In this edition: FROM THE PRESIDENT: FROM THE MANAGER: FROM THE GIRLS: ON THE COURSE:
Thank you and Elections Vines Week, Crockery & Income Mary O’Hagan, Star Golfer! The Tree Programme
FROM THE PRESIDENT...... Jan James During the week I informed the Committee of Management that I would not be continuing my membership at the club next year as we have decided we will downsize and travel. I intended to tell the membership when we get back from holidays - Naïve I guess. Earlier in the month we went to Melbourne to meet some new found relations for the first time so we’ve got 50 odd years of catching up to do and I can imagine a number of visits. We have always intended to do the big round Australia trip and think the time is right. I do not feel that I have the energy or passion to serve another 2 years if re-elected. As I will not be a financial member I thought it only fair that I give the COM as much notice as possible to get organiaed for the AGM and have left it up to them to decide if I should stay until the 30th September or step down immediately. I have been a member at The Vines Golf Club for 28 years and have held various positions on committees etc. for all but about 2 of those years. I have learnt so much, had some great times and made many great friends. I believe I have always tried to act in the best interest of members and the club and acted with honesty and integrity. I believe we have made a great deal of progress but I guess that is for others to judge. Thank you to the members of the club for giving me the opportunity and honor to serve and to my husband for his backing and support. It was him that convinced me I could do the job and I would like to think he was right. Also a big thank you to Jenet and Jo for the many years they have worked tirelessly at The Vines. I wish you both well in your new ventures. As the AGM will soon be upon us, it’s important to inform members of the positions that will be up for election so that we can have as many nominations as possible for each position. While serving on a committee can be time consuming and at times challenging, it can also be very rewarding. So please, give this careful consideration. Committee of Management President Vice President Finance Vice President Commercial Activities Vice President Course
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……. Jan James
FROM THE PRESIDENT (Cont’d):
P.S. Another great night at the Club with the Auction Dinner. Thanks to those who once again supported the Club. How good was the food? – Fantastic! Well done to our Hospitality team. Also, big thanks to Julie and Jo whose great organisation made for a smooth night and to all our sponsors and others who donated items. Thanks once again for your support.
FROM THE MANAGER: Vines Week 2013 This year’s Vines Week will take place from Saturday 9th to Friday 15th November and the competitions will be as follows: Saturday 9th Stableford $10 members/$15 non members (Regular Saturday golfers have priority booking) Sunday 10th 12 hole Stableford $7/$10 Shotgun at 1pm 4/6 hole Junior Comp Monday 11th 4BBB $10/$15 Rolling from 8am to 10am th Tuesday 12 Stableford $10/$15 Rolling from 8am to 10am Wednesday 13th Vines Classic Rd 1 $20/$30 Rolling from 8am to 10am th Thursday 14 Vines Classic Rd 2 th Friday 15 Ambrose $10/$15 Shotgun at 9am As well as the competitions we shall be running workshops, wine tours and other alternative events and on Sunday 10th we will be holding an Open Day when we will be inviting the local community to visit the Vines and have a go at golf as well as checking out our clubhouse. To help us publicise this Open Day we have received local council sponsorship of $2,500. Other sponsorships have been confirmed from Hardy’s Wines, Hugh Hamilton Wines, Malurus Wines and Moolydonker and we are confident of completing a full portfolio of competition sponsors in the next month. Booking sheets are available on our web site or from the pro shop and office. Need some Crockery? We have recently bought some new crockery so we are selling off our old crockery from 50 cents a piece. Most of the crockery is still in excellent condition and could be used either as your main set or as a secondary set, ideal for outside parties. If you are interested please talk to Matt on 8381 1822. The Bistro Our new bistro produced some encouraging figures in its first month of operations. Bistro sales were the highest ever and for the first time we enjoyed catering income from functions and this lead to a May catering profit of $4,463 compared to $2,792 last year. We have undertaken an advertising campaign aimed at driving the community to our bistro on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays and we will also be advertising the club for Christmas shows but Saturday and Sunday players should look out for some discount lunch vouchers this month for Saturday and Sunday lunches And, yes, from the 13th we shall be open for Sunday tea when a full bistro menu will be available with a $12 roast dinner special. Commercial Income Our business focus over the past year has been developing our non subscription income streams. Having said this, our autumn membership drive has again paid excellent dividends driving income from subs from $723,000 last year to an actual figure at the moment of $743,000 with a good possibility of reaching $750,000 by the end of our financial year. Of course, there was no increase in subs last year so this good result is due entirely to new members far exceeding the number of resignations experienced the end of last financial year.
