The Indented Heads nab 2023 William Buckley Classic

Indented Heads nab 2023 William Buckley Classic

 The 2023 William Buckley Classic featured a Battle Royale as golfers from across the country descended upon 13th Beach GC for the 18th running of this event.

Mother Nature proved to be the toughest opponent throughout the weekend, as she greeted our players with howling winds, rain, chilly temperatures and even an early morning earthquake to the Bellarine Peninsula.

But the magnitude 5.1 tremor wasn't the only earth-shattering event on the Sunday, as a pair of newcomers to SGA made the earth move under their feet as they stormed home to a one-point victory over the field.

Congratulations to The Indented Heads (Andrew Murray & Brett Murray), whose 2-day total of 86 Stableford points (rounds of 46 + 40), edged them one point ahead of a crowded leaderboard, which saw the top 6 teams separated by only 4 points. They pipped The Point Addis Bashers (Jarrad Young & Grant Nuttall), and The Barwon Heads Sir Robins (Chris Moody & Rusty Dent) on 85 points. Rounding out the top-6 were The Murrangurk Masters (Ian Steer & Cam Thompson) on 84, The Point Lonsdale Cavemen (John Brugman & Rob Lugton) on 84, and The Bream Creek Freaks (Matt Pitt & Mick David) on 82 points. The full leaderboard can be seen below (or click here for the interactive leaderboard on Golf Genius).

2023 WBC Leaderboard

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Photo Galleries

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Thanks to all of our amazing players for joining us on an epic weekend. You were all top-notch! We couldn't have a great weekend like this without you!

Thanks also to the entire team at 13th Beach Golf Links for hosting us on your wonderful course. Thanks to our sponsors Srixon Australia & New Zealand, Heathcote Winery, Garmin Australia, Drummond Golf and TCN.

Overall, it was a remarkable weekend of fun and frivolity. We hope to see you all next year on The Mornington Peninsula!

About The William Buckley Classic

A long-cherished annual event in our popular Bushranger Golf series, The William Buckley Classic is always a HUGE amount of fun. Played on some spectacular Victorian golf courses, this two-person team event is played over 36 holes of Ambrose, and features our unique blend of fun, frivolity and excitement! Golfers enjoy a personally-hosted and professionally-managed competition, on-course accommodation for two nights, Plus, all the usual fun, frivolity and excitement of an amazing golf weekend!

To see upcoming (and past) William Buckley Classic events, click here

Nailbiting playoff decides 2022 WBC Champs

The Cascades Gatekeepers capture 2022 WBC - William Buckley Classic

Sudden-death team playoff decides the 2022 WBC Champions

For the second consecutive year, a sudden-death playoff provided an exciting finish to a massive week of golf and fun at the 2022 William Buckley Classic.

Played at the Moonah Links Resort on Victoria's Mornington Peninsula, with a tournament record 42 players in the field, the 17th running of the WBC was contested under sunny and warm conditions - perfect for a golf weekend (and better than the rain-soaked east of the country!)

Day 1 ("The Ambush") saw our 21 teams of Bushrangers tee it up at the world-famous Open Course, designed by legendary Australian golfer Peter Thomson as a venue to host the Australian Open. Our two-person Ambrose teams (which were, as usual, all feeling a bit shaky following Friday evening's festivities in the Moonah Links Academy) battled the challenging course as they scrambled for a spot on the leaderboard. When the final putt was drained after day one, The Sullivan Bay Gingerbread Men (Richard Fellner and Wayne Ball) found themselves atop the leaderboard with a massive 42 points. But in one of the closest first-day leaderboards in event history, a massive 11 other teams were within 4 shots of the lead!

Day 2 ("The Assault") saw all 21 teams battling hard to reach the podium. Played on the more "lenient" Legends 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.

When the final putts were holed, and the scorecards tallied (and re-tallied), the leaderboard was seriously jammed at the top -- with the top 10 teams all within 4 shots! It also became apparent that a sudden-death playoff would be required to determine the champions!

PLAYOFF!

The second-ever play-off in WBC history featured drama, action and good-natured fun. Two teams took the stage in Alternate-shot (Foursomes) action as the gallery watched on.

The two teams, The Point Addis Bashers (Ian Steer & Cam Thompson), along with The Cascades Gatekeepers (Michael O'Sullivan & Rob Fuleky - travelling all the way from Bright, Vic) teed off on the first hole of the Legends Course.

After a few nervy tee shots, fairway shots and approaches, both teams found themselves on the edge of the long par-5, with each shot piling the pressure on both the opposing team, but also each other's playing partner!

