The Point Addis Bashers capture 2021 William Buckley Classic
Unprecedented three-team playoff decides the 2021 WBC Champions
December 4-5, 2021
A massive, unprecedented three-team sudden-death playoff provided a fitting end to a massive week of golf and fun at the 2021 William Buckley Classic.
Played at 13th Beach Golf Links on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula, the 16th running of the WBC was contested under mostly clear skies, with occasional bouts of the area's notorious "3-club" winds making an appearance on Saturday.
Day 1 ("The Ambush") saw our 16 teams of Bushrangers tee it up at the world-famous Beach Course, which has hosted the Victorian Open for many years. Our two-person Ambrose teams (which were all feeling a bit shaky following Friday evening's festivities) battled the wind as they scrambled for a spot on the leaderboard. When the final putt was drained after day one, three teams found themselves tied at the top on 40 points, with 5 other teams within reach.
Day 2 ("The Assault") proved a much calmer, but no less exciting, affair. Played on the Creek Course, our teams (which were now feeling the full effects of two full nights of the post-golf festivities) worked their way around the beautiful course. As always with our Majors, the tee sheets were a seeded draw, meaning that the last-placed teams teed off first, while the leaders teed off last.
As the final few teams were playing their 17th/18th holes, a quick check of the online leaderboard showed that this race was going to be close. When the final putts were holed, and the scorecards tallied (and re-tallied) it became apparent that an unprecedented sudden-death playoff would be required!
The first-ever play-off in WBC history featured drama, action and good-natured fun. Three teams took the stage in Alternate-shot (Foursomes) action as the gallery watched on.
The first two teams, Jason Pratt & Joe Amenta (The Barwon Heads Sir Robins), along with Gavan Doran & Dean Connell (The Torquay Hookers) teed off on the first hole of the Creek Course. Meanwhile, a third team, Kirk Hayward and Travis Graham (The Point Addis Bashers) -- who had unknowingly (due to a scoring glitch) also qualified for the playoff -- had rushed back to their car to get their gear, shoes, etc.
A double-bogey 6 from the Torquay Hookers saw them eliminated by the Sir Robins' bogey-5. Meanwhile, a MASSIVE tee shot by Kirk Hayward set the Bashers up for success, followed by a stunning chip by Travis Graham to 6 inches to seal their birdie and the win!
See below for the video, plus team scores and photo gallery.
Thanks to all who played - it was an exciting and memorable weekend of fun!
2021 WBC - The Winning Chip
2021 WBC - Final Scores
(Two-person Team Ambrose)
|1||The Point Addis Bashers||39||43||82|
|2||The Barwon Heads Sir Robbins||40||42||82|
|3||The Torquay Hookers||40||42||82|
|4||The Coonewarre Revivors||39||39||78|
|5||The Corio Bay Fugitives||38||40||78|
|6||The Sullivan Bay Ginger Bread Men||32||45||77|
|7||The Mount Defiance Alliance||40||37||77|
|8||The Swan Island Hackers||34||41||75|
|9||The Murrangurk Masters||34||39||73|
|10||The Aireys Inlet Slicers||30||41||71|
|11||The Pointless Impossibles||33||38||71|
|12||The Point Lonsdale Caveman||36||35||71|
|13||The Otway Rangers||35||35||70|
|14||The Port Phillip Procrastinators||31||38||69|
|15||The Bream Creek Freaks||31||37||68|
|16||The Indented Heads||27||32||59|
Long Drive: Saturday (Hole 14): Jason Pratt. Sunday: (Hole 10): Andrew Grant
NTP: Saturday (Hole 7): Andrew Grant. Sunday (Hole 6): Joe Amenta
2021 WBC - Day 1 Photos
2021 WBC - Day 2 Photos
2021 WBC Teams
The Murrangurk Masters
Sullivan Bay Ginger Bread Men
The Corio Bay Fugitives
The Swan Island Hackers
The Point Lonsdale Cavemen
|The Barwon Heads Sir Robins
The Bream Creek Freaks
The Aireys Inlet Slicers
|The Torquay Hookers
The Mount Defiance Alliance
The Indented Heads
|The Coonewarre Revivors
The Point Addis Bashers
The Port Phillip Procrastinators
|The Otway Rangers
The Pointless Impossibles
More information about the 2021 WBC
13th Beach Golf Links
Set on the stunning Bellarine Peninsula, 13th Beach Golf Links is the home of the Vic Open, and famously known for its two award-winning courses. With a modern Clubhouse and great facilities, whether you’re a golfer, or simply want to admire the views, visiting 13th Beach is a must.
Barwon Heads Resort at 13th Beach
The stylish One and Two-Bedroom apartments at Barwon Heads Resort rooms are equipped with dining tables which view either terraces or private balconies. Completely, fully self-contained suites feature a separate bedroom with ensuite, separate lounge & kitchenette with iron and tea & coffee making facilities, free wifi.
2021 WBC Itinerary
|Friday||December 3||From 1:08pm||1-Tee Start||(Optional Warm-up Game)||Lonsdale Links|
|Saturday||December 4||From 12:20pm||1-tee||Round 1||13th Beach - Beach Course||2-Person Ambrose|
|Sunday||December 5||From 10:44am||1-tee||Round 2||13th Beach - Creek Course||2-Person Ambrose|