GRAPEVINE July 2015
In this edition…
FROM THE CAPTAIN…pennant season and photos Junior Pennant…last three matches and photo A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…pennant, cleek and hickory photos ON THE COURSE…”have a look” RULE of the month…sprinkler head
FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson Rod Gorton (Vice President, Commercial Activities) has been successful in obtaining two Grants from the Onkaparinga Council. One for $5,000 to assist with the replacement of two pumps in the pump shed at a cost $17,000 so this will reduce the cost to $12,000. The pumps will reduce the cost of electricity and at the same time give a better water flow which will reduce the time required to water the course. The second Grant of $1,670 for Junior Development and will be used to assist with increasing the number of junior members. Well done Rod and I know you are continuing to investigate further Grants. Twilight Golf has been a contentious point over the last couple years and steps are being taken to resume the format as it was when Barry Stockman and Rex Nokes were running the event. A workshop was held recently to discuss various options. Further discussions were held at the recent Match meeting. It was recommended that a laptop computer be used and possibly a scanner so that the MiClub program can record the scores and provide the results instantly. We are looking for volunteers to assist with the running of the event. Steve Krause will provide training and assistance where required. Please advise the office if you are prepared to assist. It is with regret that I have to advise members that David Jolly will not be able to continue as Vice President, Membership and Hospitality. David has been an outstanding contributor to our Club. On behalf of the Club and members I thank David for his hard work and support and wish him well. It is with pleasure I am able to advise members that Wayne Lines has been appointed to the position of Vice President, Membership and Hospitality until the next Annual General Meeting and he has also indicated that he will continue through to the expiry of the current term of the position which is the Annual General Meeting 2016. At the time of writing it raining steadily and I have been advised by Rob Millington that all the dams are expected to be full by Saturday the 18th July. This is a good start as the weather bureau has indicated that we could have a dry period for the remainder of the year.
ON THE COURSE… from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) Irrigation Pumps The Club has secured a grant from the Onkaparinga Council to assist in updating the irrigation pumps. Work will be carried out by Pump Technology Services (SA) Pty. Ltd. (club members Bradford Family). The benefits of the upgrade will be an increase in flow rate capacity from 26 litres per second up to 35 litres per second, while also reducing power consumption...a win, win situation. The grant was obtained following a detailed application complied and submitted by the Vice President, Commercial Activities Rod (the grant king) Gorton. Well done Rod. Tree Management Programme This programme continues with green staff removing the following tree stumps… in the rough on the 1st hole, rear of the 3rd tee, 4th fairway by the 16th tee and alongside the pump shed, 8th fairway alongside the nursery, 11th fairway LHS, 12th fairway RHS, adjacent to the 17th tee, and a pine stump was covered near the bunker on the 4th hole. All areas have been seeded with rough type grasses and marked GUR. Coupled with the Members Working Group continual trimming of branches the stump removal not only improves course appearance and safety but also the playability of the course. Machinery Recently the Sand Bunker Rake Machine gave us some grief with the plastic hydraulic tank splitting. With a replacement part only available from USA we turned to sponsor Colorado Crash Repair for assistance and they repaired the tank very efficiently. If you are unlucky to have had an accident or damage to your vehicle then give
Crash Repair a visit…you will not be disappointed. Rainfall The recent rain has been most welcome. All visible dams are full and it is expected, that with the current weather pattern, the dam named "The Turkey Nest" will over flow early next week (perhaps 18th July). Fire Wood The club has suitable wood for sale to members at $100 for a 6 x 4 trailer load. Green staff will assist with the loading should it be required. To take up this exceptional offer please contact the office on 8381 1822. Green Rings You may be wondering about the green rings that occasionally appear either on the fairways or the greens??...in some circles they are called "Fairy Rings". Technically it is an underground fungus that moves out in a circle and as it spores and dies gives off nitrogen which fertilises the turf, turning it into a darker green. Sometimes it will also sprout toadstools, thus it gets its name "Fairy Rings at the bottom of the garden". Course Sub - Committee In the coming months nominations will be called for the following positions on this committee, Vice President and a committee person, both for a two year period. Now is the time to consider if you would like to nominate for one of these positions. Being on a committee at times can be time consuming and challenging but it is also very rewarding. Should you be interested please contact the Club Manager Matt Chesterman who can give you all the relevant information on one or both positions. The Club is only as strong as its committees and members.
