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28 June 2010

Div 6 Pennant Success

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Inside this issue: Pennant success

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President’s message ………. 2 Exec Officer’s report

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Special General Meeting ….. 3 BOARD briefs…………... … 4

Hearty congratulations to our Mens Div 6 Pennant team who defeated Deloraine last weekend to take out the northern pennant final. Going into the game needing a 5/2 win, they stormed to victory 6½ to ½, a great result for Captain Chris Sweeney and his crew.

Also facing the same 5/2 scoreline for a pennant final win was Trevor McKenna’s Div 7 team. The team achieved a 4/3 result and the final pennant result is unknown at this point as the result will be determined on a countback of wins over the course of the pennant season.

Ladies Committee Report .. .8 Veterans Report …………... 8 Know the rules. . …............... 13 Support our sponsors …..…. 14 MGC Who’s who ……..….

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Pictured above with Chris and team manager Kym Willis are Andrew Pedder, Paul Wilson, Glenn Reading, Peter Harwood, Tony Pyskowski, Matty Hipwood and Chris Hipwood. 1

Not to miss out on their photo opportunity we’ve moved their snap his handsome crew to the page 11 of this edition. Well done teams!

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President’s message I like to take the unusual step of paying The other is a very long time member in tribute to two long time members of the Cyril Denison who has overcome illness Club. recently that kept him from visiting the club on many days throughout the week. Firstly, it was sad to learn that a long time member Rob Sindorff has resigned Although is unable to play, Cyril still finds and is going to join his brother Rick that he can support Mowbray and (another former MGC member) at recently donated towards Saturday Launceston Golf Club for a change and Competition prizes. He has always been on a trial basis. Rob has been a very a very supportive member in his long loyal member since his School Days. history with the club. Rob now resides in Kings Meadows (Most may remember him as “Mr Whippy” which also makes life more convenient the crabby ice-cream man. ☺) around golfing at Launceston. Cheers, We wish Rob well and hope to see him around Mowbray on any occasion that David ‘Barney’ Jones brings him this way. President

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Executive Officer’s Report Most members will now be aware that the Chris Johnson is no longer serving as Executive Officer for the Club. Chris has been a committed contributor to the club’s administration over many years. He has served as Board member, President and more recently over the last few years as Executive Officer. The Board will commence a process for replacing Chris shortly. In the meantime our Office Manager Deborah Bennett will manage the day to day running of the club in conjunction with the Board members in their respective Director roles. David Jones President

SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING The Board of Management has received a petition of 21 members for a Special General Meeting to be held to discuss the Board’s decision to end Mr Chris Johnson’s role as Executive Officer. As required under Rule 10(2) of the club’s constitution, the Board will convene a Special General Meeting at 7pm on Friday, 2 July. This will be the only item of business. David Jones President

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BOARD briefings Robbie Carrick (Captain) It is nice to see Kasondi back behind the bar after time off with a broken bone in her wrist. Welcome back Kasondi. Overall the bar is doing quite well and it seems that numbers are rising in the bar. It was pleasing to hear that there was a packed bar last Saturday night for presentations. I would like to thank our hard working staff of Ray, Amy and Kasondi for all their efforts in making the Bar a nice relaxing and fun place to enjoy a drink with friends after their game of golf. Well done guys!

Tez Clark (Vice Captain) - Course Director Well I don’t know about you guys but I have found the course nothing short of excellent…and that’s not just because I’m playing well, I’ll talk about that later! With late autumn warmth continuing, and just enough rainfall, the course has continued on its growth spurt and I’m sure Kirby and the guys are looking forward to a break over the next few months. Once again, many thanks to Kirby and his team for keeping the course looking great and to our trusted “Green Team” & others for their ongoing commitment to the course and club.

