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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. Ken 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
Ken 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. Ken Crenshaw 4 & 3
Muzzy Zoeller def. Bourkie Baird 3 & 2
Java Haas def. Ken Crenshaw 2 up
The Sydney Opera House (SOH) has enthusiastically agreed to host a 'Long Drive' competition on Sunday, November 4, in the lead up to the Earlwood Social Golf & Euchre Club's revitalised match play tournament, The Pinnacle™.
A SOH spokesperson said, "Sunday mornings are fairly quiet around here so we don't mind having a group of elite golfers teeing off from the front of the Opera House and hitting towards Kirribilli House, home of that coal toting cultural philistine and Prime Minister ScoMo.
"We've even offered to fund a week long 'Nearest the Toaster' competition where players can practice their short game from the forecourt by aiming at The Parrot's apartment, a good 7-iron along Macquarie Strret. If we are forced to have sports desecrating this UNESCO World Heritage listed site, they'll be sports of our own choosing."
Earlwood October 9.
The international golfers whose arrival into Australia was delayed by flight problems last weekend will now be available to play the qualifying round (aka The Don Lane Invitational) at The Pinnacle™ after the federal government granted the ESG&EC's appeal to allow them out of quarantine on November 11.
Problems had arisen when a large shipment of top-flight Pinnacle contenders were stranded on the tarmac in Sharjah because of a cracked windscreen on their plane, delaying their arrival in Australia by 24 hours. The delay meant the players could not leave their Bexley North quarantine until Monday November 12, a day after the tournament's qualifying round. The government's decision means golfers like the Bedouin yak shoe salesman, Big Jack Daley, Dick Faldo's svengali Trent Strange and Muzzy Zoeller, a shady Middle Eastern goat exporter, can now compete in The Pinnacle.
ESG&EC President Davidson Love said in a statement, "The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has confirmed that golfers currently stabled in the garage at Tubby Waldorf's Shaw Street Bed and Breakfast are eligible for release from quarantine on Sunday, 11 November 2018. DAWR’s approval is subject to all quarantine conditions being met by the golfers, including negative equine influenza tests and satisfactory final medical examinations."
Earlwood October 3.
ESG&EC President Davidson Love III is pushing for The Pinnacle™, a slots event that tee offs at the R&A Marrickville on November 11, to be the first nomination in a new category of global "elite" tournaments.
Love believes the likely field for the second edition of The Pinnacle is even stronger than the line-up Java Haas beat last year and he expects it to be this country's highest rating tournament of the year. "You look at the field and there are multiple major winners from across the globe," Love said.
The Pinnacle is also transforming the sporting landscape in Australia, and the intrigue around which 8 qualifiers will be secured by which slotholders is taking much of the attention away from the traditional football grand finals. Love couldn't have imagined the interest in the slots would be so high when he came up with the concept last year. "I'd like to thank our 8 slotholders for their collective belief in my unique vision.
"If you don’t innovate, you don’t move forward. We have been doing things the same way for the past 30 years and golf was getting smaller. This event is making golf bigger. The Pinnacle has marched golf into the 21st century - it's making golf great again!"
Earlwood October 1.
President Love has confirmed dates for next year's "31 Unlucky for Some Tour".
World Series of Golf XXXI will be held the week of May 13-17 with Shelly Beach already locked in for Friday's stroke round.
This early confirmation will allow for better planning and hopefully eliminate the possiblity of members being double booked by their household guardians.
Earlwood September 19.
Chris Ryan has won the club's 2018 NRL Tipping Competition after selecting a perfect round (10 winners) on the last weekend and pocketed $2,000 for his efforts.
Chris tallied 304 pts to finish two points clear of 2014 winner Jemima Todd ($1500) with a further point to Peter Escott ($1000) who lamented a last minute try off a forward pass in the Gold Coast-NQld game cost him a share of the winner's spoils. 4th ($600) and 5th ($400) went Vanessa McCoy (298 pts) and Mark Adams (296 pts).
Earlwood September 3.
The club has released it's latest audited post-tournament accounts.
Balance Pre World Series - $3568.50
Revenue - $8470 (21 players + 1 tourist)
Expenses - $8899.65 (course costs 3959, golf extras - ids, balls, shirts 1268.75, milestones 150, prizemoney and trophy 1560, hospitality - tues lunch, wed lunch and betting, fri bar tab, beercoins 1706.90, refunds - kentie and early fri leavers 255)
Tournament Loss - $429.65
Balance Post World Series - $3138.85 (includes $200 deposit with Shelly Beach for 2019)
Davidson Love III
Club President & Auditor
The Entrance May 19.
Seve Hemosteros (pictured), the man primarily responsible for the creation of the Earlwood Social Golf & Euchre Club, has won the club's milestone 30th World Series of Golf.
Entering the final round at Shelly Beach as one of 3 co-leaders, the big-hitting sometime Blue Bay resident saw off their title aspirations and then repelled the late challenge of Peard Fulke to record his 4th Central Coast victory (previously won 1989, 1996 and 2003).
Fulke's late run was a welcome return to form for the veteran NRL Interchange Official and he was joined on the podium by 3rd place-getter, the uber-consistent Kenny Crenshaw.
The Entrance May 18.
After consultation with R&A officials and the ESG&EC astrologer, the TCC 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 Pinnacle™ 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 Tournament Competition Committee's (TCC) 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 TCC 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.
** Stroke Index table can be viewed on a wider screen **
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.
** Match Index table can be viewed on a wider screen **
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.