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 20 to 24 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 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 2020|
|Date (All Friday pm)||Venue||Event|
|February 7th||WOODLANDS||ALAN TAPPIN CUP.
STROKE EVENT BUT WITH STABLEFORD SCORES ON THE DAY COUNTING TOWARDS THE ORDER OF MERIT
|March 25th to 26th incl.||FIRST DAY COURSE TO BE FINALISED; NATIONAL OLD COURSE||STAY AWAY & PLAY.
OPPORTUNITY FOR 16 PLAYERS. TWO ROUNDS, STAYING DOWN THE PENINSULA
|March 27th||SORRENTO||COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP.
OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ON FOR DINNER AFTER GOLF
|To be confirmed||SETTLERS RUN||FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP.
A CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT
|To be confirmed||LONG ISLAND
OPPORTUNITY TO STAY ON, FOR DINNER, AT THE GOLF
GOLF 2019 ORDER OF MERIT
We had 39 Sandringham Club Members (and 8 member's guests), involved in the playing of our scheduled events, which all counted towards the 2019 Order of Merit. Of these players, 15 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 JAMIE MOIR on 102 points. (See Table Below for Full Results)
Looking at the last six years, 2013-2018 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, in 2017 Jason Faulkner won with 108 points, and last year Peter Calder won with 104 points . Thus, this year's total of 102 is up there, with the rest.
ALAN TAPPIN CUP. 2019 GOLF CLUB CHAMPION
SOUTHERN GOLF CLUB
What a way to start our 2019 Golfing Year.
19 Club Members journeyed to Southern Golf Club (SGC) to contest the 2019 SANDRINGHAM CLUB GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP. The 2018 Defending Champion was Richard Alderson. Chris Mouat managed to fly down from Darwin, via New Zealand, in order to play; we also welcomed first timer Spencer Cole to our golfing ranks. As far as I can make out, this was the first time the Sandringham Club has played golf at Southern GC since we started, 70 years ago in 1948, competition golf at our Club. The weather was picture perfect and, with an abundance of available irrigation water, the course was in great condition. Birdlife (not birdies) was abundant in the many full dams situated around the course. And several golf balls were lost in the self-same dams. We started on the 10th tee, which is part of the original layout. Big trees and narrow fairways are the order of the day here, conducive to straight hitting. Hitting off the men's blue tees 'length' was important for all players. With a par four on each of the nines at 411m and, you guessed, each into a headwind, getting to the green in regulation was a challenge only a couple of our big hitters could manage. Scoring was nevertheless good. To half way, five golfers played under their handicap which on a foreign course is a good result. The second nine is more open, and 'wind' played more of a factor here, where only one golfer, local member Mikael Seastrom, managed to play under his handicap. Either the pressure of competition or the thought of a long, cold frostie in the clubhouse, affected the standard of play. Twelve golfers managed to card a stroke result. Tied for second place, on 87 strokes, were defending champion Richard Alderson and local member Mikael Seastrom. But out in front, possessing the lowest handicap of all players, was JAMIE MOIR with a score of 79 which included 12 pars. Looking at NETT scores a surprise winner was Tim McCarthy on nett 76, albeit with a generous (not to be repeated) handicap who pushed Joe Joyce and Garth Jacoby into second place, on nett 77. Players also recorded their stableford points totals, the game counting towards the 2019 Order of Merit (OoM). The 2018 OoM winner, Peter Calder, again shone with 36 points, closely followed by Bill Watkins on 35. Other prizes were awarded to: Nearest to the Pin (16th Hole) Garth Jacoby; Long Drive (17th hole) Jamie Moir; and leading Non-Handicapper Peter Child. Adjourning to the clubhouse for that nice cold frostie, which didn't disappoint, the awards ceremony saw Golf Convenor Joe Joyce hand over the ALAN TAPPIN CUP to Jamie Moir to make this his second Club Championship win, having done so previously at Metropolitan in 2017. Jamie first thanked Larry Hill, a Southern GC member, for organising the day and praised the Southern GC for its great course and hospitality.
SANDRINGHAM CLUB CHAMPION GOLFER FOR 2019 JAMIE MOIR TOGETHER WITH WINNER OF THE NETT STROKE PRIZE, TIM McCARTHY
SANDRINGHAM 2019 CLUB COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIP AT SORRENTO GOLF CLUB
19 Sandringham Club members and guests journeyed to the Sorrento Golf Club to contest our annual Country Golf Championship
Before reporting on the game itself let me compliment all players on their speed of play. With the last group teeing off at 12.40pm we were all safely back into the Clubhouse well before 5.00pm, our aim (i.e. the Convenor’s ‘demand’), as this was the forecast change in the weather. In fact, the second last group teed off on the 18th with a strong tailwind, but when playing their second shots the wind was in their faces, and the temperature had dropped 10°C. We timed it perfectly.
This was the 25th consecutive year we had played our Country Championships at Sorrento. The records show that the average score over this period is 39 stableford points. There were a couple of golfers hot early on, out on the course. Russ Eason shot an impressive 21 points with Geoff Tempest not far behind on 19, and then Peter Wilson on 18.
