Harrison Savage from Neangar Park at Sale wins 2017 Seahorse Classic champion with a gross score of 217, two shots ahead of local Jordan Lang of Narooma. Here is the event day-by-day:
Saturday, June 10
Fortunately fine weather greeted the 146 players for the first round of the 36th Seahorse Classic where the DSR of 73/74 reflected the difficulty of the course.
In A Grade Harrison Savage from Neangar Park in Bendigo broke par off the stick with 71 to head Josh Reid from Royal Canberra in the gross by one shot , with Jordan Ayre also from Royal Canberra missing out on countback.
In the net Michael Lowrie from Heidelberg had 72 off a handicap of 6 to win on countback from Mark Buick from Royal Canberra , with Ben Byrne from Toowoomba missing out. In B Grade Mark Roberts from Neangar Park had 79 off the stick to head Gavin Ballinger from Sale by one shot. In the net Andrew Tyson from Sale had a clear victory with 69 off a handicap of 12, followed by Greg Corby from The Grange with73 heading Simon Mansfield from Wagga Country on countback.
Gross in C Grade was won by Peter Aroney from Bexley with 83, well ahead of Gary Hines from Heidelberg on 87. Ken Klem also from Bexley prevailed in the net with 69 off a handicap of 15 ahead of Jeff Ryan from Yackandandah on 71.
The long drives went to Harrison Savage in A Grade, Rhett Pinder from Melton Valley in B Grade and Brad Martin from The Grange in C Grade who oddly enough registered the longest drive of the day. The nearest-the-pin winners were Mark Buick on 3, Jordan Ayre on 9, Keith Philip from Belconnen on 14 and Jason Andrew from Narooma on 17, while the ball competition went down to 76 net.
Sunday, June 11
Again the weather gods looked down favourably on the field where the DSR was a consistent 73.The A Grade scratch winner was again Harrison Savage from Neangar Park with 70 with Jordan Lang of Narooma runner-up on 73.
The net saw Josh Campbell from Murrumbidgee off a handicap of scratch score 72 to defeat Fred Yousiph from Cumberland on countback. In B Grade Matthew Maxwell from Kiama had an excellent round of 77 to head Peter Zotti from Wagga Country by two shots in the gross, while John McGilvray from Royal Canberra had a net 68 off his handicap of 12 to head David Senior from Cromer on countback.
In C Grade Richard Nicholson from Avondale won the gross by five shots with 82 off the stick ahead of Garry Hines from Heidelberg. Linton Ridgway from Melton Valley took out the net with 73 off a handicap of 24 on countback from Dane Lambourn from Sale.
The longest drive winners were Jordan Lang in A Grade, Matthew Maxwell in B Grade and Dane Lambourn in C Grade. The nearest-the pin winners were Garry Price from Campbelltown on 3, Michael Pead from Royal Canberra on 9, Luke Rich from The Grange on 14 and Mark Hay from Cumberland on 17, while the ball competition went down to 76 net.
Monday, June 12
Again the players were blessed with fine weather but the course won with a DSR of 74/73. In A Grade Narooma's Jordan Lang won the scratch with a score of 73, two ahead of Mark Buick from Royal Canberra who headed Josh Campbell from Murrumbidgee and Jordan Ayre from Royal Canberra on countback. In the net Michael Miller from Royal Canberra finished on top with 72 off his handicap of 2, one shot ahead of Jackson Dunstan from Heidelberg who prevailed over Bill Durnan from Narooma, Michael Pead from Royal Canberra and Tim Hill from Cumberland on countback.
In B Grade Cliff Dobbie from Melton Valley finished on top with 80 to win the scratch , one shot ahead of Ian Ashton from Pambula-Merimbula. Greg Corby from The Grange won the net with 71 off a handicap of 10, one shot better than David Murphy from Russell Vale who edged out Stephen Childe from Wagga Country on countback.
Rob Mitchell from Kogarah had a clear win in the C Grade scratch with 83, four shots ahead of Rhett Pinder from Melton Valley whilr Christian Schmid from Wagga Country won the net with the best score of the day in 67 off his handicap of 20 , five shots ahead of Alan England from Beverley Park.
The long drive winners were Jordan Lang in A grade, David Murphy in B Grade and Brad Martin from The Grange in C Grade. The nearest-the-pins went to Alex Gutierrez from Gungahlin Lakes on 3, Ross McLoughlin also from Gungahlin Lakes on 9, Stephen Childe on 14 and Richard Nicholson from Avondale on 17,with the ball competition going down to net 76.
The final placings in the 54 hole event saw Harrison Savage from Neangar Park emerge as the 2017 Seahorse Classic champion with a gross score of 217, two shots ahead of local Jordan Lang. Josh Shortis from Heidelberg triumphed in the net with 220, one better than former local Josh Campbell from Murrumbidgee.
In B Grade Peter Zotti from Wagga Country won the scratch with 243, one ahead of Matthew Maxwell from Kiama. In the net countback decided the winner with Greg Corby from The Grange edging out Gavin Ballinger from Sale on 216.
The C Grade gross was taken out by Peter Aroney from Bexley with 258,six shots ahead of David Senior from Cromer. Again countback decided the winner in the net, with Christian Schmid from Wagga Country just heading Rob Mitchell from Kogarah on 223.
The Club wishes to thank the many members who volunteered their services so selflessly to ensure the successful conduct of its premier tournament. Their contributions drew much praise from the large contingent of visitors. – RGI
Friday, June 9
As a preamble to the Seahorse Classic 128 players took to the course for a 4BBB Stableford competition. The gross ended up in a four-way tie on 38 points where a countback decided the positions. Fred Yousiph and Tim Hill from Cumberland headed Narooma's Scott Ker and Jordan Lang, with The Grange's Luke Rich and Milan Manojlovic and Young's Geoff Walker and Alan Wilder missing out.
The net saw a three-way tie on 47 points, with Narooma's Dominic Connaughton and Phil Haynes prevailing from John Price and Chris Raftery from Gungahlin Lakes and the unlucky pairing of Anthony Dobbie and Kevin Murphy from The Grange. T
he nearest-the-pin winners were Anthony Moufarrige from RMC on 3, Robert Van Delft from Wagga Country on 9, Michael Carter from The Grange on 14 and Leigh De Jong from Wagga Country on 17 with the ball competition going to 44 points.
Thursday, June 8
Unfavorable early morning weather conditions saw a reduced field of 122 play a rather challenging course with a consistent DSR of 72.
In A Grade Jake Hoobin from Heidelberg had the best score of the day by a considerable margin with 43 points off his handicap of 6, a gross score of one under par.
Colin O'Sullivan finished second on 41 points while Bob Knipler edged out Scott Kennedy (yet again!) for the third position on countback with 38 points. In B Grade Graham Small recorded 39 points off a handicap of 19 to head Grahame Cooke on countback with Tony Cobcroft a point further back in third position.
Richard Easton won C Grade with 38 points off his handicap of 25 on countback from Graham Mumme while Don Waterfield filled third place on countback from Geoff Broadfoot with 37 points.
The nearest-the-pin winners were Bill Hannam on 3, Scott Kennedy on 9, Chris Brown on 14 and Mike Shevlin on 17 and the ball competition went down to all on 33 points.
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