Today we had a single stableford which just happens to have fallen on St. Patrick's Day, the day revered by all Irishmen as a reason to celebrate. In the absence of other celebrations at the club, Kevin Kenny, a loyal Irish immigrant from the Mother Country, donated a bottle of Jamison's Irish Whiskey to the winners of today's event. The only proviso was that they had to be present. Tony Hobson had a net 43 points and was the worthy winner by 3 points over Ken Dobie. When advised he had to be present to win the whiskey he made the special trip to come in for the presentation and only made by seconds. Photo shows a beaming Tony accepting his reward with Ken Dobie not so beaming outside the picture. Congratulations to both on a great result. Although the Greens were slow today it was by design as our Superintendent had lightly cored the greens at the beginning of the week and then dressed them with sand and fertiliser. Had they been mowed, they may well have burnt in the current heat wave. Protecting the greens are our utmost priority.
What a great night last Saturday was. Not only did we have the Anniversary Dinner we also had the Presentation of Trophies to our 2017 Club Champions. The venue was dressed up to it's best, the food prepared by Regina and her staff was excellent, the service by Tim and staff, unsurpassed and the whole night an absolute success.The evening opened with the Loyal Toast from our Patron, Brian Lamb, a brief rendition from our beloved President thanking all volunteers for their devotion and generosity of time to the club and a warm welcome to all members. The entree was served and I can attest, the prawns were excellent. The main was a selection of fish or chicken on a bed of mash and a side of beans which was delectable. Following the main, the women's Captain Barbara Clayton and Club Captain, Paul Carroll presented alternate trophies to all the deserving winners culminating in both the Women's Champion, Anne Geddes and Club Champion Jim Phillips. Unfortunately Jim was not present however Brian Hanrahan accepted the trophy on his behalf and gave a rendition of what Jim may have said if he was there. the Club Champion. It was a wonderful night and the stragglers left at about midnight. Congratulations to all the winners and on their success in rising to the pinnacle excellence in the sport of golf, in our club during 2017. An array of photo's of the winners accepting their trophies are attached for your viewing.
A field of 71 players contested the Monthly Medal stroke round on Saturday. Medal winners were John Mellen, Ken Dobie and Ko Buisman who excelled and were awarded their Medals and a Scotch Glass memento of the occasion. The winner of the Austen Richardson Memorial Tankard was Ken Dobie with a 68 on a count back from John Mellen. For those who are not aware, the tankard was donated last year by Scott Campbell and presented by Austen's Grandson, Tom Angus. The winner, on this occasion Ken Dobie, who can ask any member during the month of March to refill the tankard with beer and offer a salute to Austen Richardson. The Captain filled the first request, so it is now open for any members who may run into Ken in the club. Our photo shows Tom Angus presenting the Tankard to Ken with Scott Campbell in the background.
The final round of the 2018 White Horse Cup has been played and decided. Unfortunately, the finals have eluded us once more despite a valiant effort from our players. Bowral 1, led by David Burgess went down to Highlands 4/2 at Worrigee who were unbeaten to that point and now move through to the finals. Bowral 2 led by Alec Dietsch squared their round against Sussex Inlet at Moss Vale 3/3 with wins to Ashley Southon and Alec. Bowral 2 were the spoiler for Sussex Inlet denying them the win, so that Jamberoo 2 were the winner of Division 1 moving through to the finals. All players agreed it was a very worthwhile and rewarding experience and look forward to a return bout next year. The Whitehorse dinner normally held in August will give all players the chance to ponder on their successes and the ones that got away. On behalf of the Club, I would like to thank Don Barker, the overall coordinator, David Burgess team Captain Bowral 1, Alec Dietsch Team Captain Bowral 2 and all the players and reserves for representing our club and making this such and enjoyable and competitive event. Well done to all.