Report from Simpson Cup team Manager, Norm Slater

The team faced a difficult draw again this time against Kooyonga at Glenelg golf course, eventually going down 6/1.

Steve Williams playing at #7 had a close tussle all day and ended going down the last hole all square which justifiably was the final result.

Jackson Arthur was slipped in at #6 which again turned out to be a thrilling match against a young fired up Josh Grundel who lives alongside the course and was obviously familiar with the layout.  Two down with two to play Josh pulled his drive on 17 left into a penalty area which gave Jacko the advantage which he used to be one down playing the 18th. The highlight of the day, a great chip in for an eagle on the par 4 gave Jacko his well deserved half for the match.

Matt McDonald plugged away all day but could not get the better of Will Summerfield and eventually went down 3/2.

Matt Hage was put in the firing line against Kooyonga’s very consistent Heath Riches to finish 6/5 down.

Phil Chapman couldn’t seem to get his game going against a very talented Joel Durnford who was 2 under the card through the first 10 holes and had Phil 5 down at that stage. However, Phil fought back well on the back nine but ran out of holes, eventually losing 2/1.

Jamie Burt was given the unenviable role at #2 against a much higher credentialed player in Freddie Cassell but played his heart out with eldest son Harrison on his bag.  Unfortunately again just not enough holes and finally went down 2/1.

Captain David Ling gave Kooyonga’s #1 Kyle Hayter a fantastic battle having to create birdies just to win a hole.  Another match down to the wire with Dinga eventually going down 2/1.

The team spirit is strong and we all feel it is just time before a win will happen.


This Sunday our home game at Victor Harbor GC is against current 2nd position on the table, Royal Adelaide. It is a great opportunity for golfers in our area to come out and not only support our best players as they compete at the highest levels, but to pick up a few pointers about MATCHPLAY along the way!

The guys listed below look forward to seeing you at Victor Harbor GC at 11am on the first tee!

Victor Harbor – 1st  TEE 11.15 am

1          David Ling     (Captain)
2          Phil Chapman
3          Matt Hage
4          Jase Hyland
5          Jackson Arthur
6          Jamie Burt
7          Steve Williams
Res.    Matt McDonald

JUNIOR S.A. PENNANT – Combined Junior Districts – Sharp Cup team results

The Sharp Cup team, somewhat depleted due to Covid, played their first match for the year at Grange West last Sunday against a very strong Kooyonga team. The Sharp Cup is played off-the-stick so it was always going to be a struggle for our team who would have received extra strokes in handicap matchplay. Nevertheless the players put up a credible showing, eventually going down 2 and 3.

The two victors, Cainton Stanley-Grace (3 and 1) and Charlie Moseley (1up after winning the final hole) played solidly all day while team captain Mitchell Angel, 3 up in the early stages could not quite manage to hold it together on the last nine holes, finally going down 3 and 1.

(L to R) Mitchell Angel (Kingston), Lily Harris, (Victor Harbor), Cainton Stanley-Grace (Streaky Bay), Charley Moseley (Aston Hills) and Robbie Hill (Aston Hills).

The team for next Sunday, 29th May against Tea Tree Gully is at Willunga, 11:15am start, has 3 representatives from Aston Hills Golf Club. Supporters are welcome to attend.

Max Jericho – Barmera GC

Cainton Stanley-Grace – Streaky Bay GC

Robbie Hill – Aston Hills

Charlie Moseley – Aston Hills

Lochie Moyse – Aston Hills

 JUNIOR S.A. PENNANT – Combined Junior Districts – Division 2 team results

 After a hard fought match, the Division 2 team went down 4 to 1(two halves). Two matches were decided on the 17th hole while the other 3 went to the wire, finishing on the 18th. SGG competitors Gabriel Aitken (Aston Hills) lost 3 and 1 on the 17th while Oliver Riggs (Victor Harbor) lost 2 down on the 18th Hole.

The team for next Sunday, 29th May against Tea Tree Gully is at Willunga, 11:15am start, features Gabriel Aitken from Aston Hills and Lily Harris from Victor Harbor Golf Clubs. Supporters are welcome to attend the CDJT’s “home” game.

Joshua Goldsworthy – Loxton GC

Gabriel Aitken – Aston Hills GC

Lily Harris – Victor Harbor GC

Andy Kariuki – Barmera GC

Sam Jericho – Barmera GC


While on the subject of Southern Group Junior golfers:-  Parents / Grandparents who have promising young golfers (17 or under on 18th of July 2022) in their family and who fancy a few days staying in the Riverland might consider the two-day Junior Country Championship being held at Loxton Golf Club next school holidays (Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July).

Any eligible junior can play in this two-day event, for more information follow this link :-

(Online registration is essential and is now available – Entries close 4th July)

Players must be accompanied by a responsible adult and must have a GA handicap.

G.A. handicaps 17.9 or better will play Stroke, 18.0 plus will play Stableford.

Event 1 – Country Championships at Loxton Golf Club

  • Sunday 17th July is available for a practice round at Loxton
  • Monday 18th July – Round 1 – 18 holes Stroke or Stableford based on handicap
  • Tuesday 19th July – Round 2 – 18 holes Stroke or Stableford and Presentation

Note that juniors have to compete in this event to be eligible for the Brett Ogle Cup (Match Play) to be held at Berri Golf Club on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st July.

