JAMES Norcock continued his brilliant championship record last weekend with his ninth win and fourth in a row at Naracoorte Golf Club.
Playing Paul McCarthy in the final Norcock was on level par after the first 18 and was never in danger after a birdie on his first hole of the day. McCarthy birdied holes two and three but his run ended there as Norcock's championship experience took over and he went on to win 11/10.
McCarthy is to be congratulated on winning his place in the final and will take a lot of positives out of the experience. Norcock has the wonderful ability to be able to "switch off" and "switch on" as required during a game and takes spectator distractions in his stride.
Future players may match his stroke-making ability but the big question is can they compete with his mind control? Norcock is now second on the club's championship record, previously equal with past champion Arthur Porter with eight wins. Max Monfries with 11 wins from 1950 to 1968 still leads. Monfries' interest in golf and the club remains strong and it was a privilege to meet him again during his time as a spectator last Sunday during the finals.
B grade - The 36-hole final in the B grade championship was won by Roger Pridmore three and two from club president Michael Schinckel. Both players displayed exceptional tee shots in length and accuracy and were the equal with their iron play.
This was always going to be a close match as their short games while not of the standard of their long games were still equal and the difference in the end was Pridmore's ability on the greens.
Throughout the 34 holes played the match score never was more than two up and this fluctuated between both players until the final hole.
This was Pridmore's first final appearance and he handled the pressure applied by Schinckel each time he looked like taking control. The crucial final four holes 13, 14, 15 and 16 were played in two over par by Pridmore for a great first time club championship win.
Match play is a pressure game and the scribe admires Schinckel's persistence with his putter that must be a potential exhibit in the World Golf Museum.
C grade - Steve Borrett and Aaron Osman played a close match with all the pressure and commitment necessary for a memorable match. Borrett won 3 and 2 and like the B grade final the match could have gone either way. However Borrett proved to be the more consistent against the past club captain. Both players are to be congratulated and Borrett has the game to move into B grade next year.
D grade - Ryan Paech is the new D grade club champion with his win 3 and 2 over Ronnie Dix. This match was played with the same intensity as the other grades.
Both these players showed the ability to move into higher grades next year. Their shot making was far better than their handicaps and they can look forward to further success in the years ahead. Congratulations Ryan and Ronnie.