Saturday December 31st – Stableford

A very strong field turned out for the club’s final event of 2022, Stableford.   The club welcomed new member Travis Thorogood for his first competition round.   Conditions were again excellent with well covered fairways and true greens.  The early start saw much of the round completed before the heat hit at about 1.30pm. Fortunately, the motion activated sprinklers on the greens and an intermittent wind from N/NW helped keep everyone cool.   On another beautiful, sunny summers day the results were;

1st; John Freestone (26) – 40pts

2nd; Mick Squire (4) – 37 pts C/B

3rd; Mick Nicholls Snr (26) – 37pts C/B Rob Slade

NTPs; 1st – Mick Nicholls Jnr, 15th – Mitch Clement & 16th – Andrew Clement. 

Monday December 26th – Boxing Day Stableford

It was the first 30C+ day of the summer so the traditional early start  was well received. Players assembled at 8.00am for an 8.30am hit-off.  Again, the day was excellent for golf but only one player was  able to take advantage  of the good conditions, he was also able to pick up his 2022 trophies .  On a very, very warm morning the results were;

Winner; Pat Chisholm (12) – 40 pts

2nd; Mick Squire (4) – 34 pts

3rd; Anthony Lakey (22) – 32 pts

NTPs; 1st Mick Nicholls Jnr & 16th -Mal Mottram.

Saturday December 24th – December Medal

Wow, a third consecutive stunning Saturday for golf.  It was great to welcome back ADF member Michael McCarten and Mitch Clement both currently based in SA and to welcome new members Joel Taylor and Nathan Abdel-Sayed.  The conditions were set for some excellent golf and the strong field did not disappoint.  The inaugural Bruce Robb Medal was also up for grabs.  Points are allocated to the first six players in each month’s Medal and Stableford round; there were three players who could win but each had to perform well in the December Medal round.  While the Corellas have returned their damage on the greens, so far,  has been greatly restricted by the motion activated sprinklers so the whole course was in excellent condition.  Numerous players took advantage of the conditions to card good scores.  On another excellent day to be out on the course the results were;

Daily Competition Winner; Mitch Clement – 76/10/66

December Medallist; Anthony Lakey – 91/22/69

2nd; Luke Lyons – 85/15/70

3rd; Steve Wilkins – 91/20/71

NTPs; 1st – Michael Nicholls Jnr & 15th– Mitchell Clement

Least Putts; Mick Squire – 26

2022 Bruce Robb Medalist – Pat Chisholm with RGC Captain Mal Mottram


Wednesday December 21st – Ambrose

With perfect conditions for golf; course presented in tip top order and Christmas just around the corner a fun Ambrose event was just the thing.   On a beautiful summer’s morning the results  were;
1st;  Mal Mottram/Andrew Laing/Steve Wilkins – 72/7.3/64.7
2nd; Darlene Baker/Sherif Abdel Sayed – 82/12.25/69.75  C/B
3rd; Jenny Hartley/Rob Slade- 80/10.25/69.75

NTPs; 1st – Mal Mottram, 16th – Sherif Abdel-Sayed

Saturday December 17th – Ambrose and 2022 Presentation Day

After the recent run of never ending wet weekends to have two beautiful summer’s Saturdays in a row was quite special.  Golf got away at 11.00 so we could be back in the rooms and finished presentation by 5.00pm to allow the Bowls Club to hold their Christmas Break-up.  The course was in perfect condition with well covered fairways and surrounds and greens in excellent condition.  As always with Ambrose events there were cries of joy or anguish as a birdie or eagle dropped or just rolled passed the cup.   Everyone was back in the rooms by around 3.00pm  to enjoy a country afternoon tea and be involved, quietly or not so quietly, in the 2022 Presentations.  On a beautiful day to be out on the park the results were;   

1st; Andrew Clement/Davey Kenney/Scott Williams/Toby Clement – 64/7/57

2nd; Mitch Atlas/Sherif Abdel-Sayed/Mick Nicholls Jnr – 67/9.3/57.7

3rd; Wendy Gosden/Darlene Baker/Jenny Hartley – 72/12.3/59.7

NTPs; 1st – Mick Nicholls Jnr, 15th – Mick Nicholls Snr & 16th – Andrew Clement.

While a few of the 2022 winners could not be present everyone enjoyed the presentations.

