Members News – June


Dear Members,  an update from the Board Room.

Following the rejection of the recent Glades \ SPGC swap proposal by the Members, the Board have just received  a revised offer from the Consortium, whilst this new offer is an improvement from a Financial point of view the Board is still of the opinion that the majority of Members may prefer to stay at our present location.

The article that appeared in The Bulletin recently regarding the Members of SPGC voting against the Glades Proposal has prompted a considerable amount of interest from other Parties, one of which the Board has decided to investigate further as a viable option to staying at our present location.
It is the Boards intention to review the presentation by this group and then potentially offer this proposal along with the revised one from the Glades Group for discussions leading up to our AGM.

On another matter, the Club will be holding a Sportsmans Lunch on Friday the 6th July, which is the Friday before the Third State of Origin match, the day will be hosted by “ Fat Cat” Greg Ritchie with Alfie Langer, Paul Vautin, Mark Carrol, and Rob Heathcote as guest speakers. The theme is a “ Prawn and Cutlet “ State of Origin Lunch with proceeds of the day allocated to the development of the SPGC Junior Golf Programme.  As well there will be some fantastic Raffle Prizes from Kooralbyn Ramada Resort, Mantra Resort and a Twelve Month Golf Membership of SPGC, to mention a few. There will also be a couple of Auctions of the current State of Origin Qld. and NSW jerseys.

Tickets are $150 pp all-inclusive; drinks package is from 12:00 to 4:00 pm.

Please support this Lunch as we would like to turn it into an annual event at the Club.


Dear Members,

I was lucky enough to attend the State Of Origin at the MCG this month as part of my 10-day road trip holiday with my father, and together we covered 3500km through country NSW and Victoria.  It really was a good trip even if a little cold at times for us Queenslanders!, but mostly it was a great opportunity to spend some quality time with my dad.

A BIG reminder of the “Win a Year of Golf On Us” promotion draws taking place on the 23rd (Woman) and the 30th June (Men).

We are giving away two seven day golf memberships for the year, and it’s our way of thanking the golf membership for supporting the Club. Every time you have spent $5 or more in the Clubhouse over the past 5 or so weeks, you will have received a ticket to put in the barrel, both draw nights will be a lot of fun with live music and seafood trays up for grabs. Bookings for the Bistro on both nights are selling fast so make sure you don’t wait too long to book a table.

You will have noticed that a few gardens were taken out around the course, there were a number of reasons for this, but mostly they were just high maintenance with low impact which is not a good combination.  So they have been replaced with turf which looks clean to the eye and has opened up the course a little as well, this, in turn, will help our greens team to concentrate on areas of the course which really need more time spent to bring them up to a much higher standard all year round.

And that’s me for another month.

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



Hi Golfers,

Winter is back, and so is the 5th Green.

I’m sure everyone is pleased to have this hole back in play. The green is still very new but is settling down nicely. Please repair your pitch marks.

The age-old problem of bunkers not being raked properly is back again. Be mindful of others and rake the bunkers after you have had your shot. Nobody enjoys being in the bunkers, but if you rake the area you used, it makes for happy players who use the bunkers after you.

A huge congratulations go to 3 young boys who have advanced from 9 hole Cadets to 18 hole juniors.

Liam Cafferkey. Age 12

Emon Lennon. Age 8

Elijah Rohas-Smith. Age 11

Your progress is excellent. Keep up the good work.

Tree pruning around the course will begin shortly. Hopefully, that limb that sticks out and grabs your ball will be one of those removed over the next few weeks.

The nomination sheets for Inter-Club Pennants have been put up on the notice board in the. Club. If you are interested in playing, put your name down. Inter Club is a great way to meet golfers from other clubs and play different courses.

Good Golfing.


Hello, again members,

What great golfing weather at the moment! We must live in the greatest winter climate a golfer could ever wish for.

There have been a lot of good golf going on around the traps with some prestigious titles up for grabs.

Cody Davis and Vicki Laws again won the Mixed Foursomes Championship by 4 shots.

The first of our State of Origin comps was played last Wednesday with Dennis Wyeth coming up trumps with 41pts to collect a $154 Pro Shop Voucher. Stewart Palmer $77 for 2nd and Ralph Cohen $38.50 for 3rd. All blues supporters who entered received a ball and the top 7 got 2 balls.

The finalists have been decided for the Roly Soegaard Cup with Keith Beckett and Dean Papenfaus to play John Logan and Ken Johnson.

Well done to Deyen Lawson club member who many of you know as Ali’s boyfriend. Deyen finished 12th in the Guilin Open on the China PGA Tour last week. He will be teeing it up again in China this week. These events have live scoring so you can follow his progress. Go to China PGA Tour schedule and look for the current event and leaderboard.



Vale John Kazimierowicz -We were saddened to hear of the passing of John Kaz may he rest in peace.  Our deepest sympathies go to Anna and their family and friends.

Joan Irving Jug – 4BBB Stroke Matchplay Round 3 –
Tuesday 19th June –
7.00am Yasha Watkins/Andrea Davis Vs Maureen Scott/Lee Peters
7.07am  Yvonne Mallory/Sue Billington Vs Edith Timmer/Kerry Bills

The June Monthly Medal – has been rescheduled due to the 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.

