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GRAPEVINE October 2016



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MELBOURNE CUP LUNCHEON…Tuesday November 1st From the Manager…Course Report A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…lots happening JUNIORS at The Vines of Reynella…SAPSASA team

FROM THE PRESIDENT…Don Johnson After being away from the Club for a couple of months it is great to be back and enjoying the friendship of members. I am on the road to recovery and I would like to thank the many members who have enquired about my health over the past few weeks but on the advice of the surgeon I will not be playing golf until November. The Work for the Dole program is continuing to work well and from the funds we have received it was decided at the last Committee of Management meeting to render the remaining part of the Club House and to also use these funds to tile the front porch of the Club House. We have also been able clean up some of the paths on the course following the recent rain that did quite a bit of damage. You will note that the legs on the tables in the Club House have been worked on and it is intended to clean the chairs in the members lounge also. The current contract that we have does not expire until January 2017. We will shortly commence work on the men’s locker room and it is intended to reduce the number of lockers as the demand for the lockers is currently very low. It will possibly mean that some people will have to use another locker and we will liaise with the people concerned when work commences. The number of members has increased in the past 12 months but final details will not be known until the end of October. It would appears that the increase will be around the 40 mark with 14 being an increase in junior membership. This is encouraging and I am sure to some degree it is due to the quality of the course that we now have.

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(FROM THE PRESIDENT continued) It is interesting to note that at this time last year the course had been irrigated for about 5 weeks. The current rain it is a saving of water to be used later in the summer period and also reduces our electricity costs. Matt has advised me that the financial figures to the end of the financial year (30th September) are near completion and we will again show a cash flow surplus. Details of how this has been achieved will be shown in the Annual Report. Overall I believe the Club is heading in the right direction. It has taken some serious decisions to achieve what we have when you consider where we were 3 years ago.

From the Manager‌Matt Chesterman (Manager) Scheduled Renovations On Sunday the 9th of October, the regular renovation was scheduled. Due to some mechanical issues with the tractor and coring unit it was clear that the renovation wasn't going to be completed to a standard that Rob Millington was happy with, therefore the renovation was cancelled. Changes to the Greens Maintenance Program On the recommendation of Rob Millington, the Course Committee have agreed to trial a new process for two years which removes the twice a year greens renovation. The new process involves spiking the greens every three weeks and regular dusting of sand. The regular spiking process ensures that the growing profile remains open to allow air, water and nutrient into the root zone throughout the year, while the regular dusting of sand maintains an ideal growing medium for the bent grass greens. The expectation is that the new program will allow for quality putting surfaces year round, while still maintaining the high levels of turf health that our green staff work hard to produce. In addition to this new spiking & dusting process, the club has purchased a new machine, called an Air2G2 Machine, to carry out sub-surface aeration on our greens. The Air2G2 can inject air up to a depth of 300mm at a pressure of up to 100psi, which breaks up the old layer of compacted soil that has built up over the life of the greens. This process over time will aid in the drainage, aeration & de-compaction of the profile. It is anticipated that this process could extend the usable life of our greens and remove the need for reconstruction in the mid-term. We had scheduled to begin this program one month following the greens renovation, however given the renovation cancellation, we have implemented this program immediately. Keep an eye on the Club’s Facebook page in the coming weeks for videos of both the new spiking process and the Air2G2 machine in action.

Sand Bucket Tip – Leaving a small amount of sand in you bucket will prevent buckets from sticking together.