RULE of the month…explanation …from John Ward
WHAT DOES LEW DO IN THIS SITUATION? Lew’s ball finished 18 inches (46cms) behind the sprinkler head at the right front of the eighth green and the sprinkler head intervened on his line of play.
“What do I do now?” he asked his mate Dowski. “Easy”, said Dowski,” as your ball is within two club lengths of the immovable obstruction (sprinkler head) and the sprinkler head is within two club lengths of the putting green and it intervenes with your shot, all you have to do is lift your ball and drop it at the nearest point from where your ball lies that (a) is not nearer the hole, (b) avoids intervention with the sprinkler head and (c) is not on the putting green. You may clean your ball if you want to. There is no penalty for taking relief from the sprinkler head. By the way this situation is printed on the back of your score card under “Local Rules”. Why don’t you read them so you don’t have to ask me every time you have a problem?” “OK” said Lew, and the two mates played out the eighth hole and discussed who buys the first
pint of West End Draught. They then teed off on the ninth tee, which was their final hole for the round. Note; PENALTY FOR BREACH OF LOCAL RULE Match Play-Loss of Hole; Stroke Play-Two Strokes
HOLE IN ONE
Saturday 27th June 2015
Steve Krause…Club Professional
A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Debbie Gill (Vice President, Women’s Golf)
Our Pennant, Cleek and Hickory season has now finished. We achieved mixed results across the Grades with our A2 team achieving 3rd overall, after leading the table for most of the season. Unfortunately, Cleek and Hickory were not as successful. The Nomads team still have 2 more games to play. The next game is 30th July at Blackwood against Blackwood. Good luck to those girls. To thank all of the ladies who have represented the Club over the year, we had our Representative’s Dinner on Monday night 13th July. Thank you to Greg Gill, Graham Brereton and Phil Parsons for braving the cold weather to cook our BBQ meal and to Richard for looking after us on the night. Thank you also, to the ladies committee for once again providing lovely salads, slices and hot potato dishes. It was a great night and enjoyed by everyone who attended. The finalists for the Laurel Wreath are Lyn Cummings and Sally Clifford, and will play on the 11th August. Foursome Championships are 31st August, so make sure you have partner lined up ladies! Enjoy the rest of winter everyone. Greg and I are off to the US for 5 weeks to soak up some warm weather.
Pennant: (Left to right): Cathy Hayward, Vicky Cammack, Ros Brunton, Lyn Cummings, Mary O'Hagan, Karen Parsons
Cleek (Left to right): Linda Pearce, Bev Hill, Pam Baverstock (Manager), Kathryn Hender, Deborah Dudson, Jenny Paris and Denise Walters.
Hickory (Left to right): Alison Emmett, Heather Chapman, Terri Smooker, Karen Hender, Helen Brereton (Manager) , Trish Phillpotts, Anne Binnie, Glee Walton (absent).
Serial Hole in One Golferâ€Śfrom an anonymous admirer Club golfer John Ford scored another hole in one last Friday (26th June) with his usual social group on the par three 6th hole (a nice three metal with one bounce we are told). Nice job John as he had also aced the 10th hole some four months earlier again on a Friday. On both occasions he received a well done from playing partners and proshop staff..however he just will not learn that he should have been in the Friday Comp each day!!!...before hitting off and not trying to pay after he finished his round. Moral of the story folks join the Competitions BEFORE playing during the week - you never know your luck on the day.
