News from the Course, 1st September

Spring into golf at Jamberoo

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Winter has passed and the flowers are in bloom, spring is in the air and the birds warble their tune. Magpies are nesting and taking to flight, watch out, or they might give you a fright.

Poetry and golf, they seem a good combination at this time of year so why not get out on the course and play a few rounds in preparation for the upcoming club championship or to just enjoy the beauty of our course as the trees begin to flower and the gardens come to life after their winter hibernation.

After the round enjoy a beer or wine and even make up a few rhymes about that great round you just played.

See you on the course.

Matchplay Semi-Finals

September sees the Mens Individual Matchplay Championship reach the semi-final stage where the following players have advanced: Shane Townsend, Phil Gosling, Pat Paris and Brian Nicoll.

Shane Townsend had a hard fought match against Anthony Smith only winning on the last green 1 up. Shane held his nerve to just overcome Anthony who couldn’t prevent Shane’s last minute surge to victory. Phil Gosling also had a close tussle against the ever consistent Ron Hewson also winning the last hole to record a 2 up victory. Pat Paris and Arthur Bosanquet were both coming off big victories and a free flowing excellent game of golf was expected. So it turned out to be with many birdies recorded. It was Arthur who succumbed in the end needing to make a 3 metre putt on the 18th to force extra holes only to see it just slide by. Pat Paris through on the 18th. Greg Tarrant and Brian Nicoll thought out the other quarter final in a match between two experienced Pennant players. Brian played exceptionally well to win 5/4 although the match was much closer than the score may suggest.

This means that Shane is set to play Phil in a ‘cowpat vs fly’ contest where not only a place in the final is at stake but also bragging rights. Both are playing well and have survived close tussles in earlier rounds. It should be an excellent match.

Pat is set to play Brian in the other semi-final with Pat giving Brian a few shots. Will this be the difference between two excellent, in-form players? A good close match is almost guaranteed.

Good luck to all four. Play well and enjoy the experience.

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Fathers Day Raffle winners

The 2018 Fathers Day Raffle was drawn today by Lorraine Cram in the presence of Dave Ransom. The winners are:

1st prize – a new Golf bag – Peter Munro

2nd prize – $50 IGA voucher – Geoff King

Congratulations to the winners, please contact the club to arrange the pickup of your prize.

Thanks to all those who supported their club and bought a ticket. Thanks also to Bill Hodgson for your initiative and organisation.

This week’s 2019 rule

The rules of golf are changing from the 1st of January 2019 and this week we look at playing from a sand bunker. Click here.

2019 Rule: Under Rules 12.2a and 12.2b, the player will be allowed to touch or move loose impediments in a bunker and will be generally allowed to touch the sand with a hand or club; but a limited prohibition continues so that the player must not:

  • Deliberately touch the sand in a bunker with a hand, club, rake or other object to test the condition of the sand to learn information for the stroke, or
  • Touch the sand in a bunker with a club in making a practice swing, in grounding the club right in front of or behind the ball, or in making the backswing for a stroke.
  • Deliberately testing the condition of the sand with a hand or club will continue to be prohibited because part of the player’s challenge is to assess and predict how the sand may affect the stroke, and also because it will be time consuming and inappropriate for players to dig in the sand with a hand or club for that purpose before every shot.

The challenge of playing from a bunker is the need to play out of the sand, not to play with leaves, stones or other loose impediments left in place in the bunker.

  • Touching the sand with the club right in front of or behind the ball or in the backswing for the stroke will continue to be prohibited to make sure the player does nothing to reduce the challenge of playing from the sand; these prohibitions are already well known and followed by almost all players.
  • Touching the sand with a club in taking a practice swing will continue to be prohibited both for pace of play and to avoid having large amounts of sand deposited outside bunkers (especially greenside bunkers) as a result of repeated practice swings.

The latest results from the course

Cool mornings and evenings but nice during the day, that is the forecast for September. Get out there and enjoy a few competitions. 

Saturday 1st September – Monthly Medal

A medalist Pat Paris 64 nett

B medalist Ray Sheehan 64 nett

C medalist Terry Murphy 59 nett

D medalist Keith Hales 67 nett

Best Gross Pat Paris 76

Ladies winner  Jenelle Anderson 79 nett (c/b)

Wednesday 29th August 2018 – Stableford – 4BBB Stableford in Conjuntion 

A/B Grade Winner:   Brian Nicoll 37 pts (c/b)   2nd:   Daniel Adams 37 pts

C Grade Winner:   Lance Fredericks 38 pts   2nd:   Larry Kent 37 pts (c/b)

D Grade Winner:   Ray Pearson 40 pts   2nd:   Rob Mitchell 37 pts

4BBB Winners:   Mick Familo & Murray Bezzant 47 pts (c/b)

Tuesday 28th August 2018 – Ladies Stableford 

Div 1 Winner:   Kay Brennan 38 pts   Runner Up:   Shirley Dixon 35 pts

Div 2 Winner:   Marie Rodgers 37 pts   Runner Up:   Rose Sheath 36 pts

Ladies 9 hole Stableford Winner:  Julie Simpson 10 pts




2 thoughts on “News from the Course, 1st September

  1. Hi Dave – in response to your recent comment about poetry and golf, I am attaching a ‘little ditty’ that I wrote several years ago, when I was a regular player with Richard Bremner, Geoff Stephens and Pat Lawrence. many of its sentiments and observations still apply though not, I fear, the quality of my golf which has come a very poor second-place to the course in recent years! Feel free to share the ditty with other members if you see fit – Peter

    Peter Saunders Research Professor in Social Policy Social Policy Research Centre Tel: 02 9385 7806


    1. Sadly Peter, the attachment didn’t come through. If you could cut and paste the poem into the reply area then I will definitely publish it this Saturday!
      Many thanks.

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