Without putting too fine a point on it, we are in a serious war for new members and the first battle is getting people in. This we do by offering discounted first time joining fees, as do our competitors (and mobile phone companies, banks, insurance companies, mortgage lenders...) after which we must work hard at convincing them of the value of being a member of The Vines so they renew at the usual rates the following year. Green Fees look like giving us a similar amount as last year but green fees from groups playing at The Vines will climb from $28,000 last year to $36,000. We have a real focus on building this side of the business next year, and one of our targets are casual 9 hole individual and group golfers playing in the evening during the summer. Deal Site voucher players (Scoopons) remains an area of great discussion and consideration. The bare fact is that income from Scoopons will rise from $14,000 last year to around $35,000 by the end of this financial year. Getting the marketing mix right is absolutely vital with Scoopons especially as the market is very, very price sensitive and making the cost of our product a few dollars more expensive might result in substantially less bookings. Moving forward we will ensure that voucher players do not get course preference over members at high member traffic times. I am more than happy to discuss any of these issues with members..... Neil.
A WORD FROM THE GIRLS...... Rose Corbett
Special congratulations to Mary O’Hagan for winning a trip to Melbourne for the finals of the Lexus Cup to be played 1st week of November. Good Luck Mary, we are all very proud of your achievement. The Pennant and Cleek season is now over. Our Pennant team were very competitive this year finishing in 3rd position. Our thanks go to Karen Rama for her role as Team Manager, Joan Coles, Anne Hawke and Pam Baverstock for taking on the role of selection committee. The Cleek team had a reasonable year but did not make the finals. Thank you to Pam Baverstock for her time and effort she gives to our Cleek girls. We all appreciate her generous assistance. A special thank you to Wild Cards for your support of our teams this season. The final of the Turnbull Salver was played last Thursday and congratulations go to all 4 players for a game played in great spirit. Jan Windows and Pam Deacon came out on top over Cathy Hayward and Mary O’Hagan. We are down to the final 2 for the Laurel Wreath after the semis were played. The “Give Golf A Go” Clinics that Steve has been running have nearly concluded. The Thursday girls have all taken up the 3 month offer. The Saturday girls have not completed the course yet. Barry Phillips, Steve Krause and Lyn Cummings attended a seminar run by Golf SA in regard to the new GA Handicap System. This involves the Daily Scratch Rating, Slope and handicapping of 4 Ball scores plus more. This will not come into effect until 23rd January 2014. Jenet was welcomed back to our Tuesday lunch recently and she was presented with a beautiful card [courtesy of Wild Cards], flowers and gift vouchers. She really appreciated the generosity of the ladies and she and Bruce have promised to be regulars at the Friday night functions. The lucky winners of our Tuesday raffle this month were Pam Davey, Judy Denman and Denise Walters.
Come & join in the fun of Bingo!
Wednesday 31st July Meals from 5.30pm, Eyes down at 7.30pm. Everyone is Welcome. Call the office to book a table.
