Inside Golf : Inside Golf November 2014
social golf 54 November 2014 | www.insidegolf.com.au NSW rookies capture Social Golf Club Championships Golfers from across Australia celebrate the start of the 2014 ASGCC. The NSW SGA Tour team has taken top honours in the 2014 Australian Social Golf Club Championships held on the Gold Coast in August. In a thrilling final round at Palm Meadows, the rookie Sydneysider team of Craig O’Donnell, Nathan Smith, Neil Carpenter and Glen McGowan never surrendered their overnight 5-shot margin, grinding it out to record a four-round team total of 381, five shots better than Championship veterans Sunraysia Social Golf Club, whose team of Paul White, Andrew Stewart, Clinton Mayes and Dennis Williams finished on 376. The team of Anthony Rouse, Kevin Biddle, Neill Smith and Marius Van der Nist from Tour Fore Golfers 2 (Qld) finished in third on 374 points. For the victors it was jubilation for a much deserved win with all four players contributing throughout the week. Nathan Smith was particularly proud of how the team pulled together after slow starts in some rounds. “ The format of the tournament really places an emphasis on battling it out if you have a tough start. The top three individual stableford scores count for your team total each day so the third best score really matters,” he said. “ We realised that if we ever had a bad start to a round, we always had to fight it out to post the best score possible. It proved a valuable approach as each day one or more of us struggled, but we accumulated a great team score over the four days.” Runners-up Sunraysia is one of only two clubs to have been represented in all ten years of the tournament. Every year they have joined in the spirit of fun, camaraderie and good sportsmanship of the event, but they are still chasing their first ASGCC win. This was their fourth consecutive top-five placing. Two players were honoured at the Welcome Party for participating in each of the 10 years the event has been running. Paul White, from Sunraysia SGC and Noel Tuck, from Nunawading SGC, were awarded unique 10- Year Player commemorative tournament shirts and lapel pins and an engraved decanter each in appreciation for their great support of the event. Matthew Pitt from Social Golf Australia felt it was important to honour the pair for their loyalty. “ There are a lot of things that go into building a tournament such as this. Over a long period, Paul and Noel have supplied the foundations that this event is built on. Without their loyalty, goodwill and sportsmanship, the ASGCC would certainly not still be growing so strongly today”, Pitt said. Individually, Noel Tuck took out A Grade honours with 132 points on a countback from Neil Carpenter from NSW SGA Tour 2, courtesy of a fantastic final round of 37 points in blustery conditions. In B Grade, it was Neill Smith from Tour Fore Golfers 2 who prevailed with a score of 130, while in C Grade, Vic Manitta from the Baysiders B (NSW) took the chocolates on 127 points. In the ladies grade it was Lorraine Sharkey from The MissHits who came up trumps in a very close finish on 113 points. The other big winner from the tournament was Kay Meadows from the MissHits who scored a free ticket (including airfares) to the 2015 SGA International in Hua Hin, Thailand. The prize is valued at over $2,600 and thanks to the continuing generous sponsorship from Thailand Golf Tours. Kay will enjoy seven days in Hua Hin playing some of the best golf courses in Asia when the event takes place from March 1 – 8. Although the ASGCC is a championship for social golf clubs, every competitor at the event had an official handicap and the majority of participants are club members. The event is played according to the rules of golf with an emphasis on enjoying the fun and sportsmanship of competition golf with respect to the rules, traditions and spirit of the game. Tournament host Social Golf Australia extends congratulations to all the golfers who shared in the $15,000 prize pool at the event, made possible through the generous support of event sponsors, Thailand Golf Tours, Golf Clearance Outlet, Urban Golf Gear, ARIA Apartments Broadbeach, Gifte Gift Cards, Srixon Cleveland Golf and Heathcote Winery. Inside Golf is a proud partner of tournament host Social Golf Australia (SGA) and the ASGCC. More: www.socialgolfaustralia.com.au . The FourStar Golf Cruiser See our website at www.ElectricVehiclesOceania.com.au for the genuine FourStar Golf Cruiser. Phone Toby on 0401 500 440 or John on 0417 679 398 Small, nimble, light and powerful, the FourStar allows golfers to cruise around the fairways and greens with ease and comfort. 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