Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News November
Saturday 28 September was not only the September medal (stroke) round but was also the Championships’ qualifying round. The Medal and places were awarded on the Nett scores but the Gross Scores were used to decide who were to play in the Sunday Championship semi-finals.
Natalie Gane won the Ladies Stroke competition with a Nett 72, DI Buckley was second with a nett 74 and Suzie Wright took third spot, on a countback, with a Nett 79. The winner of the Men’s Stroke competition and also the September Medal was a hard fought game between Andrew Housden and Peter Dumbrell, both with excellent Nett scores of 69. Andrew winning on a countback. The rest of the field was a long way back with Peter Hughes taking third with a Nett 77. The Championships’ semi-finals were played on the Sunday morning with the final in the afternoon. Suzie Wright won the Ladies Championship, David Cochrane the “A” Grade, Ray Michelsons “B” Grade and Andrew Housden “C” Grade.
The October long weekend was great for golf, resulting in some very good scores, and a there were also a good number of visitors also playing in the Stableford Competitions. We were able to have both a Men’s and Ladies’ Competitions on the Saturday and Sunday and a combined comp. on the Monday. A visitor, Denise Hanlon, won the Saturday Ladies competition with 39 points, Tereyne Grant was second with 38 points and Suzanne Greer was third with 36. Andrew Housden continued his good form winning the Men’s comp. with 39 points, Brad Innes was second with 37 points and Steve Atkins took third place, on a countback. The Sunday was a great day for the visitors with them winning both the ladies’ and Men’s Comps. Denise Hanlon won the Ladies’ with 39 points, Suzie Wright was second with 38 and Tereyne Grant third, on a countback, with 35. The course obviously suited Matthew Orr as he won the Men’s Competition with an excellent 41 points. Robbie McDonnell was second with 40 points and Paul Dewhurst, another visitor, was third with 36. Andrew Housden won on the Monday with a great 41, Brett Morris was second with a 38 and Rachel Underdown was third with 35 points. Andrew Housden won the best 2 rounds competition with a total of 80,points, Denise Hanlon, a visitor, was second with a total of 78 and Teryne Grant third with a total of 73. Saturday 12th October was a Par competition which was by David Cochrane who had a +4, Andrew Housden, there’s that name again, took second spot with +3 and Sheila Young third, on a countback square with the card.
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club – AGM August 2013
Thanks for electing me 2012/13 Captain of our Golf Club for the last four years. I trust I have been able to perform my roll to your satisfaction. On behalf of the Committee and all Club members, I welcome all the new members to our rather small and friendly, Golf Club. We are fortunate to be able to play on such a beautiful golf course which continues to challenge us every week.
It has not been an easy year with a number of management and staff changes taking place over the year. We were all disappointed to see Sam Neilson resign from his position in the Pro Shop. We must thank Gordon Thomson for being willing to weekly check our score cards, determines the places and voucher allocations until the Resort employs somebody with the skills to do so.
It was also sad to hear of the departure of Richard Hooton, The head greenkeeper for so many years. Richard always kept the course in excellent condition and we greatly appreciated his skills and effort he used to do so. He is a hard act to follow. We thank the present team for their great commitment and effort to continue maintaining our golf course at a level we can all be proud of. Thanks guys.
Big thanks to Harry Brittan for returning, taking on the management role and holding things together while the Resort searched for a new manger.
Carl Leddy, the editor of the KV Voice, continues to support us by including our monthly results and photos in his paper.
I trust you receive the weekly Emails, I send to Club members, containing the game results, Club notices of upcoming events, such as team competitions, Match Play details, club BBQs, etc. If you are not receiving them then give me your Email address and I’ll add your name to my mailing list. Once I have your Email address you will also be kept informed.
Thanks also to Suzie Wright, our Ladies’ Captain, who continues to keep our Website up to date with member’s details, weekly results etc. It is easy to access and if you haven’t accessed it already I encourage you to do so. It is a great tool for our Club members.
As decided at last year’s AGM we held a Par event bi-monthly rather than a team event on the alternate month. I plan to continue to do the same for the 2014 programme. The Club’s Long weekend’s BBQs lunches have again been very successful and we thank those who made their cabins available for these events. We also thank those who supplied the food and drink and cooked. Their generosity and efforts enabled us to have a good time together after our morning rounds. Our thanks must go to John Rose for all his effort in supplying the plates, glasses, cutlery, meat and drinks and being the lead cook.
Once more we were able to conduct both a Men’s and Ladies’ Match Play competition and it is good to see the increase in the number of women players which has enabled us to hold, on a good number of Saturday, both a men’s and women’s competition.
Finally I would like to thank all our Committee members who work so well together making our Club, although small, a great Golf Club.
Ladies’ Captain Report 2013
Looking back over the last 12 months it’s great to see that on so many Saturdays we have had enough ladies playing to be able to have both a ladies and men’s competition. And I want to acknowledge and thank our small regular band of ladies who play most Saturdays.
The Club Championships were played the last weekend of October with the top 4 ladies from Saturday’s Stroke Round qualifying for the Match Play Semi-finals, played on Sunday morning. The Semis were tightly contested with Sheila Young winning her match against Veronica Newman on the 18th while I prevailed over Suzanne Greer. The Final, played after lunch, was a good match; I just managed to win against Sheila on the 19th hole.
Remember to check the website for What’s On in our Calendar of Events and make sure you can be available for our Club Championship – qualifying, semis and final in September, it’s an exciting weekend of golf not to be missed.
The Ladies Handicap Match Play Event went very well this year, the final was delayed by bad weather and course closure however this did not deter our finalists Sue Weeks and one of our newer members Laura Gane. Laura went on to win and her handicap has been dropping ever since, congratulations Laura. I want to thank all those who took part, hope you enjoyed the experience and encourage even more ladies to sign up next year. There is nothing like match play to focus your game.
Ron has already thanked the Resort and Committee, I support his comments wholeheartedly, along with a special thank you to Gordon for his work compiling results since Sam’s departure and to John and Ron for all the great work they do.