Playing the back nine Joe Joyce played consistently with no outs or single pointers and highlighted by 4 points on the spectacular par 5 11th hole he came home with 21 points. The second nine also saw Peter Wilson keep up his good form and a score of 20 stableford points saw him back in the clubhouse with a total of 38 points. Geoff Tempest was playing steadily until a birdie on the 18th (anyone watching from the Clubhouse?) saw him post 17 points for a combined 36 points.
Ken Oliver, in a later group, however holed a monster putt on the difficult 10th hole to start his back nine with a bang. I do not overestimate the term ‘monster’. I would hazard a guess it was close to 70 metres distance. It nearly broke the flagstick as it hit at some pace (Yes, those of you who advocate that leaving the pin in whilst putting is to your advantage, would have won the argument this time!) It yielded a birdie and as Ken had two shots on this hole he finished with a ‘three for five’. Following he had, from holes 13 through 16, a sequence of 4, 3, 3, 3 pointers. All this led to a back nine of 23 points. Was this good enough for overall victory? Checking his card the answer was yes, but oh so close. With a front 9 of 16 points he came home with a combined 39 points to pip Peter Wilson by one point.
Ken, who won previously in 2010 (with 43 points on that occasion) was lost for words. He was presented with the Alan Tappin Mug for 2019 by the Convenor. It is noteworthy that the winner and runner up are both Sorrento GC members. And secondly that Ken’s score of 39 is in line with our scoring average these last 25 years.
Lastly we had a nearest to the pin competition on the 17th green won, in the last group of the day, by Richard Alderson. The long drive hole is historically the 18th hole. When our group got to the 18th tee we couldn’t see the marker. Had they forgotten to put it out? No. We had to look way past the fairways bunkers, and at a measured distance of 275 metres we saw Mark Creelman’s name duly signed on the marker. (The story has it that as his drive finished only 60 metres from the pin, too close for a full shot, his manufactured wedge failed to find the green and he finished with a bogey. We all feel for you Mark!)
In summary, a great day was had by all, especially by Ken Oliver.
KEN OLIVER WINNER SANDRINGHAM CLUB’S 2019 COUNTRY GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP
THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA SANDY CLUB GOLF TRIP
A collection of ten golfers journeyed down the Mornington Peninsula to play at three of the premier golf courses in this part of the world.
The first day saw us at Moonah Links, the Open course where we played under blue skies. For many it was the first time that we had played this course. Nobody came away disappointed, especially Mikael Sjostrom who scored 38 stableford points, including an impressive 21 points on the back nine. The average score of all players was 32, testimony to some good golf being played.
Day 2 was at The National Golf Club where we were hosted by members Jamie Moir and Michael Letham. This allowed us to play on the Old Course, a members-only course. It was the first time many of us had the privilege of playing this iconic course. Although the weather was again superb the scores did not match up. As, I am told, for most first-time players on this course the intimidation factor won out. It was no surprise that the two National members, Jamie and Michael, and ex National member Peter Calder (don't ask him about this. He is inclined to cry) topped the scoring, all with 28 points. It was thus a count-back to declare the winner, based on the back nine score. Michael shot 14, Jamie 15, and wait for it, Peter Calder with 19. Simple maths will tell you that he fared quite badly on the front nine, but it is the final score that counts and so Peter Calder was announced the winner for the day.
MICHAEL LETHAM TEEING OFF ON THE OLD COURSE, NATIONAL GC
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!)
Day 3 again was played under sunny, blue skies with quite manageable winds. We certainly had prime weather during our 3 day stay. We returned to Moonah Links to play the Legends Course, known to most of us. Our evening festivities both on night one and night two mustn't have been too excessive, as the winner on Day 3 with 36 stableford points was Greg Cullen. Come to think of it, Peter Calder, who hosted Greg at this beach property, mustn't have opened his 50 year old whisky bottle the night prior. Pity!
For those who didn't join us due to other commitments you missed out on 3 days of great golf on fabulous golf courses, all played under the best weather imaginable. For those who did play. Wow! And for those who provided beds for the night many thanks, and for entry into the National GC, once again many thanks.
2018 SANDRINGHAM CLUB FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP AT SPRING VALLEY GOLF CLUB
The fourth holding of the Sandringham Club Annual Fourball Golf Championship took place last Friday at Spring Valley Golf Course. This was a change of venue, after the three previous Championships had been held at Riversdale Golf Club. Our games at Riversdale had been hampered by severe, wet weather. A change of venue was therefore in order, and by picking the shortest day of the year the Golf Convenor hoped, with the lesser hours on offer, to minimise the odds of rain falling on us again. He failed. Miserably.
We had several heavy downpours during our round. The drains on the course were in overflow mode, the single dam was overflowing, and much of the course was ‘squelchy’. Getting a free drop from standing water was nigh impossible.
