GRAPEVINE April 2016
In this edition… From the Captain…”an important read”
ADA Legends Pro-Am…a great day, results THE “ODD JOB” WORKING GROUP…Thursday 21st April A REQUEST FROM OUR COURSE COMMITTEE JUNIORS…winners
FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson Once again the Legends Pro-Am was a very successful day and I am sure enjoyed by everyone who attended.
Bill Thredgold and Lenice Vayro from Air Diffusion Agencies were again the major sponsor for the event and we thank them for their continued support. Many of the Professional who played made complementary remarks about the quality of the course and said they will be back again next year.
The number of people attending the Bingo nights over the last couple of months has declined and in view of this it has been decided to cancel Bingo for the time being. It is regrettable but the return for the time spent running the Bingo nights is not worth it. It is pleasing to see the increase in our membership numbers since the 1st of October when numbers usually dip to the lowest point each year. As at the 1st October 2015 we had 700 members and currently we have 768 members. Some of these are from the promotion which will continue for the time being. It is with pleasure that I report that we have renewed Matt Chesterman’s contract for another year with the right of renewal for another four years. The workload over the past few months has certainly increased and Matt has taken the increase as a challenge and has proved to those of us that have regular contact with him that he is prepared to put in the hours to ensure our Club is successful. The Sevens Golf has once again been a success and we must thank Pam Baverstock for her input into the competition. Over the last couple of years Pam has made about $8,000 from this competition and I know she spends many hours making sure it is a success. Thanks Pam.
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(FROM THE PRESIDENT…continued) MiClub is now being used to monitor a number issues that have been a problem over the last couple of years. We can get the time it has taken any group to complete their round. 15 minutes is allowed after the round to have the score cards recorded. This allows the Match Committee to follow up slow play that occurs from time to time. There is also a report “no show” which records people who have their names down to play and do not show up on the day. It is each member’s responsibility to delete their name if they do not intend to play. People who are continually on this list will be notified in writing. After six months of the financial year we are tracking very well and expect to have a cash flow surplus of at least $20,000 at the end of the year. Current indications are that for the first time the Bar turnover will exceed $500,000. The increased turnover is obviously due to the Catering being introduced to the Club and the Advertising that has been done to involve the local community in utilising the Club facilities. It is expected that these two areas will show a combined profit at the end of the year of around $180,000.
Generous Donations The Vines Golf Club wishes to thank both NHP Electrical, Simon Hoey, & Thorn Lighting, Les Murcott for generous donations in recent times.
We recently experienced some issues with our electrical sub-boards due to their age and NHP were kind enough to donate the vast majority of the electrical components required to bring the boards up to the Australian Standards, saving the club upwards of $3000. While in the process of the upgrade it was discovered that the halogen light fittings above the putting green were also faulty. Thorn Lighting replaced these at no cost to the club with substantially more efficient LED flood lights saving us $1800 now and also minimising the running costs into the future. The Club thanks both businesses for their generous contribution to the Club.
The Vines Evening VIEW Club The Vines Evening VIEW Club meets monthly on 4th Thursday at The Vines Golf Club, at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. We welcome people to come and join us, share the friendly atmosphere and enjoy a variety of Guest Speakers. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and we support disadvantaged Australian Children through The Smith Family.
For further information Contact President Anita on 8381 8322 or 0438838583
JSA Golf Day, Swing into Action for Mental Health! At The Vines Monday 18th April 2016 – 12 noon shotgun start Get your entry in now, so you are not disappointed!
A WORD FROM THE GIRLSâ€Śfrom Debbie Gill (Vice President, Womenâ€™s Golf) Our Golf SA Shylie Rymill foursomes event was held on 29th March. Congratulations to the winners, Jan Threadgold and Kath Hender, Pam Deacon and Lyn Cummings, Margie Dunk and Liz Jan, Geraldine Bamping and Helen Brereton, Heather Chapman and Helen Allen, Mary O'Hagan and Pam Baverstock, Linda Pearce and Helen Carman, Jan Windows and Viv Dahl. They have now qualified to play in our Turnbull Salver match play knockout event. Quarter Finals must be played by 31st May, a few of you have already played your next rounds, so well done. April 1st saw the first Round of Laurel Wreath Match play, well done to all of the winners. Next round will be played 10th May. Congratulations to everyone involved with The Legends Pro Am on 11th April, what a fantastic day it was. Such a great opportunity to play with a Pro (and even get some tips!). I recommend everyone to put their names down next year. I had several positive comments about how wonderful the course was looking. Also, Julie Morris the partner of Rodger Davis, asked me to commend Clayton on the standard of our meal and Matt on the overall service. At dinner, I sat next to Brad Wall (visiting Pro from NSW) and he was so impressed with our printed menu on the table, that he took a photo of it. He said that other golf club events he had attended over the years had never shown such professionalism. Our preparations for Happy Valley Foodland Gala Day on 21st April are well underway. We would appreciate any donations for our trading table and just a reminder that any food must be labelled with all ingredients. Club Championships nominations have now closed, thank you and good luck to everyone who has nominated. 1st and 2nd rounds are April 26th and 28th April respectively.