I would like to welcome new managers John and Christine to the Resort - I’m sure they will make a difference and I look forward to working with them.
On a sad note Sheila Young ex ladies captain, my friend and fellow competitor over many years will be leaving the Valley at the end of the year to be closer to her new grandson. She assures me she will become a weekend visitor to the golf course and so hopefully we will not be losing her completely.
In finishing I would like to thank all our members for your support over the last year in my role as lady captain. I’m looking forward to another year encouraging and promoting ladies’ golf at our beautiful golf course and wish you all good golfing and good health.
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News
When we all arrived for the May Medal and stroke round, on Saturday 25th May, we found a very wet golf course and an extremely heavy fog, which didn’t lift until around 10:30 am. To make matters more difficult we were ask to Tee off at 7:00am due to the large number of bookings for the day. The scores reflected the conditions and Chris Gane won the Medal and stroke round with a Nett 73. Ron Bower had a Nett 76 finishing second and Di Buckley was third with a Nett 78. There was another heavy fog the next week, 1st June, and because of the conditions the greens were fluffy. Again we were faced with playing in conditions that made it very difficult to score well. The Stableford event saw Chris Gane with 35 points have another win. Di Buckley was second with 34 points, beating Ron Bower on a countback. Conditions were much better for the June Long Weekend and on the Saturday there were sufficient starters for both a Men’s and Women’s event. Suzanne Greer won the Women’s event with 32 points; Joan Edwards was second with 29 and Shelia Young third with 28 points. The Men’s was won by Craig Riethmuller with a fine 38 points; Brad Innes was second 36 points and John Innes third with 34. After the round we had our traditional Queen’s Birthday BBQ lunch, which was enjoyed by all who attended. The Sunday competition was a mixed event and Phil Gane, yes it’s Phil again, won with 37 points beating Natalie McDonnell on a countback with Andrew Housden taking third spot with 36 points. Natalie McDonnell made sure she didn’t finish second again, playing some very good golf and finished with an excellent 39 points. David Golovsky had a good 37 points to finish second and Robbie McDonnell was third with 36 points. The main competition was based on the best two scores over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend. It was a McDonnell event with Natalie, whose very consistent golf, earned her first spot with scores of 37 and 39 points, a total of 76 points. Robbie was second with 34 and 36 and overall 70. Andrew Housden was third with scores of 33 and 36 giving a total of 69. Saturday 15th June, was a Par event with John Innes having a solid round and finishing with +3. He beat Laura Gane on a countback and Brad Innes was third with +1.
Until next time Seventy Plus
Queen’s Birthday Weekend BBQ
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News Jan/Feb 2013
The first competition for 2013 was played on Saturday 5th January with Stableford being the scoring method for the day. It was another hot dry day and was won by Suzanne Greer with a very good score of 41 points. Harry Brittain finished second, beating Toto Mesiti on a countback both scoring 39 points. Saturday 12th January was another Stableford competition with excellent scores for the place getters. Brad Innes won with 40 points, John Innes finished second with 38 beating Gordon Thomson on a countback. Stableford was again the format for the comp on Saturday 19th January with different conditions to what we had been experiencing for months. We had had some good rain and the run on the fairways had reduced considerably. Gordon Thomson must had liked the change as he improved on his previous week’s score with 41 points. This enabled him to take first place with Rick Donaldson second scoring 40 points and Joan Edwards third with 38. Saturday 26th January was the monthly Medal and stroke round with sufficient starters to hold both a Women’s and Men's competition. Suzie Wright won the Women’s with a Nett 73. Rachel Underdown was second with a Nett 74 and Di Buckley was third with a nett 77. The Nett score of the first four placegetters of the Men’s comp were all under par and was won by David Golovsky with an excellent Nett 67. He also won the January Medal. Toto Mesiti was second with a Nett 68 and Peter Dumbrell was third with a Nett 69. Saturday 2nd February was a Stableford
Comp. and was won by Ron Bower with 37 points. Rachel Underdown was second with 35 points and Gordon Thomson was third with 34. 9th February, was a Par competition and once more we had enough starters for a Women’s and Men’s Comp. It was a good thing as Laura Gane won the Women’s with a +4 and Chris Gane the Men’s, also with a +4. Nat Gane, it was a great day for the Gane family, was second in the Women’s with +2 and Jane Britcon third with +1. Sam Hutchinson was second in the Men’s with +3 and Peter Dumbrell third with +1.
It’s great to see the regrowth on the fairways and it won’t be long until their back to the excellent condition we had been use to before the big dry. Happy golfing.
AGM August 2012
You have given me the privilege of the Captain of the Kangaroo Valley Golf Club for the last four years. It is a position not to be taken for granted and I trust I have been able to meet your expectations. I believe this is an appropriate time, on behalf of the Committee and all Club members, to welcome all the new members to our small, but extremely friendly, Golf Club. I am proud to be Captain of a Golf Club where all members, apart from our golfing skills, are considered equal and are privileged to play on this scenic, interesting and very challenging golf course, which is kept in such great condition by Richard Hooton and his team.
On behalf of our Club I want to thank Chris Lynch, the Resort Manager, for his help and support over the year and Sam Neilson, in the Pro Shop, for his welcoming smile and assistance each week. I consider him a great asset for the Resort. We look forward to working together for the benefit of the Kangaroo Valley Golf Club members and all the golfing visitors to the Resort.
Thanks again to Carl Leddy, the editor of the KV Voice, for his support in always including our monthly results in his paper as it promotes our Club in the Kangaroo Valley Community. I distribute the weekly results and the Voice Report, with photos, by Email, to Club members. If you are not receiving them it is because I do not have your Email address. I am always happy to add additional names to my list. If I have your Email address you will also be kept informed of upcoming events such as team competitions, the Match Play details, club BBQs, etc.
