GRAPEVINE May 2014
In this edition… ON THE COURSE…repair method for pitch marks
Air Diffusion Legends Pro Am…results and “good news”
SOCIAL NEWS…”check it out and don’t miss out” SLOPE HANDICAP SYSTEM – MULTI TEE COMPETITIONS FOR MEN
FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson
The Staff restructure has now been completed. The process included developing a Management Chart, which has been signed off by Clubs SA, and a staff meeting at which individual responsibilities were explained. Also discussed were methods by which assistance was available. In order to successfully complete their duties staff could seek assistance from “their” Vice President. The restructure will be carefully monitored to ensure day to day activities continue at a satisfactory level to service the needs of Members and visitors to the Club. This has been a long and arduous process but the Committee of Management believe that the resulting financial gain is required for the future of the Club. The Members’ Information Night, to be held on Monday 19th May, will allow for a more detailed explanation. The Legends Pro Am was a great success thanks to the sponsors and in particular Bill Threadgold from Air Diffusion. Without their generous support the Club would not be able to hold such an event. We have been advised that the Legends will be back next year and the event will probably be held in March which should be a better time of the year weather wise. Feedback from the Legends on the quality of the course and the organisation of the day was very positive. The kitchen equipment that was purchased using the Capital Levy funds has been installed and has enabled the kitchen staff to prepare meals more efficiently thus reducing waiting times that have been experienced. Members may have noticed that there are two fridges stored in the men’s locker room. These were delivered with the kitchen equipment following an error made at the time of the order being completed. There would be a considerable freight cost to return the fridges so we are, with the help of Steve Illman from Lifestyle Kitchens, investigating upgrading the rear section of the Bar. Details of the 50th Celebrations will be advised within a few days so I suggest members keep the dates of the 20th to 22nd June free. There will be events for both young and older members to attend. Please also remember… Information Night to be held on Monday 19th May at 7.30pm.
ON THE COURSE…from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course)
Shade Sails The four post and the reinforcements to the veranda fascia were installed on Tuesday 6th May 2014. The preparation for the laying of paver's has commenced and the surrounding area from the back of the 18th green to the flower box adjacent to the 1st tee will be contoured as part of the design. To improve the flow of traffic the current flower box adjacent to the 1st tee will be cut back to align with the wall of the 1st tee which will open up the area for greater access for movement of people traffic. The two small trees unfortunately had to be removed due to the root structure being close to the surface and preventing the area from achieving strong grass growth. The Sails are expected to be erected in the coming weeks and the paver's laid as soon as possible by our ever hard working green staff. It’s not too late for you to purchase a "Name A Paver" with your name inscribed on the paver. Fire Wood The green staff, along with Course Committee member Michael Clark, have been busy splitting the timber into a suitable size for easy use and sale to members at $100 for a 6 x 4 trailer load. The green staff will be able to assist with the loading of the trailer by using our front end loader. To take up this exceptional offer please contact Julie or Stacy in the office on 8381 1822. Golf Course The appearance and presentation of a golf course can be measured by the detailed preparation that occurs. Of course staff will do all the heavy preparation work but players must also help. Divots… Sand buckets should be carried and used to fill divots on fairways and in the rough. If you notice unfilled divots please repair them as in your next round you may find yourself in one. Remember on completion of your round to please return your bucket to a storage rack. Sand Bunkers… How to rake and leave a sand bunker for other players Find the best entry and exit point. Enter the bunker with a rake. Play your shot. Smooth over the sand as you back out of the bunker. Exit the bunker and complete the raking. Admire your work. Replace the rake in a flat part of the bunker in the direction of the hole being played. The Putting Green… Rule 16-1 c. Repair of Hole Plugs, Ball Marks and Other Damage. The player may repair an old hole plug or damage to the putting green caused by the impact of a ball, whether or not the player's ball lies on the putting green. Pitch Mark Pitch marks are the "old hole plug or dents" a ball makes when it lands on the green. Left non-repaired, pitch marks not only make a green look bad, they also interfere with the putts. A properly repaired ball pitch mark takes only a few days to heal. A non-repaired or improperly repaired mark can take weeks! So make it a part of your putting routine and start surveying your putt by fixing the pitch mark first.
