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20-MAY-2018: Bankstown GC - Single Stableford + 4BBB Matchplay Rnd 1

OUTRIGHT WINNER: JEFF HILDER (18) 38PTS

Today sees a single stableford event in conjunction with the first round of the 4BBB Matchplay Championships.

The chilly environs of Bankstown golf course greeted 31 rugged-up players as they surveyed the well-kept fairways and greens in front of them.

Alas, the 6:45am hit off time from the tenth tee (yellow markers) meant the early groups would feel the biting cool air the most as the Sun slowly climbed its way above the trees.

Whilst the practice putting green was dangerously fast, players were comforted in the knowledge that the holes were cut in the friendly position “D” quadrant on each green.

Play was reasonably paced with no reports of bottlenecks on the course and the weather turned out to be a perfect Autumn day 🙂

The consensus after the game was the course was the victor, with only six (6) players playing to or bettering their handicap today.  CCR was a low 34 points.

Maybe the pressures of matchplay played its part, with some being overly-aggressive and paying the price, or just too defensive to ensure a win.

The course could not be faulted, the fairways were very good, the bunkers well maintained and the greens smooth as silk and fast 🙂

 

The outright winner today was Jeff Hilder with a score of 38 points.

Hmmm, haven’t I seen his name on the podium this year and at the same course?

Come to think of it, he won B-grade at Bankstown in January, he won B-grade at Bankstown in March, and now Outright in May!

Talk about horses for courses 🙂

He may be renowned for roasting the beef and lamb at the BBQ, but today, with his 4BBB partner, John McDonald, he also roasted the team of John Varrica and Phil Kilazoglou in the matchplay!

Jeff scored 22 points on holes 10-18 and putted very well.  Teamed very well with Johnny Mac, in fact, their 4BBB score would have been 48 points on the day!

Not a bad effort for a retiree, just tooo good 🙂

The A-grade winner today was Frank Saify with a score of 37 points.

An import from the Twilight Zone called Western Australia, he showed no recurring signs of jet-lag or car-lag from the long journey weeks ago, the only lag was in his mighty golf swing as he continued to pound the ball into the stratosphere.

He combined well with his symbiotic 4BBB partner, Mark McDonald, to ensure the team comprising the two great White Rhinos (aka Ryan Cassin and Ryan Johnston) remain extinct in the match play!

A powerful performance 🙂

 

The B-grade winner today was Wayne Higgs with a score of 37 points (count-back).

Well, well, well, can’t keep a good man down, so they say, especially the C-grade champion for 2018.

Can hit the ball faster than a speeding bullet, however, they often mutate into kryptonite balls when they go near the greens 🙁

A novice in 4BBB match play, he teamed with another novice, Peter Davis, to lead by two holes with two to play, only to succumb to the dastardly and brutish pairing of Steve Vaughn and Joy Mesuria (former Captain and current Captain) to lose on the 20th hole (it was actually the 19th followed by a putt-off on the practice putting green) 🙁

A good individual result combined with a disheartening 4BBB result.

I suppose I would call it a higgledy-piggledy performance 🙂

 

The C-grade winner today was George Ostermann with a score of 37 points.

The steady-eddy of Revesby, has kept his mantelpiece fairly empty this year, though did grab a C-grade trophy back in March at The Ridge golf course.

He combined well with his 4BBB partner, Glen Blades, to dust-off the fancied pairing of boom-boom Allen Foster and Tarzan Gary McMahon in the match play.

Just like the Dambusters, George’s game plan of flying low under the radar and unleashing a deadly bouncing projectile over the enemies defences and counter-attacks was the key to his successful mission today!

A distinguished performance 🙂

 

The Guzzlers winner today was Mark McDonald with a score of 37 points.

It’s been a more positive year for Mark, consistency has improved and he even managed to grab his first birdie of the year on the par5 second hole – yippee!

He teamed well with Frank Saify in the 4BBB and easily put the White Rhinos (the two Ryan’s) into the history books as a forgotten footnote 🙂

With Frank winning B-grade and Mark winning the Guzzler’s, shall I place the commentator’s curse on them by giving them a huge rap and make them the favourites for the Championship!

