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17-FEB-19: Campbeltown GC-1st Rnd Club Championships (Stroke)

OUTRIGHT WINNER: GEORGE LATTOUF [14] 66 NETT

Today saw the start of the 2019 Club Championships where dreams may come to fruition but mostly when the nightmares  begin.

The rules for the first MAJOR of the year are preferred lies on fairways only, no gimmies and the format is strokeplay. Accompanying these are the 20 new rules of golf that have been introduced this year that should simplify the game a little more than before. The option for maximum scores on holes and the out of bounds/lost ball played under 2 shot penalty from closest fairway was voted against by the match committee for this year and will be reviewed after the championships.  The best 3 of 4 rounds will count towards the final result and your starting handicap will apply for the duration of the championship.

A few other general rules that must be observed are :

  • Members should be at the registration area by the advertised time and that being there first does not guarantee you tee off first.
  • All players  must come to the registration area before getting a cart and wait until your name and partner are announced.
  • You cannot pick your playing partners even if you are in a cart.
  • Carts are ordered years in advance and sometimes problems may arise. In these circumstances, priority will be given to the most senior members and those that can’t otherwise play without one. This will apply  no matter when the cart was booked. We will endeavour to liaise with the golf clubs up until the last minute to try and accommodate everyone.
  •  You are a member of a social club first and golf club second and you should conduct yourself accordingly at all times. You must respect the golf course, their staff and members by not swearing,  throwing golf clubs or generally displaying anti social behaviour. Penalties can be imposed by our match committee for any breaches.
  • You should be considerate and patient with the members of our committee who work tirelessly to ensure that everyone has a good time. Yes, sometimes mistakes occur but we try to rectify and accommodate where we can. Remember that just like you, the committee is there to play golf as well.

Now to the golf bit. 32 bleary eyed golfers turned up to Campbelltown GC for and early start of 6am to find the course in extremely good condition and with great weather made for a very exciting start to the championship. Play was reasonably fast for a stroke round and with all groups in the clubhouse the results were read out.

The outright winner today with a nett score of 66 was George Lattouf. George is regarded as a one course wonder because he wins at Georges River GC so often so this victory away from home must be very satisfying for the gorgeous one. His reply when asked how he played was ” I WON”. Pressed further he stated that he putted extremely well and apart from going in the water on the 18th hole, every other drive was on the fairway. Well done George.

The A grade winner was Phil White with a score of 67 nett on a countback. Says that he had George’s measure until he bogeyed the last 3 holes. He also said that his bullsh#t handicap and the fact that they got a cart at the last minute helped his game. Whitey, I hope the handicapper reads this.

The B grade winner was a man who has new focus and confidence in his golf game. Steph Suzor got a tip from George Lattouf at Rosnay the prior week which has turned his driver into a beast. Today, Steph had a very good score of 68 nett and is looking dangerous for the rest of the championship.

The C grade winner with a score of 66 nett was another player in form of late. We think that Rossco Hamer has secretly been attending yoga classes as he is much more chilled than ever before and his golf game has improved out of sight. He also stated that he didn’t get much competition from the other members of his group being Macca, whinging Graham and erratic Gary and that the condition of the course suited him. Remember Rossco, ” just breathe in and then slowwwwwwly retend”

The guzzlers cup was won by Ryan Cassin with a score of 67 nett. I didn’t need a report from Ryan as I was in his group and witnessed a very controlled round of great driving and approaching. His putter was reasonably good and if not for a silly 5 on the par three 6th, could have won the day.A pleasure to watch the assassin in full flight.

 

The Bradmans today were A grade-Joy Mesuria 79c/b  B grade-Steve Vaughn 85   C grade-Pat Collins 85. Thank god that they can drop this round and I’m sure that they will bounce back.

Some highlights of note were-

  1. Brian Craven playing his first hole being the 10th, sank a 40 footer for birdie and predicted that it could only get worse from then on and it sure did. He finished the Bradman of his group.
  2. On the 18th hole, Phil White was telling his partners how many years ago he beat Johnny V in the club championship on this very hole when leading by 3 shots, John drove his ball into the water for a 7 and he got a birdie to win. George said that if he had of ben in the same position he would have played high and right and would demonstrate how. He proceeded to hook his ball into the water and so did Snow white. Boys , the golf ball also has the last say!
  3. A rare feat occurred on the long par 3 15th hole. The threesome of Phil Kila, Ryan Johnston and Matt Campbell all landed on the green and Ryan got a birdie.

Results

OUTRIGHT WINNER: GEORGE LATTOUF [14] 66 NETT C/B

A GRADE: PHIL WHITE [13] 67 NETT C/B

B GRADE: STEPH SUZOR [22] 68 NETT

C GRADE: ROSCCO HAMER [23] 66 NETT

GUZZLERS CUP: RYAN CASSIN [14] 67 NET

DRIVE & PITCH: 18TH-ROSSCO HAMER

NTP: 4-GARY BUCKLEY   12-DENNIS MAY  14-PHIL WHITE   17-GEORGE LATTOUF

BRADMANS: A- JOY MESURIA  [79 ]       B- STEVE VAUGHN [85]    C- PAT COLLINS [85]

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