Sandringham Club

GOLF CONVENOR: Joe Joyce

E-mail: joe.joyce@optusnet.com.au
Phone: 0433 471 532

The Sandringham Club

The golf day format includes pre-game sandwiches, the draw of the fours and after the game the presentation to: the winner, nearest the pin, and longest drive. Golf balls are awarded to over half of the players. There is also a golf ball prize to the best score from our contingent of Unofficial Handicap Players. The stableford scoring method is used in all events and stroke is also used for the Alan Tappin Cup. Most members stay for dinner at the Sorrento and Victoria Golf Clubs.

The Golf Convener regularly uses the internet to advise golfers of up-coming events that they can enter. If you play interested in playing golf make sure your email address and GOLFLINK number (if you possess one) are forwarded to the Golf Convenor.

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SANDRINGHAM CLUB GOLF CALENDAR 2018
Date Venue Event
(All Friday Events)
February 9th HUNTINGDALE GC Alan Tappin Cup
STROKE EVENT BUT WITH STABLEFORD SCORES ON THE DAY COUNTING TOWARDS THE ORDER OF MERIT
MARCH 16th SORRENTO GC COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP.
OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ON, FOR DINNER, AT THE GOLF CLUB
MARCH 14th - 15th THE NATIONAL, CAPE SCHANCK A PARTY OF 16 PLAYING TWO ROUNDS, WITH TWO NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN SORRENTO
MAY 11th RIVERSDALE GC FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.
A CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
To be Confirmed To be Confirmed SANDY ELIZA GOLF CUP.TEAM EVENT
To be Confirmed PENINSULA KINGSWOOD GC DOC RANKIN CUP.
A TEAM EVENT.ONE OF THE LAST OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY AT THIS LOVELY GOLF COURSE
To be Confirmed VICTORIA GC CITY CHAMPIONSHIP OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ON, FOR DINNER, AT THE GOLF CLUB

GOLF HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER

Club members with more than a passing interest in their own wellbeing regularly attend Malcolm's Men's Health Night. Such members, and indeed all members should be interested in reading this recent Newspaper article, included below:

Golf widows might suspect their partner's leisure pursuit is merely a euphemism for a gentle stroll followed by a few beers and red wine in the clubhouse.

In fact, the game is a superb form of exercise and its health benefits are often overlooked. During a typical round of golf players can walk between 7km to 12km, taking them between 10,000 to 15,000 steps. A round of golf is four hours of moderate to intense activity, well beyond the Department of Health's recommendation for adults to take at least 150 minutes a week.

Research among 300,000 Swedish golfers found their death rate was 40% lower than others of the same sex, age and social status, or a five year increase in life expectancy.

As ERNIE said: "Life be in it". As your own GOLF CONVENOR now states: "GOLF BE IN IT."

GOLF 2017 ORDER OF MERIT

We had 55 Sandringham Club Members (and in addition 17 member's guests), involved in the playing of our six scheduled events, which all counted towards the Order of Merit. This is exactly the same as the number of members who played in 2016. Of these 55 players, 21 qualified for the Order of Merit, in that the winner is based on the aggregate of the three best stableford scores during the year.

There were no late moves on our last day. Whilst Kevin Wareing outscored Jason Faulkner it wasn't enough to overtake him. The Order of Merit winner is thus JASON FAULKNER on 108 points.

Looking at the last few years, 2013-2016 we see that: in 2013 Nick Tunbridge won with 105 points; in 2014 Richard Alderson and Garth Jacoby tied for first place with an aggregate 106 points; Garth Jacoby in 2015 won with 98 points; and last year Mark Creelman won with 105 points. Thus this year's total of 108 is the highest we have seen in the last five years.

The runner up this year was KEVIN WAREING with 101 points, closely followed in third place by JOE JOYCE and GREG CULLEN with 98 points.

Click here to view the 2017 Order of Merit.

