News from the Course – May 19

Ladies Pennants

Both of our Ladies Pennant teams hit the course last Monday at Port Kembla Golf Club.

The Gold Pennant team were playing Highlands and were looking to consolidate after their opening win in the competition two weeks ago. The news was good with the team winning a tight struggle 3.5 to 1.5.

The Silver Pennant were playing against the home team and despite this added handicap put in a strong showing. Unfortunately the home course advantage proved too much of a hurdle to overcome and our team lost 3-2 in a very close match.

Next week the teams travel down the coast with the Silver Pennant playing Sussex Inlet at St Georges Basin and the Gold’s playing Russell Vale at Shoalhaven Heads.

Good luck to our teams.

Match Play Championships

Registrations are now being taken for the individual Matchplay championships which are set to commence in June. The last day for entry is May 31 so don’t be late as no late entries will be accepted.

The entry form is in the golf shop.

Entries for the fourball matchplay are scheduled to be taken in June.

Golf Shop Specials

10% discounts on all apparel until the end of May!

Get in quick before they all go!!

Xmas in July

A reminder to enter into your diary the club Xmas in July function to be held on Saturday 14th of July.

Rules Quiz

On the 13th green last Wednesday Dave had a difficult 2 metre putt for par down the hill. On his line-of-putt there were several scuff and sprig marks. Is Dave entitled to pat down these marks before he makes his putt?

The answer can be found in the Results section below.

Hole of the Week

The fifteenth hole is the last of the par threes on the course and in the garden near the tee lives a beautiful Gymea Lily plant giving the hole its name.

At 200 metres this par 3 has plenty of length and it also possesses the largest of the par three greens on the course with many slopes and dales. Make sure you take the right club or face a very difficult 2 putt.

Out of bounds all along the right side intimidates and trees and pond on the left cause trouble as well. This is a good test for all golfers at any level. It is a par 4 for the ladies.


Latest Results

After last Saturday’s wet and wild conditions and the onset of wintry conditions the course has bounced back and competitions were again well supported by the members.

Jamberoo Golf Club welcomed the playing of the Johnny Warren Charity Golf day on Thursday and trust that all competitors had an enjoyable day on our course.

Tuesday saw the playing of a 3 person countdown in the Ladies competition and the team of Pam Middlebrook, Marie Farrant and Judi O’Brien were successful winning with a good score of 67 points in the team format. Second place went to Dell Brand, Cheryl Legge and Rhonda McKinley with 64.

On Wednesday the ‘Just Bathrooms Mystery Nine’ was contested during the stroke round with the winner being John Anthony, the owner of Just Bathrooms. Clearly John was raising the bar in what is needed to win his prize. The stroke competition of the day was played in three grades with Tony Panecasio winning A/B division with 68 nett one less than George Goor, Tony Rodriguez and John Brand. Al Thrower won C grade with a 66 one less than John Childs. D grade was won by Bob Crooks with a 69 one less than Lindsay Wiseman and Pat Travers. The course was playing tough with only 1 person able to break his handicap on the day despite playing from the shorter white course.

On Saturday the popular Par format was adopted for the competition. A grade winner was Tom Zimmermann with a great score of +6, B grade saw Larry Kent successful with a score of +7 with Shane Townsend taking second prize with +5. C Grade winner was Al Thrower with +6  with Eric Nyholm taking second on +2, and D Grade winner was John Turner with -2. Ladies winner was Jenelle Anderson with -2 on a countback from Margaret Cook and Marlene Trethowan. 

Rules Quiz answer:  [Rule 16.1] Dave is not allowed to tap down scuff marks or sprig marks before he putts if they are on his line-of-putt. He cannot ask a playing companion to tap them down either. He can repair pitch marks and remove loose impediments but if he had touched his line with his hand or putter head then he would have been penalised 2 shots.

He should of course repair the unevenness after he has completed his putting [which he did].

Please Click Here  for a  video presentation of the rule supplied by the R&A.

Of course it would be better if everybody took care around the hole and repaired any marks that they make when they make them. Just look back and see if you have left a trace! Tap it down and smooth it then. Would you want to putt over a bumpy section of that green yourself where the slightest deviation means the ball goes off-line, misses the hole and races way past the hole?

