- Christmas Message
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- The Rules Quiz
- "Who Am I ?" Competition
- A Little Humour
Rob Humphreys - President
Good evening members, a warm welcome to you all.
We will soon reach the end of the Club’s financial year and I thought you might like an opportunity to hear from the Captain, Dick Hiser in relation to the course and from the Treasurer, Warren Ryan concerning finances.
This past year has seen the club grow in many ways. Our clubhouse is attracting more events and higher numbers at regular events. On the golf course the player numbers are up from last year, and there is a definite ‘buzz’ in the club.
Over the year we have played in excess of 16,000 games of golf.
More than 80 trophies have been contested.
Our ladies have been successful in a number of outside competitions, and a female junior, Michelle Di Natale was named as ‘Young Sportsperson of the Year’.
The ground staff have made a major upgrade to the 5th green surrounds and the 6th green mounding has been completed. Members have participated in a number of working bees to plant and maintain the course. Dad’s Army have been particularly active with the gardens around the clubhouse, and they are beginning to ‘grow-in’ currently.
I’ve now penned 39 weekly ‘Blogs’, and the reader numbers are continuing to grow, as evidenced by the responses to the various competitions within the blog. The general knowledge of the rules of golf has improved as well.
We’ve enjoyed a very good year, and this is due largely to the efforts of the staff of our club. I’d like to thank,
- Kevin Kenny for his enormous assistance in helping me come to grips with the role of Captain, and the highly professional manner with which he runs his ‘shop’.
- The guys in the pro shop Darryl, Josh and Nick who are the first point of contact for many of our club members and visitors, and who have to handle all the issues which arise every day.
- The members of the Match and Greens committee who convene regularly to make the golfing process run smoothly.
- The work done by the Women’s committee to make the Women’s golf experience so enjoyable.
- The fantastic Dad’s Army crew under Anton Sanger, who never give up in their attempts to add to the visual presence of the club
- The many club members who give freely of their time to assist with the running of events and activities.
- And lastly (but in no way least), the Green’s Keepers, who provide us with this fantastic course. They have done a monumental job and we are all extremely thankful for their efforts.
I wish to take this opportunity to wish the members of Bowral Golf Club a very Happy Christmas, and an excellent 2020.
Dick Hiser -Captain
November revenue was $135k, a record, compared to $120k last year. Bar and Catering Revenue was up 10% compared to last year, our costs continue to rise but our book profit year to date is $68k compared to $86k last year. Our cash position is $378k compared to $332k last year. We need a gamechanger and ideas are always welcome, none the less we hope to make a profit of $28k for the year and this will be our sixth cash profit in a row.
Warren Ryan - Treasurer
This is a time for holidays and reflection and so I would like to thank all of the people who contributed to the smooth running of the club this year. Firstly, to Brian Lamb for acting as our Patron for 2019, I hope he will continue next year, thank you Brian. Secondly there are members who contribute funds anonymously to various projects the club undertakes, I thank them for their generosity.
Kevin Kenny is the “main Man” in charge of the day to day management of the club and has done a brilliant job. Speaking personally, he has stopped me from putting my foot in it on a number of occasions and I’m sure I’m not alone. He has ensured the decisions of the Board are sensible and implemented in good time. Kevin says that it is just his job but he does it very well, thank you Kevin.
Tim Davis is the function king and ensures that all of the events run to plan under his guiding hand. Tim is ably assisted by his team of Sally, Josh, Alexia, Britney and James who work hard in the service of the Club. There is also Regina, the Queen of the kitchen and her team of Deb, Linzy, Olivia and Georgia. Everyone asks “how does she do it” I don’t know but she does, time after time. Well done and thank you all.
Legacy is the main charity that we support. No-one who attended this year’s dinner could forget the brilliant speech by Dr Brendan Nelson – my highlight experience of the year. Two members of the club, Bruce Franklin and John Jones, were part of the organizing group and we thank them for their contribution to the success of the day.
Thanks, are also due to the Women’s golfing committee, led by Barbara Clayton, the President and Jane Clifford, the Captain. They run the women’s Club competitions and ensure that Bowral has representation in regional and district competitions. They are all volunteers and their diligence and commitment are greatly appreciated. Thank you, Ladies.
I also thank my fellow Directors, Dick Hiser, Warren Ryan, Helen Chadwick, Carole Turpie, David Stanley and Linden Toll. They too are volunteers and take their responsibilities very seriously. They are all qualified and registered to Clubs standard and are diligent with the management of the Club, providing me with great support. Thank you all. Thanks too to the spouses and partners of all our volunteers who allow them to provide their time and energy to assist the club.
Incidentally, at the AGM next April there will be opportunities for any of you to stand for the Board. If you are so inclined, find out what the procedural requirements are and fulfill them in good time.
I also thank you the members, who make Bowral Golf Club so great. On behalf of the Board, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Wednesday 18th December. The December Open day 4BBB competition. A smokey smokey day. This was definitely one for the morning players, with the afternoon contingent accounting for just 2 balls in the rundown. Des Perkins (25) partnered with Dennis Cooper (24) to post 46 points to win the day on a count back from John Mellen (13) and Vernon Vella (27). Vince O'Connor scored a fine 40 points to win the individual competition on a count back. The Eagle again defended her nest, and there are now 6 balls on offer. Tony Hobson won the NTP 11th and Alan Turpie the pro pin. We welcomed a visitor from Antill Park to the course.
Saturday 21st December. As there was a severe weather warning and Catastrophic Fire conditions forecast, the Secretary's Plate was cancelled and only the Single Stableford competition held. In oppressive conditions, 26 players braved the conditions. Philip Downing (27) won the event with 39 points on a count back from Norris Dudgeon (22).
Sunday 22nd December. A much nicer day to play following the devastation of the previous day. With 36 points, Harley Wendt (16) won the competition from Hamish McCathie (26) with 35.
- The Clubhouse will be closed on Christmas day and Boxing day and New Years day. The course will be closed on Christmas day only.
- The next competition presentation will be Saturday 4th January.
- The next events to watch out for are, The Arthur Brassey signup which opens 7th January, and the January Monthly Medal on the 18th.
- The introduction of the World Handicap System begins 30th January. Note that the Golf link system will be down from the 27th to the 30th inclusive. More information early in the new year.
Due to the severe weather conditions last Saturday, there was no presentation. Hence the quiz question posed in my last blog will carry forward. You have plenty of time to work out the answer and try your luck at the presentation on the 4th January.
Lots of answers to this competition during the past week. None have been correct, so here is the next clue.
"My favourite colour would be a combination of two of the Tee marker colours on our course".
email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
(note, the photo is a logo only)
Now Go Out and Enjoy a Game of Golf!!
(Photos courtesy of Matt Hiser)