FROM THE BUNKER Dear Members First of all I would like to thank our fantastic volunteers for the work they have done at the engineering shed creating a new covered area off the side of the main building to house machinery, without these gents helping around the place it would be a lot more expensive to upkeep and improve the appearance of the course, my heartfelt thanks to you as always. We hired a tree root cutter for a week and you may have noticed down the side of the fairways where it has been through, the greens team were very impressed with it as it tore through many roots some of which were pretty big, I have attached a few pictures of them for you to look at.
The other thing we did was to take samples from the 3rd, 5th, 8th and 14th greens for testing and I am pleased to say they came back very healthy which has been great for the team and their hard work in following the programme of repair over the last 8 months, I cannot speak highly enough of the team out on course and their continued commitment to improving the playing surfaces and their overall work ethic to making this Club a better place to play. We are about to purchase 1 Gator (on course work runabout) and recently purchased a 4 seater buggy as well for the club, a big thank you to Clarrie Harrison for giving us a very special price on these pieces of equipment.
In other news the AGM has been scheduled for the 28th October, the new lift linking the ground floor and function room should be installed by the middle of October, and we still await approval from Council to flood light our practice fairway. Charges for social and visitor green fees went up by $2 for this year and took effect on the 2nd September, in line with rising costs out on course but I think we can all agree that the course is well worth the extra $2 spend in its current condition. The Board have also re introduced a $2 course usage fee for members who are just going out for a social hit on their membership days this was normal practice some years back but was dropped. (This can be paid at the pro shop)
The value of this contribution from our membership will be felt back on course as this is where all revenues raised will be put, and for example the ﬁrst $7000 we raise will be allocated to a stump grinder. Last but not least our award winning team in the pro shop have asked that all members going out for a social hit to please report to them before you tee off, the course is a busy place these days and they like to know where to put people so it would be much appreciated if you could pop in and say hello to the team prior to heading out. And ﬁnally well done to our ladies pennants teams what a great result for the Club! Take care and happy golﬁng. Mick GM
CAPTAIN'S CORNER Hi Golfers, A very dry and windy month has come and gone. Still no sign of any signiďŹ cant rain, but the water reserves are holding up nicely. The fairways are still very good and the greens continuing to improve. The mens ďŹ elds are getting good numbers again, which is good for the club. With good sized ďŹ elds comes lots of pitch marks on the greens. Don't forget to repair your pitch mark and do a couple more while you are waiting to putt. A few members have mentioned to me over the last month or two about their balls being taken when playing. I'm sure that nobody takes someone else's golf ball whilst in competition on purpose, but I keep hearing this over and over.
If it's not your ball, don't touch it. It's very frustrating when it happens. (Usually when you are having a good round). Everything else is going so well, I don't have very much to report. So good golďŹ ng Greg Hill Captain
PRO SHOP Hi Members Welcome to the Proshop news for September. We are excited that at the recent OnCourse Golf Awards, Surfers Paradise won the "QLD Franchise of the Year". A thorough team effort and we almost had a near perfect score on the compliance list. Well done to our Supersenior Pennant team who are leading the ladder after 3 rounds.
Ladies and Gents, I would like to say our course has never looked better and I have not seen a better coverage on our greens. As a result, we are currently going through a spike in new members and seeing record green fees. Well done and thanks to Geoff and the team! We are very proud of our ladies Div 1 and 2 pennant teams on their winning season! No doubt there is plenty said in red tees. Round of the month goes to Trevor Fraser who had a Fantastic 65 Nett to win this month's OnCourse Challenge. DEMO DAY Taylor demo and ďŹ tting day Thursday 19th everyone welcome Fittings by appointment
SPECIALS 30% off all Cutter & Buck clothing Balcony Golf Bag Sale NO REASONABLE OFFER REFUSED!
THE RED TEES JOAN IRVING JUG 2019 - Good Luck to all players competing in the Joan Irving Jug with the ﬁnal to be played on Thursday 19th September. MARGO DONNELLAN TROPHY 2019 The ﬁnal of the Margo Donnellan Trophy was held on Saturday 24th August 2019. Congratulations to all players and the winners of this 54 Hole Stroke Competition for the Saturday Ladies Championships! Many thanks to the sponsors of the event - Jude Eastaway, Wendy Hollis, Marianne Ioannou and Di Whish-Wilson. Winner of the Margo Donnellan Trophy with the Best Nett - Yvonne Hucks ( 224) Best Nett Runner Up - Shirley Ferguson (230) Best Gross - Virginia Oxenford (268) Best Gross Runner Up - Johanna Bedggood (273)
Best Gross - Virginia Oxenford (268) Best Gross Runner Up - Johanna Bedggood (273) Best Putts - Karen Anderson (97)
Yvonne Hucks receiving the Margo Donnellan Trophy from sponsor Jude Castaway subtext
Winner of the Best Gross - Virginia Oxenford subtext
Winner of the Best Nett Runner Up - Shirley Ferguson receiving her prize from Captain Marianne Ioannou
CONGRATULATIONS TO SURFERS PARADISE PENNANT TEAMS WHO TOOK OUT THE 2019 PENNANT IN DIV1 AND DIV2!!!!! A very exciting ﬁnish wound up the 2019 season for our number 1 and 2 teams in the ﬁnal at Sanctuary Cove on Monday 19th August. Division 1 won the Pennant with a total of 35 points, 6 points ahead of the 2nd place getter, Sanctuary Cove on 29 points. A huge thanks goes to our Junior member, Shannon Tan who remains undefeated in her 5 matches. Division 2 remained top of the leader board from the very ﬁrst round winning the Pennant with a total of 34 points, 4 points ahead of the 2nd place getter, Sanctuary Cove.
