Chunky Challenge-Shootout results
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Chunky Challange: 2021
The 2021 Chunky Challenge (AKA summer shootout) was held last week with the top 19 qualifiers’ nervously awaiting their call to the first tee. With 8 players on a tie for the last 2 spots, extra tension ensued whilst waiting for the chip off to determine who would make it through.
Referee, Dave Lockton, chose a dastardly spot for this to occur, so much so that only 2 players made the green. This meant that David Morris, Dave Campbell, David P Campbell, Nic Davies, Mike Maguire and Ian Diver had to join the other 20 or so non-qualifiers.
The dreaded ‘walk of shame’ this year went to Jim Evans after carding a 6 on the first hole and the relief on the remaining 18 players was obvious as this dubious honour is one to be avoided at all costs.
Lew Sayer was next to go after loosing a close chip off with 3 other players and Russell Dewey bit the dust on the third after posting a nett 7. A series of visits to the trees didn’t help his cause.
Alex Teesdale and Roger Bagshaw were the 2 successful pre-start chip-off qualifiers and they both succumbed on the 4th and 5th consecutively. Perhaps they had both played their best golf in the lead up.
Graeme Parkinson was eliminated on 6 after narrowly missing out in the chip off and Damien Dunlop’s goose was cooked on 7 after shooting a nett 7. Some say that it’s a lucky number but Damien is not so sure.
The 8th hole saw a 6-man chip-off with both low handicappers Andy Roche and Terry Gerbich providing possibly 2 of the worst chips ever seen in the shootout competition. Andy’s chip didn’t even make the green and Terry’s was gutted 40 metres across the other side. In a race to the bottom, Terry was eliminated.
Nigel Sanderson went next after posting the only nett 5 on 9 and the 2-time defending champion was gone. It was a bitter pill for him to swallow after going 45 holes over 3 years without loosing a hole. Everyone left in the field was obviously devastated for him and sadly waved him goodbye.
Steve Hoole went on the 10th after making a nett 6 and Andy Roche’s day was mercifully over after producing another very average chip in a 5-way chip-off.
Chris Hale was the next to go despite an excellent tee shot and his nett 7 left him muttering about trees and chainsaws.
Ritchie Taitoko lost another dastardly positioned chip-off on 13 and Earle White decided to pick up his ball on 14 after far too many shots.
Jacob Seymour’s 5 on 15 was always going to be too many although it was a great effort to make it this far for a rookie.
Paul Weaver eventually picked up on 16, and several unkind people commented on how the speed of play subsequently increased.
This left 3 players to go down 17 and Mark Mora had all sorts of trouble on the hole, finishing with a net 7. Despite this, many were shaking their heads as to how a rookie 25 handicapper could last this long.
2 players left: Top qualifier, Ron Arthur and new comer Mal Coldicutt. Both had been playing steady golf all day and at the end of the 6-hour epic, it was Ronnie Arthur who was victorious with a steady parr to see off his final rival
After a final thanks to Dave Lockton for a fabulous job as referee and to our very generous sponsor, Chunky Dog Food, the winners envelop and trophy was handed over to an elated winner.