GOLF CONVENOR: Joe Joyce
Phone: 0433 471 532
The Sandringham Club
- The Golf section in the Sandringham Club is an active group of 130 interested players who play up to 8 times a year, typically a group of 25 to 35 on each occasion.
- Each year commences with 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 and the year’s golf calendar is announced.
- The Sandringham Club’s annual golf calendar consists of eight events, being:
- Country Championship at Sorrento Golf Club
- Two team events:
- Doc Rankin Cup against the Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club
- Challenge against Mt Eliza Country Club for the Sandy Eliza Golf Cup
- 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 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.
|SANDRINGHAM CLUB GOLF CALENDAR 2019|
|(All Friday Events)|
|February 15th||SOUTHERN GC||ALAN TAPPIN CUP.
STROKE EVENT BUT WITH STABLEFORD SCORES ON THE DAY COUNTING TOWARDS THE ORDER OF MERIT
|March 13th to 15th incl.||MOONAH, OPEN COURSE; NATIONAL OLD COURSE; MOONAH, LEGENDS COURSE||STAY AWAY & PLAY.
OPPORTUNITY FOR 16 PLAYERS. THREE ROUNDS, STAYING DOWN THE PENINSULA
|29th March||SORRENTO GC||COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP.
OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ON, FOR DINNER, AT THE GOLF CLUB
|June 21st||SPRING VALLEY GC||FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.
A CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
|September 6th||PENINSULA KINGSWOOD GC||DOC RANKIN CUP.
A TEAM EVENT. AN OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAY AT THE REVAMPED & HIGHLY RATED GOLF COURSE
|October 18th||FLINDERS GC
||SANDY ELIZA GOLF CUP.
|November 15th||VICTORIA GC||CITY CHAMPIONSHIP
OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ON, FOR DINNER, AT THE GOLF CLUB
MY MESSAGE FOR THE YEAR:
GOLF HELPS YOU LIVE LONGER
Golf is a superb form of exercise and its health benefits cannot be overlooked.
A round of golf consists of 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. Golfer’s death rate was 40% lower than others of the same sex, age and social status, or a five year increase in life expectancy.
GOLF 2018 ORDER OF MERIT
We had 43 Sandringham Club Members (and 3 member's guests), involved in the playing of our scheduled events, which all counted towards the 2018 Order of Merit. Of these 43 players, 13 qualified for the Order of Merit, in that the winner is based on the aggregate of the three best stableford scores during the year. (Three rounds of 36 points gives an OoM total of 108 points, a true benchmark)
The Order of Merit winner was PETER CALDER on 104 points.
Looking at the last five years, 2013-2017 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; Mark Creelman in 2016 won with 105 points and last year Jason Faulkner won with 108 points. Thus, this year's total of 104 is up there, with the rest.
ALAN TAPPIN CUP. 2018 GOLF CLUB CHAMPION
HUNTINGDALE GOLF CLUB
February 9th saw the playing of the ALAN TAPPIN CUP, a stroke event, presented to the Sandringham Club Champion Golfer of the Year. This year was the 9th holding of the event. Allied to the stroke competition, which in essence is a play-off amongst the Club's best golfers with the low handicaps, is a Stableford Event. With handicaps applying for stableford scoring every golfer in the competition has an equal chance of success. Stableford scores on the day go towards the Annual Order of Merit calculations.
A field of 24 players assembled at Huntingdale Golf Club. Unfortunately, one late non-starter was Jamie Moir, the defending champion, who had to fly out to China at the last minute as he "had a drama to sort out with a supplier".
This was only the third time the Sandringham Club had played at Huntingdale. The two previous occasions were in 1961 when the winner was Jack Flavell, followed a year later in 1962 with Bill Barradale. It was 56 years since we last played there!
All players teed off the first tee. Stableford scores would later show that the first 9 holes (combined stableford score for the day = 269) was much harder than the back 9 (combined score = 307). This translated to only 6 players after the first 20 completed rounds posting a stroke score.
