SPGC Members News – March Edition


Members, I am away holidaying in Tasmania at the moment however am still being kept up to date with everything happening at SPGC. Some time ago Mick our GM suggested he apply for a Federal Govt. grant to fund ,via a Community Sports Infrastructure Grant, a Lift from ground floor to the Function room and also some work on the Course, I am happy to advise that Micks request for just over $160k has been successful and this work will be completed as soon as the Grant is received. Thanks Mick for showing your initiative and congratulations on getting a great outcome.

I am also informed that the troublesome Greens have responded to Geoff’s touch and are better than ever, thank you to all the Greens staff, Greg and Match and Greens for persevering with those problem areas.

On another note, information regarding our second Sportsman’s Lunch will soon be circulated, once the details are out I suggest you book as soon as possible as the first one was in my opinion a great success for the Club. Special thanks to our Club members Dave Nelson and Greg Ritchie for once again putting this event together for the Club.
I will be back at the end of the month so look forward to catching up then.

Phil Murphy,



March has brought very little rain so far, which is becoming an increasing problem for the Club as we try to manage this vital resource, although we have seen some rain unfortunately most of it seems to be missing us, hopefully we will catch a big fall in the near future.

It’s also a pleasure to say that all our greens are back open and in great condition, it really is a credit to Geoff and the grounds team for their hard work and dedication to getting it all back in play, a big thank you to the membership for your patience as well while all this work was in progress.

We have also had a really good result with sports Australia who have provisionally approved us for a $160,000 grant for a new lift and floodlighting on the practice fairway and 18thfairway and green, this will enable us to bring more people into golf out on course and also open our function space up to far more people, I can’t thank Golf Queensland enough for their help in preparing the submission for this project.

The QLD golf industry awards are being held on the 21stMarch and our very own Pam has been nominated for employee of the year and after 35 years’ service to the Club let’s hope Pam picks up the award.

Our first market on the 1stMarch was very successful for the Club and we are hopeful that we can build on that momentum when the next one comes here on the 5thApril, thank you again to the members who came and supported it.

This month I managed to catch up with our long serving always cheerful head barman James Dayton who answered the tough questions (just before he heads off to Bali for a month of R&R)

And that’s me for another month, enjoy your golfing and I will see you around the Clubhouse soon




How long have you worked at SPGC

10 years 4 months

What’s the best thing about working here?

The people who work here and the members are fantastic.

Although my thoughts can change with some around closing time.

What did you want to be growing up?

Hoped to be a fireman

What’s your worst cooking mishap?

Do not cook, have made a few rash choices when ordering takeaways

Do you like any sports? If so, which ones? And what teams?

Surfing , golf . afl (Hawthorn) Nrl (titans)

Who is the coolest celebrity you have ever met?

Won a trip to Coke contest in Sydney, with a ticket to the official dinner, sat at a table with Tom Carroll , Mark Richards, Barton Lynch. It was a big thing for a young guy from Tassie

What job did you have when you were at high school?


What’s the most interesting building you have ever seen or been in?

Not many, probably the Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore

If you could have an all-expenses paid trip to see any famous world monument, which monument would you choose?

Machu picchu

What’s the funniest joke you know by heart?



Hi Golfers,

It’s very nice to have our full course in play again. Thanks to the very hard work of Geoff and his team, we now have all greens back in play and I, for one, couldn’t be happier. It certainly seems to have taken a long time, but I’m sure everything is onward and upward from here.

A huge thanks to Col Baxter and his team of volunteers who had the course debris free, not long after the departure of Cyclone Oma. The work of this group is very much appreciated.

The greens are rolling a little slower than usual. This is the result of the dry weather and our very low water supply. The greens are being mown slightly longer to protect them from the heat and the dry. As soon as we get some decent rain, the greens can be mown shorter and the speed will increase.

I hope everyone has put their names down in the footy tipping comps this year. It’s a lot of fun and I look forward to defending my title this year.

