September Monthly Medal

News and Views from Taree Golf Club    6 September 2017


September Monthly Medal

The first Monthly Medal of Spring was matched by wonderful sunny Spring weather, a tad chilly early and warming nicely by mid-morning to present some great conditions for golfing.  The Monthly Medal is sponsored by Classic Design Jewellers.

The A grade medal was won by Mark Farrow with a net score of 69 and Peter Doherty had the best scratch score in the grade with a great round of 71.  Runner up was the in-form Mal Moore (70) on a count back from Ray Matthews (70) in third place.  Brian Warwick was the winner in B grade with a nett 70 and the best scratch score in the grade went to Scott Jacklin (83).  Bob Nupier was runner up with a nett 72 and Craig Mitchell took third place on a count back with 74.  The C grade medal went to Graeme Noble with a nett 69 and John Daly’s 96 was the best scratch score in the grade.  Second place went to John Wagener with a nett 76 a count back ahead of Graeme Pitman (76) in third place.  The club welcomed visitors from Wingham and Fredericton.

Nearest to the pins were won by: Ross Townsend at the 1st; Jim Harris and Peter Wildblood at the 4th; Scott Jacklin at the 12th; Steve Carr, Brian Warwick and Graeme Noble at the 14th; and Trevor Cheers at the 16th.  The sharpshooters award of the day went to Trevor Cheers whose shot at the 16th was just 57 cm from the pin.

Taree women golfers also played a stroke event on the Saturday and the win went to Deborah Creighton with a newt score of 74.


Women on Wednesday

On Wednesday, another good-sized field of Taree women golfers turned out for the annual president, captain and secretary’s day sponsored by Jill Illidge.  The top team for 2017 was the captain’s team with a total of 404 points followed by the president’s team (397) and the secretary’s team (393) with the encouragement award.  For the president’s team Jane Willemsen put I the best score with 37 on a count back from Judy Fuller (37) and Di Morley (36).  Holly Innes with 43 points was star of the day as well as the winning captain’s team and she was followed Cindy Gooch (38) on a count back from Merle Wright (38) in third place.  Shirley Maurer’s 39 points was best for the secretary’s team; Neroli Nupier (38) was next and Winsome Stitt (37) came home in third place.


Midweek Golf

Last Monday Taree veterans played their foursomes championships and the winning pair were Barry Hodgson and Pat Coleman with a nett score of 103; in second place were Bruce Steber and Don Sheather (104.75) and Phil Biviano and David Broadbent (106) finished in third place.  Tuesday’s medley Stableford saw Stuart Innes winning with 39 points while Graeme Noble (38) was second.  Thursday’s scores were again on the high side with John Wagener’s 41 points taking top honours.  Rob Moore (40) was second and Bruce Walker who is back on form leading up to the club championships next month was third with 39 points.  The best scratch score for the day was earned by Tony Wiseman on 30 points.  The four-ball was won by John Wagener and Leisa Harris with 49 points.


Coming Up! 

Next Saturday is a Men’s & Mixed two-person Ambrose a “fun day of golf” to follow the greens renovation work earlier in the week.  The next day is the new Sunday monthly medley event this time a three-ball team event.  The following Saturday is a Stableford and on the 23 and 30 September there are the two days of the Club’s Springtime Tournament.


Rules Quiz

Q1: Loose impediments may not be removed with the back of the club.  True or False?  The correct answer is false.  Loose impediments can be removed by any means, including using the back of the club, provided nothing is pressed down. See Decision 23-1/1.  Golfers need also to be careful in doing so to avoid moving loose soil if they are off the green as this would attract a two-stroke penalty.

Q2: Grass covered ground bordering or within a bunker is not part of the bunker.  True or False? The correct answer is true.  See Definition of Bunker.

Q3: In a foursome match, you accidently move your ball; incurring a penalty of one stroke.  You partner must play the next stroke.  True or False?  The correct answer is false.  You must play the stroke, as penalty strokes do not affect the order of play (Rule 29-1). See also Decision 29-1/5.

Q4: It is a breach of the Rules to ask your opponent or fellow-competitor the length of the hole about to be played.  True or false?  The correct answer is false.  Information regarding distance is public information. See the Definition of Advice.

Q5: In stroke play, you are waiting to play to the putting green and drop a ball on the fairway and strike it twice with your putter. What is the ruling? (a) You incur a penalty of two strokes; (b) You incur a penalty of four strokes; or (c) There is no penalty.  The correct answer is A: you must not make a practice stroke during the play of a hole (Rule 7-2).

Q6: In foursomes match play, it is your turn to play first from a tee and you do so.  Your partner then plays from the tee as though it is a four-ball event. What is the ruling? (a) There is no penalty; (b) There is a one stroke penalty and your partner’s ball is in play; or (c) There is a loss of hole penalty.  The correct answer is B: Effectively your side has proceeded under stroke and distance (Rule 27-1). Your side’s next stroke will be your fourth.

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