SPGC Members News – July 2018


Our first Sportsmans Lunch was held on Friday and from all the feedback I received during the afternoon, was a resounding success,we are already planning one for next year, hopefully we will be able to celebrate a win by Queensland at that one !!!

I would like to thank Mick ,Sandy, Cara and all the Club Staff who worked together to make it such a success and Matt the food was excellent.

Thanks also to all the Sponsors who supported the Event.
A special thanks should go to Betall with Dave Nelson and Greg Ritchie using their contacts to secure some well known Sports identities at the right price.


Dear Members,

A difficult start to the month with the news that three of our long term members passed away, our thoughts are with the families of Wilma Leary, John Burridge and Howie Allen, they will all be missed here at the Club.

June ended with the two big golf membership draws which both saw large crowds of members to the draw nights; a big thank you for supporting these draws it would be lovely to see that many members inside the Clubhouse every Saturday evening!, adding to the occasion many of the legends of rock and roll were on hand to honour Greg Hill turning 50, it made for a very entertaining night topped off by Ash Ludgate winning the men’s membership draw dressed as Leo Sayer in a clowns costume.

July kicked off with a spectacular sports luncheon in the main function room, the final turnout was 128 and everyone had a great time, well done to our chefs Matt and Greg for cooking up some great tucker and to Cara and Lisa plus the team for getting it all out there on time, also to Sandy for making sure all went smoothly for the speakers on the day and a very special mention has to go to Dave Nelson and Greg Ritchie for putting it all together in such a short time frame, without their efforts this event would never have got off the ground.

On the financial side early indications are that the Club has performed better this financial year than the last few years, but this will only be confirmed once everything has been entered and counted, in saying that I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the whole team at SPGC who have worked tirelessly this year to create a better result for the Club, I am a very lucky manager to have such an engaged team who all enjoy being a part of the SPGC experience.

Out on course I know there has been a fair bit of angst from the membership about the greens on the 3rd, 5th and 8th, all of the team here are aware of it and we are working on the best solutions to the issues with them, but I want to assure you that it is a top priority of the Club to bring these greens back to their best.

Also well done to David Skeen for the hole in one on the 6th what a fantastic effort!

In the car park the Club have been aware of the parking difficulties on some Tuesdays and as such have created 14 extra spaces (basically an overflow) in front of the new buggy shed (practice fairway side) you can access these by driving through the gates and parking up where the white lines have been painted, please note that we would prefer that these spaces are accessed (if required) after 11.30am and only if the main car park is full.

Finally a big thank you from all the team here to you our members for continuing to make SPGC your home of golf for another year.

And that’s me for another month.

Thank you as always and I hope to see you around the Clubhouse soon.




Hi Golfers,

Another month has come and gone.

As most of you are aware, we are having a few problems with a couple of the greens. The 3rd green is unfortunately in a very shaded spot during winter and receives very little sunshine. Duncan and his team are  working very hard to keep this green playable during the winter months. There is a very large gum tree to the right of the green that is causing the shade problem. The Match and Greens committee are planning to “prune” this tree to allow more sunlight to shine on this green. Hopefully this will solve the problems this green has.

The other green is the 8th. This green is also suffering from a similar problem. Several trees between the 8th green an the new 5th green are also causing a shading issue. These trees will also be pruned very soon to allow more direct sunlight.

The 5th green is now back in full time play and is progressing slowly. Don’t forget to repair you pitch marks.

I know that there are a few grumbles about these greens, but I can assure you all that M&G are doing everything we can to get things back in tip top shape as quickly as possible.

Some good things have been happening on the golf course though.

For those of you who have not heard, David Skeen had a hole in one on the 6th hole. I believe that this is the 3rd time in the history of our club that this has happened. A hole in one on a par 4 is not a common occurrence. Congratulations David. What a great shot.

Cody Davis also holed out on this hole recently, but unfortunately for him, it was his third shot, as his first tee shot was last seen cruising down Nerang Broadbeach Road.

Ian Penney had 63net in the On Course Challenge on Wednesday, he birdied all the par 3s on the course in doing so. Well done to you as well Ian.

Its always nice to hear good stories on our golf course.

Last, but certainly not least. Well done to QLD in last nights State of Origin. It was certainly a great game. As a Blues supporter, I have certainly “copped” it for the last 15 or so years, so it’s nice to finally have a series win. Looking forward to doing battle with you all again next year.

