I wish to acknowledge the fine contributions made by David Stanley during the past year. He gave a great sense of dignity and pride to the role of Captain, and I wish him well as he endeavours to reduce his handicap, now the pressure is off.
If you cast your eyes over the view from the club house or from the first tee, you get a sense of the very high standard of course presentation. We get to play and enjoy this course every week, and I for one wish to acknowledge Damian Gair and his staff for their dedication and fine work.
I will continue to drive golf at our club into the future, but will do so whilst being mindful of the history and traditional values which have formed the club thus far. I believe my role is to represent the game for all our golfers, not just a select few. I don't rush to decisions and I'm not averse to change if I consider the change will benefit golf at our club.
Saturday 6th May Monthly medal winners
A Grade. John Buchanan (15) nett 70.
B Grade. Warren Ryan (21) nett 66.
C Grade. Martin Flaxman (24) nett 66.
Congratulations to the winners, it was an honour to present a past club captain (Pennant Hills GC) with my first medal presentation as BGC Captain. A fabulous day of golf, but as the DCR of 71 indicates, not an easy round. Only 3 players returned a sub par nett result.
The Sunday morning mist lifted early enough to ensure the field of 66 players were treated to a course in magnificent condition. As the players from the medal competition the previous day can attest, the course played hard. The eventual winner, Thomas Holz from Lincs Shell Cove was the only player to record a sub par round (both gross 66, and nett 67). This score equals the course record.
Clark Gibbons was the best placed BGC entrant with a very creditable equal 7th place returning a nett 73. Congratulations to everyone involved in the day, players and organisers alike.
The Bruce Smith Cup. It's our men's competition against Moss Vale GC. We won it handsomely last year, and I'd like to continue that trend, so sign up early! The competition will be held at MVGC on 5th May, with tee times starting at 10:50. The signup sheet will be in the pro shop by Wednesday 10th April, entries close 24th April.
Arthur Brassey Matchplay knockout. Just a reminder that the semi finals are to be completed by 24th April, with the final to be held on Sunday 28th April. I'm sure the finalists would love to play in front of some spectators, so mark the date in your diary and come along and watch.
Next Open Day. Wednesday 17th April.
Foursomes Competitions. The next two months are characterised by various foursome events. The signup sheets will shortly appear in the pro shop for the J W Draper, The Mixed Foursomes Championships (off scratch) and the Mixed Foursomes (handicap) Wotton Trophy events. The mens Club Foursomes Championship qualifying will be held in conjunction with the Patrons trophy event on May 11th. Best 8 scratch scores to qualify. Check the calendar for completion dates. Please note that the competition on the Patrons day is only a foursomes event, so sign up as a 4 please.
Easter. The clubhouse will be closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
ANZAC Day. There is a 12 hole medley competition scheduled for Anzac day, with a 1 pm tee off and a BBQ to follow. The clubhouse will be closed until 12:00.
Thought of the week. "Golf is serious, life's not"
That ends this missive. Until next week, get out and enjoy some great golf.
Monday 8th April