P.S. John says that his recent hole in one was his fifth after 50 years plus of playing with aces at the Patawalonga, Willunga, Thaxted Park and The Vines golf courses).
FROM THE CAPTAIN…Barry Phillips The Pennant season is now behind us and I will just provide a brief report on our Simpson Cup campaign. Separate reports on Bonnar Cup and juniors have been provided by the respective team managers. Our aim this year was to be competitive at this highest level of pennant golf and remain in the Simpson Cup competition. Our players achieved that by finishing “equal fifth” on wins with Royal Adelaide and Blackwood. It was a particularly challenging year with players injured or unavailable during the season and all players are to be congratulated on rising to the challenge. A couple of standout performances: Sam Earl with five wins, a half and just one loss at the number one spot playing against the best in the State and the ever reliable Matt Bell with four wins, a half and two losses. Captain of the Bonnar Cup team Dean Nobbs was seconded to the Simpson Cup team for two games and won both matches. Clayton Byrne was elevated for the last game at Royal Adelaide for a cameo performance and although going down 2 & 1 Clayton was more than competitive throughout the match. For the record, players utilised in the Simpson Cup team this year were; Sam Earl, Corey Apthorpe, Tony Nobbs (team captain), Brendan Fisher, Matt Bell, Mark Potter, Luke Noble, Marc Fulton, Dean Nobbs and Clayton Byrne. Thanks to all players, caddies and spectators with special thanks to team captain Tony for his invaluable assistance to me as team manager. Email traffic was at a premium throughout the season! Thanks also to Nigel Coles who again managed the Bonnar Cup team, Wayne Corbett who managed the juniors, and to Steve Krause for his coaching assistance prior to and throughout the season. The Geoff Hardiman trophy is awarded to the best and fairest pennant player across both teams being a player who “epitomises the true spirit of pennant golf”. This year’s worthy recipient is Dean Nobbs, a true gentleman of the game and great role model. Congratulations Dean. Just a final word on pennant golf, Mark Potter is again threatening to retire and in case it is his final year on behalf of the entire Club I thank Mark for many, many years of dedication and commitment to pennant golf. All the best Mark but just a reminder, David Cherry is still playing Simpson Cup at 68 years of age (and winning!) so there could be life in the old dog yet! A brief word on competition bookings on MiClub and a reminder to all members to ensure you cancel your booking as soon as possible when aware you are unable to play. In fairness to other members this will allow your spot to be booked by another member. For your information, the MiClub system can generate a “no show” report of members failing to cancel bookings and this report is being reviewed each month by the Match Committee. The Men’s Foursomes Championships are scheduled for Sunday 9th August. Entry forms are out so grab a partner and get your entry form in. As always there is a handicap prize if you don’t think you can win the Championship and if nothing else it is a great opportunity to see parts of the course you may have never seen before!! That’s all from me and I’ll see you out and about on the course.
L to R: Barry Phillips (Manager), Matthew Bell, Corey Apthorpe, Sam Earl, Mark Potter, Luke Noble, Brendan Fisher, Tony Nobbs (Captain).
Bonnar Cup 2015â€Ś from Nigel Coles (Bonnar Cup Team Manager) This year our Bonnar Cup side ended up 6th on the ladder. They had two wins and five losses. The season started with a great 6/1 win against North Adelaide on our home course, but it was Round 5 before they had their second win, this time against Royal Adelaide 4/3. Our games against Blackwood and Glenelg were both closely fought 4/3 losses which could have gone either way. The following players represented the club during the seasonâ€Ś Lachlan Adams (5), Matt Anderson (3), Doug Berrigan (6), Michael Boult (1), Clayton Byrne (6), Alan Fulton (6), Marc Fulton (4), Darren Jochinke (1), Alex Lindner (6), Dean Nobbs (5), Craig Russell (2), Jeremy Way (4).
