edition 2 - december 2013
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Welcome to our unique view on all things Glenelg.
It has been a great year!
In addition to other communication media, “Side Spin” provides members with some insight and information on our key people and members, and national and international news and trends around the golf industry.
2013 US Masters Champion Adam Scott
Looking back on the year that was, there is a pretty good list of successes and achievements both in relation to our Club and golf generally. I am often asked what are the most defining moments in the year. It’s been a good year. A very good year, in fact, if you are an Aussie! Let’s start with Adam Scott and the US Masters win!
Tony Martin Captain
As a passionate supporter of Australian golf and golfers and an Adam Scott and Jason Day fan in particular, 2013 will always be remembered for Adam sinking firstly that rain soaked putt on the 18th at Augusta and the screaming of ‘C’mon Aussie’, and then finally also holing the play off putt! That was simply amazing. I felt so proud to be Australian that day.
Reliving the cheers over and over again in November when he played and conquered just about everything in sight down here as well, the interviews and his perfect and gracious answers will always bring a smile to my face. Adam has put Australian golf back on the map and got kids back again to love and play golf. There is exposure on prime time TV, articles and feature stories on golf in the print media and radio and there is a real buzz around the traps that has been missing since the Norman days. He is the real package. Next stop is Tiger’s No. 1 world ranking and the new season reboots at Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in early January 2014. Aloha, Tiger. He’s coming for you!
What’s coming up at Glenelg? Book these dates into your calendar now... Christmas Ambrose Saturday, 21st December 2013 Entry forms now available Christmas Day Wednesday, 25th December 2013 Clubhouse closed all day Pink Day supporting Cancer Council Wednesday, 8th January 2014 Australia Day Pairs & Partners Monday, 27th Janaury 2014 Bookings online Club Quiz Night Friday, 14th February 2014 Bookings at the Administration Office
Cruden Bay Golf Club, Scotland
In respect to our Club, besides the great course and condition it is always in, we introduced a few ‘ firsts’ that all proved successful and very popular: Night golf - There was slow interest to begin with but we managed to get 72 eager members out and everyone without fail had a lot of fun. All positive with no negatives is very exciting for us. Our next event is planned for 16th April 2014, using two 6-hole courses to speed up play and allow more members to experience the event. You will need to book early! The Brewster Brothers - Again, a concert was originally touted for outside ‘On the Green’ but for the first concert, we eventually settled for an inside show. And what a show it was! Given the positive feedback and success of this we will try something outside next and haven’t yet given up on “The Stones Live at the Bay”. Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Increased member value and reciprocal club additions – firstly came the news of our Pacific Links International Reciprocal Agreement – this is a significant value add to your membership. This exclusive tie up allows our members to experience, with little or no cost, access to some of the world’s premier courses (50 courses in Asia /Pacific and USA regions). Those members who are able to travel overseas should check with the Club’s website for more information.
Great crowds at Royal Sydney for the 2013 Australian Open
And finally, in recent weeks we have also confirmed another international arrangement in the country where golf began. One of Scotland’s top ten courses, Cruden Bay, has welcomed our Club to a new reciprocity. Along with our more recent national additions of Lake Karrinyup, Woodlands, St Michaels and Newcastle, this is a very significant gain that we hope members can utilize and experience over coming years. In addition to our junior and pennant success, particularly winning the Women’s A1 again, it has been a great year! We continue to work on new and improved events and facilities that hopefully make YOUR Experience at the Bay better and second to none. And Coming Up... Pink Day supporting the Cancer Council on Wednesday, 8th January 2014 followed by the Quiz Night on Friday, 14th February 2014 – treat your partner to an evening of fun at the Valentine’s Day themed event. Remember to continue to support our great Club when you are next thinking of holding a party, function or celebration. Thanks for playing and supporting the Club, and we will see you again in the New Year. From all of our team, we hope you have a safe and happy Christmas. Cheers and happy golfing!
The new motto is: ‘One membership – access to 50 premier courses’!
