11 Feb 2020 | Amateur golf |

South Australian seniors commence 2020

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South Australian seniors commence 2020

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South Australian Senior golfers assembled at South Lakes Golf Club at Goolwa, an hour south of Adelaide for commencement of the 2020 Senior Order of Merit schedule. Expectation and enthusiasm was high as for all golfers with new challenges and no harsh reality checks yet to indicate that nothing had changed from last season!

A good field of 63 players with Super Seniors far outnumbering Seniors, although the Senior ranks did have a couple of new low markers in Richard Payne from Kooyonga and Andy Munn from Blackwood. An overcast day with mild temperatures and the ever-present southerly cross wind on a course in excellent condition with greens cut and rolled. Consistent local, Senior Steve Ross was a clear winner with a 2-over of 72 and felt that he’d left a couple out there. Steve’s round was highlighted by his eagle on #3.

Blackwood’s Glen McGough showed he will be a threat this year, as he looks to take on a full schedule of events, by coming in second with 75; followed by Bruce Lindner (Kooyonga) with 76. Defending Order of Merit winner, Trevor Smith was a further shot back.

In Super Seniors, Bill Winslow (Grange) (77) was just clear of Ken Brown (Tea Tree Gully) 78 and Eric Abdilla (South Lakes) 79. Ken was making one of his rare appearances in an SA senior event between his extensive overseas travels post-retirement.

Nett Seniors went to Peter Shaw (Grange) 71 (under the precedent prize rule) – Peter has also just fully retired – must help with one’s focus; Gary Lindner (South Lakes), keeping it in the family, 72 and Trevor Smith, 73 C/B.

Nett Super Seniors saw something special with a superb performance from Alan Bartram (Mt Osmond) streeting the field with a nett 63 off 19. A semi-local in Gordon Whittaker turned in 71 and another Mt Osmond member, Andrew Long shot a 72.

WyMedical again sponsored the event, with many of their excellent products relevant to senior golfers on display – our thanks go to them. Mention should also be made of the rather special after-match catering put on by the host club’s caterers – an excellent “grazing” table of very “tasty “goodies” – a change from normal fare and very much appreciated by all who partook – many more than once!

Overall, a strong field and an excellent start to SASOOM Season 2020. Seniors Gross Steve Ross, South Lakes, 72 Glen McGough, Blackwood, 75 Bruce Lindner, Kooyonga, 76 (Gary Lindner),South Lakes, 77 (Peter Shaw), Grange, 77 (Trevor Smith), Naracoorte, 78 Richard Payne, Kooyonga, 79 Seniors Nett (Steve Ross), South Lakes, 69 Peter Shaw, Grange, 71 Gary Lindner, South Lakes, 72 Trevor Smith, Naracoorte, 73 (Bruce Lindner), Kooyonga, 73 (Glen McGough), Blackwood, 73 Andy Munn, Blackwood, 73 Super Seniors Gross Bill Winslow, Grange, 77 Ken Brown, Tea Tree Gully, 78 Eric Abdilla, South Lakes, 79 Eric Lane, Grange, 80 Lindsay Elliott, Blackwood, 81 Michael Richards, Tea Tree Gully, 81 Super Seniors Nett Alan Bartram, Mt Osmond, 63 (Eric Abdilla), South Lakes, 69 (Bill Winslow), Grange, 70 Gordon Whittaker, South Lakes, 71 Andrew Long, Mt Osmond, 72 Leon Hall, South Lakes, 73 (Ken Brown), Tea Tree Gully, 73

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