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April 2014 Web:

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ON THE COURSE...another prize winner, volunteers putting in the hours A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…a green day, emergency Defibrillator

SOCIAL NEWS…Bingo, flexi membership, anniversary MEN’S MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP…photos

 Legends Pro Am 5th May…book a spot NOW


The majority of the members would probably know by now that as a result of a comprehensive review of the Club’s financial position the Committee of Management had no alternative but to make the General Manager’s position of the Club redundant. The Finance Committee and the Committee of Management have spent many hours considering and investigating every possible action that could be taken to rectify the current situation. You don’t have to be a financial expert to know that expenses cannot exceed income for a club to be a viable operation. Recently I attended a function at the Glenelg Golf Club conducted by the General Managers Association with the main topic of “Strategic Plans for Golf Clubs”. The comments made during the meeting emphasised that all Golf Clubs are having difficulty with membership numbers and


We are currently in the process of completing a staff restructure which will enable the Club to continue as it has in the past. This will take a couple of weeks to complete and we will keep you informed of the final result. Following this we will have an information night to advise members of the outcome in more detail and any other matters that anybody wishes to discuss. Ian Milne has agreed to take over the Strategic Plan. Further information and a blueprint of the Plan will be made available as soon as it is completed. The Veterans Pro Am will be held on the 5th May. If you intend playing please advise Steve in the Pro Shop as soon as possible as there is a considerable amount of work required to organise the day. A number of Sponsors have supported this event to ensure that we have a successful and interesting day which I am sure it will be. If you are going away over Easter please drive safely as I know what the traffic can be like over the four days.

ON THE COURSE…from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) Green Staff Green staff are a prized possession and the Club is proud and excited to announce that our junior member Luke Merchant has been awarded the Graduate of the Year, SA 2014 by the South Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association. Well done Luke. His prize is an all expenses trip to the 2014 Turf Conference on the Gold Coast in June 2014. This award puts Luke in the running for the National Title which has a prize of a study tour of the United States of America including attending the United States Turf Conference. There must be something in the air or water in the greens shed as Luke follows in the steps of Rohan and current assistant Jeff in winning this award in the last few years or is it the teaching and passing of knowledge from Rob and the other greens staff team??

Course Volunteers The Vines Golf Club has a long history of Volunteers assisting in all aspects of the Club from improving the everyday activities to long term projects. The Club is blessed with such members giving up their time on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. A typical monthly time is 150 hours but with the project of the 5th mounds being completed for March 2014 a total of 171 hours of good sweat with no tears but good old fashion let’s get the job done…a fantastic outcome. Below is a list of work being carried out by volunteers:Rough cutting Garden beds course and house Tee divots Tree roots covering General tidy of rough picking up sticks Grasses / weeds spraying and removing Greens rolling Drains cleaning Course signs clean and tidy Course GUR markings Path maintenance Tree trimming low hanging branches Our Members Working group meets once per month to tackle a specific item. The important issue here being that the volunteers have ownership of each and every item they choose to undertake.

If you would like to assist in further improving your golf course, contact any member of the Course Committee or go straight to the top, Rob our Course Superintendent. Tree Management Plan On a regular basis (no more than 15 months apart) the Club has a Horticultural and Arboricultural Consultant visit for a visual inspection of trees on the Golf Course to identify any safety concerns for players, staff and to recommend appropriate actions. The March 2014 report shows no trees with a rating priority 1 (work to be carried out in near future) but there are a number of trees with a priority rating of 2 (with the work to be carried out within 12 month time frame). These priority

2 listings will be added to the work programme along with tree trimming being carried out by the hard Working Members Group. The report reflects that much of the work previously identified in our Management Plan has been undertaken…a pleasing report for all concerned (safety and appearance). Happy Valley and Ernest Crescent Catchment With the winter rains approaching final touches will be put in place in preparing both locations for the harvesting of water. To maintain efficiency and achieve maximum harvest of water through the water collection system we will be removing the build-up of unwanted silt and general rubbish that was deposited from the rain last month in and around the pump pick up at both locations. Weed Control This season our weed control programme for Kikuyu and Parramatta grasses has produced positive results. The rain in February was well welcomed for the course in general but it did give these weeds a kick along for a short period. Volunteers have been spot spraying surrounds, tees and fairways with the larger areas of infestation being boom sprayed by green staff. Greens Renovations The Course Committee and Green Staff would like to thank all those members who assisted in the greens speedy recovery by repairing the plug marks on the greens. Excess sand has almost disappeared and greens are being rolled. It won’t be long before greens are back to a suitable pace for some…but not for all…too fast…too slow. Almost forgot to ask you the players to keep up the good work by repairing any plug marks you may see on any green, especially the one the other person forgot!

