GOLF CONVENOR: Joe Joyce
Phone: 0433 471 532
The Sandringham Club
- The Golf section in the Sandringham Club is an active group of 160 interested players who play 6 or 7 times a year, typically a group of 20 to 24 on each occasion.
- Each year includes a Golf Dinner in early March with an invited guest speaker. At the dinner the previous year’s Order of Merit Champion is presented with a Perpetual Cup, the Coutie Meare Cup and the year’s golf calendar is discussed.
- The Sandringham Club’s annual golf calendar consists of six or seven events, being:
- Country Championship at Sorrento Golf Club
- Two stableford events
- Fourball Championship
- The prestigious Alan Tappin Cup, a stroke event, at a local Sandbelt club
- City Championship at Victoria Golf Club
- 2 night / 3 day golf trip away from Melbourne
- Play and Stay on the Bellarine Peninsula
The golf day format typically 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 most welcome contingent of Unofficial Handicap Players.Stableford scoring is used in all events whilst stroke is used for the Alan Tappin Cup, to determine the official Sandringham Club Champion Golfer of the Year. Most members stay on 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. Golfers who do not hold an official handicap are equally welcomed.
|SANDRINGHAM CLUB GOLF CALENDAR 2021|
|Date (All Friday pm)||Venue||Event|
|February 5th||ROYAL MELBOURNE||ALAN TAPPIN CUP.
STROKE EVENT BUT WITH STABLEFORD SCORES ON THE DAY COUNTING TOWARDS THE ORDER OF MERIT
|March 12th||SORRENTO||COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP.
OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ON FOR DINNER AFTER GOLF
|To be confirmed||SETTLERS RUN||FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.
A CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
|To be confirmed||RANFURLIE||STABLEFORD|
OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ON, FOR DINNER, AFTER GOLF
GOLF 2020 ORDER OF MERIT
Re-visiting the history of golf at the Sandringham Club and the initiation of an annual Order of Merit (OoM) award we see:
On the 18th March 1948, two members, being Vince Coutie and Archie Meare, approached the Committee of the day for approval to initiate a golf programme that we see continuing through to the present day. The Sandringham Club Committee Minutes, under a heading of GOLF, record: "Arrangements to be left in the hands of Messrs Vince Coutie and Archie Meare and to advise on days decided". This is the first recorded reference to golf at the Sandringham Club. As from 1954 onwards, our Annual Reports talk of: "Each year a trophy, the Coutie Meare Cup, is presented to the golfer with the highest aggregate for the (4) stableford scores".
Today, the Order of Merit winner is based on the 'highest aggregate for the best 3 stableford scores'. In recognition of their pioneering work in getting golf started at the Sandringham Club in 1948, the trophy is named the COUTIE MEARE CUP
There was a clear winner of our OoM in 2020, that being Richard Alderson on 110 points. (Three rounds of 36 points gives an OoM total of 108 points, a true benchmark). He had a stellar golfing year in 2020 and is a worthy winner. His score of 110 points is the highest recorded over the last 10 years. In second place, on 104 points, was Peter Wilson. Indeed, Peter's great score of 42 points at Woodlands GC was the highest individual score of the year. In third place was Michael Gawler, on 100 points.
ALAN TAPPIN CUP. 2020 GOLF CLUB CHAMPION
WOODLANDS GOLF CLUB
The playing of the 2020 Sandringham Club Golf Championship, to determine the ‘Champion Golfer of the Year’ was contested at Woodlands Golf Club (WGC).
The field was graded on an individual handicap basis so that those wishing to compete in the stroke event teed off in the first three groups. Within this group we welcomed previous Club Champions in Euan Evans, Richard Alderson and Paul Rimmer, the three lowest handicap players in the field and the favourites for the 2020 Championship.
Their scores after the first 9 holes were tight. Richard (43 strokes); Paul (44); Euan (47). Also in the hunt however were: Mikael Seastrom (46); Greg Cullen (46) and a relative newcomer to our playing list, Tim Fry (44). However it was the long hitting Jason Faulkner, who shot 41, as the clear half-way leader. So seven players were in contention.
The ability to either stay out of the bunkers, or, if you found yourself in one to expertly get yourself out back onto the green ultimately determined the outcome of the Championship.
This was never better exemplified by Jason Faulkner on the short par 3, 11th hole where he ‘practised’ his bunker shots. Jason was ‘gone’. The same misfortune befell Richard Alderson on a short, par 3 hole. An ugly 8 spoilt his card due to bunker trouble. Richard was ‘gone’, shooting a total of 87. Greg Cullen meanwhile physically ran out of puff. The sight of him running back twice in his round after suffering a lost ball surely wore him out. Greg was ‘gone’. With nine 6’s (or worse) on his card Euan Evans never got going. Euan was ‘gone’. Ditto Mikael Seastrom. Eight 6’s on his card. Mikael was ‘gone’. Who was left? First, Paul Rimmer matched his front nine score of 44 to card a respectable 88. That left Tim Fry. No bunker woes here. Shooting an impressive 40 on the back nine, he carded an 84 total to win by 3 shots from Richard Alderson. Thus Tim will get his name on the trophy for the first time. Well played!
2020 CHAMPION GOLFER. TIM FRY
Some of the stableford scores were exceptional. Indeed the average of all 24 golfers who formed the field was a little over 31 stableford points. The clear winner of the side by side running stableford competition was Peter Wilson. Off a 25 handicap Peter shot 44 off the stick for the first nine. In other words he was right in the mix for the stroke Championship itself at the half way mark! No mug golfer here. Unfortunately, he picked up on the 12th hole. With the Convenor, generous as always, giving him a provisional score of 8 for this 12th hole his nett score would have been 63. Wow! As it was he scored 22 followed by 20 stableford points for a total of 42 points. Superb golf. He was closely followed by: Kevin Wareing (39 pts), Hamish Ogilvie (38 pts), Ken Watson (36 pts).