Looking at these stroke scores it was a close run thing. The two lowest handicap players on the day, testament to their golfing abilities, posted the two best scores. Richard Alderson shot an 85 to Garth Jacoby's 86. Garth lamented his short putt miss on the last hole, but if truth be known Richard missed an equally short one! Life Member Alan Tappin came to the Golf Club to present the Alan Tappin Cup to Richard. Both Tappo and Richard gave appropriate speeches. Richard sang the praises of the weather which was glorious, the golf course itself, which was in excellent condition and a true test of golf, and gave commiserations to runner up Garth. Richard previously won the Cup in 2012 and 2013. He is now a three-time winner, similar to Euan Evans (2010, 2011, 2014).
SANDRINGHAM CLUB LIFE MEMBER ALAN TAPPPIN WITH THE 2018 CLUB CHAMPION, RICHARD ALDERSON
The winner of the Stableford Event was guest for the day John Smyth, on 39 points. New Sandringham Club member Paul Johnson came in second, on 35 points. The ball winner for those players with no official golf handicap was Stuart Fergusson (28 points). The long drive ball prize was again a no brainer, with Christian Bell thumping the golf ball down the 378 metre 9th hole to within a wedge of the green.
The presentations concluded. But wait, there were four scorecards not yet handed in, the last four to tee off.
After 7.00pm they came into the Clubhouse. Apparently, they had courteously let some Huntingdale players to play through (to include, I suspect, early morning Saturday players). I then heard that one of them, Ian Henderson, had come in with a 79. I would have to chase Richard and get the Cup back. But no, it was only his second nine score! Four completed scorecards were put before me. Four completed STROKE rounds (for your interest total strokes for the 4 players was 531), and no stableford scores included.
I could have cried.
SANDRINGHAM 2018 CLUB COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP AT SORRENTO GOLF CLUB
The Golf Convenor has done it again! Our field of 19 Sandringham Club Members met for our Annual Country Golf Championship last Friday at Sorrento Golf Club to be greeted by beautiful blue skies and a golf course in excellent condition. Hospitality, as always, was first class from the staff at Sorrento. It's no wonder it is a highlight of our annual golfing calendar.
The bulk of the field was made up by members who had spent the previous two days playing and playing up at the nearby NATIONAL GOLF CLUB. (see below) Would their swings honed on the lush fairways at the National GC be put to good effect at Sorrento?
Our hosts for the day were Sorrento Club Members: Garry Larkin, Ken Oliver, Tony Brosnahan and the absent, but not forgotten, Peter Wilson. The 2017 defending champion, Kevin Wareing could unfortunately not be present to defend his trophy.
Hot out of the traps was Bill De Vos who scored 20 stableford points for the front nine holes (earning him a 2 ball prize). The white and red wine from the previous night's festivities however caught up with him and he faded badly in the second 9. His 9 hole score was bettered over the last 9 holes by Graeme Sinclair who had a great 21 point haul, a total that included two consecutive 4 pointers and four 3 pointers. (Doesn't say too much for the remaining three holes. You do the maths!)
Meanwhile the two nearest to the pin prizes were won by playing partners Paul Haworth on the difficult 2nd hole and Joe Joyce on the even more difficult 17th hole. The long drive contest was again a forgone conclusion. Long drive champion on the 18th hole was once again Christian Bell. (Editor's note: there were some grumblings from the last fourball group of, no less than: Peter (Gough) Child, Paul (President) Miller, Russell (Hardly able to walk) Smith and Russ (Long follow through) Eason that the Convenor had took it upon himself to take in the long drive marker before they finished the hole. Really!)
Our two unofficial handicap players both won golf ball prizes. Gough won the prize for best unofficial handicap player with a very respectable 27 points (off a 30 handicap) whilst Chop Miller won the NAGA award.
To the winner for the day.
