Despite 150 mls of rain (six inches in the old money) on the Tuesday night before the event and with the course looking more akin to sailing than golf on the Wednesday, this year’s event got away as scheduled. It was like some sort of miracle that the course was turned out in the way it was after taking such a battering from the biggest storm to hit Sydney in more than 10 years. And we even had the use of carts!
The weather took a little toll on our numbers yet we still had 50 competitive souls striving to win the Phil Tresidder Memorial Cup, many for the first time, at Beverley Park Golf Course on Friday 17 October 2014. And while Peter Harrison (handicap 26) and Drew Cremin (2) were winners in 2008-09, their partners Matthew Hilder (15) and Dean White (16) got to have their names engraved on the coveted trophy for the first time as they took out first prize.
A cloudy morning followed by a bit of drizzle during the front nine didn’t put much of a dampener on the quality of play with many good scores being recorded. Only two of the 13 groups were over par off the stick while 10 were in red figures. And of course history has shown that a team has to hit a good score to win this event and this year’s grouping came home 10 under par for a net 52.625 or a mere 17. 375 UNDER PAR!! They were four under after four holes and away to a flyer. Not quite as good as last year’s net 19.875 under but it was certainly up there. The nephew of the great Phil Tresidder, Michael Tresidder was again on hand to present the trophy and we are extremely grateful for his continued interest.
Second place went to Brandon McCarthy (20), Gary Morris (18), Glen Lisle (15) and Bob Bissett (18) with a net 53.125, beaten half a shot. Brandon and Bob were in the runners-up group last years and are fast becoming perennial bridesmaids! Third place with a net 54.00 went to the “superstar” group of Brett Hunter (12), local pro Greg Green (Scr) and Rob Jackson (6) who had a combined handicap of only three. Not a bad effort as they were one man down.
It was great to have Matty Wallis and his group of Judd O’Shea, Phil Budden and John Taylor with us this year. All first starters in the event and while they took out the “Bradman” award for the largest score (net 62.250) we hope they will return next season, not to defend their trophy of course, but to continue to be part of the enjoyable day it has become.
Closest to the Pin prizes went to Allan Gear (3rd hole), Rod Aggett (10th) and Col Booth (13th) while the 17th hole Long Drive was won by Peter Rolls with a drive he just nominated on the card as “longer”.
Sponsors help make the day possible and we were delighted that Sydney City Toyota not only donated four top grade Callaway golf bags but they were also present in numbers with a team of Stewart Scoon, Peter Toman, Jason Benjamin and Steve Clark.
Our thanks also to Mark Sundin of Expedition Kayaks who has donated a worthwhile prize every year the event has been staged, James Wynn of JWI Advisory Group and Brad Timbrell of Campari who were first time sponsors along with Michael Chan of Kooindah Waters while David Kelly of West Tigers has become a regular donor over the years. Many thanks also to Chris Sullivan and Matt Hilder for their help with the day’s organisation.
1. Gross 60 Net 52.625 Dean White / Matt Hilder / Peter Harrison / Drew Cremin
2. Gross 62 Net 53.125 Brandon McCarthy / Glen Lisle / Gary Morris / Bob Bissett
3. Gross 57 Net 54.000 Brett Hunter / Greg Green / Rob Jackson
4. Gross 62 Net 54.250 Trevor Jay / Brad Timbrell / Alan Turner / Peter Rolls
5. Gross 62 Net 54.875 Chris Sullivan / Bronco D’jura / Wayne Mulherin / Col Booth
6. Gross 65 Net 55.125 Lyall Gardner / Ray Stafford / Mal Booby / Ray Cansdell
7. Gross 64 Net 55.125 James Tyson / Chris Singh / Ben Stares / David Lillyman
8. Gross 63 Net 55.750 Mike Whitney / Mike Tresidder / Simon Jagot / Jim Robson
9. Gross 65 Net 56.000 Stewart Scoon / Peter Toman / Jason Benjamin / Steve Clark
10. Gross 66 Net 59.250 Glenn Lynch / Steve Smith / Rod Aggett / Tony Welch
11. Gross 70 Net 60.375 Allan Gear / Peter Johnston / Ron Crippin / Bob Duff
12. Gross 71 Net 61.625 John Warwick / Donn Ledwidge / Paul Ledwidge
13. Gross 71 Net 62.250 Matt Wallis / Judd O’Shea / Phil Budden / John Taylor
On behalf of the Randwick Petersham Cricket Legends Society