From Golf Australia, “interestingly with the new rules being introduced next January you will then be allowed to tap down any imperfection on your line. Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt”.



News From the Course – May 12

2018 Veterans’ Championship

The annual Jamberoo Golf Club Veterans Championship was played on Monday with a good sized field of 56. Conditions were perfect for golf with the course playing quite hard.

The new champion is Greg Seymour. Greg fired a 77 off the stick to win by 2 from George Vlatko. Next best were Peter Francis and Michael Burton on 83.

The Nett winner was Doug Perry with a 64 which was two better than Mick Burton and three better than Peter Francis and Phil Hahn.

Greg Seymour seen here playing for the club during a Pennant game.

Congratulations to the winners.

Ladies Club Championship

The final round of the Ladies Club Championship was contested on Tuesday and the new champions are: Division 1 Kay Brennan, Division 2 Cheryl Legge and Division 3 Sue Paul.

The division 1 title was very close with Kay, Jenelle Anderson and Judi O’Brien all very close as the round started. It was not till the last putt was sank that we knew who had won. Kay finished on 281, Jenelle on 283 to take out the runners up award and Judi on 284 in another good showing. It was very exciting to see the ladies, playing together, go shot-for-shot over the last few holes. Division 1 nett winner was Dell Brand on 223 equaling the nett score of Jenelle. Dell was awarded the nett prize with Jenelle already claiming the gross runners up prize. Nett runners up was Margaret Cook on 228.

Division 2 was also close with Cheryl Legge winning with a score of 316 three better than that of Pam Middlebrook who was the gross runner up. Nett winner was Lisa Bell on 240, 1 better than Pam, and six bettter than Robyn Gregson who was awarded nett runner up since Pam had already won a trophy.

Division 3 was won by Sue Paul on 344 with Dulcie Piper taking out the nett with 245.

Well played to all entrants in this year’s championship and congratulations to our three new champions.

See the previous post by Sue Paul.

Rule of the Week

Immovable Obstructions and Abnormal Ground Conditions (Rules 24-2 and 25-1)

An immovable obstruction is an artificial object on the course that cannot be moved (e.g. a building, sprinkler head, etc.) or cannot readily be moved (e.g. a firmly embedded direction post).

Objects defining out of bounds are not treated as obstructions.

An abnormal ground condition is casual water, ground under repair or a hole or the cast from a hole made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.

Except when your ball is in a water hazard, relief without penalty is available from immovable obstructions and abnormal ground conditions when the condition physically interferes with the lie of the ball, your stance or your swing.

You may lift the ball and drop it within one club-length of the nearest point of relief (see Definition of “Nearest Point of Relief”)

Click the link here to illustrate the term “nearest point of relief” in Rule 25-1b(i) in the case of both a right-handed and left-handed player.

The “nearest point of relief” must be strictly interpreted. A player is not permitted to choose on which side of the ground under repair to drop the ball, unless there are two equidistant “nearest points of relief”. Even if one side of the ground under repair is fairway and the other is bushes, if the “nearest point of relief” is in the bushes then the player, if taking relief, must drop the ball within one club length of that point, even though it may mean having to drop the ball in a virtually unplayable lie.

The same procedure applies under Rule 24-2b dealing with immovable obstructions.

If the ball is on the putting green, you place it at the nearest point of relief, which may be off the putting green. There is no relief for intervention on your line of play unless both your ball and the condition are on the putting green.

As an additional option when your ball is in a bunker, you may take relief from the condition by dropping the ball outside and behind the bunker under penalty of one stroke.

Q : A player’s ball lies 50 cm behind a sprinkler head. The sprinkler head does not physically interfere with the player’s stance or the area of the intended swing but is in the line of play.

Is the player entitled to relief under Rule 24-2b?

A: No

See also Rule 24-2a  Interference

Interference by an immovable obstruction occurs when a ball lies in or on the obstruction, or when the obstruction interferes with the player’s stance or the area of his intended swing. If the player’s ball lies on the putting green, interference also occurs if an immovable obstruction on the putting green intervenes on his line of putt. Otherwise, intervention on the line of play is not, of itself, interference under this Rule.

