News from the Course 8th September

Eagle spotted on 12th Green

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Congratulations go to Bob Neilson who achieved an eagle 3 on the 12th hole on Wednesday. As is traditional at Jamberoo Bob is awarded 3 golf balls to help celebrate his rare achievement.

Well played Bob.

Upcoming Major Events


The Ladies Foursomes Championship – Tuesday 11th September

Jamberoo Mens’ Championships – commence  Saturday 6th October

Jamberoo Junior Open – Thursday 11th October

Ladies Community Cancer Link Charity Day – Tuesday 16th October

Local Jamberoo member courageously comes to the rescue

The latest news report received from our roving reporter, the Saint.

Shane T saves footgolf family on first hole from ‘Jamberoo Eagle’ attack.

Ignoring personal safety Shane ran from the 18th fairway to the first fairway with umbrella in hand to not only protect the children but in particular the Dolly Parton lookalike mother. A Footgolf bravery award is pending.

Monthly Medals

Following the finding of a Jamberoo Monthly Medal last week at Wollongong Golf Club, two more were found in the car park at the club today. We all know that these are very important, even if small, rewards given by the club to recognise excellence. If you are good enough to win one, take care of it.

Apparently many winners like to show off their medal by pinning it to their golf cap. Great idea but be aware that a ‘pin clasp’ is used and this may came loose over time. Check to see if you still have yours. We cannot replace lost medals but we do have the lost couple at the club.

September Greens Committee Report

All Fairways have been treated to kill bindii and broad-leafed weeds.

Greens maintenance has just been completed with tines taken and greens being dusted ready for the upcoming growth season.

The greens affected by couch have again been sprayed.

The tees have been oversown with rye grass and kikuyu. members are requested to continue using the soil containers to fill and smooth their divots on tees and to make sure they carry and use a sand bucket to fill in any divots they see or make on the course. Please also repair your pitch marks on the greens.

2019 Rule changes

How and where to take a drop.

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Players will continue to drop a ball when taking relief, but the dropping procedure will be changed in several ways as detailed in Rule 14.3:

  • The focus of the dropping procedure will be on a specific “relief area” set by the Rule under which relief is being taken and will be either one or two club-lengths from a reference point (and may have certain other limitations).
  • The relief area is a fixed size for each player and is pre-determined based on the clubs the player has selected for play.
  • The definition of a club-length as the longest club other than a putter will mean that a player cannot choose which club to measure with based on the situation.

How a ball may be dropped is simplified; the only requirement will be that the ball be let go from knee height so that it falls through the air and does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.

  • The ball will need only to be dropped in and come to rest in the relief area; and there will be no re-drop requirement if the dropped ball accidentally hits a person or object after hitting the ground but before coming to rest in the relief area.
  • If the dropped ball comes to rest outside the relief area, it will be dropped a second time; if it comes to rest outside the relief area after being dropped a second time it will be placed where it first touched the ground.
  • If the placed ball will not come to rest on that spot after two attempts, the player will then place the ball on the nearest spot (not nearer the hole) where it will come to rest.

Dropping the ball

‘Good Shot That’

While taking a practice swing near the 6th green today, club Sponsor and regular player, Steve Oppert got a little confused.

Instead of making the practice swing to the side of the ball he placed his club behind the ball and hit it by mistake! The stunned look on his face said it all, “What have I done?”

He still got out of it with a 5/2 after he canned a long putt to make amends.

Steve with the Jamberoo Open trophy he won a couple of years ago. He was more careful back then!

This Week’s Results

It has been a busy week at the course with competitions played on all but one day this week and they have been all well supported by the members who clearly are coming out to play in the Spring conditions. Hope to see more of you out there having a game. 

There were a few notable scores this week with John Anthony scoring a terrific 44 points on Wednesday, Luke Oborn 41 on Thursday, Gail Ruttledge 40 also on Thursday and Lew Dare 41 on Saturday.

Here is the list of this week’s winners:

Saturday 8th September 2018 – Stableford

A Grade Winner:   Arthur Bosanquet 37 pts (c/b)

B Grade Winner:   Lew Dare 41 pts   2nd:   Wayne Griffiths 40 pts

C & D Grade Winner:   Robert Anderson 38 pts   2nd:   Geoff King 37 pts (c/b)

Ladies Stableford Winner:    Jenelle  Anderson 34 pts

Thursday, 6th September 2018 – Ladies Vets – Open Day Stableford for Ladies and Men

Male Winner Luke Oborn 41 Pts

Female Winner Gail Rutledge 40 Pts 2nd Lisa Bell 36 Pts (c/b) 3rd Jenelle Anderson 36 Pts

Wednesday 5th September 2018 – Drummond Golf Stableford

A & B Grade Winner:    John Anthony 44 pts   2nd:   Bob Neilson 36 pts (c/b)   3rd: Greg Seymour 36 pts (c/b)