The Mott Trophy 2018 (Sponsored by Above & Beyond Funerals) 
Congratulations to Karen Anderson who defeated Yasha Watkins 4/3 in the Final Round on 26/5/18.   A huge thanks to Rebecca Bailey and Michael Crouch of Above & Beyond Funerals for sponsoring this event.

Winner of the Mott Trophy 2018, Karen Anderson with Michael Crouch
of Above & Beyond Funerals and Runner-Up Yasha Watkins

Michael Crouch and Rebecca Bailey of Above & Beyond Funerals with Winner Karen Anderson

DISTRICT FOURSOMES & DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS – Well done to our Surfers girls who played in the District Foursomes at Southport Golf Club on 26/3/18, and in the 2 rounds of the District Championships at Burleigh on Monday on Monday 28/5/18 and at Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Golf Club on Monday 4/6/18.  In Round 2 of the Championships Virginia Oxenford won Div1 Daily Gross while Velma Harding won Div1 Daily Nett.  Marianne Ioannou won the Overall Nett Runner Up.  Congratulations everyone!

Queensland Women’s Country Week 2018
at Mackay and Pioneer Valley

16 Surfers girls travelled to Mackay and Pioneer Valley for the 2018 Championship.  Sheree Hasson of Mackay Golf Club won the overall Championship. Congratulations to Jenny Read and Robyn Fung on coming 3rd in the Div 2 Foursomes on Monday and to Ann Metcher on winning a Nearest the Pin on Wednesday.  All enjoyed the golf and friendship.

Pam Lorne-Tait, Ann Metcher, Di Whish-Wilson and Mary Thomas at Mackay Golf Club

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

Christine Lawson presenting the Green Shirt to March winner, Jude Eastaway

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 – Size – 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: 
Joan Irving Jug – 4BBB Stroke Matchplay – Round 3 due Tuesday 19/6/18, Final due 21/6/18

Margaret Ridgwell Celebration Day – Thursday 14/6/18, 4BBB

Open Charity Day – 28/6/18 8.30am Shot-gun Start – Visitors Welcome – 4 Person Waltz Stableford, Entry Pre-paid by Tue 19/6/18 – $27 members, $37 visitors (includes a Buffet style hot lunch), Golf only is $12, Computer timesheet opens Monday 28/5/18

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 for an 8.30am Shotgun Start
Div 4, 5, 6 at Coolangatta Tweed Golf Club for an 8am Shotgun Start

Ladies Annual Dinner 2018 – Friday 30/11/18

Di Whish-Wilson (Secretary)


Hi everyone I have a myth buster topic for you this month.

Don’t lift your head. The single most destructive myth out there and has been I’m sure since golf nearly first originated. The go-to fix and hot tip for so many players it’s mind-boggling.

Your head doesn’t lift; it gets pushed up by your lower body. I have never seen anyone just lift their head because they suddenly thought it’s a good idea.

Your head lifting is a result, not a choice. If you feel your head lifting trying to keep it down will only make things worse.

Keeping your head down restricts your body movements and puts more stress on your back.

If you’re a believer in keeping your head down, please…

Find out why your head is lifting don’t just beat your head against a brick wall. Also please please don’t tell anyone else to keep their head down, you’re only making players worse and increasing their risk of injury.

I am more than happy to talk to anyone anytime to explain this is more detail and help rid the golfing world of this myth.

Good luck out there and watch the ball fly!

Kind regards

Ben Jewell


Hello everyone

We have completed two working bees since the last newsletter, with the following projects being tackled.

Extensive poisoning of nut grass, particularly around the tee blocks.
Clearing garden area adjacent to the 1st tee, hopefully reducing buggy parking congestion.  Pruning/ poisoning and cleaning up the area along our Northern boundary fence.

All tables in the clubhouse which required lowering have been done.  Extensive tidy up the loading dock area, including the replacement of timber shelving for improved storage.

Completed some edging as well as garden maintenance.

Until next time –  enjoy your Golf.


This year’s winners of the Harry Nesbit trophy are Ron Dickson and Jurg Metzger, with a score of 50 (4 BBBB). A brief description of Harry’s life achievements was delivered by Peter Clay, which was much appreciated, especially by those who never had the pleasure of knowing him.

The Monthly Medal winners for May are A Grade- John Canning, B Grade- Gill Fischer.

Recent events have prompted a comment regarding scorecards. By signing your scorecards, you are accepting and attesting to the accuracy of the recorded scores. It follows therefore that cards should only be signed after the game. As the marker, you are responsible for the monitoring, and accurate recording of your partners play. Whereas the marker is not required to record his score, it is highly recommended, as it helps in resolving any subsequent disputes. Once a scorecard is entered into the Score Box it is considered “tabled”, and no changes to it are permissible under any circumstances. We should treat the Score Box as if it were locked.

Nice to see Ian Wilson and Roy Wagstaff back on the course after a lengthy rehabilitation.

Happy golfing.



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