Early club house leaders were, all on 34 points: Graeme Sinclair, Gordon Ramsay and Joe Joyce. This was soon bettered by Jason Faulkner on 35 points. Then three hot players posted their scores. Paul Rimmer, dashing off to catch the last ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff, carded 37 points off an 11 handicap. Local Sorrento member Tony Brosnahan off 21 then equalled this score, and so too, did Peter Calder (off 23). A countback was in order. Checking with the downstairs Pro Shop the Convenor was reliably informed it was the 'standard convention', being: last nine-hole score, failing a winner on this basis the last 6 holes, and then the last three-hole score. The convenor carefully checked the hole scores as posted and double checked the resultant stableford points (many will not know, but your Golf Convenor does, that a player is only responsible for posting correctly his individual hole scores and his handicap of the day. It is the Convenor's role to check stableford points had been correctly awarded) They had been. So, the last nine-hole point scores were: Peter Calder on 20 points, Tony Brosnahan on 20 points and ......... Paul Rimmer also on 20 points. A last six-hole countback was necessary. And let me say the Convenor had everyone's attention at this stage of the presentation ceremony. Tallies for the last 6 holes were: Peter Calder on 13 points, Tony Brosnahan on 13 points, and, wait for it, Paul Rimmer on ....... 14 points. We had a winner! Paul, I am sure, would attribute his birdie 2 on the par 3 15th hole, for 4 stableford points, for getting him over the line. Congratulations to PAUL RIMMER therefore. It was his third Country Championship, having won at Sorrento previously in 2009, and 2013.
And so we adjourned to dinner on the Sorrento Clubhouse veranda. It was lovely too, a great way to celebrate a wonderful day of golf!
FOOTNOTE. Peter Calder, I am sure, would love to know that he would have won the last three-hole countback with his 7 stableford points. Oh so close!
THE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB SANDY CLUB GOLF TRIP
You journey down the Peninsula Freeway, turn left into Boneo Road and travel south for approximately 10kms towards Cape Schanck until you turn off into The National Golf Club. You soon crest a rise in the road and all you can say is 'wow'. What a view. Rolling hills and golf courses stretch out in front of you as far as the eye can see. For many of the 14 Sandringham Club golfers who journeyed there in mid-March it was their first opportunity to play at this prestigious club. So how did it all come about.
THE NATIONAL GOLF CLUB
In 2017, if you remember, 16 golfers boarded two planes and flew down to King Island to play the newly opened and highly ranked Cape Whickham and Ocean Beach golf courses. The 'stay away' golf trip was a great success and many clamoured for a repeat, in 2018. Sitting down with Jamie Moir one evening, over a cold beer, he suggested hosting a group of 16 players at The National GC where he is a member. I immediately took up this offer and determined that we could dovetail two days playing golf at The National GC with our Country Championships at Sorrento GC. Fourteen of us (plus a few guests) thus benefitted from three days of golf under glorious weather conditions. (Convenor's note: Plans are already afoot to repeat this playing experience in 2019, probably featuring the Old Course at The National GC, The Dunes GC and Sorrento GC).
One of the success stories on King Island was all our staying together at the Currie Hotel and eating out as a group. I tried to repeat this in March and we had a special meal at The National on the Wednesday night, dinner at the Sorrento Hotel on Thursday, and of course our traditional dinner in the Sorrento GC on the Friday. All players were billeted out at various beach houses during our two-night stay.
And to the golf. On Day 1 we teed off on the Moonah Course, at The National, ranked 11th in Australia. Format for the day was an Eclectic Competition where two teams (the JOYCE team and the ALDERSON team) were selected and, using stableford scoring, the best stableford score for each of the 18 holes was added together to give an overall stableford score. Whilst combined scores were equal at 24 points for the last nine holes, the Joyce group excelled on the front nine, scoring 26 points (aided by a 4 points birdie by Paul Rimmer on the 1st hole) against the Alderson group's 21 points. Individual stand out scores for the day were: on the front 9, Christian Bell and Jamie Moir on 18 points and on the back 9, Russ Eason on 19 points. But it was Jamie Moir, with his local knowledge, that took out the overall individual winner's prize with 35 points followed by Russ Eason and Christian Bell on 32 points. The Moonah Course certainly had many wow factor holes but was difficult to play for those who had not seen it previously. However, explaining to Garth how the eclectic scoring system worked proved much more difficult, but this paled into insignificance when we attempted to fairly divide the food and beverage bill that first evening between all 15 diners. But we got there after much 'discussion'.