The Southern Golf Group is entering a team of 5 players and 2 reserves for the Brett Ogle Cup which will be held at Berri following on from the Country Championships.  Selection for this team will be based on last year’s team topped up with any new talent identified in the coming weeks.

A training/skills event for interested juniors for this and future years will be held at Victor Harbor GC starting 1pm on the 25th June featuring a PGA coach and nine holes of golf for $5.

Event 2 – Brett Ogle Cup at Berri Golf Club – Two divisions, based on G.A. handicap 17.9

  • Wednesday 20th July
    • Round 1 – 18 holes match play (Div 1 off-the-stick, Div 2 handicap)
    • Round 2 – 18 holes match play (Div 1 off-the-stick, Div 2 handicap
  • Thursday 21st July
    • Round 3 – 18 holes match play (Div 1 off-the-stick, Div 2 handicap
    • Presentation

FOR INFORMATION on both events email here :-

2022 Men’s Pennant Champions


This report thanks to SGG Secretary Chris Harrison

Perfect golf conditions – fine weather, a very well presented course, two top teams – thanks from all contestants to Aston Hills Golf Club for their course presentation and organisation on the day.

Victor Harbor GC were too strong for South Lakes GC on this occasion.

Jason Date (South Lakes) can thank the bench on the 18th tee and the bench on the 10th tee for saving him on the 18th hole – although the result was a lost hole and 2 up for Victor Harbor.

The result of 4 1/2 and 2 1/2 does not reflect the true competition on the day, as two matches went to the 18th which could have led to a very different result.

The spirit of true Pennant competition was evident from the 1st tee as the two neighbouring clubs set out. Victor completed the session after a pure season with wins throughout.

Congratulations to both teams and well done to Victor Harbor for taking out the shield this year.

Back row L to R: Andrew Hall, Tom Hancock, Brad Ruge, Luke Drummond, John Gilbert, Dean Towill. Front row: Nelson Depledge, Mike Howard


Report courtesy of SGG Board member Sue Gibson.

It was an exciting day at Echunga GC for the Men’s Division B2 Pennant final.  Murray Bridge played against Aston Hills and were victorious winning 5 matches to 2.

The matches were played in very good spirit and came down to the wire with 2 matches going to the 18th green finally deciding the result.

Murray Bridge were up 3/2 and were able to win the last 2 matches on the 18th giving them the Pennant Shield 5/2.

Front Row: Corey Dahlitz, Mark Sappenberghs, Steve Angove (Captain), Greg Schmidt Back Row: Brett Altschwager, Damien Moloney, Shane Aldridge. Other team members not present – Michael Perry, Tony Carter, Greg Lannan and Peter Erickson


Oakbank defeated Echunga  5½ to 1½ at Willunga Golf Club to claim the 2022 trophy. The final result belied the closely fought contest, with all but two matches being completed on the 18th and 19th holes.

Team Captain Barry Conole (won 3 and 2) was appreciative of the presentation of the course and congratulated the Willunga representative and referee, Jack Firth, on behalf of both teams.

Barry also made special mention of young Henry Harvey’s effort.

Henry was originally left out of the team but was eager to come and participate as a caddy. Late on Saturday, Henry received the call up when another team member pulled out with a sore knee.

Henry had lost to the same opponent 7/6 during the minor round and in the final he overturned the previous result to win 3 and 2. Two down after 9, he won 5 straight holes including a birdie on the par 3 16th on what became the last hole in his match.

Neville Clarke triumphed on the 19th hole while Anthony Bell and Matt Judd both won 1 up on the 18th hole.

Ian Dohnt squared his match and David Lees lost 1 down after 18.

(L to R) Neville Clarke, Matt Judd, Anthony Bell, Captain Barry Conole, David Lees, Ian Dohnt and Henry Harvey.

School Golf Qualifier at Echunga GC –  Wednesday 1st June

This event is open for boys and girls 10 to 12 years as at 31 Dec 2022 with or without handicaps.

Primary or Secondary school students are eligble. ($10 cost per student on-line)

On-line registration at :-

ENTRIES CLOSE 5pm 31st MAY (next Tuesday)

This Golf Australia sponsored event is for aspiring school children in our area – some of whom will be SGG Club members in the future – help them get an early start!

The top nine qualifiers from this area will progress to a state-wide playoff.  There is one other opportunity to register for a qualifier to be played on 16th June at Willunga GC.

William Burt practices for the Schools U12 competition – The Echunga GC event will be his first Sapsasa event.


Peterborough 11th and 12th June This is a GolfSA event for individuals.  Refer for entry details

Peterborough Junior Open & SA Junior Sand Greens Championship

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th June at Peterborough Golf Club

Open to boys & girls who are aged 17 years and under as at 11th June 2022.

The event, conducted by Peterborough GC & Northern District Golf Group, will include:

  • SA Junior Sand Greens Championship – 36 holes
  • Peterborough Junior Open – 18 holes
  • Peterborough Sub Junior Events (no handicap required)