The winning team will be the team highest total stableford points from each team
The numbers of team members to be decided by the Captains on the day depending on the number of entrants.
Prizes: winning team awarded the trophy.
Best scores for for members of each team $20 voucher each
Runners up from each team $10 voucher each
Please book your tee time on the computer system.
Kylie left us a couple of weeks ago with all of our good wishes. We collected a substantial amount for a present of vouchers at Target and Big W.
A photo of the old Bowral Lakeside course.
Weather conditions for the coming week look excellent for golf with temperatures returning to the high teens and low 20s. Now we have dryer conditions our wet weather course will be out of play for a period.
The UK's National Health Service concluded golfers live longer. This is an extract from a UK magazine that shows we are on the right track for longevity.
An NHS campaign to tackle obesity is calling on families and middle-aged adults to take up golf in order to live a healthier lifestyle.
Change4Life, a UK organisation, which has aimed to help people make improvements to their diet, activity levels and alcohol consumptions since 2009 via social marketing campaigns, has become a national partner with the England Golf Partnership’s ‘Get into Golf’ programme, which offers low cost taster sessions and beginner courses across the country.
An NHS spokesman for Change4Life said: “Golf is a great game, whatever your age, background or ability. And, as well as enjoying a healthy dose of fresh air and nature, playing golf can bring some impressive health and wellbeing benefits. It can burn calories, lower cholesterol and may even help you live longer – golfers survive an average of five more years than the rest of the population.”
Tim McKinnon & Peter Nelson with the Challenge Cup
The Bruce Smith Cup encounter Saturday was played in absolutely superb conditions at Moss Vale Golf Club. This was a return match following a draw earlier in the year at Bowral. The course was in great condition with lush fairways a standout. The greens had recently undergone a light renovation using a Verti Drain. (We don't have a Verti Drain but the plan is to acquire one - at a recent course supervisors meeting Verti Drains made the top of the "most wanted" list.) Ian & I played against Tim McKinnon and Peter Nelson - they were another of Moss Vale's winning team with a 44 point BB score. Tim is standing for Moss Vale's Vice President this year and Peter, a past captain, is standing for the board and is chairman of their greens committee. It was a very enjoyable day, perhaps, from our side, slightly compromised by our substandard attempt. Moss Vale's hospitality was well received by our team. The Challenge Cup AKA The Bruce Smith Cup has been played between the clubs since 1938. Moss Vale's name figures prominently on the trophy and their 8-2 victory this year continued that trend. The contest was very well supported - BGC put forward 10 teams of 2. Keith Markwell & David Burgess and Brian Hanrahan & David Mathers were the Bowral team who could hold their heads high.
Not fully confident of my ability to loft a chip a spectator decides for safety
BGC is now an agent for E-l-k Golf’s GT Lithium motorized golf buggy. They have a 24 month warranty on the buggy and battery. Lithium batteries are lighter than the more common lead acid gell-cell batteries so that makes them easier to handle when transferring buggy and clubs to the car for transport. Enquiries to the pro-shop please.
Material piled for later removal.
The pile of wood chips came from Bowral House as a result of some tree pruning and removal. We were fortunate to obtain the chips at no cost. When wood is first chipped it is quite acidic and not suitable for using around most plants that we have on the course. After some ‘seasonong’ we’ll be using it to top-dress at the plants around the tees etc.
Moss Vale Golf club has their AGM Monday night. David Prince is standing unopposed for President. David played at our course recently on an open day with a big group organised by Keith Markwell. David also played in their Bruce Smith Cup team
The club championships. The first qualifying round of the club championships is on 11th October and the second round on the 18th October 2014. At the same time as the two qualifying rounds the Veteran's Plate is held - most of the field qualify!
The development behind the 10th green and 15th tee is at the stage where a development application has been lodged with Council. The contractor has erected a safety fence behind the 10th green and adjacent to the 11th tee. As far as the golf rules go, the safety fence has been erected inside the course boundary, so under the rules it would become an immovable obstruction and relief may be taken at the nearest point of relief, not being closer to the hole.
Peter pictured with Warren Ryan our treasurer
By now you will have met Peter Katsoolis, our new Assistant Manager. Peter has moved down from the north coast with his partner Julie. Peter is a jeweller by trade but, in recent years has worked for the PGA NSW as an events organiser and then, more recently, owned and operated cafes. This ideal experienced profile is well suited to our club, bringing the knowledge of golf and extensive experience in hospitality. The use of the clubhouse for functions and events is increasing and Peter will be seeking to increase these.
Reciprocal Clubs. Recently negotiations have been completed with both Heidelberg Golf Club, in Victoria, and Eastlakes Club near the airport in Sydney. Next week I will publish what benefits as reciprocal members we, as members of Bowral Golf Club, can enjoy at these two clubs. We are also a reciprocal member with the Royal Automobile Club in Sydney. The RAC has premises near to the Opera House, adjacent to the Bradfield Highway. The club has accommodation and a dining room. As members of BGC we can obtain favourable room rates for accommodation and also for parking (when coupled with staying at the RAC).
We had a small gallery watching our drives at the 15th tee on Saturday. All our drives got away OK, so we weren't subject to a Kookaburra laugh.
What's coming up in the next few weeks Greens renovation starts on Monday, 15th September - all going well with the weather. The greens are renovated twice per year. The purpose of renovation is to enhance the growing conditions for the grass on the putting green. Hollow tine aeration followed by removing the cores and then sanding the greens is the basis of it. Sand is pushed around the greens to fill the holes made by the tines, thereby improving drainage and promoting a more vigorous root system. There is a lot more to this, of course, and that is where the expertise of our greens staff comes into play, with their extensive knowledge of our course, the weather conditions experienced where we are and the theory and practice of golf course maintenance.
The greens should recover fairly rapidly as this is a lighter renovation with smaller tines. With a little bit of help from the weather they should be back in good order early in October. We will have the 2-putt rule in force for the first week - that means, if your ball is on the green, you can elect to mark down 2 shots as if you putted in for 2; or you can putt out, hoping you could better the 2 strokes. We will be playing an ambrose on Wednesday and Saturday. That is the format where a team (on Wednesday & Saturday it is a 3-person team) hit off and then the best shot is selected and all the team hits from that spot, until the ball is holed out. With the 2-putt rule in force, once the team elects to putt rather than take the two shots, they have three chances of getting it down in two or less, so it is quite good fun. When we play the ambrose we will set the competition so that each player must have their drive count at least 5 times.
Changed date for the Boxmor Trophy. The Boxmor Trophy has now been rescheduled to Saturday, 1st November. Invitations to join either the Presidents or Captains team will be emailed early October.
As you may be aware, the Captain vs Captain team event was postponed because of inclement weather and it has now been rescheduled to Monday, 6th October 2014. The format of this event is a single stableford, played in a 4 ball.