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10-JAN-2020: THE RIDGE GC-STABLEFORD

OUTRIGHT WINNER: GEORGE OSTERMAN [24] 42 PTS

The 2020 season got off to a flying start with 36 players showing up for the first game of the year at The Ridge GC.

The weather was a cool 23 degrees for a change and there was a fresh breeze blowing and the threat of possible showers. The course was very dry which made it play much shorter and was also blanketed by smoke from the bushfires which made visibility a harder.

With all of the new year handshakes over and done with, the captain announced the groups and play was underway for another year.

The outright winner today on a countback was a young gentleman by the name of George Osterman who shot an amazing score of 42 points. Playing off a handicap of 24, 82 years young George was playing so hot that he could have started another bushfire. Turning on 23 points, he started boasting about how easy the game of golf is. Well done young man!

A GRADE WINNER: SANTO SAMMARCO [15] 42 PTS C/B

Santo Sammarco is only relatively new to our club but it seems he intends to make a huge mark on it. Today Santo shot 42 pts to win A Grade on countback and it looks like we will be seeing him on the podium a lot more in the future.

B GRADE WINNER: MATT CAMPBELL [20] 38 

Congratulations to Matt Campbell for winning B Grade with a score of 38 points. I don’t have any info on his round but can only imagine that with his power off the tee, Matt would have had very short iron shots to the green on this course which is a drivers paradise.

C GRADE WINNER: BRIAN CRAVEN [22] 40 PTS

It is a wonder that Brian Craven can even hit a golf ball with that cockamamie back to front grip, but I was witness to his round and could no stop marvelling at the contact that he was putting on that golf ball. I think that Brian surprised himself with the standard of his play today in amassing a score of 40 pts. It must have been the the hot threesome of Brian 40, George 42 and john 42 that spurred him on. OH! we did have another player in our group (Allen) but I don’t think that he liked playing with us as he was always a couple of fairways away from us 🙂

GUZZLERS CUP: JOHN VARRICA [12] 42PTS

 It is a little bit difficult writing about one’s self but John Varrica won the guzzlers cup with a round of 42 pts. John has been playing well of late after many lessons with club sponsor Greg Bayley from Sydney Golf Tech. Greg has two of our club members in his stable at the moment and both John and Mark McDonald are beginning to see some amazing results. Another new putter or putting lessons is on the cards for John as he could only convert one of eight make-able  birdie chances.

A BRADMAN: MARK DONOVAN 28 PTS

B BRADMAN: MITCHELL FLOYD 28 PTS

C BRADMAN: GLEN BLADES 31 PTS

 

 

 

 

 

Highlight: Great to see a great showing of 36 players for our first game and to all of the new visitors/members we extend a warm welcome.

Low light: 1.Brian Craven recorded the first air swing of the decade during his round.

2. It was great to see 9 times A Grade Club Champion Mark Donovan back playing golf with Revesby Workers after a long absence due to family commitments,  but it was sad to see  him get the rabbits ears on his first game back. He is too good a golfer to let that set him back and I’m sure that the true Mark will show up soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HANDICAP RANGE CHANGE FOR 2020

A review of the Handicap Grades has been completed and to balance up the number of players in each grade.

 

A Grade – 0 to 17

 

B Grade – 18 to 21

 

C Grade – 22 to 45

 

Please note B Grade is a very narrow band width and will be monitored over the coming weeks.

 

I have removed inactive players from the list and those who are playing for Handicap.

 

This change is warranted as Club Championships are commencing in February 2020.

 

There are a few players who are on the cusp and will slip into or out of a grade between now and the Championships.

 

The list of active players and the revised grades are shown below.

 

The next Grade review will be done after Individual Club Championships have concluded.

Thanks,

Steve Vaughn

Name A 16
Buckley, Gary 16.3
Cassin, Ryan 15.3
Coleman, Terry 10.6
Coleman, Wayne 16.1
Giltinan, Adam 9.4
Lattouf, George 14.6
Marciante, Ben 8
May, Dennis 15.8
Sammarco, Santo 14.8
Thorn, Shane 7.5
Varrica, John 12.3
White, Phil 13.3
Dean, Graham 16.8
Floyd, Steve 16.6
Johnston, Ryan 16.7
Kilazoglou, Phil 17
Name B 14
Bourquin, Cliff 18
Campbell, Matthew 20.2
Floyd, Mitchell 19.3
Foster, Allen 20.4
Hilder, Jeff 20.1
Kabalan, Michael 18.3
Knebusch, Ronald 19.1
Lindberg, Ian 21.2
McCarney, Mick 19.3
McDonald, Mark 21.7
McSwiney, Mark 18.9
Mesuria, Joy 17.6
Poletti, Claude 19
Vaughn, Steve 20.4
Name C 15
Blades, Glen 25.6
Connolly, Noel 23.7
Davis, Pete 22.8
Dawkins, Paul 32.3
Eirth, Chris 23
Harris, Ken 22.6
McDonald, John 27.6
McMahon, Gary 26.2
Osterman, George 24.3
Quinn, Michael 24.3
Suzor, Steph 23
Tasaico, Louis 26.6
Collins, Pat 21.9
Craven, Brian 22.2
Hamer, Roscoe 21.8