Showing true grit and determination, both chips/putts found the putting surface, though the Gatekeepers had a slight advantage, being within a few feet of the hole. After valiant efforts by both of the Bashers players fell just short of the hole, Rob Fuleky drained his putt to seal the victory for the Gatekeepers.

See below for Final team scores, video and photo gallery. (or click here to see detailed round-by round scores and stats on our Golf Genius Portal)

Thanks to all who played - it was an exciting and memorable weekend of fun! And thanks to our amazing partners/sponsors: Srixon-Cleveland, Garmin, Heathcote Winery, TCN Gift Cards and Drummond Golf.

(The 2023 William Buckley Classic is in the final planning stages, and will be available for booking soon!)

2022 WBC - Final Scores

(Two-person Team Ambrose)

POS TEAM TOTAL R1 R2
T1 The Cascades Gatekeepers 80 41 39
T1 The Point Addis Bashers 80 40 40
T3 The Murrangurk Masters 79 35 44
T3 The Sullivan Bay Ginger Bread Men 79 42 37
T5 The Point Lonsdale Cavemen 78 39 39
T5 The Wallarranga Tribe 78 39 39
T5 The Otway Rangers 78 39 39
8 The Port Jackson Labourers 77 39 38
T9 The Bream Creek Freaks 76 40 36
T9 The Barwon Heads Sir Robins 76 38 38
T11 The Cheshire Militia Pivot men 75 35 40
T11 The Pointless Impossibles 75 37 38
T13 The Corio Bay Fugitives 74 35 39
T13 The Mount Defiance Alliance 74 39 35
T15 The Wild White Men 73 33 40
T15 The Port Phillip Procrastinators 73 39 34
T15 The Indented Heads 73 41 32
T18 The Coonewarre Revivors 72 35 37
T18 The Torquay Hookers 72 37 35
20 The Swan Island Hackers 71 33 38
21 The Aireys Inlet Slicers 56 27 29

2022 WBC - Day 1 Photos

2022 WBC Teams

TEAM NAME TEAM MEMBERS
The Swan Island Hackers Rod Welsh Steven Gracev
The Point Lonsdale Cavemen Graham Sherlock Shaun Condron
The Murrangurk Masters Kirk Hayward Travis Graham
The Aireys Inlet Slicers Doug Henderson Peter Dean
The Mount Defiance Alliance Channa De Silva Corey Hovenden
The Indented Heads Marc Borgman Jason Beach
The Coonewarre Revivors Lino Polo Nick Dunbar
The Torquay Hookers Gavan Doran Dean Connell
The Corio Bay Fugitives Peter Calverley Lisa Saunders
The Port Phillip Procrastinators Shane Harwood Bradley Henderson
The Otway Rangers Gavin Tynan Eanna O’Neill
The Pointless Impossibles Fraser Gough Tom Tomlin
The Barwon Heads Sir Robins Jason Pratt Joe Amenta
The Point Addis Bashers Cameron Thompson Ian Steer
The Wallarranga Tribe Matty Thomas Pete Jensen
The Sullivan Bay Ginger Bread Men Graham Ball Richard Fellner
The Cheshire Militia Pivot men Thijs van Berkel Michael Rohan
The Port Jackson Labourers Jeremy O'Sullivan Nathan O'Sullivan
The Bream Creek Freaks Mick David Matthew Pitt
The Cascades Gatekeepers Michael O'Sullivan Rob Fuleky
The Wild White Men Steve Stoward Terry Cooney

The 2022 William Buckley Classic Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
Heathcote Winery logo
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Exciting 3-team playoff decides 2021 WBC Champs

2021 William Buckley Classic

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!

PLAYOFF!

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!

(The 2022 William Buckley Classic is in the final planning stages, and will be available for booking soon!)

2021 WBC - The Winning Chip

2021 WBC - Final Scores

(Two-person Team Ambrose)