ALAN TAPPIN CUP. 2017 GOLF CLUB CHAMPION

On a bright sunny day made in heaven, and with the merest zephyr of a cooling breeze, 25 golfers hit off at the prestigious Metropolitan Golf Club playing for the equally prestigious Alan Tappin Cup awarded to the best stroke of the day. We were privileged to have Sandringham Club life member Alan Tappin present the trophy to the winner. Metro member Nick Tunbridge facilitated arrangements for the day which was acknowledged and appreciated by all.

LOOKING TOWARDS THE FIRST GREEN AT METROPOLITAN GC

Metropolitan again looked splendid. Lunch was held in the main bar and after a briefing players were sent off to the 1st and 10th tees eager to do battle with the championship course. Pars on the first hole played brought a suggestion of a good day in the office to a few. Reality for most, however, set in however after the second hole! This was not the case for all players. There were two standout players for the day.

Jason Faulkner (off 17) started badly; very badly indeed with a 9 on the first hole. Things didn't get much better with an 8 on the 3rd hole and then a 7 on the 4th. On the remaining five holes of the front nine he truly got his game in order, shooting one under the card. He thus turned in 48. On the back nine his excellent play continued where he shot 39, making for his 18 hole score of 87.

A new player to our ranks, Royal Melbourne GC member Jamie Moir (handicap of 6), in contrast to Jason, was consistent throughout. A front nine of 43 was matched with a back nine of 41, for a combined 84. Thus Jamie, by a margin of three strokes, was declared the winner of the Alan Tappin Cup. In the address to all players at the Cup presentation in transpired that Alan Tappin was instrumental in having Jamie's parents meet at one of his birthday bashes. Several years later along came Jamie. Thus receiving the Cup from Alan was especially significant to Jamie.

ALAN TAPPIN PRESENTING THE CUP TO JAMIE MOIR

10 golfers posted completed 18 hole scores. In third place, on 91, was Paul Haworth (14). Ball prizes were also awarded to the top net scores. Clearly in first place was Jason Faulkner on net 70 (17) followed by John Hudson (20) and Paul Haworth (14) on net 77. Defending champion Paul Rimmer failed to complete his card, whilst hot favourite Stefan Delyster (2) retired injured after a valiant 9 holes effort.

It came as no surprise that the two standout golfers on the day won the nearest to the pin prizes; Jamie Moir (2nd hole) and Jason Faulkner (11th hole).

JASON FAULKNER, ALAN TAPPIN, JAMIE MOIR

Stableford scores were also kept. The annual Order of Merit is based on the aggregate of the three best stableford scores of the year. Jason Faulkner with 40 points led the field, followed in turn by Graeme Sinclair with 34 points (yes Sinkers, you got a mention); 32 points Peter Wilson, and each on 30 points Greg Cullen and Paul Haworth.

SANDRINGHAM 2017 CLUB COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP AT SORRENTO GOLF CLUB

What a perfect day!

It certainly was for our winner of the day, and thus our 2017 Country Champion, KEVIN WAREING.

22 players journeyed down to Sorrento for our annual COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS at Sorrento Golf Course, an event that was first played for in 1995. This was our second event on the 2017 golfing calendar. The weather was perfect, with clear blue skies, warm temperatures, and a cooling breeze blowing in from the south. The golf course itself was in immaculate condition, and many commented that it was the best they had ever seen it; in fact the best conditioned course in Victoria. We now take the 'new' clubhouse as a given, but it is always appropriate to sit back and take it all in, its design, outlook over the course, friendly staff and excellent food. 14 of us stayed on for dinner, a tradition of ours.

Scores were excellent. The average stableford score of the day was a very respectable 30 (it would have been even higher if it was not for the contribution, or lack of it, from our NAGA winner, a Sorrento Club Member and ex-mayor of some repute). Convenor Joe Joyce's address before we commenced play was that around 40 points was needed to win the day. (Looking at the last seven years the winning score was: 43, 39, 40, 39, 38, 39, and 40)

We had two nearest the pin holes (2nd and 17th) and one long drive hole (18th). Russ Eason claimed the prize on the 2nd finishing 5 metres from the pin. On the 17th, with his shot of the day, Graeme Sinclair put it even closer, and true to his name 'sinkered' the putt for a birdie two. The long drive contest was won by Mark Creelman, overtaking early front runner Christian Bell. Considering that on the earlier 16th hole, a par 4 of approximately 300 metres length, Mark's drive from the playing group behind us rolled onto the green as we were putting out, you can only imagine the length of his 'long drive'. PS. On the 16th he missed his eagle putt by a whisker.

