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GRAPEVINE February 2016



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THE JOHN CROSBY VINES AMATEUR – VARDON TROPHY EVENT THE “ODD JOB” WORKING GROUP…please read is back again this year, starting 7.30pm on Wednesday 24th


In last month’s On the Grapevine article “Help Wanted” members were asked to consider giving up a bit of their time to assist with the upkeep of the gardens around the Club House and Course. The zero response to this request was very disappointing. We are only asking for a couple of hours each week. I am sure there are members who could assist in this area. We will soon have some small projects around the course. These will not be completed if we don’t get some volunteer help. The various Committee Members and a few volunteers that we have give considerable time to the Club to ensure your Club survives the current climate that exists with golf clubs. Let’s face it, times are hard and we have to be one step in front of our competitors. Each year we do have a luncheon for all volunteers and their partners as a thank you for the work they have done.

If you can help the Club in any way please leave your name with the office and you will be contacted. Thanks.

Last week I attended the trip to Barnbougle Dunes arranged by Steve Krause. The four days we were away was magnificent and the two courses we played were a challenge. The accommodation was very comfortable, the service and food in the restaurant was excellent and the prices very reasonable. I know Steve has made a tentative booking for next year and I would recommend the experience as it is most satisfying. I will be going again next year. There has been a small change to the Heat Policy in regard to carts and bikes. Rob Millington has agreed that when the temperature is forecast to be 38 degrees and higher carts and bikes can be used provided members hit off by 7.30am on the day. I suggest contact should be made with the Pro-shop to assist with organising this.

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(FROM THE PRESIDENT…continued) Financially for this current year we are looking very sound and I would expect that our cash flow at the end of the year will be positive again. Rob Dowling and his Committee are doing a lot of work to ensure we do have a respectable positive result at the end of the year. What can I say about the fairways and the golf course overall. We have never known it to be in such excellent condition especially at this time of the year and with the reasonably dry summer that we have had. Rob Millington and his staff must be congratulated on what they have produced for our enjoyment. Last month I advised details of the Working for the Dole program which is about to start. Please give these people the respect that they deserve. I know there are some very qualified people who will be working at the club and one example that I have heard of is a carpenter who is very good at his profession but due to an injury can only work 2 days per week. Finally, the Strategic Plan is being reviewed constantly by the Committee of Management to ensure that we proceed with the various items mentioned to be completed each year. There will be some changes made due to various circumstances but we will be constantly updating the plan as required.

Barnbougle Dunes trippers…a wonderful experience

DID YOU SEE THIS???? Always nice to see our results in the newspaper so that we can keep up to date with those of us that are playing good golf. But the results published in the Advertiser on Thursday 28th January tickled my curiosity. After extensive questioning seeking information from a number of people I was none the wiser…all are innocent little angels. Love the sense of humour.

Not quite a real burglar...but very close. The actual winner on the day was Harry Smith on 41 points.

THE JOHN CROSBY VINES AMATEUR – VARDON TROPHY EVENT The event is named after John Crosby OAM a former Captain, President and long term member of the committee and Life Member of the Club who was has also held the position of President of the Australian Golf Union. 36 holes of stroke play on Sunday 14th February


VARDON CHAMPION – Lachlan Barker 72-71 = 143 (playoff over Will Somerfield) VARDON R/UP – Will Somerfield 143 FEMALE VARDON WINNER – Jin-Young Yun 79-74 = 153 NETT WINNER (MALE OR FEMALE) – Jarred Clarke 71-65 = 136 nett JUNIOR GROSS WINNER –Billy Cawthorn 70-77 = 147 AM RESULTS (18 HOLES) GROSS WINNER MALE – Will Somerfield 70 gross c/b GROSS R/UP MALE – Billy Cawthorne 70 gross c/b NETT WINNER (MALE OR FEMALE) – Kyle Hayter 70 nett PM RESULTS (18 HOLES) GROSS WINNER MALE – Lachlan Barker 71 GROSS R/UP MALE – Mark Demasi 72 NETT WINNER (MALE OR FEMALE) - Jarred Clarke 65 nett

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Debbie Gill (Vice President, Women’s Golf)