Results are kept up to date on our great Website by our Women’s Captain, Suzie Wright. We are continually thankful for her inspiration and hard work in, not only setting it up a few years ago, but also in keeping it up to date. Thank you Suzie, we greatly appreciate your effort. It is easy to access and move from section to section so if you haven’t visited it already I encourage you to do so. It certainly is a wonderful tool for our Club members and its promotion.
We again included a couple of team events, which have been well supported, considering so many of our members live outside the Valley. The Club’s after golf BBQs lunches have been very successful. We thank those who allowed us to invade their cabins for these events and those who supplied the food and drink. Through their generosity and efforts we were able to have a great time enjoying the views, food, drink and getting to know each other better. Particular thanks must go to John Rose for all his effort in supplying the plates, glasses, cutlery, meat and drinks.
We thought we had too much rain during our 2010/11 Season but it was nothing compared to this season. Three weeks were completely washed out and the course was very wet and boggy much of the time thus it was necessary on the majority of weeks to play “preferred lies”, and take relief from plugged balls on the fairways and sometimes ‘through the green’ with the bunkers being GUR on the very bad days. The wash outs made us re-think our policy on washed out Medal rounds. We decided to now play them the following Saturday.
Despite all the rain and continual wet conditions; Richard and his team, through their skills and dedication, made it possible for us to still play on those days. Of course it meant it was necessary to use the carts with extreme care ensuring we kept to the designated paths.
Our trial of playing our championships over the October Long Weekend did not draw the extra participants we were hoping for. In fact we had considerably less than usual. Although being able to play the qualifying round and have our BBQ lunch without any interruption from the rain, it bucketed down on the Saturday night resulting with the course being closed at around 10:00am and only a couple of semi-finals were able to be played on the Sunday and Monday. This resulted in it being a few months before all finals were completed. We now realise long weekends don’t work.
To prevent a reoccurrence of last year’s problems of matches taking months to complete we have decided that if inclement weather prevents play during any championship round the remaining matches must be played on or before on the following weekend.
Once more, despite the washed out weekends, we were able to satisfactorily complete a Match Play competition although we had to extend some of the advertised completion dates. Thanks to our Ladies’ Captain, we were able to conduct both a Men’s and Ladies’ Match Play competition. This initiative took away the disadvantage our women face, due to the different Par rating on a few of the holes, when they play men in Match.
Finally I would like to thank all our Committee members who work so well together making our Club, although small, a great Golf Club.
From the Ladies Captain
This year it was fantastic that we could enlist 13 lady members to compete in our first Ladies Match Play Competition. The range of handicaps and number of shots that had to be given made for some close matches and I hope the “match play experience” was a positive one for our newer members. Hopefully, we will have a few more sign-up for next year’s match play comp.
It’s always a challenge finding ladies to play, especially when the majority of our members live outside the Valley. In saying that I am very happy to report that despite the weather conditions and course closures, already mentioned by our Mens’ Captain, competition numbers allowed us to have six separate Ladies Comps during the past season, a great outcome considering we have so few ladies playing on a regular basis.
I look forward to another year of good golf and dropping handicaps for all our lady members and once again would encourage you to open the lines of communication to each other and organise to play as often as possible.
The Club’s website is there for all of us, to check what’s on and see our results. Your feedback and any suggestions on improvements we can make to the website are very welcome.
Ron has already thanked the Resort and Committee and I support his comments wholeheartedly, along with a special thank you to Ron and Sam for all their work organising competitions, compiling results and getting them to us in a timely manner.
Above: At the AGM the Committee looking diligent Below: AGM - club members enjoying the proceedings
Go to Results Section to see complete list of 2011-2012 Winners
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News - August
Saturday 28th July saw a nice day dawn which attracted a good number of players who turned up to take advantage and play in the July Medal round. We had enough women to play in their own stroke competition. The best score from the men’s and women’s comps wins the Monthly Medal. Ron Bower was the overall winner with a Nett 70. John Innes was second in the men’s comp with a Nett 75 and Dave Purll third with a Nett 76. Suzanne Greer had a Nett 74 and won the women’s comp with a visitor, Denise Hanlon finishing second with a Nett 74 and
Shelia Young was third with a nett 76. Saturday 4th August was a Stableford competition which became a bit of a father and son blitz. John Innes won with his 37 points with. his son, Brad finishing third with 33 points. Squeezed in between Steve Atkins, also with 37 points had to settle with second spot being beaten by John on a countback. 11th August was a Par event which was won by David Golovsky with a +1 Gordon Thomson was second with -1 beating Shelia Young on a countback. Saturday 18th August was another Stableford competition was a low scoring day and was won by Joan Edwards with 35 points. John Innes and David Golovsky were again in the placings both with 34 points. John took second position beating David into third on a countback.
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News - July
The Stableford competition, held on Saturday 19th May, was won by the only competitor who was able to play to their handicap. The player was Natalie McDonnell. Natalie won with a score of 36 points. John Innes was second beating Harry Brittain on a countback, both scoring 34 points. If people thought the going was tough on the 19th May they were literally blown away with the conditions for the May Medal round, played on Saturday 26th May. The wind was so strong it was difficult to keep your footing at times and the ball was continually being blown off the tee. The conditions were so extreme that only half the starters finished the round. The stroke comp was won by, a visitor, John Dinoia with a Nett Score of 76 strokes. His Gross 84 was and excellent score considering the difficult conditions. Joan Edwards was second, and also the May Medallist, with a Nett 78. David Golovsky was third with a Nett 79. The following week, although better weather, the going was still tough, for most of us, due to water droplets on all the greens because they were too wet to mow before play started. Despite the conditions John Rose and Rick Donaldson had no trouble both having great scores. John won with 41 points with Rick’s 40 points earned him second spot. Ray Michelsons was third with 36 points. Just when we were thinking things could only get better Saturday 9th June, June Long Weekend, proved us wrong. We teed off in extremely heavy fog, which didn’t lift until after midday with the temperature around 4 degrees and only managed to reach 5 degrees until after the fog lifted. The scores reflected the miserable conditions. David Golovsky won with 34 points. Ron Bower was second beating John Innes, third, and Ray Michelsons, fourth, on a countback. Ron, John and Ray all scored 32 points. The miserable conditions continued for most of the weekend, so much so, than nobody played a second round of competition golf. For the first time the usual prizes for the best 2 scores over the weekend could not be awarded. Surprise, surprise!! The following week, Saturday 16th June was completely washed out. Things can only get better. Well we hope they do.
