AC Division 4 Singles
Winner Tim Huston
The Div 4 singles were held from August 12th – 14th. The seven competitors were Ken McHugh, Roger Harris, Peter Beatty, Helen Killmier, Tim Huston, Jeff Baker and Linda Stone. Unfortunately, Linda had to withdraw on the last day.
The weather was fine during the three days, with a warm sunny day for the last day on Tuesday. Winner of the event was Tim Huston from Tea Tree Gully club. Tim won all his games and also achieved a break of seven and a break of eight. His handicap changed from 18 to 16. Tim was playing in his first major competition. Some of the other competitors were also playing in their first major competition and although they may have been frustrated with some of their games they all did very well. Ken, Helen, Roger and Peter all had 3 wins but Ken was runner-up on a count back of nett hoops. Jeff Baker was very pleased to make a break of six on the last day.
In past years it has been difficult to get players from this handicap range to enter competitions, with several events having to be cancelled due to lack of interest. Hopefully this will change now that the ice has been broken for some and it may encourage other to have a go. The J F Harvey Bronze Medal for 14+ handicap is coming up on October 16 – 18.
Absent, Ken McHugh, Linda Stone
Division 2 Singles
Winner Barry Jennings
The Division 2 singles were held over 3 days, July 24 – 26 and attracted a large number of entrants, including many country players. Unfortunately, Allan Haywood had to withdraw at the last moment and his place was taken by Lyn Parnell. There were players from Moonta, Victor Harbor, Aldinga Bay and Kadina clubs as well as city members. The 14 players were divided into 2 equally weighted blocks of 7 and playoffs for places were played in the last session. Block 1 was won by Barry Jennings with Jim Curtis runner-up. Block 2 was won by Wayne Peart with Shirley Howlett runner-up. In both blocks the first and second places were decided by a count back (5 wins each). The playoff for first place was won by Barry Jennings from Wayne Peart by 2 hoops (26 – 24) in a close fought match. The match between the two block runners-up was won by Jim Curtis from Shirley Howlett by 1 hoop (18 – 17) after Jim cunningly pegged one ball out after the bell.
C B Sharp Gold Medal
Winner Dwayne McCormick
The C B Sharp Gold Medal event was held over the weekend of July 14 – 15 at SACA headquarters. This is an open event and attracted 12 entrants with handicaps ranging from – 2 to +8. It was pleasing to see Mark Kobelt from Tumby Bay club return to mainstream competition after many years. With only 2 days to accommodate the competition, the players were split into two even blocks of six. In the last session on Sunday there were playoffs for final placings. Block 1 was won by Ned Wilson with Harley Watts runner-up. Block 2 was won by Dwayne McCormick with Mark Kobelt runner-up. In the playoff for overall first place Dwayne McCormick defeated Ned Wilson 26tp – 1. There were seven triple peels completed during the event. The weather was good for this time of year and the players were well looked after by Norwood club as managers for the event. A special thank you to Lyn Parnell, Mary Marsland and Joan Kelly.
GC SA Bronze Medal
Winner Paul Beazely
The SA Bronze Medal for Golf Croquet was held at Hutt Road Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th August.
Play started about 10.45 on lawn 3, as it was the driest then court 2 and finally court 1 by about midday.
11 players contested this event. Due to the late start on the first day, it was played as a single round robin.
Paul Beazely (Aldinga Bay) is the 2018 SA GC Bronze Medalist, Monika Curtis (North Adelaide) runner-up and Sara Kendrick (Aldinga Bay) in 3rd place.
GC SA Open Doubles
Winners Julie and Jim Grindrod
8 Teams fought it out for the SA GC Open Doubles August 7th – 9th. The first two days were round robins, with the final day having the top 4 teams playoff in semi and then finals. The remaining teams had another round robin for their final finishing places.
Julie and Jim Grindrod (Aldinga Bay) were the eventual winners with Karen Magee (Brighton) and Barry Jennings (Hyde Park) in second place.
A special thank you is extended to Bernie Pfitzner for refereeing the entire event on her own.
AC SELECTOR’S INVITATION EVENT:
Winners Marga Podniek (women’s) and Mark Senior (men’s)
12 players competed in the Selectors Invitation Event which was held over the weekend of 23/24 June. The weather, despite a forecast of rain, was cold but sunny. There were a number of interesting and close matches, some with surprise results. Congratulations to Mark Senior who finished top of the men’s side of the draw winning all his matches. Wayne Peart finished second and showed why his handicap is quickly reducing. On the women’s side, Marga Podnieks had a successful tournament and finished top (losing only one match in a golden hoop scenario). Shirlene McBride also had an impressive tournament finishing second in the women’s group. A special thank you to Joan Kelly who at short notice agreed to replace Helena Panasewycz who unfortunately injured her wrist. A big thank you to Mary Marsland who was the Event Manager and also supplied delicious homemade soup to players for lunch on both days. It was a most enjoyable event with all players displaying great sportsmanship, respect and support for each other.
Golf Croquet Doubles Combined 8+
Winners Barry Jennings and Stephen Condous
This event was played in perfect winter sunshine, what a pity there was limited heat with that sunshine. Despite the very cold mornings and afternoons the play was hot! The competition was very exciting with two hoops separating 5th to 7th places. The winners from Hyde Park, Barry Jennings and Stephen Condous had the highest combined handicap but this didn’t stop them beating Jane West and Karen Magee from Brighton in the final and most teams along the way! Many thanks to Millswood for managing the event and the referees, Anne Woodhouse, Graeme Thomas, Ron McBride and John Arney.
The Marryatville Silver Medal
Ken McHugh (left)
Thank you to North Adelaide CC for managing the event.
Winner of ACA Bronze Medal for SA
The ACA GC Bronze Medal was played on the long weekend 11-13th June with 6 competitors.
It was a tight and interesting competition from the start but after 3 days Jim Grindrod from Aldinga Bay was victorious and will represent SA in the ACA GC Gold Medal at Tempe Croquet Club, Sydney early in September. A gracious and valiant runner-up was Ron McBride from Victor Harbor. Thanks to Millswood for managing the event and referees Bernie Pfitzner and Anne Woodhouse.