C Grade Winner:    Les Hanigan 37 pts (c/b)   2nd:     William Little 37 pts

D Grade Winner:     BrucePiggott 34 pts    2nd:   Brian Carr 31 pts (c/b)

Drummond Golf Voucher Winner:     John Anthony 44 pts

Eagle on the 12th: Bob Neilson

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – Ladies Monthly Medal

Div 1 Medal Winner:   Shirley Dixon 74 nett   Gross Winner:  Judi O’Brien 95 gross

Div 2 Medal Winner:    Lisa Bell 74 nett   Gross Winner:   Margaret Cook 101 gross

Div 3 Medal Winner:   Margaret Chaffey 70 nett   Gross Winner:   Margaret Chaffey 115 gross

Stroke Results

Div 1 Winner:    Margaret Chaffey 70 nett    Runner Up:    Shirley Dixon 74 nett (c/b)

Golf Mart Voucher:   Margaret Chaffey

Ladies Stableford – Blue Course

Ladies Winner:   Rhonda McKinley 28 pts   Runner Up:   Marg Potter 25 pts

Monday, 3rd September 2018 -Veterans  Stableford

A Grade Winner Mal Smith 39 Pts (RV ) 2nd George Goor 36 Pts (c/b) 3rd William Little 36 Pts

B Grade Winner William Perry 39 Pts 2nd David Newton 38 Pts 3rd Pat Travers 37 Pts

Image result for cruise ship See you all on the course in a couple of weeks.


Jamberoo Member Devastated

A Jamberoo Member who played at Wollongong Golf Club on Saturday, Sunday or Monday appears to have lost a monthly medal. As you all undoubtedly know these are only awarded monthly and are very difficult to win so it would be good if we could reunite the owner with the medal.

Ron Davison has found the medal and emailed the following message,

“While cleaning the car park at Wollongong Golf Club on Monday 3 September
I found a Jamberoo Golf Club monthly medal, it would be good to return it to the owner.
I can be contacted on this email  or mobile 0417668430.

Regards, Ron Davison”

Please feel free to contact Ron to organise the collection of your medal.

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



News From the Course, 25 August


At Jamberoo we presently run a booking sheet for all members who wish to play in a competition and also for making cart bookings for these competitions. With improvements in technology this will change and an on-line booking sheet may be available for your use.

However this only will be available sometime in the future so members are reminded of the 2018 conditions of play which can be viewed on the club website under the ‘More’ tab in the ‘notices and downloads’ section.

Here is an excerpt:

“Booking into a Competition

Saturday competitions are members’ comps and priority in bookings will be extended to members.
For Saturday competitions, all time-slots (except for those 5 pre-purchased spots) become available to members at about 5pm on the Wednesday, ten days prior to the event. For members present at the Golf Club at this time a draw will be made for first choice of available time-slots. The time sheet is then available at the Golf Shop on Thursday morning where bookings can be made in person or by phone.
Wednesday time sheets become available at the start of competition on the Wednesday prior to the competition. Members may book themselves and a maximum of three others into the one time slot. Telephone bookings will not be taken until later in the day. Full details of members and especially visitors are required. (Name, Member No, cart hire required, and for visitors, Club, Handicap & Golf Link Number).
If you require the use of a motorised cart then this should be noted on the time-sheet. Failure to do so may result in your missing out depending on bookings for the carts on the day.
Do not assume that a cart will be available.
If for any reason you cannot attend your tee time please contact the starter as soon as possible so that your place can be re-allocated to another member. Do not make bookings if you are aware that you will be absent on that day.
Players must report to the Starter 15 minutes prior to hit off and are under the control of the Starter”.

Please follow these simple steps to let the starter efficiently accept your payment and hand you your score card and cart keys.

Our volunteer starters try their best to respond to your requests and wishes but it is difficult if you come in late or without phoning in advance expecting a cart when they have all already been booked or if you change your booking at the last moment.

Please phone the starter on 4236 0404 well in advance to find out if there are spots available, if any carts are available or if you can’t make it.

Is this an Eagle?

Shop volunteer, Phil Gosling, had an interesting occurrence last Saturday.  Apparently Phil hit his second shot into the hole on the 1st.

Unfortunately for Phil he was playing the third at the time.

2019 Rule – Taking relief from a plugged ball in the general area of the course.

On the 1st January 2019 the amendment to the Rules of Golf come into force. Click here for a full listing of the changes.

Relief without penalty for an embedded ball in the rough

2019 Rule: The current default position in the Rules will be reversed:

  • Rule 16.3 will allow relief for a ball embedded anywhere in the “general area” (that is, the area currently known as “through the green”), except when embedded in sand.
  • In taking relief, the player will drop the original ball or a substituted ball within one club-length of (but not nearer the hole than) the spot right behind where the ball was embedded.

