GRAPEVINE November 2016
In this edition…
RULE of the month…correct way, taking relief A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…plenty happening SENIOR PENNANT…results
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 28th November at 7.30pm. FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson It appears that at last summer is with us. If we compare this year’s weather conditions with the same period last year the course had already been under irrigation for two months. You will notice that, with the assistance of the “work for the dole” people, the left hand side of the 11th fairway has been sodded with Santa Ana grass. Course Superintendent Rob Millington believes it will take about 2 years to fully cover the fairway…an improvement on what we have now. Although I have not played now for nearly 4 months I have driven around the course and I would suggest that course condition is the best it has ever been. A number of members have made the same comment to me. To some extent the improvement can be put down to the new bore which enabled extra water to be pumped onto the course during last year’s irrigation period. This meant we went into winter this year with a better covering of grass than we had in the previous years. The Club’s Junior program is certainly starting to reap rewards with thanks to Steve Krause and the time he has spent coaching the juniors. We had four players in the State Primary Schools under 12 teams. They were Zoe Manton, Charlie Nobbs, Boston Price and Ryan Scovell. The State teams were successful in winning the nett score competitions for both the girls and the boys. Well done to our representatives.
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(FROM THE PRESIDENT continued) With Christmas only a few weeks away the Annual Christmas Dinner will be held on the 10th December. This is a great night and I suggest that members arrange a table and book it through the office. If you are not able to put a table together please speak to Julie or Matt. I am sure they will be able to fit you in with other members. The Annual General Meeting will be held on the 28th November at 7.30pm. I ask that members attend this meeting which will only take about one hour. Most of the positions have been filled except for Hospitality Sub-Committee, Commercial Activities Sub-Committee and Membership Sub-Committee. If you are interested in any of these positions and would like details of what is involved please speak to Matt or myself. I can assure you that being part of the running of the Club and seeing the results achieved can be very rewarding. These Sub-Committees only have one meeting a month. The “work for the dole” program finishes in about 2 months. It is intended to render the remaining part of the Club House by the practice putting green. The render will then be painted. The only remaining job being the painting of the locker rooms (men and ladies) .Work will commence shortly. There will be a little inconvenience while this is being done but most of the work is expected to be done on Thursdays and Fridays. Rob Millington has advised me that the recently purchased Procore and Air2G2 machines are showing the results that he expected. The resulting improvement in drainage and reduced soil compaction will improve the greens. The Air2G2 can also be used in the bunkers which he will do as time permits. If the results are achieved as expected there will be no need to core the greens twice a year as has been done in the past.
From John Ford… Husband to wife, “Today is a fine day.” Next day he says, “Today is a fine day.” Again next day, he says same thing, “Today is a fine day.” Finally, after a week, the wife can’t take it and asks her husband, “Since last week, you have been saying, ‘Today is a fine day’. I am fed up. What is the matter?” Husband, “Last week when we had an argument, you said, ‘I will leave you one fine da y.’ I was just trying to remind you . . . ”
Steve Krause…Club Professional
RULE of the month…explanation …from John Ward
CAN I TAKE RELIEF AND WHERE DO I DROP THE BALL? IS THERE A PENALTY? HOW OFTEN HAVE YOU BEEN ASKED THE ABOVE QUESTIONS? DO YOU KNOW THE RIGHT ANSWERS? Let’s take the relief situations if relief is requested and allowable from an immovable obstruction or an abnormal ground condition (G.U.R.). The two rules covering these situations are Rules 24 & 25 and are further explained (with diagram) on pages 22 & 23 of the Rule Book and are included in the “Quick Guide to Rules of Golf” in those pages. When taking relief we first need to determine the “nearest point of relief” which is explained very clearly in the definitions (page 30 of the Rule Book). THE NEAREST POINT OF RELIEF IS NOT THE “NICEST POINT” IT IS THE NEAREST POINT AND THERE IS IN MOST CASES ONLY ONE POINT THAT IS THE NEAREST POINT OF RELIEF. Be aware that the ball must be dropped, without penalty, within one club-length of and not nearer the hole than the nearest point of relief. So if you follow the instructions in the definition you will have no trouble in determining the nearest point of relief in the future. Remember that before you lift your ball you should mark it’s position to ensure you play the ball you have dropped from the right place. If you follow all of the above procedures correctly you will not be subject to any penalty. THE RELIEF RULES ARE THE MOST MISUNDERSTOOD (AND ABUSED) RULES IN THE RULE BOOK BUT ALL GOLFERS SHOULD BE AWARE OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES TO ALL THE OTHER COMPETITORS IN TAKING RELIEF,WHEN ALLOWED TO, TO ENSURE THEY DON’T TAKE ANY UNFAIR ADVANTAGE IN THEIR QUEST TO RETURN THEIR BEST SCORE.
