GRAPEVINE July 2014
WINNERS of GOLF SA A2 PENNANT FINAL th
played at Grange East on
Sunday 13 July 2014 against Flagstaff Hill.
The Vines won 4 & 3 and as a result of the win will be promoted to play Simpson Cup in 2015. Congratulations and well done to all…players, caddies, manager and supporters.
FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson
It was a nail biting finish for our A2 Pennant Team who defeated our nearest rival Flagstaff Hill 4 & 3 in the final of the A2 competition. The team will now be promoted to the Simpson Cup after being absent for a number of years. The day started with some great golf to have the team in a very strong position after the first few holes however there was a little slump during the middle and it got to the stage of three wins each with Corey Apthorpe about to tee off on the 17th hole, his match being square. Corey then won the 17th hole to go one up and topped this off with a win on the 18th hole to give the Club a great win. A big thank you from the Teams and the Club must go to Barry Phillips and Nigel Coles who have managed our teams this year. It does take a considerable amount of time and patience over a few months. It was great to see in excess of 50 supporters from the Club following the team around the Grange Golf Club. The team did mention afterwards that it was an inspiration to them to see so many members attending on the day. They hope that this support continues next year. Congratulations to our A2 team and a thank you to all who represented our Club (men, women & juniors) during the pennant season. The Sponsors Day to be held on the 20th August will be supported by Allen Jewellers… always a very popular day. Graeme Eckert has given me a list of the prizes with a retail value in excess of $2,000. At last month’s Sponsors Day Graham Rugless from Happy Valley Foodland handed over a cheque for $1,000. His store won in a competition within the Foodland Group to give to a club that supports their stores. This was certainly appreciated and was decided that these funds would be used to purchase furniture to go under the shade sails. Graham has been advised.
Thank you to both sponsors for their generous support.
We have now sold 54 Flexi Memberships to people who would not have come to the Club if this product was not available. One person who used up all his points has taken up a 6 day membership. The amended Budget Financials are on track to show a very small surplus at the end of the year which is encouraging as we were heading for a significant deficit. This has been achieved by reducing expenditure in a number of areas to achieve a result that will be considered acceptable to Members and our Bank.
MEN’S PENNANT RESULTS MEN’S A2 PENNANT
L to R: Paul Gregory, Sam Earl. Luke Noble, Corey Apthorpe, Matt Bell, Mark Potter, Tony Nobbs, & Barry Phillips Marc Fulton (2 matches) also played in the team during the season. The Vines A2 Pennant team ended up 2nd on the ladder at the end of the 2014 minor round with 6 wins and 1 loss. Round Round Round Round Round Round Round
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Flagstaff Hill at Fleurieu – Loss 6/1 Mt. Osmond at Flagstaff Hill - Win 5.5/1.5 West Lakes at Penfield – Win 4/3 Southern at The Vines - Win 4.5/2.5 Mid North at Gawler - Win 4/3 Thaxted Park at West Lakes – Win 4.5/2.5 Penfield at Thaxted Park – Win 7/0
L to R: Doug Berrigan, Sunny Kookana, Alan Fulton, Brendan Fisher, Kevin Bartsch, Dean Nobbs and Tim Griffith Paul Gregory (2 matches) and Marc Fulton (4 matches) also played in the side during the season.
The Vines Bonnar Cup team ended up 5th on the ladder at the end of the 2014 season with 3 wins, 3 halves and 3 losses. Round Round Round Round Round Round Round
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
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Blackwood at home - Halved Glenelg at Mt Osmond - Loss 4/3 Royal Adelaide at Grange - Loss 5.5/1.5 Tea Tree Gully at Glenelg - Win 4/3 Mt Osmond at Tea Tree Gully - Win 5.5/1.5 Grange at Blackwood - Win 4/3 Kooyonga at Kooyonga - Loss 6/1
The highlight of the season was the win over Grange who were otherwise undefeated.
Congratulations to all the players for their efforts and commitment in representing the golf club. Thank you to Team Managers Barry Phillips and Nigel Coles.
LUKE NOBLE Our Current Club Junior Champion and member of our A2 Pennant winning team recently travelled to WA to play in the Srixon Junior Championship at Royal Fremantle Golf Club. Luke played well to finish equal 9th in a field of 71 players.
Well done Luke.