SOCIAL NEWS ...... David Jolly
Hello everyone! Have you noticed the BUZZ around the clubhouse lately? Wednesday through Fridays are busy for meals, with everyone loving what the new chef has on offer. Also - look out for your local messenger paper for adverts, tell your friends and neighbours, The Vines is the place to be dining. New to us will be Sunday trading - with a popular Sunday Roast starting July 14 for lunch or dinner. That’s exciting! So come on down to our club for Sunday roast, and have the day off while you catch up with your family and friends. Remember- Bookings are essential. The clubhouse is crowded with members and guests so don’t be disappointed to miss a table, book via the Office 83811822. Facebook continues to grow in popularity, Michael Ghee is doing a great job managing this, and the regular posts and photo are wonderful! Make sure you share with your friends. Friday Nights! Friday nights continue to be popular with happy hour from 5.30-7.00pm, members draw and raffles. Plus the bistro is open from 5.30pm till late. If you bring a guest, they too can join The Vines as a social member. $30 to join which gives you a $30 credit on the house credit account. That means it’s FREE!! The raffle funds support the club in fund raising and maintaining our facilities. Bingo Wednesday-31st July! Bingo is growing more and more popular on Wednesdays! Last month we had 60+ players. The prizes are growing too, so tell your friends, book a table and come on down to enjoy a social, fun and friendly environment. Never played before? That’s ok- all games will be explained, we have many new bingo players each month, so don’t be shy! Having a meal before Bingo- book early for a meal, as the clubhouse is busy Wednesdays, so don’t be delayed for a 7.30pm start to Bingo. Auction Dinner, Saturday July 13th A great night had by all at the Auction dinner. The club has such great support from sponsors with donations, and I would like to thank all of those who donated goods for this fantastic event. The club benefits greatly from the Auction Dinner and the success of the night is greatly due to Jan James, Pam Baverstock, Peter Redden, Jo Bray, Julie Edge, Matt Chesterman and his hospitality team. Together they supported our committee in making this night a huge success. Special mentions to the President, who spent many days and hours personally going to speak with potential donators from the local businesses, which resulted in the fantastic prizes that were on offer on the night. Without support like this, the night could not go ahead. So thank you very much for your dedication and time spent on making this happen. To those members and guests who attended, thank you. The night also would not run without a great turn out of supportive people (and yes, the drinks flowing does help the auctioneer selling). Also Kevin Barry- Auctioneer Extraordinaire- he did a wonderful job and thank you for his time. The feast was fantastic, and for those who missed out, get in quick to book for the Christmas Party, as the 3 course meal was exquisite. Membership Our committee is working on a membership plan for a future focus over the coming years. Ongoing with the come and try golf clinics, we want to see our clubs membership base grow, and we have a few exciting ideas that should promote our club to more players, and continue to support our current members. This is exciting for all members. Remember to take advantage of your “potential member guest pass”, see the office for details. Did you know? If you are the successful referral for a new member you can benefit with some discounts off of your own membership!
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.... David (Have a suggestion or feedback? Email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or in person).
COXY’S WALKING FOR CANCER...
Hi everyone, my name is Brian Cox (Member of the Club). You may remember my son Michael, who was the assistant Pro here at The Vines a while back. As a first time challenge, I have entered the 2013 City to Bay Run Run – to be held on 15th September. I WILL BE WALKING THE FULL 12KM COURSE..... NOT RUNNING I am involved with Cancer Council SA as a volunteer driver transporting country patients. Patients are transported from the Council’s 2 motels for various Cancer treatments to the RAH, St. Andrews, Flinders Private Hospital and Tennyson Medical Centre. I have organised to collect donations on behalf of CC FROM SPONSORS of my 12km trek. Cancer Council SA has given me the address below for lodging any donations by sponsors ON LINE WITH A RECEIPT SENT BACK TO SPONSOR BY THE CANCER COUNCIL sa.cancercouncilfundraising.org.au/coxybyname Any assistance from club members would be greatly appreciated. The upheaval in the lives of families when cancer strikes a member, can only be fully appreciated by those experiencing it ,which is why the patients and carers I have met during the last 6 years are completely grateful for the accommodation and transport set up that Cancer Council SA provides. If any member would like to join me on 15th September, feel welcome to do so. I approach the 12kms like this.....golf course is 6km.....dist. between holes and detours looking for balls, add on 2km.....up hill and down dale with clubs in tow for 4 hours plus adds on extra 4kms to make 12 in total on the flat from Adelaide to Glenelg! COME JOIN ME... MAYBE FIND YOUR OWN SPECIAL REASON. Cheers and thanks everyone...... Brian.
ON THE COURSE..... Russell Virgo
Maintenance Programme Winter season has arrived bring with it cold and wet days and a change in the green staff work programme. The following has occurred as part of that programme:*Foliar fertiliser has been applied to greens, tees and all surrounds. *Fairways sprayed with iron sulphate. *Greens sprayed with fungicide. *Spray broad-leaf in the rough. *Spiked greens with Vertidrain and then rolled. *Improve the areas around the greens and surrounds where wear or damage has occurred by adding turf from the nursery. *Repair the paths where heavy rain has caused a wash out. *Installed bird mesh on the sleeper steps at the 7th tee to prevent the possibility of slippage when steps are wet/iced. Irrigation The harvesting of the water is in full swing with the maintenance programme implemented over summer paying dividends with every drop of water that flows into Happy Valley or Ernest Crescent being pumped up to the two main dams. The creek on the Eastern side of the clubs property is yet to begin flowing but this is expected to occur in August which will flow into the two dams alongside of the 2nd and 18th fairways or they will be filled by the over flow from the main dam.
