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||45||6.6||38.4|
|Les Browne & Rod Clarke||43||2.8||40.2|
|Tony Mounstephens & Des Froneman||46||5.3||40.7|
|Alan McDonald & Steve Doorey||47||5.5||41.5|
|Tony Pickrell & Martin Pickrell||48||6.0||42.0|
|Micheal Sheret & Tom Winter||46||3.7||42.3|
|Tom Moore & Geoff Martin||48||5.3||42.7|
|Paul Gladwin & Warwick Stanwell||48||3.0||45.0|
|Ross Howard & Henry Paterson||52||6.8||45.2|
|Bruno Pase & Stephen Fletcher||52||4.7||47.3|
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!