Pos Team R1 R2 Total
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 Teams

The Murrangurk Masters

Ian Steer

Cameron Thompson

Sullivan Bay Ginger Bread Men

Graham Ball

Mark McNamee

The Corio Bay Fugitives

Lisa Saunders

Peter Calverley

The Swan Island Hackers

Aileen Armour

Darren Hansen

The Point Lonsdale Cavemen

Andrew Grant

Dennis Williams

The Barwon Heads Sir Robins

Jason Pratt

Joe Amenta

The Bream Creek Freaks

Ben Glass

James Smith

The Aireys Inlet Slicers

Mark Henderson

Aaron Henderson

The Torquay Hookers

Dean Connell

Gav Doran

The Mount Defiance Alliance

Mick David

Matthew Pitt

The Indented Heads

Rob Darcangelo

Andre Georgiou

The Coonewarre Revivors

Leon Doyle

Shane Lawlor

The Point Addis Bashers

Kirk Hayward

Travis Graham

The Port Phillip Procrastinators

Jerry Nguyen

Tan Nguyen

The Otway Rangers

Jodene Tuau

Yvonne Grant

The Pointless Impossibles

Dean Mitchell

Lindsay Pyke

More information about the 2021 WBC

13th Beach

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

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

The 2021 William Buckley Classic Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
Heathcote Winery logo
The Card Network Logo
Pub and Bar card
The Card Network

2022 William Buckley Classic

2022 WBC

The 2022 William Buckley Classic

Moonah Links Golf Resort

October 15-16, 2022

William Buckley Classic

Battle for Bushranger Glory in the 2022 William Buckley Classic!

Play 36 holes of two-person Ambrose at the spectacular Moonah Links Resort on the Mornington Peninsula. Enjoy high-quality on-course accommodation and win great prizes.

Most importantly...have heaps of fun! ALL GOLFERS ARE WELCOME!

The 17th WBC!

2022 is the 17th running of the William Buckley Classic, with the event returning to the magnificent Mornington Peninsula to play the courses near where the infamous convict, William Buckley, first escaped in 1803. Golfers will play on both the Moonah Open and Moonah Legends courses, and stay on course at the Moonah Links Golf Academy. The format for the weekend is an exciting 2-ball ambrose for stableford points.

More information about the 2022 William Buckley Classic

Moonah Links

Moonah Links Golf Resort

Set on the stunning Mornington Peninsula, Moonah Links is famously known for its two award-winning courses, the Open course (designed to host the Australian Open) and the Legends Course (a more forgiving and friendly layout, with still a bit of bite). With a modern Clubhouse and great facilities, Moonah Links is a must-play facility.

Moonah Links Golf Academy

Moonah Links Golf Academy

The Moonah Links Golf Academy is an ideal set-up for a golfing weekend with mates. Featuring three separate buildings, the facility can accommodate groups both large and small, and even features use of private practice facilities, including pitching green and putting green. The Main House offers accommodation for up to 11 guests, and serves as the weekend's Focal Point of fun. Meals can be prepared and served from the fully-equipped kitchen, while the house also includes a pool table, BBQ, and flat screen TV with Foxtel. Meanwhile the academy also features two separate villas, each housing multiple bedrooms and a kitchenette, dining table, lounge and TV.

(Note: SGA have arranged a "Golf Only" option this year, giving golfers the opportunity to arrange their own accommodation. In addition, we have arranged a discount code with the Peppers Resort for golfers who wish to stay at the resort. Contact us for details)

William Buckley Classic Event format

Day 1 (The Advance)

Optional Warm-up (Single Stableford)

Get your weekend started early, (and scout the upcoming field of battle) with an optional warm-up round. We arrange tee-times at a local course, and hold an individual Stableford event, complete with prizes for the day

Day 2 (The Ambush)

Ambrose Stableford (Pairs)

The two-person teams play Two-Ball Ambrose Stableford. A rodeo rule is applied (minimum number of drives).  The day's stableford score is recorded as Round 1.

Day 3 (The Assault)

Ambrose Stableford (Pairs)

Team members battle together (side-by-side!) in an all-out assault, playing two-person team Ambrose Stableford, with a Rodeo rule applied. The day's score is added to Saturday's two pairs' scores to create a two-round total.

2022 William Buckley Classic Itinerary

Friday October 14 12:15pm 1-Tee Start (Optional Warm-up Game) The Dunes Stableford
Saturday October 15 10:30am 1-tee Round 1 Moonah Links Open 2-Person Ambrose
Sunday October 16 8:30am 1-tee Round 2 Moonah Links Legends 2-Person Ambrose

The 2022 William Buckley Classic Package

WBC Package, Twin and Triple-share

$499 per person

  • Two nights at Moonah Links Golf Academy
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

Golf ONLY package (No accomm)

$349 per person

  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes
  • (Note: SGA have arranged a discount code with the Peppers Resort for golfers choosing this option. Contact us for details)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS (Friday Golf)

$94 (Walking) per person

  • Warm-up Round of golf on Friday
  • Add Shared Cart for $25 pp

A $250 deposit secures your place in this exclusive field.

