Friday Flash 7 December 2018

Topic: Friday Flash

It may be getting close to the Christmas rush, but all the more reason to get out on the course this weekend, when once again fine weather is being forecast. Spare a thought though for our midweek women who seem to be copping the wrath of the rain gods with yet another inclement Tuesday this week, although it was good to see some players managed to get out.

This Weekend’s Events

Tomorrow our women’s Saturday Club are having their Closing Day, playing Russian Roulette Stableford followed by prize giving at approximately 1.30pm. Also tomorrow our men Monthly Medal winners will be battling it out for the chance to become KGC’s Top Dog for 2018. Tee off for the first group is at 10.02 – the proposed draw is attached. Note that Jeff Mason and Keith Atkinson who tied for the March Monthly Medal will be aiming to feed 2 birds with one scone by also competing to determine which of them is the Monthly Medal winner for March.

The first of the men’s Interclub Trials will be held on Sunday – trialists should have received emails from their team captain or from Geoff Lee our men’s Interclub Manager. Also on Sunday our men’s club champions, Matt Spraggs, Keith Chung, and David Ainsworth will be competing over 36 holes in the Champion of Champions at Miramar – best of luck guys, hope you can take the flower by the thorns and bring home the bagels.

Pat Redmond Farewell / Closing Day Tournament Saturday 15th December

If you haven’t already done so, please confirm your entry in our Closing Day tournament scheduled for Saturday 15th December which will double as a benefit for Pat Redmond who is moving on from green keeping after 35 years of sterling service to our club. This will be an Irish Foursomes event which will begin with breakfast in the club house at 8am, followed by tee off at 9am and close with prize giving and an official farewell and thankyou to Pat. The entry fee is $10 which covers both breakfast and prizes. We really do want to see the club house full next Saturday afternoon so please enter if you haven’t already done so – either by emailing the club or entering your name on the entry sheet on the notice board in the downstairs foyer. The format is both individual stableford and Irish foursomes – you are welcome to form your own foursomes or we will form them when we do the draw. The event is open to all members and friends – if 9 hole members would rather play only 9 holes, let us know and we will organise a separate starting time for you.

Miners Arms and Summer Eclectics

These are now underway, although apologies for not getting the entry sheets up on the notice board last weekend. The idea of the eclectics is to record the lowest score you achieve on each hole across all the rounds you play on weekends and public holidays in December, January, and February. The winner will be the entrant with the lowest net score based on the average of their 1 December and 28 February handicaps. A scoresheet for the men, who can play off either the blue or white tees, will be posted on the notice board in the downstairs foyer and the women’s one will be posted in their changing room.

The Miners Arms Bowl is a best ball stableford pairs event played over 3 rounds, with the first to be played in December, the second in January and the third in February. The best stableford score of the two players for each hole is totalled to provide an aggregate score for each round and recorded on the score sheet that will be posted on the notice board in the downstairs foyer. The round to be scored needs to be nominated before commencement of play and must be played in the presence of at least one other club member. The event is open to all members and teams can be male, female or mixed.

KGC's 2018 Top Guns

Congratulations to Mary Kavanagh and Jono Wake for winning the women’s and men’s Shootouts last Sunday. With 14 shooters the men started on the 6th hole at about 8.30, while the women, with only 6 competitors, started on the 14th in the afternoon. Jono was able to outlast all the other competing gunslingers by a combination of steady golf and a handicap advantage on several holes, but congratulations also needs to go to Garth Mickell who displayed a fine array of recovery shots and clutch putts to also make it to the 18th hole for the final shootout. A big day but a lot of fun – well done to all players and a big thank you to Carl Beentjes who administered the event over the day.

Women’s Midweek Club

9 Hole Midweek Women

Tuesday was another slightly challenging day weather wise but a few 9 hole women turned up to play in the nett competition. Kath Robinson and Trish Titcombe both came in with 37 nett so they shared the honours.

Men’s Wednesday Club

The year end competition was unfortunately held in unpredictable, changeable weather with gale force wind. Consequently, a few members decided not to turn up for the event. However, thanks to the group of greenkeepers, we had an average crowd of 31 people who played and attended the ceremony.

For the day, we had amazing players like Trevor Brown and Matt Spraggs (head greenkeeper - scratch player) who had a drive over the creek on hole 11, the ball landed 5 metres short of the green. The winner is Trevor with handicap 6 won the competition with 38 stableford points. The runner up was Peter Wilcox with 36 points, followed by Keith Gaskin, Paul Hawkes and Gunter Karau. The average score of the field was only 28 which reflected the difficult condition.

The main part of the ceremony was to award trophies and prizes to the following members: Stableford trophy winner is Gerd Warnke, runner up Saint Kennach. Par trophy went to Ian Bates and runner up Luke Underwood, Vin Mitchener cup went to Steve Robinson and runner up Paul Hawkes, Motor Distributors Cup went to Dick Adam with runner up David Burton, Stuart Cathie cup went to Mike Cox and runner up Patrick Cordue, Mel Cade cup went to the regular winner Derek Fitzgibbon, Oteranga Cup winners are Patrick and Luke, India cup went to Don Smith, Nes Beard trophy went to Tim Allison, Bogey Cup went to Fergus and Makara trophy winners are Victor and Mike Cox.

During the ceremony, a special gift was presented to Pat Redmond, the greenkeeper with 35 years of loyal service to the club and acknowledgement of valuable services was presented to other staff: Lukas, Matt Spraggs, Debbie, Sarah and Jono Wake.

It was an enjoyable day for all who attended and the Committee wish Merry Christmas to all other Wednesday club members.

For the Christmas and New Year, the club does not run competitions on Wednesdays 26 Dec and 2 Jan and will start again on 9 Jan 2019

Best regards, Victor

Team Yip Twilight Golf

Despite the early inclement weather, 15 of the Twilight faithful turned up on Thursday to play some fine golf. Marg McCarthy took home the top prize with 25 Stablefords, followed by Sally Combly on 23, and then a 3-way for 3 rd on 21 were Richard Reith, Terry Bastion and Wayne Cook. Geoff Lee owned the NTP with a 40-metre chip in on the 8 th hole. We have 2 weeks of Twilight before the Xmas hiatus. We plan to make the 20 th a fun night with some interesting challenges and opportunities on just about every hole. In order to get the catering right, please email me if you are planning to attend the Twilight Festivities (I understand Santa will be making an appearance!): – subject line: Santa Sinks Sixty-footers!

Sponsor Speak

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Happy golfing, play safely,

Your KGC Committee