Don't worry, itâ€™s easy to do just follow the steps below. Repair Method *Use a pitch repair tool (available from the Pro-shop) or a tee. *Insert it at the edge (starting at the highest side) of the indentation, not the depression. *Don't use the tool like a fork to lift the lower bits. *Work your way around the divot by continuing to push it towards the middle. *Tap down on the repair with your putter.
SOCIAL NEWS…from David Jolly (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality)
The BIG 5-0H!
This year our club celebrates the golden jubilee of 50 years from the first competition held at the Reynella location. To celebrate we will be hosting a weekend of events for you to attend.
*Friday 20th June, which is the official 50th anniversary date, we will be hosting a golf competition, 4BBB stableford plus individual competition. To make this even more fun, we will be playing the course via its OLD original layout design. $7 for members to play. Stay after for presentations and the bistro will be open for lunch. *Saturday 21st June will be our Golden gala event. $65 per ticket for this “after 5” evening will see you filled with canapés, choice of 3 course meals, and a fantastic band “The Macaroons”- who regularly feature at The Lion Hotel, North Adelaide. Come along and expect to party the night away! *Sunday 22nd June Reunion Luncheon. If you prefer a more relaxed and laid back event, long chats and tales of the past from life members, then this day will cater to your every needs. 2 courses for $30 and lunch from midday.
Please book at the Office for these events…don’t miss out. Friday Nights!
Our members draw continues to grow- now playing for $475 this week! Raffles on the night and the bistro! Come down where it is warm! Happy hour 5.30-7pm.
Next will be June 1st. Can we ask that members booking please ensure this remains a mixed event. If not, we will have someone call to arrange playing partners for you. If you are lady or gent, and want a playing partner, register your interest at the office so we can pair you up.
Last Wednesday of every month Next one is Wednesday 28th May. Meals available from 5.30pm, and suggest you book early. Cash Prizes- welcome to members and guests!
Quiz Night- Saturday 24th May Our committee is hosting a quiz night. $10 per person, tables up to 8 people maximum. 7pm for 7.30 start. Book at the office. Come for a meal early, bistro open from 5.30pm.
Membership: Our new flexi membership is starting to attract to new members. 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 anytime. 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, henâ€™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 email@example.com or in person.
Air Diffusion Legends Pro Am … played Monday 5th May Our thanks to Air Diffusion the naming rights sponsor to the event plus Happy Valley Foodland, Reynella Mazda, RAMS Southern Vales, Coca Cola, Lion Nathan, CDC Electrical and NHP who were support sponsors
Captain Barry Phillips, Alex McKinnell, Peter Fowler (professional), Nigel Coles
Air Diffusion Legends Pro Am Results…from Steve Krause (Published on 7th May 2014 in Latest News, Members News, SOCIAL EVENTS) The first ever Legends Pro Am held at The Vines was a great success. We had 158 players contest in a morning and afternoon shotgun start on Monday. The Amateurs played Individual Stableford and the Pro’s stroke, as the 54 “Legends” sweated it out for a slice of the $10,000 prize money. It what was a wet constant drizzling morning the players did extremely well to complete their rounds let alone score as well as they did. Alex Lindner and Lachlan Adams both blitzed with a great score of 40pts. Alex winning the count back to take the honours in the AM for the men. Promising junior Emily Dunbar won the ladies section with 36pts. The AM Teams Event was won by John Kirchner (Pro), Rod Bell, Brian Wilsen and Colin Lambert with a score of 51points. It was great to see some of our up and coming juniors take the morning off school and play the Legends Pro Am – I am sure they got a lot out of playing with the Legends. The Afternoon players were blessed. As is golf and the term “Rub of the Green” the weather cleared up and the sun came out for a great afternoons play. We had a number of sponsors for the Pro Am which is so important otherwise the event wouldn’t go ahead. Air Diffusion – (Major Sponsor), Rams Homeloans, Coca Cola, NHP, Lion Nathan, Reynella Mazda, and Happy Valley Foodland all supported the event. Lenice Vayro won the PM Individual Stableford with a brilliant 40pts. “Lenny” beat Greg Saunders by 1 point to take the honours. The Winning Team Event was won by Simon Owen (Pro), Simon