And so to the main event the COUNTRY Championship. His playing partners for the day said that he played out of his skin, and with an opening 9 hole stableford score of 25 he certainly hit his straps early, Kevin Wareing finished with top score of 39 points even after not scoring at the difficult 18th hole. Thus Kevin Wareing was declared the 2017 SANDRINGHAM CLUB COUNTRY CHAMPION. Closely following on 38 points was Russell Smith. His 22 points on the back 9 just failed to catch Kevin and thus he had to settle for second place. Jason Faulkner finished in third with 37 points. (Following on from his 40 stableford points at our first event in 2017, at Metropolitan GC)

KEVIN WAREING. 2017 COUNTRY CHAMPION

KING ISLAND SANDY CLUB GOLF TRIP

16 golfers had a great time in late March 2017 on a three day / two night stay and play package. We flew out of Moorabbin Airport, with a flying time of only 34 minutes, to Currie Airport, King Island. Accommodation was in the township of CURRIE, at the OCEAN DUNES HOTEL in the centre of town. Rooms were very comfortable. We dined the first night at the BOOMERANG MOTEL (half a crayfish for $75) which overlooks the 9 hole CURRIE GC, with the second night dinner devoted to King Island beef in a private dining room at the Ocean Dunes Hotel.

Our weather through March in Melbourne had been superb. It turned however.......on the day we flew out. On the first day on King Island we had 60kms/hour winds and occasional heavy showers of rain, the second day it was a zephyr of a wind at 40kms/hr and on the third day the wind increased in strength to 50kms/hr. It was so typically Bass Strait weather it was an 'experience' in itself. Yes it would be great to have played in ideal conditions but we got what you have to expect in this part of the world. On the Island the golf convenor reminded the playing group that it was THEIR choice to go in late March!

Our group favoured Ocean Dunes Golf Course over the course at Cape Wickham. Was this due to the best (I use the term loosely) of the weather on the day we played there, the scores that were generally better, the condition of the course, or a combination of these I am not too sure. Added to this the carries to the fairway were not as penal. Certainly the Ocean Dunes course is in the better condition of the two.

Speaking to some American groups in both clubhouses after our rounds there was universal approval for the two courses and their unique settings right on a wild coast looking out due west to the Southern Ocean. The scenery is stunning. We all have to agree that it should be on any golfers bucket list. Mind you there are a few negatives. Try looking for your golf ball in thick rough knowing that there are snakes everywhere. King Browns and Copperhead snakes abound (as do lost golf balls) in the rough.

And so to the golf. We flew to the Island in two eight-seater Queen Air turbo props. So each plane was designated team status with the call signs used as the team's name (TFB = The First to Board; JVL = Just Very Lucky). Well, it was no contest. TFB won the team event on Day 1 where an 'eclectic' scoring system was utilised (the best score from the team for each hole, added up to give an overall 18 hole score). Results were very close, with TFB on 46 v JVL on 45. Individual winner for the day was ALAN CARRICK with 29 stableford points. On Day 2 the team event was based on the aggregate of the top four stableford scores from each team. Team TFB was again victorious, this time clearly the winner with 127 stableford points versus 116 to Team JVL. Individual winner for the day was ANDREW BRIGGS with an impressive 34 stableford points. This was the highest individual score achieved by any player during the three rounds played! Day 3 was an individual event only (Team JVL stayed in the bar too long the previous night, drowning their sorrows) The winner was RICHARD ALDERSON on 32 points that included a very impressive 38 strokes on the front nine holes (two over par) for 21 stableford points.