ARE YOU A PAINTER? You may have noticed that we have commenced painting the exterior of our Clubhouse. Some of our members are assisting with the actual painting. Progress will be a quicker with a few more hands and will also relieve the workload for the few now painting. Talk to Wayne Lines. He would really appreciate your help.
From the Captain…Barry Phillips The 2016 Men’s Matchplay Championships have just been completed and congratulations to the A Grade finalists Craig Rivett (winner) and Brendan Fisher and B Grade finalists Ben Phelan (winner) and Peter Hill. Unfortunately the B Grade final was an anti-climax with Peter having back issues and conceding the match after a few holes. Whilst accepting the win I’m sure Ben would have preferred to win by holing a 10 metre putt for birdie on the 36th hole for the match. Well done to both for making the final. To some the A Grade result would have appeared to have been a one sided affair but it was certainly not the case. Brendan was no Fisher out of water and playing some excellent golf at just a few over par. Unfortunately for Brendan Craig was getting better as the Championships went on and his standard of golf was simply Rivetting to watch. Craig won the match 9 & 8 and was under par but whilst disappointed with the loss, Brendan witnessed some great golf from a front row seat. Well done to both. For the second year in a row the C Grade Championship was a non-event due to lack of entries which remains a mystery to the Match Committee. As part of the review process the Committee will survey members shortly, the results of which could well determine the fate of this Honour Board event. The 2016 Golf SA Pennant season kicks off on 15th May and our pennant squad have been busy with coaching and practise matches in the lead up to the season. Teams for the first round will be named following the annual match against the Southern pennant squad for the SutcliffeGreen Plate on 1st May at Fleurieu. Most members may be aware by now that our Junior team won their final match recently to win the McMillan Shield. Congratulations to all who participated and my personal thanks to Steve Krause and Wayne Corbett for their hard work and dedication to junior development in general. Just to finish on a sour note the issue of slow play is again (still!) in the spotlight. There appears to be no simple solution to the problem and all golf clubs struggle with this issue. All members are reminded to adopt a “ready golf” policy which includes abandoning outdated traditions of “honour”, i.e. play when ready and is safe to do so. Please be aware that the Match Committee are now reviewing round times, group by group with a small allowance for time to sign off on scores and scan the cards. Any concerns with individual groups will be addressed. Perhaps all members could also review their personal and individual processes or habits. It’s not just about the time taken to get to the ball or the next tee, those extra wiggles and waggles, itches and twitches all mount up. Members are also reminded to cancel bookings when aware they are unable to play rather than simply not turn up on the day. The Match Committee review a list of “no shows” each month and members appearing on the list on a regular basis will be (and have been) spoken to. That’s all from me but please enjoy your golf and I’ll see you out and about on the course. Barry Phillips Captain
RULE of the month…explanation
…from John Ward As Lew and Dowski have been absent for a short time after the Crows great win over Port, the Grapevine had some difficulty locating another pairing that has the same repore with each other as those two do, it was decided to remind other members of some of the niceties of the game, in the hope that they prevail each time they play a round of golf at The Vines Golf Club of Reynella. The Spirit of the Game… Golf is played, for the most part, without the supervision of a referee or umpire. The game relies on the integrity of the individual to show consideration for other players and to abide by the rules. All players should conduct themselves in a disciplined manner, demonstrating courtesy and sportsmanship at all times, irrespective of how competitive they may be. This is the spirit of the game. Also, Section 1 in the Rule Book provides guidelines on the manner in which the game of golf should be played. If they are followed, all players will gain maximum enjoyment from the game. The overriding principle is that consideration should be shown to others on the course at all times.
Bill Threadgold (right) with joint Professional Winner, Glenn Joyner
Leading professionalsâ€Ś T1
THE “ODD JOB” WORKING GROUP …from John Ward (on behalf of the Course Committee)
Odd Job Thursday 21st April Hi All Odd Jobbers. Last month we swept and tidied up the path adjacent to the 9th tee, with limited success, we will continue this project where we will have the best effect to determine whether it is a worthwhile exercise. For the next working bee Rob has requested a group of us help clean up and tidy the drain area opposite the clubhouse adjacent to the boundary fence. There are tree suckers and ivy vines and some other debris that needs to be removed before the rains come. The working group will meet at 0830hrs, all you need is some work gloves and loppers or trimming shears. The staff will pick up the rubbish after we have finished. The reason we can’t do any work on the course that day is that the Ladies Gala day will be held in the morning and it would be advisable for us to keep off the golf course. I look forward to see as many odd jobbers as can make it next Thursday.
BECOME AN ODD JOBBER
A REQUEST FROM OUR COURSE COMMITTEE DON’T BE SHY A considerable amount of unrepaired damage to the fairways and greens has been reported to the Course Committee.