Volunteers and staff laying turf on the 5th.

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Karen Rama (Captain)

Tuesday 18th saw us celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (albeit a day late) and we were even able to enjoy an authentic ‘soft morning’ with a steady fall of Irish mist (aka heavy rain). Green was the theme and it was nice to see so many girls getting into the spirit of the day.

Our Golf SA Shylie Rymill foursomes event was held on 25th March. Congratulations to Pam Deacon and Jan Windows for a very impressive 65.5 nett. Congratulations also to (Yvonne Isaace and Jan Milne), (Liz McHugh and Terri Smooker), (Gwen Jacobs and Vicky Flodin), (Pam Potter and Trish Phillpotts), (Heather Chapman and Jen Hawkes), (Anne Binnie and Elaine Knuckey) and (Alison Emmett and Lil Maddern) for qualifying in our Turnbull Salver matchplay knockout event. Good luck to you all for your upcoming matches. Our Pennant, Cleek and Hickory squads have commenced their practice schedule. It has been great to see so many girls registering their interest in these matchplay teams. Our Nomads team will also kick off in May against Flagstaff Hill and we wish you all the best of luck. Are you thinking about ‘Country Week’ this year? Entries open on Monday 28th April and can be found at Grade eligibility has changed to the following (due to the Slope Handicap system): Yorke Peninsula (Silver) - Wallaroo - 0-16.0 GA Handicap Mid North (Bronze Salver) - Balaklava - 16.1-21.4 GA Handicap Northern (Bronze Shield) - Port Augusta - 21.5-28.0 GA Handicap South East (Bronze Plate) - Bordertown - 28.1-45.4 GA Handicap The Club Match Committee has asked me to extend an invitation to all lady members to play in the monthly Sponsors Day. This month's Sponsors Day will be on Wednesday 16th April and is a 12:00pm shotgun Stableford competition. Now that we have the Slope Handicapping system, it is a truly level playing field for everybody. There are great prizes on offer and it's a fantastic opportunity for the men and women of our Club to play and mix together in a competitive way. You don't need to be playing in an 'all women' group, you can fill gaps and book in any vacant slot. So come and join in, we’d love to see you there. Another date for your diary, 24th April will be our Gala Day. This is a shotgun start and it is open to anyone, so give your interclub friends a call and let them know it’s coming up. We’ll also be having a trading table, so if you would like to make a donation, it would be gratefully received. A Driving, Chipping and Putting competition will also be held on our practice facilities for our 9 Hole Members – there’s certainly something for everyone on Gala Day.

The Ladies Committee are proud to announce the donation of an emergency Defibrillator to the Club. The funds for this donation were raised from a number of events including the ladies weekly raffles and recipe book sales. The Defibrillator has been mounted on the wall in the foyer entrance (opposite the locker-room stairwell). We would recommend that all members ensure they have the following numbers in their mobile phones in case of emergency. EMERGENCY: 000 PROSHOP: (08) 8381 3300 OFFICE: (08) 8381 1822

SOCIAL NEWS…from David Jolly (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality) Hello everyone!

Friday Nights! Our members draw will be held on Thursday 17th April (as the club is closed on Good Friday). We have $375 up for grabs! Come on down to join in the raffles and happy hour. Social Sundays- A date change for May. We will now play Sunday 4th May. All other dates are confirmed. We have moved times to slightly earlier to ensure we finish before dark. Look forward to seeing you. If you would like to play, and do not have a partner, speak to someone on our social committee, David Jolly or Pam Baverstock, or register interest at the Office. BINGO is back! Next one is Wednesday 30 April. Meals available from 5.30pm, and suggest you book early. Last month we had over 70 players, which meant great cash prizes! Eyes down at 7.30pm. th

June 20th, 21st and 22nd – The Vines anniversary at our Reynella location. Our committee is planning an exciting weekend to celebrate the milestone. Golf, party celebrations and a reunion style luncheon is on the cards. So add the dates to your diary. This will be one you don’t want to miss being involved with. And show your true club support, by attending one or all of our proposed events of the weekend!!