Reasons for Change:

This is an appropriate exception to the principle of playing the ball as it lies because having to play a ball that is stuck in soft or wet ground (whether in the fairway or the rough) should not be considered part of the normal challenge of playing a course.

This Week’s Results

To paraphrase an old Queensland advertisement … “Jamberoo, windy one day, even windier the next”. August winds, you have to accept their challenge and enjoy your game regardless!

Not that the wind affected the scoring of our competition winners this week with George Goor scoring a massive 45 individual points on Wednesday along with his playing partner William Perry who fired a good 42 points. It often happens that if one player fires then another in the group also goes well. John Lacey also scored 42 points on Wednesday.

On Tuesday the wind was relentless and the Ladies, playing a Canadian Foursomes, all seemed to enjoy their game despite the wind if judging by the smiles on their faces when they completed their round. On reflection, perhaps they were grimaces.

Monday saw our second Veterans stableford of the month and Bill Little was the winner with a good 41 points.

Thursday saw the inaugural playing of the 9 hole stableford with the ladies leading the scoring with Judi O’Brien’s 21 points the best.

Congratulations to Marie Farrant and Pat Paris on their Mixed Foursomes Championship victory in the hurricane on Sunday.

Full results

Saturday, 25th August 2018 – Stableford

A Grade Tim Young 39 points

B Grade Dylan McDonald 38 (c/b) 2nd Wayne Griffiths 38 (c/b)

C Grade John Lucas 37 points (c/b) 2nd Peter Hughes 37

D Grade Bob Crooks 39 points

Ladies Loretta Green  37 points, Jenelle Anderson 36 points

Thursday, 23rd August 2018 – 9 Hole Stableford Australian Open Promotion 

Winner Men Luke Oborn 19 Pts 2nd Graham Kuskey 18 Pts 3rd Arthur Bosanquet 17 Pts

Winner Lady Judi O’Brien 21 Pts (c/b) 2nd Liz Armstrong 19 Pts  (c/b) 3rd Margaret Cook 19 Pts (c/b)

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – Stableford 

A division Winner:   George Goor 45 pts   2nd:   Pat Paris 39 pts (c/b)

C Grade Winner:   William Perry 42 pts   2nd:   Mal Garratt 39 pts (c/b)

D Grade Winner:   John Lacey 42 pts   2nd:   Pat Lawrence 39pts

Tuesday 21st August 2018 – Ladies Canadian Foursomes 

Winners: Lyn Kuskey & Shirley Dixon 75.125

Runners Up:  Margaret Cook & Jenelle Anderson 80.5

3rd:  Judi O’Brien & Marlene Trethowan 82.75

Monday, 20th August 2018 – Veterans Stableford

Winner Bill Little 41 Pts 2nd William Perry 36 Pts

Sunday 19th August 2018 – Mixed Foursomes Championship

Champions Marie Farrant & Patrick Paris 132

Nett Winners Kay Brennan & Bernie McGlinchey 113.75


Thanks to our Volunteers – the club wouldn’t be the same without you.


Trevor Bell Memorial Shield


There was a cool wind blowing on Monday morning when we lined up at The Grange for the latest round of the TBMS. We started the day 10 points adrift of the defending champions Port Kembla and no one could have predicted the outcome at the conclusion of the round.

Things began well when Greg Seymour finished with a great score of 39 points, and his playing partner Don Thompson who also played well to finish with 34 points. Chris Goodwin and George Vlatko were the next to finish and they scored 37 and 36 points respectively. This was a great start and augured well for a strong finish that might challenge Port Kembla.

Ian Unsworth and Geoff Reynolds were the next to finish and Ian immediately approached me in the club house excitedly telling me he had scored 39 points. I was rapped, but then he said Geoff had scored 47 points !?!?!?

“You’re taking the p*** out of me aren’t you?” I said
“No” he said, “look at his card.”

Sure enough there it was – 47 points. This is the highest individual score ever recorded in the TBMS and even after the markers had scrutinised the card, they had to conclude that it was correct. Geoff’s remarkable round included an eagle on the difficult 12th hole, holing out from about 100m.

These two scores meant our first six players had equalled the previous best team score of 232 points achieved by Kiama in 2016 when they won the trophy. So everyone was waiting expectantly for the ever consistent Pat Paris and Phil Gosling to finish. Pat finally strolled into the club house with a smile on his face that he had managed to score 36 points and that Phil had bettered him with a score of 41 points. This put Phil into third position in the individual event, but it also meant Jamberoo had scored a massive 239 points, after we dropped off Don’s and Pat’s scores. Both players have since been counselled about how they need to lift their game if they want to remain in the team J

A truly remarkable result!

The final team results put Jamberoo into the lead by 25 points over Port and 63 points over Kiama and Wollongong. The next round is scheduled for Kiama on Monday 24th September. The updated scoreboard has been reproduced below

Jamberoo            850
Port Kembla       825
Wollongong        787
Kiama                    787
The Grange        774
The Links             767
The Vale              731