Greg (Cuddles) Cullen played steady golf all three days, but on the Island he received the 'bridesmaid' label for coming in the 2nd / 3rd placings each day. GREG CULLEN however totalled 89 stableford points over the three rounds to come in first, on this basis, followed by Alan Carrick's combined 83 points.

A great time was had by all. The Golf Convenor has been tasked with finding an equally impressive stay and play golfing destination for 2018. Watch this space!

THE VICTORIOUS & HAPPY 'THE FIRST TO BOARD' (TFB) TEAM
THE NOT SO HAPPY 'JUST VERY LUCKY' (JVL) TEAM

SANDRINGHAM CLUB FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AT RIVERSDALE GOLF CLUB

You are in the middle of a drought? No worries! Schedule a fourball better ball event at Riversdale Golf Club (RGC). Last year and this, after enjoying long periods of warm autumn conditions, the heavens opened on the scheduled days of our two golf tournaments at Riversdale. But golfers are hardy souls. A little rain doesn't stop us walking the fairways (and occasionally the rough).

Last year we successfully held the inaugural Sandringham Club Fourball Championship. This year, on April 21st, 16 golfers teed up for the second running of this Championship. It is particularly poignant that we held the Championship this year at Riversdale as our host for the day, RGC Vice President and Sandringham Club member Ken Watson, pointed out that it is the golf club's 125th anniversary. This makes Riversdale the second oldest golf club in Melbourne, after Royal Melbourne GC.

The players were divided into HIGH and LOW handicap groups (two piles of scorecards). The LOW handicappers were then asked to pull a HIGH handicapper scorecard out of the hat, to be his Better Ball partner for the day. Thus, after a pleasant light lunch players ventured out onto a course presented in superb condition. That said, some player's views on the greens might not align with this sentiment. Yes they were slow (as the wet weather had not allowed any cutting), yes the putting lines were hard to read, but good scores by several players were testament to their playability............... of which your writer was not one!

The main competition of the day was fourball better ball. We had clear winners in Geoff Tempest and Bill Watkins with a great score of 44 points. Both played well on the day, individually scoring well (33 and 35). They were followed by Ken Watson and Christian Bell on a combined better ball 39 points. Ken's local knowledge of the tricky greens was of assistance to the pair.

Ball prizes were also given to the best individual stableford score, with Terry Corrigan on 36 points, a great effort. Terry also won the long drive prize (16th hole) so his driver must have been truly working on the day. There were two nearest the pin prizes. Richard Alderson secured the prize on the short 3rd hole whilst Gus Mercuri hit the shot of his life to win on the 14th hole. It should also be mentioned that Gus drained his putt for a birdie!

FOURBALL WINNERS BILL WATKINS AND GEOFF TEMPEST BEING CONGRATULATED BY OUR HOST KEN WATSON

ANNUAL SANDRINGHAM CLUB v MOUNT ELIZA COUNTRY CLUB GOLF CHALLENGE

On Friday 11th August some 14 Sandringham Club golfers drove down to the RACV resort, at Cape Schanck, to contest the SANDY-MECC GOLF CUP with our friends from the Mt Eliza Country Club (MECC). They were the host club this year in what was the eight playing of this annual challenge match. In the first seven events the host club had won each time, so the score prior to play was 4 matches to Sandringham and 3 to MECC. The winning club is based on the aggregate of the best stableford scores. For the first 7 challenges the progressive scores have been Sandringham 1,881 points against Mt Eliza's 1,867. Each year this is a close contest, as the results testify.

The contest was played at the difficult (slope rating of 137 for those who know what this means) Cape Schanck Golf Course. The course was design by the renowned course architect, Robert Trent-Jones Jnr. The resort course features "huge greens, large open bunkers, tree lined fairways and spectacular ocean views on eleven holes. With excellent drainage the superbly manicured greens and fairways provide high standard, year round playing conditions". With a slope rating of 137 this was no easy course.

