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November 2013



In this edition… MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS…winners, photos. ON THE COURSE...water, machinery, 5th fairway etc. SOCIAL NEWS…plenty happening


MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIPS…played over 72 holes…19th, 26th, 27th October.

Club Championship (Dr M. E. GOODE TROPHY) Winner…Sam Earl Runner Up… Paul Gregory B Grade Cup Winner…Mark Courage Runner Up… Harry Lambert C Grade Cup Winner…Allan Johnston Runner Up… Don Cram Plate (Overall Nett) Winner…David Agnew Veterans Championship (JACK DINHAM TROPHY) Winner…Barry Phillips Junior Championship (DOUG COATES CUP) Winner…Luke Noble

Sam Earl

Mark Courage

Nett…Mick Gibbie Nett…Peter Carman

Allan Johnston

Luke Noble

Mick Gibbie

Harry Lambert

Peter Carman (& Steve)

Paul Gregory

David Agnew

Barry Phillips

Don Cram

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Karen Rama (Captain)

A New Committee: I would like to extend a very warm welcome to our two newest Committee recruits, Debbie Gill and Linda Pearce. Also, a heartfelt “thank-you” to Lyn Cummings for her dedication and commitment as Captain over the past two years – now you can relax and enjoy your ‘free-time’ again, you lucky thing! Closing Day: Congratulations to all our 2013 trophy winners. A special mention to Cathy Hayward and Pam Deacon for their multiple trophy wins – in addition, both girls won individual Championships and Foursomes in their respective grades, well done to you both. Congratulations to Rose Wilton who also had multiple wins in the 9 Hole events. Suggestions for 2014 season: Before we firm-up our program for next year, I’m seeking suggestions (from the Ladies that is!) as to what you might like us to consider for the coming season. A suggestion-book will do the rounds on Tuesdays, but if you prefer to send an email, you can do so to The Southern Zone Metro Tournament was held at Thaxted Park on the 11th November and at The Vines on 18th November. A challenging day for most of our girls on the 11th (say no more!), but we had better success on the 18th. Our stand-out performers were: Karen Hender (40pts); Lil Maddern (37pts); Elaine Knuckey (35pts) and Jan Windows (33pts). Well done to everyone who played and I’m very proud that we had the biggest field on both days. The Vines came third in the overall tournament with Thaxted Park taking the honour. The final tally was: Thaxted Park (64.4pts); Blackwood (60.4pts); Vines (60pts) and Flagstaff Hill (58.4pts).

Wild Summer Monthly Medal Series: Our sponsors, Wild Cards & Gifts are sponsoring 4 Monthly Medal stroke rounds over the summer. The first will be held on 19th November, followed by 3rd December, 21st January and 18th February. You may want to take a note of these dates as they will be different from the Members Handbook. Christmas Party Day: Look-out men! It’s Ladies Christmas Party Day on 10th December. The golf booking sheets will be available on Tuesday 26th November, but you can book and pay for your lunch with Julie in the office any time before ($20pp). It’s a 2 ball Ambrose, so you’ll need to grab a partner and think about what you are going to ‘Say’ with your ‘dress-up’. Suggestions for the ‘dress-up’ theme are on the whiteboard in the locker-room if you need help with ideas. It will be a great hoot as usual!


(from Peter Carman) Congratulations to Vines member Dean (Editor’s note: Thank you for the article Scott on recently being awarded the Order Peter. This article was developed using Ken of Australia Medal for service to the McGregor’s article printed in the Messenger community of Adelaide. Weekly Times, Wednesday, June 12, 2013.) Dean has been a supporter of local sporting clubs being a life member of the Fulham Cricket Club and has been a board member of the South Adelaide Football Club. He has been instrumental in raising funds for Fred’s Van Street Project and has been a volunteer at the Hutt Street Centre for the homeless. Dean was part of the committee which established the sister city arrangement between Adelaide and Himeji, Japan and was a co-founder of the Japan Australia Business Council Inc. in 1984. He has also served as president of the Adelaide Lions Club and is a life member of the Save Sight Trust. Above all Dean is a really good bloke. A well deserved recognition Dean.

4 Husbands…from Bernie

The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just got married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation. "He's a funeral director," she answered. "Interesting," the newsman thought. He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20's, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40's, and a preacher when in her 60's, and now - in her 80's - a funeral director. The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers. She smiled and explained, "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go."

ON THE COURSE…from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) STRATEGIC PLAN - Pillar 2: The Course Water - "Review the bore water options and legislative requirements" The search is on for the extra drop of water that may be required to maintain and improve the course to meet our vision. The course committee investigated the option of “a bore water consultant to explore the clubs grounds for any areas that may provide under ground water supply that had not been previously reported”. A former member who is a "Geo Diviner" from Ground Water Research Australia has given his time at a small fee to explore the course for vertical or sub-vertical geostructual aquifers such as faults and fracture zones which act as conduits for ground water flows and nominate locations for potential water courses.

Bore Locations…

The report has shown that there are a possible 6 drilling sites with locations 1 and 2 expecting yields of 8,000 litres per hour each at a drilling depth of 65 to 70 meters. Location 1 is in the area of the triangle of hole sixteen and half and location 2 is the nursery LHS of the 7th fairway.

Bore Licence…

No new bore licences are available due to the zoning of the area however an existing held licence can be transferred to a new site provide that a bore hole is sealed with concrete, in the clubs case we have a few obsolete bores that can fill the criteria.

