Armory Winter Ambush 2022

ADG B-tier Event: 25 June 2022

Earlier this year, the Armory Summer Slam was held during a major rain event – as a result the day was wet, miserable and down on players due to COVID. 4 months later and conditions couldn’t have been better. Sunshine, clear skies, a freshly mowed course and a full field of 72 players. It was also the first tournament for our new TD, Mat Wallis. What was the most amazing thing about the day? We had 72 players start and 72 players finish both rounds!

Blue skies and freshly mowed grass

Round 1 kicked off on Saturday morning in close to ideal conditions and the top players took advantage with some great scores. The wind picked up slightly during round 2 but the hot scores continued to flow.

Open (MPO)

7 players competed in the MPO division, with Chris Hill repeating his awesome effort in the Summer Slam, shooting a great morning round of 53 (-8) on the par 61 layout (996 rated) to share the round 1 lead with Jade Brady. Chilly did even better in round 2, shooting a 1001 rated round of 54 (-7). This was enough to grab the open title at -15, with Austin D’Alessandro four back in second place (-11) and another shot back to Jade Brady in third (-10).

Chilly taking the Open win at 15 under

Advanced (MA1)

In Advanced, 6 players took to the course and Dan Frost took the first round advantage with a 967 rated score of 56, taking a 3-shot lead over Mario Tolberg. In the second round, Dan and Mario couldn’t repeat their good work and Priit Koiv moved up the leaderboard with a 954 rated score of 59. This was enough for Priit to take the MA1 honours at -3, with Dan Frost 1 shot back at -2 and Mario Tolberg in third at -1.

Priit Koiv – back in the winner’s circle at MA1

Advanced Women (FA1)

In the Summer Slam, it was a solo battle, but for the Winter Ambush, 4 ladies battled it out in FA1. The first round was a close one with both Kairi Koobakene and Alex Williams shooting a 860 rated round of 67. In round 2, Alex did even better with a 898 rated round of 65, which was equaled by Gina Hill. Alex’s consistent good scores giving her the win at +10, 4 shots clear of Gina Hill on +14 and Kairi third at +16.

Alex Williams – FA1 winner

Amateur Masters (MA40)

5 starters in the MA40 field and Olatundji Akpo-Sani continued his good form from the Summer Slam. He finished round 1 with a 948 rated 58 with Mat Wallis snapping at his heels just 1 shot back. The old guys must have gotten a little tired after lunch because their round 2 scores weren’t as good – Tundji shooting a 62, Tanga Waetford a 64 and Mat a 65. This was enough to give Tundji the win finishing under par at -2 and Mat 4 shots back at +2. Tanga secured third a +4.

Olatundji Akpo-Sani – backing up from Summer Slam with another MA40 win

Amateur Grand Masters (MA50)

A huge increase in old boys participating this tournament with 11 players and some close competition. After the first round, Paul Comninos and Monir Farhadi shared the lead after a 889 rated 64. Mat Lamy, Andrew Wisniewski and Ben Homard were just 1 shot back after scoring a 65. Paul must have had a good lunch though because he stormed away in the second round shooting a 945 rated round of 60. This strong round saw him take the MA50 win with a score of +2, 5 shots clear of Mat Lamy in second and Monir Farhadi at +9 in third.

Paul Comninos – MA50 winner, again!

Intermediate (MA2)

MA2 was the largest field of the day with 15 players. Locals John Soden and Tom Beanland played well in round 1 with a 918 rated score of 61 to take the lead over Chris Loog, Cam Davies and Stephen Clarke just 1 shot back. In round 2, Tanner Sleep came charging up the leaderboard with a hot 945 rated score of 60, finishing at +3 to snatch the win from Kade Ashton and John Soden 2 shots back at +5. A quick playoff on hole 18, saw Kade take second place from John.

Tanner Sleep – MA2 winner

Female Intermediate (FA2)

Claire Bruton of Cross Tasman Discs was our lone entrant in FA2. She finished at +39 after 2 consistent rounds – a 714 rated 82 followed by a 768 rated 79.

Claire Bruton – FA2 winner

Recreational (MA3)

A very strong showing in MA3 with 15 players – our second most popular division. Jack Lemon started well with a 918 rated 61, taking the round 1 lead over Calen Borg by 2 shots and a further 2 shots back to Ryan McKay. In round 2, Tim Wright shot a stupendous 935 rated 61, but this was only good enough to get him to +9, tied for third with Calen Borg. Jack Lemon finished in second at +8 and Ryan McKay snatched the win by 1 shot at +7. His two consistent rounds enough on the day.

Novice (MA4)

7 players in Novice and this was one of our tightest battles of the tournament. Cal Ford started well in round 1 with a 860 rated 67, taking a 2 shot lead over Mitchell Bradac and another shot back to Jason Rees. In round 2, Donald Cominos made a late dash with a strong 870 rated score of 68, four shots better than Mitchell and Jason. Cal finished 1 shot further down, but this was enough to give him the MA4 win at +18 by 1 shot over Mitchell (+19) and Donald Cominos and Jason Rees tied for third.

Cal Ford – MA4 winner

Novice Women (FA4)

Lisa Wallis was a solo entrant in FA4. She finished at +61 after 598 rated 94 in round 1 and a 675 rated 89 in round 2.

Lisa Wallis – FA4 winner

Junior (MJ15)

Sam Homard was back again and shaved 14 shots off his score from the Summer Slam. Playing with Chilly in round 1, he shot an excellent 821 rated 71 and then a 731 rated 83 in round 2.

Sam Homard – MJ15 winner

Thank You

We hope everybody enjoyed the day, especially after a few months of long, wet grass and boggy ground.

A huge thanks to our event sponsors.

Finally, a special mention to our event sponsors. Without their help and support, the event wouldn’t have been as big as it was.

Also a huge shout out to our new TD Mat Wallis along with members of SDGC who organised the event, setup the course and ensured it ran as smoothly considering the weather.

Full event scores here:

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