Hoey (wannabe Pro), Nathan Bradford and Jeff Bradford with 52pts from Runner Up’s Roger Davis (Pro), Lenice Veyro, Bill Threadgold and Ted Cooling who finished with 51pts. The 54 Legend Professionals were playing for $10,000 in Prize Money. Some of the name players were – Roger Davis, Tim Elliot, Peter Fowler, Simon Owen, Kennedy Tuitsai and Chris Williams. It was a great thrill to have such great players – and blokes – here at The Vines for the day. I encourage members to think about being part of the day next year if they missed it, because everyone that played had a great time and enjoyed themselves especially the evening dinner. PGA Legends leading Scores 69 – Tim Elliot 70 – Simon Owen, Peter Fowler 71 – Craig Warren, Chris Williams, Mike Zilko 72 – Richard Backwell, Frank Conallin, Rodger Davis 73 – Russell Swanson, Trevor Hollingsworth, Ken Tarling, Simon Jagot, Trevor McDonald, Bruce McLean, Mark Tickle, John Kirchner In what was a great ending to the day Air Diffusion Agencies – Bill Threadgold announced that they will be naming rights sponsor for next year’s event, and in turn Roger Davis, Simon Owen and Peter Fowler all said they will be back. Congratulations to all the staff who organised the event, and Rob Millington and his team for presenting the course so beautifully.
WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Karen Rama (Captain) Thursday 24th April saw the Ladies host their annual Happy Valley Foodland Gala Day. There were 79 ladies in the field with 28 visitors representing 10 Clubs. This year we test-drove the new card scanning technology with a dedicated 4BBB card, this made light work of processing results for the organising Committee. Thank-you to Steve and Cathy for your hard work in the ProShop, it was very much appreciated. Also thank-you to Matt, Clayton and Staff for your tremendous work with table-setup, morning tea and lunch – the feedback received from our visitors and members was great. It’s always a huge challenge to come up with a lunch menu that will satisfy 80 women at a reasonable price. Thank you to our Sponsor, Graham Rugless at Happy Valley
Foodland. Graham has been sponsoring this event for more years than I’ve been a member and has generously announced his continued support for next year. Thank you Graham, you’re awesome! Lastly I would like to extend a very big thank-you to all our lady members for both donating to and purchasing from our Trading Table, this event is one of our major fundraisers for the year and I’m pleased to say that it proved to be a very profitable day. Our ‘Name a Paver’ fundraiser will soon be drawing to a close. If you would like to be a part of Vines history, please fill in your order form and make your payment with Julie in the Office. During the recent school holidays the Ladies were privileged to get to play with two of our junior girls, Emily Dunbar and Lingli Courage. The first week they played, Lingli took out our top $25 prize money with a net 64 and then backed it up by winning a ball the following week with a 2 par! Emily also played in the Legend’s ProAm and I’m sure she enjoyed the experience. Well done girls, we hope you’ll be back next School Holidays. Our Pennant/Hickory and Nomad seasons have begun and Cleek will follow in a fortnight. Thank you so much to those girls who have registered to be part of these Squads, I truly hope you enjoy the experience and have a successful season. Now with our participation in the Hickory League, I think it is fabulous to be able to offer an interclub experience to all our members regardless of handicap. I’d also like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank all those Ladies who support these teams, not just on the course but as Caddies and Team Managers and Selectors. It’s always wonderful to see friendly faces at our playing venues, so if you’re in the area come along and support your team. Are you thinking about ‘Country Week’ this year? Entries opened on Monday 28th April and paper copies can be found in our Locker Room. Entries close on 27th June so you still have a little time to get your handicap up or down according to your preferred venue (honestly of course). Due to the new Slope Handicap system Grade eligibility has changed to the following handicap ranges: Yorke Peninsula (Silver) - Wallaroo - 0-16.0 GA Handicap Mid North (Bronze Salver) - Balaklava - 16.1-21.4 GA Handicap Northern (Bronze Shield) - Port Augusta - 21.5-28.0 GA Handicap South East (Bronze Plate) - Bordertown - 28.1-45.4 GA Handicap
Happy Valley Foodland.
