WINTERSUN STORIES

The Wintersun Legend.

For more than 20 years, The Wintersun Carnival has been offering veteran golfers holidaying in North Queensland the opportunity to experience the Mackay-Whitsunday region and join with local golfers to play the local courses of which we are justifiably proud.

This year, more than 200 veteran golfers have played on one or more of the four courses that form part of the Carnival, culminating in two rounds at Mackay Golf Club to finalise the 72 Hole Wintersun Championships.

Click on the buttons here to look at all the scores and check the list of trophy winners for each event of the Carnival.

Note that Grades may vary from event to event and and handicaps may vary from round to round in accordance with adjustments in a players GA Handicap over the Carnival.

- Stories from the Carnival -

Kevin Dalton and Helen Teys - The Wintersun Champions

Mackay's Kevin Dalton has won the Wintersun 2019 72 Hole Championship for Men with a total score of 311, 5 shots ahead of his nearest rival Chris Rose (316) from Ballina. 

Wintersun, Proserpine & Mackay Men's Champion 2019 - Kevin Dalton receiving the Trophy from Vets Captain Greg Lingard.

The reigning Proserpine Wintersun Champion, Dalton held the overnight lead going into the final round, and extended his lead by another stroke with a fine 75 off-the-stick in the final round. Rob Byrnes was third with 319, and Neil Morris (Mackay) and Nick Pearce (Moranbah) tied for third with 320 strokes. 

Helen Teys from Redland Bay came from behind to win the Wintersun 2019 Ladies 72 Hole Championships with an impressive total score of 131 points - 3 point ahead of overnight leader Janice Duffy. Helen scored 36 points in the final round, while Janice was disappointed with her round's 29 points. Other contenders Janet Woodhead and Susan McCarthy were only able to record scores of 30 and 24 today to drop out of the race.

Dalton's results also earned him the Wintersun 36 Hole Mackay Classic Championship trophy, this time by a margin of only one stroke from Rose, 153 strokes to 154. Again, Morris and Pearce were third, joined by Alan Taylor from Maroochy River all with 160.

Ladies Wintersun Champion 2019 Helen Teys at the Presentation Dinner at Mackay Golf Club.

Unlike in the Men's event, Margaret Attwood from Coolangatta & Tweed pipped Helen on countback for the 36 Hole Mackay Classic Championship - 68 points and the top score today of 37 points.

In the Men's 72 Hole Nett event Bob Byrnes shot the score of the day, a 63 nett which shot him into the lead after his steady performance in the first three rounds. Bob's 277 was just enough to push Fred Bartolo out of the lead by one shot. Fred had a 62 yesterday and looked set to win, but his excellent 70 fell just short of what was needed. Both players finished comfortably ahead of of Peter Wellington's 288. Overnight contender Glenn Jackson would probably like to forget today, his 81 nett pushing him out of the race.

In the Men's 36 Hole Nett event Jim Forrest returned two rounds under par, 67 and 68, but Fred Bartolo's 71 today with his 63 yesterday had him finishing top of the overall Nett with 134, just one shot better than Jim, Barry Ezzy, who scored 73 nett to go with his day one 63, a further shot behind. A Grade Nett is led by Bob Byrnes (137) and Peter Wellington (139), ahead of Chris Rose and Nick Pearce both on 144. Fred topped B Grade, ahead of John Webb (Mackay) and Zainol Ahmad both with 141, and Jim Forrest (135) and Barry Ezzy (136) are at the top in C Grade.

In the Women's 72 Hole Susanne McCarthy (122) is the leader in A Grade, ahead of Anne Fenton (117) and Maryanne Harrigan (115). Helen Teys (131) topped B Grade, ahead of Janet Woodhead (125) and Rehab Hull (Proserpine, 105).. Janice Duffy (128), Nola Cowie (Hervey Bay, 119) and Debra McCowan (117) fill the top 3 places in C Grade.

In the Women's 36 Hole event, Wendy Grendon shares the top of A Grade with Anne Fenton, both with a 36 hole score of  67. Helen Teys (68) pushed Fay Eccles (67) from top spot in B Grade, and Margaret Attwood (Coolangatta-Tweed,  68) pushed Janice Duffy (66) into second place in C Grade.

Dalton Keeps Lead in Mackay

Kevin Dalton has maintained his lead in the Wintersun 72 Hole Championships with a score of 78 off-the-stick today, although his score was not the best of the day. That title went to Alan Taylor from Maroochy River, shooting 76, but his total 243 not good enough to overcome the overnight 9 stroke deficit. However, his score elevated him into fourth place behind Kevin's 236, and Chris Rose (Ballina, 4) and Nick Pearce (Moranbah, 7) both on 240. Also tied for fourth with Alan is Greg Lingard and Neil Morris, both from Mackay.

Alan Taylor's score, of course, puts him in the lead for the 36 Hole Mackay Classic Championship, although Rose and Dalton are just 2 shots behind in the local event.