Entries due NOW.

The William Buckley Classic Format

  • The William Buckley Classic is a 36-hole siege for teams of two playing two-ball ambrose.
  • Each team will be assigned a handicap by the organisers on the basis of official Australian handicaps and information supplied by the Bushrangers. The handicapper will be governed by a commitment to rewarding good play according to a player’s ability.

Rules:

  • Each member hits their shot, then chooses the best of the two, and continues play from there. Teams play their chosen best ball on each shot and may place their ball half a club length (about 50cms) from where the chosen ball lay, no nearer the hole. Balls must be placed in the same cut as the chosen ball. In the interests of fast play from tee to green, teams are NOT required to mark with a tee and precisely measure from the chosen ball as they play each shot. Once on the green, Bushrangers should mark near the chosen best ball so both team members play from near enough to the exact same position.
  • The event features a Rodeo Rule, which requires a minimum number of drives for each team member. Each team’s rodeo requirements will appear on their scorecard.
  • Nearest-the-Pin & Longest Drive: will be held as some usual tasty ‘side action’ between teams.

Playoffs:

  • In the event of a tie, a sudden-death playoff will be conducted. Teams play together as a twosome (taking alternate strokes playing one ball). Teams can determine the order as each member takes their first shot. This order is then continuous and carries over from one hole to the next until the playoff is decided.

The 2022 William Buckley Classic Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
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Heathcote Winery logo
The Card Network Logo
Pub and Bar card
The Card Network

Book with Confidence

FLEXIBLE REFUNDS AVAILABLE IN CASE OF COVID-19 TRAVEL CANCELLATION

While there is still uncertainty in the market, especially regarding the potential re-opening of borders and travel, etc, we would like to re-assure all of our golfers that we have coordinated with our event partners to arrange flexible refund policies. Thus, you can enter with confidence, knowing you can access FULL REFUNDS if required in the case of outside agencies forcing a cancellation or postponement.

Contact us about the 2022 William Buckley Classic

Call or e-mail one of our team members or fill out the form below.

Michael David

Mick David

General Manager
0402 488 253
mick@sgatour.com.au
Dean Miller

Dean Miller

Major Events
0416 208 281
dean@sgatour.com.au
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

SGA Founder
0425 742 501
matt@sgatour.com.au

2021 William Buckley Classic

William Buckley Classic

The 2021 William Buckley Classic

13th Beach Golf Links

December 4-5, 2021

William Buckley Classic

Battle for Bushranger Glory in the 2021 William Buckley Classic!

Play 36 holes of two-person Ambrose at the spectacular 13th Beach Golf Links. Enjoy high-quality on-course accommodation and win great prizes.

Most importantly...have heaps of fun!

2021 WBC - Live Leaderboard

More information about the 2021 William Buckley Classic

13th Beach

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

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 William Buckley Classic 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

The 2021 William Buckley Classic Package

WBC Package 1
Quad-share 2BR Apartment

$575 per person

  • Two nights at Barwon Heads Resort
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

WBC Package 2
Twin-Share - 2BR Apartment

$775 per person

  • Two nights at Barwon Heads Resort
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

WBC Package 3
Single Room -1BR Apartment

$975 per person

  • Two nights at Barwon Heads Resort
  • 36 holes of golf in carts on Saturday & Sunday
  • Your own copy of the Tournament Program
  • Complimentary Bushranger accessories
  • Tournament entry fees, trophies and prizes

A $250 deposit secures your place in this exclusive field.

Entries due November 13th, 2021

The 2021 William Buckley Classic Sponsors

Srixon Cleveland Golf
Cleveland Golf
Garmin Australia
Heathcote Winery logo
The Card Network Logo
Pub and Bar card
The Card Network

Book with Confidence

FLEXIBLE REFUNDS AVAILABLE IN CASE OF COVID-19 TRAVEL CANCELLATION

While there is still uncertainty in the market, especially regarding the potential re-opening of borders and travel, etc, we would like to re-assure all of our golfers that we have coordinated with our event partners to arrange flexible refund policies. Thus, you can enter with confidence, knowing you can access FULL REFUNDS if required in the case of outside agencies forcing a cancellation or postponement.

Contact us about the 2021 William Buckley Classic

Call or e-mail one of our team members or fill out the form below.

Michael David

Mick David

General Manager
0402 488 253
mick@sgatour.com.au
Dean Miller

Dean Miller

Major Events
0416 208 281
dean@sgatour.com.au
Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

SGA Founder
0425 742 501
matt@sgatour.com.au