The final round of the Trevor Bell Memorial Shield was held under a sunny sky at The Links Shell Cove on Monday 11th November. Once again the Jamberoo team performed well and returned consistent scores ranging from the low to mid thirties, with Ian Unsworth being our best performer on the day with 36 points. Although we played well throughout the year, unfortunately we didn’t have anyone recording any scores in the high thirties or low forties which would have seen us finish much higher on the leader board. I would like to congratulate all players, including Dave Newton and Larry Osterhaus who made their debut this year.
With the top four teams separated by about 20 points the focus on Monday was definitely about team performance and The Links players certainly stepped up to the mark winning the day with a total of 215 points, from Port Kembla with 198 and followed by Jamberoo and Kiama tied for third with 196 points. However, the fast finishing Links team finished agonisingly short by 6 points from lifting their first title from Port Kembla who again won the shield for the sixth time in ten years.
The closeness of this year’s competition was a feature of the competitiveness displayed this year and in the end, the top five clubs were separated by only 46 points. The final scoreboard read as follows:
Port Kembla 1385
Links Shell Cove 1379
The Grange 1364
The Vale 1228
The first round next year will be held at The Links in April 2020.
Saturday November 16 – Monthly Medal and Gold Medal Playoff – Golden Putter playoff
Monday November 18 – Veterans Stableford
Tuesday November 19 – Ladies Hams Day (closed event)
Wednesday November 20 – Members Stableford
Friday December 13 – Volunteers Day at the club from 2pm.
Rules Info – taking a correct drop
When you hit your ball into a penalty area and you decide on taking a penalty drop then you must first ascertain the point where your ball crossed into the penalty area. You then have several options:
The player may either:
Play the ball as it lies without penalty, under the same Rules that apply to a ball in the general area (which means there are no specific Rules limiting how a ball may be played from a penalty area), or
Play a ball from outside the penalty area by taking penalty relief under Rule 17.1d or 17.2.
If a player’s ball is in a penalty area, including when it is known or virtually certain to be in a penalty area even though not found, the player has these relief options, each for one penalty stroke:(1) Stroke-and-Distance Relief. The player may play the original ball or another ball from where the previous stroke was made (see Rule 14.6).(2) Back-On-the-Line Relief. The player may drop the original ball or another ball (see Rule 14.3) in a relief area that is based on a reference line going straight back from the hole through the estimated point where the original ball last crossed the edge of the penalty area:
Reference Point: A point on the course chosen by the player that is on the reference line and is farther from the hole than the estimated point (with no limit on how far back on the line):
In choosing this reference point, the player should indicate the point by using an object (such as a tee).
If the player drops the ball without having chosen this point, the reference point is treated as being the point on the line that is the same distance from the hole as where the dropped ball first touched the ground.
Size of Relief Area Measured from Reference Point: One club-length, but with these limits:
Limits on Location of Relief Area:
Must not be nearer the hole than the reference point, and
May be in any area of the course except the same penalty area, but
If more than one area of the course is located within one club-length of the reference point, the ball must come to rest in the relief area in the same area of the course that the ball first touched when dropped in the relief area.
DIAGRAM #1 17.1d: RELIEF FOR BALL IN YELLOW PENALTY AREA
When it is known or virtually certain that a ball is in a yellow penalty area and the player wishes to take relief, the player has two options, each for one penalty stroke: (1) The player may take stroke-and-distance relief by playing the original ball or another ball from a relief area based on where the previous stroke was made (see Rule 14.6 and Diagram 14.6). (2) The player may take back-on-the-line relief by dropping the original ball or another ball in a relief area based on a reference line going straight back from the hole through point X. The reference point is a point on the course chosen by the player that is on the reference line through point X (the point where the ball last crossed the edge of the yellow penalty area). There is no limit on how far back on the line the reference point may be. The relief area is one club-length from the reference point, is not nearer to the hole than the reference point and may be in any area of the course, except the same penalty area. In choosing this reference point, the player should indicate the point by using an object (such as a tee).
