Matt Jones Wins the Shell Houston Open
In an exciting finish Matt Jones chipped in to win his first PGA event. On the final hole Matt sent his drive to the right, landing in a bunker that had been cross-raked. Kuchar's drive was perfect, in the centre of the fairway. Matt Jones then, following the advice of his caddy, sent the ball up the right hand side of the fairway, short of the green. Matt Kuchar's 2nd shot ended in the green side bunker. Matt's chip onto the green was perfect and ran into the hole - the photo shows his jubilation. Kuchar's bunker shot failed to hole, giving Matt Jones his first PGA win. He said in an interview after the game that he had been practising chipping a lot in the last few weeks and he had said to his caddy "I am going to chip it in" - and he did. This win entitles him to play in the Masters later this week, along with 6 other fellow Australians including Adam Scott and Steven Bowditch.
Anzac Day - April 25th. This year we are having a 12 hole competition, with a shotgun start at 1:30 pm. The $25 comp fee includes the ball comp, prizes, the Pro pin and a shared sandwich plate for each 2 teams. (The tables will be set up to seat 8 people) The sign up sheet is in the Pro Shop.
The Bruce Smith Cup
The Bruce Smith Cup will be held this year on Saturday 10th May 2014 against Moss Vale Golf Club at Bowral.
As this is a club representative game, priority time spots have been allocated to participants of club team events in other competitions.
The event is teams of 20 pairs against Moss Vale 20 players with the day decided on a 4BBB basis with the total number of points added for each side to determine the winner.
We have very high hopes for a Bowral win this year as we have good success in team competitions in recent times. Several positions on the team remain and it will be on a first in first served basis.
Sign up sheet is at the Pro shop and entries close on Saturday 19th April 2014.
We look forward to your support.
Cheers - Paul Carroll
RULES - WATER HAZARDS
Golf Victoria has posted an excellent video on water hazards and taking relief from them.
click here to view.
Here is another short video from the R&A with another explanation - click here
As explained by the R&A :-
If your ball is in a water hazard (yellow stakes and/or lines) you may play the ball as it lies or, under penalty of one stroke:
If your ball is in a lateral water hazard (red stakes and/or lines), in addition to the options for a ball in a water hazard (see above), under penalty of one stroke, you may drop within two club-lengths of, and not nearer the hole than:
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continuing extracts from Doug Stalley's book:-
'Bowral Golf Club
1901 - 2001'
In the Beginning Bowral 1901
The First President
Thomas Henry Keigwin, the Club’s first president, continued in that capacity until 1906. He arrived from the UK in 1879 and established a shipping agency as representative of the ships owned by W.M. Thomson and Company of Dundee, Scotland, and Ant. Dom Bordes and Fils of Bordeaux, France. He also built up a considerable business as an importer and general merchant, amalgamating in 1902 as Orme, Keigwin and Company, of which he was the governing director. This firm was to remain prominent in the Club’s records for many years, since it continued to be the supplier of one of the Club’s important golfing requisites, whisky.
Thomas Keigwin was on the board, and later vice president, of the Berrima District Cottage Hospital, a vice president of the Bowral Football Club, an active member of the Berrima District Gun Club, and president of the Bowral District Tennis Club at its inception. He was also on the parochial council of St Simon and St Jude’s Church of England, to which he was a generous benefactor. He became president of the Sydney Chamber of Commerce in 1894–95.
Mr Keigwin and his family were not permanent residents of Bowral. They had been visiting Bowral for several years during the summer season, residing at one time at Binderry, and were widely recognised as some of the most distinguished visitors to the district. They left for a visit to England in 1902 and again in 1906, Keigwin resigning from the Club and intending to tour the Continent before retir- ing to live in England. However, due to ill health, T.H. Keigwin had decided to return to Bowral and made arrangements to rent accommodation in Bowral as from February 1908. Unfortunately, he died suddenly in Vichy, France, on 23 June 1907.
The First Captain
Richmond Whytt, an Englishman, the Club’s first honorary secretary–treasurer and also the first captain, is described in one source as ‘a finished golfer, English taught’ but elsewhere by an experienced observer, professional Dan Soutar, thus: ‘he can on occasion put up a very good round; but he is somewhat erratic and will play remarkably well one day and go to pieces the next’. Most readers can readily sympathise with such an assessment.
The Teddy Boys.
On Saturday we had our annual match against the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club, followed by a dinner in the clubhouse. Members of the RPEYC aka the "Teddy Boys" have been friends of Bowral Golf Club for 60 years and we have been playing golf against them since 1956. The first match was played at Bowral and it was agreed that the loser of the match present a trophy. This was the Captain's Bell that hangs in the Members Room. The Bell came with a deed that stipulated that the bell only be rung by the Captain of the club and others ringing it would have the obligation of shouting the bar. In years gone by, many times it was rung when a golfer, infused with enthusiasm and bonhomie, rang the bell to celebrate a victory or occasion. The 'Edwards' have given many things to the club over the years.
On Saturday the match was won by Bowral 3 1/2 to 1 1/2 and the E.S. Coles Trophy - a pair of fighting cocks that resides on the mantlepiece in the Members Room - was won by Brian Hanrahan and David McGinnes, with the best stableford score on the day. Ian and I played against Robert and Phillip England and we had a very enjoyable match, winning and avoiding a draw by just 1 point. At the dinner in the evening different poems were recited, as is the tradition. One that is suitable for publication was written by Commodore Orm Thomas and was presented by him for the first time in 1987. Michael Fitzgerald asked me to recite it on the evening.
Around this time of the year we get a lot of bird damage on the course from the voracious corellas, chewing up the greens and fairways - their favourites are the 13th and 14th - to the Ibis selectively attacking areas of curl grub infestation, but they are not the only offenders. The cunning "latin latin" or common red fox, is also one of the offenders. Their trademark is tearing up a relatively large area, say a meter or so long, then dining on the grubs that are exposed. They also leave their trademark scat. Damian brought it to my attention that they could be the culprits and a local course superintendent has seen them in action on their course. A quick investigation on the internet reveals that they are well known for this activity. With an acute sense of hearing they can detect the grubs below the surface and then start snacking on them. We spray to kill the grubs or larvae at the correct time of year and this is the optimum control. However, it is almost impossible to ensure complete coverage and 100% control
Browsing the internet I have come across a series of Youtube videos on the history of golf - they are very interesting - once the advertisement at the start is over.
Click here to view
THE BALLAD OF BOWRAL GOLF CLUB
Oh, Captain! This Sydney's a great place to be.
There are golf courses stretching as far as you'll see.
Royal Sydney, Killara to Pymble and down
Through Avondale and Roseville and back to the town.
There's St. Michael's, Australian and New South Wales
With its tee by the sea and its hills and its dales.
But, Captain, in Bowral I'd much rather be
Where the bush flies swoop down upon every tee.
If it's more to the north you're wanting to be
Elanora and Monash look out to the sea
At Long Reef and Manly you'll be wanting to stay.
Pennant Hills and Oatlands are out to the west
And perhaps it is there that you'll play at your best.
But in beautiful Bowral I'd rather be
Where the bush flies swoop down upon every tee.
There's Ryde-Parramatta, and not far away
Castle Hill and Muirfield and Concord to play.
Bonnie Doon, Wollahra and Moore Park are more
And then Gordon and Chatswood on Sydney's North Shore
The Lakes and Warringah and more I could name
But, whatever their beauty, I still feel the same.
It's playing at Bowral I'd much rather be
Where the bush flies swoop on every tee
by Cmd Orm Thomas 1987
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