15-DEC-2019: GEORGES RIVER GC- XMAS AMBROSE & 2019 AWARDS PRESENTATION

Here we are again at the tail end of another very enjoyable and successful year of golf.

A year that was full of great golf, a few terrific trips away, some amazing individual performances, but above all we had a great bunch of blokes who got on and socialised very well especially on BBQ days ( well almost everyone).

This was the final game of the year and it was our Xmas Day ambrose event and it would be followed by the 2019 awards presentation and lunch.

32 players showed up for the golf and a few more were expected for the lunch.

As is customary, the president and captain conduct the draw for the pairings of today’s event. To make it as fair as possible, names were drawn from two piles of cards with one pile being “low”handicappers” and the second being “higher handicappers”. This would ensure that most of the team handicaps were close to one another.

The only handicap that we couldn’t safeguard against was who would draw Johnny Mac (see results pictures for clarification).

With all the teams sorted, the President & Treasurer led the teams to the 10th tee and  the game was on.

WINNERS: ROSCO HAMER & GRAHAM DEAN 58.25PTS

The winners today were Revesby’s  best club twirlers who managed to hang on to their clubs this time and shoot a great score of 58.25pts. If memory serves me correctly, I’m sure that they had 3 birdies in a row on the back nine and 4 in 5 holes. That’ll do it!.

2nd Place: MITCHELL FLOYD & MARK McDONALD 59.75PTS

In second place was a young up and comer who has played some unbelievable golf in his short time with us and our trusty lefty who has turned things around this year after some coaching from club sponsor Greg Bayley from Sydney Golf Tech. Well done boys.

3rd Place: PAT COLLINS & SANTO SAMMARCO 60.75PTS

A placing for this pair was almost a certainty given that Pat has had a great year of results that culminated in him being awarded the Encouragement Award and more importantly, the Guzzlers Cup final. Combined with the raw power of new member Santo, this duo were always going to do well. Congrats.

BRADMANS: JOHN McDONALD & MARK McSWINEY 69.25PTS

I don’t see how this could happen, after all they almost shot even par. Oh I get it, that’s after deducting their combined handicap of 11.75. Well I did say that Johnny was the short straw. I’m sure that they both enjoyed themselves immensely and that Mark’s headache would have abated by the time of writing this report.

All of the other winners will be pictured below and there will be a link to the rest of the photos in the gallery page on the website.

NTP 16TH-CLAUDE POLETTI

NTP 12TH- AND NEW LIFE MEMBER – JEFF HILDER

NTP 9TH- LIFE MEMBER PAUL KIRGAN

NTP 5TH-GLEN BLADES

NTP 3RD- CLIFF BOURQUIN

D&P 11TH- DENNIS MAY

D&P 15TH & NTP 14TH – JOHN VARRICA

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners on their performances this year and to also welcome and thank all of our great new members who have fit in beautifully.

I would also like to thank our committee members who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the traditions of the club are upheld and that it runs as smoothly as possible and especially to all who organised and donated towards our end of year function. Without all of these very dedicated people, we would not be the club that is envied by most of the other social golf clubs that we interact with and we would not be so successful.

A big thanks also to our Liaison Director Kylie Wilkinson for all of her assistance this year and for keeping us informed of the happenings at RWC and to our club’s non playing Life Members Paul Kirgan and Peter Sprotte for attending our end of year celebration.

I would like to thank all of our sponsors for their support throughout the year namely Sydney Golf Tech, Mobile Tools, Australian Goat Soap, JVE Painting Service and of course our biggest sponsor Revesby Workers’ Club. As members we need to remember that we also need to support our sponsors where possible because without them subsidies may not exist.

A big thanks also to all of the members that supported the Footy Tipping Competition and Eagles Nest and the organisers.