The pressure was thus on the Sandringham Club to buck tradition, and, as the 'away' club, for the first time attempt to retain the trophy. On a typical Peninsula late winter's day the wind got up to 35 km/hour with squally rain showers in between sunny periods. Due to commitments elsewhere the Golf Convenor was not able to play but having selected a strong team on paper he was confident that the team would succeed. For the Sandringham Club Jason Faulkner won a nearest to the pin prize (14th hole) which he subsequently birdied. Best for Sandringham was Garth Jacoby on 33 points followed by Jason Faulkner on 30. There was a three way tie for third with on count-back Gus Mercuri edging out Kim Morley and Paul Rimmer. The aggregate score, with the top 8 individual scores counting, totalled 233.

The Golf Convenor brought the Perpetual Trophy to the Club Rooms at close of play. He, as for others, eagerly awaited the MECC scores. With the MECC Convenor Craig Wells giving out the individual prizes first it soon became apparent that it needed a miracle for Sandringham to get up, as the first three individual scores for MECC were 37, 36 and 35. The miracle didn't transpire with MECC having a combined total of 258.

Rudderless. What a rabble. This was the first time the current Golf Convenor hadn't played in a team event under his watch, and the first time the Sandringham Club had lost. The team had probably filled their afternoon viewing the "spectacular ocean views on eleven holes".

The Golf Convenor was relatively magnanimous in his speech whilst reluctantly handing across the Perpetual Sandy MECC Cup to Craig Wells of MECC. It was hard work. Signed: A most disappointed Golf Convenor.

JASON FAULKNER, GUS MERCURI AND GARTH JACOBY

DOC RANKIN CUP 2017

The Doc Rankin Cup is an annual teams event between the Sandringham Club and the Kingswood Golf Club, established in 2010 (by golf convenor at that time, Richard Alderson) in recognition of Doc John Rankin's long association with both Clubs. Thus this is the 8th year the cup has been contested. Under the guidance of Richard Alderson our record had stood at one win, one draw and four losses. Joe Joyce, as the current golf convenor had sought to address this imbalance. In 2016 in my first year as Convenor, we had won back the cup.

Ex manager Heath Wilson and his Kingswood based assistant Heath Whittaker were our hosts. We were well looked after all day, although the weather was not really conducive to good scoring. Drizzly rain, the odd downpour, and thunder rumbling in the background meant the shelter of an umbrella was more than necessary. Saying this the worst of the weather passed us by and we all finished our rounds relatively dry.

This was to be our last competitive round at Kingswood. It was verified that due to the sale of Kingswood GC to developers, the golf course would close in April 2018. Members would relocate to Frankston and the newly formed Peninsula - Kingswood Country Golf Club, a 36 hole layout (but in the knowledge that the Doc Rankin Trophy would continue down at Peninsula - Kingswood Country Golf Club thereafter). Incidentally Ian Baker Finch has stated that the Frankston layout would, once completed, be ranked in the top 25 courses in the world!

The team competition is decided on the total of the best 8 stableford scores. The Convenor was in one of the latter playing groups to return to the clubhouse. Doom and gloom prevailed; Garth Jacoby was especially adamant the day was lost, and similar comments were made by other team members. So with a roaring fire in the background, and a nice cold beer in hand, we sat down to hear the individual scores read out by Heath Whittaker. Best for the Peninsula-Kingswood team was 35 points, followed by a host of 31 stableford point scores. Not too high I thought, we have a chance here. And then the Sandy Club scores. A tie for first place, both on a magnificent 37 points, being Greg Cullen and Joe Joyce. The winner on a count back proved to be Joe Joyce, winning a Footjoy Golf Shirt. In his victory speech Joe said that it was appropriate that he had won, as the shirt would no way have fitted Cuddles! We had two other scores at 33, one by Bill Watkins who won a prize for nearest to the pin on the 4th hole. Things were now really looking up.

Doc Rankin, prior to his announcement of the results stated that: "I don't care who wins", having one foot in either camp. And the scores: KINGSWOOD 246 points......SANDRINGHAM 255 points. Victory! The Doc Rankin Cup will once again sit proudly in the Sandringham Club in 2016-2017. The Convenor spoke of the high respect we all had for The Doc, and pointed out that he had been the guest speaker at the annual golf dinner down at the Sandringham Club where he had spoke to the traditions of golf at the Club. History is important, and we had to get this recorded.

