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Friday Flash 16 November 2018

Topic: Friday Flash

What a fantastic week it has been weather-wise for golf this week, and with our course looking so good after all the prep work by our green keepers for last Saturday’s City of Wellington tournament. It’s not forecast to last though, so try and get out over the weekend before the rain returns.

This Weekend’s Events

Tomorrow our women’s Saturday Club will be playing Christmas Cheer Stableford while for men it is their last chance to earn a Monthly Medal and qualify for the Top Dog playoff on Saturday 8th December. As usual this will be played in 2 divisions with the lower handicappers off the blue tees and the higher handicappers off the whites. The Top Dog though will be played off the white tees by all the finalists.

Nothing is programmed for Sunday so most tee times are available for social golf.

City of Wellington Wrap Up

What a great day it turned out to be last Saturday for the CoW with 2 days of rain not stopping until early Saturday morning. Considering greens were under water Friday evening the course was in remarkable condition, with the green keepers having been out early squeegeeing the greens and doing other last minute preparations, enabling us once again to be able to showcase to all the external entrants how good our course is. Last year’s winner Peter Spearman-Burn from the Miramar club repeated his efforts by winning with a gross 69, two better than another visitor, David James from Silverstream who shot 71. Equally impressive was the winner of the women’s section, with 16 year old Miree Jung of Titirangi going round in 70, and winning the longest drive on the 10th hole with a drive that took your scribe 2 shots to reach. She was a clear winner over runner up and last year’s winner, Darae Chung from Shandon, who shot 73.

Our best gross performers were Course Superintendent Matt Spraggs who was 4th with a gross score of 75 and Diminich Milicich who was 10th with 79. In Division 2 our best performer was Geoff Lee who won the division with a gross 83, on count back from the Div 1 winner’s father Mark Burn. In the women’s division our best gross scorer was Mary Kavanagh with a gross score of 87. Congratulations to all our entrants who helped make the day such good fun.

The Honda that was up for grabs for the first player to score a hole in one on the 4th was regrettably returned to Honda on Monday, with no players having been able to claim the prize. With the pin near the back of the green, a good 180 m from the blue tees and 160 from the yellows, few players came close, with perhaps the best effort coming from young Victoria Li from Manor Park whose drive rolled past the pin and came to rest just off the back of the green.

A big thank you to everyone involved in helping make this event so successful, especially the green keepers who despite the rough weather in the lead up to the event had the course looking so good and so playable, despite no placing, the committee members who organised the event, all those who helped tidy up the club house and the surrounds, the ladies who created the stunning flower arrangements, the members who ran the registration process and those who acted as independent observers for the hole-in-one, as well as Sara and Debbie who provided all the catering and ran the bar.

Men's winner Peter Spearman-Burn:

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Murray Halberg Tournament Saturday 24th November

Only one week to go until this popular event that is not only fun but also for a very good cause. It is put on by the Eagles Golfing Society to raise funds for the Murray Halberg Disability Sport Foundation which is dedicated to the welfare of disabled children. It is open to all members as well as friends and visitors. It costs only $10 to enter - an entry sheet is on the notice board in the downstairs foyer or ring/email the club

Women’s Champion of Champions Sunday 25th November

We will be hosting the women’s regional Champion of Champions event on Sunday week, when all the women’s champions from the various clubs around the district will battle each other for the kudos of being the regional club champion. This will be played over 36 holes so will require the course to be closed for much of the day. However, we expect that our early Sunday morning regulars should still be able to tee off before 8am, but it will have to be from hole 8 or 10, plus the 9.30ish regulars should also be able to tee off as per usual from hole 1. We will confirm exact timings next week but for the meantime we wont open the start sheet for that day.

Annual general Meeting Saturday 1 December 2018

Any notices of motion need to be submitted by today. The Committee have proposed one, a copy of which is attached, plus it is also on the notice board in the downstairs foyer. This motion concerns the proposal to subdivide and sell a section of spare land behind the green keepers shed, as authorised to progress by the 2017 AGM. Nominations for the 2019 Committee close next Friday. The AGM is members’ chance to contribute to the running of the club so please make an effort to attend. The meeting will be followed by a disc draw fun tournament.

Shootout

Shootout finals for both men and women are scheduled for Sunday 2 December so time is starting to run out for would-be gunslingers to play sufficient qualifying rounds. The attached PDF file shows women’s rounds completed to date and the spreadsheet show men’s rounds completed to the end of October.

Interclub 2019

The 2019 draw has been finalised by Wgtn Golf and is with Club Captains for circulating to interested players. The first round for all divisions, both men’s and women’s, will be played on Saturday January 26th.

Women’s Midweek Club

9 Hole Midweek Women

This week we enjoyed some lovely golfing weather. The final of the Top Cat trophy was played and Edna Collingwood played beautifully to edge out Conne Lee and Kath Robinson. Congratulations Edna.

The remainder played the back 9 and the winner of this competition was Alison Robertson with Julie Wilcox runner up.

Men’s Wednesday Club

The competition attracted a good crowd of 35 players to the game. This was probably due to calm and hot weather and the magnificent condition of the golf course. As a result, 13 members scored better than their handicaps. The winner by a big margin is Dick Adam with a score of +7, followed by Mike Cox and Keith Gaskin of +4. Peter Wilcox, Martin Leung, Saint Kennach and Peter Kennedy were on the same score of +3. Balls were distributed down to +1. It should be pointed out that Keith again achieved a gross score below his age. Congratulations to Keith for a good game.

Raffles were won by Keith Gaskin, Satish Chandra and Ramlal Misra (who donated 4 prizes to the group)

We also had many two's: Mike Cox, Derek Fitzgibbon and Graham Presland. NTP prize went to Mike Cox who missed the putt, therefore paid into the pig’s fund.

The most exercised prize went to Geoff Lee who few days earlier had won his division in the City of Wellington. Victor Diem

Team Yip Twilight Golf

Emergency Marriage Guidance Counsellors (EMGC) were called to KGC last night. A marital crisis was avoided as the EMGCs talked down an irate husband wielding a mallet putter on the 6thGreen. According the to the counsellors, an outstanding chip by the wife of the incensed husband had “stolen” the nearest-to-the-pin position previously held by the husband. Counsellors convinced the begrudging wife to share her winnings with the husband, which resulted in a little of bit of sulking all round. However, the husband was instructed to make his own way back home and if he was lucky, he might find a blanket and a pillow in the playhouse! Another fun night at Twilight golf!

Sponsor Speak

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Happy golfing, play safely,

Your KGC Committee