MEMBER’S NEWS – APRIL EDITION
Posted: 18th April 2018
Posted in: Members News
I hope you have been enjoying the games; I for one have been, and have even managed to go to a few events.
As you are all aware the long debated traffic problems and the doom and gloom around the games has not really come to pass, although we have seen competition fields lower than normal and our in house customers and social golfers have dipped a little, they have still been coming to the venue so the huge dip in trading has not happened for us as yet, although I do know that some businesses have really suffered through the games.
A proposal to move to the Glades (basically a land swap between us and them) was given to the board in March which was passed on to the voting membership to peruse and give their verdict on, this vote will take place on the 3rd May in the upstairs function room of the Clubhouse, The constitution states that 75% of the members present (this includes proxy votes for those unable to attend on the night) must vote in favour of this proposal for it to pass. This is obviously an incredibly important matter and I ask that all full members with voting rights turn up to vote.
We have been unable to finish the paths due to the poor weather through March with 12 days lost to rain then Easter and of course the comm games, but it is again scheduled in for completion towards the end of April.
I know some of you were unhappy that I let carts on to the course through the wetter days, (of which there were many) and yes this did create some scarring on the course, but I can assure you that I did not take that decision lightly, it was only after careful consideration and consultation with key stakeholders that I went ahead, which is how I like to manage all course related decisions.
There are a couple of weddings coming up in late April, one on the 21st the other on the 28th; the team will as always keep the disruption to your regular Saturday golfing experience to a minimum. On that note I have heard from some members that we should not have weddings here as we are a golf club not a wedding venue, while I respect the opinions of all the members here it’s sometimes hard to understand why people would not want that extra revenue coming through the Club, I can assure you that every other Golf Club on the coast would happily take the weddings we have secured here and vie heavily for that trade on an ongoing basis.
On that note I shall finish this month’s edition.
Thank you as always and I hope to see you around the Clubhouse soon.
Well, another month has come and gone.
Lots of wind and rain on the course, and as usual, Duncan and his team have kept things in tip-top shape. The greens have now fully recovered from renovations and are a delight to putt on.
Our annual Masters Golf Day was played on Monday. After a wonderful breakfast and some very exciting viewing courtesy of Patrick Reed, Ricky Fowler and Jordan Speith, 60 players hit the course and played for our very own Green Jacket.
Our winner with a very fine score of 40 points, was Irene Calling. Irene nudged out Cameron Hughes on a count back for the Green Jacket.
Well done to all the other winners. Next year will be bigger and better again.
The 5th green is coming along well and should be back in action soon. Although everyone seems to love 17b, it will be nice to have the 5th back in play again.
I urge all full members to attend the Special meeting on May the 3rd.
Your vote is very important. The future of your golf course is at hand.
This months special mention goes to Paul Orchard and all of his team in the Pro Shop.
Never a day passes by without smiles, happiness and laughter. It’s a so nice to be greeted with a smile. We are truly very lucky to have such a team to greet us each golf day.
THE PRO SHOP
Hi members what an exciting time to be on the Gold Coast.
The Commonwealth Games are absolutely exciting to have in our city.
We have noticed numbers down a bit but so far so good with the traffic.
Come and play golf and hit record before you leave home.
There has been some excellent scoring going on despite the weather none better than Terry Yoon who won our Junior Classic with a fantastic 3 under 68. Lucky Big Dave gave him the day off from pennants.
Overall 128 juniors contested our event which was a great day.
I would like to thank our board for my nomination for Queensland Club Professional of the year unfortunately I didn’t get the chocolates but it is an honour to be considered.
Our pennant season hasn’t started as we might have liked but we have many youngsters in our team and they will only be better for the experience. It’s great to be back in Division 1.
It was a very sad month for the club with the passing of Ken Englitt our club patron, Betty Bolton-wood who was a foundation member and Carol Connolly. All will be very sadly missed. I must say I was very proud to be with our lady golfers at Carols service, so many of them in club uniform. Also great that club manager Mick was with us.
We have lots of great things planned for you in the next few weeks with Demo Days.
Ping April 10th 2-4pm
Cobra April 12th 2-4pm
Footjoy Show fitting April 12th 1:30-5:30
Mizuno April 19th 2-4pm
Taylormade May 3rd 2-4pm
2016-2017 Drivers, fairways and hybrids priced to clear!
Taylormade TP5 dozen now only $54.95
Callaway Chrome soft 2 doz $99
THE RED TEES
Pam Rainger Memorial Shield – congratulations to Robyn Davidson who won the final match against Sue Absell-Hagan last Thursday 29th March in the very wet conditions. Robyn and Sue are pictured below with the Shield.
Business Women’s Pennant Competition 2018 – Congratulations to the Surfers Paradise team who competed in this event over 9 weeks from January through to March. The overall competition was won by Coolangatta/Tweed Heads with Beaudesert being the runners up. The Business Women enjoy a comradery that has seen this competition continue over many years. Many thanks to all the Saturday and Thursday ladies who played for the team this year. Well done!
