A Grade - Andrew Hentschke
B Grade - Jamie McPhee
C Grade - Kooka
Jamie McPhee, Andrew Hentschke and Kooka celebrate with their trophies
After the quarter and semi finals of the championships Saturday (12/9/2020) and Sunday (13/9/2020) Sean Naylon has earned a crack at his first A Grade title against previous winner Andrew Hentschke
In A Grade on Saturday Sean Naylon was a comfortable 6/4 winner over Graeme Noble while, Andrew Hentschke had Phil Perrin's measure at 3/2.
In the other play offs Stuart Warnock put his consistent good form for the season to good use in beating Garieth Pitt 4/3, while Chris Barker had to battle a bit to get over Randall Pitt 3/2.
On Sunday it was a very close go between Andrew Hentschke and Stuart Warnock, Andrew still two up with four to go and they got to the seventeenth all square.
Stuart on the par three found the trees near the green while Andrew lobbing on won the hole to be one up.
Then on the eighteenth Stuart was down the middle of the fairway with his tee shot and so was Andrew but on the seventeenth fairway.
Stuart got his second shot to the edge of the green but Andrew again pulled off one of his miracle shots, saying he could see a gap around the tree, so he managed to curl the ball through the gap and land on the green, and then his putt was only inches away from the hole, while Stuart needing to chip in to win was a bit further away with his third shot to concede the day to Andrew.
In the other A Grade contest Sean Naylon came out the semi final winner, when he said he had had a couple of good days of golf to reach the final, his Sunday opponent Chris Barker being a bit off with his chipping and beaten 6/5.
It will be two new comers to the B Grade title quest, the quarter finals on Saturday seeing Lachlan Williams roll Gordon Robson 4/3, Ryan Carpenter sinking admiral Kym Nelson 3/2, Sean Walsh having an easy win over Don Bell 6/4, and Jamie McPhee was up 4/3 over Graeme Bertholini.
Come Sunday and Jamie was still in from beating Sean Walsh 2 up, while in the other match Lachlan Williams rolled Ryan Carpenter 5/3, Ryan mentioning that he had no hope the way Lachlan was sinking birdies, mentioning that he on the sixth over the creek landed on for a birdie and the second time around on the same hole (fifteenth) he did the same thing.
There will be a new name on the C Grade Cup with Saturday's results seeing, believe it not Kooka beat Gary Beasley 3/2, Andrew Smith with a similar win over Eric March, Trevor Calaby keeping the 3/2 wins going over Tyson Roberts, while Peter McNulty had no problems disposing of David Pryor 6/5.
On to Sunday to select the two finalists and yet again the noisy Kooka was on target to test the staying power of Andrew Smith for a 4/3 win, while Trevor Calaby, on fire early being three up, found Peter McNulty playing better in the end to turn things around for a 3/2 win.
In good weather for the final of the Strathalbyn Golf Club Championships Sunday (20/9/2020), Andrew Hentschke won his eighth A Grade Championship to draw level with club legend Lyndon Gill.
With over sixty players participating in the qualifying rounds for the championships the finals of each grade were played Sunday in front of a large group of spectators and supporters to witness the closest finish in all grades for a few years.
The course was in perfect condition the weather just as good with play finishing just before the storm hit.
In A Grade Andrew Hentschke beat Sean Naylon on the 35th hole being two up with one to play, both players having shots stray as usual, Sean, with son Brandon as caddie, scoring more birdies than Andrew but his putting let him down just missing eight short putts as they lipped in and out of the cup.
Scores were level after the first eighteen holes and the same after twenty seven holes, Andrew's caddie Andrew Pavy saying one of the highlights of the day on the par five twenty fourth, the dam hole, was Sean hitting across the dam to land on the green with his second shot.
Sean was left with a twelve foot putt for an eagle which he sank, lucky he did as Andrew was in the right spot to pick up a birdie.
On the 31st hole, Sean picked up a birdie to grab a one shot lead but Andrew was back to win the par three 33rd hole to square it all up then getting a birdie on the 34th, around the dam again to win that hole to go one up with two to play.
