Even in Hawaii the news that Stephen Rippon has won the Jamberoo Club Championship for the third time is headline news.
Considering all the rain the course was in damp but comparatively very good condition for what was the third and final round of the championship, which was cut to 54 holes when play was cancelled the previous Saturday when a number of greens became unplayable.
Defending champion Rippon had been languishing but appreciated the late sunshine and came home with a gross 72 for a total 227 to beat Paul Hazeltine (71) by a single stroke.
First round leader Peter Munro failed to capitalise on his opening rounds of 73-76 but his final 82 still saw him finish a very creditable third.
In B Grade Tom Zimmermann went into the final round holding a one stroke lead over Con Kiayias and pulled away with a hard fought 82 to win by six strokes on a total of 245.
Con (87) was runner up with a former B grade champion in Bruce Byers (78) a fast finishing third.
In C Grade Bob Small shot nine strokes under his handicap with a round of 82 (263 total) overtaking second round leader and runner up Chris Goodwin (90) and winning by three strokes. Alvin Ray was third with a 272 total.
The inaugural D Grade champion is Les Farkas whose 315 total was 10 better than runner up John Keeling. Vince Byrnes was third on 329.
By Daily Cow Senior Correspondent [Probationary] Arthur Bosanquet
IN 1991 the great Australian indigenous singer/songwriters Paul Kelly and Kev Carmody wrote “from little things, big things grow”. Although they were not referring to Jamberoo Golf Club, those words could be used to describe how the “9 & Dine – Xmas in July” came to fruition. As attendees were getting ready to leave the May “9 & Dine” function, a voice from the crowd quietly asked (who said Reg Wilson was quiet?) whether there would be another function during the winter months. This question was like a red rag to a bull, and not to miss out on an opportunity for golf, food and fun, Rose and her energetic organising team, got to work. With the roof over the club’s veranda almost complete, Rose also saw a fund raising opportunity. So the concept of the “9 & Dine, Xmas in July – Raise the Roof” was hatched.
The advertising campaign for the event was successful, as 55 players and diners attended the function (up from 19 in May) on 9 July 2015. Golfers played in either a 2 or 3 person ambrose event, starting from the 1st and 5th tees, in beautiful wintry conditions (cool, no rain and no wind). Interestingly, when the Chief Steward for the event, Club President Lance Fredericks, was asked about the rules applicable for dropping balls after the best ball had been selected, he replied with a sly grin “well, there are really no rules today, just drop the ball where you like”! Obviously using this rule interpretation to great advantage, the winners of the 3 person event were Lyn and Norbert Beringer and Barry Plucknet, and the winners of the 2 person event were Robin Gregson (who putted like a professional) and Arthur Bosanquet.
After golf, everyone enjoyed a chat and a drink on the club’s veranda, under the just completed roof. Despite the cold evening everyone was kept warm by 2 new outdoor heaters, generously provided by anonymous donors. Lance thanked the organising group, presented prizes to the winners, and paid tribute on behalf of the whole club to Gordon Dill and Alan Thrower who were responsible for constructing the roof, and who were also in attendance.
The players’ lounge had been transformed into a Christmas dining room, complete with crackers. Everyone enjoyed the 2 course catered Christmas dinner, which included Christmas pudding, custard and ice cream.
No Christmas function is complete without a visit from Santa Claus, and this party was no exception. It is unknown how Rose was able to contact Santa, but he did arrive without any fanfare (he must have left his sleigh and reindeers up in the car park), and entertained the group with a variety of old and new jokes. Unfortunately, some of the jokes were difficult to understand, because of Santa’s thick beard and moustache and what sounded like a thick Welsh accent.
What an enjoyable Xmas in July: golf on a picturesque course, great company, lovely meal, and over $900 for the “Raise the Roof” fund. Certainly a BIG night, after a LITTLE question.
The next “9 & Dine” is on 10 September 2015, returning to the usual format of golf followed by a BBQ with BYO meat / salads / drinks.
By JGC Daily Cow Special Correspondent Arthur Bosanquet
Jim Butt, a member of the PGA of Australia for over 30 years, is the golf “Teaching Professional” at Jamberoo Golf Club (JGC). He is at JGC every Tuesday and Friday, and offers a wide range of services to enhance your golfing experience; these include teaching for individuals or groups (both for members of JGC and non-members), golf club repairs, and the sale and fitting of new golf clubs. He can be contacted on 0402 262 641, or in person at JGC on either Tuesdays or Fridays, where he can be found in his shed, on the practice range (between the 18th and 10th fairways) or in the players’ lounge discussing anything golf (and/or any other topic) with anyone who is free.
I RECENTLY had the pleasure of sitting down with Jim in the players’ lounge of JGC, where we chatted about the services he provides at JGC, and his life as a golf Teaching Professional. His quiet, friendly manner was evident from the start of our conversation, and was confirmed to me by many members of JGC who described him variously as being “knowledgeable”, “a lovely gentleman”, “friendly”, “affable”, “obliging and generous” and “efficient”. Interestingly, he described golf as being “an extremely simple game, in which a stationary ball is hit, played by people who want to complicate it”.
TEACHING. Jim is able to provide advice on the rules of golf and their interpretation, advice on course management while playing golf, and swing improvement. It was refreshing to learn Jim, as a coach, does not believe in trying to change a player’s swing to copy that of a well-known professional. Instead, he aims to “tweak the swing the player already has”, and help them become the best golfer they can be. Jim is happy to provide lessons for children or adults as either individuals or groups of 4 – 6 (max) people.