Below Suzanne Greer, on the 14th Tee, wondering “when will the fog lift.”
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News - May
Well at last some fine weather to dry out the course enough for Richard Hooten and his great team to get it playable so we could resume our golf on Saturday 24th March. Thanks Richard and the team. We played a Stableford competition which was won Ron Bower with 37 points, beating Brad Innes on a countback. Peter Dumbrell was third with a score of 34 points. The Medal and stroke round was played in heavy fog until around 11:00am on Saturday 31st March. The fog coupled with some unusually long rough and wet soft fairways made the going tough. It was good to have enough women playing to hold a separate competition. Phil Crowe, a visitor, won the Men’s comp. with a Nett 69 with John Innes finishing second and winning the Medal with a Nett 73 beating Andrew Housden on a countback. The Women’s Stroke comp was won by Suzie Wright with a Nett 80, Joan Edwards was second with her Nett 81 and Denise Hanlon another visitor finishing third with a Nett 82. What a great Easter weekend we had. Great weather and a good number of players turned up to play in a Stableford Competition each day. The Good Friday comp was won by Chris Gane with 36 points beating John Seyffer with 34 points and Brett Morris, who was just warming up, was third with 33points. Easter Saturday was by far the biggest and closely contested comp of the weekend. Brett Morris won beating second placed, Victor Topper and third placed Simon Friend (visitor) on a countback all with good scores of 39 points. Easter Sunday was won by Steve Atkins with 37 points, Phil Gane finished second with 35 points and Leigh Gilbert third with 34 points. Easter Monday saw Brett Morris blitzing the field with an excellent 41 points. Nat Gane was second with 37 points and George Coote was third with 36 points. The Easter Cup, awarded to the player with the best 2 rounds over the whole weekend was comfortably won by Brett Morris with a total of 80 points, Chris Gane was second with a 73 points total and Steve Atkins was third with a total of 70 points. On Saturday 14th April we held a Par comp. and nobody was able to get into positive figures. It was won by a visitor, Charlie Hore, who finished square with the card. He beat Ray Michelsons on a countback and John Rose was third with a score of -1
Jeff Levey, Barry Young (back from the USA for a few weeks) and Peter Hughes deciding their options at the new Blue Tee placement on the third hole. The hole has been lengthened from a Par 4 to a Par 5 for men
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News - April
Well what a month. Rain, Rain and when it looked like breaking we had more rain. Like all our yards, gardens, farms etc. Our golf course has been extremely wet and bogie so much so that for the first 3 weeks of March the course has been closed every weekend. We did manage to play our medal round on Saturday 25th February even though the fairways and greens were very wet fairways making it difficult to keep a firm footing and reducing the roll on all our shots. Despite the difficult conditions Peter Hughes had a terrific round winning the Medal with a Nett score of 68. John Innes was second with a Nett 71 and Ron Bower was third with a Nett 73. We are hoping for better weather to allow us to play some regular golf.
Suzanne, Sheila and Georgia on the 3rd Fairway
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News - February
What do you know? The first month of the year has gone already and I hope you all had a great New Years Eve celebrations and wish you all the best for 2012.The Golf Resort held a wonderful, family friendly, BBQ on New Year’s Eve and all those who attended had a great time, enjoying the food and musical entertainment. It was great being at a New Year’s Eve celebration where, not only were kids welcome but, were well catered for.
The morning of the November Monthly medal was bucketing rain so the comp was deferred to December. The afternoon, however, the sun came out so a Stableford competition was run for those who turned up. It was won by Georgia Sanderson with 39 points, Jackie Parton was second scoring 37 points with Ron Bower finishing third with 33.
The weather was better and the scoring was hot the next week, Saturday 3 December. Suzanne Greer had a sizzling 45 points comfortably beating Leigh Gilbert, 40 points, into second place and Steve Atkins was third with another good score of 38 points.
It has been good that most weeks over December and January we have been able to hold a Wednesday comp as well as one on the Saturdays. Wednesday 7th December was won by Gordon Thomson with 37 points beating Suzanne Greer on a countback and Arthur Giugni was placed third with his 36. Georgia Sanderson was in the winner’s circle again on Saturday 10th December with a Par score of +3 beating Steve Atkins on a countback. Ray Michelsons was third with a +2.
We had enough starters on Saturday 17th December, for both a Men’s and Women’s Comp. Leigh Gilbert won the Women’s with a commendable score of 40 points, Suzanne Greer was second with 35 and Sheila Young third with 32. The men’s event was very competitive. Gordon Thomson winning with 40 points, Rick Donaldson was second with 39 and Peter Hughes finish third with his 37 points. John Rose and Dinny Mandalis where both in good form on Wednesday 21st December. They both scored 38 points. John won on a countback. Suzanne Greer’s 30 was enough to gain her third spot.
On Saturday 24th December we played for the washed out November Medal which was won by Rick Donaldson with a Nett 67, John Seyffer was second with a Nett 70 and Chris Treuen, good to see you in the places Chris, was third with a Nett 74. The Boxing Day competition was won by a mile (maybe I should say Kilometre) Toto Mesiti’s outstanding round of 44 points saw him bolt into first place. Suzie Wright was second with 32 points and Gareth Butler’s 31, was sufficient to earn him third.
The December Monthly Medal was played on Saturday 31st December and was finished up being a family affair with Brad Innes beating his father John on a countback. Both had great scores of Nett 68s. Rick Donaldson was third with his Nett 69.
