The next Open Day is May 21st. The Open Days are 4BBBB medley events. There is a small flyer in the clubhouse with the days circled where visitors and guests can play in the competition (provided they have a Golf Australia handicap) for $15 without having to pay an additional green fee. The last Open Day was a big success with Keith Markwell inviting 10 Moss Vale members to take part in the competition.
Teeing off on time. The Pro Shop is in charge of tee times and if a group is late to the tee it, of course, affects all subsequent players. At some clubs a late group has to tee off at the end of the field. In general groups at Bowral are always on time, so it is not a big issue but we must be attentive to punctuality on the tee.
The Monthly Medal was on Saturday, with a field of 65. Medal winners were Sam Mulholland - A Grade; Alec Deitsch - B Grade; John Cooper - C Grade. We enjoyed the company of 7 visitors with Austin's son-in-law, Scott Campbell, being the A Grade stableford winner with a scratch score of 74, giving him 39 points. Don Barker, with 37 points, was the B Grade stableford winner and Peter Dunn the C Grade winner with 37 points.
Slow play is a perennial problem , but let's address the problem rather than see it as insolvable. Most golf clubs have problems with slow play from time to time and some employ measures to penalise slow play. It is pretty obvious that we are playing in a long procession around the course and, if one group falls behind, it affects all the other groups behind them. At Bowral Golf Club we normally enjoy sub-4 hour rounds; occasionally if the conditions have been wet, it is a little slower. Let's look at some things that can speed play.
On the course be ready to play. On the PGA circuit a slow group can be "put on the clock". You may be aware that on the PGA circuit they have 50 seconds to play a shot (you can read the full protocol by clicking here).
Each golfing group must keep up with the group in front of them and just because a group may be clear of the group behind them, doesn't mean they can slow down. The lowest handicapper in the group is responsible for keeping up the pace of play. A friendly reminder such as "they are getting away from us" is normally sufficient for a courteous golfer to speed up their play.
If you are the lead group then you should ne walking off the 5th green in under 1 hour and walking onto the 10th 2 in under 2 hours - this timing will get you around in well under 4 hours without rushing
Without belabouring the slow play issue, please keep the pace of play up so that all the golfers on the course can enjoy their game.
Julia Skamperle - John Mellen - Jill Scott - Di Mellen.
ANZAC Day Golf
Policy for Tee Placements
27th Oct 2013
Just to reiterate our tee placement policy
"It has been the practice at BGC to play events ‘off the plates’ ie at the standard measured length of the course. Because we play many events this has a consequence of excessive wear of the tee around the plate area.
With the new handicapping system, which is being progressively introduced by Golf Australia, there is now the requirement that the course, as set up on the day for a competition, be within 100 metres of its ‘standard’ measured length – that is the length used for the calculation of the ‘slope’ with reference to a particular set of tee markers or plates. If set up this way the results of a competition round can be used for the calculation of handicaps.
The Board has adopted the recommendation of the Match and Greens committee to play the Club Championships and the Jubilee Cup off the plates. Other events will be played on a course, set up to the Golf Australia requirements, but not necessarily off the plates, ie the course on the day to be within 100 metres on its measured length. The policy will also cover using the full width of the tees for Club Championship’s and the Jubilee Cup but not necessarily for other events."
The DSR or Daily Scratch Rating, is a mathematical mechanism in order to normalise golfer's scores, so that a handicap adjustment made as a result of a score will reflect the difficulty of the day, competition etc. We used to have the CCR, or Calculated Course Rating and this was a fairly unsophisticated method of normalising scores. The new method has been developed by analysing millions of rounds of golf which have been submitted to GolfLink over the years and then developing a formula that will give the most accurate result.
A question was raised: how come a few days ago we had a DSR of 70 when we have preferred lies and yet yesterday the DSR was 69 when we were playing "off the deck"? DSR is calculated just after the scores for the day have been uploaded to GolfLink and the formula then gave us the DSR of 69. If one wants to get deeper into the theory of it, a full explanation can be found in the Golf Australia document by clicking here.