Monday 26/3/18 – Nudgee/Surfers Paradise Grudge Match at Surfers. It was great to see 38 Nudgee players travel down for our annual grudge match this year. Of the 23 matches, 3 were squared, Surfers won 9 and Nudgee won 11. Hence the “Cup” travels back to Nudgee Golf Course yet again. A delicious buffet lunch with a glass of champagne was enjoyed by all as was the singing of Surfers and Nudgee songs. Congrats to Yasha Watkins and Andrea Davis who won for Surfers with 44 points!
Nudgee Golf Club Ladies entertain us with their Nudgee songs
Saturday 24/3/18 (Visitors Day) 4BBB Stableford – it was fantastic to see 24 ladies turn out for the Saturday Ladies Visitors Day with 9 of them from other clubs. Thanks also to the Thursday ladies who turned up for the early start at 7.15am. Di W-W & Kay P led the field with 35 on a countback to win the comp with our visitors Jenny and Rosalie from Coolangatta/Tweed coming runner up.
Thursday 15/3/18 – St Patrick’s Day Irish Fourball
Winners of the competition with a fantastic score of 87 were: Di Potter, Velma Harding, Judith Downie & Judith Blucher (pictured below).
Winners of the Best Dressed Team were: Megan Pummeroy, Marilyn O’Neil, Jan Thompson & Kay Campbell (pictured below).
One standout on the day was our Vice-President, Kay Palmer – way to go girl!!!
Congratulations to Joan Gray who celebrated her 90th birthday early on Thursday 15/3/18. Her birthday was actually on 29/3/18 but she was travelling. Joan showed resilience by walking 9 holes on a damp course on Thursday 8th March when carts weren’t allowed. I hope we can all be that clever at 90!
Ladies Annual Dinner 2018 – A suggestion box is in the Associates room until April for your suggestions for the Ladies Annual Dinner
Associates Club Shirts (Blue) – orders can be placed with the Pro Shop by sending an email to email@example.com (Attention Paul or Ben) with the following details. Cost is $55-$60.
Name Badges – thanks to the ladies who have placed orders. You will be advised when they are ready.
WGGC Vet’s – shirts are available via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0488 627 548 in sizes 8-24 for $65 in three styles cap, short and long sleeve.
Please make welcome our Helensvale visitors who have been invited to play at Surfers Paradise on Thursday 12th April & 19th April and Saturday 21st April.
King Salver – Foursomes Match Play – Draw partners – 16 pairs.
BROUGHT FORWARD 1 WEEK!
Nominations open now (sheet in Associates Room), close 17/4/18, $5 Entry Fee
Round 1 – 24/4/18, Round 2 – 1/5/18, Round 3 – 8/5/18, Final Round 10/5/18
Tom & Veneda McGee Rosebowl – Thurs 26/4/18, Stroke – Best Aggregate Nett Team of 4
Mott Trophy – Saturday Matchplay – Qualify Round 5/5/18 – 8 players to qualify – Sponsored by Above and Beyond Funerals
Due to the reduced number of Saturday ladies, this event has been opened up to all Associates
Round 1 – 12/5/18, Round 2 – 19/5/18, Final – 26/5/18
Joan Irving Jug – 4BBB Stroke Matchplay 16 teams of 2 players 5/6/18-21/6/18, Entries close 31/5/18
Mid-Week Pennant – 1st Match is Monday 16/7/18, Expressions of Interest are now being taken on noticeboard in Associates Room.
Di Whish-Wilson (Secretary)
Golf tip of the Month
Do you have a golf swing or golf hit? I was working with some beginners last week and talking to them about why we call it a golf swing and not a golf hit. After the session I thought this could apply to any golfer out there so thought I would share it with you.
The club head is heavy and has its own momentum and balance. When you swing the club head you try to move the club in a way that naturally builds on that momentum whilst keeping the club head balanced so you can move it effectively. You aren’t really controlling the club head but simply moving it in a direction and manner that allows the club to follow the correct path as easily as possible. A swing looks effortless and relaxed.
Alternatively a golf hit reminds me of a hockey player. A short abrupt hit. In this instance the player is forcing momentum into the club head which sacrifices speed and accuracy. Their sequence of movements are poor and the hands and arms are the dominant force. They are desperately trying to control the club head which actually means they have less control. A golf hit looks violent and tense.
Although different body types will have different looking swings, short, long etc every has the ability to develop a swing. Try this little exercise to heighten your sense of club head and how you can use the momentum of the weight of the club head to generate more power and consistency.
Get a club and take your grip. Hold the club with a grip pressure of 1 out of 10, 1 being the lightest possible grip you can, barely holding onto it.
Now swing the club slowly up to the top of your backswing and through to your follow through, about 50% pace maximum. Pay attention to the weight of the club head. Does it get heavier anywhere in your swing? If it’s getting heavier your not moving the club in the right direction more than likely.
Picture there is a ball on the ground, does the club naturally move right at the ball on the ground or is it moving slightly off course?
Swing like this for at least 5 mins, just back and through with a constant rhythm, no stopping and starting, all the while just trying to feel what the club head is doing.
If possible hit some shots straight after this and compare the feelings. I bet you are more aware of the club head and how your could encourage a swing and not a hit.
Of course if you are still confused come and see me :))
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