Green’s Committee Report

Martin Boatswain, the head greenkeeper reports that sections of the greens have been top-dressed and levelled to counteract the holes dug by the Corellas. Dead trees and stumps are due to be removed and overhanging branches of trees that encroach on the fairways will be trimmed. The ‘owls’ seem to be effective in keeping the Corellas at bay and more have been purchased.

The work in trying to eradicate the couch in some greens is ongoing with affected areas again scarified and treated with retardant chemicals.

Greens will be rolled more often which should increase their firmness and speed, improving the playability of the course.

The creation of a nursery green which is to be located at the end of the practice fairway is currently being planned. This green would serve multiple purposes, providing grass to make instant repairs, to act as a practice chipping area on non-comp days, and to act as a replacement hole should a green be taken out of play in any future renovations.

Hole of the Week

Continuing in our series on the holes at our beautiful course this week we look at the 4th hole, the “Palms”. The hole gets its name due to the palm trees located near the green.


A straight drive is required on this short par 4.  Your tee shot must carry at least 170 metres and be hit with precision or trouble awaits both left and right. Manage the drive and you are rewarded with a short wedge approach to this small green. It is difficult to get ‘up and down’ if you miss the green right or long.

Many players lay up short of Hyam’s Creek on the tee shot in consideration of the difficulty of the drive. This leaves a shot of at least 160 metres to the small, raised green.


Shop News

With the upcoming end of the membership financial year on May 31 your golf shop has put all apparel on sale at a special 10% discount.

Now is the time to buy that gear you have been after!

Sale ends June 1 so hurry and take advantage of these never to be repeated prices.

This Week’s Results

With two championships contested and 3 other comps we have had a busy week at the course. Congratulations go to the new champions, well played and well deserved. To the other competitors well played as well, better luck next time.

I notice that Doug Perry, Peter Francis and Cheryl Legge had great weeks with frequent good rounds and Geoff King featured in the prize winners again.

Don’t forget to put your name down for the matchplay.

Saturday, 12th May – Stableford

The competition was cancelled after the greens became unplayable due to the inclement weather.

Thursday, 10th May 2018 – Lady Veterans Stableford

Winner Lisa Bell 39 Pts 2nd Jenelle Anderson 38 Pts 3rd Marie Farrant 35 Pts (c/b)

Hairdressers Trophy sponsored by Totally Gorgeous Hair M Stephens

Wednesday 9th May 2018 – One Grade Day – Stableford

Winner: Doug Perry 44 pts

2nd:  Peter Francis 42 pts

3rd:  Geoff King 40 pts

Gross Winner: Peter Francis 27 pts

Tuesday 8th May 2018 – Ladies Final Round Club Championships

Div1 Gross Winner: Kay Brennan 281 gross  Runner Up: Jenelle Anderson 283 gross

Div 1 Nett Winner: Dell Brand 223 nett  Runner Up: Margaret Cook 228 nett

Div 2 Gross Winner: Cheryl Legge 316 gross  Runner Up: Pam Middlebrook 319 gross

Div 2 Nett Winner: Lisa Bell 240 nett  Runner Up: Robyn Gregson 247 nett

Div 3 Gross Winner: Sue Paul 344 gross

Div 3 Nett Winner: Dulcie Piper 245 nett

Ladies Stroke

Div 1 Winner: Margaret Cook 69 nett Runner Up: Dell Brand 70 nett

Div 2 Winner: Sue Paul 71 nett Runner Up: Cheryl Legge 74 nett

Ladies Stableford Winner: Shirley Dixon 34 pts Runner Up: Margaret Potter 32 pts

Monday, 7th May 2018 – Veteran Men’s Championships

Men’s Champion Greg Seymour 77

Nett Men’s Champion Doug Perry 64 Nett

A Grade Winner Doug Perry 64 Nett 2nd Michael Burton 66 Nett 3rd Peter Francis 67 Nett (c/b)