CONVENOR JOE JOYCE RECEIVING THE 2017 DOC RANKIN TROPHY FROM 'THE DOC'

SANDRINGHAM CLUB CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS. VICTORIA GOLF CLUB FRIDAY 17th NOVEMBER

It was a day made in Heaven.

A full field of 28 players convened at Victoria Golf Club last Friday to contest the 2017 Sandringham Club City Championships. Driving up the new, impressive driveway one knew this was going to be a good day as the sun shone brightly and temperatures hovered in the high twenties. The Sandringham Club has played at Victoria GC each year since 1970, an impressive 47 year stretch. After Friday's round we will be back; no question. Guest of honour (sort of) on the day was Ian Henderson. A new face to our playing group these last few years, but special since he is the uncle of VGC Member Geoff Ogilvy who, as you all should be aware, won the 2006 US Open, is also a past winner of the Australian Open and Australian PGA, and is a three times winner of the World Golf Championships. We all wondered whether Geoff's golfing genes emanated from the Henderson side of the family tree (to cut a long story short, I can tell you they definitely were not).

Joe Joyce, prior to the game, announced that the average winning score over the last eight years was 39, so good golf was required to win the day. And contrary to popular belief (i.e. Euan Evans) Victorian GC Members have not dominated the Championship. In these same last eight years 'outsiders' have won 5 times. The golf course was in superb condition. Some golfers remarked, after their rounds, that it was in the best condition they had ever seen it. I have to agree.

So, to the golf. Defending champion and 2017 Order of Merit leader Jason Falkner was the outright favourite, especially given his generous handicap of 17. Scoring was overall good. On the first 9 Russell Eason shot a great 21, but there is an ongoing enquiry what he had to drink at the half way house, as he finished off on the back 9 with a miserable 8 points where a single bogey was his best result. Doug Thompson meanwhile was playing some steady golf, turning in 19, and importantly taking the money off the Cuddles / Henderson team. He came back in 17, making for a 36 point finish. Ken Watson and I were playing against the Alan Carrick / Russell Smith team. We didn't worry about Russell. Alan Carrick was different. He was swinging great and scoring equally well. Sledging was in order, but it was to no avail. Alan is largely deaf in one ear. You've all heard the expression "it fell on deaf ears". Well, that proved to be the case. Alan again is a bit of a Ned Kelly, with a handicap of 17 that he can easily play too. If only he could putt he would be down to single figures. Monotonously hitting greens in regulation and three putting was the order of the day. All this translated to an outward score of 21 and an inward 19, for a total of 40 stableford points.

Alan Carrick thus slept with the City Championship Shield under his pillow that evening. Second came Doug Thompson on 36 with Christian Bell on 35 points. The leading 'non-handicap' player was also recognised that being Stuart Fergusson. We had two nearest to the pin holes with Jamie Moir on the 4th and Doug Thompson on the 14th each taking home the prize. The long drive hole, the 8th, was probably the most contested comp of the day with quite a few noted big hitters in the field. In the end it was no contest with Christian Bell easily winning with a 300 metre drive that finished dead centre of the fairway. Wow!

After presentations on the Geoff Ogilvy Terrace we adjourned to dinner where we were joined by Club President Paul Miller. All of us were impressed with Russell Smith's sky-blue boaters (now a legal item of clothing at VGC). We were equally impressed with dinner which was superbly presented to us by Stephanie, and which earned her a very honourable mention in my follow up, thank you letter to VGC. The 'boater' man sought to choose the wine for the table; we all held our breaths (and our wallets). But he must have spent so much money on his designer shoes that he was quite restrained in his red and white wine choices. We toasted the day well into the evening.

What a glorious day. As General Douglas MacArthur once said: "I shall return". We all certainly will.

ALAN CARRICK HOLDING THE 2017 CITY CHAMPIONSHIP SHIELD
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