SPGC Members News - July Edition

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FROM THE BUNKER First of all congratulations to our two lucky members who won the 7 day membership draws Sue Billington and Ross Fewster and also a big thanks to all those members who came down and supported the Club on those two Saturdays.

Another big thank you to the 230 members who lled out the quick survey we put together, the feedback was great and this will help the Board in determining priorities out on course over the coming months, I will send another one out over the next 6 months looking for more insights from the membership, the results of the survey can be viewed in this month’s news. The most comment around improving the course in the survey “if you could do one thing to improve the course what would it be” was 1. Buggy Path repair and renewal 2. Nothing its great already 3. Tree roots on fairways 4. Pruning of trees 5. Longer fairway grass 6. More consistent bunker sand

I held a meeting with the greens team around this and they all got to see the comments and I think they really appreciated the feedback; it has also given the M&G committee some good pointers for the future as well. Some of the comments were quite funny, “ ll in all the bunkers as I can’t get out of them” “give me back all my balls lost in the water” and my favourite was “get rid of all the birds so they stop shitting on the greens” Over the coming week you will see a new concrete buggy path built on the connection between the 11th hole and 12th tee this was identi ed as a priority replacement job by the Board, your recent feedback in the survey also con rmed the need for rebuilding of the buggy paths as the most pressing matter to members.

We have also reached the end of another nancial year here at the Club and while the results are not as good as the previous year the improvements out on course were not only well worth the extra spend but also essential, as we all know the health and appearance of the Course is our rst priority and will always remain so. I will be away from the 20th July to take a break in China playing a couple of great courses In Hainan then off to Vietnam to do some touring and will be back on the 8th August, weather is a lot warmer than here presently so that will be a big bonus! This month I had the pleasure of asking the tough questions to our Front of House Manager Cara And that’s me for another month, enjoy your gol ng and I will see you around the Clubhouse soon. Mick Ryan GM

15 MINS WITH THE GM Cara Flannery 1. How long have you worked at SPGC 2 ½ Years 2. What’s the best thing about working here? The beautiful staff – we are like a little family 3. What did you want to be growing up? Wine Maker

4. What’s your worst cooking mishap? Hmmmmm… probably when I severed the tendon on my nger on a can of black beans… 5. Do you like any sports? If so, which ones? And what teams? Ice Hockey! Winnipeg Jets…. And the Casuarina Barbarians Rugby Union Under 6s team ☺ 6.Who is the coolest celebrity you’ve ever met? Julian Lennon… learned he can’t drink as much as I can 7.What job did you have in high school? Deep Water Aerobics Instructor 8.What’s the most interesting building you’ve ever seen or been in? Angkor Wat 9.If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world monument, which monument would you choose? Great Wall of China

10.What’s the funniest joke you know by heart? Which Golfer can jump higher than the ag? None a ag can't jump


Hi Golfers, Not much to report from me this month. A new buggy path over the bridge on the 11th will be put in place very soon. The new path will be concrete, replacing the current messy blue metal next to the 12th tee. The greens continue to improve as well. Don’t forget to repair your pitch marks.

Inter club Pennants has begun. Good luck to all our teams over the coming weeks. It’s nice to see the sun again after a few weeks of wind and rain. You will all notice quite a few Blue Lines have been put out to keep buggy’s away from certain areas. Please drive outside these areas and allow the ground to dry out. That’s all from me. Good Gol ng. PRO SHOP Neil Steinhardt had a sensational 45pts in the 2nd round of the ‘State of Origin’ competition several weeks ago. (I expect Neil to drop a shot in handicap after this performance). Our Interclub Pennants teams have sadly not had such a great start to the season.

With the rst round played here at Surfers, the A grade side halved their matches and B and C sadly went down to the team from Tally Valley. Don't worry guys theres plenty of rounds left to pick it back up. Pro Shop Deals - With golf retail more competitive than ever, we pride ourselves in offering the best prices as possible. That means if any other reputable (genuine) golf retail business is offering a lower advertised price on a product they have in stock, we guarantee to price match that quote. This applies to current model stock only.

THE RED TEES Charity Day 27th June 2019 It was fantastic to see 110 players join in the fun of the Waltz Stableford, a delicious hot buffet lunch and ra es of Charity Day on Thursday. Only one heavy downpour threatened to send everyone into the clubhouse for shelter, but all groups nished bar one. The winners on the day were Eileen Fewster, Vicki Laws, Fay Selwood and Lee Peters with a great score of 79. Runners up with 78 on a count back were Felicity Angus, Pam Opie, Lyn Johnston, Narelle Shallcross, who were both Pam's family members. Well done to all the players on the day!

