Wednesday January 19th – Stableford

Another warm sunny day with a good field.  Results were;

1stLorraine Robb – (44) 40pts

2ndDarlene Baker – (19) 34pts

3rd: Rob Slade – (15) 33pts

NTPs;  3rd – Darlene Baker, 3rd & 16th – Michael Squire

Saturday January 15th – Guest day, Texas Ambrose

As with last week excellent rain fell all around Romsey but the town received less than 5mm on Friday morning.  Some innovations had stalled the corella attacks on a few greens but the birds had still made their presence felt.  A few large branches came down on the 8th fairway making for a busy clean-up early on Friday so a busy end to the week.  The round of Texas Ambrose got underway with clear skies and a steady south/south-westerly wind. The fairways had dried out a little but the greens and surrounds were in top nick, largely because of the ongoing work of Steve Wilkins who daily repairs the damage caused by the corellas.  It was good to welcome back  Michael McCarten, on leave from the 7th Regiment.  This form of Ambrose, taking the best two stableford scores on each hole, often returns high scores; everyone knew they had to play well to be in with any chance of winning the day.  On a warm, clear, breezy afternoon the results were;

1st; Mick Nicholls Snr(24)/Darlene Baker(19)/Keith Hocking(32) – 96pts.

2nd; Steve Wilkins(18)/Anthony Lakey(19)/Rob Rea(19) – 94 pts.

3rd; Les Gaunt(9)/Andrew Clement(8)/Craig Sandy(20)/Mitch Clement(10) – 93 pts

NTPs; 15th Les Gaunt & Darlene Baker, 16th Brad Klaaysen

Wednesday January 12th – Stroke, Rd 1 Rose Scanlon Shield

Despite the warm weather there was a strong field for the first round of the Rose Scanlon shield with close results.

1st – Darlene Baker – 86 /20/66

2nd  – Steve Wilkins  – 82 /15/67

3rd – Shirley Shelton – 95/25 /68

NTP – 16th Darlene Baker

Saturday January 8th – 4BBB Stroke

Heavy rain had been predicted from Wednesday but only a good sprinkling arrived over Friday night, nevertheless players had to cope with wet fairways and greens as well as the summer corella damage on some greens and across most of Romsey Park.  The damage is so great that a few areas of the rough looked as if they have been ploughed!  The light drizzle continued as players headed out to the tee for the club’s 4BBB Stroke round, it was not until half way through the round that the drizzle lifted and players considered taking off their jumpers/waterproofs.  Despite the conditions teams found one player scoring well on just about every hole.  It took an excellent back nine to seperate the winners from the remainder of the field.  On a cool, damp afternoon the results were;

Winners; Shannon Wright/Mick Nicholls Jnr – 63 C/B from Ron Walker/Clive Mensforth & Steve Wilkins/Davey Kenney – 64

NTPs; 15th & 16th Mick Nicholls Snr.

Wednesday January 5th – Ambrose

January 5th Ambrose was played with the results being very close.

1st; Jenny Hartley/Darlene Baker/Beryl Cole 71/ 11.5/62.5

2nd; Steve Wilkins/David Kenny 70/ 6.5 63

3rd; Rob Slade/Pat Chisholm 71/6.5/64.5


Saturday January 1st – December 2021 Medal, stroke & putts.

A predicted temperature well over 33ºC activated the club’s extreme weather policy and saw play begin at 8.30.  With Christmas Day being on a Saturday it was decided to move the December Medal to New Year’s Day.  The strong field had virtually perfect conditions with only short periods of a strong wind from the SW.  The course was in top nick with good cover on the fairways and greens.  The Corellas have returned and begun their efforts to dig up the greens.  So far they have really only attacked the 7th and 16th.  This year we are trying nets over sections of the greens to see if we can limit their damage.  The excellent condition saw many players play to or better than their handicap but the winner was way out in front of them all.  Coming back from a shoulder injury he was able to play the excellent golf we have come to expect.  Groups were back in the rooms by 12.30, just as the temperature began to climb well into the 30s.  On a good day to be out in the park the results were;

Winner & December Medalist; Michael Nicholls Jnr – 82/18/65, 2nd Bob McLennan – 85/16/69 CB John Freestone – 96/27/69

Other good scores were; Scott Williams – 87/14/73, Rob Rea – 93/19/74, Les Gaunt – 82/8/74 & Mick Squire – 77/3/74

NTPs; 1st – Mitch Atlas, 16th – Clive Mensforth

Least Putts; Michael Nicholls Jnr – 23.