TREE REMOVAL - As you are well aware the inside line of Poplars have been removed, (Stage 1) from here Stage 2 will be to poison the stumps, this is to ensure the root systems do not continue feeding into the neighbouring properties. The final stage will involve cutting a thin drain between trees & houses and installing a rubber root barrier, preventing any future root spread to these areas. DIVOTS – Nothing worse than walking up to your ball and find it sitting well down in somebody’s divot hole or a pile of sand. Here are some tips on what we can do to improve divot repairs: • The obvious – replace the divot. If the divot can be retrieved, simply place the divot back into the divot mark and tap it down. Apply a very light dusting of sand. Not essential though. • Broken divot – if you cannot retrieve all of the divot chop the edges of the divot mark inward with the club head. This will reduce the size of the divot mark, what divot you do have can then be placed into the remaining divot mark…lightly dust with sand. • No retrievable divot - chop the edges of the divot mark inward with the club head and fill remaining divot mark with sand.

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BOARD briefings

Kirby’s Corner Renovations to the Ladies 13th Tee Bed are near completion. The Tee Bed has been levelled & re-covered with turf from the nursery……I think the Ladies will be happy with the final result. We are also scarifying many of the Tee beds so please bear with us while this work is being completed. Over the winter we will be undertaking some irrigation repairs which will require leaving open holes on or near fairways until the equipment is tested, e.g. 2 – 3 days. The holes will be staked off with barrier taped for your safety. - Kirby. As I said earlier in my opening paragraph regarding my “form” at the moment, the course obviously has something to do with it but, the REAL reason is undoubtedly my new set of irons, personally fitted by Brent. I’m not bragging but it is nice to actually hit the ball somewhere in general direction you are aiming and feel good off the club head. I’ve never had irons personally fitted before so I’m extremely happy with the outcome. If you are thinking about changing your clubs or looking for consistency in your swing I highly recommend you have a talk to Brent……..talk about royalties later Brent!!

Greg Lansdell (Vice President) – Finance/Communications Director Well, it’s great to be back after a couple of weeks on holidays. With 30 June rapidly approaching there seems to be a lot on action on the club finance front including the production of our annual financial statements. I know our position is still very tight at the moment. The change 18 months ago to overlap our financial year and membership year has caused a dilemma in terms of issuing the 2010/11 membership subscription invoices. As subscriptions are set at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) we were facing an unintended situation where no membership income could be generated. In our present financial situation the club would have been unable to operate. To overcome this situation, the Board has opted to increase membership subscriptions by 3% which is the default maximum amount allowed under our Constitution. As in past years, a review of the % increase will be considered at our next AGM (viz Sept ’10). Subscription notices will issue in early July. It will help our club if you can pay your subscription promptly, or enter into a monthly direct payment arrangement - please see Deborah in the office. MGC – Par for the course

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BOARD briefings Louise Russell – Match Committee Director I would like to thank everyone who participated in our recent 4 Ball Ambrose Guest Day on Sunday 13th June. We had 112 playing, including visitors from Scottsdale, Bridport and George Town. Winners of the Men’s competition were the Scottsdale group consisting of D. Hill, A. Batty, P. Knight & D. Knight with a net 54 7/8. Runners up were T. Quill, D. Knight, A. Fraser & G. Reading on 55. The mixed competition was won by M&M Green and J&C Corkery with 55 5/8 from G&L Ponting, P Garwood & W Stackhouse on 57 1/8. Raffle winners on the day were Peter Barratt (1st), Robbie Carrick (2nd) and Jayne Harwood (3rd). It was good to see the country visitors taking part, and we hear they are keen to come back next time. At this stage we are planning to have our next Gala Day in early October – stay tuned! I want to especially thank Gail and Dave O’Connor for managing the bbq.