Wednesday the 4th January, the first comp of 2012, “was a hard day at the office” with Sheila Young wining with 35 points, Gordon Thomson was second with 31 and Suzanne Greer third with 28 points. Saturday 7th January was an evenly matched affair and John Seyffer won with 36 points, beating Steve Atkins on a countback. Bill Clemens was thirds with 35 points. Saturday 14th January was another closely fought competition with Rod Ashbolt winning, despite a saw back, scoring 36 points beating Peter Dumbrell on a countback and Rick Donaldson taking third spot, on a countback, with 35 points. John Rose won the Wednesday 18th competition with 38 points, Sheila Young was second with 37 points and Suzanne Greer third with 36 points.
The greens were playing true on Saturday 21st January, and despite the high humidity the scores were extremely good. Leigh Gilbert won the day with an excellent 43 points. Ray Michelsons beat Suzanne Greer into third place on a countback. Both had credible scores of 40 points.
January Medal Round and Barbeque
We had a great roll up on Saturday for our Medal Round and Barbeque lunch with 33 turning up for the Barbeque and a great time was had by all. Thanks to Chris Lynch, the Resort manager for those who haven’t met him, for hosting the BBQ at his villa overlooking our beautiful course. We really appreciate it Chris. Because of the numbers we were able to hold separate Women’s and Men’s comps but there is only one medal which is awarded to the best net score of the day. Congratulation Dave Purll, first game after recovering from a shoulder injury, with a Nett 67– 3 strokes clear of Toto Mesiti who finished second with a credible Nett 70. Scoring wasn’t easy with the wet bunkers and very little run on the fairways due to the recent rain.
Drinks after golf
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News - November
Not sure why but only a few showed up to play in the Stableford comp on Saturday 22nd October but despite the small field some great golf was played. Shelia Young wining the day with a very good score of 41points, John Innes was second scoring 37 points and Suzanne Greer finished third with 36. Morning drizzle met us as we teed off for the October Medal round on Saturday 29th and despite the cool weather Mike Hinton and Norris Ingrisch were running hot. Mike won the medal having a Nett 65, Norris was second with a Nett 67 and Ron Bower finished third scoring a Nett 71. Suzanne Greer was back in form for 5 November Stableford comp winning the day with 37 points. The rest of the field found the going tough and Barry Young, good to see you back from America for a while Barry, finished second with 31 points and Peter Dumbrell was third with 30. Saturday 12th November was a team day playing an Ambrose completion. The partnership of John Innes and Sheila Young had a comfortable win with a Nett 61.5 with second place going to the team of John Rose, Gordon Thomson and Barrie Young having a Nett 63.67. Phil and Chris Gane were third scoring a Nett 68.5. Gordon Thomson was on fire for the Stableford comp on Saturday 19th November with an outstanding score of 46 points. If you had a score like that in a 2 ball comp you would think you had done well. Congratulations Gordon. Needless to say, he won by a mile. Rick Donaldson was second, with 37 points, beating Dinny Mandalis on a countback
I wish you all a happy Christmas and a great 2012.
Barry Young putting on the 15th Green while Gordon Thomson and John Rose look on. Ray Michelsons and John Seyffer are on the right. Guess which two were on the same Ambrose team as Barry?
NEWS.....from the Captain:
AGM August 2011
Thanks, once again, for honouring me with the position of Club Captain for the last three years. I take this opportunity to welcome all the new members to a Golf Club that is, although small, extremely friendly. In our club we are all considered equal (except for our golfing skills) and have the privilege of playing on a great course wonderfully maintained by Richard Hooton and his team.
On behalf of our Club I want to thank Harry Brittan for his support over the years in his position of Resort Manager and Rick Donaldson for his many years of service in the Pro Shop. It is also an appropriate time, even if a bit late, to welcome Chris Lynch to his position of Resort Manger and Sam Neilson who is such a great asset in the Pro Shop. We look forward to working together for the benefit of the Kangaroo Valley Golf Club and all the golfing visitors to the Resort.
The monthly Golf Club News article continues to be published in the Valley Voice and for the last 12 months or so I have been sending it, by Email, to Club members. I have changed the black and white photos, that are published in the Voice to the original coloured ones which I think enhances the article. I have also been working with Sam to try and get the Competition results out to you each week to keep you all up to date. I apologies for the times we are late. Thanks again to Carl Leddy, the editor of the KV Voice, who always finds space in his paper for article as it helps to promote our Club in the Kangaroo Valley Community.
We must thank Suzie Wright for her inspiration and hard work setting up our Club's website. If you haven't discovered it yet then it is time you did. Suzie has done a great job arranging the various sections such as "Home Page", "About Us", "Calendar of Events", "Committee and Local Rules", "Views of each Hole", "Members Gallery", Members login etc. Thanks again Suzie it certainly is a wonderful tool for our Club members and its promotion.
This year we included a couple of teams events, which have gone quite well, considering so many of our members live outside the Valley. We have also successfully held a few Club BBQs after the Saturday morning round and we must thank Suzie Wright and Veronica Newman for hosting the first of the year and Steve Atkins and Georgie Sanderson for hosting our second. Thank to all those who brought along the food and drinks which enabled us to have a great time and they are well worthwhile making the effort to get there.
Due to the extremely wet conditions this year there has been a number of times when it has been necessity to introduce "preferred lies", relief from plugged balls through the green and at times make the bunkers GUR, due to their flooding. Despite this Richard has made it possible for us to still play, using the carts with care.
We were able to get the Match Play comp off the ground this year and setting completion dates for each round worked well and enabled us to complete it on time. Thanks for your cooperation in making it work. We are also holding our Club Championships over the coming October Long Weekend in an effort to make it easier for members to participate.
Early in the year John, Gordon and myself assisted the Slope Assessors with preliminary measurements and answering their questions on the day. We will not know our rating until all NSW courses are assessed but the team was very impressed with the course and made some good suggestions for improvements, particularly where the fairways should be narrowed.
It is important to note that, to come into line with the policy of most clubs, the Committee has agreed with the Resort management that prize vouchers are now issued with a use by date stamped on them. The date is 3 months after they are ready for distribution so keep a check to ensure your vouchers don't become out of date.
