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GRAPEVINE October 2015



In this edition… Rob Millington being honoured by his peers… Rob was presented with a "SAGCSA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD".

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ON THE COURSE…irrigation system, weed control, course improvements FROM THE CAPTAIN…Men’s Club Championships A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…generous sponsors RULE of the month…


night is Wednesday 28th October

FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson It is pleasing to advise that all the positions on the various Committees have been filled except for the Commercial Activities Sub Committee. Rod Gorton Vice President Commercial Activities has been doing a lot of work on Grants that are available for the Club. I am sure he would appreciate any assistance on what is a long and arduous job in completing

the necessary paperwork.

Voting will be required for the Course Sub Committee. Members will be advised about voting details shortly. Geoff Coleman has been appointed the Returning Officer…Rob Fick being unable to attend the AGM. We are currently forming a Committee to thoroughly investigate upgrading the interior of the clubhouse…in particular the dining room. Items that will be considered are…chairs, carpet (possibly for the entire clubhouse), tiling the front porch, painting and any other items that will improve the appearance of the interior of the clubhouse. If any member considers that they have the necessary experience or knows someone that may be able to help, even if they are not a member, please contact Matt or myself. Members may also have contacts. We will be obtaining quotes for some of the work. If you have a contact please provide details. The Masters Games took place during the week commencing the 5th of October and was a great success. We received many favourable comments on the quality of our golf course. This positive feedback was pleasing and is a credit to all those involved in the development of our course. I must also thank John Ward and Pam Baverstock for their involvement and acknowledge the volunteers who participated each day. The players were appreciative of the total service that was provided during the week.

(FROM THE PRESIDENT…continued) In the August Grapevine I advised that we expected the current loans to be consolidated and would show as one loan in the Balance Sheet as at 30/9/15. Due to delays this did not occur and will be completed this month. By shortening the term of the loan and paying an additional $373 per month over 5 years we will have a nett save of $52,000…an excellent result. Figures for the end of the financial year indicate that we have a cash flow surplus of at least $40,000 which is also an excellent result. The bar and bistro have exceeded the budgets that were set and we have made some savings in other areas which has contributed to the result that we have achieved. Budgets for the next year have been completed and will be monitored to ensure that we continue to reduce debt and show a cash flow surplus to reduce the overdraft that we use during the year. Over the last couple of months the number of members who have volunteered to work on the course and in other areas has been very pleasing. I can say that during the time that I have been involved on the Committee I have never known so many members to volunteer their time to help the Club like they have. A Club like ours would struggle to survive without volunteers on Committees and volunteers helping in many other areas of the Club. If any member wishes to assist please do not hesitate myself or Matt.

ON THE COURSE… from Russell Virgo (Vice President, Course) 2015 South Australian Golf Industry Award Night This event was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the 17th October with our Course Superintendent Rob Millington being honoured by his peers, the South Australian Golf Course Superintendent Association. Rob was presented with a "SAGCSA DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD". During the presentation the M.C. Ben Hook, a writer for the Sunday Mail, outlined Rob's outstanding academic achievements along with his involvement in the turf industry and especially the SAGCSA organisation. In his acceptance speech Rob acknowledged the support of The Vines Golf Club committees, staff and members over the 18 years he has been at The Vines. Rob, congratulations from all members of the golf club for receiving this well-deserved award. Irrigation System Upgrade The upgrade of the irrigation system, that includes new pumps, variable speed drives along with the associated electronic components, is nearing completion resulting in a more manageable efficient system. The outcomes include greater control, shorter watering time frame, achieving efficient use of power and a reduction in water hammering in the main lines with less noise.

The addition of the new variable drives to the new pumps and the jacking pump allow the pumps to adjust between each other therefore making real time decisions on which pumps should be operating, separately or as a group. The pressure fluctuation management occurs quickly that any chance of water hammering is virtually eliminated, this allows the pressure to be a constant 550 kpa +/- 10 kpa through the programs. The replacing of the old variable drives gave us the opportunity to replace the 30 year old circuit board, at a very pleasant reduced cost from our sponsor Pump Technology Services (SA) Pty Ltd., and to also install new wiring throughout the pump shed. The new bore transfer project (stage 2) is nearing completion with all the pipe work in the ground and connected. The pipe work from the �turkey nest dam� discharge to the cement tank was a testament to the process of achievement of will power versus gravity as the pipe had to be floated from one side of the dam to the connect port on the opposite side, a sight to behold of man and machines working as one?? The new bore is now pumping directly into the Turkey Nest Dam @ 5.1 litres per second and this equates to 3 mega litres per week. Weed Control The weed control program, especially for Kikuyu and Parramatta grasses, has once again produced positive results with volunteers Graham Isaac and Trevor Cunningham spending many hours digging or spot spraying the affected areas with the larger areas of infestation being boom sprayed by the green staff. Well done everyone involved in our endeavours to control these weeds. Course Improvements The next project will be the 14th fairway make over which will begin in late October and be completed in November 2015. The project will incorporate the covering of the roadway between the Tee and the Green with road base covered with mulch, low mounding and including irrigation system from in front of the Women's tee to the green with a spur branching out to the adjacent lower 6th fairway. Master Games The games were held at the Club early in October 2015 and the Course Committee would like to acknowledge the outstanding work that the green staff did in presenting our course in wonderful condition to the many playing visitors. I am sure it will continue on for the 2015 Club Championships.