Another clear fine blue-sky day with light winds made for almost perfect Wintersun playing conditions, although overall scoring wasn't quite as spectacular as in previous events, with a couple of notable exceptions.

Round-of-the-Day was shared by Mackay's Fred Bartolo (handicap 21) and Barry Ezzy (handicap 22) both with an 8-under 63 nett. Fred has now shot up to the top of the 72 Hole Overall Nett event after 3 rounds, his 208 giving him a two shot lead over Glenn Jackson, who with 210 is currently leading the 72 Hole A Grade Nett event from Rob Byrnes (Mackay, 10) who scored 214.

Peter McCowan has a comfortable 6-shot lead in the 72 Hole B Grade event over Don Silva, and Fred has a 12 shot lead in C Grade over Barry Ezzy (Mackay, 19) on 220.

Next lowest Nett score in today's round was Mackay's Jim Forrest (handicap 24) with a 67, then Bill Eccles (handicap 20) with 68. Although Fred and Barry are in pole position to take the 36 Hole Nett Championships, they must still produce a good round tomorrow to hold off the challengers.

Susanne McCarthy top-scored for the ladies in today's round, shooting 39 points, 2 points better than fellow Mackay member Janice Duffey's 37. Susanne plays off 13, and Janice off 45. Susanne is at the top of A Grade, 4 ahead of Wendy Sturwohld from Bargara. Glenda McCaw from Nelson Bay and Pam Lindeberg bothshot 36 points to head B Grade, and Janice Duffy finished 3 points ahead of Joyce Wallace's 34 points in C Grade.

In the 72 Hole Wintersun Championships event, Janice's 37 today lifted her 3-round score to 99 and enabled her to topple overnight 72 Hole Championship leader Janet Woodhead, whose 31 today left her 4 points in arrears. Susanne McCarthy is in second place overall with 98 points and Helen Teys (Redland Bay, handicap 24) is tied with Janet Woodhead on 95. Each of the leaders have had big swings in scores over the 3 rounds, so it is still anyone's event, and the steadiest player of the day will take the crown.

In the Graded 72 Hole Ladies events, after the first three rounds, Susanne McCarthy holds the overnight lead in A Grade from Wendy Sturwohld  (Bargara, handicap 16) by seven shots. Helen Teys (Redland Bay) and Janet Woodhead are tied on 95 leading B Grade, 10 points ahead of Rehab Hull (Proserpine). C Grade is lead by overall leader Janice Duffey, six points ahead of Debra McCowan (Mackay, 23 handicap, 93 points).

Winter Sun for Valley Golf 

Another day of beautiful playing conditions for the 100 veteran local and visiting golfers, to play one of the top country town golf courses in the state - a Single Stableford for the BAE Engineering Pioneer Valley Classic.  The pristine course and the perfect weather again set the scene for some excellent scores.

In the Men's event, top scorer for the day was Terry O'Loughlin from Mackay with a score of 43 points playing off a 27 handicap. Hot on his heals were Proserpine Classic Champion Kevin Dalton (Mackay, 4) with 42 points and Gregory Kent from Charlestown, 7 handicap scoring 40 points.

Denise Cook from Sarina Club took the honours for the Ladies, a score of 40 points playing off a handicap of 38. Second with a score of 38 was home club member Karen Hindle (27 handicap).

Overall, 14 players achieved a score of better than par36. The full scores listing can be checked by clicking the buttons above.

Some of the happy winners at Pioneer Valley with Vets Captain Don Bloxsidge (b-c).

Blue Skies for Top Scores in Sarina 

Winners (L - R) - Jan McInnes Dv2, Pam Lindeberg Dv1, Karl Blyth Dv2 & Dave Lockhardt Dv1.

In beautiful playing conditions, 100 veteran golfers, including many visitors from up and down the coast, took to the Sarina fairways for the Single Stableford Sarina Classic, and some brilliant scores were returned, too.

Dave Lockhard of Sarina playing off a 13 handicap had the round of the day scoring 44 points - a round that included included 4 birdies. Dave was closely followed by C Grader Jim Forrest (Mackay, 22) with 42 points, and Jan McInnes (Sarina, 28) with 41 points.

In all, 15 players completed the 18 holes in a score better than Par 36 points.  

The complete scores for the day and the Trophy Winners are available by clicking the appropriate buttons in the box above.

Wintersun Championships Leaders after Proserpine 

Proserpine Classic Men's Champion, Kevin Dalton, has the lead in the Men's Wintersun 72 Hole Championships (gross) after the Proserpine event. Kevin leads the field by 2 shots from fellow Mackayites Neil Morris and Rob Byrnes, and Nick Pearce from Moranbah.

Mackay's Glenn Jackson goes into the 72 Hole Nett Championship with just 1 shot in the lead, from Mackay's Rob Byrnes. Proserpine's Warren Deighton is a further 4 strokes behind. However, theer are still two rounds to go, and all the players near the top of the list have shown that they can shoot a top score on the day to upset the half-time leaders. 

