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 TBD 1-Tee Start (Optional Warm-up Game) The Dunes Stableford
Saturday October 15 TBD 1-tee Round 1 Moonah Links Open 2-Person Ambrose
Sunday October 16 TBD 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 August 30th, 2022

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