SPONSORS DAY… June 2014
More From Bernie…
These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . .I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm "here after".
If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees
WORD FROM THE GIRLS… from Karen Rama (Captain) The Ladies are well into their Special Competition season now and the first 18 Hole Eclectic Competition has been completed with the second now underway. Competition progress sheets can be found in the Ladies locker-room if you want to see how you’re travelling. Eve Schahinger and Judy Denman have both won two Monthly Medal rounds so far this season – well done ladies, a very special achievement indeed and there’s one Monthly Medal round remaining if you want to try for three! Our Club Championships are coming up in August (Qualifying Rounds on 19th and 21st), don’t forget we’re running a Plate Event this year for the top 8 Non-Qualifiers across all Grades. Entry forms can be found in the Ladies Locker Room and the Conditions of Play are posted on the Whiteboard. Our Golf SA Laurel Wreath handicapped matchplay competition is nearing a result. Semi-finals will be played on Tuesday 15th July and will be between Sandra Statters vs Linda Pearce and Debbie Gill vs Karen Rama. The Committee were thrilled to have such a high level of participation in this competition this year and we salute you all. The GSA Women’s 70th Country Week will be held next week. We wish all those Ladies playing at the respective venues good luck and most of all, good fun. We look forward to hearing your stories upon your return. Our annual Pink Ball Day will be played on Tuesday 22nd July (Donations to Breast Cancer Foundation). Get into the spirit and dress in your finest ‘pinks’ for the occasion. Our Committee is very proud to hold this annual event and to support such a worthy cause that affects so many. Our very special thanks goes to member Mr Brian Cox who has donated $100 towards our raffle fund-raiser for this occasion.
And lastly, we would like to recognise and congratulate all the Ladies that participated in our Pennant, Cleek and Hickory teams over May and June. Although we didn’t always achieve the
winning results we hoped for, it has been a great year for the development of our players with many players playing in their respective teams for the first time this year. Your commitment to participate and compete means our future is looking bright. Pennant Squad:
L to R: Ros Brunton, Lyn Cummings, Mary O’Hagan, Karen Rama, Marienne Hall Absent: Cathy Hayward, Elaine Knuckey, Vicky Hampsey
L to R: Pam Baverstock (Team Manager), Sandra Statters, Denise Walters, Kathryn Hender, Karen Brunton Absent: Deborah Dudson, Judith Hill, Terri Smooker, Carolyn Salisbury Hickory Squad:
L to R: Debbie Gill, Pam Deacon, Karen Hender, Eve Schahinger, Angela Beaty, Glee Walton Absent: Jary Velisek, Bev Cross, Helen Brereton (Team Manager)
â€œa foggy Tuesday on the eighteenthâ€?
ON THE COURSE…from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course)
Alfresco Entertaining Area The area will soon be available for patrons to use. In the next week or two staff will complete the paved area with sanding and bollards to be installed. Contouring of the adjacent playing surface and removal of the tree stump will be finalised in early spring. A temporary path will be established in the mean time for access to and from the course. The “name on a paver” project will soon be completed. Pavers are being engraved with the names at the current time and when they become available they will replace the temporary brown pavers. Members Working Group On Thursday 17th July the group will continue the programme of covering the tree roots along the tree line of the 8th and 13th fairways along with the trimming of trees along the 1st fairway and the removal of the olive tree. After the olive tree is removed work will be programmed to progressively remove old infrastructure and cover tree roots in the area. The weather The rain has the Club's two collection points harvesting water at the expected rate resulting in the dams filling up nicely for this time of the season. The two storm events over the last month brought down trees / limbs and produced a great deal of debris. Green staff were very busy with chain saw and blower in hand to quickly remove the rubbish in a timely fashion. Well done gentlemen?? Course Improvements The current sand bucket infrastructure is being upgraded by replacing the existing moving carriers with new fixed stylish upright storage bucket containers. The 4 new bucket containers will be positioned as follows: adjacent to the brick sand holder on the 1st tee; attached to a post at the 10th tee; at the exit to the 18th green; at the eastern end of the new paved area. To facilitate the most efficient use of the new bucket storage system all players are ask to empty any
remaining sand from the bucket before placing the bucket into the collection container. Please do not empty sand onto garden beds. Buckets should be emptied on fairways or in wine barrels. Thank you! Smokers we like the way you do not drop your cigarette butts on the course by placing them in the sand bucket but you could assist further. As you pass a rubbish bin during the round or before emptying the sand bucket remove the cigarette butts and put them in the bin...please. Club House Improvements
The carpet is to be reworked to improve the appearance within the club house. Three areas are affected…the main entrance hall steps into the members’ lounge, the members’ lounge in 3 locations and the steps in the garden room with the work is to carried out by a carpet specialist.
