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 




3 thoughts on “News from the Course – May 5

  1. CONGRATULATIONS STEVE on a fantastic round of golf. Well done mate. Beat your age again. Hope I am still playing at 95 because that’s my only chance…

  2. I to congratulate GEORGE on a job well done along with all the other work he has done around the course, but this is work that should be done by the green staff instead of mowing the course to death. this is not a growing part of the year, so how about doing all the other work that needs doing?
    LEW FULLER 663.

  3. Lew,
    You would have a better chance of people reading your thoughtful comments if you responded to a more recent post, say like the one about this story. Gardens have traditionally been maintained by club member volunteers. The green staff did remove the refuse and are actually doing maintenance work about the course in these winter months.
    Thanks for your input.

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