Tony Martin Captain
getting to know your team | David Brand How well do we know our General Manager? Find out a little more about David and what makes him tick... Why golf and why Glenelg? Foot skills were not really my thing – never played footy or soccer – but my hand-eye coordination was always pretty good, so I grew up playing a lot of bat/ball sports – cricket, tennis, baseball, basketball and golf. I have played golf for as long as I can remember. I still have scorecards from when I was 5 or 6 at the little par 3 course at the Pat – remember the one, next to Marine Land? I used to play there with my grandpa and sister because I was still too young to play with dad at Glenelg. I remember walking around Glenelg with my dad as a youngster, hitting a few shots on holes out of view from the clubhouse so I wouldn’t get into trouble, and looking for golf balls in the sand dunes and trees. Those golf balls made me a small fortune - I would trade them in at Golfcraft for $1 each thanks to a generous old man called Ian Symons who used to work there – and buy my golf clubs and equipment with the money. I still have one of those putters today! My family grew up in the Glenelg area - my dad Trevor, mum Helen, and sister Catherine, were all members. Dad had a lot of involvement with junior golf, mum was on the women’s sub-committee and my sister
played pennant. So I guess it was no surprise I followed in their footsteps! I joined as a 13½ year old and still remember Bill Barton and the late Dr Waddy scaring the “you know what” out of me at the member induction meeting with all the rules and regulations! Never did I dare put a foot out of place, and of course, I was the perfect angel on the golf course, as most juniors are! As my golf improved, other sports went by the wayside and I found myself spending all day here during the holidays, Saturdays and Sundays. Days generally involved a bucket of 60 balls, 18 holes, lunch, another 120 range balls, a 72 hole putting comp, another 10 holes, and wandering home around 6pm. Glenelg has always been in my blood (even though I support Westies in the SANFL) and I can’t see that changing anytime soon. I still live locally and continue to love my involvement with the Club.
Handicap Currently playing off 5, but did reach scratch back in the good ol’ days!
Why golf club management? Still trying to work that one out!
After completing year 12, I commenced a degree in Urban & Regional Planning which I completed with Honours in 1999. I loved the creative side of urban design but hated the legislative side and never continued with a career in that sector. I was doing some casual greenkeeping and administration work whilst at uni when the then General Manager asked if I was interested in a full-time office role. The role was supposed to be six months only, but six years later, I finally moved on! After a short stint as General Manager at Blackwood Golf Club, the opportunity arose to apply for the same role here, which I did, and the rest, as they say, is history!
Proudest achievements Academically, I was awarded the 1989 Dudley Field Medal (school dux) in year 7 at St Leonards Primary School and followed that up with the Flinders Prize (best year 12 result) at Plympton High School in 1994. My proudest golfing achievement was my 1999 Club Championship victory against Campbell McLuckie. They say one can be a fluke, so I made sure this would not be the case for me and defended my title in 2000, and followed that up with another in 2002! I was lucky enough to be a member of Glenelg’s winning Simpson Cup team in 2003,
Adelaide Crows coach, Brenton Sanderson was special guest at the recent Captain’s Lunch
getting to know your team | David Brand continued... and also Captain of the Bonnar Cup winning teams of 2006 and 2008. Away from Glenelg, I had the near perfect round of my life in 2002 winning the West End Open at Victor Harbor with a first round 67 (5 under) - this still remains the Amateur Course Record there. We won’t mention the second round, although it was still good enough to win the event, albeit in a playoff!
Major influences in my life My parents have continued to be a major influence in my life. They always involved themselves in our activities – school councils, church basketball, coaching sports, golf club committees, and since retiring to Victor Harbor, mum has been involved with Meals on Wheels and dad volunteers at the golf club and with Coastcare. Their caring and generous nature is always something I have strived to achieve in my life and career. Careerwise, the Club’s former General Manager, Adrian Edgar, has probably been my greatest influence and mentor, and not just because he offered me my first full-time job! I felt Adrian had a great management style– decisions were always carefully considered and he never hesitated sharing his thoughts and reasons with his team. I learnt a lot from Adrian and have always tried to emulate his management style, adding my own intricacies along the way to act as mentor to our great team of staff.
Toughest part of my job All of it! No, not really. Trying to balance the needs of members against the financial
necessities of the Club – this would be the single hardest part of the job. I would like to think we are doing a reasonable job of this, but in the current economic climate, things are getting tougher and tougher for everyone.
Most enjoyable part of my job All of it! Yes, really! What a great place to work – an outstanding golf course, clubhouse facility and the best members around.
My vision I have always thought Glenelg has the greatest diversity of members anywhere in Adelaide – from millionaires and entrepreneurs through to the self-funded retirees and Aussie battlers – yet we all have the same thing in common, our membership. We are more relaxed, casual and friendlier than other clubs, and this has created a welcoming environment for us all to enjoy our time here. Most of us simply love playing golf, enjoying a few drinks and maybe even grabbing a bite to eat with our mates afterwards. My focus is on making this dream a reality for as many people as possible. I have a passion for junior development, on growing the reputation of the Club nationally, on continually improving our already outstanding golf course and creating an experience or escape to suit each member that is the best we can possibly offer. If we keep it simple, I am sure we can achieve this and continue to enjoy our time here for many years to come.
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the grill night Every Thursday Evening
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fish ‘n’ chip night Every Friday Evening
from $16.90 A variety of Chef’s fish selections each week served with golden fries, crisp salad, tartare sauce and a wedge of lemon. Plus all the usual Pinehill Bistro favourites and other great specials.
Published on Dec 16, 2013