Unfilled divots, incorrectly repaired and the non-repair of plug marks on greens and damage to the holes when re-placing flags, is a major concern. It is the responsibility of all players, not only members, to ensure that any of this type of damage detected on the golf course is repaired immediately. Of course the raking of bunkers, before leaving them, is always the responsibility of all players. The course staff spends much of their time preparing the golf course for the playing enjoyment of members, however ,when members don’t repair any damage they cause (or see), to the playing surface (in the rough as well) they feel let down by those members. So, “DON’T BE SHY”, if you see some damage, even if you didn’t cause that damage, FIX IT. I am sure the players that are following behind you will be thankful that there is a considerate and responsible member in front of them.
JUNIORS…from Wayne Corbett
2016 McMillan Shield Competition (handicap match play) Our team to contest the final round was Jarred Clarke, Kyle Dickenson, Ryan Francis (Captain), Alex Manton, Jordan Percey, Louis Pretty, Ryan Scovell and Charlie Nobbs was our reserve player. Our opponent was West Lakes who were equal with us on games won but held the slender margin of one more individual match won than our team (19.5 to 18.5). We started from the 8th tee and it was obvious from the outset that this game was going to turn into a real nail bitter. Fortunes of each individual match fluctuated throughout the first from 9 holes of play and the standard of golf being played by both teams was incredible. By completion of the first 9 holes of play, The Vines held a slender margin of 4 matches to 3 but some of these matches were incredibly close and could go either way. The pressure continued to build as Jordan Percey registered a 5 and 3 loss, Alex Manton battled extremely well all day against his stronger opponent to register a 5 and 4 loss and then Ryan Francis came in with a 4 and 3 loss. This left the team’s result in the balance with 3 losses already registered and our team needing to win the remaining 4 matches to stand a chance of taking out the Shield. The chances of us achieving this result now rested entirely on the shoulders of Louis Pretty, Jarred Clarke, Ryan Scovell and Kyle Dickenson who were still playing. Deeper into the back 9 holes, our team lifted and then Ryan firstly registered a much welcomed win of 5 and 3, then Louis bounced in with another 5 and 3 win followed closely by a 3 and 1 win from Jarred. With a huge gallery following the final 6 holes of play, the overall success of our team now rested with Kyle Dickenson who was playing some great golf and held a 2 shot lead after the 16th hole of play. Unfortunately, he lost the 17th but still held a 1 shot lead up the 7th – the final hole of play. Both players held their nerves and played this par 5 hole in great style. The tension and the pressure on each player was extreme to say the least. Both were on the green in 4 shots and the final result of the game and this match now rested on each players putt. The final green was surrounded by all supporters to witness the outcome of these final putts, the West Lakes player then holed her putt for the par after a brilliant bunker shot. This left Kyle with his downhill metre plus putt for the half and a win for the team. Ignoring the pressure and tension of the situation, Kyle calmly assessed the break of the putt and then casually holed it, much to the delight of many Vines members, family members and team mates who had followed play over the enthralling final 6 holes. As the Team remained undefeated throughout the entire competition, they richly deserved winning the McMillan Shield for the first time since 2007 and were overjoyed at the presentation in The Grange club house after play.
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SOCIAL NEWSâ€Śfrom Wayne Lines (Vice President, Hospitality)
Get ready for our Quiz Night on Saturday 4th June 2016
From Bernieâ€Ś Why we love children .????. A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup out of the bottle. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. 'Mommy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle.' A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, 'What's the matter, haven't you ever seen a little boy before?'
From Wayne Lines… Stand proud you noble swingers of clubs And losers of balls! A recent study found that the average golfer Walks about 900 miles a year. Another study found that golfers drink, on Average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year. This means that, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon! Kind of makes you proud. Almost makes you Feel like a hybrid........
From John Ford… Groups of Americans were traveling by tour bus through Switzerland. As they stopped at a cheese farm, a young guide led them through the process of cheese making, explaining that goat's milk was used. She showed the group a lovely hillside where many goats were grazing. 'These,' she explained, 'are the older goats put out to pasture when they no longer produce.' She then asked, 'What do you do in America with your old goats?'
A spry old gentleman answered, 'They send us on bus tours!'
Bob, a 70-year-old, extremely wealthy widower, shows up at the Country Club with a breathtakingly beautiful and very sexy 25-yearold blonde-haired woman who knocks everyone's socks off with her youthful sex appeal and charm and who hangs over Bob’s arm and listens intently to his every word. His buddies at the club are all aghast. At the very first chance, they corner him and ask, 'Bob, how’d you get the trophy girlfriend?' Bob replies, ‘Girlfriend? She's my wife!' They are knocked over, but continue to ask. 'So, how'd you persuade her to marry you?' 'I lied about my age,' Bob replies. 'What, did you tell her you were only 50?' Bob smiles and says, 'No, I told her I was 90.'
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