This is the ďŹ rst win for our Division 1 team since 2013 and the ďŹ rst win for our Division 2 team since their only win in 1999!!! Surfers Paradise was also represented in Divisions 4,5 and 6. Although the teams didn't get in the top 3, they enjoyed the experience and are very thankful that they were given the opportunity to play for Surfers. They were all wonderful ambassadors for the club. Congratulations to all the players on a fantastic effort! You have all done Surfers Paradise proud!
Surfers Paradise Division 1 Pennant Team (clockwise from top) Marianne Ioannou, Shannon Tan, Andrea Davis, Velma Harding, Vicki Laws and Maureen Giles
Surfers Paradise Division 2 Pennant Team (clockwise from top left) Virginia Oxenford, Carolynn Rothwell, Marie Rosewarne, Jude Eastaway, Yvonne Mallory and Therese Blair
Surfers Paradise Division 4 Pennant Team (L-R) Lorraine Goodale, Mary Thomas, Robyn Davidson, June Hassum, Annette Gatland (Absent: Di Whish-Wilson)
Surfers Paradise Division 5 & 6 Surfers Paradise Division 5 - Di Cameron-Cox, Kay Sylvester, Pam Englert, Gail Ward, Yvonne Hucks, Di Innes, Marica Richardson, Cheryl Gibbons, Christine Cole, Jenny Tanner Surfers Paradise Division 6 - Kay Palmer, Sue Absell-Hagen, Lyn Daines, Kay Campbell, Carmel Hendrie, Jenny Tanner
Foursomes Championships This event held on Thursday 22 August saw a full ďŹ eld tee off in the new 27 holes format. A huge thank you to our sponsors Robyn Wigmore of Welcome Change Realty, Anna Kaz and Pam Lorne-Tait and congratulations to all the winners on the day. Division A Gross Winners: Marianne Ioannou & Vicki Laws (132) Division B Gross Winners: Sue Absell-Hagan & Di Cameron Cox (148)
Division A Nett Winners: Di Innes & June Hassun (109.5) Division B Nett Winners: Pam Opie & Heather Cain (115)
Div A gross Winners Marianne Ioannou & Vicki Laws (132) with Robyn Wigmore of Welcome Change Realty
Div B Gross Winners Sue Absell-Hagan & Di Cameron Cox (148) with President Kay
Saturday Ladies Shirt Medal 2019 (The Blue Shirt) Sponsored by Christine and Peter Lawson was won by Narelle Wicks for September with a lovely 74 nett. Congratulations Narelle!
September Blue Shirt winner Narelle Wicks with sponsor Peter and Christine Lawson
COMING EVENTS: Joan Irving Jug Four Ball Matchplay (16 pairs) - R3 Tuesday 17/9 & Final Thursday 19/9/19
South PaciďŹ c Ladies Open Classic - 13-16 Oct 2019 - Registration Forms are out so REGISTER NOW to avoid disappoinment! Open Charity Day Thursday 31 October - 8.30am Shot gun start Visitors welcome, Ambrose Team of 4. Entry Pre-paid. Gold Medal Play Off Thursday 7 November Ladies Closing Day Thursday 21 November - President V Captains Teams Event, Golf & Lunch Pre-paid, 8.30am Shot-gun Start 4BBB Stableford, Presentation of Specials Trophies Saturday ladies Closing Day Saturday 23 November - 4BBB Stableford, Presentation of Special Trophies Ladies AGM 8.30am Thursday 28 November, 10am shotgun start, Stableford
Ladies Annual Dinner Friday 29 November
THE WORKING BEE Hi All, The major focus of late for the working bees has been the construction of the lean-to on the machinery shed. Preparing the ground area including running foliage took some time, followed by concreting in the footings for the posts. Sections were then pre-fabricated on ground and then lifted into position for ﬁxing to the existing structure. The rooﬁng material was then ﬁxed in position, as ﬁnally was the side wall. A very professional looking job which will be of great use for protecting machinery previously exposed to weather.
A special mention to the following - Brian Thomas, Dave Muir, Ken Clode, Nev Davey, Bob Dempster, Terry Keating, Gerard Denaro, Duncan Haig and Hamish Rollinson, Peter Groundwater, Mark Bryant and Arthur Tilyard for designing and over-seeing the entire project - WELL DONE GUYS! Other small projects also completed have been repairing the male toilet door at the halfway house, repairing a dangerous hole around the 17th green and ďŹ lling in bare patches with soil. Painting the brick wall at the corner of Fairway Drive in preparation for a new sign, and completing the archiving has also been achieved. Enjoy the warmer weather and show care for the Course. Until next time - good golďŹ ng
ALL SPORTS The Monthly Mug winners for August wereA-Grade: John Hyland (nett 67) B-Grade: Ralph Cohen (nett 64) Our esteemed Captain Peter Groundwater extending a huge welcome to our latest new member, John Hucks! There may be still one place available for our away day a Gainsborough Greens on Monday 21st October. Contact Ron Echin ASAP if interested.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH Our new photo of the month submission comes from the lovely Christine Lawson. Jo Bedggood and I on Jarrod Lyle Day Fantastic photo girls, looking beautiful!!