Heh-heh, the scribe is pushing fate, isn’t he?

Nevertheless, a rewarding performance 🙂

 

The Bradman scores today were indeed Bradmanesque 🙁

But the scribe understands and can empathise with the Bradman candidates, because the pressures of match play can lead to many unfortunate decisions and poor executions.

Injuries and inexperience can exacerbate the situation, so today, they receive a “Get Out of Jail” card from literary persecution and name-dropping 🙂

Just remember, the scribe has a loooong memory!

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

1.Best score was Jeff Hilder with 38 points.

2.Shane Thorn thinned his second shot with a sand wedge to the short par4 5th hole (the drive and pitch hole). The ball went low across the green like a cruise missile and hit one of the hoops at the back.  It ricocheted backwards up in the air, landed on the elevated tier and rolled back towards the hole to about 4 feet. He sank the putt for a simple birdie3 🙂

3.Hmmm, I’m short on material, so this one is going to be a highlight:

As previously mentioned, both Wayne Higgs and Peter Davis were novices to the 4BBB match play format. Their 4BBB opponents were the formidable and knee-trembling combination of Captain and ex-Captain, Joy Mesuria and Steve Vaughn, respectively. As a courtesy, the Captain started to explain some of the match play rules, in particular, he stressed to avoid accidentally hitting your own bag or your partners equipment, as it will result in a penalty (rule 19-2).  If you breach this rule then you lose the hole in match play. Would you believe it, it happened! Whilst playing a shot on the par4 5th hole, the ball hit a tree and ricocheted back hitting the player’s bag. BUT, it wasn’t the novices Wayne or Peter who did it, it was the Captain !!!!!

There is irony to be had in that story 🙂

LooowLIGHTS:

1.Today saw a new low when the experienced and distinguished 4BBB team of John Varrica and Phil Kilazoglou go throughout the game without ever having the HONOUR on the tees when they played against Jeff Hilder and John McDonald. They lost the toss for honour on the first hole played and never got it back!

What’s the old saying, “there’s no honour amongst thieves” 🙁

2.The quiet and introverted Shane Thorn mis-hit his tee shot on the par3 7th and ended up short and to the right, next to the trees. He elected to punch a low 5-iron under the nearby tree and land it short and run up to the green. He hit it sweet and straight, but the ball hit a rake next to the bunker and stopped dead in its track. His 5-iron is now wrapped around the nearby tree 🙁

3.Steve Vaughn elected to play safe on the par4 17th by hitting a 3-wood from the tee. Unfortunately, the ball went straight and too long, running into the lake in front of the green.

Dropping a ball near the lake for his 3rd shot, Steve proceeded to top his shot and saw the ball skipping across the lake 15 times (so he says) before it ran out and collided with the dam-like walls of the bunker on the other side. By the way, he didn’t breach the dam-like walls of the bunker 🙁

4.AIR-SWING ALERT:

Steve Vaughn is the master extraordinaire when it comes to air-swings. Never in the field of air-swings has so many been done by so few persons in such short time! Next to the green on the par4 4th hole, Steve was faced with a delicate chip over the bunker. He chunked it, saw the divot come partially out of the ground and watched the club-head bounce over the ball 🙁

Oh dear, just another scalp to his collection! The positive was he didn’t top the ball 🙁

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Revesby Individual results on the day:

Outright Winner:  Jeff Hilder [18]      38 pts  c/b

A Grade Winner:   Frank Saify [14]      37 pts

B Grade Winner:   Wayne Higgs [21]      37 pts  c/b

C Grade Winner:   George Ostermann [25] 34 pts

GUZZLERS CUP:     Mark McDonald [19]    37 pts

BRADMANS:

A Grade:          Gary Buckley [14]     20 pts

B Grade:          Rossco Hamer [21]     22 pts

C Grade:          Peter Davis [29]      25 pts

Nearest To Pins:

W.Coleman(3), K.Little(7), S.Thorn(11), K.Little(13), M.McCarney(15)

Drive & Pitch:

C.Bourquin(5)

 

 

 

 

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