NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – CANBERRA

Eleven South Australian members attended the 52nd National Championships which were held at two of the ACT’s best courses, namely Yowani Country Club and the Federal Golf Club. Also in attendance were the usual contingent of Kiwis and fifteen international visitors from overseas, which included payers from Sweden, the UK and China.

The event got under way with a registration and welcome function which were held at the Yowani Country Club and allowed participants time to renew old acquaintances and share in the camaraderie for which the association is noted for.

Without going into too much detail, it must be said that by the end of the competition, the South Australians had faired very well.

David Ryles finished 3rd and Peter Barras 6th in the Open Championship, whilst David also finished 3rd and Peter 6th in the A Grade Gross.

In A Grade Nett Peter came 5th and David 8th.

Our best showing in B Grade came from Tony Gepp who was 17th gross and 19th nett.

In C Grade Gross, we faired only slightly better with Roy Seccafien finishing 10th and Paul Smallman 11th. In nett the positions were reversed with Paul 11th and Roy 14th.

The real success however, came from the ladies division with Anne Marks finishing runner up to the ACT Champion Cheryl Gorham, who won the event for the 14th time.

Julie Smallman who won the daily nett competition three out of the four days, was also the overall ladies nett winner, whilst Jenny Watson took out the Ladies Veteran Winner.

The biggest surprise of the evening cam when they announced that South Australia had beaten the ACT by one stroke to win the Len Nettlefold Cup. The team consisted of David Ryles, Anne Marks, Peter Barras and Sam Barras. It is only the second time the South Australian Division has won this event, the previous year being 2011 in Cobram Barooga.

The Presentation Dinner was held in the Donald Bradman Room and the Manuka Oval, at which our President Roy Seccafien confirmed that the 2018 National Championships will be held in the Barossa Valley utilising the Tanunda Pines and Barossa Valley Golf Clubs from the 28th October through to the 2nd November.