News Weekly – January 17

17th tee Jan 2020

Members’ Trophy Accounts

In the last week the Office has been doing an audit on the amount of uncollected vouchers and balls in members accounts.

As you are aware members have 3 months to collect their winnings as per the 2020 Conditions of Play (and earlier years) which can be found by  clicking here . Here is the relevant excerpt:

three calendar months from the date of events, all unclaimed
trophies will revert to the Club unless arrangements are
made through the office”.

There is no need for you to be concerned if you take advantage of the last phrase. Make arrangements with the Office.

Many members already transfer all of their voucher winnings automatically to their membership account, while some are saving theirs to buy a special item from the golf shop. We do not want to take unclaimed winnings so please let the Office know what you want done with yours.

Let your mates who don’t have access to a computer know as well. All balances can be found by asking in the shop.

Mens Pennants 2020

The 2020 Mens Pennant Season commences on Sunday 2nd February. This means the cut-off day for handicaps will be Sunday 26th January. All Pennant handicaps will be set at this date.

In C Pennants your handicap can fall after this date and you will still remain in the team but you will be required to give shots to your opponent (based on a 13 handicap) according to the balanced matchplay index.

Once your handicap falls that’s what it remains at for the rest of the Pennant even if it should consequently rise again.

The C Pennant play their first game at St George’s Basin, and the White Horse Cup Division 1 Magpies start at Nowra. The Division 3 Cowpats start at Bowral.

A ‘Representative Shirt’ Presentation will occur at the club after golf on Saturday 25th of January at about 2.30 pm.

Don’t forget to contact your Team Captain.

C Pennant – Chris Leckey – 0400 223 138

WHC Magpies –  Don Thompson – 0415 974 550.  I’ve got it right this time.

WHC Cowpats – Col Booth – 0417 033 023

January Greens Report

Greenkeeper Nick Goodger makes the following report:

  1. The footbridge on the left of the small ditch on the 18th has been totally replaced due to rotten support beams. New steel beams in stock in the compound were used along with several new timber boards and the bridge surface was carpeted.
  2. The other bridge on the right is also in poor and dangerous condition. It will be removed as players can easily go around it.
  3. Topping off of paths on course continues on an ‘as needs basis’.
  4. The sand bin on the 5th tee path is in poor condition and will be replaced using recycled wood in stock.
  5. Minor works that are to be completed in coming weeks are:
  • The handrail on the 3rd tee
  • The steps for the hazard on the 16th and 17th holes
  • The bumper rails on the 16th bridge
  • Aeration works on the 16th green.

Dogs off Lead on the Course

Recently some local residents have been letting their dogs off lead on the course. Some have been spotted walking and urinating on the greens. This may be causing some of those burnt spots that you may notice on some of the greens.

As this is occurring after normal work hours it is impossible for the green and shop staff to supervise this activity.

If you are around the course and see people walking their dogs unrestrained then please inform these people that the course is private property and to please monitor their animals.

This Weeks Results

A little rain has fallen, but not enough to fill our dams or to set Hyam’s Creek or the Minnamurra River to flow. Keep the prayers going!

Less run on the course this week but some good golf has been played. Congratulations to Jim Robb who managed the week’s only 40 or more point round.

Well played to all of our weekly winners!

Friday 10th January 2020 – Kingsford Nine

Winner:  Murray Bezzant  22 pts   2nd:  Sue Paul  20 pts

Saturday 11th January 2020 – Stableford 

Mens Winner:   Jim Robb  40 pts   2nd:  Hans Kaer  39 pts (c/b)    3rd: Matt O’Rourke  39 pts   4th:   George Vlatko  38 pts (c/b)   5th:   Steve Rippon 38 pts (c/b)   6th:  Ben White  38 pts (c/b)

Ladies Winner:  Margaret Cook  34 pts

Best Gross: Steve Rippon 40 pts

Tuesday 14th January 2020 – Ladies Stableford

Div 1 Winner:   Shirley Walsh  36 pts   Runner Up: Marie Farrant  34 pts

Div 2 Winner:  Marie Rodgers  36 pts   Runner Up:  Wendy Unsworth 32 pts

Wednesday 14th December 2020 – Men’s & Ladies Stableford 

Winner:    Lindsay Wiseman  39 pts (c/b)  2nd:  Larry Kent  39 pts (c/b)   3rd:  Dylan McDonald 39 pts   4th:   Ron Anderson  38 pts (c/b)   5th:  John Lawler (KGC)  38 pts

Best Gross :  Dan Adams 28 pts (c/b)








Handicaps set to be upgraded

16th green Jan 2020

World Handicapping System

On January 30 the way handicaps are calculated will be changed to bring Australia in line with the rest of the world.

Here is a letter from Golf Australia outlining the major changes.