B Grade Winner John Childs 68 Nett 2nd Stu Potter 70 Nett (c/b) 3rd Ewald Klein 70 Nett

CHAMPIONS–Ladies 2018

Div 1 Kay Brennan

Div 2 Cheryl Legge

Div 3 Sue Paul

Captain Marg Cook and  Dulcie Piper (Div 3 –nett Champion)

Birthday Girl (70) and Champion . Cheryl Legge

News from the Course – May 5


Entries are invited for the 2018 Handicap Matchplay Championship. Defending champion Ken Bradley will again be looking to make a bold showing but he will be challenged not only by last year’s finalist Ron Hewson but by many of our experienced match players who are keen to make an impression in this year’s comp.

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Ken Bradley and Ron Hewson

If you are a new member to the club feel free to enter as the championship is played under handicap conditions. It is a great way to meet other members and perhaps get a feel for representative Pennant play.

Entry fee is $10 payable before your first match.  Entries close on May 31. The Championship is to be conducted from June -September.

Players will remain on the same GA handicaps as they started their first match except if they reduce their handicaps during the course of the competition in which case they shall play off that reduced handicap for the remainder of the competition.

All matches will be played with the benefit of full handicap difference using the balanced handicap distribution method.

Time limits are to be strictly observed. Do not enter if you will be absent during the tournament period.

The entry sheet can be found in the golf shop.

Rules Quiz

John hits his tee shot into the large pine tree to the left of the 10th hole fairway and finds his ball under the tree and about 3 club lengths from the outside edge of the tree. Which of the following options is not available to John?

A  Play the ball from that position

B  Take a drop outside the tree edge for a 1 shot penalty

C  Replay the shot from the tee for a 1 shot penalty

D  Keeping the current position of the ball and the flag in line, take a drop on this line as far back as he wants to go for a 1 shot penalty.

E  Take a penalty drop under the tree of 2 club lengths from the current position of the ball.

Christmas in July

The club is organising a special function to celebrate XMAS in JULY.

We are planning to run the event on Saturday July 14 from about 6pm.

Great food, good cheer and fine company is promised along with your Xmas pudding!

More details will follow but enter it in your calendar know!!

New Course Record Recorded

Congratulations go to Steve Rippon who recorded a new course record of 61 off the stick. This beats his old record by one. This also is the 30th time he has beaten his age.

Course record recorded but no monthly medal as his nett score was 63, finishing third!

Hole of the Week

Known as ‘MINNAMURRA” due to its proximity to the river, lies the 12th hole, our only par 5. It is not long as modern par 5’s go at 460 metres but it is none-the-less quite a challenging hole.

The tee shot features “that” tree which guards the right 2/3 of the fairway. A left-to-right tee shot is required or you will be chipping out of the trees on the left. Overdo the left-to-right and you will be re-loading with your ball flowing down the river. Hit the tree and you are in the hands of the golfing gods. You might get lucky and be able to play your second from the fairway, or more likely, you will probably be searching for it in the river.

Overcome the tee shot and the second shot is relatively easy. Get it up as close to the mounds on the left as possible. The river is on the right awaiting that mis-hit and trees await on the left for those who fear the river. The third shot is played to a very small green with some very tricky pin placements possible.

Overall most are happy for a nett par on this hole.

This Week’s Results

Blue skies provided the backdrop to all the competitions played this week. The week featured the first two rounds of the Ladies Club Championships with the title well and truly up for grabs in all three divisions.

In round 1, Marilyn Wright fired a very impressive 89 off the stick to lead A Division by 4 from Judi O’Brien, 5 from Kay Brennan, 8 from Jenelle Anderson and 10 from Dell Brand, Lyn Kuskey and defending champion Marie Farrant. In B division, Pam Middlebrook leads with 107, Suzanne Lang second on 108. Cheryl Legge and Robyn Gregson are on 110. Lorraine Cram leads C division on 117. Marilyn leads the A grade nett with 73, 4 ahead of 5 others. In B division Lisa Bell leads with 80, one less than 3 others. In C grade Lorraine again leads. As you can see it is very close.

