ROUND 2 - KOOYONGA
Today saw the second round of the 36 hole SA secondary event played at the Kooyonga Golf Club with a 8.30 am shot gun start. As always Kooyonga was turned out in immaculate condition, with firm and fast greens to test all. The greens really were absolutely fantastic, while quick not over the top, just rolled out beautifully.
The weather conditions were a big improvement on the first day at Grange, whilst coolish the sun actually shone on occasions, the wind had died down to a gentle breeze but the scores overall did not reflect the excellent good conditions.
Mick Streit hit off with a two shot lead over Greg Rhodes (picture right), however he obviously had his problems returning a round of 84.
Greg Rhodes mean time continued his good form and returned another round of 75. This was despite an eight on the par four eighth when he struck some bunker problems and even had to hit away from the green to extract himself from one the lies he had. Gives hope to those lesser mortals when it happens to the winner and he is able to recover and still win.
Greg’s total of 150 resulted in him winning by six strokes from veteran Vince Clark (NSW) who had rounds of 79-77=156. There was a four way tie for third place. They included a fast finishing Ian Frost (picture left) who returned the days best round of 73, Gordon Claney (82-75), Wayne Humphries (77-80) and the overnight leader Mick Streit (73-84).
Good final rounds were recorded by Gordon Claney with a 75 and John Banting, Vince Clarke and Peter Bywaters all with 77.
150 Gregory RHODES 75 75
156 Vincent CLARK 79 77
157 Gordon CLANEY 82 75 , Ian FROST 84 73, Mick STREIT 73 84, Wayne HUMPHRIES 77 80
158 John BANTING 81 77, Martin MILLER 78 80
159 Keith THORNLEY 80 79
160 Barry TIPPETT 78 82
162 Alan COOPER 82 80, Peter HANNAH 81 81
163 Christopher GORDON 80 83, Norm CORDINA 79 84
164 Chris CLAXTON 83 81, Lindsay ELLIOTT 84 80, Nigel TURNER 81 83
165 Kym MEYER 81 84, Shane AMOR 79 86
166 Bill WINSLOW 86 80
I am sure all who had not played Kooyonga previously were impressed with the course and the condition of it. The new format for the SA secondary event was well received and we look forward to the event in 2016 being again shared between Grange and Kooyonga. Perhaps an opportunity for those who are planning on playing the Australian Senior next year to get some experience around a course which is not overly long, but where you must hit the ball to right place and then execute the shot precisely.
The action in SA now moves on to the SA Senior at Lady Bay next Monday through Wednesday. Reports are the course is in good condition and the weather forecast good.
ROUND 1 - GRANGE EAST
The first round of the SA secondary event was played today at the Grange East course with a strong field of 88 playing a course which was presented in excellent condition. The weather conditions were challenging to say the least with very cool and windy conditions ensuring the players had to ensure they concentrated on every shot.
Good shot making was required especially on some of the down wind holes. A couple of minor showers came through during the afternoon but did not effect anybody too much.
The leader with a terrific round of 73 is Victorian senior Mick Streit (pictured right) who according to one of his playing partners putted unbelievably well. Considering the conditions he has also hit the ball very well. He is followed by another Victorian, Greg Rhodes, who has journeyed down from Coomealla with a solid 75 (for a net 78).
There is then a small gap to Wayne Humphries from Glenelg with 77 and a newcomer to the senior ranks in South Australia, Marty Miller from Tea Tree Gully with 78. Victorian Barry Tippett, the defending champion, also had 78. Well done to those players.
There are a number of leading interstate players in Gordon Claney, John Banting and Ian Frost who will be looking to make up some ground on the leaders early tomorrow after disappointing opening rounds.
The weather forecast tomorrow is for improved conditions which all will enjoy and hopefully allow some good shot making to be made around the wonderful Kooyonga layout.
Leading Round One Scores
73 Mick Streit Huntingdale
75 Greg Rhodes Coomealla
77 Wayne Humphries Glenelg
78 Marty Miller Tea Tree Gully, Barry Tippett Thirteenth Beach
79 Shane Amor Grange, Norm Cordina Tea Tree Gully
80 Ken Brown Tea Tree Gully
A National Ranking Event for Male Amateurs Aged 55 Years or Older
Thursday 3 September 2015: Grange Golf Club (East Course) (PM Start) 18 holes
Friday 4 September 2015: Kooyonga Golf Club (AM Start) 18 holes
Prizes to be won
Senior Open Champion & Runner Up (Gross & Nett)
Super Senior (65 & Over) Champion & Runner Up (Gross & Nett)
First 18 Holes Winner (Gross & Nett)
Second 18 Holes Winner (Gross & Nett)
Nearest the Pins & Ball Run Down for Nett Scores
36 Holes Stroke Play
GA Handicap Limit: 16.2
Entrance Fee: $120.00 (incl. GST and light meal after golf on the final day)
Entries Close: Monday 24 August 2015 at 5:00pm