After robbing the cellars at several beach houses the previous evening we again congregated at The National to play the Ocean Course on our second day, ranked 38th in Australia. Rules were a lot simpler the second day. Individual stableford. Looking at noteworthy scores you are forgiven in thinking I am repeating myself here. For the first 9 Jamie Moir accrued 18 points and Christian Bell 17 points. On the second 9 Russ Eason had 19 points. Overall winner proved to be Jamie Moir on 34 points with Peter Calder coming in second, on 31 points. Of the two courses most of us preferred Moonah over Ocean, which is probably why Tom Doak, world renowned golf course architect, is soon to commence a redesign of the Ocean. That evening, at the Sorrento Hotel, we happened on 'steak night'. No arguments, pay as you go. What a relief.
2018 SANDRINGHAM CLUB FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AT RIVERSDALE GOLF CLUB
We finally got it right, weatherwise. The Annual Sandringham Club Fourball Championship played at the historic Riversdale Golf Club (RGC) was held under beautiful blue skies. No umbrellas or wet weather gear needed here; just sunscreen. Our host for the day was, once again, Ken Watson the current President of RGC.
Riversdale is home to the Riversdale Cup, which is now the longest running amateur event in the world staged annually by a private club. An excellent summary of the course is provided in: https://www.golfaustralia.com.au/feature/review-riversdale-golf-club-492403
A small but highly talented field assembled. This was one of the rare times we had more (N=8) low handicap, 18 and under golfers playing than those (N=6) with a handicap greater than 18. Editor's note: I included 18 in the low handicap group as that is my handicap! The draw was made with the low handicap players picking out of the hat their high handicap partners. Early favourites emerged with the (sometimes) in form Greg (Cuddles) Cullen paired with RGC local member Ken Watson.
The course was in great condition although the greens were recovering from being cored some 3 weeks prior. Not that this made them too difficult to putt on, as they are always difficult for us visitors. The low handicapper, Mark Creelman, remarked to me after the game that the highlight of RGC for him were always the fast, difficult to read greens.
And so to the golf. Scores from our last two annual fourball events (in other words the best stableford score of the two man team counts) were 40 points and 44 points, to set a benchmark for this year. Players also had to keep their individual stableford scores as these counted towards the Order of Merit Champion for 2018.
The Cullen and Watson pairing led us away and were first back into the clubhouse, looking rather smug I might add, with Cuddles on 35 individual points and their team score of 40 points. Would this be beaten on the day? Sadly, not by the Convenor, but good scores kept coming in. Looking first at the individual scores we had Mark Creelman, off a handicap of 4, returning 36 stableford points. This included 21 points on the back 9 where he shot an impressive 35, one under the card. Rare blemishes on two par fives on the first 9 halted his good play. He was eventually eclipsed by two others, being Peter Calder and Peter Wilson, both on 37 points. A countback was thus needed to determine the winner and from this PETER WILSON emerged as the individual winner of the day. Editor's note. Being a fellow Victoria GC member Peter is in a hot streak at the moment and this continued on into the weekend where he brought home the bacon when a 10 person team from Victoria GC travelled to Metropolitan GC and successfully took out the Annual Challenge Trophy between these two clubs.
RIVERSDALE GGC PRESIDENT KEN WATSON WITH INDIVIDUAL STABLEFORD WINNER PETER WILSON
The fourball event scoring proved to be equally exciting. Peter Wilson and his partner Geoff Tempest soon equalled the leading clubhouse score of 40 points, but the scores mounted as first the Richard Alderson / Kevin Wareing pairing posted 42 points followed by Mark Creelman and Gus Mercuri on 43 points. But they were no match for the eventual winners being JASON FAULKNER and PETER CALDER on 46 points, setting a new scoring record in the process. They combined beautifully. They scored a minimum of 2 points on each hole and, impressively, had 7 three-pointer holes in the first 8 holes of the front nine. They were the clear winners and will duly be reported as such in the 2017/2018 Sandringham Club Annual Report.
Additional prizes were awarded to nearest to the pin winners on the 3rd hole, being Richard Alderson and 14th hole, Greg Cullen. Mind you, local RGC members thought the nearest to the pin marker was open to them too, so some editing was required before the true Sandy Club winners were announced. Longest drive on the 16th hole was won by Jamie Moir.