Membership: Our new flexi membership is starting to attract new members. If you have family or friends interested in golf but unsure about the commitment, then please pass on the flexi membership information. Brochures are in the bar or office. Speak with Julie, Matt, or the committee to discuss the flexi membership. Remember- if you run out of playing credits, you can top up at anytime. Also, there comes a tipping point where most regular golfers are better off on full category membership rather then flexi. This membership is really designed for new members, people who may still work or might not have the time to play golf on a regular basis. So please, tell your friends. Word of mouth means so much. If you are part of another social club or sporting club who know people who might be interested, speak with the office to take some posters and flyers to your clubs etc. This is an exciting time for the Club, and being flexible for new members is a great initiative to hopefully securing long term members in years to come. Having a function? Need a venue? Remember as a member you get to hire our club room for free for any function you book. Special function packages are available, catering ranges from birthdays, engagements, weddings to baby showers, hen’s shows, social groups. To find out more enquire with Matt Chesterman, Hospitality Manager. He will ensure you have a successful event that you and your guests will enjoy! See you around the clubhouse soon. Have a suggestion or feedback? Email the office on or in person.

MEN’S MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP A Grade Sam Earl (winner) and Sunny Kookana (r/u)

C Grade Rohan Haslam (winner)


B Grade Roy Galbraith (winner) and Damien O’Hagan (r/u)

C Grade Colin Lambert (r/u)

NEAREST POINT OF RELIEF…from Greg Hart When a ball is unplayable or in GUR and relief is to be taken it concerns me that the process is very often addressed incorrectly. The Rule wording is the Nearest Point of Relief NOT the Nicest point of relief. There is only one Nearest Point of Relief and if that point is not Nice then that’s unfortunate. If you take the nicest point of relief then your action is against the rule.

Legends Pro Am for 5th May

Put it in your diary..Monday 5th May. The Vines is hosting one of the PGA Legends Pro Am (South Australia) tour events. The Legends tour is for professionals over the age of 55 and regular tour players include such household names as Mike Harwood, Rodger Davis and Peter Fowler. We will be holding a morning and afternoon shotgun and the competition will be stableford. There will be both individual and team prizes. Morning players will be able to purchase breakfast on arrival and lunch after golf and the entry fee is $20. Afternoon players will enjoy an all in package that will include a light lunch washed down with a beer or glass of wine, a round of golf with a member of the Legends Tour, post golf canapes and drinks with the opportunity of mixing with the legends, a pitching competition from the 1st to the 9th followed by a two course meal with your pro and prize giving. There will be an address from at least one of the Legends and everyone will be able to bid for a bottle of Grange. The afternoon entry fee will be $100 but numbers at this stage are restricted to 51. Entry forms will be available later this week. Our thanks to Air


who will be the naming rights sponsor to the

event plus Happy Valley Foodland, Reynella Mazda, RAMS Southern Vales, CDC Electrical and NHP who have agreed to be support sponsors


