- Letter from the Captain
- Course Update
- Coming Events
- White Horse Cup
- Recent Results
- The Rules Quiz
- A Little Humour
During the recent monthly board meeting I advised the Directors that it is my intention not to seek re-election as Club Captain at the next AGM (15th April 2021). I shall seek re-election as a Director only. This has been a very difficult decision, as there are still so many projects yet to be completed. However, that will be the case no matter when I choose to stand down. The projects will continue under the guidance of the next Captain.
I have received a great deal of invaluable assistance and support over the past two years and I leave the role comfortable in the knowledge that the club and course are in a strong position.
So now is the time for all those members who have the role of 'Club Captain' still unfulfilled on their bucket list to dust off their resume and contact either Rob Humphreys or myself.
- The recent and ongoing wet weather has left the course very soft. Players who plan to use a cart for their round should check the club website or with the pro shop as to whether carts are permitted before leaving home.
- The following short term local rule is in place until the ground conditions improve. Please note that the distance available is different to what has been used in the past. This will become the standard distance for preferred lies for the future.
Local Rule E-3, (Preferred Lies due to short term inclement weather)
"When a player's ball lies in a part of the general area cut to fairway height or less, the player may take free relief once by placing the original ball or another ball in and playing it from this relief area:
- Reference Point: Spot of the original ball.
- Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: 15cm (height of score card) from the reference point, but with these limits:
- Limits on Location of Relief Area:
- Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
- Must be in the general area.
Penalty for Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Local Rule: General Penalty Under Rule 14.7a."
- Pre-Covid playing conditions are now back in place as of 01 February. This means that :
- Rakes are back in bunkers and players should 'Play it as it Lies' . Please remember to rake the bunker after use and leave the rake in the bunker when you have finished.
- The foam collars have been removed from the flagsticks and flagsticks may be removed as required. (Use a gloved hand as a sensible precaution when handling the flagstick)
- Ball washers and drinking fountains are back in use.
- Players will mark their playing partner's card. Don't forget to sign your partner's card as 'marker' and your own card before submitting your results. Cards will go back into the slot next to the computer after lodgement.
- NTP, Pro pin and Eagle's Nest Competitions will return on appropriate days.
- Saturday 6th February is the next Medal day. A presentation will be held after completion of the event. Don't forget to check the Rules quiz!!
- A Callaway fitting day will be held on the practice area from 10:00 on Monday 8th February. Please make a booking through the pro shop if you wish to attend.
- February 20th is the next Trophy day with the staging of the Jock Rossell and Bill Chrystal ( for left handers) events. These are both PAR competitions. A presentation will be held following completion of the event.
- There is a change to the date published for the Boxmor Trophy (Presidents team V Captains team) due to my announcement earlier. To ensure the event is completed before I stand down as Captain it will now be played on Wednesday 14th April (the day before the AGM). This is not the first time a trophy event has been held on a Wednesday and the trophy will return to a Saturday date next year. More details on the format in coming weeks.
- The Greens' renovations are scheduled for Monday/Tuesday 8th and 9th March.
Bowral played host to 12 teams from two divisions in this popular inter-club competition. Unfortunately the storms in the late afternoon of the previous day meant the course setup was affected, but nonetheless the competition was completed successfully. Thanks to the amazing work by Matt Morris and his team to get the course ready despite the weather. Don Barker has provided the following post-competition report.
Under overcast skies, twelve teams met at BGC for round #1 of the 2021 White Horse Cup.
In Division 2 - Bowral 1 defeated The Grange – 4 matches to 3
Moss Vale 1 defeated Sussex Inlet 1 – 4 matches to 3
Gerringong squared with Shoalhaven Heads 2 – 3 ½ matches each.
In Division 4 – Bowral 2 was narrowly defeated by Moss Vale 2 – 4 matches to 3
Kiama defeated Shoalhaven Heads 1 - 5 ½ Matches to 1 ½
Highlands defeated Sussex Inlet 2 – 5 matches to 2
This has Bowral 1 at the top of the leader board in Division 2, and Bowral 2 in strong contention going into round 2 . Next round, Bowral 1 will meet Moss Vale 1 at The Grange and Bowral 2 will meet The Highlands at Moss vale.
A very successful and enjoyable day was made all the better by the excellent catering by Paul Carroll and John McGuire.
- Best Womens pair: Ellen Neale (18) and Carole Byrnes (21) 44 points
- Best Mens pair: Alec Dietsch (13) and Graham Oldfield (21) 48 points
- NTP Women 2nd shot 4th hole: Netti Buchanan
- NTP Women 14th hole: not won
- Long Drive Women 18th hole: Jan Deane
- NTP Men 2nd shot 13th hole: Nick Winstone
- NTP Men 14th hole: Graham Oldfield
- Long Drive Men 8th hole: Graham Oldfield
- Straightest drive 1st hole: Barb Clayton
- Best Dressed "Dinkum Aussie" : Tony Dick
- Best in 'A' grade : Paul Barnes (13) 39 points
- Best in 'B' grade : Patrick Lane (17) 41 points
- Best in 'C' grade : Wayne Ison (24) 38 points via count back.
Friday 29th January. The "Nugget". Just 4 players in the field for the 9-hole competition due to the poor weather. John Buchanan (9) continued his good form with 20 points to win the event. Balls were won down to 11 points.
Sunday 31st January. With most of the day taken up with the White Horse Cup event only 5 players entered the daily competition. Rory Blatch (10) scored 41 points to beat Rhys Harrington (27) by 3 strokes. A visitor from Shell Cove joined the field.
Monday 01 February. "Monday Madness". Eddie Jones (24) scored 19 points to win the 9-hole event.
Another presentation will be made following the medal day 6th February. Here is the question that will be asked at the presentation. It relates to Penalty areas.
"A player hits their tee shot on the 14th hole towards the penalty area which encompasses the dam. On arrival at the ball the player finds that the ball is within the Red Penalty area and attempts to play a shot. This shot does not leave the penalty area but falls into deep water in the dam".
- What options are available to the player to proceed, and
- What shot number will be the next shot played with each option?
A Little Humour
Now Go Out and Enjoy a Game of Golf !!!