In closing for this year, I must say that it is has been a pleasure to be the president of this fantastic social club for the past 7 years and I love it so much that I put my hand up for another year of punishment at our recent AGM. While the job is satisfying it is also quite demanding and also has it’s challenges,  some of which could be avoided if we remember that we are first and foremost a social club and then a golf club. Members need to accept that there are rules and history attached to this social club and no one is above that. Yes, sometimes we encounter problems with golf clubs, yes sometimes play is slow, yes sometimes someone is in the last group a couple of times, yes we’d like to play with our mates all the time but can’t, yes your name wasn’t on the list but you were accommodated, yes some games are not around the corner but neither are all of our members, yes we’d like to play at premium courses all the time but they are too expensive and often booked out, yes we all have bad days but we don’t have to act like a jerk because of it. The hardest part of my role is having to handle situations that might arise with people that I regard as good friends. Sunday is golf day for everyone including the committee members so please respect that and if you have anything on your mind then you need to table it at a general meeting which is held once a month.

While I’m at it, I would like to remind our members to be very careful what is posted on our social media platforms. These platforms were created predominantly for notifications such as results, bookings, event changes, time changes, sponsor news, giving praise and other “important or relevant” notifications and not for general conversations between some members. This year I have received some complaints from members about the amount of random posts especially on WHATS APP. Many of these members have left the group because they found it annoying. If members feel the need to have conversations then they should form their own small group and talk all they like. In future, I will delete posts that I find irrelevant and I will block repeat offenders making it very hard for those to get any communications of any importance.

All that aside, I would like to wish all of the members and their families a very merry Xmas and a happy and safe new year.

The prez.

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8-12-2019: STONECUTTERS RIDGE-STABLEFORD

POINTSORE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: STEVE FLOYD [111 PTS] C/B

The final competition game of the year was played at the magnificent Stonecutters Ridge GC and was a fitting finale to another great year of golf.

This Greg Norman designed course was in immaculate condition and with it’s wide fairways was a long hitters dream. The only problem is that Mr Norman likes to protect his greens with plenty of bunkers which can make approaching somewhat more challenging. Just ask Phil White who failed to get out of one bunker even after seven attempts.

Today’s round was a single stableford event and was contested by 24 very dedicated golfers, many of whom got up at around 4am to arrive at the course for a 5:30am tee off.

One player [ Matt Campbell] didn’t even make it in time to compete as he had been pulled over by a breath testing unit which took up some time and then went looking for an ATM to withdraw the day’s fees. By the time Matt arrived at the course, the groups had been sorted and most had already teed off so Matt decided to turn back home.

On the line today was a Major Championship trophy being for the Pointscore Championship which is the clubs biggest accolade as it determines the club’s Player of the Year. Points are awarded for attendance and performance and reward a player for his good play and commitment to the club.

This year’s race was a very tight affair with 3 or 4 players in the hunt. The early leader was Rosco Hamer until he was a victim of a road rage incident which left him with an injured shoulder and ultimately out of the race.

In the end it came down to 2 players who were Steve Floyd and Pete Davis. Coming into the final round, Steve was 5 points in front of Peter and almost guaranteed to win. Peter had other ideas and threw a spanner in the works to win the day’s event an collect a maximum 8 points for the round and with Steve only collecting 3 points this meant that that would finish tied on 111 points each.

The Club constitution was referenced and a countback based on most appearances was applied meaning that Steve was the winner with 25 appearances to 23. The irony of the matter was that Peter had missed the game before because his wife had booked a getaway for them both and missed out on a minimum of 3 pts for non attendance. bad luck Pete and congratulations to Steve.

All of the other winners and losers are pictured below.

