News from the Club.
Ladies Birdies Competition
BENALLA GOLF CLUB LADIES 2017 BIRDIE COMPETITION
Our 2017 Champion of Champions is MARSHA WATSON.
Marsha had 22 birdies on 11 of the 18 holes, nearly a quarter of the 99 birdies scored by 24 ladies for the February to November period.
Using our GA handicaps to make three divisions the division winners are :- DIV. 1 0 – 17.9 Sally Sykes 9 Birdies on 7 holes
DIV. 2 18 – 25.9 Trish Barry 9 Birdies on 4 holes
DIV. 3 26 – 45 Coral Day 3 Birdies on 3 holes
Hazel Briggs 8 birdies on 6 holes, Jackie Rubira 7 birdies on 6 holes
Marion Cowan 6 birdies, Gay Morton 5 birdies, Anne Brown, Marg. Felmingham, Jo. Martin, Anne Thomson 3 birdies. Nell Cavedon, Helen Crilly, Bernadette Lang, Lauri Morgan, Val Nicholas, Chris Ogden all had 2 birdies. Jenny Baker, Aileen Briggs, Betty Mallinder, Joan Robins, Val. Wood and Lindy Wrest all registered 1 birdie.
Last year 27 ladies recorded 114 birdies on 16 different holes, this year we recorded 99 birdies on 15 different holes. Once again the weather kept our players away from the course during the winter months. Our month by month summary stats are quite interesting. February - 13 birdies, March – 33 birdies, April – 9 birdies, May – 9 birdies, June – 5 birdies, July – 5 birdies, August – 2 birdies, September – 5 birdies, October – 9 birdies, November – 9 birdies.
Thank you all for joining in this Birdie Competition. Let’s aim to double the number of participants and number of Birdies in 2018. Good Luck. Good golfing. Marion.
Marsha and Anne claim the Foursomes Title
Congratulations to Marsha Watson and Anne Thomson who have won the Ladies 27 hole Foursomes Championship for the eighth time in the last twelve years. Marsha and Anne have been unbeaten in this event since 2013.
In addition Anne has paired with another of our greats, Nellie Cavedon, to win the foursomes three times – in 2001, 2003 and 2005. Anne’s total of 11 championships is just one short of Nellie’s record twelve wins and surpasses another of our greats,10 times winner, Sally Sykes.
Congratulations also to this years handicap winners Jenny McKenna and Marg Clarke and the 18 hole handicap winners – Rosie Foletta and Libby Mason
Thanks to Rambling Rose for their generous sponsorship of this event over many years.
Ladies Singles Knockout
This event was won by another of our consistent performers - Hazel Briggs. Hazel defeated one of our newer players Liz Tallis 42. What a great effort from Liz to make it through qualifying , and the quarter and semi finals and take a player of Hazel’s caliber and fighting spirit that far. Well done Hazel.
Thank You Marion and Jo for your sponsorship of this event.
Pink was the order of the day when teams of three competed in our annual Pink Ball Day to raise funds for breast cancer research. This fun day raised $ 435.60–a great effort. Special thanks to Jackie Rubira, Rosie Foletta and Katrina Bailey for their sponsorship of the teams event and to Lynne Symes and Marg Brown for sponsoring the pink ball event.
LIFE MEMBERSHIP BESTOWED ON WORTHY RECIPIENT
At the recent AGM, following a overwhelming acceptance of a motion as presented by Captain Paul Hazell, an Honary Life Membership was bestowed on popular Benalla Golf Club Member, Brian CHATHAM in recognition of his many years of service to the Benalla Golf Club. Amongst the positions Brian has occupied, is 12 years as Captain of the Club from 2005 through 2016, plus earlier terms on the General Committee.
Congratulations Brian, on your Life Membership award.
NEW FAIRWAY MOWER ARRIVES
The new TORO fairway mower has arrived and is making life more comfortable for the ground staff and presenting the course in a magnificent condition.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD SATURDAY OCTOBER 7,2017
The 2017 Annual General Meeting was held Saturday October 7.
Election of Executive and General Committee Members for 2018 was held.