The Committee and Members of The Vines Golf Club mourn the passing of our valued Life Member. th

Gretta Haylock

Gretta passed away Sunday 27 September 2015. Gretta was a long serving Life Member, past Lady President, Marino/Vines history book author and member for 59 years. She will be sadly missed.

From the Manager…Matt Chesterman (Manager) Hi Members,

Aren’t we glad that the weather has warmed up a little and is a bit more conducive to some great golf! Congratulations to Rob Millington & his team who have the course looking an absolute treat at the moment! October 7th saw the closing of the period for committee nominations with nominations received as follows; Donald Johnson - President Robert Dowling – VP Finance Robert Nagel – VP Course Wayne Lines - VP M&H Karen Parsons – Lady Captain Catherine (Pam) Deacon – Lady Vice Captain Robert Dickson – Sub Committee Finance Heather Chapman – Sub Committee Membership & Hospitality Michael Clark – Sub Committee Course Brian Quist – Sub Committee Course Peter Shaw – Sub Committee Course Vacant – Commercial Activities 1 Year Vacant – Commercial Activities 2 Years This means that voting will occur for the Sub-Committee Course Position over 4 days, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th of November. Further notification will be received by members who have voting rights with the Annual Report and official notification of the AGM on the 30th of November 2015. As always there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in the committees of the Club and if you have any interest in a specific area, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can discuss the process with you. A big thank you to those who nominated and congratulations to those who will be officially welcomed to their positions at the AGM. Well done to the volunteer team of Don Johnson, Robert Hicks, Darryl Gilbey and Wayne Lines who installed the new LED lights in the function room. The lights use 80% less power than the previous halogens and have a payback period of less than two years. Due to feedback from members last summer the Match Committee has reviewed the Club’s Heat Policy and will have this approved by the Full COM at their next meeting in late October. The new policy allows member to play in a competition voluntarily once the temperature is forecast at 38 degrees or greater, rather than simply cancelling the competition as has been the case in the past. Once the policy is ratified by the COM it will be posted on noticeboards and the website for all to view. Thank you to the Committee of Management who sent me to the Golf Management Australia Conference in August/September. It was a great week of education and a fantastic opportunity to network with our countries best Club Managers. The quality of speakers was exceptional with a strong international contingent this year. If any member would like a copy of my report of the event please don’t hesitate to ask.

Finally to all members, welcome aboard for another subscription year. With the golf course presenting itself in stellar condition it is sure to be a great summer here at The Vines! Good Golfing!

Maintain your hydration levels With the warm weather approaching it timely to remind members about maintaining hydration on the golf course. On a 28 degree day over a typical 4 hours round of golf, the average male should be consuming 2.35 litres of water and the average lady 2.2 litres of water in order to stay properly hydrated. When the temperature gets up to 35 degrees, males should consume 3.6 litres and women 3.2 litres.* As always we encourage players to be sensible about the types of conditions that they choose to play golf in and if conditions are extreme or you begin to struggle in the heat seek shade and assistance immediately by calling the club no 8381 1822, or if someone has blacked out due to the heat by calling 000. *Source, Powerade Hydration Calc

Emergency Procedures Occasionally one of your playing partners may take a turn for the worse whilst on the golf course and in order to get help quickly and efficiency it is critical that you follow these steps. 1. Asses any danger to yourself and the patient 2. If patient is not responding or you are unsure of their situation, Call 000 for Ambulance and begin First Aid 3. While on the phone to the Ambulance, ask someone else to call the Clubhouse, on 8381 1822. Flag someone else down off the course if you have to. Give the staff as much information as possible regarding the location and wellbeing of the patient 4. Follow instructions from the 000 Operator We cannot stress enough how important it is to call ‘000’ before calling the clubhouse, the sooner an ambulance can get on the road the better the chances of survival.

The Snakes are out...

There have been a few sightings of the snakes in recent weeks. If you see one, do not aggravate them and leave them alone, that’s the best way to avoid getting bitten. Be vigilant in the rough line and keep an eye out for them. Please notify the Pro Shop staff of the location of the snake should you sight one.

SOCIAL NEWS‌from Wayne Lines (Vice President, Membership & Hospitality) Social Sunday summer season starts 25th October with a 2 ball Ambrose followed by 15th November mixed foursomes. These are great social events and a good way to meet other club members.

Sevens golf competition starts 26th October and once again is in the capable hands of Pam Baverstock. Registration of teams took place on Sunday 11th followed with a sausage sizzle to kick off the season.

Christmas Dinner Dance will be on 12th December with canapes and drink on arrival, followed by a 3 course dinner with DJ Steve McNally. All for the low price of $50 if you book and pay before 27th November. This date will come around quickly so get your table organized and book at front office.

