, 2nd = Jai Brown (same as in 2019 !)
  • Santos Cup (Eclectic): 1st = Chris Skewes, 2nd = Stu Thomson
  • RD Koch Trophy (Most Improved): 1st = Chris Skewes, 2nd = Mike Willis
  • NAGA = Vera Mortimer
  • Halliburton Cup (Calloway): 1st = Natalie Bird, 2nd = Steph Thomson
  • SAOGA Club Championship:
    • A Grade: 1st = Al Macdonald, 2nd = Benn Cox
    • B Grade: 1st = Graeme Wheare, 2nd = Jim Day
    • C Grade: 1st = Bob Troubridge, 2nd = Lisa Wedge

In addition to all of the above trophy winners, 35 prize vouchers (worth $25 each) were won by 26 different players for various Nearest the Pin, Long Drive and Novelty Hole prowess displayed during the Friday, Saturday and Sunday games. The Novelty Hole competitions, included for the first time during the Ambrose game on Friday and comprising a “Straight Drive”, a “Target Drive” and a “Long Drive with a Practice Ball”, were added for a bit of extra fun on this light-hearted day.

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

Victor Harbor 2020 – Troubridge Triumphs (again!)

Great spring weather for our round at Victor Harbor this year. The course was in very good shape and the meals in the Clubhouse were excellent.

Bob Troubridge took out his second Trophy for the Season following his win at Tanunda ⏳⏳

1st Bob Troubridge 37

2nd Jim Day 35

3rd John Elliot 33


3rd Stuart Cornell 3m

7th Martin Henderson tie John Elliot 3.5m

10th XXX

14th Carolyn Kernahan 6m

Next event is Clare on November 5th-8th

John Mortimer 


The Vines – Wonderful Wedge Shots!

Move over boys, one for the Ladies! Liz Wedge wins the day

25 Members enjoyed great weather and the Course was in excellent condition for our round at The Vines.

It’s a very well looked after golf course and has a great mix of challenging holes. Must comment on the Clubhouse food (considering the COVID restrictions) was very good .

1st Liz Wedge 36

2nd Wolf Engel 35

3rd Jim Day 34 c/b


3rd Frank Topolnjak 45cm🔥

6th John Elliot 8.0 m

10th Bruce Clark 4.5m

14th Stuart Thompson 3.3m

Next Round Royal Victor 13th September

John Mortimer ⛳️🏌️

Thaxted Park – Benn Beats the Bog!

Thaxted Park 2020 – Benn Cox back to back Winner.

Course conditions were very testing for the 23 members who made the trip down South. After some heavy overnight rain the Course was a bit soggy making scoring difficult with no one playing to their handicap.

Ben Cox off a 6 handicap had a great round with 35 points. Benn is on a hot streak after winning at Flagstaff Hill.

A warm welcome to our new SAOGA Member Ewan McDonald.


1st Benn Cox

2nd Al MacDonald 33 C/B

3rd Ryan Mancini 33


3rd Frank Topolnjak 1.7 m

8th Mark Mancini 4.5m

11th James Lunnay 4.5 m

15th Wolf Engel 1.8 m

Next Round  at the Vines on August 16th

John Mortimer 🏌️⛳️

Flagstaff Hill – Cox Cleans Up

Benn Cox had a sparkling day out with  75 strokes off the stick, finishing with 41 Points off a handicap of 8. Great golf Ben ! (And could  have been better having missed an eagle putt on the tricky 8th hole!)

It was a miracle we even got to play with the forecast weather rain and wind. 20 members enjoyed a rain free round on this challenging course and with COVID Laws easing enjoyed a chat in the Clubhouse for only the 2nd time this Year

1st Ben Cox 41

2nd John Mortimer 38

3rd Al McDonald 37


7th Al McDonald 2.0 m (Al nearly aced it hitting the pin, almost a hole in 1!)

9th Wolf Engel 7.0 m

13th Frank Topolnjak 8m

14th Bruce Clark 7 m

Next Round is Thaxted Park 12th July 🏌️⛳️

John Mortimer

Mark Mancini – Patawalonga Perfection

The Pat 2020 – Mark Mancini the Winner

25 Members and 1 Guest lined up for our first game since the COVID Safe Restrictions eased. The Course was in excellent condition and it was great to see everyone enjoying a restart to our Season. Special mention to James Skewes for his 38 points, although not eligible for a prize did beat his dad Chris by 1 point!

1st Mark Mancini 41

2 nd Chris Skewes 37

3rd Bob Troubridge 36


2nd Stuart Thompson 3.0m

5th Al McDonald 4.0m

12th Ben Cox 2.5m

16th Leon Mulder 1.1m

Note: prizes will be distributeed at our next game, Flagstaff Hill on 21-June-20

John Mortimer 🏌️⛳️

Troubridge Triumphs at Tanunda!

Tanunda Pines 2020 – Bob Troubridge breaks through for the Win. 

Only 20 members made the trip up to the Barossa this year, not unexpected given the current situation we are in.

The course was as always a challenge with many of the field practising “social distancing” by steering clear of fairways via the trees and rough destroying their scores for the round!

Some good scores were achieved and results are:

1st Bob Troubridge 39

2nd Ryan Mancini 38

3rd Al McDonald on c/b 38


6th Bruce Clark 4m

8th Wolf  Engel 1.2m

11th Mike Willis 5m

16th Len Dewsnap 9m

Our next round is Victor Harbor on the 16th of April – lock downs permitting 

John Mortimer 


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