Team "Happy Days" prevails at the 2021 SGA Championships
The 2021 SGA Championships was, put simply, like no other SGA Championships in the history of the event.
Following months of uncertainty around Covid-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions, SGA made the call to shift the event from the traditional August timeslot to October. It was hoped that this change would allow golfers from outside of Queensland to be able to travel to the Gold Coast without quarantine or travel restrictions. However, even a two-month delay was not enough, as border restrictions tightened even further. The event was thus limited only to golfers from Queensland.
In the end, a small group of 19 hearty Queenslanders teed it up for the event. And what the group lacked in quantity, they more than made up for in quality.
Players teed off at Lakelands for the traditional "Fun" Ambrose golf day. The day was a perfect warm-up for the week, played on a great course.
Following the golf, players all enjoyed the prize presentation, followed by the traditional Welcome Dinner.
Photo Gallery - Warm-up Day
The 2021 SGA Championships officially teed off with Round 1 at RACV Royal Pines Resort. Sadly, Covid restrictions and border closures meant it was the smallest field in our Championships history (with our normal 100+ field whittled down to 19).
In very pleasant "Golf Conditions" the players thoroughly enjoyed their day, with Glenn Burgess taking the day's honours in the A-Grade/individual event. (With the smaller-than-normal field, the usual A/B/C grades were combined into one.)
Photo Gallery - Round 1
It was Deja Vu all over again...
While Day 2 of the 2021 SGA Championships had a different course (this time, the lovely Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club's Palms Course), it had a similar finish. Glenn Burgess once again found himself on the podium. It seems that Glenn may have had his eyes on some sort of unprecedented wire-to-wire victory at this event.
Photo Gallery - Round 2
Following a much-needed "Rest Day" (which gave some golfers the opportunity to rest, while some others teed it up at Palmer Gold Coast for a "Bonus Round of golf"), competitors arrived at The Glades for Round 3 of the event.
Unfortunately, Round 3 was soon washed-out by exceptionally heavy rains which battered the Gold Coast (and much of Queensland and NSW).
This is the first time in the SGA Championships history that SGA were forced to cancel a round, and we (and the players) were all gutted to be forced off the course.
The call was soon made to reduce the event to a 3-round tournament.
ROUND 3 (Take 2)
Mother Nature continued to batter the Gold Coast with overnight (and early morning) rains, but after a short delay, the skies cleared, and our players took to the Palm Meadows course for Round 3.
When the scores were tallied at the end of the day, team "Happy Days" found themselves at the top. With a 3-round aggregate of 298 Stableford points (including a magnificent 102 points on the final day), they obliterated the field.
Congratulations to Glenn Burgess, Jan Booth, Maureen Mathews and Russell Mathews. They have taken home the 2021 SGA Championships Team Trophy, and will have their name etched on the perpetual trophy, and included (digitally) on the SGA Championships Honourboard.
And for individual results, it will come as no surprise that Glenn Burgess was the individual champion, having dominated all week, and finishing with a wire-to-wire-leading 3-round total of 104 Stableford points. Well done, Glenn. Runner-up in individual was Neil Jolliffe, followed by Ian Hoather, both of the "Capricorn Can't Play Golf" team.
Photo Gallery - Round 3
(Detailed scoring available via our Golf Genius Leaderboard)
|Capricorn Can't Play Golf
|Giddy Up Golfers
SGA would like to send a hearty "THANKS" to all the players, who soldiered on through a fun (but challenging) week. While it was the smallest event in our history, it was no less important or prestigious (and we hope it was a blast for you all). We had many obstacles in getting this event up and running, so we appreciate the effort you all put in to get there and play. And we sincerely hope that we can be back to a full field of over 100 next year.
We would like to give a special thanks to all of our sponsors and partners for the week. Notably Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Garmin Australia, Heathcote Winery, The Card Network, and Mantra Hotels. And our partner courses Lakelands Golf Club, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Sanctuary Cove Golf and Country Club, Brookwater Golf & Country Club, The Glades Golf Club, and Palm Meadows Golf Course for all their help.
Finally, we would like to give a shout out to our SGA Qld Manager David Rushmore for helping out this week, and a extra-special-with-sugar-and-cherry-on-top shout to the amazing Julie Ridler from Gold Coast Direct Charters, without whom the week would not have been possible. Her amazing hosting, driving, scheduling, managing, photographing and everything-else-ing this week were world-class. THANKS JULIE! (We recommend to all our SGA Fans -- if you are ever on the Gold Coast, and need a lift/tour/transfer, give Julie a call. You won't be disappointed).
And that's a wrap! We hope to see you all at next year's event
2021 SGA Championships Sponsors
ABOUT THE SGA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Regarded as a must-play event on most clubs' Social Golf calendars, the SGA Championships is our flagship event on teh Gold Coast. It sees golfers and social clubs from across Australia converge upon the Gold Coast for a week of spectacular golf, energetic competition and, most importantly, a ton of fun.