Monday, 27 March 2017

Next Game Cairns 4 April


Our next game is at Cairns on 4 April & from then on we play weekly.

The game is a single stableford & is a Consistency event, the first of our trophy comps.

The game is sponsored by Deb Duffy Real Estate.

The state of the course will depend on what comes ashore with cyclone Debbie, so watch this space for any updates.


PS For those of you who intend to play in the State Championships at Maroochydore on 15/16 May, please note that if you are using your own cart a fee of $10 per day will apply.  See the QVGU web site for more information at

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

President's Report & Results Atherton 21 Mar

Today we played a stableford event at Atherton Golf Club and a field of 52 men and 17 women set out to play a course that was a little damp in places and as a result of this, run was minimal and distance became an issue for many of us.

We welcome new member Neil Hamilton of Cairns and one visitor, Colin Billingham.

The sponsor for today was DRUMMOND GOLF of Cairns and our thanks go to Darren and his team for the support they give our club. I would like to encourage any of our members who enjoyed the course and the relative coolness of the Atherton climate to enter the DRUMMOND CUP which starts at Atherton this Sunday. The cup is to be played over four games spread over a few months at four local courses including Gordonvale, Half Moon Bay and Palmer Sea Reef. Players are not required to play all games and may enter for one or more days as they choose. Enter at the club on (07)40911283

Next Tuesday the Tableland Summer of Golf event will be at Mareeba and not Millaa Millaa as previously advised. Our next veterans event will be at Cairns Golf Club on Tuesday 4th April and from then we play weekly.


MENS DIV1 WINNER; Marcus Morse 39 points.
RUNNER UP; Greg Gibb 36 points.

MENS DIV2 WINNER; Alan Dwyer 35 points c/b.
RUNNER UP; Bruce Jenner 35 points.

MENS NTP; 11th & 13th Evert van Kleef, 18th Ken Baker.

35 points, Ross White, David Lawler.
34 points, Gary Castle, Brian Brown, Ron Sylvester, Robin Tonks, John Everall.
33 points, Harvey Blanch, Evert van Kleef, Neil Hamilton, Russ Gill.
32 points, Bill Eden, Kevin Ranger, Denis Lankester, Roger Smith, Roger Glover.
31 points, Bill Foster, Rick Gooderham, George Brew.
30 points, Peter Edmonds, Keith Sanderson, Neil Stubbin.

WOMENS WINNER; Lil Benfield 34 points.c/b
RUNNER UP; Cathie Coverdale 34 points.

WOMENS NTP; 3rd Betty Lou Pitt, 11th Lil Benfield, 13th Cathie Coverdale, 18th Lily Schirmer.

33 points, Liz Edmonds, Judy Guzzwell,
32 points, Lily Schirmer.
30 points, Kay Bergiel.
29 points, May Wilkinson, Andrina Wilson.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Next Game Atherton 21 Mar


Our game next week is a single stableford at Atherton.

I'm advised the course is in good condition, so you can get some practice in before the Drummond Golf comp there on Sunday.

Our game is sponsored by Drummond Golf as well, so come along & show your appreciation.

This will be the last of the relaxed games we've been playing since we resumed in Feb, as we recommence our trophy events on 4 Apr.

See you there.


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

President's Report & Results Half Moon Bay 7 Mar

Today we conducted a single stableford event at Half Moon Bay golf club and we had a field of 62 men and 21 women, this is perhaps a little disappointing, but as the weather was very hot we can expect that some would rather stay near the air conditioner.

The sponsor for the day was GOLF WORLD of Cairns and we are grateful for the vouchers provided to the winners and runners up.

I must also thank the Half Moon Bay club for providing a carton of beer as a prize in a free raffle for those at the presentations. The lucky player to take home the beer was Bob Turner.
Thanks also to Mike and Tarquin McManus for cooking the ever popular hamburgers to feed the hungry golfers.

After the game today we had a meeting of your committee where we spent much time discussing the dwindling membership of our club. We have decided to ask our members in a survey by email as well as at the games to seek your ideas as to what can be done better, eg.starting times, prizes and so on.
Other items on the agenda were a review of the Christmas breakup and our championships.

Next Tuesday will be the Tableland Summer of Golf event at Atherton.