Andrew then won the par three 35th hole to get two clear for a championship win.
There was plenty of sportsmanship during the round providing entertainment for the spectators, Andrew in winning and getting his eighth title said it was an honour to be up there with Lyndon Gill and when asked if he would take the lead in the championship titles said he would probably have a go at it but would be happy with what he has achieved so far.
Jamie McPhee took out the B Grade championship over Lachlan Williams 4/2.
While Lachlan warmed up with a hit in Saturday's stableford competition to win it with 44 points, to put him into A Grade, he found himself one down after the first hole on Sunday and then found himself playing catch up golf all day.
Scores were even after eighteen holes but with Jamie driving well and only missing three fairways in the twenty five holes played, Lachlan could not match him in that department.
Both players had pars and a couple of birdies each, Lachlan saying Jamie deserved the win with his consistent golf all day, although it was a tight game.
Kooka usually flies from tree to tree most days on the course but occasionally gets it right and Sunday was no exception to roll the Irish man Peter McNulty 2/1.
Believe it or not Kooka one putted the first eight holes to put him on the front foot and was five up after 5 holes, before Peter could settle down and play good golf.
Both pared some good holes with long putts and the tee to green fairway shots from both players were a feature of their games.
Peter was able to claw his way back to be one up after eighteen holes but as the case lots of times in golf one bad shot can ruin your day as Peter found out on the twenty first hole when he lost his ball somewhere in the trees.
Kooka said that was the turning point as he went on to gain victory.
Kooka, probably won the NAGA award more times than any one through out the season, averaging around 130 in each qualifying round to only make the final eight because of others not being able to play but he grabbed his chance to go on and win the C Grade championships.
Believe there are a few people wanting to take a drug test or other things on him.
It was a big thanks to all the helpers on the final day, captains Andrew Pavy and Graeme Bertholini, for their organisation and to spectators who followed all the players around and stayed for the presentation of the Cups to the winners.
2020 A Grade Club Championship Bracket
|Quarter Finals - 12/9/2020|
|Andrew Hentschke (1)||Semi Finals - 13/9/2020|
|Philip Perrin (8)||Andrew Hentschke (1)|
|Garieth Pitt (4)||Stuart Warnock (5)||Final - 20/9/2020|
|Stuart Warnock (5)||Andrew Hentschke (1)|
|9:00am||Andrew Hentschke (1)|
|Chris Barker (3)||Sean Naylon (2)|
|Randall Pitt (6)||Chris Barker (3)|
|Sean Naylon (2)||Sean Naylon (2)|
|Graeme Noble (7)|
2020 B Grade Club Championship Bracket
|Quarter Finals - 12/9/2020|
|Lachlan Williams (1)||Semi Finals - 13/9/2020|
|Gordon Robson (8)||Lachlan Williams (1)|
|Kym Nelson (4)||Ryan Carpenter (5)||Final - 20/9/2020|
|Ryan Carpenter (5)||Lachlan Williams (1)|
|10:00am||Jamie McPhee (6)|
|Graeme Bertholini (3)||Jamie McPhee (6)|
|Jamie McPhee (6)||Jamie McPhee (6)|
|Sean Walsh (2)||Sean Walsh (2)|
|Don Bell (7)|
2020 C Grade Club Championship Bracket
|Quarter Finals - 12/9/2020|
|Gary Beasley (1)||Semi Finals - 13/9/2020|
|Kooka (8)||Kooka (8)|
|Andrew Smith (4)||Andrew Smith (4)||Final - 20/9/2020|
|Eric March (5)||Kooka (8)|
|Peter McNulty (3)||Peter McNulty (3)|
|David Pryor (6)||Peter McNulty (3)|
|Trevor Calaby (2)||Trevor Calaby (2)|
|Tyson Roberts (7)|
Jamie McPhee, Andrew Hentschke and Kooka
2020 A Grade Champion - Andrew Hentschke
2020 B Grade Champion - Jamie McPhee
2020 C Grade Champion - Kooka