The previous reported rendering of the southern side of the building was generously donated by Mary and Damien O'Hagan. Should you be considering or know somebody who is going to render their premises call Damien O'Hagan and Son(s) for a quote. Several sections of the roof guttering are to be upgraded to improve the water drainage and appearance of the Club House. In the near future all unwanted and irrelevant equipment will be removed from the Starter’s Office. The aim being to improve the appearance of the room. If you have inadvertently left an item or piece of equipment in the room now is the time to remove it.
Volunteers During my time as Vice President our volunteers have achieved so much. It is hard to describe the impact that they have had on the development and improvement of the course. Some offer themselves regularly on a daily basis, some weekly and others monthly. We also have a group of “specialists” who help when their unique skills are required. With their input and the dedicated green staff the course has and will continue to meet the high standards required to meet the challengers of the future.
From Bernie……little larry Little Larry's kindergarten class was on a field trip to their local police station where they saw pictures tacked to a bulletin board of the 10 most wanted criminals. One of the youngsters pointed to a picture and asked if it really was the photo of a wanted person. ”Yes”, said the policeman. “The detectives want very badly to capture him.” Larry asked, "Why didn't you keep him when you took his picture?
And another about “Little Larry” Little Larry attended a horse auction with his father. He watched as his father moved from horse to horse, running his hands up and down the horse's legs and rump, and chest. After a few minutes, Larry asked, “Dad, why are you doing that?” His father replied, “Because when I'm buying horses, I have to make sure that they are healthy and in good shape before I buy.” Larry, looking worried, said, “Dad, I think the Milkman wants to buy Mum.”
SOCIAL NEWS…from David Jolly (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality)
Hello everyone! Friday Nights!
We have made changes to the Friday night raffles, and would like your feedback.
The idea is to give away generous prizes BUT also ensure the raffle is profitable for our Club. Our committee is the only major fundraising part of the club, and Friday nights play a major part in this. Your support really does mean a lot to ensuring the successful running and functioning of the club. The raffle in its old format was OK when we attract 80+ members in the bar for Happy Hour, and all partake in raffles. Since Christmas, we have seen a decline in numbers attending, but also participating in raffles. This happens and so we have decided to change things up a little, and ensure that the effort of selling and the participation of buying raffles ensures both the raffle players are happy and the financials beneficial. For some months, we have merely covered costs with small profits on a Friday. It’s essential we change and ensure the raffles stay enjoyable.
If you have a good viable suggestion, please pass on to myself or Pam.
Believe me we thank you for your ongoing support, and we know money only stretches so far... anything you can contribute counts, and it’s up to us to ensure we make the raffles successful for both parties. Hope this helps gives the regular supporters some context for the need to change and keep things alive. Just a reminder- Happy Hour is from 5.30-7.00pm every Friday, and the Bistro is very popular from Wednesday to Sunday! Social Sundays Next will be August 17th. A reminder this is designed as a mixed event only, and if you need a partner, please advise the office, David Jolly or Pam Baverstock. We are only too happy to help match you up with a fellow golfer for the day! Last Social Sunday on the 13th June, we have Brini Wines attend to give us a free tasting. They have lovely wines and I think the groups enjoyed a light tasting after a sunny winters day on the course.
last Wednesday of every month Next one is Wednesday 30 July. Meals available from 5.30pm, and suggest you book early. Cash Prizes- welcome to members and guests! th
Karaoke – Saturday 19th July and BISTRO Our committee is hosting a Karaoke night. It is FREE!! Come along, if you want to watch and have a laugh, or fancy yourself on the mic, this night is for you to be a star! Bistro will be open for meals from 5.30pm and Karaoke starts at 7.30pm! If you can advise the office of your intent to attend so we can get an idea of how many are coming along!
