FIRST ROUND MIXED FOURSOMES & THE WOTTON TROPHY Last Sunday fourteen couples hit off in the first round of the Mixed Foursomes Championship which is played in conjunction with the Wotton Trophy. The Championship is a scratch event while the Wotton Trophy is a handicap event. The Mixed Foursomes Championship, first played for in 1980 and won by P.K.Douglas and Mrs, D. Missingham. A formidable pairing who would go on to win the Championship nine times over the next twelve years. In this years event after the first round, the halfway leaders are Michelle Di Natale and Sam Mulholland on 81 after carding an 8 on the 8th hole. They have an 11 stroke lead over Chris Hill and Jim Phillips. We all know Sam’s ability playing of an 8 handicap but Michelle whose handicap matches her age is one to watch. Currently coached by Kevin Kenny who is unstinting in his praise for her self effacing manner and her golf potential in one so young. The final round will be played this Sunday and if you would like to see a champion in the making come down and watch a young home grown champion in the making. Personally I am excited to see members of the young brigade making their mark, but don’t write off Chris and Jim, experience plays a big part when the pressure is on.
Just to introduce myself. I joined the club in 2004 and have been on the board previously where I served as Club Captain for three years. This is my first blog since the AGM when I took over the captaincy from Paul Carroll. I would like to take this opportunity to personally congratulate Paul for the excellent service to your club he provided during his three year tenure as captain. The good news is that he remains a member of the board so his experience and wise counsel will not be lost.
My mission is to carry on Paul's good work and provide you the members and our visitors with an enjoyable, challenging and friendly golf experience each time you walk onto our superb golf course. I should be your first port of call should you at any time have any matters you think should be reviewed regarding the conduct of golf or the course conditions.
We are very fortunate in having our excellent ground staff and it my pleasure to work with them again.
Bruce Smith Cup.My thanks and congratulations to the players who represented Bowral in this prestigious inter club event which has been played since 1938. This time we were successful to achieving a win with a substantial margin 9 1/2 to 1 1/2. The Challenge Trophy can be seen behind the bar.
Handicaps accepted in competitions. The Board has published a policy regarding what handicaps are accepted at Bowral for our competitions. The policy can be seen below. COMPETITION ELIGIBILTY Bowral Golf Club welcomes golf club members with an official handicap to compete in our daily competition with the proviso that you must be a member of a club and have played at least 5 rounds at your home club. The club reserves the right to exclude virtual club handicaps, the Captain can make a discretionary call for charity events.
Our teams results are shown on in the table on the right. After the game we enjoyed time with the Moss Vale players in thew clubhouse with 'deluxe 'hamburgers - very enjoyable.
A little bit more history on the trophy The correct name for the trophy is the Challenge Trophy. The trophy is engraved with the words
Challenge Trophy presented by V H Bruce Smith 1938
SLOW PLAY - EXPECTED CONDUCT (contact the pro-shop) Bowral Golf Club encourages “Ready Golf” however, safety of playing members is paramount. Members must be diligent in avoiding slow play and the low marker in your group is responsible for maintaining an acceptable pace of play. Your group must keep up with the group ahead. If your group is more than one hole behind the group ahead, allow the group behind to play through. Players searching for a “lost” ball should signal the group behind them to play through, as soon as possible. In Par and Stableford events players must pick up when unable to score at least a half or a point.