Sixteen members (and guests) travelled from as far away as Perth and Lorne to participate in the Championship. Even Rusty Smith gave up his traditional A Team Friday lunch to be with us. But only 15 finished. Peter Calder, one of the winning team in 2018 was scoring well, with 18 points on the front nine before he slipped down the slope off the 9th tee. The story goes that he did the splits (ouch). He retired soon after. If anyone calls him Rudolph in future it is not because of his red nose, but for his ‘Nereyev’ attributes.
And so to the golf. There were hardly enough golf balls to go around at the prizegiving, as the remaining 15 players each claimed a ball prize for something they achieved during their round. Talking of golf balls, the Convenor had secured golf balls inscribed with ‘Sandringham Club 2019’. Players were most impressed (the Convenor covered the additional cost!).
Undoubtedly, David Nield won the longest drive prize; he showed off his muscles next to the fire back in the clubhouse. For nearest to the pin on two holes we had 4 candidates who all claimed a prize: Joe Joyce, Richard Alderson, David Thomson, and Kevin Wareing. Go figure.
To the major event of the day, the Fourball better Ball Championship. It was a close run thing. Coming out on top were Joe Joyce and Kevin Wareing. Joe’s 27 points on the first 13 holes paved the way for Kevin to bring the team home as Joe’s game fell away on the last 5 holes due to a painfully slow pace of play (Note to all golfers: speed up your games). A close second on 37 points were Garth Jacoby partnered with John Bertram. Rumour has it that Garth is going to give John some lessons as to how to sink one foot putts. Peter Wilson and Russell Smith reminded the Convenor that they had come in third on 36 points, and as fourth placed Peter Andrew Briggs refused to hand back their fourth placed ball prize it was left to the Convenor to rummage around for additional balls to so complete the prize giving ceremony. Briggsy was heard muttering about Convenors in general (It makes a change for us complaining about Vice Presidents).
All in all, a successful competition (at least for Joe and Kevin). We hope to see you all at our next competition day that being our annual match for the Doc Rankin Trophy on Friday 6th October at the revamped Peninsula Kingswood Country Golf Club.
2019 FOURBALL CHAMPIONS. JOE JOYCE & KEVIN WAREING
CITY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT VICTORIA GOLF CLUB
2019 saw the 60th 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 46 times. VGC is now showing the worth of the extensive course improvement work completed over the last couple of years. See https://youtu.be/fNJzpKs3Zoc for a quick look at how it presents today. Those who played last Friday were full of praise of the course.
The weather forecast for last Friday was dire, being continuous rain for the day coupled with 70 kms winds. It came as no surprise therefore that I received several queries early in the morning questioning whether we still intended to play. My response was: "It is still my intention to play. A 60 year unbroken running of the City Championships is not something I want a few showers to stop. It will be up to the individual whether they want to play or not." There was indeed one 'individual' who boosted his monthly phone bill by phoning all and sundry to ascertain whether playing was a good idea. Apparently, it doesn't rain in Toorak as this individual claimed he had no wet weather gear. He didn't show up
So, a field of 25 players assembled at VGC, applied their sunscreen, and went out to play a little after midday. They were greeted with lovely sunny weather during the afternoon (see attached photo for proof of this). The surrounding suburbs didn't fare as well, with thick hailstones reported from nearby Hampton. But VGC shone in the sun.
Returning to the Clubhouse we were all pleased to see Sandringham Club Life Member Alan Tappin in attendance. Over a cool beer, the day's activities were revisited whilst the scores were totalled. The revamped VGC layout is a stern test of golf, and VGC Club Members generally have seen their handicaps go out by 2 as a result. This was reflected in our scores with only one player playing to their golf handicap. Early results suggested the winner for the day would be a close run thing. We had four golfers on 34 stableford points, namely: Richard Alderson, Jamie Moir, Hamish Ogilvie and Joe Joyce. Was a count back needed?
No. Late in the day Paul Haworth (dubbed the 'iron' man) posted a score of 36 points achieved through a great back nine score of 23 points made up of 6 pars (and three bogeys) in a total of 39 strokes. He obviously made hay whilst the sun shone. Paul Haworth is thus our 2019 City Champion. Looking through the records he also was the Country Champion in 2016, also winning the Fourball Championship that same year.
A generous array of prizes was on offer: golf ball prizes provided by the Convenor: a golf shirt, golf towel and 5 coffee table golf books provided by VGC. Nearest to the pin prizes went (somewhat surprisingly) to John Bertram and Peter Ironmonger whilst the longest drive was won by Tony Brosnahan. Best front nine stableford score went to President Andrew Briggs on 20 points, with Bill De Vos winning best back nine on 19 points. The NAGA award was won by Noel, Tim McCarthy's guest, who won a VGC Golf Towel (in order to wipe away his tears). And finally, golf balls went down the line to a further 10 players. Did I miss anyone out?
Sixteen members stayed in the Clubhouse for dinner (and a few wines). Once again VGC excelled. I wrote in my thankyou note to VGC Management: " I wanted to write this note to once again thank the VGC team for putting on a great day for us. Even the weather played ball. The VGC donated prizes were most appreciated and the help I received both in the Pro Shop and in the House was first rate."