Committee It’s that time of the year where we look to engage social and pro-active people to join the committee, OR just offer services. I am particularly looking for Friday night raffle helpers, ideas people to sit on committee… This does not mean you have to attend every function, OR sell raffles or further committed… your ideas as a member will be input enough, and also looking for someone who is not afraid of the mic for some Friday nights to draw the raffle. If you want to have your say, or you have some spare time to help out and get involved, please speak to David Jolly or Matt Chesterman. Membership Our new flexi membership is starting to attract to new members. And recently we have seen flexi-
members transfer to full playing categories- which is fantastic! It means that the flexi membership promotion is working.
Has attracted new playing members who have become hooked with the game and decided to join as a full member! Well done! 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 any time. Also, there comes to a tipping point where most regular golfers are better off on full category membership rather than 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, Operations 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or in person.
JUNIORS (Sharp Cup Div. 2)…from wayne Corbett (Vice Captain) On Sunday 22nd June our Junior Pennant team travelled to The Grange Golf Club to play their match against the team from The Stirling and were extremely fortunate to play on the East Course which was recently redesigned by Greg Norman. We started from the 10th hole with Kyle Dickenson leading the Team off and he set a cracker of a pace early on to take a lead of 4 up at the 9th hole. Next came Lingli Courage and then Ryan Francis (our Vice Captain), followed by Emily Dunbar (our Team Captain) and then Chris Gibbie. Chris eventually succumbed to his competent opponent (an 8 handicapper) to go down 6 and 5. Ryan continued to show the high quality golf and ball striking ability that we have become accustomed to from him to register a comfortable 5 and 4 win. Both Kyle and Lingli finished square whilst Emily hung onto her lead to win 1 up. Stephen Bartlett who was our Reserve player for the day was able to play a practice match against a player from West Lakes and was fortunate to also enjoy the experience of playing the redesigned East Course for his first time. After all the excitement, the final result was 3 wins for Vines to 2 wins for The Stirling. Sunday 6th July saw our Junior Team play the final round of this year’s Sharp Cup competition against the Team from Kooyonga, on our home course. Despite the heavy conditions, our Team got off to a very good start and after the first three holes, we were ahead in 3 games, square in one and down just one hole in the other. Ryan Francis continued to display his high quality golf skills to register a very polished and competent 8 and 6 win. Jarred Clarke, who came back into the Team after a spell, also played a very polished and composed game to post an excellent 5 and 4 win. After 11 completed holes, Stephen Bartlett and Lingli Courage were 2 up respectively whilst Kyle Dickenson was hanging onto a lead of 3 up. Fortunes then turned somewhat for our final three players as they started to tire in the heavy conditions and their opponents lifted. Stephen and Lingli eventually lost their respective games 2 and 1 whilst Kyle who was 1 up after the 17th, halved his game on the final hole.
The final result for the day was a TIED match with Kooyonga at 2 ½ wins each.
Given their limited experience, our Team performed exceptionally well throughout this year’s Sharp Cup competition.”
L to R: Jarred Clarke, Stephen Bartlett, Kyle Dickenson, Ryan Francis, Lingli Courage, Wayne Corbett (Manager). Absent: Chris Gibbie, Emily Dunbar.
ALL of the Club’s Junior players would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation for the generous support and assistance provided for their Junior Development Program not only by our Golf Professional, Steve Krause but also by Chris Tsamandanis of the Old Reynella Chemmart Pharmacy and Stephen and Angela Beaty of the IPMG project management company.
From Bernie…… Couple in their nineties
are both having problems
remembering things. During a check-up, the doctor tells them that they're physically okay, but they might want to start writing things down to help them remember. Later that night, while watching TV, the old man gets up from his chair. 'Want anything while I'm in the kitchen?' he asks. 'Will you get me a bowl of ice cream?' 'Sure.' 'Don't you think you should write it down so you can remember it?' she asks. 'No, I can remember it.' 'Well, I'd like some strawberries on top, too. Maybe you should write it down, so as not to forget it?' He says, 'I can remember that. You want a bowl of ice cream with strawberries.' 'I'd also like whipped cream. I'm certain you'll forget that, write it down?' she asks. Irritated, he says, 'I don't need to write it down, I can remember it! Ice cream with strawberries and whipped cream - I got it, for goodness sake!' Then he toddles into the kitchen. After about 20 minutes, the old man returns from the kitchen and hands his wife a plate of bacon and eggs. She stares at the plate for a moment.
'Where's my toast?'
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