RGC Captain, Mal Mottram with December Medalist Michael Nicholls Jnr

Sunday December 26th – Boxing Day Stableford

A hardy group of golfers headed out to the tees on an overcast morning with strong winds gusting to well over 40 KpH.  The 8.30 am tee off had a few yawning and there were a few cobwebs after the celebrations of Christmas Day but the wind soon saw everyone wide awake.  About half-way through there was light drizzle but it too was blown away.  Scoring was difficult with players playing a few holes well only to wipe two in a row.  The wind made all the par 3s extremely difficult and par was an excellent score.  All groups flowed very well and all were back in the rooms just after midday.  On a windy morning the results were;

Winner; Mick Nicholls Jnr (18) – 39 pts from ket Dunn (27) – 35 pts & John Freestone (27) – 32 pts

Saturday December 18th – Ambrose & Presentation Day

The first really warm day of the of the summer soothe shorts were on and there was plenty of sunscreen however, the cool change moved in mid afternoon making conditions far more pleasant.  The course was again in top nick and with an Ambrose format some good scoring was expected.  The recent heat had dried the top of the fairways so balls travelled much further once they landed.  The surrounds were immaculate so no excuses when chipping up to the flag.  With presentation day to conclude the event there was an excellent field.  Life members John Laing and Peter Scanlon were on hand to present their shields.  Long time members, ex captain, secretary and pennant captain, Les & Bev Gaunt are moving on to Moama.  Both were thanked for their wonderful service to the club.   On a wonderful afternoon to be out on the park the results were;

Winners; Andrew Clement/Craig Sandy/Pat Chisholm – 58.17, Lorraine Robb/Darlene Baker/Jeny Hartley – 58.5, Keith Hocking/Mick Nicholls Snr/Davey Kenney – 59.33 & Mal Mottram/Steve Wilkins/Chris vanDerVliet – 59.5

NTPs; 1st – Scott Williams, 15th – Pat Chisholm, 16th – Davey Kenney


2021 Club Champions – Club Champion Mick Squire (Absent), C Grade – John Freestone, RGC Men’s Captain Mal Mottram & B Grade – Scott Williams



2021 Medal of Medalists Rob Rea and Darlene Baker


2021 Rose Scanlon Shield Winner, RGC Women’s Capt Darlene Baker & winner Jenny Hartley


RGC Pres Anthony Lakey with 2021 John Jeffrey Shield winner, (best nett score of the championships) Rob Rea


2021 Senior Cup winner, (best net by a player 70+), John Freestone


Life Member, Peter Scanlon with Scanlon Shield winner (best nett by a player 55+ yrs) Rob Rea


President’s & Captains Shield (For conspicuous service) Andrew Clement & Bob McLennan

Saturday December 11th – John Laing Shield Final & Par

After a few days of overcast skies and misty rain the sun shone through and the wind blew on Friday drying fairways, rough and greens so they could be cut ready for the final of the John Laing Shield and the club’s Par competition.  The whole of Romsey Park was in top condition, a credit to the hard work of the club’s volunteers so, there were no excuses.  The sun shone through early in the round and while a breeze blew up from the Sth it had little effect on the play.  Despite the conditions everyone found scoring difficult and it was only an excellent back nine that saw the winner emerge.

The Final of the John Laing Shield looked to be a close contest between two, long hitting low markers.  Wright was quickly two down but fought back to be square by the 11th hole.  Atlas, playing with flair, took a “high risk high reward” approach on a number of back nine holes and got top results.  Life member John Laing (who won his own shield in 2017) was on hand for the presentation. On a top day to be out on the park the results were;

Winner;  Mick Nicholls Jnr (20) +4, from Davey Kenney (16) +2, Mal Mottram (7) Sq and Keith Hocking (32) -1

NTP’s; 15th – Davey Kenney & 16th – Mal Mottram

John Laing Shield Final

Mitch Atlas (2) Shannon Wright (0)  4/2

W. E. Tom Shield Semi-final. (Played earlier in the week)

Les Gaunt (0)/Keith Hocking (22) D Mitch Atlas (3)/Davey Kenney(8) – 19th

John Laing with Shield winner Mitch Atlas and RGC Captain Mal Mottram


Wednesday December 8th – Par 3 (12 holes)

The last round of golf on the Wednesday 2021 Syllabus was a 12 hole par 3 fun event. The weather was overcast and rainy and only three players braved the day. Jenny Harley  47-15.3- 31.7  won followed by Rob Slade and Bob Dwyer.  The season was wound up with cocktails and nibbles and our Rose Scanlon count, Brownlow style, was won by Jenny Hartley with 49 points followed by Darlene Baker with 30 points. Then it was off to Soltan Pepper for dinner.

The Wednesday syllabus will commence again on the 2nd Wednesday in January. Enjoy the break and look forward to seeing everyone next year