Dean Nobbs enthusiastically took on the role of Team Captain and did a great job. He was promoted to Simpson Cup for the last two rounds.
The club appreciates the time and effort that the players put into the pennant season. Our thanks also go to their caddies and supporters.
L to R: Michael Boult, Doug Berrigan, Lachlan Adams, Alex Lindner, Alan Fulton, Clayton Byrne, Matt Anderson, Jeremy Way, Marc Fulton.
Junior Pennant 2015 - Sharp Cup (Div. 2)…from Wayne Corbett Sunday 21st June saw our highly talented Junior Pennant team compete against the Combined Country Districts team on the West Course at The Grange golf club. Scores fluctuated with the completion of each hole of the front 9. At the turn, Emily Dunbar was 5 holes down, Caitlin Peirce 3 down whilst both Jarred Clarke and Ryan Francis were reasonably comfortable at 3 holes up respectively and Lingli Courage was holding steady at 2 holes up. As our match progressed deep into the back 9 and with holes running out, both Emily and Caitlin had got their games back to square by the 16th hole. The determination and persistence displayed by both was incredible and for Emily to come back from being 5 holes down after the front 9 to be square at this stage was nothing short of amazing. Jarred, who had been striking the ball incredible distances all day, had registered a comfortable 5 and 4 win whilst both Ryan and Lingli posted excellent 3 and 1 wins. With both Emily and Caitlin square, we still had the final two holes to play and this would impact on our final result. Unfortunately Emily lost the 17th whilst Caitlin halved with her opponent. Onto the 18th which Emily won to halve her game whilst Caitlin unfortunately lost to go 1 down. It was also great for the Team to have our Club Professional, Steve (with his daughters, Ivy and Grace) along to witness this match. Also, our Club Manager, Matt followed play closely all day as did many of the parents and a couple of well rugged up lady members from our Club who were amazed at the skill and ability of our Team. This support and encouragement was greatly appreciated. The end result was a fantastic 3 ½ to 1 ½ win. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sunday 28th June saw our Junior Pennant team travel to the Fleurieu golf course to play their penultimate match for the year against the competitions leading team, Grange. Both teams were undefeated at this stage of the competition. After the first 9 holes of play, the tone was well and truly set for another exciting and very close contest. Whilst the Grange players were hitting extremely long tee shots our players appeared more settled and adapted quickly to pace of the greens. At this stage Ryan was 3 up, Caitlin 2 up, Emily 1 up, with Jarred and Lingli each 1 down. After the 15th had been completed, Jarred, despite his good play, lost his game 4 and 3. With 3 holes still to play, Lingli was 1 down and having an extremely close and exciting game with her opponent whilst Emily, under the watchful eye of her caddie, our trainee professional, Dylan, was square, with Caitlin 1 up and Ryan 2 up. This scenario meant that the final outcome was still delicately balanced. Then, and to the great delight of our teams many supporters surrounding the 18th green, Ryan came up the hill with a huge grin and an excellent 3 and 2 win. Emily, also sporting a broad smile, had rallied to post a very good, fighting win of 2 and 1. This gave our team 2 wins with Lingli, who was square, and Caitlin at 1 up, to continue their close games up the 18th in their endeavours to decide the final outcome of this match. Unfortunately Lingli lost the 18th to lose her fantastic game, 1 down but Caitlin then won the hole to close out her game 2 up and give our team a fantastic win. The end result of 3 wins to 2 was a tremendous outcome for our highly talented team in what was an extremely close and exciting match that was also enjoyed by the many parents and supporters as well as the two well rugged up Vines lady members who regularly attended and support our team.
