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Davidson Love def. Costantino Blocker
Tubby Waldorf def. Big Jack Daley
Davidson Love def. Garry Mize
Shigeki Moroneyama def. Soldier Montgomerie
Tack Nicklaus def. Hal Whitton
Davidson Love def. Per-Ulrik Fatcatsson
Hal Whitton def. Cavey Pavin
Cavey Pavin def. Java Haas
Vijay Field def. Dick Faldo 4 & 3
Costantino Blocker def. Bluey Dunk 2 up
Soldier Montgomerie def. Per-Ulrik Fatcatsson 8 & 7
Dick Faldo def. Costantino Blocker 4 & 3
Ford Funk def. Sergio Grasscia 2 up
Vijay Field def. Java Haas 4 & 2
Shigeki Moroneyama def. Garry Mize 5 & 3
Davidson Love def. Kenny Crenshaw 1 up
Bluey Dunk def. Tack Nicklaus 3 & 1
Edwardo Romero def. Vijay Field 6 & 4
Kipper Parnevik def. Per-Ulrik Fatcatsson 2 & 1
Notah Kelly def. Peard Fulke 2 & 1
Kenny Crenshaw def. Boo Boo Weekley 3 & 1
Peard Fulke def. Karrie White 4 & 3
Henney Stenson def. Tubby Waldorf 3 & 1
Kipper Parnevik def. Grantief Goosen 6 & 5
Bourkie Baird def. Peard Fulke 3 & 1
Boo Boo Weekley def. Dick Faldo 4 & 3
Grantief Goosen def. Kenny Crenshaw 4 & 3
Muzzy Zoeller def. Bourkie Baird 3 & 2
After consultation with R&A officials and the ESG&EC astrologer, the club's Spring Tour Committee (STC) confirms the tournament dates mid-June. It is accepted that, where possible, the tournament will have a set schedule of three consecutive Sundays in November. The semi-final matches are set down for the Friday afternoon prior to the final unless both players and President Love III (Ret.) agree to a change. With that one exception, competitors are not permitted to vary the tournament's nominated times or dates.
The qualifiers meet this way for the Round of 8: Match 1 - Players ranked 1 and 8, Match 2 - Players 4 and 5, Match 3 - Players 3 and 6 and Match 4 - Players 2 and 7. If a qualified player withdraws from the tournament before the match play rounds commence, the highest ranked non-qualifier will be invited into the field and seeded at no.8. All players ranked below the scratched player will move up one position. Once the match play rounds have commenced, no replacements are allowed and a match will be forfeited if a player is unavailable.
Dating back to 1989, the Match Play Championship is the ESG&EC's second major tournament. Once famously described in Federal Parliament as ".. combining the pomp, ceremony and tradition of a British royal coronation with the appalling drunken behaviour of Munich's Ocktoberfest patrons ..", the tournament continues to draw record fields and healthy crowds to the challenging Cooks Peninsula links course, the R&A Marrickville.
Under the STC's watchful eye the popular event has been revamped in recent years. 2003 saw the start of some much needed change with the tournament successfully pushed back a month to avoid the encroaching October sporting crush of finals football and the Melbourne spring racing carnival.
The introduction of the highly transparent Dickworth-Lewis Handicapping System (DLHS) the same year created stand alone and criteria-based handicaps for each of our two majors (this event and the World Series of Golf). In 2004, a stableford qualifying round (QR) was added to the tournament and the top scorers are seeded through to the match play rounds. Starting in 2015, the QR format will alternate between stroke (odd years) and stableford events (even years). The all-in QR has streamlined opening day and readily accommodates all playing numbers.
All ESG&EC events are subject to the rules of golf. If something unusual occurs during your round, the best advice the STC can give is to consult with your playing partners, both as a matter of courtesy and to check on the legality of your proposed course of action, before moving, dropping or playing your ball.
On qualifying day, the low marker in each group will be the nominated rules official for his playing partners. If the low marker himself is to be the subject of a contentious decision, the group may check with his counterpart in another group for a ruling.
Players are not permitted to score their own cards on qualifying day - the card, with the players name and handicap clearly shown, must be marked by someone else in the group. The marker must check the player's score after each hole and is responsible for "recording the gross number of strokes at each hole".
On completion of the round the marker must sign the card and return it to the player. The player must check that the gross number of strokes recorded for each hole is correct, sign the card and return it to the tournament starter. It will be the starter's responsibility to ensure that the allocated stableford points or total strokes are correct.
The ESG&EC uses the world renowned Dickworth-Lewis Handicapping System for all tournaments.
DLHS imposes the following restrictions on The Championship:
The stroke index is traditionally drawn up by numbering the holes in the order of difficulty to achieve par. However clubs usually like to spread the strokes fairly evenly over the two nines so if stroke index 1 is in the first nine holes, stroke index 2 should be in the second nine holes, and so on. Strokes beyond 18 may be allocated in the same or different order to the first 18.
Any ties in the qualifying round will be decided by the following count back - last 9 holes (gross score minus 9/18ths of handicap), last 6 holes (gross score minus 6/18ths of handicap), last 3 holes (gross score minus 3/18ths of handicap) and and finally hole-by-hole from the 18th hole.
The match index does not refer to the difficulty of each hole but rather attempts to provide an even distribution of strokes during a match.
Linking the match handicap (the difference between the handicaps of the two players) to the match index gives you the holes on which the player with the higher handicap will receive a stroke, or if the match handicap is greater than 18, two strokes.
A match which ends all square will be played off hole-by-hole until someone wins a hole. The play-off starts on the hole where the match began and handicap strokes should be given/received on the same holes as per the first 18 holes.
Conceding is a feature of match play. Players may concede their opponent to have holed out with their next stroke and the ball may be removed by either player with a club or otherwise. A player may concede a hole or a match at any time prior to the conclusion of the hole or the match. Concession of a stroke, hole or match may not be declined, nor withdrawn.