Tree Programme The removal of the Plane trees from the car park is part of the maintenance plan of improving the appearance in front of the club house and keeping the area tidy as these trees drop leaves and nuts, with the next stage is to repaint the car parking area. On the course the programme of removing tree stumps is progressing with another 15 achieved this month and 2 more dead trees have been cut down with volunteers assisting with the clean up. Staff Course Superintendent Rob Millington is currently enjoying 3 weeks of well earned annual leave with Jeff Hull his assistant taking over the job of preparing the course with the same diligent of achievement that we the golfers have come to enjoy. The club being a good corporate citizen has again embraced the project in allowing students to do work experience under the assistance and watch full eye of the green staff, last month Luke Noble spent a week at the club and Corey Davenport will spend time over the next 10 months at the club as part of his training to achieve a Horticultural Certificate. Regards...... Russell
JUNIORS PIE & PASTY FUN NIGHT
On Tuesday evening 9 July, 14 of our new and very enthusiastic junior members attended a Pie & Pasty Fun night co-hosted by our Club Professional, Steve and our Junior Co-ordinator, Wayne. After being introduced to some members of the Clubâ€™s leadership group, the juniors then faced the challenge of a driving competition from the first tee block using extremely shortened drivers. This was hilarious with a variety of individual stances being adopted which created much laughter and friendly banter from the watching group. With the focus on Fun as well as Learning, the driving challenge was followed by two short quizzes covering Rules as well as Etiquette. Whilst the quizzes were being conducted and the scores summarised, the eveningâ€™s meal of miniature pies, pasties and sausage rolls. During the meal, the juniors enjoyed viewing a DVD compilation of some extremely funny and very amusing golf misadventures created by the expertise and generosity of Peter Redden. This successful and enjoyable evening closed with the presentation of prizes and the juniors requesting a similar evening during the coming summer months.
Dear Editor... Last Saturday during the Legacy Stableford Competition , 29th June, a day that will go down in infamy, my playing group achieved a very rare Tri-fecta on the 14th, Par 3. My playing partners believe a miracle took place and that it deserves full appreciation and recognition within our membership and the world at large. It was such a unique and a once in a lifetime moment. It will never be repeated during our lifetime and must be acclaimed and hailed for what it is, a Miracle ! I will eventually be humbly writing to the Vatican asking his Most Holy, Pope Francis the First to recognise this miracle and will be seeking full beatification over time for self and letters of commendation for my playing companions who assisted me with the "Miracle on 14th Tee" At the urging of my playing partners who need independent verification of this act, I'm seeking your willing support with regard this important matter. Publication and acknowledgement by the membership will suffice as ample evidence of our glorious success. Just to acquaint you with the facts, please allow me to take you step by step, shot by shot on that fateful morning. It was very windy, the sky was very angry that day my friend, and after a somewhat mediocre 13 holes by my playing group consisting of Donny "The Boy" Markwick, Greg "Slasher" Beeching, and
Bernie "Monika" Lewandowski we faced a very daunting 140 metre tee shot into a howling wind. Our expectations, as usual were low, but there was massive incentive to hit this green as the Par 3 money had jackpotted to a $1.00, incentive to hit a good tee shot. I stepped up, leading as always by example and produced an absolute glorious tee shot, which one only dreams of ! What a shot, the ball finishing only 5 feet from the pin. This left a very testing and demanding right to left "Maradona" putt (an ugly 5 footer). "Slasher" now under pressure calmly followed, although intimidated by my cracker managed to produce in the end a pretty good shot. While still not in the same class as mine, nevertheless, a great shot. It left him a 15 foot left to right breaking putt. A fast downhill slider, a triple "Maradona". The pressure then really mounted as "Donny Boy" was helped up to the tee, perspiring profusely he felt real pressure for the first time in his life. Could he match the others, I saw doubt written all over his face. He swung wildly praying his swing would come good, yes a reasonable shot given the pressure to execute. He was relieved as he had only accumulated 6 points coming to the tricky 13th. He faced an easy 10 footer, a double "Maradona" nearly on the same line as Greg's. All he had to do was learn from Greg's putt, not such a hard ask. There we were, a tri-fecta as we all hit the green with me rightly securing next to the pin honours, collecting the jackpot, reward for a most excellent Tee-Shot. Now came the