- An Addition to the Club's Memorabilia Cabinet
- 5th Green Works
- Coming Events
- Recent Results
- The Rules Quiz
- Know Your Course Competition
- A Little Humour
The Club was just recently presented with a new item for inclusion in the Memorabilia cabinet in the main foyer. Ms Genelle Almaide has graciously donated (via Fred Sewell) the Bag Tag which was provided to J W (Jim) Draper for his use during the playing of the 1960 Open Championship (The 100th edition of The Open). Jim had to make it through qualifying in order to play. Included with the Tag is the letter from the Scottish golf Union which lists the past Scottish Amateur Champions. J W Draper's name is listed for his win in the event in 1954 at the Nairn Club. Jim was a member of BGC from 1984, and was a handicapper from 1998 - 2000. Jim also donated the 7 framed prints seen around the club which depict some of the courses on which the current British Open is staged. There is a framed photo of Jim, including his medal from his Scottish Amateur win, hanging on the wall of the clubhouse.
During the past week the green staff have been hard at work on the rear surrounds of the 5th green. They have installed a new cart path, closed off the old cart path, and planted out 50 Pittosporum bushes. All motorised carts are now required to move to the appropriate 6th tee via the new path. A walking-only path to the women's 6th tee is provided in its original location.
- League of Nations Ambrose. Saturday 24th August. A 3 person Ambrose Event where each team has the right to declare a National Identity, and the winning team will have their country's flag displayed above the fireplace until the event next year. I'm putting my money on an Aussie team to take this one out, but I know of several teams who believe their flag will be raised instead.
- The John Owens 4BBB Handicap Matchplay competition is coming down the stretch, and the teams for the Semi Finals are now known. The team of Jeffery & Dal Bianco will square off against the team of Hobson & Metcalf, while on the other side of the draw, the team of Phillips & Fitzpatrick take on the team of Dietsch & Buchanan. Good luck all, these games must be completed by Sunday 1st September. The final is to be played on the 22nd September.
- The September Monthly Medal (Max Allen Trophy) will be played on the 31st August due to the timing of the Greens Renovations which commence the following Monday.
Wednesday 14th August. A Single Stableford competition was played in fine and mild conditions. Winning the event (his inaugural win at BGC) was Daniel Weekes (16) with 38 points on a count back from Paul Pettiford (14). The Eagle's nest was not won, Will Clayton won the NTP 11th, and Ash Southon won the Pro pin. 59 players in the field and the DSR was 69.
Saturday 17th August. Another of our Trophy events, this time the WH Friend Trophy. A Single Stableford event replacing the Par event of recent years (due to popular request). Congratulations to Terry Downing (20) for his score of 43 points in winning the event by 1 stroke from Ant Burridge (22). My appreciation also to Terry for returning to attend the presentation ceremony having played in the morning. The Eagle is holding onto the 3 balls in the nest, David Spies won the NTP 11th and Jim Rowe the Pro pin. Visitors from Northbridge, Wakehurst and The Coast joined the other 73 players in the event, and the DSR stayed at 69.
Last week I tested the knowledge on the boundaries of some of the areas on a course (go and read it now) specifically with regard to Out of Bounds and Penalty areas.
As the markers that depict the Out of Bounds areas are 'Out of Bounds' themselves, a ball is only out of bounds when the entire ball is out of bounds. A ball which has any part of it inside the course is considered NOT out of bounds. In the case of a Penalty area marker, the markers are inside the penalty area, and hence a ball which has any part of it, on or inside the line is considered to be INSIDE the penalty area. How did you go?
At the presentation last Saturday, 3 players had the correct answer and the putt-off ensued with Alec Dietsch emerging victorious.
This week we look at the score card. The Question, Which elements on a score card are the responsibility of the PLAYER to complete correctly? Good luck.
This event was not won last week, although there was a healthy increase in responses. The answer was the 150m mark to the 17th green.
This week is considerably easier, so give it a go.
Hear the one about the bad tempered golfer who bought a new set of TaylorMade M-Series clubs. After playing with them for a couple of rounds he returned to his pro shop and told the pro, "These were the best clubs I have ever played with. In fact, I can throw these clubs 40 metres further than my old ones!"
Now Go Out and Enjoy A Game of Golf.