In round 2, Marilyn did not play and that leaves Jenelle Anderson in the lead on 191 after her 94. It is very tight at the top though with Judi O’Brien 1 shot back and Kay Brennan 2 shots adrift. Marie Tarrant and Dell Brand are also within 6 of the lead. Jenelle leads the nett with 151 two ahead of Dell Brand and 4 ahead of Shirley Walsh. In B division Cheryl Legge has opened up a sizeable gap after her second round 103 leaves her on 213, 7 clear of second place Suzanne Lang and Pam Middlebrook. The nett is much closer with Lisa trailing Cheryl by 6. C Division sees Sue Paul in the lead on 236 with Dulcie Piper next on 258. Sue also leads the nett. We eagerly await to see who will handle the pressure and emerge as the new club champions.

Wednesday saw the playing of the Drummond Golf stableford and John Anthony was victorious with a great score of 43 points, 1 better than Ray Orr  and two better than Jeff O’Brien.

Saturday saw the playing of the Golf Mart monthly medals. Medalists were Scott Hainsworth, aka the ‘golden cowpat’ with 62 in A grade, Geoff Wilson with a 64 in B grade, Gary Hemus with a 64 in C Grade and Geoff King with a 66 in D grade. Best scratch was 61 by Steve Rippon. Louise Stoddart won the ladies event.

Here is the full list of winners:

Tuesday 1st May 2018 Ladies Monthly Medal – 1st Round Ladies Championships

Div 1 Winner:    M Wright 73 nett  Runner Up:    J O’Brien 77 nett

Div 2  Winner:    L Bell 80 nett (c/b)  Runner Up:    M Potter 80 nett

Monthly Medal Results

Div 1 Medal Winner:   Marilyn Wright 73 nett  Gross Winner:    Marilyn Wright 89 gross

Div 2 Medal Winner:    Lisa Bell 80 nett  Gross Winner:   Pam Middlebrook 107 gross

Div 3 Medal Winner:    Margaret Potter 80 nett  Gross Winner:   Lorraine Cram 117 gross

Ladies Stableford Winner:   Margaret Chaffey 27 pts  Runner Up:  Alma Schlodder 19 pts


Thursday, 3rd May 2018  Ladies 2nd Round Championships

A Grade Winner Margaret Cook 73 Nett 2nd Shirley Walsh 74 Nett (c/b)

B Grade Winner Cheryl Legge 74 Nett 2nd Lieve Stassen 75 Nett


Wednesday 2nd May 2018 – Men’s Drummond Golf Stableford 

A Grade Winner: Ray Orr 42 pts

B Grade Winner: Peter Francis 39 pts  2nd: Peter Saunders 35 pts (c/b)

C Grade Winner: John Anthony 43 pts  2nd: Kevin O’Rourke 40 pts

D Grade Winner: Jeff O’Brien 41 pts

Drummond Golf Voucher Winner: John Anthony 43 pts

Saturday 5th May – Golf Mart Monthly Medal

A Grade Winner:   Scott Hainsworth 62 nett

B Grade Winner:   Geoff Wilson 64 nett   2nd: Tim Condon 66 nett

C Grade Winner:  Gary Hemus 64 nett   2nd:  Mal Garratt 66 nett

D Grade Winner:   Geoff King 66 nett

Ladies  Winner:  L Stoddart (Port Kembla GC) 76 nett

Gross Winner:  Steve Rippon 61

New Course Record: Steve Rippon 61

Quiz answer : B 



Reverse Vending Machine

Tomra have our machine up and running. At present times are 7am until 10pm . We are in the process of changing times and having Jamberoo Golf Club as a donation choice.

Steve Rippon has been assisting the club by collecting our cans and glass from the course and receiving an IGA voucher, which can be cashed in. Thanks Steve. He beats the professionals that go up and down the coast collecting from every golf course, bowling club etc. We should be able to reduce our yellow bin costs.

There have been no problems for the first 2 weeks. It has been cleaned daily and emptied twice. Cleanaway will usually empty early morning or late afternoon when there are few cars in the carpark.

Photos below Cleanaway emptying and the units being swung into place.