GOLF CLUB REPAIRS. Jim is available for repairs to grips, shafts and club heads. Be prepared, however, as he may suggest your club is beyond repair, and trying to “fix’ your favourite club may not be in your best golfing interests.
NEW GOLF CLUBS. If you are thinking about purchasing a new set of golf clubs, Jim is the person to see. He is able to provide a wide range of golf clubs, including Titleist, Ping, TaylorMade, Callaway, Mizuno, Srixon, Infinity, Nikent and PGA. Jim described the club shaft as being “the most important part of a golf club, without a shadow of a doubt; it is the engine room of a club”. Having the right shaft significantly improves your chances of playing consistent golf, but conversely, if the shaft is not correct for you, the game of golf becomes that much more difficult. Trying to decide what clubs to buy can become extremely confusing given the huge number of clubs on the market, and over 100 different shafts available of varying lengths, compositions, flexes, weights and kick points. Jim therefore suggests “club fitting” can be extremely beneficial prior to purchasing new clubs. He told me that if someone is going to outlay money for a set of clubs “make sure they fit you”.
CLUB FITTING. In a club fitting session, rather than getting you to hit balls into a net and use a computer to provide your swing and ball flight statistics, Jim watches you hit balls in real life on the practice fairway. With his vast experience Jim is able to assess what would be the most appropriate shaft length and flex, lie angle of the club head, grip size and swing weight for you as an individual. After discussion with you, a decision can be made as to what would be the most suitable grip, brand and model of club for you, and what would be the most ideal composition of your new set of clubs; for example, irons versus hybrids (or rescues) versus lofted fairway woods. Jim is then able to source those clubs at a very competitive price. Jim currently charges $50 for “club fitting”, but that cost is deducted from the purchase price of the golf clubs if bought through him.
As a word of warning, Jim commented that when buying golf clubs through the Internet, the specifics of the club shaft (the most important part of a club) cannot be guaranteed, and therefore may not be the actual club you ordered or required. As a result you will need to change your swing to get the best out of your new, but different, club(s). And you then wonder why you can’t hit the ball as far, or you now have a hook or a slice!
ELK GOLF BUGGIES. If you are in the market for a new motorised golf buggy, Jim is the local stockist for the lightweight but robust ELK buggies.
Jim’s long career as a teaching pro
Jim commenced his career as a trainee golf professional “way back” at the Yowani Country Club in the ACT, before heading to the prestigious Royal Sydney Golf Club where he was employed as its Teaching Professional for about three years. Before arriving at JGC in 2005, Jim had gained more experience working at various other golf clubs around Sydney, as well as teaching full time at both the Barton Park and Port Macquarie Driving Ranges. During his younger years Jim attended many professional development courses and seminars, usually held at the Sanctuary Cove Resort, and usually presented by “name” overseas (usually American) golf teachers. Jim commented he was disappointed local Australian teachers were often overlooked to present these courses, as he considered them to have just as much expertise.
When he first arrived in the region almost 16 years ago Jim had the busy task of being the teaching professional at Jamberoo Golf Club, Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club and Gerringong Golf Club.
Jim never played on the touring professional golf circuit because, in his words, he “was not a good enough player”. However his passion had always been teaching.
Now that he is semi-retired from teaching golf, Jim has the opportunity to follow his other passion, namely playing social golf with his wife and friends both locally and elsewhere, wherever there may be a golf course. He is confident of the long-term prosperity of JGC, especially if the development of local juniors is encouraged and supported. Jim, with the very able assistance of Phil Lewis, has been conducting junior golf clinics every Friday afternoon during school term at JGC for some years. Two years ago he increased his commitment by introducing a golf clinic for pupils at Jamberoo Primary School in the first school term each year, and this has continued with the help of Phil and several other members of JGC.
As well as teaching at JGC, Jim also teaches at Worrigee Driving Range on Thursdays.
Thank you, Jim, for being such a wonderful asset for JGC, and we look forward to seeing you at JGC for many years to come.
ON a bleak, early autumnal afternoon, 19 variously enthused golfers arrived at the club in dribs and drabs for a 3.00pm start to play in the Jamberoo Golf Club monthly Nine and Dine. Included in the group was a couple from the Gold Coast who had heard about the event on the golfing grapevine!
Chief organiser and official starter Rose Sheath greeted us all with her customary smile and good cheer. After paying the $5.00 entry fee, we were allocated into playing groups to start from either the 1st or 5th tees.
The golf scores will not be remembered. Reg Wilson, the MC for the evening, deliberately did not announce any results, and no official prizes were awarded, leaving the individual players to reflect on their own scores, and what might have been. Every player was, however, given a beautifully wrapped golf ball as a memento of the occasion.
On the other hand, the post-game BBQ (attended by another 3 non-golfing partners) will be fondly remembered: meat cooked beautifully on the newly installed BBQ; home-prepared fresh salads; the long dining table set up and festively adorned in the lounge; friendly repartee and laughter; the beer, wine and soft drink (for those responsible drivers); and for at least one non-golfer who joined us for the meal (yes we know who you are JG!!) the scarcity of golfing anecdotes. We all left the club winners, and grinners.
Thank you, Rose and Reg, for a most enjoyable and memorable May “Nine and Dine”. I am sure we are all looking forward to the next event, “Xmas in July Nine and Dine on 9th July, with hopefully many more starters.