SLOPE HANDICAP SYSTEM – MULTI TEE COMPETITIONS FOR MEN (from Steve Krause, Club Professional, 24th April 2014) One of the benefits with the new handicapping system is it allows male competitors to play from different tee blocks and all be in the same competition. (Blue, White or Gold) It provides for members who play shorter tee shots a shorter course option than would otherwise be available to them (which in many cases can make for a more enjoyable experience); players should be encouraged to choose tee options that align with their level of play. A further benefit of this is that it will almost certainly lead to an improvement in the pace of play. The Match Committee has decided to introduce Multi Tee Men’s Competitions Midweek and on Sundays commencing from May 2014. On all Midweek and Sunday competitions men will be able to choose which course they want play from, either from the Blue, White or Gold Tee blocks. All Score Cards will initially be printed using the BLUE tee blocks as the default. If you require to play the competition from another Tee please ask the Pro Shop staff to reprint a Score Card with your chosen Course. This is slightly complicated, so please note the following: Your handicap will change depending which tees you are playing. The slope rating of the course you play is in direct relationship to its Scratch rating. Consider this: Whilst it certainly is a big change in how competition golf is played in Australia and no doubt there maybe reservations from some golfers playing off what are seen to be lesser tees, it would be great to see the membership embrace the changes and at least give the other tee blocks a try. Your daily handicaps will change according to the slope of the course and what it is rated so it shouldn’t be seen as being a lesser challenge. You will play the course differently, you will play different shots, the carries to the fairway aren’t as long and you may just enjoy the change and you’re golfing experience enhanced, they say it’s as good as a holiday.... Booking Sheets & Handicaps: The Handicap shown on the Booking Sheet is your GA (Golf Australia) HANDICAP, your Daily Handicap will be printed on your competition scorecard; Daily Handicap Look Up Charts are posted in the Starters Hut. Saturday Competitions: Will remain as they are for the moment with BLUE tees only in play for the men’s competition s and RED for the ladies. The option to introduce a shorter course (GOLD) competition on Saturdays will be kept under consideration. Editor’s Note: A difficult subject to explain. I am sure that Steve Krause, Barry Phillips and John Ward would be happy to help you. Also, some of the more complex aspects of this subject have not been reprinted here. Two page printouts can be found in the Pro Shop. We will attempt to prepare some examples of slope/daily rating/handicap/score in operation for the next Grapevine issue.
The Club is pleased to advise that Chris Tsamandanis of Chemmart Pharmacy in Old Reynella Shopping centre is providing funds to assist our junior development program with their coaching and the cost of having a team in the McMillan Shield. If you are visiting the Pharmacy, please make yourself known as a Member of the Club. Thank you to Wayne Corbett for contacting Chris and getting him involved!
GOLF SA PENNANT CLUB SCHEDULE 2014 Pennant matches will commence soon. Our Club will field teams in the following grades…
Men’s A2 (A team) and Bonnar Cup (B team) with matches commencing Sunday 18th May. Women’s A2, commencing Monday 12th May and Cleek 2, commencing Monday 26th May. Junior Div 2, commencing Sunday 1st June. The full season schedule is available on the GolfSA website (http://www.golfsa.com.au). Our players will appreciate your support so how about getting behind them and attending some matches.
From Bernie……David Feherty - CBS GOLF ANNOUNCER
A few choice Dave Feherty quotes are below. If you watch golf on TV, he's often an announcer with a distinct Northern Ireland accent and a colourful way of putting things. . . . . so to speak.
He said one day, "It would be easier to pick a broken nose, than a winner in that group." "That ball is so far left, Lassie couldn't find it if it was wrapped in bacon." "I am sorry Nick Faldo couldn't be here this week. He is attending the birth of his next wife." Jim Furyk's swing "looks like an octopus falling out of a tree." "That's a great shot with that swing." "It's OK - the bunker stopped it." At Augusta 2011 – "It's just a glorious day. The only way to ruin a day like this would be to play golf on it." "That was a great shot - if they'd have put the pin there today." "Watching Phil Mickelson play golf is like watching a drunk chasing a balloon near the edge of a cliff." "That green appears smaller than a Pygmie's nipple".
Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbour and his wife were told there would be a 45 minute wait for a table. "Young man, we're both 90 years old," the husband said. "We may not have 45 minutes." They were seated immediately.
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