Date: May 02, 2018
Author: Christian Puccini

Golf SA Invitational Team 19� def ADF 4�

SA Team

David Cherry (Capt)        (Royal Adelaide)                              SA Golf Hall of Fame Member

Tim Baker                          (Kooyonga)                                      2012-13 SA Men’s State Team

Sudeera Botejue              (The Grange)                                   2014 SA Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion

David Brand                      (Glenelg)                                          2018 SA Men’s State Team Manager

Phil Chapman                   (Mt Barker-Hahndorf)                   2013 SA Men’s Mid-Amateur Champion

Colin Coleman                  (Kooyonga)                                     2018 SA Men’s State Team

Norm Cordina                  (Tea Tree Gully)                               2017 SASOOM Runner Up

John Davey                       (Tea Tree Gully)                               2017 SASOOM Winner

Josh Hayes                         (Glenelg)                                         2018 SA Men’s State Team

Ben Hook                           (Mount Osmond)                           Media

Patric Kroschel                 (Royal Adelaide)                             2018 SA Men’s State Team – reserve

Bruce Lindner                   (Kooyonga)                                      2017 SASOOM Third

Rod Phillips                       (Royal Adelaide)                             Golf SA Board Member

The Golf SA versus Australian Defence Force (ADF) Match was played on Mon 1st and Tue 2nd May at Royal Adelaide Golf Club with the SA Invitational team winning 19 ½ matches to 4 ½.

The ADF Golf Team, a Combined Services team (with representatives of the three Services – Army, Navy and Air Force), has been conducting matches against Golf NSW since 1988, Golf Victoria since 1989 and the Australia Seniors Order of Merit Team since 2006.

In 2013 Golf SA was asked to fill the void left by Golf Queensland who played the ADF between 2005 – 2012. In the inaugural year the Golf SA side won 15 matches to 9, but the ADF squared the ledger the following year winning 14 matches to 10.

In 2015 SA went 2-1 up winning 16-8 but the ADF hit back again the following year winning comprehensively 16-2. In 2017 at Glenelg, SA won in a tight contest 13-11.

The South Australian team, which is an invitational side managed and captained by SA Golf Industry Hall of Fame Member David Cherry, consisted of 12 invited players. There were 6 changes to last year’s team with additions being; Patric Kroschel, Colin Coleman, John Davey, Josh Hayes, Norm Cordina and Bruce Lindner.

The ADF had only three returning players, with a number of their key competitors from last year unavailable due to service duties.

Players selected in the SA team (with a handicap up to 5) were commensurate to those selected by ADF who select their team from the previous years 72 hole National Championship, which is held at Federal Golf Club in Canberra each December.

Players encountered perfect conditions on day one at Royal Adelaide and after the Four-ball better ball matches played in the morning the Golf SA held a 4-2 lead. In the afternoon SA also won the Foursomes Matches 4-2 to lead the ADF 8-4 heading into day two.

The final day consisted of each player competing head to head in singles match play. Although there were a few tight matches the SA Team proved too strong winning the singles 11 ½ – ½ to claim the series overall 19 ½ – 4 ½ .

By winning the sixth encounter SA now moves ahead 4-2. Once again all players competed in the right spirit, with plenty of new friendships formed.

A dinner was held post series in the Royal Adelaide Clubrooms with all players attending and representatives from Golf SA and Nathan Clinge, CEO of RSL Care SA the event sponsor in attendance.

Final Results 

  Monday 30th April – Round 1 – 4BBB

ADFGA        2                                         Golf SA       4

C Sarquis / D Morgan

3/1

P Chapman / P Kroschel

 

R McLean / J Wells

 

J Davey / T Baker

3/2

G Roddy / C Brett

 

S Botejue / D Brand

5/4

S Atkinson / D Middleton

 

B Lindner / C Coleman

4/3

M Bogan / P Wightman

Sq.

D Cherry / B Hook

Sq.

J Standring / S Rawlinson

Sq.

R Phillips / N Cordina

Sq.

*Play in reverse order

  Monday 30th April – Round 2 – Foursomes Matchplay

ADFGA        2                                         Golf SA        4

C Sarquis / D Morgan

 

C Coleman / J Hayes

2/1

R McLean / J Wells

Sq.

P Chapman / S Botejue

Sq.

G Roddy / C Brett

 

T Baker / B Lindner

8/6

S Atkinson / D Middleton

 

J Davey / D Brand

8/6

M Bogan / P Wightman

Sq.

D Cherry / P Kroschel

Sq.

J Standring / S Rawlinson

1up

N Cordina / B Hook

 

*Play in reverse order

  Tuesday 1st May – Round 3 – Singles Matchplay

ADFGA        ½                                      Golf SA         11 ½ 

C Sarquis

 

P Kroschel

5/4

D Morgan

 

C Coleman

5/4

G Roddy

 

J Davey

3/2

J Standring

 

S Botejue

4/3

J Wells

 

J Hayes

4/3

R McLean

 

P Chapman

2up

M Bogan

 

T Baker

2/1

S Rawlinson

 

N Cordina

4/3

P Wightman

 

D Cherry

2up

D Middleton

 

B Lindner

4/3

S Atkinson

Sq.

B Hook

Sq.

C Brett

 

R Phillips

6/5

*Play in reverse order 

RESULT:      Golf SA 19 ½  def  ADF 4 ½

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