Jayne Harwood - Marketing and Sponsorship Director Great Sponsors Story! Recently my husband Pete’s company decided to purchase a Ute. Pete went and got three quotes and decided to get one of the quotes from the Launceston Motor Group due to their sponsorship of the club. Not only did Larry Stingle provide great advice, he also provided a competitive quote and the Launceston Motor Group ended up with the sale. This raises the question do members actually tell our sponsors that they are from the Mowbray Golf Club when they use their services? Sponsors are always looking to see if their sponsorship actually does attract people to their businesses. So the next time you enquire about Health Insurance at St Lukes, get your prescription filled at Capital Chemist or are thinking of buying a car from the Launceston Motor Group make sure you let them know you are from the Mowbray Golf Club and that you value their sponsorship! Also if you own a business and would like to know about some of our fantastic sponsorship options, please do not hesitate to have a chat to me.

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BOARD briefings Shane Eiszele – House Director Now that winter is here it is pretty quiet on the home front. But as you can all see the condition of the club house is always neat and tidy thanks to our fastidious cleaners Rick and Izzy Jacobson. Their efforts are greatly appreciated by all of us. Of course I will continue to keep you all posted with any further news re the club house and surroundings.

Chris Sweeney – Fundraising Director Due to the inclement weather on Saturday 29th May which affected the field numbers it was decided to defer the draw of the special raffle until Saturday 5th June. Winner of the 5kg Tasmanian Crayfish 1st prize was Matty Hipwood. 2nd prize went to Iris Meek and 3rd to Joey Clayton. We will be holding these special raffles every couple of months. The next one will commence on 27 June with major prizes including a golf bag and a golf buggy. I would personally like to say a very big thank you to all members for your continued support of the weekly raffles and the footy points margin tickets. Your continued support has so far helped to raise almost $4000.00 and has provided supplies for the new outdoor area, new shirts for the Bar Staff (Ray and Amy) and some Course maintenance requirements for Kirby. Recent winners of our club fundraisers Weekly raffle 1st Prize - $50 Stan Reid Meat Voucher or $50 Brent Barlow Pro Shop Voucher 2nd Prize - $25 MGC voucher

Footy points margin (100 tickets @ $2 per ticket) Correct margin prize - $100 Week 5 – Greg Creedon (Ben Lomond Water) Week 6 – Cassie Filgate (St Lukes Health) Week 7 – Ken Whitton (L’ton Church Grammar School) Week 8 – Ken Whitton (L’ton Church Grammar School) Week 9 - David Dawes (ACL) Week 10 - Stephen Philpott Week 11 - Graeme Ponting Week 12 – Garry Westwood

The raffle was suspended for three weeks while the mother’s Day raffle was run. 15 May

1st - Rex Greenburgh 2nd – Jimmy Malcholm

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Veterans Report – Len Potter, Secretary The vets are advised that Tim Leonard is now our representative on the Board. Consequently Tim has been added to the Vets Committee. It must be stressed however that any general problems members may have must be taken to the Vets Committee, through a Committee Member and not Tim personally. Any personal problems or complaints must be taken to the Board through the normal channels. Bad luck to Roger who was not present at the lucky card draw. Roger missed out on sixty bucks! The June draw will be worth $70.00 _______________________________________________________________

Proud major sponsor of the Mowbray Veterans

Richard Bailey

Richard Bailey - 0418 386 945 richard@bushby.com.au _______________________________________________________________

Ladies Committee Report – Iris Meek, President We have had one wash-out already and hope it is the last for a while. It is not good for Yvonne or Brent. The merry band of bowlers make the most of the room, enjoying a few ends and a chat. Not surprisingly, Tayla Bennett has received notification of a place in the state squad. Congratulations Tayla, we are all very proud of you. It would be nice to get some more youngsters interested. Perhaps you could tell them we are not all old fuddy duddies.