Go the Dragons.

Until next time.
Good golfing.

Greg Hill


Hi Members,

I hope things are well with you and you are hitting them far and straight. Best news we have had for a while is number 5 green is back and we are getting lots of praise from members and visitors about the course condition, the greens in particular.  Well done Geoff and team.

Div 2 Pennant season has started and our boys made a great start with a 4/3 win over Hope Island who were a danger team for us. Business Ladies Pennants are also going well with our girls having a great home win yesterday and the visitors loved our course.

Deyen Lawson continues to impress on the tour. Deyen has made 3 straight cuts on the European Tour, highlighted with being leading Australian (apparently some smart member backed this one) in the Oman Open and a Hole in One at the Qatar Masters. In between European tournaments Deyen had a great 2nd place finish in the QLD PGA at Toowoomba.

Members, make sure you get a copy of The Golfer Magazine. Page 10 has a great little story about a couple of our Juniors, Billy Dowling and Liam Cafferkey.  The article also gives Ali a plug as Liam amongst others have benefited greatly from Ali’s coaching.

I must say very proudly for International Women’s Day the PGA did an article on some of its highest achieving Members. Those chosen; Karrie Webb, Minjee Lee, Ali Orchard and Alison Whitaker. Let me know if you would like it and we can email it to you.


My round of the month goes to Billy Dowling, one of the Coast’s most promising Juniors. Billy, who can hardly see over the Pro shop counter, shot 67 off the stick for 43 points in a recent Saturday Junior event, amazing stuff!


Good luck to all ladies playing in the Pam Rainger Memorial Shield Draw – Round 1 Tue 12/3, Round 2 Tue 19/3, Round 3 Tue 26/3, Final Thur 28/3

Good luck to all ladies in the Business Women’s Pennant team who are playing in the 3rd round this weekend at Southport.  Surfers Paradise are currently tied for 2nd place on the ladder.  Go girls!

3rd March at Beaudesert – Yvonne Hucks, Wendy Hollis, Kelly Crouch, Jude Eastaway & Virginia Oxenford

10th March at Surfers Paradise – Yvonne Hucks, Jo Beddggood, Virginia Oxenford, Kelly Crouch and Karen Anderson

Terry Williams Memorial Trophy – Saturday 2/3/19, Thursday 7/3/19.  The trophy was donated by Yvonne Hucks and handcrafted by Yvonne’s husband, John Hucks, in memory of Terry Williams who devotedly supported Saturday Ladies golf until her death in March 2008.The Saturday Ladies winner for this event was Jude Eastaway with a score of 78 on a countback from Jo Bedggood.  The Thursday Ladies winner was Yvonne Mallory with a magnificent score of 68.  Yvonne also wins the Terry Williams Memorial Trophy for 2019.  Congratulations Yvonne.

Terry Williams Trophy winner Yvonne Mallory with Captain Marianne

Saturday Winner of the Terry Williams Memorial Trophy – Jude Eastaway with Sponsor, Yvonne Hucks

Compulsory Call Up Hole (16th) – Please note that the 16th hole is now a compulsory call up call for all ladies competitions on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday effectively immediately. If there is a group behind you waiting on the 16th tee, you must mark your ball and move to the left of the green behind the NTP Holder and call up the group. Once they have all teed off, you may putt out.

