- Course Works get underway
- Golf NSW Roadshow
- Coming Events
- Recent Results
- The Rules Quiz
- Know Your Course
- A Little Humour
Players will have seen my updates over the past weeks telling of the works around the 5th green, which have largely been completed (still some planting and the pedestrian pathway to be finished). Commencing today the greens and the tee boxes will be given a Spring makeover. So expect to experience sand on the greens for the next two weeks. Additionally, work will commence to create the mounding around the 6th green (similar to that around the 3rd and 13th). GUR signs will be placed as and where necessary.
The Captain represented BGC at the recent Roadshow, hosted by Wollongong GC. Of the many topics discussed, the new handicap system (which will come into play from January 2020) is noteworthy. The new system will be known as the World Handicap System. There are not too many changes from our old system, (as the system currently in use in Australia was seen as the 'preferred' model). Of particular interest though is the fact that all tees will have an adjustment made to better equate the old 'Scratch rating' verses Par. Under the new system the Red tees, for example, will have a handicap adjustment which will mean a player who plays to their handicap will have scored 36 points. This will be similar on all tees, and the reference to the 'Ladies' Tees' will disappear and the tees will be referred to as a course, eg the Red course, or the White course.
A benefit of this will be the ability for a competition to be run from multiple tees, with competitors playing for the one prize. For example, we might run a competition where one group play the Blue course, while another (in the same competition) play the White course. The players' handicaps will be adjusted to ensure they are all playing the same competition. More details in the coming months.
- Next Wednesday is the Greens-keepers' Revenge Ambrose. Who knows where they will place those pins, but you can be sure they won't be easy. There will be sand to contend with as well.
- The Final of the John Owens 4BBB Handicap Matchplay will be played on Sunday 22nd September. The final will see Tony Hobson and Peter Metcalf take on Jim Phillips and Tony Fitzpatrick. Put the date in the diary and come along and support the players on the day.
- The Club Championships are just around the corner. The first round of Qualifying is the 5th October. See the noticeboards for the updated Conditions of Competition (there are some changes from last year's event!).
- The Sunday Single Stableford Competition is now up and running (see below for the results) and will continue until the new handicap system comes into play.
- The Redmond Dalton trophy for Single Stableford will be held on Saturday 28th September.
Wednesday 28th August. Excellent conditions welcomed the field of 62 for a Single Stableford event. Ash Southon (17) emerged as the victor with 40 points from John Hopkins (23) with 39 points. The Eagle hung on to the 3 balls in the nest, Terry Downing (from Latvia !!) won the NTP 11th and Dennis Cooper the pro-pin. The DSR was 69.
Saturday 31st August. The last event of the Winter. The 65 competitors played a stroke event for the Max Allen Memorial Trophy in conjunction with the September Monthly Medal. A beautiful day after some mid-week showers saw the course in excellent condition. Dennis Cooper (25) with a superb net 64 won the Trophy with Daniel Weekes (16) as runner-up. In the Medal events, the 'A' Grade medal was won by Clark Gibbons (11) with a net 67 from Tony Fitzpatrick (15) net 69. 'B' grade went to Daniel Weekes (16) with net 66 from Don Orrock (20) net 67 on count back. 'C' grade went to Dennis Cooper ( 25) with net 64 from Peter Dunn (28) net 70. The scratch winner was Clark Gibbons with 78. Daniel Weekes made the most of a good day by relieving the Eagle of 5 balls, while Tony Hobson won the NTP 11th and Alec Dietsch the pro-pin. We welcomed one visitor, from The Coast GC, and the DSR was 69. An interesting note for all you statisticians; the 12:44 tee-time group each played in a different grade (A,B,C) and each came last in their grade!!?? What are the odds??
The Rules Quiz.
It's really pleasing to see the numbers rising in this competition. We've had 'putts-off' several times over recent weeks. This past week was no exception. My question from last week (go and read it now) related to a situation where the player and opponent in a match play had inadvertently hit each others ball. The correct outcome is for the first player who hit the incorrect ball to lose the hole. If it was undecided who had hit the wrong ball first, the hole should be completed with the balls currently being played. Alec Dietsch and Daniel Weekes both presented the correct answer and featured in the 'putt-off'. On the first attempt the putts ended up tied!!, so a second attempt resulted. This time Daniel left his putt within a millimetre of the wall, leaving Alec with an almost impossible attempt. Daniel ended up winning the ball marker.
This week we look at one of the rules which was amended and introduced into play in January this year. The question has two parts. 1. When searching for a ball, what penalty is imposed if the ball is inadvertently moved during the search by either the player or the opponent? 2. What is the procedure to follow if the ball has been moved? Good luck, do some research and come along to the presentation next Saturday and try your luck.
Know Your Course
Congratulations to Leonie Carroll for winning her second KYC competition. She correctly emailed that the minute hand on the clock was nearest the 35 minute mark.
This week we are back to a photograph. We have recently installed a number of new reflective 'Whirly-gigs' at strategic places around the course. I'm sure our eagle-eyed members have noticed them. Look at the photo, and send your answer to email@example.com
"I'd like to see the fairways more narrow. Then everybody would have to play from the rough, not just me!" Seve Ballesteros
"If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball!" Jack Lemmon
Golf!! You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins. And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks!!!!! Anon.
Now Go Out and Play Some Golf!