- J W Draper final
- Bowral GC Junior, U13 NSW Girls' Champion
- First Winter Whiteout a Success
- Recent Results
- Coming Events
- The Rules Quiz
- Know Your Course competition
- A little humour
The final of the J W Draper Trophy for Foursomes Handicap stroke match play was held under extremely trying conditions last Sunday 14th of July. The howling wind and cold temperatures (with windchills around minus 5 degrees) provided a harsh backdrop to the last of the Foursomes competitions in this calendar year. The team of Robert Eriksson and Peter Metcalf squared off against Tony Fitzpatrick and Jim Phillips under the ever-watchful eye of referee Don Barker. A tough competition ensued, in which the weather played a major role, and the result was determined on the 14th hole with Tony and Jim emerging victorious with the score of 5 and 4. Congratulations to both teams for the standard of competition and spirit in which they played. Thank you to Don Barker for again putting his hand up to referee. The Trophy will be awarded next Saturday 20th July during the post game presentation.
The comments received following the playing of the inaugural 'Winter Whiteout' competition showed that the format was widely well received, and will become a regular event in the club calendar in future. 59 players entered the competition on a fine winter's day and in Division 1 (75+) our club president Rob Humphreys (25) with a score of 38 points became the inaugural winner. Alan Turpie (21) with 37 points became the runner-up. In the 'Whippersnapper's' division (74-) Paul Pettiford (14) narrowly held on to first place by count back from Alec Dietsch, both with 41 points. The 'Captain's prize' for the longest drive was won by young Pat Donoghue and a younger Paul Pettiford, while the NTP 11th was won by Brian Lamb (Div 1) and John Mulholland (Div 2). Tony Rourke firing a dart to win the pro-pin. Congratulations to all the players for embracing a new event with enthusiasm.
Saturday 13th of July. Will anyone ever remember the golf on this day?? The wind howled at over 80 kph and dropped the windchill to well below zero. Suffice to say, a reduced field of very hardy souls took to the course to try their luck, with very mixed results. Tom Whitmarsh (23) with 37 points emerged as the winner from Eddie Jones (21) on 36. The Eagle's nest was again not won and now stands at 8 balls. Tony Fitzpatrick won the NTP 11th and Simon Taufel the pro-pin. Visitors on the day from Macarthur Grange and the Australian, and the DSR was unremarkably 72.
- Next Wednesday 17th July is our July Open Day. The usual competition of 4BBB with a single stableford competition held in conjunction. So you will each have your own card, and when the score is entered into the computer, the team score will be produced. Note, as the primary competition on the day is the 4BBB, it is still a 'team' event.
- This coming Saturday is the most important trophy event on our calendar (in my opinion, at least), the Captain's Trophy. An 18 hole handicap stroke event. Get your name on the booking sheet, and please come back to the clubhouse for the presentation. It would be great to welcome as many as possible of our morning players to the presentation. The J W Draper trophy will also be presented, along with the usual updates and rules competition.
- The John Owens trophy draw has been published, and can be found on the notice boards in the club house and pro shop. Those teams who have a match in the first round need to have those matches completed by the 4th August. See the notice board for the Conditions of Competition.
Last week I raised the issue of hitting a ball which is in motion (go and read it now). The scenario posed the question of when it is permissible to hit a moving ball without being penalised. There are 4 situations,
- Hitting or lifting a ball which is in running water,
- Hitting a ball twice in one stroke
- Hitting a ball which moves whist in your back swing or downswing (providing the movement was not caused by you)
- Hitting a ball which has/is falling off a tee in the teeing area.
See the photograph opposite. The white dot indicates the position of your ball after a shot. The questions,
- Are you entitled to free relief?
- Must you take that relief if it is allowed?
- If relief is available, where is it to be taken?
Email me with your answer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
"So I jump ship in Hong Kong and make my way over to Tibet, and I get on as a looper at a course over in the Himalayas. A looper, you know, a caddy, a looper, a jock. So, I tell them I'm a pro jock, and who do you think they give me? The Dalai Lama himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald... striking. So, I'm on the first tee with him. I give him the driver. He hauls off and whacks one—big hitter, the Lama—long, into a ten-thousand foot crevasse, right at the base of this glacier. Do you know what the Lama says? "Gunga galunga... gunga, gunga-galunga." So we finish the 18th, and he's gonna stiff me. And I say, "Hey, Lama, hey, how about a little something, you know, for the effort, you know?" And he says, "Oh, uh, there won't be any money, but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness." So I got that goin' for me, which is nice."
Bill Murray, from 'Caddyshack' the movie.
Now Go Out and Enjoy a Game of Golf.