Congratulations go to George Vlatko on his tremendous performance in winning the 2018 Club Championship with a score of 310.
This is a fine reward for a talented and dedicated golfer and highly valued volunteer of Jamberoo Golf Club.
His work on the garden behind the second green and around the 9/10 tee complex are fine examples of George’s contribution to our club. His Championship success is a just and well-deserved accolade.
Congratulations also go to our other Grade Champions.
B Grade Champion is Gary Harvey with a score of 339,
C Grade Champion is Brian Bennett with a score of 363
and D Grade Champion is Robert Weir with a score of 398.
2018 Presentation Day
Each champion will have his name added onto the Club Honour Board and Permanent Trophies which will be presented at the Annual Presentation Night on Sunday December 2. Tickets can be obtained from the club office.
A note about ‘that’ flag placement
Without wishing to take any glory from our new club champions who also had to manage the final hurdle, it is obvious after the fact that the 18th was very difficult and perhaps unfair.
Many members suffered on the green as they were unable to negotiate the 1 metre downhill putt required or the 4 metre uphill putt that followed, including myself, as anything short rolled back down. Hindsight is a good teacher and it would have been better to have found another position.
I had asked the greenkeeper to place some flags in challenging positions for the final round. I deliberately had the flags in easier positions in the first three rounds and wanted to test the players in the final round. About 40% of players managed to play the 18th relatively unscathed compared to the usual 60%.
I did test that flag placement on Friday afternoon and putts that were hit up the hill towards the hole only came back if they were poorly struck being more than 20 cm short. Putts hit down the slope went off the green if they were hit too hard and missed the hole. The green was wet at the time I tested it so I considered that the position would be acceptable. This definitely influenced me in not asking the greenkeeper to move the hole on Friday and I acknowledge that this was a mistake.
Unfortunately conditions changed overnight and by the time I arrived at the course to find the green dry and mown the first groups had already completed their rounds and it was too late to re-cut the hole.
Let’s face the fact that there is no truly fair position to place the flag on the green at all, front, back or centre. Some places are slightly less unfair and that is the best you can expect. It has always had too much gradient to be a fair test of skill.
Work to improve the slope and playability of the 18th Green has been long considered a priority subject to funding availability and the Board will continue to seek grant opportunities for this work as our best short term option to address this problem.
The Match Committee apologises for the final round 18th pin placement and will ensure that this is avoided in all future individual and major events.