Our Juniors had another close and exciting match against the very competent West Lakes team at Glenelg to conclude the 2015 Sharp Cup competition on Sunday 5th July. Individual games fluctuated through to the 7th hole with Lingli slightly ahead at 2 up, Jarred and Ryan steady at 1 down, Emily was 3 down and Caitlin, who was having a day to forget, was 4 down. At the completion of the 13th, most of the individual games had become a lot closer with our players making a strong fight back, much to the delight of those Vines members who had come along to watch our Team play for the chance to win the Div. 2 title. Amongst the many following our Teams progress were our Club professional, Steve, (with son Oscar), who took up caddying duties for Jarred, our Club President, Don, the two lady members who have regularly attended our matches, our Club Manager, Matt, Robert Neagle, who is a generous supporter of our Juniors and many parents and family members. With 5 holes of play remaining, Caitlin had finished her torment to post an 8 and 6 loss but we had Ryan ahead at 5 up and Lingli was still holding her opponent square. Also, Emily had come back from 3 down to just 1 down and Jarred was just 2 down. The outcome of this match had now become quite tense and exciting for all those following. As we completed the 16th, Ryan, who had earlier surged well ahead in his game, posted a fantastic 4 and 2 win. This left the match outcome evenly poised and exciting as both Emily and Jarred had dropped back to 2 down with the final 2 holes to play. Lingli, who was square after the 16th went ahead to 1 up after she finished the 17th and eventually won 2 up. Unfortunately, the golfing gods werenâ€™t with our Team and both Emily and Jarred lost the 17th hole to record losses of 3 and 1 respectively. Our reserve player, Alex Manton, who is one of the keenest players in our squad, was able to play a practice game with his West Lakes opponent and recorded a great 2 up win. The final result for this exciting match was a 3 and 2 win to the West Lakes team.
Whilst our Team finished second in the Div. 2 title this year, each Team member played wonderful and consistent golf throughout the competition and can be extremely proud of their achievement and, more importantly, of the manner in which they each played their respective games and represented our Club.
Back (from left to right) Lingli Courage, Caitlin Peirce, Emily Dunbar, Ryan Francis (Captain). Front (from left to right) Jarred Clarke and Alex Manton.
From Bernie… MALE LOGIC… Woman: Do you drink beer? Man: Yes. Woman: How many beers a day? Man: Usually about 3. Woman: How much do you pay per beer? Man: $5.00 which includes a tip.
(This is where it gets scary!)
Woman: And how long have you been drinking? Man: About 20 years, I suppose. Woman: So a beer costs $5 and you have 3 beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be approximately $5400 correct? Man: Correct. Woman: If in 1 year you spend $5400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000, correct? Man: Correct. Woman: Do you know that if you didn't drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought a Ferrari? Man: Do you drink beer? Woman: No. Man: Where's your Ferrari?
Husbands are husbands A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan. 'What was that for?' the man asked. The wife replied, 'That was for the piece of paper with the name Betty on it that I found in your trouser pocket.’ The man then said 'When I was at the races last week, Betty was the name of the horse I bet on.' The wife apologized and went on with the housework. Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious. Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit him again.
Wife replied, 'Your horse phoned!'
A woman was having a passionate affair with an Irish inspector from a pestcontrol company. One afternoon they were carrying on in the bedroom together when her husband arrived home unexpectedly. 'Quick,' said the woman to the lover, 'into the closet!' and she pushed him in the closet, stark naked. The husband, however, became suspicious and after a search of the bedroom discovered the man in the closet. 'Who are you?' he asked him. 'I'm an inspector from Bugs-B-Gone,' said the exterminator. 'What are you doing in there?' the husband asked. 'I'm investigating a complaint about an infestation of moths,' the man replied. 'And where are your clothes?' asked the husband. The man looked down at himself and said, 'Those little baâ€Ś.ds! '
Father O'Malley answers the phone. 'Hello, is this Father O'Malley?' 'It is!' 'This is the Taxation Department. Can you help us?' 'I'll try!' 'Do you know a Ted Houlihan?' 'I do!' 'Is he a member of your congregation?' 'He is!' 'Did he donate $10,000 to the church?' 'He will!'
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