Dear David,

We are writing to remind you that the World Handicap System (WHS) is now just two weeks away and will take effect in Australia on Thursday 30 January 2020. remains the only authorised website where you can view your handicap record.

The WHS is a joint initiative of golf’s two international governing bodies, The R&A and the United States Golf Association. These two bodies have worked together with the world’s major handicapping authorities to develop a single handicap system for the game. Golf Australia is one of the organisations that has been closely involved.

The WHS involves less change for Australia than it does for any other country. But whilst your handicapping experience will remain largely the same, we will see a few changes in Australia.

Here are the main ones that might impact you or your friends:


Bonus Reduction for Exceptional Net Score

GOLF Link will apply an automated extra reduction to your GA Handicap for any net score that is at least 7 strokes better than it (go to your handicap record on and compare your ‘Sloped Played To’ result for the round with what your GA Handicap was before that round was played).


Soft Cap

In addition to the existing Hard Cap of 5 strokes, a Soft Cap is being introduced. The Soft Cap will take effect if your GA Handicap increases to 3 strokes above its best point for the previous 12 months. Once in the Soft Cap zone, your GA Handicap will only be allowed to increase by 50% of the calculated amount.


Adjustment made to Daily Handicap if Scratch Rating is different to Par

Examples of the adjustment:


If Scratch Rating 73 & Par 70; 3 is added to the Daily Handicap calculation

(ie 73 – 70 = +3).

If Scratch Rating 68 & Par 70; 2 is subtracted from the Daily Handicap calculation

(ie 68 – 70 = -2).


We’re making this change to create some key benefits for golfers and clubs.

Firstly, it simplifies handicapping by making 36 Stableford points (or net par) the universal measure of a golfer playing to their handicap, regardless of the tees or course.

Secondly, it makes mixed-gender or multi-tee competitions simpler to run which enables clubs to provide members with a more diverse range of playing options – this will also make it easier for clubs to ensure compliance with gender equality laws (


Transfer of 0.93 Multiplier

The 0.93 Multiplier will be transferred out of the GA Handicap calculation and into the Daily Handicap calculation. Our statisticians confirm this change will have no overall impact on the handicaps players actually play off (ie Daily Handicaps). This is because the slight increase it will cause to GA Handicaps (by being removed from the GA Handicap formula), will be exactly the same as the decrease it will cause to Daily Handicaps (by being transferred into the Daily Handicap formula). As a result there will be no overall impact.


Maximum GA Handicap under the WHS is 54.0 for both men and women

Note: Many clubs will operate Daily Handicap limits lower than 54 (for example 36 for men and 45 for women for any/all competitions).

As a part of the transition to the WHS, your GA Handicap will be recalculated using the WHS regulations. During 30 January your new GA Handicap will then be released for your viewing on

But how much will it change by?

There are several new regulations that could impact you.

  • For the vast majority of golfers, the only change that will have any effect on GA Handicaps is the shift in the position of the Multiplier (see change D), which will cause an increase of about 7%.
  • But if you’re trying to work out what your new GA Handicap will be, you should also consider the impact of some of the other new WHS regulations (where applicable to you).
  • One example is the new maximum GA Handicap limit (change E).
  • Another example of something to check is whether you have any ‘exceptional scores’ amongst your most recent 20 rounds (change A).

More information on the WHS is available from

On behalf of everyone at Golf Australia, we hope you will enjoy the handicapping upgrades that the WHS will deliver, together with the additional improvements to fairness that will flow through to the results of Australian competitions.



News Weekly – January 10

Hole 18 .1

Golf Course Praised

With the current drought it is amazing how well our course has stood up to the arid conditions. Our fairways have fared much better than courses in the nearby vicinity which even have automatic watering systems on their courses.

Our greens continue to improve with many of the blemishes from previous years now almost completely repaired.

Course pathways have also been improved thanks to funding from our Ladies Committee.

Congratulations go to our hard-working and dedicated green staff.

Golf Clubhouse Renovations Planned

After a review the Board of Directors has decided to renovate the shop and office areas of the clubhouse. It is hoped to make the shop area lighter and give more space for our cramped office. With an ‘open plan’ arrangement the shop will eventually be connected to the Members Lounge.

Members will see some works in progress in the coming weeks as stage one is completed.

There should be minimal effects on golf shop and office operations.

Survey Report has Landed

Last year the club engaged a survey company to make an aerial cadastral survey of the course. Using new technology which included assessment instruments mounted on drones this survey has now been completed and gives us an accurate picture of the property to the nearest 2 mm. Precise levels and the ability to track water flow with accurate modelling are just some of the features of this survey and it will be put to use as we clear some dams and rearrange some water channels to ensure we catch water in floods and place it in our dams rather than spread it over the course causing loss of playing days.