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Ladies Committee Report – Iris Meek, President (Continued) The Pat Scanlon was a huge success and many thanks to Marlene Wood and Sue McCulloch for the trophies which were won by Beth Gibson and yours truly. Runners-up after a three way count-back were Cheryl Atkins and Phyllis Warren. We were quite excited. Veronica Lewis and I had won back in 1996. Guess I’m just lucky with my partners! These are beaut days with all handicaps even, so there is no real advantage, although we had some very strong pairings this year. Thanks Beth! Some others with wins this month were Sue Saunders who was overall winner by one stroke Tuesday from Elaine Rigby, Robyn Hatton, Trudy Vance and Trish Hepburn. Helen Davies won the Nine hole event and Chris Barlow the Business Girls. A few have also reduced their handicaps during the month. Thanks to Kelvin Bird for the lovely trophy which will be played for in annually in memory of Audrey. Thanks also to Kel and his team of helpers for the new door at the 10th. It is much appreciated. Sadly although Mowbray liked the pennant format, we didn’t win any division. When some of the wrinkles have been ironed out I’m sure we’ll be back up there with the big girls. Our course will host the final of the Cons Pearce Shield which was put on hold last year due to lack of numbers on the East Coast. St Mary’s took out the title across there to meet the Green team at Mowbray May 27 at 9.30. Yvonne will keep busy that day by running one of The Biggest Morning Tea events from 10 am, before catering for the WGT-North v North East final.. As no club put up an enthusiastic hand to hold the Pennant Luncheon this year, WGT-N decided to have a foodie type get-together following the final of Sunday pennant at Riverside May 23. Those aluminium and copper collectors are still at it. Jan and Coral would appreciate any of the readers saving cans for this fund raiser. It’s amazing how it all adds up. How does $2,300 sound? Thanks too to the girls who potter around the garden beds. The club is looking a whole lot neater and it relieves the Green Team and course staff of more menial chores. Thanks to all Mowbray staff, you do a fine job and we do appreciate it.

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Land development update Over the last few years there has been some consideration as to the possible selling of under-utilized land in different parts of the course. This option has been more seriously considered lately as a direct result of our debt and decreasing membership numbers. Our former President Clive Challis outlined to members last February the seriousness of our financial situation at that time. He specifically mentioned that declining memberships was having a critical impact the club’s capacity to operate. He mentioned in some detail the need to find about $50,000 to meet pending expenses, including equipment for the course. Simply put, in the absence of a significant increase in new members, the club needs an injection of funds – and quite quickly. I am sure we would all prefer to resist the temptation to sell land – we all know that once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!! There seems to be options of selling any of three parcels of land that, if sold, could alleviate our debt situation. The locations are:  Practice range adjacent to 12th fairway  Old practice range adjacent to 1st fairway  Car park (Barton Street) entrance All three locations have pro’s and con’s from a both club and developer perspective. The Board will not be formally pursuing any of these options without consultation with members. The Board is planning to hold an information night during July to outline recent developments and seek member inprinciple support in relation to progressing a preferred site for development. Let me state clearly again, no commitments with potential developers will be made without member endorsement from a properly convened Special General Meeting. David Jones President.

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Division 7 Pennant Team As promised, here is our very contented Div 7 team – currently waiting on a countback to see if they have won the northern pennant:

Pictured (L to R) Joel Harwood, Greg Whybrow, Trevor McKenna (C), Chris Hamilton, Joey Clayton, Alan Nichols & Bazza Clarke.

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Saturday Competition sponsorship opportunities

Are you interested in sponsoring a Saturday member competition? Consider the benefits: • Sponsor name on the competition time sheet • Free entry for four guests to play in the Saturday Competition • Announcements from Pro-Shop on the Saturday • Sponsor recognition at Presentations on the Saturday • Presentation of trophies at completion of the event • Invitation to the Annual Sponsors Day

Cost of sponsorship is $250 If you, or your playing group, would like to sponsor a Saturday competition OR know of anyone who might, please see Jayne Harwood (Sponsorship Director) for more details.

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Know the rules Test your knowledge: These questions (moderate level) were taken from the Royal and Ancient website on 27 June 2010. Answers appear at the foot of the next page. Question 1 – A player is entitled to change clubs during a round if the grips become wet

True or False? Question 2 – A player is not penalised if he brushes aside loose impediments with a towel on his line of putt, provided he does not press anything down.