DIAGRAM #2 17.1d: RELIEF FOR BALL IN RED PENALTY AREA
When it is known or virtually certain that a ball is in a red penalty area and the player wishes to take relief, the player has three options, each for one penalty stroke: (1) The player may take stroke-and-distance relief (see point (1) in Diagram #1 17.1d). (2) The player may take back-on-the-line relief (see point (2) in Diagram #1 17.1d). (3) The player may take lateral relief (red penalty area only). The reference point for taking lateral relief is point X, which is the estimated point where the original ball last crossed the edge of the red penalty area. The relief area is two club-lengths from the reference point, is not nearer to the hole than the reference point and may be in any area of the course, except the same penalty area.
Gold Medal Day
This Saturday is the Men’s November Monthly Medal as well as the annual Gold Medal Day where winners of the previous 12 monthly medals play off, in each grade, for the Gold Medal.
The Golden Putter Trophy will also be played for on this day so keep a record of your putts.
To see if you have qualified for the Gold Medal Playoff please click here
The GUR area that runs across the 16th hole through the trees and into the 17th fairway has been altered.
The GUR is now only on the 16th fairway. The markers have been adjusted to reflect this change.
Also, a compulsory call up is to be made on the 15th hole so that players will be able to move clear of the 15th tee quicker. If you are on the 15th green, call the following group up and then precede to putt out as they approach.
Margaret does it again!
There must be something about Margaret and the 4th hole. For the second time in the last twelve months her buggy has jumped into Hyam’s Creek!
Will somebody show Margaret the brake?!
The Gold Medal round marks the end of the Men’s Eclectic Championship. When the scores went silent several players were in with a good shot of winning either the gross or nett title.
Daniel Adams, Greg Seymour, Tony Rodriguez, Steve Rippon, Phil Lewis, George Vlatko and Pete Wheatley were prominent before the scores were hidden.
Who will be successful in winning the Fredericks IGA Trophy?
Don’t forget to purchase your tickets to the annual Presentation Ceremony and dinner.
It will be held from 4 pm on Sunday 8th December.
Apart from joining in on congratulating the major award winners and club champions a three course dinner will be served and a free alcoholic beverage (or soft drink if you like) will be available on arrival.
A lucky door prize for hams will be held as well as the annual chipping contest.
All this for $25 a ticket. Please pay as soon as possible at the office.
Warm weather greeted the starters in this week’s competitions. Congratulations to Judy Casey on winning the Ladies Gold Medal on Tuesday in the heat. Well played.
Con Kiayias blitzed the field last Saturday winning with a very neat 40 points and Laurie Fogarty played an exceptional round of nett 61 on Wednesday to win the Just Bathrooms Day. Lachlan Young also played well with a nett 62 and in the process beat his father Tim off the stick for the first time. Dave Ransom again fell a shot short in what is developing into a bad habit.
Hope to see you all on the course next week.
Wednesday 13th November 2019 – Men’s Stroke inc Just Bathrooms Mystery Nine
Winner: Laurie Fogarty 61 nett 2nd: Lachlan Young 62 nett (c/b) 3rd: Dave Ransom 62 nett 4th: Paul O’Leary 66 nett (c/b) 5th: Paul Tucker 66 nett (c/b)
Mystery Nine (1,2,3,9,11,12,15,16,18) Winner: Lachlan Young 27.5
Tuesday 12th November 2019 – Ladies Monthly Medal – Stroke – Gold Medal Play Off
Long time member and regular player Marshall Clive BLACKA passed away peacefully with loving family by his side on November 4th 2019. Marshall will be sadly missed by all his family, friends and mates.
Aged 90 Years
Gone For A Game Of Golf And A Beer
Relatives and friends of Marshall are invited to attend his Funeral Service to be held at the Northcliffe Chapel of Hansen & Cole, 634 Northcliffe Dr, Kembla Grange on Monday November 11th 2019 commencing at 12pm.