A WORD FROM THE GIRLS…from Debbie Gill (Vice President, Women’s Golf) In accordance with our Strategic Plan, we booked 8 ladies in to play in the JSA Accounting Guest Day. We had a great day and will encourage ladies to do this once a month. We have a group playing again on Wednesday 19th which is very encouraging. The 26th and 27th September were qualifying days for Foursome Championships and they went off without a hitch. Semi-finals and finals on 29th and 30th September had to be cancelled due to worst storms in 50 years. We had to re schedule the semi and final to Tuesday 4th October. We then had several withdrawals and after a lot of deliberation. It was decided to cancel the finals component of Foursomes Championships for 2016. Ironically, on Tuesday 4th October the course was closed again due to bad weather. Thursday 6th October was our GSA Open Day, when we had 102 players and 106 ladies for lunch. 15 other clubs came to visit us and we had a lot of positive feedback regarding how great the course was. Susan Seja from Golf SA made a speech and commented how she had been at the Club on Thursday 29th when the Match-play component of the SA State Amateur Championships had to be cancelled and could not believe how well it had survived the harsh weather. This is a credit to Rob Millington and his staff. On Thursday 13th October we had a group of brave ladies venture over to Thaxted Park to play in the Annual Marthax Shield. They fought hard to retain the trophy but it was to no avail. Thank you for your efforts and we’ll make sure we win it next year, when we host it again. Congratulations to the 9 hole ladies who hosted the annual challenge with Flagstaff Hill. Hopefully you’ll have another win when they host us next week. Good luck!! We are now in preparation for Closing/Presentation Day on 25th October. Winners need to be collated, trophies engraved and cleaned. The meeting will commence at approximately. 9.30am with golf to be played after. Don’t forget to book your golf and/or lunch for Melbourne Cup on 1st November through Julie in the office. She will take your table and golf bookings.

From John Ford…

Two elderly gentlemen

from a retirement centre were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: 'Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?' Slim says, 'I feel just like a newborn baby.' 'Really!? Like a newborn baby!?'

'Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.'

Three old guys are out walking. First one says, 'Windy, isn't it?' Second one says, 'No, it's Thursday!' Third one says, 'So am I. Let's go get a beer..'

A man was telling his neighbour, 'I just bought a new hearing aid. It cost me four thousand dollars, but it's state of the art; It's perfect.' 'Really,' answered the neighbour. 'What kind is it?' ' Twelve thirty'

From anonymous‌

NOT MY PHONE‌ A bunch of blokes are in the changing room of a golf club. A mobile phone on a bench rings and a man engages the hands free speaker-function and began to talk. Everyone else in the room stops to listen.

BLOKE: "Hello" WOMAN: "Darling, it's me. Are you at the club?" BLOKE: "Yes" WOMAN: "I am at the shopping centre and found this beautiful leather coat. It's only $5,000. Is it OK if I buy it?" BLOKE: "Sure, go ahead if you like it that much." WOMAN: "I also stopped by the Mercedes dealership and saw the new 2016 C 400 model. I saw one in a colour I really liked." BLOKE: "How much?" WOMAN: "$180,000" BLOKE: "OK, but for that price I want it with all the options." WOMAN: "Great! Oh, and one more thing ... The house I wanted last year is back on the market. They're asking $1,500,000" BLOKE: "Well, then go ahead and give them an offer of $1.3 m. They will probably take it. If not, we can go the extra 200K. It really is a pretty good price." WOMAN: "OK. I'll see you later! I love you so much!!" BLOKE: "Bye! I love you, too." The bloke hangs up. The other blokes in the changing room are staring at him in astonishment, mouths agape..... He smiles and asks:

"Anyone know who this phone belongs to?"

From John Ford‌

Two elderly gentlemen

from a retirement centre were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says: 'Slim, I'm 83 years old now and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?' Slim says, 'I feel just like a newborn baby.' 'Really!? Like a newborn baby!?'

'Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants.'

SPOT SPRAYER RANDOM WEEDER Due to the impending retirement of one of our hard working volunteers, who has been engaged on the eradication of Kikuyu and Parramatta Grass over many years, there is an opportunity for a responsible interested member to fill this position and provide ongoing support for the Green Staff in the weed control on the golf course. The work is not arduous, but requires someone with keen eyesight and be able to be trained (by the Course Superintendent) to identify and spot spray or weed out foreign grasses etc. as directed by Rob. The work hours are extremely flexible and can range from 1 to 7 or eight hours a week depending on your availability and arrangement with Rob. Some of the work is seasonal and does not extend for twelve months but requires regular attendance.

If any members are interested, even on a shared workload basis, please contact either Matt or Rob Millington to discuss the position.

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JUNIORS at The Vines of Reynella

Did you see the recent article in the Southern Times Messenger? Pictured above Zoie Manton, Boston Price, Ryan Scovell and Charlie Nobbs. They have been chosen to represent the state at a national competition (The Australian Primary School Championships) to be played at Murray Bridge as part of the SAPSASA team from November 13 - 17.

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