During the week Alan Wigzell, past Captain, dropped off an article that had been printed in a 2001 edition of the Southern Highlands News. Click on the photo to see the article and the text is reproduced below. The Merilbah Homestead referred to in the article is in the general area of the OLSH property at the corner of Centennial and Kirkham Roads. Our property now, on Kangaloon Road, was purchased from Edwin Boardman. Ted Boardman owned a slaughterhouse just over the roundabout from the 8th green - the old shed, the galvanised iron one at a lean, fell down some years ago. Members may remember when the car ran into the clubhouse, the electrical contractor who helped us on that day was the grandson of Ted Boardman.
CELEBRATIONS ON PAR
100 Years of Bowral Golf Club
In 1901 our nation was born and so too was Bowral Golf Club.
Some 320 members and guests gathered at the clubhouse on Friday evening to witness the raising of the Centenary Flag marking 100 years of golf under the name Bowral Golf Club Ltd. The President Ian McKenzie addressed the gathering, outlining the history of the club since its formation in the year of Australia’s Federation. Dr McKenzie then welcomed special guests in attendance, including Bruce Nairn, president NSW Golf Association, who presented the club with a momento to commemorate the occasion.
Identify Your Ball with a special mark. In Rule 6-5, it is suggested that you put an identification mark on your ball. you don't have to but consider what could happen if you don't.
On at least three occasions I have been in a group where the "wrong ball" has been played by a competitor. On one occasion at the Australian, my playing partner was the only one in the group playing a Titleist - it was marked on one side of the ball. On the 15th hole (I think it was this hole) he looked for 'his' ball, found it and then hit. It was a Titleist but, unfortunately, not his. Unbeknown by my playing partner, one of the group had changed their Srixon for a Titleist so my playing partner assumed that any Titleist found on the hole was his - unfortunately not. Bob Constable told a story, or more correctly related a tragedy, about a friend of his from Singapore who was playing at Bob's club in the UK. The first, at Bob's home club, was a par 5. They both hit great drives and in the conditions got a lot of run. Bob's partner from Singapore found 'his ball' and hit a superb 3 wood that ran onto the green and went into the hole. Bob walked over to the other ball and discovered that the man from Singapore had hit Bob's ball. An Albatross denied! Not just a golfing tragedy but a tragedy. That's a couple of examples, but what can happen is that your ball could end up in the rough or some other obvious place - you find the same make of ball, with the same number and assume it is yours, you are then challenged with how do you know this ball is yours. In the absence of an identifying mark that unambiguously defines the ball as yours, your ball must be considered lost. Not a good situation. So it is much better to mark your ball with some unique mark so that you can be confident in all situations that you are hitting your ball.
Unfortunately, many competition players won’t heed such advice until playing a wrong ball costs them a championship or other important event.
Mr Nairn was accompanied by Bob McEwan and David Allen, also from the Association. The NSW Women’s Golf Association was represented by Helen Lowe and Wendy Weil.
Bowral Golf Club is the 18th oldest golf club in NSW and one of the first clubs in the state to obtain a liquor licence. When the club came into existence it had no playing area of its own and members played their first games by invitation on a private nine hole course. Play then moved to an area covered by the Church of England, to the north of Bowral Street.
Cows and golfers apparently shared use of the course, with the course land surrounding Merilbah homestead being leased by the Honorable R.H. Roberts. Each of the nine sand greens was fenced off from the grazing animals used to help in maintaining the lush fairways.
In 1917 an area of 36 acres on Kangaloon Road was purchased from Edwin Boardman and a new clubhouse was built on this land in June 1919. At the first annual meeting of the club it was reported membership had reached 65, its first greenkeeper was paid about three shillings per week and the club’s first wheelbarrow was bought in 1905.
As part of this year’s ceremony, club patron Major Eric Grant attended to the raising of the flag assisted by club Captain Alan Wigzell and a young piper from the local Highland Society played highland airs during the ceremonies.
To further record the 100 years of golf, on Saturday the members played for a golf medal, won by Graham Connolly with a 68 nett on a countback.
April's Monthly Medal result was calculated and announced incorrectly. The B Grade medal winner was in fact Don Barker, instead of Alec Dietsch. My apologies to Alec and congratulations to Don. Errors occur from time to time and, in this case, a long investigation found that the procedures that we use were not what they could be in that they allowed this error to slip through. The GCS software system had calculated the result correctly but displayed it on the leader board incorrectly, causing doubt as to the accuracy of the primary calculation. Last Saturday's medal result calculated the results correctly and displayed them correctly. Together with the Pro Shop I went over each of the results to make sure that they were authenticated and in line with the conditions of competition. On the club's website I have added a page about competition and handicap management - click here. There is also a chart that has been produced showing how our common competitions are run, what the prizes are, how countbacks are down etc. This can be seen by clicking here. I will be pleased to receive comment on it. The procedures and policies have been developed from the wishes of the members, experiences of the past and input from our professionals.
Bruce Smith Match
Moss Vale v Bowral
These gentlemen braved the elements on Saturday -
The AGM was held on Thursday night at the clubhouse. The members nominated stood unopposed and form the new board. The board represents 123 years of membership at the club with President Ian McKenzie joining 40 years ago, the Captain 30 years ago and the Treasurer and Vice President 14 & 13 years ago respectively. Frank Eggert steps down as Vice President - Bob Constable is assuming this role; and Linden Toll joining the board as a Director. 2013 / 14 was a successful year with many members remarking on the positive ambience in the clubhouse. David Farthing moved a motion to congratulate the board on the achievements - this was passed unanimously. Our club started in 1901 - we have been at Kangloon Road since 1917. As in all golf clubs maintaining, sustaining and growing is challenging. The support of the members is critical to our club. This support has been very obvious in the last years.
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Kevin Kenny is conducting a series of junior golf schools with pupils from Oxley College, enjoying golf activities on Friday afternoon for an hour or so.
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