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20 June 2019

Welcome to my Captains report.

It’s great to see continual improvement happening on our course. Labour intensive gardens are being removed but aesthetic low maintenance gardens are being retained. Problematic bunkers are being renovated ensuring improved drainage and playability. The theme of the match committee, is anytime we are doing course works, the GUR relief options will be generous. Golf is hard enough and is a game, so if we are doing work, the player won’t be disadvantaged.

Fantastic news this month with Jan Stephenson being inducted into the World Golfing Hall of Fame. In her acceptance speech Jan gave Tuggerah Lakes Golf Club / Shelly Beach Golf Club a nice mention as the place she began her golf. Jan is truly a worthy recipient of such honour.

Jordie Garner is continuing his overseas schedule and gaining invaluable experience along the way. We wish him well as he crosses the globe from Europe to the US.

As discussed at our recent strategic planning session, your match committee are looking at ways to modernise the game of golf to meet today’s demands. We are looking at rejigging a time honoured tradition of a Friday Chook Run!
For those too young to remember, years ago most clubs had a nine hole competition midweek which the prizes were traditionally frozen chicken hence the term chook run. Whilst our prizes will be vouchers, we are confident a nine hole Friday competition will be popular for those who maybe cannot play 18 holes in the week and want to sneak in some competition play in a shorter version of the game. We are thinking the price point be $10, but as a bonus, 100% of that money will be returned to the competitors, than being every competitor will get a drink voucher to the value of $5 and the remaining $5 will go to the prize pool with 100% returned to the competitors. Stay tuned for further details.
Our Masters team finished off the year with a narrow loss to Breakers at Breakers and ran second in the Division to a strong Wyong team. However next year we have some strong 50 year old ‘rookies’ breaking through, so look out 2020!

The match committee and greens committee will be working together over the next few months to cater for the drainage works to be conducted on the first, eighteenth, second and third fairway. Good planning will ensure minimal disruption.

July is a relatively quiet month in terms of major events, but the keen golfers will be using the time to sharpen their game leading to our major events. In August we have our two day Greg Chalmers Classic followed by Men’s Foursomes Championships.

And finally our thoughts and prayers go to Warren Anderson who is battling severe illness in hospital after recent heart surgery. Warren is in critical condition in Intensive Care at RNS private hospital. Warren dedicated countless hours to our club in the role of Board member, President and Captain. He has been acknowledged for such work by being awarded life member status. We wish him well and pray for a speedy recovery.

Peter Sliwinski