The member competitions during February have been well patronised with great scores being recorded and golfers taking advantage of the added run on our rapidly drying fairways. The new Rules of Golf are now well and truly in play and although some golfers are still struggling with the interpretation of some of the Rule changes, generally the changes are relatively straight forward – except if you are on the PGA Tours where the worlds best golfers somehow do not seem to know the rules let alone how to speed up their play which is why many of the rule changes were developed.
To assist our members in these changes we have now included a video regularly streaming on our clubhouse TV sets for viewing, so check it out and see if we too can improve our pace of play. Some key changes to keep in mind:
- you now only have 3 minutes to search for your ball (previously 5 minutes) before you declare your ball lost.
- you can putt with the “pin in” on the green without penalty if your ball hits the flag stick
- you can ground your club in a “penalty area” whilst addressing your ball (previously red/yellow hazards)
- you now drop the ball from “knee height”
- you can tap down those pesky marks on your line of putt on the green
- you can remove any loose impediments in the bunker or penalty area other than sand
We promote READY GOLF so when you are ready to play your shot then do so and don’t wait for those “slow coaches” that constantly and selfishly think of themselves and not others when playing in our competitions at Duntry. Another reminder for our golfers to minimise their clubhouse “stop over” after nine holes and not to lose their position in the field – take your “frothy and toasty” with you to the next tee so the field can keep on moving and we can all get around in a reasonable time frame.
We kicked off our month with the West Orange Motors sponsored Monthly Medal with new member Geoff Cook collecting the coveted medal with a a fine 66 nett from his 17 handicap. This was Geoff’s first competition event at Duntry and what a way to commence his membership at our Club. Matthew Savage produced the next best score on the day with 68 nett to win his initial golf trophy after some 40 years of membership – better late then never but obviously worth the wait. Nathan Button collected the A grade with 69 nett with perennial Club Championship contender Andy Campbell returning 71 to collect the scratch prize. Geoff Cook and Matt Savage also picked up the scratch prizes for their respective grades.
Keiran (Kizza) Gentles was the 2018 Gold Medal winner returning a 73 nett to beat home the seeded field from the 2018 monthly medal recipients. Kizza is on speed dial with his golf and is tipped to advance up the grades over the next 12 months and possibly be in the top grade by year end.
The Red Plate Challenge sponsored by Alarmed Self Storage enabled the boys to test their skills from the girls tees with Darcy Duggan taking a liking to the shortened course returning 45 stableford points to pip Allan Fogarty and Gordon Hay on 44 points. Darcy was deliriously happy with his victory and topped it of with a top-notch coherent speech that left the members aghast as to the magnitude of Darcy’s vocabulary skills.
The Opening Day kicked off the Sunday mixed events sponsored by our Lady members. Richard and Jenny Cutler collected the cash on 45 points to hold off David and Bronwyn Brazier on 44 with ladies Captain Gay Stone teaming up with Lee Rouse to collect the 3rd prize also on 44 points. Jan Bishenden, David Brazier, Pauline Jani and Lee Rouse were the recipients of the individual prizes on the day.
Sam Morgan had the round of his life on the 16th Feb scoring a massive 46 points to blitz the field in winning the Blowes Menswear sponsored stableford event. Sam recorded 5 birdies on his way to returning the winning score and topped off the victory with a celebratory wedding anniversary dinner. The scores were very hot on this day with Duncan Gibbs winning B Grade on 42 points and Division 4 Pennant Captain Steve Gander cleaning up C Grade on 41 points.
Our International Professional Steve Conran also ran hot during this week returning a blistering 8 under par 62 on the Wednesday prior and followed up with and equally impressive 7 under par 63 the following week. These super hot scores were a good lead up to Steve’s Legends Tour pro-am events later in the month across various Victorian venues in which he invariably is a leading contender.
The Printhie Plate Challenge was contested on the 20th with Ray Webb combining with Jim Connolly to collect the Printhie Wine products on a count back over Paul Bradshaw and James Russell on 47 points. Bob Craig and Bob Murray came in third on 46 points. Ray and Jim now advance to the Printhie Plate Final scheduled for July this year.
NSW Golf Club visit:
A group of members made the journey to the NSW Golf Club for the annual interclub visit on the 23/24 Feb and were greeted with a wonderfully presented golf course however the trying conditions of horizontal rain and 30klm winds tested the most hardened golfer. It all got too hard on the first day so play was abandoned and the matches re-convened the following morning in equally gusty winds minus the rain. As we followed the Major Pennant matches we were not only tested by the strong winds but some difficult pin positions that some members remarked “never seen the pins there before” so you can imagine how intimidating it all became.
We reluctantly left the prized Cup with NSW this year after a very narrow loss however our two new recruits Ewen Powell and Jim Zeylemaker held their heads high returning the best team scores for the weekend and were thoroughly wrapped with the experience of not only playing this world class course but meeting new colleagues in this time honored inter club relationship.
Our teams had mixed results in the CWDGA Pennant series this year with our Div 2 and Div 4 sides advancing to the finals. The Div 1 side did not click at any stage during the season and could not record a team victory for the first time in many years. This team just got pipped in the initial match against Wellington (3/2) at a very hot Dubbo and then lost to Mudgee (4/1) at Wenty and Dubbo (4/1) at Mudgee to bow out of the series.
Our Div 2 boys got off to a poor start at Dubbo but struck form the following 3 weeks to win against Mudgee, Dubbo and Wenty to make the finals. They came up against Parkes at Wellington in the semi final however could not sustain the form to go down 3/2. Good season completed by this team with some guys clearly ready to make the upgrade next year to Div 1.
Our Div 3 team were like our Div 1 side and did not quite get it done during the series but did record 1 win for the season with some of the members playing pennants for the first time. These guys are now enthused for next year’s pennant and will put in the hard yards during the next 50 weeks to hone their golfing skills in readiness for 2020.
The Div 4 team scraped thru to the finals on a count back and took on Cowra at Parkes in the semi final. These matches were hotly contested and came down to the wire with Kurt Wolf getting pipped on the 19th hole and Paul Ryan going 1 down on the 18th for the team to lose 3/2. Well done to this team that comprised Captain Steve Gander, Nick Pasquali and Dave Ferguson along with Kurt and Paul. Special mention to Johnny Colgan who won his first round match but traveled off to Townsville as part of the recovery team to assist the many locals to get back into their homes after the severe floods hence his season was cut short. You get the MVP for your outstanding community assistance.
This year’s Championships will commence on the 23rd March with the 72 hole Stroke Play Championship scheduled for the Saturday 23, Sunday 24 March, Saturday 30th March and the final round on Saturday 6th April.
The Match Play Club Championship qualifying rounds will be first 2 rounds of the Stroke Play (23/24 March) with the elimination rounds to commence on Sunday 31st March. The Calcutta will be held on the Friday 29th March with the final draw published on Wednesday 27th.
2 x lady Divisions will be conducted this year as part of the Match Play Championships.
This year the top 8 qualifiers from each Grade ( A-A Reserve-B & C Grade) will advance to the Match Play Club Championships. Elimination rounds will be contested over 18 holes with the finals over 36 holes. Finals day will be held on the 14th April.
Event Conditions will be posted on the Clubs notice board for players to view and nominating handicap categories.