13 Feb 2023 | Amateur golf |
2023 South Australian SOOM Season Underway with Record Fields at Blackwood
by Golf Australia
The South Australian Senior Order of Merit commenced at Blackwood GC on the 6th of February with a record field even surpassing the great numbers that participated last year. 73 women in the morning field and 97 men out in the afternoon. As always the event was excellently run; the course superbly presented plus perfect weather with sunshine and 29 degrees. A number of country and interstaters played this year and were most welcome additions. Senior Women Scores suggested a bit of a struggle for the Senior Women in the Gross competition with local pennant player Gale McPherson returning 91 to win over Jo Ricourt (Glenelg) by one stroke with Teresa Batley (Grange), Kathryn Hender (The Vines of Reynella) and Glenda Whitby (Narrandera) mixing it with Blackwood’s Julie Wheeler, Kaye Wallace and Jane Conn with scores into the higher 90’s. Nett scores were better with Carol Warne (North Adelaide) best with 73; Glenda Whitby (74) and Soozie Bice (Blackwood) also 74. Super Senior Women Somewhat of a Blackwood benefit in the Gross with locals filling the first five places – the experienced Sally Graham (87) leading the way from regular SOOM contenders Paula White (89), Rosemary Underwood (91), Angela Masters (91) and Bronie Buckley (92). Nett scores saw four players recording 76’s. In countback order – Wendy Northey (Mt Osmond) from Nicky Govan, Paula White and Sylvia Falconer (all Blackwood). Senior Men Mark Potter (The Vines of Reynella) got his Order of Merit campaign off to a great start with a 75 off the stick to just head two time defending event champion Nick Wake (Glenelg) (76) with Bruce Lindner (Kooyonga) back into contention in an SA event equal with Glen McGough (Blackwood) with 78’s. An interesting newcomer was James Coulson (Thaxted Park) (80). James is a very well credentialled and experienced player who, if he plays a full season, could be a threat to the regular contenders. Big winner in the Nett was Phil Donaldson (73) – Phil regularly perseveres in SASOOM events but took the opportunity on his home course to turn in a good one ! Potter (73) took second from Lindner and Sunny Ho (Westward Ho). Super Senior Men No surprise here as Mike Richards (Tea Tree Gully) (80) was the man but only on a countback from Yarra Yarra’s Howard Slater. Glenelg’s Brian Welsh and John Keogh (both 81) filled the placings. Gross saw another perennial aspirant in George Cleland makes it a good day for The Vines. George’s 72 kept out a Blackwood contingent of Patrick Monteagle, Phil Lewis, Alan Green and Iain Wells. Event Results > Click Here
Order of Merit Rankings > Click Here (Select SA OOM)
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