18 Feb 2021 | Amateur golf |
Huge Field for Blackwood Masters
Blackwood opened the 2021 SA Senior Order of Merit with, for the first time, Senior Women’s OOM events being included. This was the 10th year at Blackwood with the Adelaide Hills club being one of the pioneers of senior golf in SA.
Whilst this event is always has a big field, intensive efforts by both the club’s men and women’s organising committees resulted in a morning field of 84 women from seventeen clubs and a capped afternoon men’s field of 120 from sixteen clubs – and there were even more players who missed out!
Overall, more than 200 SA senior golfers tackled a superbly presented course in perfect weather although it may have been a bit cold for the women’s 7:30am start! Blackwood also excelled in attracting sponsorship so that some $3,000 worth of prizes and vouchers were presented on the day. Key sponsors included Schweppes, Dave Benson Explorer Caravan Sales, (Club Pro) Matthew Dent Golf Sales and Maggie Beer. Blackwood Golf Club and all who played acknowledge their support. Blackwood women overall dominated the results but Jo Ricourt from Glenelg was a clear winner in the Senior Women’s Gross from local Karen Brien with another visitor Bernadette Gatehouse (Aston Hills), third.
Senior Women’s Nett saw Blackwood members Barbara Dickens come out on top from Jane Greening. Willunga was represented by Carol Collins in third place.
No outsiders got a look-in in Super Seniors Gross with well the credentialed Angela Masters turning in the day’s best score of 86 to just pip Paula White by one stroke. Women’s Super Seniors Gross again went to Blackwood – Marilyn Marsh from Kathy Saint. Long term local champion, Nick Wake (75) took the Men’s Senior Gross but only on a countback from Richard Payne (Kooyonga). Perennial contender, Bruce Lindner grabbed third. Tea Tree Gully were in the “money”, as always, with Craig Gordan winning the Seniors Nett from local Steven McCreight.
Ken Parker (Kooyonga) found his 2019 form to turn in the best Super Seniors score, from Blackwood/Kooyonga member and long-term senior golf contender, Lindsay Elliott. Martin Brown made the long trip from The Grange worthwhile in winning the Super Seniors Nett from a string of local players. Congratulations to all at Blackwood who made the event such a success –– a benchmark for the upcoming SASOOM events in 2021. Following on from their 2020 win in Men’s Senior Pennant, senior golf at Blackwood Golf Club is certainly strong !
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