- The Captain's Trophy
- The J W Draper Trophy Presentation
- A Hole in One
- Recent Results
- Coming Events
- Rules Quiz
- Know Your Course
- A little Humour
Well nobody could say that the Captain does not look after his players. Saturday the 20th July, mid Winter, was just perfect. Warm, no wind, fast greens and some decent run on the fairways. All the ingredients for a great day on the course. However, the course had a say in the outcome, as player after player found scoring difficult. The winner of the 2019 Captain's Trophy was Jim Phillips with an excellent net 69 on a count back from Norris Dudgeon. Congratulations to all the players who took part, and to the excellent turnout at the Presentation which followed.
The final of the 2019 J W Draper Trophy for Handicap Foursomes Match Play was contested the previous week in atrocious conditions. The winners, Jim Phillips and Tony Fitzpatrick, were presented with the trophy last Saturday during the Captain's Trophy day presentation. My appreciation to the players who contested the final, Robert Eriksson and Peter Metcalf, runners up, for making themselves available to attend the presentation. It's an important event on the calendar, and the members appreciate the opportunity to applaud their champions.
Congratulations to Alec Dietsch for his Ace on the 11th hole during the Captain's Trophy competition. His 6 iron to the bottom of the cup is the first hole in one by a male member for nearly 2 years. Suffice to say he also won the NTP on that hole!!
Wednesday 17th July. The July edition of our popular 4BBB Open Day competition with a single stableford in conjunction. A windy day which saw several trees come down on the course welcomed a field of 68 in the contest. With 43 points the team of Pat Donoghue (20) and Peter Metcalf (22) won the event on a count back from Grant Blanchard (29) and Peter Leon (15). The single event was won by Grant Blanchard (29) with 40 points. The Eagle's nest was again not won and now stands at 9 balls. David McGinnes won the NTP 11th and Paul Carroll the pro-pin. We welcomed visitors from Moss Vale, Qantas Club and Barwon Valley Golf Clubs, the DSR sat at 70.
Saturday 20th July. The Captain's trophy, an annual stroke event was held in magnificent conditions, and 78 players enjoyed the competition. As described earlier Jim Phillips (14) with a net score of 69 was the eventual winner of the trophy. The best individual score on the day was returned by country member David Anderson (22) with a net 68 on a count back from another country member, John Butcher (25). The scratch winner was John Mulholland with 80. Again the Eagle defended her nest and now nestles 9 balls. Alec Dietsch won the NTP 11th courtesy of his hole in one, and Craig Houden won the pro-pin. We welcomed a visitor from Kogarah GC and the DSR was again 70.
- The John Owens competition is now under way with round one due for completion by the 4th of August and the quarter finals by the 18th August. Get onto those games early in the time window to avoid situations which could create a forfeit.
- The next Ambrose competition, to be played on the 7th of August, will feature a different aspect to the game. Players will be limited to 5 clubs in total each. The required number of tee shots to be taken from each player will be reduced to 4. So put your thinking caps on and work out which clubs to leave in the shed. Note, you cannot use another players club during the round. Should be a lot of fun, you might be surprised how well you play!!
Last week I presented a photograph showing the location of a ball with reference to a staked tree (go and look at it now). I questioned whether a player was entitled to free relief - YES, whether that relief was mandatory -YES (at BGC it is on the back of your score card), and where that relief was to be taken - The point nearest the current position of the ball which allows the player full relief (if the player subsequently hits the bush/tree with his/her club a penalty is applied.) How did you go with that one?
This week we look at the new rule which came into effect on 01 January 2019 and relates to the correct method for dropping a ball when required. If you aren't aware, the change required a ball to be dropped from knee height, straight down (without propelling or spinning it, or any other motion which might effect where the ball comes to rest) and not touch any part of the player's body or equipment before it hits the ground. Okay, that's all fine, but what do you do if you forget to drop with the new method, and realise this after taking a drop via an incorrect technique?
Congratulations to Paul Carroll for correctly identifying that the photograph indicated 100m to the 12th green.
This week's is a little harder (perhaps?). We had a little jumpy visitor a few weeks ago, see if you can answer the question shown in the photograph. As usual the first person with the correct answer who emails me at firstname.lastname@example.org will be awarded a club ball marker. Give it a go!!
A golfer standing on a tee overlooking a river sees a couple of fishermen and says to his partner, "Look at those two idiots fishing in the rain."
NOW GO OUT AND ENJOY A GAME OF GOLF!!!!