Good Golfing



Hi Members,
Welcome to another news letter. The biggest news at the moment is David Skeen having a Hole in One on the 6th hole, on Friday the 6th of July. Wow! What an achievement, and well done David.

Next big thing, mens Interclub pennant started on Sunday with a home game against Boomerang Farm. Surfers is fielding teams in all 3 grades, so good luck to the guy’s for the season. This week’s results were; A Grade 3 all, B Grade won 4/2, and C Grade 3 all.

We have an exciting demo day planned for you on Thursday the 26th of this month, with Cobra and Taylormade both here from 1:30 till 5pm. Congrats to Anthony P Smith and Colin Giles, who also recorded Hole in Ones  During the Month. Each week, Ben produces a very exciting newsletter loaded with tips and info from the golfing world. If you’re not getting this one, just send us your Email address to, and we will make sure that you don’t miss out. Until next time, happy golfing to all!

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Vale Wilma Leary 29.10.38 – 24.6.18
We were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Wilma Leary.  May she rest in peace and our deepest sympathies go to her family and friends.

Vale Lorraine Foster (Bianchi) 1.7.18
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Lorraine Foster (Bianchi) at the Norfolk Island Hospital on Sunday 1.7.18.  May she rest in peace and our deepest sympathies go to her family and friends.

The June Monthly Medal – has been rescheduled due to wet weather and will now be played on 26th July 2018.
The July Monthly Medal will be played on 19th July 2018 as per the Fixture Book.

Charity Day 28th June 2018 – An enjoyable day was had on Thursday 28.6.18 to host our first Charity Day of the year.  It was fantastic to see a field of 136 players join in the 4 person Waltz Stableford competition which was won by Andrea Davis, Pamela McMullin, Vicki Atkinson and Yasha Watkins (pictured below) with a fabulous score of 81.  A presentation of hand-made quilts was made by Ann Metcher to Zoe Scharenguivel representing our charity for 2018 Friends with Dignity.  Well done to all the players and members of the organising committee for making the day the success it was.

Winners Andrea Davis, Pamela McMullin, Vicki Atkinson and Yasha Watkins

Organisers of the Charity Day together with Zoe Scharenguivel of Friends with Dignity

Joan Irving Jug – 4BBB Stroke Matchplay – The final round of the Joan Irving Jug was played on Thursday 21st June.  Congratulations to the winners and runners up.  Edith Timmer and Kerrie Bills were the ultimate champions who defeated Yasha Watkins and Andrea Davis 2 up with 1 to play.  Well done to all players who contested this event.

Winners of the Joan Irving Jug – Kerrie Bills and Edith Timmer

Runners Up of the Joan Irving Jug – Yasha Watkins and Andrea Davis

The Margaret Ridgewell Celebration Day -An enjoyable day was had by all on Thursday 14th June to celebrate the life of Margaret Ridgwell.  The event was arranged by her 2 daughters Sue and Tracey who sponsored the winners trophies.  Di Potter won the Stableford competition for Division 1 with 36 points. Robyn Davidson was the Division 2 winner with 38 points and Marie Valencour won Division 3 with 35 points. Congratulations to all winners on the day.

Margaret’s daughters Tracey (L) & Sue (R) presenting Di & Robyn with their trophies.
Marie had to leave early.

Saturday Ladies Shirt Medal (Green Shirt) – sponsored by Christine and Peter Lawson – was won by Jude Eastaway (March), Yvonne Hucks (May), Deirdre Mitchell (June), Johanna Bedggood (July)

Associates Club Shirts (Blue) – orders can be placed with the Pro Shop by sending an email to (Attention Paul or Ben) with the following details.  Cost is $55-$60.
Body (long/med/short)
Sleeves (no/cap/short/long)

WGGC Vet’s – shirts are available via email or phone 0488 627 548 in sizes 8-24 for $65 in three styles cap, short and long sleeve.