Finally I would like to thank all our Committee members who work so well together making our Club, although small, a great Golf Club.
From the Ladies Captain
During this last year we have successfully managed to get our club website up and running, on the site you will find a full program of the Club's Events planned for the entire year and you can easily access all Results going back to August 2010. The stories Ron has written for the KV Voice are all included in News section of the site along with photos.
Apart from a few technical hitches our system of emailing results and then posting them onto the website has been very successful and is a big improvement, congratulation to Ron and Sam on their great efforts in this regard.
Although all members are equal we cannot change nature and alter the fact men are physically stronger than women and hit the ball much further, so occasionally it is great for ladies to compete in their own competition. This has been managed a few times within the year and has been enjoyed by all.
I was very excited to have two new lady members join our club, welcome to Di Buckley and Rachel Underdown, I hope to see more ladies playing in the coming year and would encourage them all to do so.
It was a lot of fun hosting the first Club barbeque lunch, we had a great turnout and everyone seemed to enjoy the opportunity to socialise off the course especially for us members who do not live full time in the Valley. Hopefully we will be able to continue these casual get togethers.
I would like to join Ron in thanking Harry Brittan for his work at the Resort and on the many improvements we have seen in our course during his time here and also a big thank you to our groundsman Richard.
I think it is also appropriate to thank John, Ron, Dinny, Gordon and Ray for all their work on the committee, Ron is a very hard working Captain and the Club would be lost without him.
Be sure to visit www.kangaroovalleygolfclub.com.au and keep in touch with what's happening at your Club. Remember if we have 8 or more lady players there is a separate ladies competition, so ladies, lets all keep in touch and try to arrange to play on the third Saturday in the month.
August Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News
Saturday morning, the 18th June, although not raining was cold and all areas of the course were extremely wet. The greens were fluffy & slow due to the inability to mow them close. If this wasn’t bad enough it was also our monthly Par round and only one player, Ron Bower, managed to play to their handicap. The one positive was that there we had enough starters for both a Women’s and Men’s Competition. Denise Weinreis, a visitor won the Women’s comp having a score of -1, Suzanne Greer took second spot with -2 and S. Balgent, another visitor, finished third with -3. Ron won the Men’s managing to finish square with the card, John Innes was second with -1 beating Peter Dumbrell on a countback. The next week, 25th June, despite the cold, was a much better day for golf and Rod Ashbolt played a blinder winning the June Medal with a Nett 66, 5 better than his handicap. Ron Bower played solidly to his handicap with his Nett 71 while John Innes took third with his Nett 72. On Saturday 2nd July we held a 2 ball best ball completion where teams of two take their best Stableford score for each hole and total them up at the end. Ray Michelsons and John Seyffer had one of those rounds that we all dream about but probably never have. Their total score was 52 points, with one of them birdying (to their handicap) every hole except 2 and those 2 were Pared. Congratulations Ray and John I’m sure it will stay in your memories for a long time. Mike Hinton and John Innes finished second with 46 points and Rod Ashbolt and Ron Bower took third spot with 43 points. John Seyffer won the singles comp. with 39 points and Ray Michelsons was second scoring 38 points, beating John Innes on a countback. Saturday 9th July was a very cold morning with the golf balls were as hard as rocks so club selections were different to normal to compensate for the loss of distance. The conditions were no problem for Steve Atkins who was able to score 40 Stableford points. Ron Bower wasn’t too far behind with his 37 points earning him second place with Rick Donaldson finishing third with 33 points. Saturday 16th July, Par Comp., started out cold and wet with only a few hardy golfers being willing to wait until the rain eased a little and teed off around 7:45. Several others showed up later after the rain had stopped. Gordon Thomson won with a score of +1, at the normal 7:30 Ron Bower was second finishing square with the card and Peter Dumbrell was third with a score of -1.
Until next time Seventy Plus
Beverly Golovsky, Chris Lynch, David Golovsky and Sheila Young all smiles after some practice Putts. The putts always seem easier on that green!
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News May
Despite the forecast of a wet Easter the weather was kind to us and the Easter cup was played in mostly fine weather. Each player submits their two best scores for the weekend to decide the winner. An individual Stableford competition was also played on each day of the weekend. All the winners had very impressive scores with Robbie McDonnell, a visitor, winning the Good Friday comp with 41 points. Joan Edwards won on Easter Saturday with 39 points, Suzie Wright was the winner on Easter Sunday with an outstanding score of 44 points and John Innes won on Easter Monday with 39 points. Suzie Wright was a comfortable overall winner with a total of 81 points, well done Suzie, Robbie McDonnell finished second overall with 77 points for his two best rounds. Graham Brown, another visitor and Joan Edwards both had 74 points for their best two. Saturday 30 April was a wet and windy day and was not ideal for our April medal round. Peter Dumbrell was able to master the conditions better than any of us, who braved the conditions, and won the Medal with a Nett 76, Norris Ingrisch was second, two strokes behind, with a Nett 78 and the reliable Gordon Thomson was third with a Nett 79. Saturday 7 May saw one of the largest fields of the year having a large number of visitors competing in our Stableford competition. It was won by a visitor, Jill Vandekooi, who blitz the field with a score of 40 points. John Seyffer was up there again taking second spot with his 35 points and Gordon Thomson took third spot with 34 points. On Saturday 21 May the scoring was difficult as the results show. Mike Hinton was the winner with 34 points and John Innes beat Rick Donaldson for second place, on a countback, each with scores of 33 points.