Winners: Lee Peters, Eileen Fewster, Vicki Laws & Fay Selwood

Runners Up: Lyn Johnston, Narelle Shallcross, Felicity Angus and Pam Opie

Mott Trophy The Mott Trophy 2019 nal was held on Saturday 22nd June 2019. Congratulations to the winner for 2019, Wendy Hollis, who defeated Narelle Wicks with 1 up at the 18th hole. A huge thank you to our sponsors of this event, Above and Beyond Funerals for their support for the 2nd year running and we look forward to their continued support in the future. A big thank you to our Vice Captain, Di Potter, who refereed the match and our President, Kay Palmer for organising the presentation. Michael Crouch of Above and Beyond Funerals presenting Wendy Hollis with the Mott Trophy for 2019 with President Kay

Michael Crouch presenting Narelle Wicks with the Runner Up Prize The July Saturday Ladies Shirt Medal (The Blue Shirt) sponsored by Christine and Peter Lawson was won by Virginia Oxenford.

July Blue Shirt winner Virginia Oxenford with sponsor, Christine Lawson

OBE Day and Best Grandmother Trophy 88 entrants joined in the gala of the Stableford event on Thursday 11th July to honour our Grandmothers and OBE’s (over 80’s). Our OBE winner was Imelda Senyard with 31 Stableford points. Winner of the Grandmother Trophy was Pamela Opie with 34 points and Runner Up was Sue Lockwood with 33 points. Congratulations to all winners on the day and a huge “thank you” to Julie Echin who donated these special prizes.

Our OBE’s L-R Marie Burr, June Hassum, Imelda Senyard, Evie Hooper, Ruth Gurner, Bev Rudman, Jan Finn, Norma MacNamara, Maureen Scott, Judi Harden and Julie Gardner (Lorraine Grove attended

Imelda Senyard being presented with the OBE Trophy by President Kay

Coming Events: Mid Week Pennant - 15 July to 26 August Margo Donnellan Trophy – Saturday Ladies Championships – Sat 10/8, Sat 17/8 & Sat 24/8/19 Foursomes Championships - Thursday 22 August - 27 Holes, Prepaid event, Entries close 16/8/19 Joan Irving Jug – Four Ball Matchplay - Tue 3/9, Tue 10/9, Tue 17/9 & Thur 19/9/19 Open Charity Day - Thursday 31 October 8.30am Shot-gun start - Visitors welcome, Ambrose Team of 4. Entry Pre-paid LIKE and FOLLOW "South Paci c Ladies Open Classic" on FACEBOOK and tell your friends about the South Paci c to be held 13-16 October 2019 https://www.facebook.com/so uthpaci cladiesopenclassic/

THE WORKING BEE Last working bee we worked in and around the garden adjacent to the practice nets. A block garden edge has been laid, creating a much neater and improved look. Pruning and weeding was also carried out throughout the area, as was hedge trimming. Trimming the sprinkler heads on the fairways continued, and that task is nearing completion. The halfway house gutter has had leaf guard installed, and a block garden edge has also been laid. Re-directing the current e uent water to the 13th lake has begun with pipeline laid. Inclement weather conditions have not helped of late but the Course remains in great condition. Care for your Course and Good Gol ng.

ALL SPORTS The monthly mug winners for June are: A Grade - Des Hudson .B Grade Gary Willis. In the past few weeks, as a gesture of support for our much appreciated PGA instructor, Ali Orchard, the committee, awarded a lesson in Ali’s Thursday group sessions as our weekly ra e prize, in lieu of the usual voucher. This was well received and nine lucky members were given the opportunity to enhance their game with a lesson of their choice. Our weekly competition 3rd prize of 4 balls has been changed to a 15 $ voucher which we hope you will nd more practical, after all you can’t drink golf balls ! All Sports Championships 2019 will commence on July 16th over two rounds. Handicaps will be frozen for both rounds Good luck to all. TB

PHOTO OF THE MONTH COMPETITION Only one entry this month.
 A big thank you to Shane Montgomery for sending this in, you have won $30, this prize will be placed on your Membership card. This was the end of Sam Lacuone’s tee shot on the 14th hole, in the pipe just in front of the 14th tee a couple of Saturdays ago. It’s not worth it, don’t do it Sam!!!