Fundraising 2019 – There will be 2 Charity days in 2019 (27/6/19 & 31/10/19 ) where funds raised will go to our 2019 Charity, The Sanctuary.  The charity raffles conducted on all other Thursdays during 2019 will be in aid of the Associates to assist with subsidising the annual dinner, the trip to Nudgee, prizes and other expenses that may arise.  Regards, Associate Committee

Saturday Ladies Shirt Medal 2019 (The Blue Shirt) – sponsored by Christine and Peter Lawson – was won by Julie Pearson (February), Jude Eastaway (March)

Winner of the March Blue Shirt – Jude Eastaway with sponsors Peter and Christine Lawson

Coming Events:
Pam Rainger Trophy – Single Knockout Matchplay – R1 Tue 12/3, R2 Tue 19/3, R3 Tue 26/3, Final Thur 28/3

Nudgee Golf Day – Monday 18/3/19 at Nudgee, 4BBB, Lunch $15 (pay by Monday 11/3/19), Carts $30 (pay on the day)

King Salver – Foursomes Matchplay – Draw Partners – 16 pairs – Nominations Open 4/4/19 & Close 18/4/19 – R1 Tue 23/4, R2 Tue 30/4, R3 Tue 7/5, Final Thur 9/5

Margo Donnellan Trophy – Saturday Ladies Championships – R1 Sat 4/5/19, R2 Sat 11/5/19, R3 Sat 18/5/19

Ladies Club Championships – R1 Mon 20/5/19, R2 Thur 23/5, R3 Tues 28/5, Final Thur 30/5

Joan Irving Jug –  Four Ball Matchplay – Nominations Open 9/5/19 & Close 28/5/19 – 16 Pairs – R1 Tue 4/6, R2 Tue 11/6, R3 Tue 18/6, Final Thur 20/6

LIKE and FOLLOW “South Pacific Ladies Open Classic” on FACEBOOK and tell your friends about the South Pacific to be held 13-16 October 2019


Hi All,

Strong winds from cyclone OMA created a lot of debris around the Course over the last few weeks.

The usual volunteer numbers were boosted by a relatively new member who very kindly donated his work force to assist with the clean up.

Many thanks to Michael Davis for this very generous offer, and well done to his staff who did a fantastic job.

The Course continues to improve and with sufficient rain will assist even further.

The water feature in the foyer has now been relocated and should be in operation once connected.

Good Golfing.


After much consultation and consideration, the Monthly Medal award has been

replaced by the Monthly Mug as seen below .

The first proud recipients of these for February were:

A Grade  Pat Power and  B Grade  Gil Fischer .

Our away day on March 4th to Coolangatta Tweed was a great success enjoyed by 36 players. The variety of challenges from different courses helps to hone our skills and avoid home course complacency. The daunting greens and bunkers of the River Course resulted in modest stableford scoring.

Congratulations to the winners of the day. First place Alan McKean, Runner up Albert Gigl, with Des Hudson  coming in third .

Our new club shirts are proving to be very popular.
Those pre-ordered should be available on Tuesday 19th Mar. Only limited stocks are being held by the club.

Enjoy the 5th green .⛳️


A big thank you goes out to Allan Forrester, for sending in these great images.

2nd shot 11th hole by Robert Hardy.

Most likely unplayable.

Thank you Chris Cookie for sending this over, The hazards of playing golf on the Gold Coast in cyclone season. Thanks too Big Paul, the golf pro who can still drive a good one home, saved the day with his tractor. Dragged me up to the 19th hole, then James (cranky pants) at the bar & the burger boys in the kitchen took over. Great food and plenty of cold beer & vodka, lime & soda’s, 3 hours later the pain had gone. What a great place that Surfers Paradise Golf Club, they know how to look after you.

Thank you to Peter Keating for this fab shot!
Peter Keating factoring in the effect of Cyclone OMA, on the 18th green.

And the winner is ..

Chris you have won a $30 bistro voucher, please drop in and see Pam at reception to pick up your prize.

Members we love seeing all the fun you’re having out on course, so keep those photos coming.
Please submit your images to and don’t forget to add a caption.

And don’t forget the Member who submits the winning photo will receive a $30 bistro voucher.

Good luck!


Our 2019 sponsorship packages are now available.
These great valued packages, provide you the opportunity to display your brand to a large number of potential clients via our on course TEE signage and throughout the club for as little as $500.
For more information please contact Dave Johnson on 0433027704 or via email at



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