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Friday Flash 19 April 2019

Topic: Friday Flash

Happy Easter to all members. Weather permitting the clubhouse will be open every day over Easter but please note that, in accordance with NZ’s alcohol licencing laws, our bar will not be open on Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

This Weekend’s Events

Our women’s Saturday Club will be playing Stableford on Saturday while men have the opportunity to compete for April’s Monthly Medal on either Saturday or Sunday. As usual, the Medal will be competed for in two divisions, with the lower handicappers playing off the blue tees and the higher handicappers off the white tees.

Last Weekend’s Interclub Results

Last Saturday our interclub teams were in action with the following results:

· Our Div 2 men’s team had a battle at home, going down 5.5 to 9.5 to Paraparaumu

· Our Div 5 men’s team fared better away to Wainui, wining 9 to 6

· Our Div 9 team had a tough outing away to Te Marua, going down 14.5 to 0.5

· Our women’s Mary Alward interclub team found it similarly hard going away to Boulcott’s Farm, going down 9 to 3.

Upcoming Events

Only a week to go until our annual ANZAC Day tournament on Thursday 25th April. As usual, it will begin with breakfast at 7.30am followed by a flag ceremony at 8am and a shotgun start at 8.30am. If you haven’t already entered please do so soon so that we can organise the catering. We will be doing the draw next Wednesday. It costs only $10 which includes breakfast and prizes. Friends and former members are also welcome to play, for whom the cost will be $20, which means their green fee is only $10. This is an excellent opportunity therefore to invite friends who belong to other clubs to come out and enjoy the ambiance of our course and clubhouse.

Not in the club program but we will be running a special Star Wars competition next month to be run in conjunction with the May Monthly Medal. May the fourth be with you!

Scorecard Touchscreens

Our scorecard touchscreens are starting to play up and we will now look to replace them. Until then please note that some of the numbers on the downstairs screen will now only enter correctly when you touch the edge of the number, not the middle of it. When entering your scores, always double check it before pressing “Save”, in case numbers haven’t been recorded correctly.

Please note also that the screens are activated by the heat from your fingers, not by pressure. When players come in with cold fingers, pressing harder and harder will not make it work, but will risk damaging the sensors in the screen – you should instead blow on your fingers to warm them up.

Women’s Tuesday Club

On Tuesday the 9 hole ladies had a good turnout and enjoyed lovely golfing conditions. We played a nett competition and the winner with nett 34 was Sally Combly. Both Marion Thompson and Connie Lee were runners up with nett 35.

Men’s Wednesday Club

27 regulars enjoyed a fine calm day with some scoring well even with the coring. The winner was Dick Adam returning from a break with 39pts followed by Ian Bates and Mike Cox each with 38. Mark Graham and John Markham each had 37 while Saint Kennach, Mike Suggate and Graham Presland each had 36. Gunter Karau was nearest the pin on No 4 then missed the putt and paid the pig but then scored the only two of the day on No 6 as compensation. Peter Wilcox appropriately was the Bunny before Easter. The raffle was won by Graeme Crocker with Mike Cox and Keith Gaskin taking the minor prizes.

Please note we will have Wed Club on 24th April and the Anzac Tournament is on the the following day Thursday 25th. The Nes Baird Stableford trophy will be played for on Wednesday 1st May. Cheers Ian

Wellington Men’s Veterans Tournament 15 April

On Monday 51 players enjoyed Autumnal sun and good conditions to navigate the cored greens and achieve some excellent scores. The Club grossed approx $960 plus bar takings for the day. It was pleasing to see some of our members taking out the honours, not something we achieve often on the veterans’ circuit where our handicap indexes translate to lower handicaps on most other courses in the region.
Div 1 (<23) Winner Tim Brosnahan (K) with 42 pts followed by David Ainsworth (K) 41 and Bob Masters (Miramar) 38pts. Prizes down to 34 pts awarded with Chocolate Easter bunnies instead of balls.
Div 2 (23+) Winner Ian Colligan (K) 41 followed by John Green (Miramar) 40 and Miles Reynolds (Mornington) 39. Ian Patience had 38. Prizes down to 34 on countback.

Excellent support from Sara, Debbie, Mark, Jono, Chris Pearce, Mike Cox, John Markham and Graham Presland and greenkeepers -- Many Thanks Ian

Bridge leading to the 2nd Fairway

Members may have noticed that last week’s rains resulted in some scouring of the northern bank of the stream under the bridge leading to the 2nd fairway. We have checked out the length of the spars that support the bridge and can confirm that they extend some distance back from the bank, so there should be no risk of an imminent collapse. Nevertheless we will continue to monitor it and will add this bridge to the list of those that need rebuilding or replacing over the next few years.

New Tills

Members will no doubt have noticed some extra screens at the bar and on the shop desk. We are in the process of replacing our tills and hope to go live with them shortly. They should be more efficient than our existing tills, and a lot more reliable, plus they will have the capability of being able to synchronise with our accounting systems when we come to upgrade them. Please be patient as staff become familiar with them.

Entertainment Books

These are now available for purchase from the shop, or for pick up if you have ordered and paid for one on line. They cost $65 which is usually recouped after taking advantage of only 2 of the hundreds of deals each book contains. Although existing books don’t expire until June, new books can be used from now on. Digital versions can be purchased via this link

Entertainment Book

Happy golfing, play safely,

Your KGC Committee