The following mens handicap ranges have been approved by the Board and were current as of last Saturday's Single Stableford:
A Grade - Daily handicaps up to and including 12.
B Grade - Daily Handicaps 13 to 19.
C Grade - Daily Handicaps 20 and above.
With our growing golfing membership we now have more lower handicapped players which has allowed us to revert back to the ranges as they were a few years ago.
Monthly Medal Scotch Glasses
As reported a couple of weeks ago, the Monthly Medal winners prize has been modified to $60 and the Medal. The cash component has been increase to $60 and the scotch glasses will no longer be included in the prize.
If you are keen to purchase a scotch glass, while stocks last, please email me by clicking here and I'll see if any are left. Some have sold already and there are not too many left.
Shot Gun Starts
The following operational improvements have been implemented for future Shotgun Starts, below is from the BGC policy on Shotgun Starts:
"Operation of Shotgun Starts
Shotgun Events will open the day prior allowing for the collection of the
group's scorecards or they can be collected on the day. For member's shotgun starts, the competition fee will be charged to your account (please make sure you have sufficient funds) Only one player from the group is required to retrieve the cards, if there is someone in the group getting a cart then that player should get the cards."
Please contact Tim, he is back on Wednesday, if you are coming to the dinner on Saturday the 19th of February to make a booking. It's a great night to celebrate the golfing achievements of 2021.
Australia Day Honours
Two of our members received Australia Day honours, congratulations to:
See the Southern Highland News article - click here
Stuart Denholm Memorial Trophy - Saturday 12th Feb
In memory of "Big Stu" with his robust laugh and good humour, Saturday the 12th's Single Stableford has been named in his honour.
Stu worked in the Pro-Shop from 2012 to 2019 before retiring to the Port Macquarie area. Stu passed away in February 2021. His family has kindly donated a trophy to the club.
The Jock Rossell is an Aggregate team of 2 PAR event. The winners boards are either side of the Club Championship Board and is a highly sought after trophy.
In conjunction, is the trophy for left handers' the Bill Crystal Trophy - a glass figurine golfer on a stand. The inaugural winner in 2003 was Brian Hanrahan.
White Horse Cup
As with recent years BGC has entered two teams in the Illawarra White Horse Cup pennants. It's fair to say we are always keen to win it but the cup has been elusive to say the least. Follow the Sunday results on the Golf Illawarra website link by clicking here. Bowral 2 played at Highlands yesterday, well done to David Ferguson and Daniel Weekes with strong wins, unfortunately the team went down 5 games to 2.
A large field of 102 took part in the Medley event. While it was a long round, as expected with a shot gun start, the club house was full and overflowing at the end of the round and enjoyed the lunch.
The Best Ball winners were Lance Neely and Rob Humphreys with an impressive 48 points. Running up with 44 on a count back was Terry Downing and Alan Turpie.
The individual stableford winner was Netti Buchanan with 39 points and runner up was Stuart Anthony with 37 on a count back. The men's drive and pitch winner on the 13th hole was Dennis Neale.
Another big field with 98 entrants and quite a high scoring day, maybe a bit more run and preferred lies. Enjoy it while we can.
With 41 points Russell Bourne won. As the field was over 90 the grade prizes "kicked in":
A Grade: Alan Fisher with 40 points
B Grade: Will Clayton with 38 points
C Grade: Ken Dobie with 39 points.
NTP 11th hole went to Paul Pettiford plus the birdie points.
Tony Hobson won a rather large Pro-Pin. Well done.
Monday Medley Madness
A smaller field today but committed to the task, I'm sure. The winner despite some tree interaction, club "twirling" and a minor Monday melt down at the 100 m marker on the first hole, he came good; Ash Southon won with 32 points on a count back from John Buchanan.
Thankfully technology has moved on from the 1930's in course equipment. We would not have recovered as quickly with this setup (see right) from the recent and ongoing wet conditions if we did not have the modern equipment for Matt and his crew.
Preferred lies are under review, today's down pour may have made the decision to keep them going. Make sure you check the card accordingly.
Enjoy the week and I'll be back for Saturday's medal round.