Friday Flash 2 November 2018

Topic: Friday Flash

More rain this week, which while good for the course, deterred our midweek women from playing either Tuesday or Thursday. Hopefully it wont also be thwarting our green keepers’ efforts to get the course in tip top condition for the City of Wellington tournament next weekend.

This Weekend’s Events

Tomorrow the qualifiers for the Women’s Top Cat playoff will be competing for the trophy while the rest of their Saturday club will be playing Nett.

A disc draw had been programmed for men members but given the poor weather forecast, we have decided to cancel this. We would also normally hold a Golden Mop working bee / golf competition this weekend to help get the clubhouse and its surrounds ready for the CoW but various members over recent weeks have been quietly attending to most of the tasks we would normally undertake so we wont compete for the mop this year.

With no other events programmed for this weekend. there are plenty of tee times available for social golf, if weather permits, to help fine tune your game for the Prodrive City of Wellington tournament.

City Of Wellington Tournament Saturday 10th November

Only 1 week to go now until our major event of the year. Entries close next Wednesday night so that the draw can be done on Thursday and posted on our website on Friday. If you haven’t already entered, please do so this weekend by adding your name to the start sheet on the downstairs notice board, or ring/email the club. We have a terrific prize pool up for grabs, sponsored by Prodrive, which will be spread across 2 men’s and one women’s divisions for best gross, net and stableford scores, as well as longest drive and nearest the pin. With players only able to win one of either the gross, net or stableford prizes, there is plenty of opportunity for every player to be a contender, not just the lower handicappers. Being our major event of the year, we want to see a large turn out befitting the effort to put it on.

Interclub 2019

If your handicap index is under 17 and you have not already put your name down for Interclub, expect a call from newly appointed Men’s Interclub Manager, Geoffrey Lee to see if you are interested in playing. Three teams of 10 have been entered for 2019 and we are looking to form a pool of about 45 members to make up three squads. So far 36 members have indicated that they are available to play in some of the Interclub matches. Having squads gives members the flexibility to play when they are available rather than having to commit to a 10 match Interclub programme.

Women’s Club Champion

Congratulations to our 2018 women’s club champion, Fiona Kearns, who beat Mary Kavanagh on the 37th hole. Mary was one up after the first 18 and after a brief break, she and Fiona had to don the wet weather gear for the second 18. Unfortunately, by the time they had finished at about 4.30pm, the weather had driven everyone else away and Fiona and Mary returned to a deserted club house. Well done to both players for sticking it out and fighting to the end.


Women’s Midweek Club

9 Hole Midweek Women

Because of the wet weather the 9 hole ladies were unable play on both Tuesday and Thursday. Here's hoping for some better golfing weather next week.

Men’s Wednesday Club

After a wild start to the week to welcome the Duke& Duchess of Sussex 30 Wednesday Club members enjoyed a fine sunny low wind day to play the Oteranga Cup for Random Par Pairs.

The random pairings certainly provided some fascinating results compared with individual scores. The individual winner was Dave Burton with +5 but he was paired with the bunny of the day Graeme Crocker for a combined score of -5!!. Second was Patrick Cordue with +4 and his pairing with Luke Underwood -2 (6m putt on 17th) giving a combined score of 2 to win the Oteranga Cup!. Other successful pairings were Ramlal Misra +2 & Kevin Corrin -1 for a total of +1 and Keith Gaskin -1 & Mark Noblett +2 also for +1.

Notable scores were Dave Ainsworth +3, Chris Pearce +3, and Dick Adam +1. Chris generously partnered Drew Quigg -2 a visitor presenting a combined score also of +1. The NTP was Patrick - he paid the pig! The bunny has been mentioned but the balanced combination of Paul Hawkes and Doug Calhoun for a total score of -16 deserves a mention! Twos were scored by Gasky and David Norton.

The raffle was cleverly won by past and present committee members Chris, Patrick and Ian Bates.

We also enjoyed a little presentation by Peter van Drimmelen (father of Chris and David) of his memoir "Driving for Music" --the Orchestral Memoirs of a bus-driving Violist. Peter supplemented his income from 27 years playing viola in the NZSO with bus-driving. His book can be ordered from the Club for $35 ($5 to the Club).

Next Wednesday we will be playing for the India Cup – put it into your diary now.

Team Yip Twilight Golf

Despite the wind and early rain, the Magnificent 10 turned out for Twilight. Scores ranged from 9 to 23 with Tim “the Colossus” Rivers smashing the field. A fair amount of bush-bashing took place resulting in quite a few frightened rabbits fleeing across fairways. Some of those were not so successful in escaping the keen eye of Doug “Daniel Boone” Calhoun who cooked up a mean BBQ of rabbit legs and beans! John “the Stubinator” Stubbe once again demonstrated how useful it is to have a bionic eye if you want to win nearest to the pin! We welcomed back Rolf “Mythbuster” Brednich and Brigitte “Fright-Night” Boenisch-Brednich from their lengthy sabbatical in Deutschland. If you want to be on the Twilight Golf mailing list send an email to: with the words “Twilight Golf Rolls!” on the subject line!

Annual general Meeting Saturday 1 December 2018

As previously advised, our AGM is scheduled for Saturday 1st December. Please lock this date into your diaries. Note that notices of motion need to be submitted by Friday 16 November and nominations for Officers for the 2019 Committee by 23 November. We expect to have at least one Notice of Motion, being the proposal to subdivide for sale a spare section of land.

Upstairs Card Printer

We have now received the new card printer for upstairs and hope to have it installed today. Hopefully no more smudgy cards!

Donation Receipts

A couple of donors to the Capital Appeal have reported not having received their official donation receipt. If anyone else has not received theirs, please email the club so that we can reproduce one for you.

Sponsor Speak

Milne Glass is the sponsor of Hole 9 on our course. In addition, their principal, Deane Milne, fixes our broken windows at cost. But it’s not just windows that they do. Milne Glass provides a full service for all your glass and glazing requirements - from broken windows & cat doors to frameless glass showers & mirrors. Their customers choose Milne Glass because they provide a prompt & efficient glass & glazing service at a very competitive price. Whatever your glazing requirement, Deane is your man.

Happy golfing, play safely,

Your KGC Committee