Well, we finally had a full day of golf, lunch and announcements on Tuesday 9th. It was great to see everybody again, hopefully the weather will be kind to us from now on. I was lucky to be part of the group of 20 who recently ventured over to Barnbougle Dunes in Tasmania. We had 3 days playing two of the top 30 golf courses in the world, The Dunes and Lost Farm. They were both difficult, challenging courses that swallowed up numerous golf balls from us all and I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to play them. Thanks to Steve Krause our Pro, for organising this trip, we had a great group and perfect weather. I encourage all female and male players and non-players to book themselves in for the next trip away that Steve (hopefully) organises. It’s a great way for all members to get to know people that they normally don’t associate with. March 1st is our official Opening Day. There will be a 9 hole shotgun Stableford competition commencing at 8.30am. This will be followed by a short meeting at 11.00am where Karen Parsons our Lady Captain will declare the season open and answer any questions. A reminder to all ladies that Opening Day is the last day to lodge your Entry Forms for our Special Competitions. Once again, this year we have another busy schedule ahead and hope all of you will participate. Good luck to those volunteers who will be attending the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, which is being held at the Grange Golf Club from Wednesday 17th – 21st Feb. Hope you have a good time, what a great opportunity to see some world class golfers.

THE “ODD JOB” WORKING GROUP …from John Ward (on behalf of the Course Committee)

From time to time members (both Male and Female) are provided with the opportunity to give some of their time to undertake some odd jobs around the golf course. Previously “The Members Volunteer Working Group” met regularly on a monthly basis (weather permitting) to carry out predetermined minor works around the golf course. This work is not heavy or arduous but is an important facet of our golf course maintenance program and in turn allows the ground staff to make the most efficient use of their expert abilities. The work duration usually lasts for two to three hours and there is always a coffee or a cool drink and biscuit in the clubhouse afterwards. You need not commit yourself for all of the jobs, but if you are available for the odd “Odd Job” also let me know. Your contact details would be appreciated. At present there is a core group of three members who have been performing the “Odd Jobs” for the previous three or four years, but we are now looking to increase the numbers of volunteers so that the working groups can tackle more jobs more frequently, which in turn will result in a neater and tidier golf course. If any members are interested in getting involved in the ”Odd Job” volunteer group could you please contact me, John Ward, either by phone on 8 298 3658 or by e-mail, or tap me on the shoulder at the Club, and we can discuss what the club has in mind. To kick off this year’s program VP Course, Rob Neagle will head up a work group at 08:30am on Thursday 18th February at the 3rd hole to remove some of the surrounding small trees to open up the views of the golf course from the car park. Let me know if you can attend this work group and I will pass your name on to Rob. Or alternatively just turn up on Thursday. To give you some idea of the type of odd jobs we take on here are a few examples: repair/unclog open drains at various locations around the golf course  paint seats (green)  cover tree roots adjacent to fairways  dead head the agapanthus  clean and polish the Tee Signs  tree trimming and debris clean up (course staff to provide chainsaw operator)  general course clean up (when required especially after storms etc.)  tidy dolomite paths  maintain garden beds around the golf course (Barry Dicker to oversee)  Any other tasks that the Course Superintendent, Rob Millington requires us to undertake. Of course there are many other jobs that volunteers (both Male and Female) can do and I am sure that when required these volunteers will emerge and rally to the call.

All volunteers will need to be briefed by Rob Millington regarding their responsibilities while they are on the golf course carrying out the odd jobs. If you have any expertise in a particular area that can be applied to any of the above work situations, please let us know. ALL TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT INCLUDING A TORO WORKMAN VEHICLE WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE BY THE COURSE STAFF TO TRANSPORT ODD JOBBERS, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT TO AND FROM THE WORK SITES.

I recommend that members with some time up their sleeve consider become involved with this volunteer work program because not only will you enjoy yourself, and be able to mix with other members, but you will gain so much self-satisfaction and pride in contributing to the ongoing improvement of our terrific golf course.

BECOME AN ODD JOBBER! From the Manager…Matt Chesterman (Manager) What a great start we've had to the year here at The Vines, the course has never looked better and it couldn't be more timely with the Vardon just played last weekend, The Men’s Matchplay Champs during March & April, The Ladies Club Champs at the end of April & The Air Diffusion Legends Pro Am rapidly approaching on Monday the 11th of April. Well done to Rob Millington & his team for producing such a great playing surface despite some challenges that they have faced this year. The Fringe season is well and truly upon us with 2 great shows on Saturday the 5th and Sunday the 13th of March. Tickets are $36 for a 2 hour show and are on sale now at . Our Membership Drive is in full swing currently and with the course in great condition we are expecting some positive results. As has been the case in previous years, for every member that you refer to the club, you will receive a 10% discount off your subscriptions for the 2016/17 year. Please don't hesitate to come and collect your complementary playing pass from either Julie or Myself if you have someone who is thinking about joining and you would like to show them how great our course is currently. For those of you who golf with a cart, you'll be pleased to hear that our heat policy with carts has been relaxed somewhat. Players wanting to use carts on days over 38 degrees or more will now be allowed to tee off up until 7.30am resulting in some play for the day. This time was chosen to protect the turf during hot weather and the course committee have reserved the right to prevent cart access during heatwave conditions should their presence be likely to cause damage. On a closing note I hope to see plenty of you down at The Grange for the Women’s Australian Open next weekend. We are running a bus trip down on Friday the 18th departing the club at 9am returning by 6pm for $40. Included is the Bus, Admission Ticket, Breakfast at the club from 8.15am and a couple of refreshments on the drive home. Please see Julie in the office to book your spot as places are filling fast! The tournament is co-sanctioned by the ALPG, The Ladies European Tour and the Ladies Professional Golfers of America so it is attracting the world’s best players. It's also worth noting that this is the richest golf event in the country playing for $1.8 Million AUD.