Toto on 18th
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News April
Well what a month, the driest February and early March for many years and then the rain came. The February Medal Round was played in fine weather with Jeff Levey in fine form winning the monthly medal with a nett 69, Rick Donaldson was second with a nett round of 71 and John Seyffer finish third with his nett 72. On Saturday 5 March Steve Atkins won the Stapleford comp. beating John Rose and Shelia Young on a countback with all three scoring 37 points. Weather wise, Wednesday 9 March, was another great day and Peter Dumbrell blitz the field with his exceptional score of 44 points. Gordon Thomson would have had every right to feel a little disappointed as his score of 40 points would have won on most other days. Ron Bower was third with 35 points. Those who played in the morning of Saturday 12 March had great weather once more but, unfortunately, for those who played in the afternoon were swamped by torrential rain when a storm hit around 3 in the afternoon. Those who got up early took all the places and Suzanne Greer was on fire having an outstanding score of +7 and John Seyffer had to settle with second place with another outstanding score of +6. John Rose was third with a +1. Saturday 19th March started out with us teeing off in a slight drizzle of rain but by 11:00am it was bucketing down. It was not the best of days to hold our first 2 person team event for the year. It was a "Stableford Multiplier" (the team members multiply their scores together for each hole). It could be called the apology comp. especially if one member scores a 3 or 4 and their partner scores 0 on a hole. The weather kept the numbers down but it did not stop some good scores being carded. Harry Brittain and Steve Atkins won with a score of 70 points and John Seyffer teaming with Ray Michelsons finished second with 63 points. Peter Dumbrell won the individual with 38 points beating Harry Brittain on a countback.
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News January/February/March
We had a great BBQ lunch on Saturday 29 January, after the morning comp. which was attended by around 40 club members and their partners. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet informally at one of the many scenic locations around the course. Well done all those who helped organise and cook the food. We are looking forward to the next one in a few months time. It was also a time we could show our appreciation to Harry and Janice for their enthusiasm, professionalism and hard work in running the Resort and overseeing the magnificent improvements made to the course over their 7 years of management. Thanks again Harry and Janice.
On the golf front we have had some great scores and on Saturday 22 January Ray Michelsons won the day with 41points, John Innes was second with 35 points, beating Joan Edwards on a countback. The January Medal played on Saturday 29 January, it was John Seyffer's turn to run hot with a nett 67, Steve Atkins was second with a nett 71 and John Rose was third with a nett 72. On Saturday 05 February Harry Brittain was on fire winning with 44 points. Harry's handicap was 7 on the day so he was under par off the stick. John Seyffer was second with 34 points beating Joan Edwards on a countback. Saturday 12 February was wet, raining most of the morning with only a few braving the elements for the Versus Par event. This did not stop John Seyffer from having another blistering round of +7 (3 over the par off the stick), John Dinoia a visitor was second with a +3 and Toby Cullen, another visitor, was third with a +1. Saturday 19 February, a much brighter, but very humid day, again saw Harry Brittain in the winner's circle with 38 points, Joan Edwards was second with a score of 36 points and Rick Donaldson took out third with 33 points.
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News OCT/NOV
Good conditions for golf on Saturday 23 October allowed some excellent Stableford score with Dinny Mandalis winning the day with 44 points, Mike Hinton was second with 40 points and Suzanne Greer’s 38 gave her third position. The following Wednesday, 27 October, the good score continued with Suzanne Greer improving on her third winning the day with a 43, Dinny Mandalis was second with a 39 and John Innes finished third with a score of 36 points.
Saturday 30 October saw a large field for the 2010 Championships qualifying round and October Monthly Medal. The Medal was won by Gordon Thomson with a nett 68 Peter Dumbrell fished second with a Nett 71, beating Rod Ashbolt into third and Craig Riethmuller into fourth on count-backs with all three having Nett 71s. The top 4 gross scores qualified for the semi-finals, which were played on the Sunday morning and the finals were played that afternoon. “A” Grade was won by John Seyffer beating Brett Morris 6 & 5. Rick Donaldson won the B Grade Final by beating Dave Purll 4 & 3 and Gordon Thomson was the “C” Grade champion beating Peter Dumbrell 3 & 2. The Women’s Championship was won by Lee Gilbert beating Suzanne Greer 5 & 4 in the final. Congratulations to all the qualifiers and particularly to the 2010 Champions. My apologies to the Women Championship finalists, Lee Gilbert and Suzanne Greer, for not having a photo of them for this report.
All smiles on the first Tee prior to starting the Championship Qualifying Round. From right to left; Brett Morris, John Innes, Steve Atkins, Dinny Mandalis, Craig Riethmuller, Harry Brittan, Rod Ashbolt
Only a small field turned out for the Saturday 6 November competition due to the late 1:00 pm start. The late start was necessary because of a “shot gun start” by a large group that morning. Toto Mesiti won with 40 points, Steve Atkins was second with 35 and Joan Edwards was third with a score of 31.
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News Sep/Oct
With the great spring weather in September and early October also came some very good scores. The 18 September Stableford round was won by Suzanne Greer with 40 points, beating Peter Dumbrell into second with 38 points and Mike Hinton finished third, beating Joan Edwards on a count back both having a scored 36 points.
Wednesday 22 September saw a visitor, Phil Forrest take out the day by beating Harry Brittain on a countback with scores of 36 points. Good to see Harry getting the chance to get out and enjoy the course, when he spends so much time ensuring it is right for us all to enjoy. Suzanne Greer finished third with 35 points beating Dinny Mandalis on a countback. Sorry Dinny.
Saturday 25 September was a Stroke Competition, which was also the first of our Monthly Medal rounds for the 2010/11 season. The first 3 place getters had a good round with 91 off the stick and their handicaps decided their placing. John Innes won the day with a Nett 68 Ron Bower was second with a Nett 69 and a visitor R Hartwell had a Nett 70 to finish third.
Again we had enough started for a Wednesday comp. on the 29th and apart from Suzanne Greer, maintaining her good form and taking out first with 35 points, the rest of the field found it a struggle. Gordon Thomson finished second with a 33 and David Hosking was third with a 31.
Peter Dumbrell was on fire for the first round of the October Long Weekend managing an excellent score of 44 points. Suzanne Greer was there again with another great score of 41 points, beating Dinny Mandalis into third. Sorry Dinny, even with your excellent score of 40, Suzanne managed to finish ahead.