Neither the Ladies Champion nor the Runner-up has nominated for the 72 Hole Championships, so who the Ladies Champion will be is much more up in the air. Mackay's Janet Woodhead holds a slim one point lead over Nola Cowie (Hervey Bay) and Helen Teys (Redland Bay). However, there are 19 players within 10 points of these leaders, and still 2 rounds to play, so no one can be complacent - consistency will be the key.  

Proserpine Classic Champions Celebrate - Robyn Whitlam and Kevin Dalton. 

Proserpine's Robyn Whitham came from 7 points behind and in eighth place to overtake overnight leader Elspeth Scotford (Proserpine) and win the Proserpine Classic Championships. Robyn shot an awesome 44 points in the final round for a total of 74, to head Elspeth by 7 points. Elspeth was unable to repeat her 37 first round score, with just 30 points today, and has to be content with Runner-up to the Champion. 

Ladies Champion Robyn receiving Trophy from Veterans Secretary Kathryn Borer.

In the Men's event, there was a very tight tussle for the lead between the overnight leaders, but no-one had counted on Kevin Dalton (Mackay) playing off 4, to follow up his first day's 83 with a satisfying 75 today, finishing with 158, two shots ahead of the runners-up.

Three players finished next on top of the list, each shooting 160 over the two days. Mackay's Rob Byrnes and Neil Morris again shot 80 off the stick to almost retain their overnight lead, but Nick Pearce (Moranbah) shot a superb 76 today to push Greg Kent out of runner-up spot. Greg found the going tough today, shooting 86, not enough to stay up there.

In the Men's Nett events, Glen Jackson (Mackay) repeated his first round score to stay ahead of the others and keep his top spot with a 138 nett. The other two overnight leaders had uncomfortable days, and dropped down the list, Rob Byrnes stepping into second place with two 70s, followed by Barry Shuwalow (Proserpine) with 143.

In the Men's Grades events, Jackson and Byrnes are at top of A Grade, followed by Nick Pearce (Moranbah) with a 146. Home club members Chris Brett (17) and Warren Deighton (16) took top spot in B Grade with 144 nett, a stroke ahead of Peter McCowan (Mackay, 15). Barry Shuwalow, also from Proserpine, finished at the top of C Grade with 143 nett, three shots ahead of Alan Dwyer (Millaa Millaa) and Fred Bartolo (Mackay).

The Round-of-the-Men's-event was played by Graham Fenton from Gladstone. Graham played off a handicap of 34 and returned a nett score of 66, 5 under par, in the second round. In testament to the blustery conditions, Rob Byrnes was the only player to record an under-par nett score on both days - 70 nett, playing off a handicap of 10.

In the Women's Grades events, Elspeth Scotford, however, took the top place in the A Grade event, with fellow Proserpiners Mandy Paterson and Tina Badenhorst tying for second with 33, 28 - 61.

In B Grade, Janet and Helen took first and second, with Rehab Hull (Proserpine) in third with 57 points.  Overall winner Robyn of course heads the C Grade, eleven points ahead of Nola Cowie (63), Jan Duffy and Debra McCowan (both from Mackay) following with 62.

As could be expected, Robyn Whitham's second round score of 44 points took out the ladies Round-of-the-event - 8 points better than par. The ladies field also found the conditions challenging, only one player in each round recording a score better than par 36. In fact, only one player, Janet Woodhead (Mackay, h-20), was able to record scores better than 30 points on both days. Janet scored 33 points in Round 1 and 31 points in Round 2.

Wintersun 2019 Under Way in Proserpine

Proserpine's Elspeth Scotford has taken the lead after the first round in the Ladies' event of the Wintersun Proserpine Classic with a comfortable 37 points, just 2 points ahead of Helen Teys (Redland Bay) and Debra McCowan (Mackay). Elspeth is also the A Grade leader overnight, Helen has the lead in B Grade and Debra has a 4 point lead in C Grade.

Mackay's Rob Byrnes  is tied for the overall lead after the first round in the Men's event with Neil Morris (Mackay) and Gregory Kent (Charlestown), all on  80 strokes (gross).  However, there are another 5 players within 2 shots of the leaders, so tomorrow's second round should produce some intersting scores.

In the Men's Nett event, we have another 3-way tie - Ross Elliott from Pioneer Valley, Glenn Jackson and Peter Wellington (both from Mackay) - all on 69 Nett. However, there are also another 5 players within 2 shots of the leaders. All three leaders are in A Grade. B Grade is led by Lindsay Cuskelly (Mackay), Warren Deighton (Proserpine) and Peter Teys (Redland Bay), all on 72. Barry Shuwalow (Proserpine) and George Atkinson (Gordonvale) are leading C Grade with 72 Nett.

In 2018, Greg Ellis from Forster Tuncurry Golf Club and Kay Swadling from Tamworth Golf Club took out the Men's and Women's Wintersun Championships respectively. However, neither were able to play in this year's event, so the events are wide open. Who will be the champions this year?

Wintersun has been providing a friendly North Queensland golfing experience to veteran golfers for 24 years, and has welcomed players from clubs up and down the east coast.