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Friday Flash 31 May 2019

Topic: Friday Flash

After what is being tipped as our warmest May ever, it looks like winter is arriving right on cue, with it officially due to start tomorrow. Wild weather is being forecast for the weekend, but public holiday Monday is looking good. We are planning to have the clubhouse open each day of the long weekend, but will close early if player numbers do not warrant keeping the bar and café open.

This Weekend’s Events

No events have been scheduled for men members this weekend but if you are planning on coming out for a round and have aspirations of competing in the end of year shootout, this weekend is a good opportunity to get another qualifying round under your belt. Our women’s Saturday Club are playing Stableford, and being 1 June, it is the start of Winter Points.

Placing Through the Green

Our green keepers have not been able to cut all the rough this week, and despite being busy clearing wind blown debris, it’s likely that the forecasted winds will deposit more over the weekend. As a result, we will switch to Placing Through the Green for the weekend, but may revert back to Placing on Own Fairway next week. Placing Through the Green means that you can place your ball, within 15cm not nearer the hole, anywhere on the course except in bunkers and penalty areas.

Note also that you get a free drop if your ball or stance is in waterlogged areas on the course.

Please remember to replace or repair your divots, and repair your pitch marks on the greens. If you don’t have a pitch mark repair tool, please ask for a complimentary one from the shop.

Also, as reminded in last week’s Friday Flash, our course is starting to get slippery and will likely be more so after yesterday’s downpour. Please take extra care on our slopes, and make sure you stay on the grated strips when you cross our bridges.

Upcoming Events

The qualifying round for the Bertram Cup is scheduled for Sunday week (ie June 9th) with the knock out rounds starting the following Sunday. This is our main pairs event for men and named after the owner of the farm on whose property most of the course is situated. This is a 4BBB event, played on handicap off the blue tees. An entry form is on the notice board in the downstairs foyer – if you don’t have a partner, let the club know or simply add your name to the start sheet so that other singles can team up with you.

We had planned to hold an all members event on Saturday 15th June but have now cancelled that. Instead we will be hosting a large group of visitors from the Whanganui Golf Club who will be teeing off between 10.30 and 11.

Recent Results

Despite a valiant effort away to top of the table Martinborough in their catch up interclub match last Saturday, our Div 5 team couldn’t quite secure second spot but nevertheless finished a very credible third. Well done guys.

Women’s Tuesday Club

Thank goodness we were not trying to play yesterday! The 9 hole ladies managed most of their round before the rain set in on Tuesday. We had to count our putts and 3 players finished with 19.

Marge Alcock was declared the winner on a countback from Connie Lee and Loreen Brehaut.

Men’s Wednesday Club

25 regulars plus one visitor enjoyed fine but breezy conditions for the latest round of Wednesday Club. The Winner on countback was Dick Adam with 38pts from Mark Graham who was runner-up for the third week in a row also with 38pts. Chris Pearce and Mike Cox played to their handicaps, Lewis Goodwin (KGC visitor to Wed Club) and Derek Fitzgibbon each scored 34, and Satish Chandra, John Stubbe and Peter Kennedy each scored 33. No Twos were scored and Mike Cox fattened the Pig after winning the NTP. The bunny was a close run affair with Graham Presland pushing all contenders aside by scoring his worst round ever!! Mention should be made it was Pete McMillen's last round at Karori as he and his wife are moving to Masterton.

The raffle was won by Trevor Brown $20, David Ainsworth $10 and Gunter Karau $5.

Keep Well and Warm, Ian

Clay Stockpiles on LHS on 10th Fairway

Members will no doubt have noticed stock piles of clay building up on unused land between the 10th and 17th fairways. This soil is being delivered by a contractor doing excavation work in the area for us to use in the eventual repair of our leaking irrigation pond, and for other remediation work around the course that we may need to do from time to time. The repair of the leaking pond is expected to require completely rebuilding the dam across the front of the pond. Hopefully the stockpiles will never interfere with anyone’s play but if you do play an errant shot into one of them, then treat it as GUR.

Entertainment Books

We have almost sold out of hard copies of the 2019/20 edition of this popular product – if you still haven’t purchased yours, get in quick for hundreds of dollars of savings.

Happy golfing, play safely, and if you are going away for the long weekend, take extra care on our roads.

Your KGC Committee