Let's pretend we are playing down the 8th fairway and over the hill about 70 meters out from the green, when we notice there is a golf ball sitting just off the fairway in the rough. It looks like a Titleist Pro V1 in pretty good "nick", but it is marked with 3 red dots. What do we do. Although there is no Rule concerning picking up of stray balls on a course, etiquette and common sense would preclude all players from adopting this practice unless they were absolutely sure the ball was actually lost. Care must be taken that there are no other players within the vicinity, including players from behind or on other fairways, who may have hit their ball to that point. We may have all, from time to time, picked up a lost ball, however it is a bad habit to adopt. Under no circumstances should a ball, which you believe to be lost, be picked up during a competition. If you feel you must pick up a ball on the course, which is not yours, you must first ascertain that it does not belong to anybody else within the area and that it is actually lost. Put yourself in the position of the player coming over the hill and not being able to find his / her ball in a major trophy competition. The Captain would not be happy. It it also worthy of mention that you should all mark your golf balls to avoid any confusion over which ball, belongs to which player. Rules of Golf 12.2 refers.
The second round of the club championships and Veterans Plate were contested on Saturday. The qualifiers for the Match Play eliminations in all grades are attached for your information. Please ensure that matches are played within the allocated time frame, as no extensions will be considered unless there is a dire emergency. Good luck to all those players who have made the eliminations and we look forward to the final results and our Champions on 20/11/16.This years winner of the Veterans Plate is Dennis Neale with net scores of 64 and 74 for total 138. Well done Dennis.
On Sunday 09/10/16, ten mixed pairs headed to Moss Vale Golf Club to do battle for the Oxley Plate. We were welcomed by Robyn John, the Club Captain and soon were on the first tee. Although we put up a brave fight, Robyn's hand picked troops, trounced us on their home course 9 to 1. The redeeming light was Chris Hill and Jim Phillips who were the only Bowral contestants to win on the day. The game was played in good spirit and we all met in the club house for soup, sandwiches and beverages. I presented Robyn with the Oxley Plate, which they have held since 2011 and promised, that as this game was only a warm up, next year we would be a force to contend with. Although the greens were recently renovated, the course is on the way back and the Moss Vale club were most hospitable. I would like to thank all those members who participated, especially those who volunteered at the last minute, for representing the club. A most enjoyable day out.
As we have done in the past, in conjunction with the qualifying stroke rounds for the Club Championship played on the 8th and 15th of October, we will contest the Veterans Plate for all male members over the age of 65 years with the best net aggregate score. The handicap for the event is the members handicap at the start of round 1. If a members handicap changes between rounds, this will be adjusted by the pro shop, prior to announcing of a winner. Good luck to all the older members of the club in this event.
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