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1-MAR-2015: Links Shell Cove GC - 1st Round Club Championships (Stroke) + Matchplay Final

OUTRIGHT WINNER JOHN VARRICA (70 NETT C/B)

OUTRIGHT WINNER
JOHN VARRICA (70 NETT C/B)

Like the Allied attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe during the Second World War, a company sized group of Revesby Golfing Raiders mounted a full scale amphibious attack on the impregnable Shell Cove Links course (par 71) with the intention of breaking through its feared beach defences, stroke by stroke.

After the long 100 kilometre journey, the Revesby Raiders quickly disembarked from their landing craft into their respective armoured personnel carriers and assembled at the 10th rendezvous tee.

The attack was carefully planned down to the last second, with bombardment to commence from 0630 hours, and based on past experiences, casualties were expected to be extremely high.

Everyone knew success was dependent on by-passing the anti-personnel rough, booby-trapped hazards and flooded irrigation ditches as well as safely navigating the severely contoured and slippery glass-like greens.

As the attack wore on, the temperature rose and the sea breeze kicked in, and it soon became apparent that some Raiders were firing their weapons wildly in all directions and much time was spent on reconnoitring the rough to gather much needed intelligence on ball whereabouts.

For some, going into the booby-trapped hazards and irrigation ditches was like watching Groundhog Day and any initial “courage under fire” soon gave way to “losing their balls”.

In fact, some had run out of ammunition and one WHITE hair Raider was down to his last LADY BUG ball (he found it on the battlefield) at the end of the attack 🙁

After four and a bit hours the raid was over, the last Raider was evacuated from the battlefield and a head count was made to confirm no bodies were left behind enemy lines.

Revesby’s Intelligence Officer (aka handicapper), Stef Suzor, conducted a de-brief and post-mortem of scores and concluded that the attack was as disastrous as the “Dieppe” raid, that Revesby’s fire support was grossly inadequate and the majority of the raiding force was largely trapped by the obstacles and hazards on the beaches.

However, there were individual performances that were exceptions to the norm and deserve mention in dispatches. With CCR set to 75 (four over par), any score close to par or better was indeed exceptional.

A mentally tired Supreme Commander, Steve Vaughn, finally summoned enough energy to stand to attention and announce the Medal winners.

The Revesby Medal of Honour for most outstanding performance (on a count-back) goes to John Varrica with a solid 70 nett (10 handicap). Traversing such difficult terrain without fear, it was gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. To think only one week ago, John was the recipient of the dreaded Rabbit Ears for a performance that was below and beyond, it was indeed a great bounce-back. But then again, John did win A Grade at Shell Cove last year, so maybe its horses for courses? A welcome return to form for Johnny V 🙂

Another Revesby Medal of Honour goes to a soldier who has fond memories of this arena (still remember the eagle on the 3rd hole some time back), yes, its the slim lanky lefty, Mark McDonald, who shot an impressive 70 nett (23 handicap) to take out B Grade. Another gallant and intrepid performance above and beyond the call of duty, Mark’s consistency can be rather perplexing at times, which is best described as being like a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. Mark can be proud of his effort today, it was a terrific score on such a demanding course 🙂

The Revesby Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroic performance goes to Messrs Wally Trad (13 handicap) and Paul Dawkins (29 handicap) with scores of 74 nett to take out A Grade (count-back) and C Grade, respectively.

Wally is new to the club and to the course, so his performance today is very impressive and if he continues in this vein, he will be a force to contend with in the future. On the other hand, Paul has done a Johnny V and risen from the Bankstown Bradman ashes of last week to take out the big one today. Hmmm, very strange, two of the Bradmans from last week won today, its getting to be a bit like the footy tipping 🙂 Commendable effort fellas !

The silver chalice (aka Guzzlers Cup) goes to the recipient of the Revesby Silver Star for gallant effort, namely, Graeme Dean, who scored a sound 73 nett (18 handicap). It was no surprise to see Graeme’s name on the medal winners list today, and it will be no surprise to see him contending later on in the Championships 🙂

Sadly, the Bradman winners were all assigned Kitchen Police (KP) duties for a week as appropriate reward for their sad performances. Lets hope all the potato peeling will shave a few shots from their game next week 🙂

MATCHPLAY CHAMPION JOHN LOVETT

MATCHPLAY CHAMPION
JOHN LOVETT

The final of the singles match play between Ian Lindberg and John Lovett was completed today in what can only be described as “an ugly match”. With both players struggling in the conditions, it was left to John with his handicap start to take an early lead and be four up with six holes to go. Somehow, Ian managed to fight back and get the game to even with two holes to go.

After John won the 17th hole, it was do or die for Ian, and alas, Ian succumbed on the 18th, to lose the game 2 down. So congratulations to John Lovett for winning the Singles Match Play, it was a terrific performance over many weeks on different courses.

 

 

 

 

Revesby results on the day:

Single Match Play Final:

John Lovett def Ian Lindberg 2 up
Outright Winner: John Varrica [10] 70 nett c/b

A Grade Winner: Wally Trad [13] 74 nett c/b
B Grade Winner: Mark McDonald [23] 70 nett
C Grade Winner: Paul Dawkins [29] 74 nett

GUZZLERS CUP: Graeme Dean [18] 73 nett

BRADMANS: A – Rod Keen [17] 91 nett, B – Ken Harris [22] 94 nett, C – Brendan Vaughn [26] 95 nett
Nearest To Pins: M.McDonald(4), J.Hilder(6), M.Connolly(7), W.Trad(12), J.Varrica(15)

Drive & Pitch: P.Dawkins(1)

A-GRADE WINNER W. TRAD ( 74 NETT)

A-GRADE WINNER
W. TRAD ( 74 NETT)

B-GRADE WINNER M.McDONALD (70 NETT )

B-GRADE WINNER
M.McDONALD (70 NETT )

C-GRADE WINNER P.DAWKINS ( 74 NETT )

C-GRADE WINNER
P.DAWKINS ( 74 NETT )

THE BRADMANS B.VAUGHN, R.KEEN, K.HARRIS

THE BRADMANS
B.VAUGHN, R.KEEN, K.HARRIS

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