- Michelle Di Natale
- Current Course Status
- Coming Events
- Recent Results
- The Rules Quiz
- Know Your Course Competition
- A Little Humour
Three years ago, fourteen year old Michelle Di Natale liked the idea of taking up golf. Just three years later, under the guidance of the ladies of the Bowral Golf Club and their PGA Professional Kevin Kenny, Michelle has had a meteoric rise which culminated in July with her winning the NSW Girls 13 Years Championship. The NSW Junior Championships and the Jack Newton Junior Golf (JNJG) State Age Championships were played over four rounds in Newcastle, Belmont and Charlestown Golf Clubs over the 9th – 12th July. Michelle was crowned 13 years Champion with a score of +36 which was 12 strokes ahead of her nearest rival. She also won the Nett competition by 8 strokes. The JNJG championship is open to national and international players aged 17 years and younger and Michelle, one of the youngest in the field, placed 31st. Also in July, she won her first Bowral Golf Club and Golf NSW Women’s medal event with a Gross 79, Nett 72. All these achievements saw Michelle, who is in Year 8 at Chevalier College, a very worthy winner of the Junior Berrima District Sports Award for July. Congratulations from everyone at Bowral Golf Club.
As most players will have noticed, there are a considerable number of course-work projects currently underway. There is a large mulch pile located to the rear of the 5th green, which will be spread shortly. The work to mound the surrounds to the 6th green has started, the greens have been tined and sanded and the tees cored and sanded. This work on top of the regular course maintenance has the staff stretched fairly thin. The course has generally been fertilised, so things are ready for the growing season. The 'Preferred Lies' condition has been removed as of Monday 16th September, and 'Play it as it Lies' is now the current playing status.
- Sunday Competitions. This event is very slowly gaining traction as members and guests/visitors become more aware of its availability. The small fields mean a great chance to take away a prize, plus no congestion on the course to slow your round. It all points to a great opportunity to add to your golf calendar.
- The Redmond Dalton Trophy for single stableford will be played on the 28th September. A good opportunity to sharpen up your game before the club championships commence.
- The Winter Eclectic competition closes on the 30th September, so not much longer to get those birdies and eagles into your score. The Summer Eclectic commences the following day 01 October. The usual competition fee applies.
- October is going to be a very busy month. October 5th see's the Monthly Medal played in conjunction with the 1st rounds of the Club Championships, Veterans' Plate and Lifestyle Cup. These are all obviously Stroke rounds. The 2nd round of each will be the following Saturday 12th. Please take the time to read the Conditions of Competition currently located on the club and pro shop notice boards. The 1st round of the Vicars Shield is on the 19th, with the final round on the 26th.
- Titleist Fitting Day. To be hosted at the club on the 28th October from 12 - 4pm. Bookings are required, and can be made through the pro shop.
Wednesday 11th September. A fantastic Spring day, and 50 players on the course to contest a Single Stableford event. My thanks to David Stanley for standing in for me during my absence. John Ferguson (18) with 40 points on a count back was the winner on the day from Peter Dunn (28). The Eagle was not troubled, Jim Larkin won the NTP 11th and John Jones the Pro pin. Visitors from Royal Melbourne, Moss Vale and Avondale and the DSR was 69.
Saturday 14th September. Another of Spring's marvels (although a little rain would be more than welcome at present). A tight and high scoring event saw 18 players equal or better their handicap on the day. Ray Furner (32) the eventual winner on a count back with 42 points from David Farthing (31). The Eagle was not bothered, Paul Carroll won the NTP 11th and Mathew Cleary the pro pin. We welcomed a visitor from Wakehurst to the club and the DSR was 69.
Sunday 15th September. Another fine day and 10 players (6 men, 4 Ladies) made the most of the opportunity to walk away with a prize. Ray Furner (30) continued his hot form from the previous day to collect the men's prize whilst Jenny Ogg (22) collected the prize for the ladies event. Chris Hill won the NTP 14th for the ladies, while there was no winner in the men's competition. We enjoyed the company of a player from Kooindah Waters, and the DSR was 69 (men) and 73 (ladies).
Last week I posed a question regarding the correct procedure (and applicable penalties to be applied) should a player cause their ball to move during a practice swing on the fairway (go and read it now). The correct answer is that the ball must be returned to its position and there is a penalty of 1 shot. There were no winners of the competition at the Saturday presentation last week.
The question for this week. A player hits his/her ball from off the green and lands it in another player's buggy. What is the procedure to be followed, and is there a penalty to be applied? Look it up and come along to the presentation to try your luck, your putting might improve as a result!!
There was no winner in this competition, held over the past 2 weeks. The correct answer to the question ( go back and read it now) is 4. There are 4 spinners currently located on the course. One on the dam wall on the 15th, one beside the 15th tee, one to the left of the 10th green and one between the 17th and 4th fairways.
This week sees the return of our old friend the Owl. Have a look at the photo for the question.
Responses to email@example.com please. Good Luck and keep the answers coming in, I'd love to hear from some of our newer members, don't be shy.