This year Col Collins won the Captains Trophy with a nett 65. Col is a (very) long time Highlands resident and plays golf each Wednesday and Saturday in the afternoon field. Col, now retired for many years, was the Shire Clerk on the Bowral Municipal Council before the councils were amalgamated in in 1981. The winner was announced at the dinner and judging by the applause Col was a very popular winner.
Saturday 9th the club held The Captains Dinner, one of two formal dinners, the other being the Anniversary Dinner where the President officiates. It is an opportunity for the Captain to review the last year and to acknowledge and thank members and staff for their support and work.
Unfortunately this year it was not possible for our course superintendent Damian Gair to attend, but I have included here a few words ... "Maintaining a golf course is a great job. Presenting our course week after week must be a great pleasure to Damian - it is to us. All the positive comments from visitors and our members alike about our course and then knowing how many our course staff number, makes it all the more impressive. Their job may look easy, but it is not - it is just that they are very good at doing it, bringing a large experience, expertise and enthusiasm to it - thank you to Damian and staff."
Australian Open. The Australian Golf club this year host the Australian Open at their Rosebery course. The last time the Open was held at The Austrlain was in 2007 when Craig Parry won. This year the tournament is held on the 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th of November. Last years Australian Open winner Rory McIlroy, and current PGA Champion, who won at Royal Sydney Golf Club has announced his intention to defend his title at The Australian.
An Historic Vote. 18th September will see 2 historic votes. Scotland goes to the polls to determine should Scotland be independent. Currently, it appears that the move will be defeated with 61% of votes in the latest newspaper poll intending to vote against the proposal. More important for some is that on the same day the poll closes on an equally historic vote - at least for golfers - when the 2500 members of the R&A vote whether women should be admitted as members. The R&A strongly supports the proposal.
Also at St Andrews current Club Captain Sandy Dawson, also President of Royal Sydney, steps down this year and George Macgregor assumes the role on the 19th September. An interesting tradition is when the new Captain tees off for the first time as Captain, in front of a large audience, he tees off accompanied by a canon firing.
Over the last 2 months there has been extensive planting on the course. Extending the Silver Sheen pittosporum behind the 7th green, lining the 11th fairway with claret ash, the planting on the southern side of the 17th as with all the other planting have drawn very positive comment from members and visitors alike. The town of Bowral is famous for its English style gardens and our golf course reflects the character of Bowral - more so with the plantings over the last 2 years. Over the years we have lost many old established trees to various causes and recent years have been no exception to this. Storm damage, disease, weather and perhaps old age are principal among the reasons. We have noticed that many Peppermint Gums (eucalyptus nicholli) on the course are stressed - some dying. Advice we have received from arborists is that in our district many Peppermint Gums are dying. The reason for this is unclear. The extremes in the weather is thought by some to be responsible.
Recently we received council permission to remove several large gums, several peppermint gums among them. The so-called pinus canker has been responsible for the demise of several trees. Pine trees on the western side of the 16th, trees on the northern side of the 4th among many others have all been affected. The planting program redresses the loss of the established trees - we are planting more than we are losing. In future years it is easy to imagine how our course will look. Our ground staff do a magnificent job. There have been other changes on the course, the mounds behind the 10th green have been removed. The mounds were a high maintenance item being unsuitable to mow and being able to be maintained at an acceptable height by labour intensive whipper snipping. Likewise the mound behind the 4th - these mounds have been removed and when the grass becomes established it will be mown to 'surrounds height' and then further out to rough height. (Similar to the 8th.)
All the new plants are on a watering program by the ground staff until they become established. Last year we lost some plants to rabbits; this year we have lost some of the pittosporum behind the 13th green as a result of the high wind shortly after they were planted. These winds 'worked' the plants to and fro and have allowed air voids to develop around the roots. Too much air around the roots and the plant will die. We will replace the dead ones.
So who is the man in the picture? He is Joyce Kilmer, the author of 'Trees' which has the very well known lines .
"I THINK that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree."
The first blossom on the course behind the 4th green
Captain versus Captain. Each year we have the Captain vs Captain event. It is played as a single stableford, medley. Last year the men's team was successful in gaining the honour and this year both teams will be trying hard. On Sunday the 17th we have our roast, so it is possible to play in the morning and then come into the clubhouse to have a roast lunch at the completion of the game. There is also an afternoon set of tee times for the competition so that golfers who prefer to play in the afternoon have the opportunity of lunching before playing their round. The sign up sheet is in the Pro Shop. The roast menu is:-
Roast leg of lamb with roast vegetables and rosemary jus Apple and blueberry pudding with berry compote and ice cream
It should be a very enjoyable day. Booking at the pro-shop please