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Beercoin's listed price is underpinned by the cost of a schooner of Resch's served in the public bar of The Entrance Hotel during the World Series of Golf (1 schooner = 1 Beercoin).
Newtown's final home game of the season against fellow foundation club, the Western Suburbs Magpies, doubles as the Jets/Bluebags official reunion day.
The ESG&EC is always well represented on the day, meeting at hipster heaven, the Henson Park Hotel, for a pre-game aperitif and watching the match (*1pm kick-off) from the grassy knoll adjacent to the King George V Memorial Grandstand and kiosk. If you want to catch up before, during or after the game, let me know and we'll get it organised.
*The earlier than normal kick-off time is due to the match being shown live on Channel 9.
The tournament is a handicap match play event spanning 3 consecutive weekends and, with the possible exception of the semi-finals, competitors must walk the course and comply with the Tournament Competition Committee's (TCC) nominated playing schedule.
All members are welcome to play socially on qualifying day even if they are unable to participate in the match play rounds.
The opening round will be held on Sunday, November 11, with the first group off the tee at midday. Players must report to the starter 30 minutes beforehand with a schooner and their 1. $80 entry fee in hand. Unless we have exactly 16 competitors, The Don Lane Invitational (a stableford event in 2018) will determine the 8 qualifiers seeded through to the first round of match play at midday on Heckle Sunday, November 18.
The semi-final matches are by default set down for the following 2. Friday afternoon, November 23, unless both players and President Love III (Ret.) agree to a change. The tournament concludes with the Championship Match on Sunday, November 25 (midday start).
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2. President Love has decreed that should a member of the Bong Bong 6 reach the semi-finals, their match would be by default played earlier in the week (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday) as they'll be mingling with Southern Highlands High Society on Thursday and Friday
The Royal & Ancient Marrickville Old Course will host the Match Play Championship for the 30th consecutive year. This internationally renowned public course, featuring the toughest and most picturesque holes on the Cooks Peninsula, provides competitors with the ultimate golfing challenge.
Prizemoney will be based on playing numbers - $600 (400/200 split) for up to 20 starters and $750 (500/250) for 21 or more.
The TCC will formally issue invitations to eligible players for the popular "home" event.
The defending champion, Java Haas, headlines the expected international field of *Kipper Parnevik, Paulking Harrington, Seve Hemosteros, *Henney Stenson, Garry Mize, *Kenny Crenshaw, *Peard Fulke, *Muzzy Zoeller, *Bourkie Baird, *Grantief Goosen, *Dick Faldo, *Soldier Montgomerie, Karrie White, *Bluey Dunk, *Ford Funk, Hunter Meehan, *Boo Boo Weekley, Per-Ulrik Fatcatsson, *Davidson Love III, Ralphy McIlroy, Danny White Shark, *Notah Kelly III and *Tubby Waldorf competing for the prestigious Stephen Angry Anderson Trophy (*past champion).
Our fully laden vintage drinks cart (pictured) will be dispensing free refreshments, including Edmund Resch's finest, throughout the tournament for players and spectators alike although the first Sunday may present a problem with no driver holding the club's mandatory Irresponsible Service of Alcohol certificate presently available.
To avoid the large crowds entering the course from Magnolia Drive (pictured - formerly Wharf Road), players and their entourages have been allocated reserved car spaces in Beaman Park. From there, it's just 2 minute walk across the magnificent Tubby Cotter bridge to the R&A locker rooms.
For spectators, a free park and ride bus service leaves Earlwood every 20 minutes from outside the Coles supermarket car park and drops them off at Magnoilia Drive. Sydney Ferries also operate a single jet cat service to the R&A from Circular Quay. The Lady Fatcat departs Wharf 3 at 11.00am and arrives at the Man O' Golf steps, adjacent to the first tee, at 11.40am. At low tide, the service terminates at Tempe's Golden Gate Bridge leaving passengers a leisurely 20 minute stroll to the course along the rejuvenated Cooks River foreshores.
The event has delivered some of the club's most unforgettable moments including the 1990 Final when Tubby Waldorf and Big Jack Daley brought the large and boisterous gallery to it's knees when they witnessed both players carding seven over par 11s to halve the 17th hole. As Big Jack always points out, he was playing 5 off the tee and, knowing the calibre of his opponent, correctly assumed he was still a chance.
In 1997 Dick Faldo was chasing his first major when he stepped onto the 11th tee, one up over the late Vijay Field. His scudded 6-iron sent the ball careering into the ladies tee marker 10 metres ahead. The marker - 4 inches tall, bright red, cylindrical and made of concrete - correctly applied Newton's Third Law (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction). On it's return journey, the ball neatly parted the assembled spectator mass standing behind Dick before it landed out of bounds in the Cooks River. Both ball and Dick's title challenge sank simultaneously.