- A Trophy Awarded
- Coming Events
- Recent Results
- The Rules Quiz
- Know Your Course
- A Little Humour
Langdon Emery was on hand following the competition presentation last Wednesday to be presented with the H. A. (Harry) Murdoch trophy. Langdon won the trophy the previous Saturday with a Stableford score of 39 points.
- The closing date for entry into the John Owens 4BBB Handicap Match Play Knockout competition is the 3rd of July. The dates for matches are listed in the online calendar, and the Conditions of Competition are available online as well as in the Pro Shop and on the club notice board. The standard competition fee applies per player and is payable at time of entry. This is a good opportunity for any eligible player to win a major club competition, as it is handicap based. Give it a go!
- The inaugural "Winter Whiteout". Wednesday the 10th of July sees the trial of a new format of competition. This replaces the Ambrose competition previously scheduled on this date. The competition will be played off the white tee's (hence the name) and players will be competing in one of two divisions. One division for those 75 and over, and the other for those 74 and below. The slope applicable on the day is 118, so this may mean that your handicap on the day is slightly different to usual. There will be an NTP prize for each division on the 11th, and a divisional prize each for the longest drive on the 8th hole. The normal Pro pin and ball rundown competitions will still apply. As some of those white tee's are quite forward of where we are used to playing, the game will be a very competitive one indeed!!
- The final round of the Club Championships in Foursomes will be played next Sunday 30th June. The team of John Mellen and John Ferguson will play off against the team of Phil Jeffery and Craig Houden over 36 holes of Match Play competition. Come along and enjoy some fine and competitive competition and lend your support to the players.
- Planting Bee. Next Friday 28th June a number of new trees will be planted on top of the mounding along the side of the 18th fairway. If anyone has a few spare hours and wishes to help Paul Carroll and myself your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Starts at 09:00. Bring gloves and suitable digging implements.
- Wednesday 19th June. The June edition of the Club 'Open Day' event saw 66 players contest a 4BBB Stableford competition, with a single Stableford held in conjunction. Visitors from Russell Vale, Wollongong, Kangaroo Valley and Woolooware joined the field. Winning the major competition on the day were the visiting team from Wollongong, Ron Davison and James Romanowski (both off 27), with a combined score of 46 points. A fairly remarkable result given that neither player's individual score exceeded 24 points. Runners-up, on a count back, were Don Barker (21) and John Mellen (15) with 42 points. The minor event prize was won by Nick Reinhard (19) with 39 points. John McGuire won the NTP 11th, Bruce Frankland the Pro-pin, while the Eagle's nest continues to grow and now holds 5 balls. Daily Scratch rating 70.
- Saturday 22nd June. Young gun Nick Reinhard (18) pulled out all the stops for this competition, taking out the Single Stableford with 40 points on a count back and the Pro-pin as well. I've never seen a golfer so 'on the edge of his seat' waiting to see each result appear on the monitor in the members lounge. John Hobbs (22) was runner-up. Langdon Emery taking out the NTP 11th completed the prizes. Again no winner of the Eagle's nest. Visitors from Gibraltar, MacArthur Grange and Sam Farthing from Ireland joined the field. DSR of 70.
Last week I posed a question about the number of options available and the penalty applicable to a player who's ball had ricocheted behind them into an unplayable lie. The trick in this question revolves around the availability of 'Stroke and Distance' relief, since that point would be closer to the hole than where the ball currently lay. This relief is always available even if the shot would occur from a spot closer to the hole. Ash Southon was SO close to winning the prize at the presentation, unfortunately faltering at the last step. John Buchanan then fully answered the question correctly, to become the second winner in the competition, and duly received the club ball marker for his effort. I would love to see some of the morning players come back for the presentation, we have a lot of fun with this section.
This Week's Scenario.
A player plays their tee shot from the 17th tee. The ball heads left into the trees, and impact noises are heard. The Player decides to play a provisional ball, which ends up on the fairway, well beyond the trees which interfered with the first ball.
The players head off to find the first ball and a ball is subsequently located in the vicinity of the trees. The player then plays a good shot down the fairway, finishing beyond his/her provisional ball. The player asks one of his/her playing companions to collect the provisional ball (which they do) and heads off down the fairway. When the player arrives at the ball, he/she realises that the ball is not their ball. The player has hit the wrong ball from back amongst the trees.
- What to do?
- What number shot will be the next one?
Last week's competition was not won, as the answers received indicated a knowledge of the course, but lacked the ability to 'read the question'! Go and have a look and see if you can work it out.
This week's photo is an interesting one.
Who is the player, and which hole is he playing?
Both answers required.
A couple of older gentlemen were golfing when one said he was going to a particular specialist for a new set of dentures in the morning.
His friend remarked that he had gone to the same specialist a few years before.
"Is that so?" the first said. "Did he do a good job?"
"Well, I was on the course yesterday when the fellow on the ninth hole hooked his drive," he said. "The ball must have been going 200 kph when it hit me in the stomach.
That," he added, "was the first time in two years that my teeth didn't hurt."
So, go out and enjoy a game of golf.