2022 RGC Women’s Champion Jenny Hartley with RGC Captain Darlene Baker.

2022 Algie Mitchell Shield Winner Michael Nicholls Jnr with RGC Captain Mal Mottram

202 Women’s Electric winner, Darlene Baker with past captain Lorraine Robb

Half the 2022 Relative Paris winners, Michael Squire with RGC President Anthony Lakey

2022 Rose Scanlon Shield winner Darlene Baker with RGC secretary Elaine Scanlon

2022 Senior Cup winner John Freestone with RGC Life Member Bruce Robb

Mal Mottram, 2022 Club Champion & John Freestone, C Grade Champion. 

C Grade Nett winner, John Freestone, RGC Life Members John Laing (John Jeffrey Shield – C Grade Nett) & Peter Scanlon (Peter Scanlon Shield – B Grade Nett), Marg Mitchell (Mitchell Family Shield – A Grade Nett) & A Grade Nett Winner Mal Mottram

President’s & Captains Award, “For Conspicious Service”

RGC Pres, Anthony Lakey, Steve Wilkins, RGC Capt Mal Mottram & Lorraine Robb

Wednesday December 14th – North Pole Rules.

North Pole Rules had a team of Reindeers competing against a team of Rudolphs on a cold, wet and blustery day.  Fun was had by all as the challenges set by course designer Beryl Cole included Ambrose variations and predetermined club selections on some holes. The old course was played and golfers managed to get back into the clubhouse before another rain storm.

Saturday December 10th – John Laing Shield Final & Par

Another  warmish summer’s day with just the occasional wind from the S/SW for the final of the John Laing Shield and the club’s par event.  Despite the good conditions it was tough to card a good score.  After so many weeks of wet weather the club is still racing to get on top of the strong growth across the park so, if you strayed off the fairway it  might be difficult to find your ball and then a challenge to get it back into play let alone much closer to the green. The final of the John Laing was a very tight affair.  Neither player got more that one or two holes up and over the final few holes it got back to all square.  The shield was finally decided with Shannon Wight repeating his win from 15 years ago when he defeated his brother Daniel on the 20th.  On a beautiful day to be out on the park the results were;

Winner; Steve Wilkins (20)-Square

2nd; Davey Kenney (14) -1

3rd; Luke Lyons (15) -3

NTPs; 1st; Sherif Abdel-Sayed, 15th; Mal Mottram & 16th;  Mick Squire

John Laing Shield Final

Shannon Wright (0) D Dean Kohler (9) – 20th

Wednesday December 7th – Par 3

An early start to the day to adapt the course to a Par 3 Competition was appreciated by a large field who enjoyed the change to the course. The course was tempting but also challenging as golfers had to select the appropriate club for the shorter holes, much frustration was experienced as tee shots went wayward or trickled off the back of the green and a seemingly easy par turned into a 4 or, in some cars, even more.  Those with a reliable short game came to the fore as evidenced by the results.
1st.    Jenny Hartley – Nett 46.75
2nd.   Lorraine Robb – Nett 50
3rd.    Jan Harver – Nett 50.25

Saturday December 3rd – Stableford

Another top day, clear skies, plenty of sun and virtually no wind.  While a great deal of the rough had been mown there were large areas just waiting to swallow up a ball, numerous players seemed to find those areas.  Despite the good conditions it proved a challenge to post a good score.  The semi-finals of the John Laing Shield were also in action and both matches were close with one going down to the final hole.   On a beautiful sunny, early summer’s day the results were;

Winner; Mick Nicholls Jnr (13) – 36 pts

2nd; Chris vanDerVliet (28)  33 pts

3rd; Pat Chisholm (11) – 32 pts C./B from Craig Sandy & Davey Kenney

NTPs; 1st Andrew Clement, 15th – Mick Nicholls Jnr, 16th – Pat Chisholm

Semi-Finals of the John Laing Shield

Shannon Wright (0) D Bob McLennan (%) 1up

Dean Kohler (11) D Mal Mottram (0) – 3/1

The Final of the John Laing Shield will be;

Shannon Wright (0) Vs Dean Kohler (9) 

Wednesday November 30th – November Medal, stroke & Putts

The course was in perfect condition for the November Monthly Medal, with weather to match.
Winner & November Medalist;  Jenny Hartley – nett 73.   

2nd; Darlene Baker,

3rd; Kath Jekabsons a close third.  

Least Putts; Darlene – 31.