- Coming Events
- RFS Presentation
- Members General Meeting
- Recent Results
- The Rules Quiz
- "Who Am I ?" Competition
- A Little Light Reading
- The Arthur Brassey competition round 2 matches need to be completed by Sunday 15th March.
- The representatives of BGC head to the Australian GC to contest for the Whales Tooth on Thursday 19th March. Good luck to the team, we will be defending our win in this event from 2019.
- The Semi Finals for the Club Championships in Men's Foursomes need to be completed by the 22nd, with the final scheduled for play on Sunday the 29th. Tee times for the final have been booked for 08:32 and 12:30 to cover the 36 holes. A referee will be provided.
- The Club General Meeting is scheduled for Thursday 26th March at 6pm.
- The Jock Rossell and Bill Chrystal Trophy events (both PAR) are slated for play on the 28th March.
- Our major external event, the Jubilee Cup is set for play on Sunday 5th April. Entry is now open, maximum handicap limits apply.
Last Tuesday evening (3rd March) the Captains from the three selected RFS brigades attended the club to be presented with the proceeds of the RFS charity Day. BGC President Rob Humphreys was delighted to present a cheque for $2000 to each of the Captains. The Brigades selected (from the more than 19 in the Wingecarribee) were Canyonleigh, Wingello and Hill Top. The respective Captains from these brigades are, Brett Bannerman, Mark Wilson and Ian Coates. Approximately 30 members were regaled with stories of some of the horrors and successes experienced by these very impressive volunteer firefighters. I was in awe of the work they completed during the past fire season, and of how appreciative each Captain was to receive the funds. One thing that became very apparent during the evening, was how heavily dependent each individual brigade was in funding their own equipment requirements. I'm convinced that future donations should go directly to the brigades, rather than to the RFS in general.
I'm hopeful of hosting an evening with some of these RFS Captains where they give a presentation to the members of their experiences over the past summer. It would be a highly educational night, and definitely not one to miss.
As most members are aware, the Board has announced that it will hold a general Meeting on Thursday 26th March commencing at 6pm. There have been notifications sent to members via email and a copy posted on the club notice board.
Suffice to say there has been considerable conversation thus far, and indications are that the motion will be strongly supported. There are some dissenting opinions though as might be expected. The major issue seems to stem from a belief that the Board is asking the members to vote in favour of a development at this meeting. This is NOT the case. The Board is asking for approval by the membership, for the Board to evaluate and assess the proposal at hand. This proposal is very much at a 'conception' stage and there are a great many questions and aspects to be investigated. Should the Board feel that the proposal is worthy of going further, an enormous amount of information would be forthcoming to the members in order to fully inform the membership of every aspect before any vote to approve would be requested.
I would hope all members will vote in favour of the motion, with the confidence that the Board is acting only with the best interests of the club in mind, and be assured that the Board will not endorse any development without a full and exhaustive examination before further membership approval is requested.
Wednesday 4th March. A half competition due to the commencement of greens' work, however the poor weather further limited the field to only 11 players. Alan Turpie (20) splashed his way to 37 points, to win by 5 shots from Harry Caust (17). The Eagle was not troubled, and there are now 16 balls waiting. The NTP 11th and the pro pin were won by John Jones.
Saturday 7th March. The Autumn Green Keeper's revenge day saw fine weather (although a little soggy underfoot) and some interesting tee locations. Obviously the revenge was limited as the winning team with a score of 53 1/3 found the going easy!! Michael Halfhide (19), Tom Whitmarsh (22) and Nick Winstone (28) combined extremely well and included an Eagle on the 15th in their score to beat the team of David Farthing (28), Bob Constable (23) and Kevin Kenny (1) who returned a score of 56 1/3 on a count back. Bob was heard to say he 'carried his team on the greens'. The Eagle was again not interested in paying out (4 balls now in the nest), the NTP 11th went to Michael Halfhide and the pro pin to Robert Bearup. A feature of the day was the number of visitors to the course. Two from Elanora GC, one from Wakehurst GC and six from Gosford GC, all who joined the day's competition.
Sunday 8th March. 13 players in the field including one lady. Daniel Weekes (10) found some good touch to post a score of 38 points to win the day from David Spies (10) by one stroke. The NTP 14th was won by Paul Barnes for the men, while the Women's prize was not contested.
Tuesday 3rd March. Our Women's Captain, Jane Clifford,swept the field to win the Kathleen Armstrong Bowl for the best combined two-round score during the recent Women's Golf NSW meeting which was played over the courses in the Highlands. Congratulations Jane!
Last week I asked for the number of available options a player has for treating an unplayable ball in a bunker (go and read it now).
The correct answer is Four.
- Take 'Stroke and Distance' and play the shot from where you last played (1 shot penalty)
- Take a drop within the bunker, and within 2 club lengths, no closer the hole (1 shot penalty)
- Take a drop within the bunker and back on a line extended from the current ball position and the pin (1 shot penalty)
- Take a drop outside the bunker, back on a line as above (2 shot penalty)
This week's question.
True or False. If the colour of a penalty area is not marked Red or Yellow, it is to be treated as a Yellow penalty area.
No correct responses to the clue from last week, so here's a new one.
"My new clubs are really starting to perform for me", who am I?
Email your answer to email@example.com
(Note, the photo is a logo only)
ODE TO GOLF
In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White and Dimpled, And Rather small.
Oh How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.
By Its Size I Could Not Guess,
The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.
My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same,
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End,
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.
It Has Made Me Curse and Made Me Cry,
And Hate Myself And Want To Die.
It Promises Me a Thing Called Par,
If I Hit It Straight And Far.
To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.
It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim, To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.
With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If It Would Only Find The Hole.
It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows.....I'll Be Back
Now Go Out and Enjoy a Game of Golf!!!