SANDRINGHAM CLUB FOURBALL CHAMPIONS 2018 PETER CALDER AND JASON FAULKNER WITH RIVERSDALE CLUB PRESIDENT KEN WATSON
SANDRINGHAM CLUB v MOUNT ELIZA COUNTRY CLUB ANNUAL GOLF CHALLENGE
The FIFTH event on our 2018 schedule was to be the annual SANDY - MT ELIZA CHALLENGE to be played at Spring Valley Golf Club on Friday 12th October. Sandringham were the host club this year in what was to be the ninth playing of this annual challenge match. In the first eight events the host club had won each time, so the score prior to the day was 4 matches to Sandringham and 4 to MECC.
Unfortunately MECC failed to put a team together for the day, so all bookings were cancelled. (They must have thought home ground advantage for the Sandringham Club too much to overcome). Ah well, we will take a win, regardless.
DOC RANKIN CUP 2018
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 was to be the 9th year the cup has been contested. Our record had stood at three wins, one draw and four losses.
Twelve Sandringham Club members journeyed to the old Kingswood Course. The report on the day will be brief. We got trounced by the Kingswood Team, who scored 250 points against our own 204 points. Best, and I use the word loosely, for the Sandringham Club were Peter Wilson and Joe Joyce on 28 points. End of story!
SANDRINGHAM CLUB CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS. ROYAL MELBOURNE GOLF CLUB
It was (again) a day made in Heaven.
The sun shone down on Royal Melbourne Golf Club (RMGC) as 23 members played for the 2018 City Championship. We were on the East Course and all agreed it was in magnificent condition, although a few did complain about the penal run-off areas on many of the greens. You had to stop your ball on the green, or else struggle to score.
We had 4 new faces appearing for the first time at a Sandringham Club golf event, namely: Michael Letham a very handy golfer who with his presence has raised the general standard of play at the Club; Tim James, who has recently joined RMGC, but unfortunately counterbalanced Michael Letham's contribution to our golfing standards (I'm told Bruce Green is an excellent golf instructor); Mikael Seastrom who goes under the alias of Kim Sjostrom on his Golflink Card; and wait for it, Tim McCarthy who came along saying he wasn't getting any younger (tell us something we don't know) and needed to address his work/life balance. All were most welcomed.
Some excellent golf was played. It would be remiss of me not to mention Larry Hill's part in all this. Although off a (very) generous handicap he almost eagled the first hole, and again on the short par 4 15th almost repeated the feat and ended up with a tap in birdie. Perhaps we should play at Southern GC next year, Larry's home base. Then really watch him go
If you remember we had a three-way tie at Sorrento GC for our Country Championship early in 2018. Well again, this time we had a tie between Bill Watkins and Jamie Moir. Bill was recently crowned the champion putter at nearby Victoria GC and thus the RMGC greens held no fears for him, whilst Jamie is an RMGC member and knows all too well how important putting is on their greens. It all came to the last hole, the very difficult 18th, which has decided many a Championship at RMGC, where both needed to drain their putts. Bill, with his 'unique' putting style coolly slotted his. With the pressure on Jamie he replied in kind. So, a draw with both on 36 stableford points. A countback was in order. Bill had blitzed on the front 9 where he had 22 points whereas Jamie had a very steady front 9. But it is the best score on the back nine that counts, and with a strong finish Jamie just got over the line. So, it was JAMIE MOIR who was crowned the 2018 City Champion.
The secondary prizes included the two nearest to the pin winners as Paul Haworth and Mikael Sjostrom, whilst Mark Creelman won the battle of the big hitters for the long drive award. Greg Cullen scored well on the front 9 to win the 'best front 9' award whilst Joe Joyce clearly won the 'best back 9' award, when the westerly wind got up to make playing difficult for some (but not all). And so to the NAGA award. Driving a luxury golf cart across the hallowed turf of RMGC wasn't enough of an advantage to stop the dubious distinction of this person 'winning' the NAGA at both the Country and City Championships in 2018. None other than our Russell Smith.
Anther snippet for the day. 18 of us stayed on for a lovely steak dinner in the RM Clubhouse, in their Russell Room (named after one of the designers of the golf course, together with Alister MacKenzie). We were joined by Club President Paul Miller who toasted first the Sandringham Club and then the golfing group.
What a day!