OUTRIGHT WINNER: PETER DAVIS [26] 46PTS

B GRADE WINNER: JOY MESURIA [18] 40PTS

C GRADE WINNER: ROSCO HAMER [23] 40PTS

A GRADE WINNER: STEVE FLOYD [16] 35PTS

GUZZLERS CUP: MITCHELL FLOYD [20] 39PTS

A GRADE GRADMAN: GARY BUCKLEY 24PTS

B GRADE BRADMAN: MARK McDONALD 26PTS

C GRADE BRADMAN: LUIS TASAICO 28PTS

1-12-2019: CABRAMATTA GC-GUZZLERS CUP FINAL

2019 GUZZLERS CUP CHAMPION AND OUTRIGHT WINNER: PAT COLLINS [24] 47 POINTS

WINNER PAT COLLINS AND SPONSORS GEORGE LATTOUF & PHIL WHITE

A GRADE WINNER: ADAM GILTINAN [10] 43PTS C/B

B GRADE WINNER: IAN LINDBERG [22] 42PTS

C GRADE WINNER: ROSSCO HAMER [23] 39PTS

GUZZLER: SANTO SAMMARCO [16] 43PTS

A GRADE GRADMAN: GARY BUCKLEY 31PTS

B GRADE BRADMAN: CLAUDE POLETTI 25 PTS

C GRADE BRADMAN: JOHN McDONALD 25PTS

24-11-2019: ROSNAY GC-2BALL MULTIPLIER + BBQ

OUTRIGHT WINNERS: LUIS TASAICO & PHIL WHITE 96PTS

This weeks event was a 2 ball multiplier where the partners in a team multiply their individual points together to get the result for that hole. Unfortunately, wipes are the dreaded enemy of this format as anything multiplied by zero = 0. The format is liked by some and loathed by others such as the person writing this report.

Never the less, it was a beautiful day for golf and Rosnay was in reasonable condition albeit the greens were a little slower than normal and a lot of putts were left short by many.

21 players showed up for this event which was also to be followed by a BBQ prepared by Rossco Hamer, his son Daniel and also the beverage organiser, Peter Davis.

With Captain Joy away on a family trip and his helper Claude also away for a family do, it was left to the Prez to organise the days proceedings and with the help of Phil Kilazoglou and Steve Vaughn got the event started without a hitch.

Play started from the 10th tee and with the thought of a tasty BBQ on the minds of the players it was over by 10:30 am.

The outright winners were the super seniors Luis Tasaico & Phil White with a tremendous score of 96 points. Phil White also scored the best individual score of 42 points for the day. Well done boys.

All of the other winners and losers are pictured below.

While I am at it, I’d like to remind everyone that our Annual General Meeting will be held at Revesby Workers’ Club on Monday 2/12/19. It will be held in the Acacia Room at 7:30pm. There will be an open bar from 6:45pm and food at the interval between meetings. All positions will be declared vacant and an election will be held for the 2020 committee. I encourage all of our members to attend and have a say in the running of our club. Please do not think that by attending that you will be thrust into any positions as all nominees have the right of refusal but it would be nice to see some interest from some new faces.

RUNNERS UP: STEVE VAUGHN & IAN LINDBERG 88 PTS

Guzzlers: MARK McSWINEY & MICK McCARNEY 87PTS

BRADMANS: MATT CAMPBELL & JEFF HILDER 69PTS

17-11-2019: DUNHEVED GC-PRESIDENTS CUP

PRESIDENTS CUP CHAMPION: MITCHELL FLOYD [25] 53 PTS 

The venue for the 2019 President’s Cup was Dunheved GC and play was from the yellow markers. The course was in great shape but the tee markers looked like they were a lot closer to the greens than in previous visits. The weather was also much cooler than previous days and all this put together made for a very high scoring stableford round.

Congratulations go to the Mitchell Floyd who took out the Presidents Cup on his first attempt. Mitchell playing off a handicap of 25, played a most remarkable round of golf for a C grader and his play was more akin to  A grade standard.

Playing alongside the club president, Mitchell demonstrated an array a great shot making, long driving and great course management to go around in 53 points which translates to 8 over par which was a staggering 17 shots better than his handicap.

For his efforts ,Mitchell has been rewarded with a handicap adjustment of 6 shots which brings him down to a handicap of 19 for his next game. Well done Mitch.

 

All of the other winners and losers are pictured below…………………….

A GRADE WINNER: GARY BUCKLEY [16] 40 PTS

B GRADE WINNER: GRAHAM DEAN [19] 47 PTS

C GRADE WINNER: PAT COLLINS [26] 44 POINTS

GUZZLERS CUP: MARK McDONALD [23] 43 PTS

10-NOV-2019: CAMDEN GC-SINGLE STABLEFORD

OUTRIGHT WINNER: GRAHAM DEAN [20] 42 PTS

A GRADE WINNER: SANTO SAMMARCO [16] 41 PTS

B GRADE WINNER: PHIL KILAZOGLOU [17] 37 PTS

C GRADE WINNER: PETER DAVIS [26] 39 PTS C/B

GUZZLERS CUP: MITCHELL FLOYD [25] 39 PTS

A GRADE BRADMAN: GARY BUCKLEY [15] 24 PTS

B GRADE BRADMAN: CLAUDE POLETTI [18] 26 PTS

C GRADE BRADMAN: GLEN BLADES [25] 32 PTS

3-NOV-2019: HOGAN/McKEOUGH SHIELD-REVESBY V CANBERRA

LES BROWN(C) PRESENTS THE WINNING TROPHY TO CLAUDE POLETTI(R)

The 2019 Hogan/McKeough Shield ambrose event against our old and dear rivals Canberra Labour Club took place on the 3rd of November at Hilltop Golf Club in Mollymook NSW.