True or False? Question 3 A player may clean his ball by rubbing it on the putting green.

True or False?

‘Be Wise, Be Pro Advised’ on all aspects of your golf game for the best results. Whether that is advice on your next set of clubs (which should be fitted to your swing), or simply on the type of ball you should be playing. Swing on into the pro shop and seek my assistance on anything golf related

Brent Barlow AAA accredited Golf Professional Mowbray Golf Club

Tel: (03) 6326 3832 Email: brentbarlow@mowbraygolfclub.com

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Mowbray Golf Club Corporate Sponsors Our corporate sponsors make an invaluable contribution towards the operation of our club. We can prove their investment is worthwhile by supporting the products and services services they offer in their businesses.

Major J. Boag & Sons Platinum St.Lukes Health & Tas Keno Gold Badcock Constructions Don-El Sales Pty. Ltd Garry Harper Garage Doors Tasmanian Taxi Golf Launceston Mazda Neil Phillips Platinum Security

Silver Adrian Leary Rendering Corporate Express Gunns Limited Harrison Humphreys Brent Barlow's Golf Shop JaxQuickfitTyres McKillops Insurance Pierce & Parkinson Tas Freight Winflo Coverings Becks Electrical Wholesale Mowbray Capital Chemist Chris Baker Turner Fine Furniture Yalumba

Bronze Yi Sun Hwang Steel-Line Garage Doors Murray & Claudia Lethborg Cliff Bowman ANZ Bank Dulux Glass Supplies James Suiter Electrical Juicy Isle Newnham Meats Roberts Limited SPORTFIRST Mowbray Weeding Hire Tatts & Sportsmans G.C.

Answers to Golf Quiz (see page 13) Question 1: Correct answer is False Question 2: Correct answer is True Question 3: Correct answer is True

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MOWBRAY GOLF CLUB – Who’s who?? Board of Management (Responsibilities)

Pro Shop

President:

Club Professional:

David Jones

Brent Barlow

Vice President: Greg Lansdell (Finance)

Assistant Manager: Belinda Barlow

Captain:

Robbie Carrick (Bar)

Pro shop Trainee:

Vice Captain:

Terry Clark (Course)

Director:

Shane Eiszele (House)

Director:

Louise Russell (Match Committee)

Director:

Jayne Harwood (Sponsorship)

Director:

Chris Sweeney (Fundraising)

Ladies Rep:

Kim Clarke

Veterans Rep:

Tim Leonard

Ladies Committee

Veterans Committee

President:

President:

Neville Grady

Vice President: Elaine Cox

Sec/ Treasurer:

Len Potter

Captain:

Kaye O’Shea

Committee:

Ron P. Baker

Vice Captain:

Elaine Rigby

Committee:

Kelvin Bird

Treasurer:

Pat Richardson

Committee:

Reigh Langford

Secretary:

Carole Corkery

Committee:

John Tiffin

Board Rep:

Kim Clarke

Committee:

Peter Beddow

Committee:

Dianne Bullman

Committee:

Dennis Tulk

Committee:

Kim Clarke

MGC Board Rep: Tim Leonard

Iris Meek

Business Ladies: Margret Devenoges Staff

Course

Executive Officer: vacant

Course Superintendent: Shane ‘Kirby’ Knott

Office Manager:

Deborah Bennett

Green keeper:

Glen Arkley

Bar Manager:

Ray Keefe

Apprentice:

Anthony Burrows

Bar person:

Amy Kelp

Green keeper (Vol): Rod Eiszele

Bar person:

Kasondi Roles

Green keeper (Vol): John Tiffin

Cleaner:

Isabelle Jacobson

Plus our valuable volunteer ‘Green Team’

Cleaner:

Ricky Jacobson

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MOWBRAY GOLF CLUB – Major sponsor

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