See you Friday night at the Members Draw

Next night is Wednesday 28th October starting at 7.30pm. Males are also welcome as we have four or five regulars each month.

FROM THE CAPTAIN…Barry Phillips Just a short note from me to wish all eligible members the best of luck for the Men’s Club Championships commencing Saturday 17th October. By all reports the format of holding the Championships over four consecutive Saturdays is a popular move and this format is likely to be continued in the years to come. Subject to the decision of future committees of course.

I look forward to seeing as many members as possible at the presentations following the final round on 7th November. We are already experiencing some warmer weather so I thought I would give some advance notice that the Match Committee has reviewed the heat policy with respect to Club competitions. In short the policy for female Club competitions will remain unchanged but with respect to male competitions where the forecast temperature is 38 degrees or greater the course will remain open as normal and entry into any Club competition will be entirely voluntary and at the member’s discretion. The full policy will be published in due course. Whilst on the subject of advance notice entry forms for the Mixed Foursomes Championships will be available shortly so if you are still not on speaking terms with your partner after last year’s event now is the time to make discreet enquiries as to the availability of an alternative partner. Once again, best of luck for the members playing in the Men’s Club Championships and I will see you out and about on the course.

RULE of the month…explanation …from John Ward

RULE 20.5. MAKING NEXT STROKE FROM WHERE PREVIOUS STROKE MADE When the player’s ball is determined to be unplayable or it is lost or it is out of bounds or for any other reason he has to make a stroke from where he has previously played, he must follow the correct procedure. “WHEN A PLAYER ELECTS OR IS REQUIRED TO MAKE HIS NEXT STROKE FROM WHERE HIS PREVIOUS STROKE WAS MADE, HE MUST PROCEED AS FOLLOWS: (a) On the Teeing Ground: The ball to be played MUST be played from within the teeing ground. It may be played from anywhere within the teeing ground and may be teed. (b) Through the Green: The ball to be played MUST be DROPPED and when DROPPED MUST first strike a part of the course through the green. (c) In a Hazard: The ball to be played MUST be DROPPED and when DROPPED must first strike a part of the course IN the hazard. (d) On the Putting Green: The ball to be played must be PLACED on the putting green. PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 20.5 Match play- Loss of Hole Stroke Play- Two Strokes

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Debbie Gill (Vice President, Women’s Golf)

It was our turn to host the ladies from Thaxted Park on Tuesday 12th October. They were hoping to regain the Marthax Shield for another year but to no avail. Well done to the Vines ladies on a great win of an average of 34.1 over 30.6 points.

Thank you to Graeme Eckert from Allen Jewellers for being our Sponsor for the day on Tuesday 15th September. The lucky winners were very appreciative of their prizes and we’re all happy that Graeme has advised us that he will do the same thing next year. Monday 21st was our Annual Fashion Parade. Thank you to our models, Vicky Cammack, Heather Chapman, Heather Jones and Sally Clifford. Once again we had Terri from Fashions F’less and Annette from Grace

Jewellery attend. We also had Ashley from Loads of Linen. Once again the ladies committee baked the scones for the devonshire tea…they were well received. They were also well enjoyed by some male visitors, who happened to be visiting on the day. Our GSA Gala Day on Thursday 1st October was a great success. We had 91 players with 46 visitors, from 13 clubs. The weather was perfect and the course was looking fantastic. Once again the lunch was lovely. It’s also great to get positive feedback from visitors as to how well the course is looking and how great the day was.

From David Gully…

My neighbour knocked on my door at 2:30am this morning, can you believe that? 2:30am?! Luckily for him I was still up playing my Bagpipes. The Grim Reaper came for me last night, and I beat him off with a vacuum cleaner. Talk about Dyson with death.

Paddy says "Mick, I'm thinking of buying a Labrador”. “Really," says Mick "have you seen how many of their owners go blind?"

More from David‌ A mate of mine recently admitted to being addicted to brake fluid. When I quizzed him on it he reckoned he could stop any time.... I went to the cemetery yesterday to lay some flowers on a grave. As I was standing there I noticed 4 grave diggers walking about with a coffin, 3 hours later and they're still walking about with it. I thought to myself, they've lost the plot!!

My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they were $70!!! Blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web. Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not happy.

I start a new job in Seoul next week. I thought it was a good Korea move. I was driving this morning when I saw an RAA van parked. The driver was sobbing uncontrollably and looked very miserable. I thought to myself 'that guy's heading for a breakdown.'

From Bernie‌ Why Marry??? At a cocktail party, one woman said to another, 'Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?' 'Yes, I am. I married the wrong man.'

A lady inserted an ad in the classifieds: 'Husband Wanted'. Next day she received a hundred letters. They all said the same thing: 'You can have mine.'

When a woman steals your husband, there is no better revenge than to let her keep him. A woman is incomplete until she is married. Then she is finished. A young son asked, 'Is it true Dad, that in some parts of Africa a man doesn't know his wife until he marries her?' Dad replied, 'That happens in every country, son.' Then there was a woman who said, 'I never knew what real happiness was until I got married, and by then, it was too late.'

Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say -- talk in your sleep. Just think, if it weren't for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all.

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