Anyone who was paying attention to the weather on the morning of Monday 30 March 2015 would have been forgiven for having flashbacks to the 2014 Dan Cullen when a more than generous downpour resulted in the event being called off.
However, the skies mercifully cleared, and 21 players arrived at a Long Reef course that was looking – and playing – at its best. There were two first timers in serious hickory competition – Warwick Stanwell and Alan McDonald.
For the par 43 over 11 holes, there were some reasonable scratch scores: Rod Clarke benefited from the local knowledge in the pair when he and Les Browne recorded a 43, which included birdies on both the par threes on the first nine; Dennis Sundin and Neville Ryder returned a 45; while the pairings of Tony Mountstephens and Des Froneman and Michael Sheret and Tom Winter came in with 46 apiece.
But . . . . the Dan Cullen is not about scratch scores, and the winners were Dennis Sundin and Neville Ryder from the Cromer Club with a net score of 38.4. Runners-up were Les Browne and Rod Clarke with 40.2, while Tony Mountstephens and Des Froneman filled the third step on the podium with 40.7.
Dennis Sundin & Neville Ryder
Les Browne & Rod Clarke
Tony Mounstephens & Des Froneman
Alan McDonald & Steve Doorey
Tony Pickrell & Martin Pickrell
Micheal Sheret & Tom Winter
Tom Moore & Geoff Martin
Paul Gladwin & Warwick Stanwell
Ross Howard & Henry Paterson
Bruno Pase & Stephen Fletcher
A hearty thanks to Les Browne and the Long Reef Club for organising and hosting the event, and further thanks to all those who participated. It’s probably a bit early to mark your diaries for next year, but keep the event in mind when planning your early 2016!
Proceeding by car along the Princes Highway from the city, at Tempe (Wolli Creek) go over the bridge across the Cook’s River. Then at the first set of traffic lights turn right into Brodie Spark Drive. You will soon come to a roundabout with a green abstract sculpture in the centre. Take the first sharp left turn. The grey building on your left is Woolworths, at the end of which is the entrance to Woolworths car park, where there is free unticketed parking for two hours. Suggest doing the right thing before leaving the car park by doing some shopping at Woolworths or Dan Murphy. Alternatively you may find street parking, which may or may not have a time limit. There may also be unlimited parking on the other side of the Princes Highway.
Once parked, head back to the roundabout. On the other side through a gap in the buildings you will see St Magdalene’s Chapel, behind which is Tempe House. Take the path to the left of the Chapel. About 50 metres down this path you will see two old gate posts, where you turn right on to the lawn in front of Tempe House. This is a beautiful way to approach Tempe House.
If you are coming by train, Wolli Creek Station is very near Tempe House. Up the stairs from Platform 2 and to the right is the main exit from the station (near the public toilets). Turn left, go up the stairs in front of you, cross the road at the pedestrian crossing, go down the ramp to the left of Discovery Point Café. Turn left at the end of the ramp. When you reach the two old gateposts turn right on to the lawn in front of Tempe House.
Tempe House has recently been restored. It is architecture of understated elegance. Ross Berry, Tempe House Historian, should be on hand to answer questions about the House. As well as the house itself, the gardens at the rear are rather splendid, accessible via a few difficult-to-spot steps.
AGHS donates display information on Alexander Brodie Spark and the 1839 Grose Farm golfers.
AGHS banners on the 1839 golfers displayed at the entrance to Tempe House.
AGHS members on hand to answer questions on the 1839 golfers (hard copy information also available) and on golf history in general.
Golf set typical of an 1839 gentleman golfer on display.
Putting on the lawn with long-nosed, scare-necked putters and featherie balls (typical of 1839) on the lawn.
Sightings of the 1812 Captain-General of the Royal Blackheath Golf Club, London, in his full golfing uniform.
When we think of golf matchplay scoring these days we always think of scores like 3/2 meaning 3 holes up with 2 to play. This, of course, means that the defeated player has no chance to win the single match so play is halted after, in this case, the 16th green.
The Golf Australia State Series match play events are all scored this way. It’s a method which also assists with overall pace of play and allows early won matches to vacate the course.
Major Pennant in many states is also played with this scoring method. Teams are arranged into Divisions and Sections according to their previous performance and Semi-Final draws are then seeded on matches won and total games won.
Each team member played their seeded opponent but each player played the full 18 holes. The number of holes won in total for each player in the match was tallied for the team outcome.
In the above example, of which there are many published during this period, Victoria won by 23 total holes to 4 won by Sydney.
This is the method of matchplay scoring used in the annual Al Howard trophy played between The Golf Society of Australia (incorporated in Victoria) and The Australian Golf Heritage Society (incorporated in NSW). All players get to play a full 18 holes of the course they are playing. The matches are stroke play and handicap based.