Next Step…

Develop a road map to success in establishing a bore with the most cost effective planning, processes and time frame for bore locations 1 or 2. Machinery Upgrade Programme

The following is an extract from the Course Superintendent October Report:-

"Productivity... The new spray unit has proven to be far more efficient for getting spray jobs done. The larger tank allows us to spray all greens without refilling, and the fairways we are able to increase by 1 to 2 fairways per tank. With the new greens mower we are able to groom the greens on a weekly basis. This will help reduce thatch, increase firmness, help with Poa annua control and help reduce the impact of fungal infection. The blower is far more efficient for cleaning up all areas and it can be easily driven across greens." Staff Training On the Monday 2nd December 2013 a training course for green staff is being held for "Elevated Work Platform". The practical site for the training will be along the tree line of the 6th hole.

Member please note…for Work, Health and Safety this hole will be closed on Monday 2nd December for the duration of the training exercise. Course Improvement Project…5th Fairway The RHS of the 5th fairway is to be improved by adding mounds from the creek up to the green and revising the contour of the green surrounds. These improvements will require access for earth moving vehicles (trucks and front end loader) as 200 tons of soil is required to be delivered by contractor and then shaped by our green staff. Trucks will have to traverse the course in delivery of the soil and exit from the site. During this period players may be required to wait a minute or two so contractor / staff and you the player are all in a safe environment at all times. Once the soil has been delivered / shaped the Course Superintendent will decide on either sodding or planting stolons to the affected areas and this is when the "Vines" volunteers produce there well known magic.

New Tee Signs With the introduction of the "Slope Handicap System" a new shorter course has been rated and will be incorporated with the existing Blue, White, and Red and will be known as the Gold. Already in the ground are gold painted tee location markers and in the coming weeks 9 new tee block signs will be put in place as we get ready for the introduction of the new system. Further details of timing and use of the Gold Course will be given by Match Committee / Captain Barry. Okay that's enough for this issue??? Regards Russell

SOCIAL NEWS…from David Jolly (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality)

Hello everyone! I hope you are making the most of the fantastic weather on the course and after in the Club! Friday Nights! Keep an eye on Friday nights. Happy hour from 5.30-7.00pm and the Bistro is open from 5.30pm till late. Remember book in advance for a table to avoid disappointment as the club is filling rapidly each week. Members draw continues to grow with $$$ to be won…a great incentive leading up to Christmas and the silly season! 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.

Some dates for your diary: Wednesday 27th November…Last BINGO for 2013!! Bingo has been a pleasure to co-ordinate this year with fantastic crowds at each Bingo night. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing regulars and new faces attending each month and the number of players increasing! Thanks to all my regulars and supporters, without you the nights wouldn’t be the same!

Bingo will be back in February 2014.

Saturday 7th December… Christmas Dinner and Dance Folks- we need more bookings! Please RSVP with your table of up to 10 by Friday 29th November. Members and social guests of the Club, we need your help. It will be a great night! Canapés and drinks on arrival, 3 course meal with a choice, plus LIVE entertainment from Linda McCarthy- who sings all the classics from the 60’s to today! 7pm start till late- ONLY $50. If you do not have a full table we can help sit you with others. Book at the office. Sunday 8th December…Social Sunday (Maybe Hangover Sunday) Booking sheet is now in the starter’s office. Sunday 15th December…Christmas Ambrose We will let you know when the booking sheet is available. This may be booked via the online booking system. Details to come soon! A great social day and bring guests for a fun golfing day. Friday 20th December…Christmas Happy Hour and member’s night. Special treats for the kids! Book a table in advance.

Saturday 18th January…Karaoke! You’ve asked for it- well here it is. Come dressed to impress and entertain the crowd. DJ music in between Karaoke. More details to come- this night WILL book out. Twilight Golf- Social and FUN! Twilight Competition started on Thursday October 10th, 3.00pm- 6pm tee times. This year it is a very social competition. Roll in for a social fun round, stay for a meal and a drink and we will follow with a quick presentation. Guests welcome to play! Great prizes to be won and an Eclectic this year to win end of year prizes for the best overall scores! Eclectic results published on the notice board. Each player must submit 4 cards on each 9 holes to qualify for the Eclectic competition at the end of the year. I am still looking for some regular helpers for Twilight, with raffles and cards. If you are a regular player and would like to lend a hand, even if only occasionally, please speak to me and I would love to have your assistance! Sevens Golf: Sevens competition commenced Monday 21st October. Pam Baverstock is doing a great job at positing your scores daily and keeping us all up to date with our teams and results. Well done Pam! Make sure you keep your teams up to date online or via the notice board! 70’s/80’s Flashback A GREAT night at the club! Pictures tell a thousand words. See some below. Live music was great and the DJ took us back to an era of fun times and great music. Thanks to everyone who attended. Bring your friends to the next one- we will have another flashback in the New Year!!

Committee: The AGM is upon us. I would like to thank the M & H committee for a wonderful year. You have supported me all year and have all worked without a fuss at so many of our events. Special mention to Peter Redden for his great work on our membership business plan and I wish him well for the New Year as he focuses on his work, family and golf. Also to Pam Baverstock and Andrew Robertson for your ongoing consistency and team work. We are still looking for committee for the new AGM year. If you or someone you know might be interested, please come and see me. We would love the fresh ideas at our monthly meetings, and you can do as little or as much as you like with event planning. Love to hear from some of you who are regularly around the club and might have some fresh ideas. Speak up- your help is always appreciated! Membership: Our committee has submitted a new membership plan to the Committee of Management. We are now working through the new ideas and ideally hope to see the membership business plan come to life over the coming months and New Year. 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. Have a suggestion or feedback? Email the office on or in person.

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