The Latest Results

With plenty of run on the course and excellent smooth running greens the scoring has been fantastic. It has been quite a while for a member to shoot a nett score in the 50’s but last Saturday Dave Billett fired a nett 57 to win the C grade medal easily. Jake Henderson also shot a great 60 nett to win the D grade medal. Pete Francis continued his impressive recent form to take out A grade and Bruce Byers enjoyed his week back in B grade to win the B grade medal. The Monthly Best Putter Award was also very close with John Anthony winning on a countback from 3 others with 26 putts. He now has a chance to play for the Golden Putter Trophy in November.

On Tuesday Rhonda McKinley again displayed her much improved game to win the Ladies C grade medal while the consistently good Lyn Beringer was our A grade medalists. Sue Paul also had a good game winning the B grade medal.

The word after Monday’s veteran round was, “Welcome to A grade Terry”.

Terry Murphy fired 41 points to win from Bob Neilson and Greg Seymour. Glyn Godfrey again played well on a Monday to score 41 points also to win B Division from Jim Robb and Theo Schmieder.

Lee Hayward also extended his excellent recent form winning the Drummond Golf Voucher on Wednesday. The Kingsford Nine was won this week by William Perry with 22 points.

Our hearts and souls go out for those affected by the recent bushfires in the districts south of Jamberoo. We pray that all will soon be safe and well.

Wednesday 8th December 2020 – Drummond Golf Stableford 

Winner (Drummond Golf Voucher):   Lee Hayward  39 pts  2nd:   Jake Willoughby  38 pts   3rd:   Alan Alhovirta  37 pts (c/b)   4th:   Harry Osman  37 pts   5th:  Bob Neilson 36 pts

Tuesday 7th January 2020 – Ladies Monthly Medal 

Medal Results

Div 1 Medal Winner:    Lyn Beringer 75 nett (c/b)   Gross Winner:  Lyn Beringer & Kellie Greaves  97 gross   Putting Winner: Shirley Walsh 31 putts

Div 2 Medal Winner:  Sue Paul 76 nett   Gross Winner: Margaret Cook & Cheryl Legge  105 gross   Putting Winner:   Cheryl Legge 28 putts

Div 3 Medal Winner:    Rhonda McKinley  87 nett  Gross Winner:  Rhonda McKinley  126 gross   Putting Winner:  Rhonda McKinley  40 putts

Stroke Results

Div 1 Winner:   Lyn Beringer  75  nett (c/b)    Runner Up:  Shirley Walsh 75 nett

Ladies Stableford Winner:    Jenn Owers  37 pts   Runner Up:  Annette Young  28 pts

Monday, 6th January 2020 – Veterans Stableford

A Grade Winner Terry Murphy 41 Pts 2nd Bob Neilson 39 Pts 3rd Greg Seymour 38 Pts

B Grade Winner Gllyn Godfrey 41 Pts 2nd Jim Robb 39 Pts 3rd Theo Schmieder 38 Pts (c/b)

Saturday 4th January 2020 – Monthly Medal 

January Medal Winners

A Grade:    Pete Francis  66 nett

B Grade:   Bruce Byers  62 nett

C Grade:   Dave Billett   57 nett

D Grade:  Jake Henderson  60 nett

Stroke Results

Winner:  Dave Billett  57 nett  2nd:   Jake Henderson  60 nett   3rd:  Bruce Byers  62 nett  4th:   Al Thrower  63 nett   5th:  Matt O’Rourke  64 nett

Best Gross: Steve Rippon  70

Putting Winner:    John Anthony  26 putts (c/b)

Ladies Stroke Winner:   Kim Oborn  80 nett

Friday, 3rd January 2020 – Kingsford Nine

Winner: William Perry  22 pts

Members Help Required

Garbage Bins Required

Image result for red wheelie bins

The plastic bags we are using for collecting, storing, and transporting recyclable cans/bottles are not suitable as they are cumbersome, not robust enough, and do not protect handlers from cut glass injury or falling object injury.

Our friends at RDA appreciate our support but are worried about safety and the cost of using plastic bags. They suggest we use small (not large) wheelie bins similar to council-issued red-lid bins.

It is a great idea, easier and safer to handle, and tidier/neater looking. However they are not not cheap to purchase with a cost over $240 each.

The club is seeking support from members, hopefully who have a spare bin they could “loan” to the club while we continue the current collection scheme.

Please let us know if you can help.

Dangers lurk in Stagnant Pools

Warning: Stonefish in stagnant pools – Don’t touch

Local resident Denise Black has sent us some photos warning about some unseen dangers lurking in the Minnamurra River. Please take care.

These fish are surfacing now and they, at very least, deliver a top level painful sting. Please warn everyone not to touch them.
photos taken on 8.1.20

stone fish 1 Jan 2020

If asked please let anybody that is near the River know about this problem and its dangers.

stone fish 3 The dry Minnamurra river January 2020Stone fish 2 - carp in trouble

The Bass are dying fast and there won’t be any left in a few days from the looks of it.