Elected for 2018
President: Norm COOK
Senior Vice President: Eric HOOLIHAN
Junior Vice President: Andree KLOPSTEINS
Secretary Jo WISE
Treasturer: Ken DOSSER
Captain: Paul HAZELL
General Committee: Wayne Hocking
Four General Committee vacancies exist for 2018. If any Member is considering joining the committee please contact President Norm COOK or Secretary Deb Wade (2017) or Jo Wise (2018)_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
SUNDAY MIXED EVENTS - NEW PROGRAM OF GOLF
A new golfing competition is to commence shortly on Sundays for Members and Golfing visitors alike.
Once a month commencing October 22, 2017 through to May 20, 2018 a Mixed Golf event will be conducted with a changing program of golfing events.
To download a program of the events please click here . If you are interested in playing, please contact Wayne Hocking at the Golf shop - details below and mark your calendars.
New Par 3 competition has commenced - SUNDAY's from 9:30am - 11:00am
As part of the Club's development of Members benefits and to encourage new Members to golf, a new 9 hole Par 3 layout has been implemented on course. Located on the front 9 holes only, new tees have been established to allow Par 3 social and competition golf to be played.
Events is planned for every Sunday morning from 9:30 - 10:30 am tee off time.
Club Champions for 2017
Congratulations to Marsha Watson (Ladies 2017 Champion) and Broden Dean (Men's 2017 Champion)
Men's A Grade Handicap and Founders Cup Winner - Cameron McMahen
New Rules For Golf Proposed
Major Changes to the Rules Of Golf are proposed by the R&A and the United States Golf Association for 2019 to modernise the game of golf with an announcement recently.
The announcement includes an explanation of each of the 30 major proposed changes.
Details of the announcement are available from the following page of the Golf Australia website – www.golf.org.au/modernisation
R&A: We want your Rules opinion! The R&A has vowed to hear all concerns and views as golf’s governing body announces sweeping changes to the Rules of Golf.
David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of governance, said all feedback great and small would be welcomed as part of the Scottish-based body’s rules modernisation process, announced jointly with the USGA today.
New Golf Rules from January 1, 2017
Local Rules : Accidental Movement of a Golf Ball on the Putting Green
The Local Rule is an option for adoption as a Local Rule by all Golf Clubs and where such a Club has not made such a ruling, the ruling will still apply from January 1 under the Royal & Ancient Golf CLub. The Benalla Golf Club has accepted the new rule and as such this Local Rule will now apply.
How It Works
When preparing to make a stroke, a player accidentally causes the ball to move ...No Penalty and the ball must be replaced.
A Player accidentally drops his/her ball, which hits and moves the ball-marker ......No Penalty and the ball-marker must be replaced
A Player accidentally drops his/her ball-marker which hits and moves the ball ......No Penalty and the ball must be replaced
A Player accidentally kicks and moves his/her ball.............................................No Penalty and the ball must be replaced.
Benalla Golf Club now on Facebook
The Club advises that you can now access the Benalla Golf Club on social media.
This provides another avenue for advertising and communications throughout the community and with Members.
So next time, if you are using Facebook, search for the club and click that you like the site and/or share with your other friends.
Ever wondered what the Rules are if you are in a sticky situation?
Have you found yourself in a situation where the Rules don't seem to readily apply? Maybe a kangaroo sitting on your ball, or a snake is curled around the ball.......here are the applicable Rules
2014 - Centenary of The Beginning of World War 1 - Commemoration
The Benalla Golf Club, along with many other sporting and community organisations, will be commemorating the Centenary of World War 1.
The Australian Government is encouraging such bodies to participate as part of a national commemoration of this significant part of our history.
The club would like to hear from any Members, and the general public, with historical details of any family members who may have been Members of the Benalla Golf Club at the time and who served in any capacity during the 1914 - 1918 world conflict.
Photographs, along with any details available of the serving Member, that the Club would be permitted to use on this web site and for possible display within the Clubhouse at times yet to be determined over the next four years, would be appreciated.
The Benalla Golf Club commenced in 1903 -well before WW1- and as records of golfing members at the time of the conflict are scarce, we seek your support in this project.
Any information you seek to contribute please address as 'WW1 Commemoration' and may be
- mailed to the Club at PO Box 205, BENALLA Vic 3671
- dropped into the Club at 170 Mansfield Road, BENALLA 3672
The Marketing Committee of the BGC are researching this project with the contact person being Norm Cook.
Thank you for your support in this significant project.
"Lest We Forget"
Members are reminded to secure your cars after parking and as you leave for your round of golf.
All valuables should not be left exposed within vehicles but taken with you or hidden from view in a secure place within the locked vehicle.