- Foursomes begin.
- Recent results.
- Congratulations to the Ladies Pennants team.
- Issues with technology.
- Rules quiz (and the first winner).
Foursomes have begun.
Following on from the Patron's Trophy the previous week, the first round of the Club Championships for mixed Foursomes (in conjunction with the Wotton trophy for handicap mixed foursomes) was played on Sunday 19th May. A good field of 36 players enjoyed the colour and sunshine of a late Autumn day and the competition is well in the balance at the halfway stage.
2018 Club Champions Michelle Di Natale and Sam Mulholland returned to defend their title, but found some hot competition in the pairing of Darryl Purchase and Julia Skamperle. Two strokes the difference at the halfway point, with Julia and Darryl in the lead, Johanna and John Buchanan a further three strokes off the pace. However, it IS foursomes, and it IS a club championship, so anything can happen from here.
The Wotton Trophy is a much closer affair, being a handicap event. The leader board has Maggie and Ian McKenzie on 72 from Uschi and Robert Eriksson, Rosemary and Terry Downing and Johanna and John Buchanan on 75. In all there are 12 teams within 8 strokes of the leaders.
(Click on the photos to see a larger version. Apologies to the two groups I missed, next week...)
Wednesday 15th May. Our May Open day was well attended and the 4BBB competition saw some strong scoring. Unfortunately technology problems (see comments further on in the blog) created a little confusion regarding the use of individual score cards. However, that didn't stop Alec Dietsch (14) and Nick Reinhard (20) from posting an impressive 48 points, with John McGuire (26) and Robert Eriksson (21) in the clubhouse with 45. Alan Maher claimed two balls from the Eagles nest, Pascal Timores the NTP 11th and Langdon Emery the Pro pin. 60 players including 5 visitors for the day.
Saturday 18th May. The J M Stanford Trophy for single Stableford. Seventy seven players enjoyed more of the fabulous Autumn weather, and, with the course playing to a DSR of 69, only 4 players managed to score better than their handicap. Tim Tyler (28) took out the trophy with 39 points on a count back from Matthew Cleary (12). Matthew also managed to draw 4 balls out of the Eagles nest, Brian Hanrahan the NTP 11th and Ray White threw an early morning dart to claim the Pro pin.
Congratulations to the women who contested the recent Bronze Pennants competition. Lots of traveling to the Canberra region didn't deter the ladies from performing extremely well throughout this past season. Making it through to their 3rd semi final in 4 years is an extraordinary effort, considering they had not won the event in over 80 years before claiming the title four years ago. They then successfully defended the title the following year. Unfortunately, the ladies from Royal Canberra ended this year's challenge in the semi final, played in windy and wet conditions at Fairbairn GC. Well done to Barbara Clayton, Chris Hill, Pam Barker, Carol Byrnes and Jane Clifford. The club is mighty proud of your performance, well played ladies!
Computers make life easier. Computers also make life more difficult! Just look at how complicated things become when an issue with the system arises. We have been in the process of migrating our data from an old server to a newer one. Unfortunately some of the data did not wish to migrate (perhaps their passport was out of date ???), and this has caused issues with our booking system, the scoring and recording system and the operation of the register (for a short period). We understand how frustrating it can be to be trying to place a booking or check on a recent result etc, but please know that everything possible is being done to rectify the situation as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Last week in my blog I posed a scenario to you. The question was to determine the options available to you to continue play after finding your ball in the lateral penalty area (red stakes) along side the 16th fairway (playing the 16th hole). Some good conversation and a few laughs later, Kevin Bourke received the first award for knowing that there are 4 options available.
- Return and play another stroke (stroke and distance penalty).
- Play from the penalty area.
- Drop from within 2 club lengths of the reference point (entry point into the penalty area, on the side nearest the 16th fairway).
- Drop on a line backwards from the entry point, keeping the pin and the entry point inline.
This Week's Scenario. Match play event (since there are a few games coming up). Your ball comes to rest under a tree and on pine needles. You attempt to move some loose debris from around the ball, and the ball moves several millimetres.
Question. 1. What do you do? Leave it in the new location or move it back?
2. Does a penalty apply in either case? If yes, what is it?
If I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all..........
After a particularly bad round of golf, Robert decided not to go to the nineteenth hole [the clubhouse bar] and started to go straight home.
As he was walking to the car park to get his ute, a policeman stopped him and asked', Did you tee off on the seventeenth hole about twenty minutes ago?'
'Yes', Robert answered
'Did you happen to hook your ball so that it went over the trees and out of bounds and completely off the golf course?'
'Yes, I did. How did you know?' Robert questioned.
'Well', said the policeman gravely', Your golf ball flew out onto the main road and crashed through the windscreen of a BMW. The car driver lost control and crashed into six other cars and a fire engine. The fire engine was unable to reach the fire in time and a building burned down. Now, what do you intend to do about it?'
Robert thought it over very carefully and responded', I think I'll close my stance a little bit, tighten my grip and lower my right thumb.'
Until next week, go enjoy a round of golf.