The Sunday was only a small field and was won by Steve Atkins with a well earned 38, Peter Dumbrell, unable to repeat his brilliant Saturday score still finished second with a good 36 and Wal Edwards was third. Winner of the two day comp was Peter Dumbrell with an overall 80 points, Steve Atkins was second with 73 points and Joan Edwards was third with 72.
On Saturday 9 October a verses Par format was used with Sheila Young and Rod Ashbolt both scoring a sound +2, Sheila winning the day on a countback. Mike Hinton and John Innes finished with a -1, Mike taking third spot on a countback.
The course is in great condition so if you haven’t played here for a while it is well worth making the effort to play. The Club Championships will be played over the last weekend in October so we are all looking forward to that.
Until next time Seventy Plus
1st Tee for the Medal Round. John Innes (2nd from right) was still smiling after 18 holes. He won the medal.
Steve and Garry enjoying a round of golf on a wonderful spring morning. Nothing better!!
Just thought I would let you know about 4 weeks ago, one of our club members, Mike Hinton, had a hole in one at the 14th, yes the 14th. I think it may be the first time an ace was made on that hole, by anybody including the pros. Only disappointments were, it was not at a Pro-Am when a car was always the prize, it was a versus par round so all he scored was a plus instead of 6 points as he has a 25 handicap.
Mike Hinton - Hole in One on the 14th hole at Kangaroo Valley Golf Club.
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club – Captains’ Report AGM August 2010
I would like to thank you all for honouring me with the position of Club Captain for the second year and take this opportunity to welcome all the new members to our small but extremely friendly club.
We have continued writing a monthly Club news article for the Valley Voice which includes photographs, competition results etc. For those of you connected to email@example.com would have received the monthly Emails, enhanced with colour photos. This helps to promote our Club in the Kangaroo Valley Community and keep all members regularly informed of the competitions results. Thanks again to Carl Leddy, the editor of the KV Voice, who always finds space in his paper for article.
Suzie Wright has been working hard on setting up a new Club website which should be online in the next week or two. Suzie has done a great job with, amongst other enhancements, course and committee and member’s photos, club membership details and the facilities for competition results and coming events to be posted regularly.
We had to modify this year’s program a little a few months ago by eliminating the team competitions as a number of times they had to be cancelled due to the small number of starters on the day. As so many of our members live outside the Valley we have no way of knowing how many starters there will be on any given Saturday.
The Committee has had discussions with the Resort Manager, Harry Brittan, to discuss the necessity to introduce “preferred lies” during the winter months. It was decided that as the course is maintained in good condition throughout the year then this was not required as a general rule. The senior greenkeeper could, at times, ask for “preferred lies” to be played if bad weather conditions severely effects the playing conditions of the course.
Another concern I have had is related to “plugged balls”. Rule 25-2 provides “Relief without penalty for a ball embedded in its own pitch-mark (in the ground NOT the grass) in any closely-mown area through the green” The definitions state that a closely-mown area is when the grass is cut at fairway length or shorter. Our course, due to the mountainous terrane and natural springs has a number of areas, in locations with the grass longer than fairway length that remain extremely wet and muddy for weeks after the rain has stopped. If a ball plugs in these areas relief may be taken without penalty under Rule 21-1 “Abnormal Ground Conditions” or if embedded in the ground of the green surrounds that have been cut longer than fairway length due to the muddy conditions.
Remember it is the responsibility of each one of us to guarantee that fairness and equity, for all players, is maintained at all times.
.....from the Lady Captain
As Ladies Captain I must admit there’s not much for me to do, as the majority of our competitions are mixed events and I must say it is great to see couples playing together. However, earlier this year the committee agreed that if we have eight or more ladies playing we are competing in our own competition. I am hoping that in the months ahead we can target one Saturday a month and encourage more of our Lady Members to play.
I also know that a few cabin owners are new to golf and I would like to welcome them and encourage them to join us, the views are great even if the golf isn’t.
As Ron has said the website is almost finished and I look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions when we go live. I have included as many photos of members as we could find and we will change and update these often, I will send the address via the members’ blast when we are ready to go.
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club Voice - June 2010
Kangaroo Valley Golf Club News
Although we all know we urgently need rain it has been great weather for golf with the days often starting rather cold and foggy but turning into wonderful warm days. 25 April was no different for our Monthly Medal round which was won by Mark Russell from the Wentworth Club with a great Nett 66. Joan Edwards and Rod Ashbolt tied for second, each having a Nett 67 and Gordon Thomson finished fourth with a Nett 69. As Women play from the Red tees with a par 74 and men play off the blue tees with a par of 71 Joan and Rod finished with equal tied for first for the Medal. It was great to have Barrie Young join us for a round on one of his rare visits from the USA. I know he is an avid reader of the KV Voice so we are looking forward to your permanent return to the Valley. We don’t have -25o winters. Being the ANZAC Day long weekend a Stableford comp was played on the Monday and was won by Norris Ingrisch scoring 38 points. Dinny Mandalis was second with 36 points and Suzanne Greer third with 33.
Barrie Young contemplating his next shot, or was he thinking why did I leave the Valley?
May started with some great scores, with Sheila Young winning on Saturday 1 May with a great score of 42 points. Ron Bower wasn’t too far behind with 40 points and Ray Michelsons’ 36 was sufficient to take third place. Wednesday 5 May again saw some more good scores, Suzanne Greer won with 40 points, Gordon Thomson was second with 39 points and John Rose finished third with 36.
On Saturday 8 May we had the additional challenge of only being allowed to carry 3 clubs plus a putter. Amazingly Ray Michelsons was still able to score 36 points, same score he had the week before with a full set, winning comfortably from Sheila Young with 30 points and Suzanne Greer in third place with 29 points. Saturday 15 May was a versus par comp and was won by Doris Hoare, a visitor from Belmont, with +5. Joan Edwards beat Dinny Mandalis, on a countback, for second place with +3.
Some of us walk the course for the Wednesday Comps. Peter Dumbrell, Dinny Mandalis and Gordon show it’s not that bad, they could even raise a smile with only 4 holes to go.
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