putts. Greg was first away. His 6'1'' frame hunched over the putt, perspiration falling from his creased forehead onto his line, would moisture affect the pace ? was this outside assistance ? Carefully assessing the line, testing the pace with a few quick strokes, now Cometh the moment Cometh the Man. A look up to the heavens then a "Please Lord let this putt be good" and the ball was set rolling toward the cup. It was racing down hill, had "Slasher" over hit it ? Alarmingly it was gathering pace, accelerating to glory or oblivion. Half way down the hill I could see the line was good, it was now all about pace. As Greg prayed aloud "Let it go in", Bang ! it rattled around the cup and fell to the bottom. I shouted "its there", its a miracle, 2 for 4". A jubilant Greg fell to his knees, silent, grateful for such small mercies ! Next, "Donny Boy" stepped up to his putt. He witnessed the line, knew the pace, but could he deliver a killer putt, Lord knows he needed a chance to take his points tally to 9. A diminutive if not petite frame hunched over the putt, again, a quick look to the heavens and a quiet "Lord let this be Good" and the putt was away. But wait, was he a slow learner, had he stroked it firmly ? The putt was agonisingly dribbling its way slowly to the cup. Slowly, slowly, so ever so slowly, then a reassuring sound as it fell to the bottom. Again, overcome with joy at my playing partners success, I shouted loudly to the heavens, " it's a miracle, its 2 for 3". "Donny Boy" just smirked and said " its now up to you Monika" My turn, a very challenging putt given I had just witnessed 2 birdies, failure just was not an option. Could I live up to massive expectations, could I make it an unprecedented 3 out of 3, Yes I Can ! The pressure was just enormous as felt myself stooping from the enormous weight of expectation. Money was on the line, pride was on the line since I was representing all "Australian Polish" golfers. Could this be my one shot at glory, go girl, go girl was the cry, Go "Monika" You can Do It ! Then came an eerie silence as the crowds gathered on the mound, was there a miracle in the making ? Hardman Lindsay "The Glove" Backman and his amigos "Keefee and Marko" watched from the Hill, about to see history in the making. "The Glove" was giving odds and taking bets I would not make the putt. It was disappointing to see my playing partners take up those bets. However, It's Time, Time to deliver. I stood over the putt, visualising the line. I closed my eyes, prayed, and sent the putt rolling to the cup. From the moment I stroked the putt, it was perfect, correct line, correct pace and it fell to the bottom. As I calmly strode to take my ball from the bottom of the cup I could hear the boys on the mound wildly yelling "itâ€™s a miracle, 2 for 3". Well done, you're a legend ! The mob had witnessed three glorious and epic birdie putts, never done before ! History and we made it, a sense of satisfaction fell over us as we pondered the enormity of what was achieved that morning my friends.
I must say the only sour note on the day was the vulgar display of bragging by "Slasher" and "Donny Boy" to others regarding their birdie achievement. When bragging they failed to mention the others had also achieved birdie fame. I remained silent, a little humility was in order, but it was understandable since the birdie was the absolute highlight of the crap round they were enduring. Finally in conclusion, we are pretty busy in July but are available for presentations in August. Your Humble Servant Bernie "Monika" Lewandowski
JOANNE IS LEAVING… (from Neil MacKenzie)
Joanne Bray (Illman at the time) joined The Vines in January 1990 as a 29 year old cook. This spring chicken then moved to the bar where she pulled pints and listened to stories of golfing woes from 1992 to 1997 when she moved to the office to be the accounts clerk. However, her talent lay elsewhere and 6 months later she took up the role of Office Supervisor. Jo's responsibilities have covered just about everything and apart from meeting and greeting you she has laboured with Management Services, Desk Top Publishing, Marketing, Committee liaison and general dogs-body. Joanne leaves The Vines on 25th July to pursue her new business (Dreamland Noarlunga) and we wish her and her business partner the very best... although I'm sure we'll see her down for tea and bingo! Thank you everyone.... After 23 years at The Vines, I can hardly imagine what it will be like to travel somewhere else each day. And of course, I will surely miss only having a 7 minute journey to work! I have enjoyed my time at The Vines immensely and will miss the staff and members. Many members have become friends over the years, but hey, that’s The Vines – the friendly club! My sister and I have bought a business – Dreamland Bedding at Noarlunga. So, if you’re in the market for a new bed, come down and see us! Or, just drop in for a coffee and say hello. Thanks again everyone.... Jo
Editor’s Note: Thank you Joanne for all the help, training and advice you have provided in the monthly production of “On The Grapevine”.