Coming Events:  
The 2018 Gold Coast Stableford Challenge – Points allocated for best 20 scores at each event to decide this years champion (Contact Pro Shop). Daily Prizes. Cost $20.
Round 1 – Burleigh Golf Club, Monday 9/7/18, Ph Pro Shop to book 07 5572 8266
Round 2 – Canungra Area Golf Club, Mon 20/8/18, Ph Pro Shop to book 07 5543 4620
Round 3 – Arundel Hills Country Club, Tuesday18/9/18, Ph Pro Shop 07 5573 9404
Round 4 – Surfers Paradise Golf Club, Monday 15/10/18, Ph Pro Shop 07 5575 1666
Round 5 – Tamborine Mountain Golf Club, Fri 23/11/18, Ph Pro Shop 07 5545 1788

Best Grandmother Trophy and OBE Day – 12/7/18

July Monthly Medal – 19/7/18

June Monthly Medal – 26/7/18

Mid-Week Pennant – 1st Match is Monday 23/7/18 – Div 1, 2, 3 at Surfers Paradise Golf Club 8.30am Shotgun Start, Div 4, 5, 6 at Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club for an 8am Shotgun Start.

Foursomes Championships (36 holes) 23/8/18 – Entries close 18/8/18

Thursday Ladies Club Championships – 1st Round Thurs 6/9/18, 2nd Round Tues 11/9/18, 3rd Round Thurs 13/9/18, Final Round Thurs 20/9/18

Saturday Ladies Margot Donnellan Trophy – 1st Round Sat 8/9/18, 2nd Round Sat 15/9/18, Final Round Sat 22/9/18

Ladies Annual Dinner 2018 – Friday 30/11/18

Di Whish-Wilson (Associates Secretary)


Hi everyone I have an equipment tip for you this month. Quite often an underrated part of fitting clubs. We all know about fitting a driver but that about a putter?

Having the proper putter for your putting stroke is very important for club face control. The amount of toe hang or face balancing of the putter effects how the putter rotates as it moves during the stroke.

At a basic level the more toe hang you have in a putter the easier the face will rotate open and closed so it suites someone with a rounded or inside to inside putting stroke.

If the putter is face balanced it is less inclined to rotate so it is more suitable to a player who has a very straight back and through stroke.

Also the grip size is important to match your putting stroke. The smaller grips suite the rounded putting stroke and the larger grips suite the straighter putting strokes.

We are all different so making sure you have a putter that suites your style can be game changing. Come and see me anytime if you would like some help and guidance with your putter.
Kind regards


On course this month we have given the fairways a foliage feed.
We have lowered the second bunker. the turf was removed in winter so it was hard to re turf due to the years of top dressing from bunker shots, but it is starting to knit together nicely.
We have started removing low tree branches , this will take at least 6 weeks to get around the whole course plus our daily maintenance jobs.  Not much more to add.

Happy golfing


Hello Everyone

We have had two working bees since the last newsletter.

The wire fence behind the men’s 13th tee has had pots of Mandabilia planted which will eventually cover the entire fence, improving its visual impact greatly.
Thank you to the Ladies involved in the preparation and planting process.

Preparation has begun on replacing the fence between the club house and pro shop, a somewhat difficult job as the slope was allowing water to undermine the retaining wall.
Once preparation has been completed, concrete will be poured and a replacement fence installed.

Cart path pot holes have been filled with cracker dust, and areas that require future work will be treated.

The tree behind the 13th green has been pruned back to the waters edge to allow grass to grow.

A gutter / downpipe problem behind the old buggy shed has been rectified to remove water damage.

Distance markers on the practice fairway have been installed.
The distances are measured from a line of blue pavers, pretty much parallel with the northern end of the buggy shed.

Trimming of secondary growth on trees in the rough will be shortly carried out allowing better access and safety for mowing.

Keep caring for your course by repairing divots and raking bunkers.

Good golfing, until next time.


Another enjoyable month of winter golf for Allsports members.
The monthly medal winners for June were: A-Grade, Chris Maddocks and B-Grade, Brian Collins.
Interest is building in the Allsports championships, which take place on the last 2 Tuesday’s of this month.

Good news of our two remaining ‘away days’this year. The Committee has confirmed Oxley for September 11th. They have also accepted an invitation from Toowoomba Middle Ridge, to revive our annual event. This will take place at Toowoomba on October 23rd. Bus transport will be provided for both trips, making them even more enjoyable.
Further details nearer the time.

On a sombre note, we bid vale to both treasured members, Howie Allan and John Burridge, who recently passed away.




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