JUNIORS…from wayne Corbett (Vice Captain) McMillan Shield Competition 2014…Round 7 Our 2014 McMillan Shield team arrived at the 10th tee of the Grange West course on Sunday 23rd March for the final round only to be greeted by a cold blustery breeze, heavy overcast conditions and a Glenelg team packed with single figure handicapped golfers. Undeterred, our Team started this contest with great anticipation backed up with some positive thinking and stout determination. Our Team was also receiving spirited encouragement and support from the group of followers who had braved the bleak conditions to watch our juniors perform. These included our President, our Ladies Vice President, the Ladies past Captain and another Ladies Committee member. Early into the first nine holes, scores were very close with the contest being rated at level pegging. Each team was holding the advantage in three games and the other deciding game was square. The contest for supremacy continued in this manner and after the first twelve holes had been completed, The Vines was holding the advantage. Despite Stephen Bartlett and Chris Gibbie having their hands full with their immediate opponents, who were playing impressively and to their respective handicaps of 4 and 6, Jarred Clarke and Emily Dunbar were holding their own against their more consistent and competent opponents. Jarred was holding a lead of 4 up whilst Emily was square. Ryan Francis, despite his slow start, had surged to a lead of 3 up whilst Kyle Dickenson was having another difficult day. James Percey was continuing his “purple patch” of excellent play and held a comfortable lead of 6 up. As our match progressed deep into the back nine holes, Stephen Bartlett was unable to match his opponent on the day and lost his game 5 and 4. Chris Gibbie, who was 5 down with seven holes to play, surged back strongly into his game but unfortunately ran out of holes to lose, 2 and 1. Then our fortunes started to turn for the better. James Percey came in with a comprehensive 7 and 5 win to remain unbeaten throughout the entire competition. He was followed by the ever consistent Ryan Francis who posted a 4 and 3 win. The ever improving Lingli Courage, who was our reserve player, won her practice game against the Glenelg reserve player in great fashion and registered a wonderful 6 and 5 win. The fate of our Team now rested heavily on the games being played by Jarred Clarke and Emily Dunbar. Scores in both games continued to fluctuate with each completed hole. Eventually Jarred hit his straps and, despite the intense pressure, posted a great fighting win of 2 and 1. This left Emily to continue her battle with her very competent opponent who was striking the ball beautifully and playing some superb shots. She was one down with two holes to play and acutely aware of the Team’s situation. With the large gallery following and the intense pressure, she fought back over those final holes with great determination to square her game on the 18th. Emily’s magnificent effort over those final holes resulted in a “Drawn” match with each team scoring 3 ½ wins. A fitting end to a truly great contest. Our young and inexperienced Team has performed incredibly well throughout the entire competition and each Team member will gain significant benefit from this experience.

The 2014 McMillan Shield was won by the Grange “Gold” team. The Vines came in second followed by Kooyonga in third position.

On behalf of our members…a big thank you to Wayne Corbett and Steve Krause for their hard work with our juniors. Another thank you to all who supported the team.

Back row from left to right:Lingli Courage, Kyle Dickenson, Stephen Bartlett, Emily Dunbar, James Percey and Wayne Corbett Front row from left to right;Jordan Percey, Cole Wearing, Jarred Clarke, Louis Pretty Absent;- Chris Gibbie, Ryan Francis, Lachlan Evans

On Friday evening, 28th March, each member of our 2014 McMillan Shield Team was introduced to the large number of members/families and friends gathered in the Clubhouse and our President (Don Johnson) presented them with a Certificate of Appreciation for their contribution to the Team.

From Bernie Children Are Quick

TEACHER: Glenn, how do you spell 'crocodile?' GLENN: K-R-O-K-O-D-I-A-L' TEACHER: No, that's wrong GLENN: Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it. (I Love this child) TEACHER: Donald, what is the chemical formula for water? DONALD: H I J K L M N O. TEACHER: What are you talking about? DONALD: Yesterday you said it's H to O. TEACHER: George Washington not only chopped down his father's cherry tree, but also admitted it. Now, Louie, do you know why his father didn't punish him? LOUIS: Because George still had the axe in his hand..... TEACHER: Millie, give me a sentence starting with ' I. ' MILLIE: I is.. TEACHER: No, Millie..... Always say, 'I am.' MILLIE: All right... 'I am the ninth letter of the alphabet.'

DESERTER Fifty-one years ago, Herman James, a North Carolina mountain man, was drafted by the Army. On his first day in basic training, the Army issued him a comb. That afternoon the Army barber sheared off all his hair. On his second day, the Army issued Herman a toothbrush. That afternoon the Army dentist yanked seven of his teeth. On the third day, the Army issued him a jock strap. The Army has been looking for Herman for 51 years


WOMAN WINS LOTTERY A woman came home, screeching her car into the driveway, and ran into the house. She slammed the door and shouted at the top of her lungs, 'Honey, pack your bags. I won the lottery!' The husband said, 'Oh my God! What should I pack, beach stuff or mountain stuff?' 'Doesn't matter,' she said. 'Just get out.'

From John Sears…”how many riders?” Three old men went into the pro shop after playing 18 holes of golf. The pro asked, “Did you guys have a good game today?” The first old guy said, “I had the most riders ever. I had five.” The second old guy said, “I had 7 riders, the same as last time.” The last old man said, “I beat my old record. I had 12 riders today.” After they went into the locker room, another golfer who had heard the old guys talking about their game went to the pro and said, “I’ve been playing golf for a long time and thought I knew all the terminology of the game, but what’s a rider?”

The pro said, “A rider is when you hit the ball far enough to actually get in the golf cart and ride to it.”

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