The weather was much kinder over the past week for all of the Kapunda Golf Club comps to resume their normal positions with some pretty good golf played.
The greens have quickened up a little now that the magnificent volunteers are able to get back on them and give them a couple of mows and a roll.
The ladies kicked off the week on Wednesday morning with 10 players competing in a stableford round.
Skipper Gloria Potter led the field, as captains can, with 35 points. Janet and Tine were a couple back.
A small field managed to play the nine-hole Twilight competition Wednesday arvo which John Harris led with 19 points. Ian “Poppa” Watson also played well for 18 points.
Thursday’s field of 39 players served up some unbelievable results with half of the field playing to their handicaps.
None better than young Jaxson Jones who is now letting his immense talent do the talking.
He shot a 69 off the stick, which I believe is a personal best for him at Kidman Links, and won the day with 44 points.
Jaxson is now playing off a handicap of 3 which puts him in the top three players in the club, a great achievement.
Dennis Miller could probably consider himself a little unlucky with his 43 points more than likely to win on 99 per cent of occasions.
Ross Jones, Trevor Bateman and Eugene Warrior also had excellent rounds with 41 points apiece.
There were three other players on 40 points, a further eight on 39 and two on 38.
A result I would think that would be hard to top across a field of nearly 40 players. I
’m sure the white tees are not that much different!
On Saturday the field was again above 70 for the chance to claim the much sought after Wilson/Alexander Trophy.
Huey threatened to spoil the day with a couple of showers being more of a nuisance than anything but giving the players a bit of wind to contend with. Conditions seemed to abate in the afternoon and the leading scores reflected the conditions.
Boo Menzel had a remarkable return to form to blitz the field with 42 points (still one shy of Dennis’ Thursday result). I’m sure Brian will be confident of taking this form into the upcoming trip to Murray Downs but would be wary of dropping too many shots off his handicap.
Tim Knight has been practicing on the pristine fairways and scrapes at Eudunda once and he continued to show some steady results with 39 points taking the B grade voucher.
“Poppa” Watson and Mrs Murray’s son, Harv, were among a group of five players on 38 points and one behind Timothy.
Craig Sutherland isn’t letting his share of driving time interfere with his golf and he joined Terry Harris, Mick Hennessy, Dave Fidock and Michael Fidler on 37 points in the B grade.
A countback was required in the A grade with Tim Scheer extracting some revenge on Pegs (for a couple of matchplay losses) with his back nine in the 38 points good enough.
Cougar continued his excellent run of form with 37 points followed by Les Grafton on 36.
The trio of Dan Law, skipper Eugene (also in good from) and Michael Day were next home with 35 points.
Cameron King was the other player on 38 points and he had a two shot win in the C grade over Chris Matcham and Rob Kelly.
A good group of eight women made up the afternoon field with Carole Molloy just pipping Tine Perry with her 32 points.
I think Marty Hayward must have been on Willy Weather Saturday morning and didn’t like the threat of being rained on as he seemed to leave the field in a hurry after about 12 holes.
Not sure why you wouldn’t keep playing until you were back closer to the clubhouse though!
I must make special mention of the Lamberts, Bob and Jenny, and Marg Watson who went above and beyond on Saturday putting drinks on ice for the players after the cool room motor decided it had had enough of the hot weather.
A fantastic effort which I am sure was very much appreciated by the entire field. Well done indeed.
Over the past couple of weeks of extreme weather there were obviously some tough decisions made regarding the cancellation of competitions for the better health of the course.
The course committee did their best to get the message across to members through various social media outlets and the newsletter.
If however there are members who haven’t access to any of these forms of notification, may I suggest you give either the men’s or ladies captain a call if you are unsure whether the relevant competition is on or off.
Let’s hope we have seen the last of the extreme conditions for this summer anyway.
On Saturday this week the lucky participants will be playing in a par comp. and I look forward to reporting on another fantastic week of results.