LADIES WINNER; Lily Schirmer 34 points.
RUNNER UP; Chris Everall 33 points.
LADIES NTP; 4th & 11th Chris Everall, 9th Lois Tait, 16th Belle Gillan.

33 points, Kay Bergiel.
32 points, Cathie Coverdale, Judy Guzzwell.
31 points, Jenny Albertsen.
30 points, Doreen Minning.
29 points, Liz Edmonds.
28 points, Lil Benfield, Heather Forster.

MENS DIV1 WINNER; Russ Gill 39 points.
RUNNER UP; Jim Logan 36 points.

MENS DIV2 WINNER; Graeme Chappel 41 points.
RUNNER UP; Peter Wyatt 39 points.
MENS NTP; 3rd Roger Smith, 9th Geoff Maguire, 11th Ken Baker, 16th Evert Van Kleef.

39 points, Frank Thelan.
38 points, Neil Sharkey.
37 points, Les Doolan.
36 points, David Ingram, Garry Castle.
35 points, Rod Cade, George Studham.
34 points, Eric Pilhljerta, Ian McLeod-Carey, Robin Tonks, Roger Smith.
33 points, Peter Johnston, Alan Dwyer, Roger Glover, Merv Elms.
32 points, Graham Morrow, Ken Baker, Lou Siedle, Keith Schirmer, John Gregan.
31 points, Tom Stager, Rod Ingram, Geoff Maguire, John Lucas, Don Thomson,John Lucas, Ross White, Kevin Ranger.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Next Game Half Moon Bay 7 Mar


Our game next week is a single stableford at Half Moon Bay, sponsored by Golf World.

I'm advised that the full course is playable & in good nick apart from a temp green on the 15th, so hopefully we will not have too much rain in the interim.

Great burgers will be available as usual & the bar open, so see you there.


PS  As part of a joint initiative to modernize the Rules and make them easier to understand and apply, the USGA and The R&A have unveiled a preview of proposed new Rules of Golf.

The release of this preview begins a six-month feedback and evaluation period during which all golfers worldwide can learn about the proposed changes and provide input before they are finalized in 2018 and take effect January 1, 2019.
Players are reminded that the current 2016 Edition of the Rules of Golf remain in force when playing, posting scores or competing, until the new Rules are officially adopted by the USGA and The R&A in 2019.
Highlights of the proposed Rule changes include:
  • Elimination or reduction of “ball moved” penalties: There will be no penalty for accidentally moving a ball on the putting green or in searching for a ball; and a player is not responsible for causing a ball to move unless it is “virtually certain” that he or she did so.
  • Relaxed putting green rules: There will be no penalty if a ball played from the putting green hits an unattended flagstick in the hole; players may putt without having the flagstick attended or removed. Players may repair spike marks and other damage made by shoes, animal damage and other damage on the putting green and there is no penalty for merely touching the line of putt.
  • Relaxed rules for “penalty areas” (currently called “water hazards”): Red and yellow-marked penalty areas may cover areas of desert, jungle, lava rock, etc., in addition to areas of water; expanded use of red penalty areas where lateral relief is allowed; and there will be no penalty for moving loose impediments or touching the ground or water in a penalty area.
  • Relaxed bunker rules: There will be no penalty for moving loose impediments in a bunker or for generally touching the sand with a hand or club. A limited set of restrictions (such as not grounding the club right next to the ball) is kept to preserve the challenge of playing from the sand; however, an extra relief option is added for an unplayable ball in a bunker, allowing the ball to be played from outside the bunker with a two-stroke penalty.
  • Relying on player integrity: A player’s “reasonable judgment” when estimating or measuring a spot, point, line, area or distance will be upheld, even if video evidence later shows it to be wrong; and elimination of announcement procedures when lifting a ball to identify it or to see if it is damaged.
  • Pace-of-play support: Reduced time for searching for a lost ball (from five minutes to three); affirmative encouragement of “ready golf” in stroke play; recommending that players take no more than 40 seconds to play a stroke and other changes intended to help with pace of play.
  • Simplified way of taking relief: A new procedure for taking relief by dropping a ball in and playing it from a specific relief area; relaxed procedures for dropping a ball, allowing the ball to be dropped from just above the ground or any growing thing or other object on the ground.