Stark family shows consistency

HEREDITARY SKILLS: Andrew Stark kicked off 2022 on Thursday with the first leg of a family double at the Mount Gambier Golf Club.

THE Stark family started 2022 with a bang, with Andrew Stark winning Thursday’s stableford competition at the Mount Gambier Golf Club and son Jordan taking out the first Monthly Medal for the year on Saturday.

Playing off a four handicap, Andrew shot an even-par round of 72 off the stick to finish with 40 points, one clear of a group of six players on 39.

It included Ross Bond who took second on a count-back; his round not helped by a wipe on the par-four ninth hole.

One of the players in a group of six was Joe Clements.

The three-handicapper picked up four points after making an eagle three on the par-five first hole, doubling with a birdie on the par-four second.

Two more birdies on the fourth and fifth saw him move to an incredible five under the card after five holes and 16 points.

Clements dropped one shot after a bogey on the par-four sixth hole, but still finished the front nine with 23 points after a 32 off the stick.

He could not maintain it on the back nine, shooting a four-over par 40 to add 16 points to his tally, unfortunately finishing with a three-putt on the final hole.

While Clements’ round seemed at times like a rollercoaster, Stark’s was a model of consistency.

He picked up 20 points on the front nine thanks to an even-par 36, and mirrored that on the back with another 20 points thanks to a second even-par 36.

Stark parred his first six holes and then picked up four points thanks to a 25-foot putt for birdie on the par-five seventh.

Unfortunately he gave one shot back on the ninth hole after missing a three-foot par putt.

“I actually missed two other birdie putts from inside three feet, so it could have been a really special round,” he said.

With a bogey on the 11th hole and a birdie on the 18th, his back nine was good enough to take the top prize.

While he could not back that up in Saturday’s Monthly Medal, the family name was again on top of the leaderboard thanks to his son, Jordan.

Playing off a 20 handicap, the 24-year-old shot a net 69 to edge out Adam Barnes, with the pair as the only players in the 107-strong field to finish with sub-70 net rounds.

Jordan, a fly-in, fly-out mine worker who played with plates, pins and a rod in his left leg after an industrial accident, split his round 44/45.

As well as winning the Monthly Medal on a count-back, he also took out C Grade by one shot from Andrew Birks.

Barnes had consolation with his score to win B Grade by two from Peter Miller.

In A Grade it was Peter Fox whose net 71 gave him victory over Sam Letizia on a count-back.

Saturday also saw the Barney Larkin Medal of Medals decided, with all Monthly Medal winners from 2021 eligible.

The winner was David Pick who shot an 82 off the stick to finish with a net 72.