Each year and dating back some fifty years, these two clubs get together for one of the most enjoyable events on our golfing calendar. 30 players from each club compete in an ambrose event and whichever club wins the most matches is declared the winners.

It has been a long time between drinks for our Canberra friends  who have not beaten Revesby for many a year. In a desperate bid to cause a major upset, Canberra secretly decided to put in some extra effort by practising their teamwork at a prior event and some of their players also had games the day before. Also noticed was their unusually higher handicaps compared to past years.

With all that said, the day turned out to be magnificent in regards to the weather which was slightly overcast and the golf course was in amazing condition as usual.

Once all of the dust had settled, all of the players gathered in the clubhouse for some well earned refreshments and friendly banter which was then followed by a great feed .

The two captains then proceeded to announce the individual match results. Canberra were doing much better than in previous years and it was a nervous wait before it was announced that the two teams had actually drawn 7.5 matches a piece. Under the rules of the tournament and as the current holders, Revesby ended up retaining the trophy for another year.

Once again the event was a raging success and a lot of fun had by all that attended. A lot of work was also done behind the scenes by a few people to ensure that everything ran smoothly so many thanks must go to our events co coordinator Claude Poletti for organising the event meticulously as usual, Treasurer Steph Suzor for organising all of the payments, Mark McDonald for suppling the trophies, Joy Mesuria for his assistance, Steve Vaughn on the breakfast grill, Rossco Hamer for driving the bus to and from the event and Ryan Cassin with drink and nibblies duty on the bus.

Below are the some results by pictures.

REVESBY BEST: STEPH SUZOR & CLAUDE POLETTI [10.50] 65.50 C/B

REVESBY RUNNERS UP: STEVE FLOYD & WAYNE COLEMAN [8.50] 65.50

CANBERRA BEST: NEIL MURRAY & JOHN PARIS [11.50] 68.50

CANBERRA RUNNERS UP: TIM BUCKMAN & COREY SEIDEL [13] 69.00

REVESBY BRADMANS: STEVE & RYAN JOHNSTON [10] 76.00

CANBERRA BRADMANS: PETER CALLOW & GEOFF HARROLD [11] 76.00

20-OCT-2019: BAMKSTOWN GC-MATCHPLAY FINAL + SINGLE STABLEFORD

2019 SINGLE MATCHPLAY CHAMPION: STEVE FLOYD

This week’s game was held at Bankstown GC and it was a stableford event in conjunction with the final of the 2019 Single Matchplay Championship.

The golf course was in amazing condition due to the club championships being held there at the moment and as you can imagine, the greens were pretty fast and the order of the day was to limit one’s three putts.

Congratulations must go to Steve Floyd who defeated a gallant Adam Giltinan to take out this years Matchplay Championship by a margin of 4&2. Steve played extremely well and was 3 up after the first 4 holes meaning Adam had to chase hard in order to make a match of it. Both players executed some amazingly powerful drives and equally accurate  approach shots  that left the adjudicators in the group ( John & Claude) gasping in admiration at the quality of their play. In the end, Steve proved to be the steadier of the two and came away with a great victory over the reigning A grade club champion.

Without taking anything away from Steve’s victory, it must be said that there are a few things that can affect one’s golf game and Adam happened to self inflict one thing and lucked out with  another.

Rule number 1 is to not have a big night before a big event and by the look of it Adam certainly looked a little under the weather when he arrived at the course.

Rule number 2 is to not luck out and get in a cart with one of the eventual Bradmans. Poor Adam must have felt dizzy from traversing the course in search of Claude Poletti’s ball and watching him play three shots before even getting to his ball .

All in all it was a great final and congratulations to both Steve and Adam.

OUTRIGHT WINNER: KEN HARRIS [27] 43 PTS

A GRADE WINNER: JOHN VARRICA [12] 37 PTS

B GRADE WINNER: PHIL KILAZOGLOU [19] 39 PTS

C GRADE WINNER: IAN LINDBERG [23] 37PTS

GUZZLERS CUP: STEVE FLOYD [17] 39 PTS C/B

A BRADMAN: PHIL WHITE 27PTS

B BRADMAN: CLAUDE POLETTI 21PTS

C BRADMAN: PETER DAVIS 26 PTS