A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Debbie Gill (Vice President, Women’s Golf) Tuesday 26th October was our Closing/Presentation day. As usual the Ladies Committee presented a wonderful table full of trophies and prizes. Well done to the committee ladies who search all year round for the appropriate prizes. Congratulations to our winners and runners up. Thank you to President Don Johnson and Manager Matt Chesterman who spoke at our meeting. A special thank you to Bill Haylock for attending and presenting his wife Gretta’s Trophy. Linda Pearce has decided to step down from committee and I’d like to thank her for her commitment over the last 3 years. Good luck to Jan Shaw who takes over as Lady President of Women’s Golf and we welcome Ros Brunton, Allison Emmett and Angela Beaty who I’m sure will be bringing a lot of experience and fresh ideas to our committee. November 1st was Melbourne Cup Day and what a great day it was. We had 100 people who attended lunch, with not all of them being members or golfers. Congratulations to Matt, Clayton and staff for presenting a value for money lunch with great service. There has been a lot of positive feedback regarding the meal, which is always great to receive. I’m sure early advertising plus the large sign at the entrance to the Club, helped make this day a great success. 30th November is St Andrews Day and so on Tuesday 29th November the ladies will be dressing up in their best tartan for a fun day.
Also on 29th November the Ladies Committee are putting up the Christmas Decorations and would appreciate any volunteers to help. Tuesday 6th December is our Xmas Party day where there will be a lot of interesting looking costumes on course. This year’s theme is “Your favourite famous male” so, once again, you are only limited by your imagination!! Give golf a Go ladies clinic has finished for the year. This has been a great success with 13 ladies attending and a big thank you to Steve Krause, Glee Walton and her volunteers who met with these ladies, walked the course with them, played a few holes, handed out welcome packs, balls, certificates etc. This sort of introduction to the club is very important and encourages these ladies to take out membership and make them feel welcome.
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SENIOR PENNANT The 2016 season has just finished. The Club was once again represented by a fine group of “senior” golfers…Laurie McLaughlin, Kevin Bartsch, Barry Phillips, Nigel Coles, Wally Terlikowski, Mick Gibbie, Paul Sutcliffe, Bob Dickson, Rod Bell. The Club thanks the players for their enthusiasm and the way in which they contributed to our pennant golf. You will see from the table of matches that the distances players were required to travel ranged from Gawler (Sandy Creek) to Victor Harbor. Thank you again. Playing in Section B The Vines finished 4th; with 3 wins, 1 half and 3 losses. Individual match results were; 25 wins, 6 halved, 18 losses. Final table of matches… Tea Tree Gully The Grange West Lakes The Vines Flagstaff Hill Victor Harbor Sandy Creek The Stirling
41 36.5 29 28 24.5 17 16 4
From Bernie… Why we love children???? On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a note from his mother. The note read, 'The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.' ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, a policeman was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at his uniform, she asked, 'Are you a cop? Yes,' he answered and continued writing the report. My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?' 'Yes, that's right,' he told her. 'Well, then,' she said as she extended her foot toward him, 'would you please tie my shoe?'
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enjoying the hospitality and playing conditions at The Vines of Reynella before flying to Perth for the first test.
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