RULE of the month…explanation …from John Ward

MEN’S MATCH PLAY CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFYING ROUNDS COMMENCE ON SATURDAY 5TH MARCH, therefore it is an appropriate time to refresh your knowledge of RULE 2 MATCH PLAY. Under Match Play conditions there are some different penalties that apply than those when playing in a Stroke Play competition, however, the GENERAL PENALTY for a breach of a rule in Match Play is loss of hole except when otherwise provided. There being 34 different Rules of Golf,( and apart from Rule nos.2,3,10,21,29,30,31,32,33and34), they all refer to penalties that are incurred for a breach of those rules or a particular clause of a rule when playing Match Play. It is important to be conversant with the rules when playing Match Play as you are not allowed to play two balls and then work out which is the right alternative after completing the hole being played. (See Note 2: of Rule 2 Which reads “In match play, if a player is doubtful of his rights or the correct procedure, he MAY NOT complete the play of the hole with two balls). Players should be conversant with Rule 2-5.DOUBT AS TO PROCEDURE; DISPUTES AND CLAIMS. Please read this clause in the Rule Book

SOCIAL NEWS…from Wayne Lines (Vice President, Hospitality) The last two weeks of

Twilight Golf has seen more than 60 players each week. A

wonderful effort being our highest numbers for the 2015/16 season. Why wouldn't you want to play at every opportunity when the course is in magnificent condition? The competition fee is only $3. For new members, book on line, Thursdays 3.00pm till 6.00pm and play either the front or back 9 holes. Our

Members Draw is now sitting at $450. You need to be in attendance on Friday at

6.30pm for a chance to win. So come on down for a meal or a drink to be in line for a win.

Social Sunday for February is the 28th at the normal start time of 11.30am.

is back again this year, starting

7.30pm on Wednesday 24th

February. Make a night of it and come along early for a $12 steak, but make sure you book if having a meal. Friends most welcome.

JUNIORS…from Wayne Corbett 2016 McMillan Shield Competition (handicap match play) Sunday 7th February saw our young McMillan Shield team journey to Thaxted Park to play their first game of this year’s competition against the team from Kooyonga. Our team, which contained some new faces and looked resplendent in their new and colourful uniforms generously sponsored by Fairmont Homes , comprised Lingli Courage (Vice Captain), Kyle Dickenson, Ryan Francis (Captain), Jordan Percey, Louis Pretty, Ryan Scovell, Lachlan Sharpe and Lachlan Eckermann was the reserve. Play got underway from the first tee at 11am and, as each individual match progressed, it became obvious that each of our team members had settled comfortably and were playing some wonderful golf. Both Jordan Percey and Kyle Dickenson were a couple of young men in a hurry to get the job done. Jordan recorded a fantastic 8 and 7 win whilst Kyle, who missed most of last year through injury and came into the team at short notice, showed that he had not lost his touch or his smooth swing also recorded a great 6 and 5 win. Team Captain Ryan was having a great duel in his match and eventually prevailed 4 and 3 whilst our Vice Captain, Lingli Courage, registered a comfortable 3 and 2 win. With 4 wins already in hand it remained to be seen if we could further improve our result from the remaining three matches still being played. Ryan Scovell then returned a great 2 and 1 win whilst Lachlan Sharpe was unlucky to lose 3 and 2. Louis Pretty had a very tight match with his opponent and was 1 up with the 18th hole left to play. Unfortunately his three putt meant a loss on the hole and square for his match. Also, Lachlan Eckermann who played a practice match as our reserve recorded a fantastic 6 and 4 win. The overall result was an excellent 5 ½ to 1 ½ win to start this year’s competition. I must also acknowledge and thank the generosity and wonderful support provided by Tony Nobbs who willingly and graciously stepped in to manage the team at extremely short notice. Also, thank you to those parents, family and Club members who attended the game to support our team.

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February 2016 grapevine  

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