And so to the Clubhouse for the trophy presentation. Joining us was Sandringham Club Life Member Alan Tappin, who was formally welcomed at the presentation. He completed the presentation by handing the ALAN TAPPIN CUP to our 2020 Champion Golfer, Tim Fry.
SANDRINGHAM 2020 CLUB COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP AT ST. ANDREWS BEACH GOLF CLUB
Since 1995, over the previous 25 years, we have held the event at Sorrento Golf Club, but due to Covid the scheduled 2020 Championship was cancelled.
We thus found ourselves at St Andrews Beach, the 26th ranked golf course in Australia. Opinions differ on the ranking. Some say it makes perfect use of the natural terrain. Others think there are too many ‘blind shots’. Regardless all enjoyed the day and made use of golf carts to take us round the quite hilly course on a beautiful sunny summer’s day.
Some late pull outs due to personal injuries and work commitments limited the field to 17 players.
On a difficult course scoring was excellent. The field averaged 31 stableford points. A separate ball prize was awarded to the player with the highest aggregate stableford score over the four Par 3 scores. With 3 pars and a bogey, totalling 12 stableford points, the winner was Michael Gawler.
Front nine scoring was high. Highlights were Tony Read’s 22 points even though he had an ‘out’ on the first hole. He was followed by Richard Alderson (21), Bill Watkins (20), Peter Wilson (19), Joe Joyce & Tim McCarthy (18). The average score on the front 9 was 16. On the back nine the average fell slightly to 15, where Joe Joyce & Richard Alderson both had 19 points, followed by Peter Wilson and Tony Read (17).
Back in the clubhouse, from the first group, Richard Alderson amassed 40 stableford points off a 9 handicap. This equated to 75 shots off the stick! He is certainly a man in great form. But after Tony Read’s leading 22 points on the front nine, followed by steady progress on holes 10 to 17, Tony Read was hot on his heels with a running total of 39 points. Getting ‘two shots’ on the 18th hole, Tony had an excellent opportunity to secure the two needed stableford points to win the Championship. This became difficult when he lost his ball off the tee. And it became impossible when he lost a second ball on the hole. Tony will rue missing out on scoring on both the 1st and 18th holes for some time!
Of course, all this meant that Richard Alderson held on to his lead to be declared the winner of the 2020 Sandringham Club Country Championship. This is the first time Richard will have his name engraved on The Alan Tappin Mug. Congratulations!
During the ball giving, at the end of the day, the Convenor was again (overly) generous in the number of balls handed out, to the extent that of the 17 players, 15 received one or more golf balls. This only left two players who missed out. I thought you would like to know these were Peter Calder and Greg Cullen. Enough said!
COUNTRY CHAMPION 2020 WINNER RICHARD ALDERSON WITH THE ALAN TAPPIN MUG
THE SANDY CLUB GOLF TRIP
Cancelled due to COVID
2020 SANDRINGHAM CLUB FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
Cancelled due to COVID
2020 CITY CHAMPIONSHIP AT VICTORIA GOLF CLUB
2020 saw the 61st playing of the City Championship. First played for in 1960, this annual event now has its home at Victoria Golf Club (VGC) where, since 1970, we have played 47 times.
The weather was ideal for golf. A field of 27 players assembled at VGC. Returning to the Clubhouse after our game, members congregated on the Geoff Ogilvy Terrace to enjoy some cool beers as the day's shot makings were revisited and the golf scores were totalled.
The revamped VGC layout is a stern test of golf, especially as it was groomed for the VGC Club Championships held the following day. Nobody played to their golf handicap
A generous number of golf balls were provided by the Convenor for the ball winners. There was no ‘nearest to the pin’ or ‘long drive’ competitions this year as these favour the low handicappers (of which I am not a member). In their place I instigated an ‘aggregate stableford score for all four Par 3 holes’. The winner was Euan Evans on 10 points.
Sticking to the edict that you can only win one prize (apart from the par 3 comp.) the best front nine stableford score went to Paul Haworth (last year’s City Championship winner), with Richard Alderson and Greg Cullen having the equal highest scores on the back nine.
Some highlights of the day included: Simon Fanning having birdies on the 8th and 9th par 5 holes: Graeme Sinclair lamenting being ‘so close’ to winning. His 17 points in the last 7 holes just wasn’t enough to get him over the line. Ken Watson scoring a 4 pointer on the difficult 13th hole; and President Andrew Briggs hitting a towering shot on to the 4th green which would have won him the nearest to the pin award if we had one!
Three players stood out, they being Jamie Moir (Mr Consistency as far as Sandringham Club games are concerned), Euan Evans (always in contention after a few reds and the odd smoke); and Michael Gawler (homeless after recently leaving Yarra Yarra). All three played holes 1 to 9 well. None better than Jamie who started with a birdie on the 1st hole. Their combined scoring for holes 1 to 9 was 61 stableford points. Their back nine scoring, in comparison, had a combined score of only 46 points! Possibly this is a reflection for the slope rating on each separate 9. Holes 1 to 9 = 125, whilst holes 10 to 18 is a much harder 135.
At the end of their rounds, each finished on 35 points. A countback was needed! This is based on whoever scores more on holes 10 to 18. And the winner was EUAN EVANS. He is thus our 2020 City Champion. Looking through the records this is his first City Championship (he is yet to win the Country Championship). Well played!