Author: McBride Tom

Upcoming Events, Super Seniors Results and other News

Firstly a message from President Tony Kemp.
It is now one week since the sudden passing of Shaughan McCosker, at his home in Tallwoods. At this stage there is still no news re funeral arrangements but you will be notified when this is known.
The Ladies Captain Jo Stephens has some news from recent Board deliberations on rescheduling events. As you know “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry” but we keep trying.

Two Person Medley Ambrose – KENO Qualifier

The latest unlucky event casualty was the KENO qualifier yesterday when yet again the weather intervened. This event has to be played in August and with other commitments on all forthcoming Saturdays TGC have resorted to changing it to Wednesday the 24th of August 2022. Hopefully most of the teams that were ready to go yesterday can now book in for this postponed date. In addition, anyone who couldn’t play yesterday can now consider playing in this event. Remember that the number of qualifying teams depends upon the field sizes. The daily event is medley but teams consisting of two men, two ladies or a man and a lady can qualify for free entry to a prestigious regional final of their choice and maybe go all the way to the state final. Check the previous update for more information and please bring your team entry fee of $5.00 to be paid to the starter when you check in. For more information on the rules of the competition please click on the link below.
http://www.golfnsw.org.au/events-champs/keno-lets-play-ambrose

Neighbourhood Challenge Round1/South Paw Cup Medley in conjunction – Saturday 20th August 2022

There’s still time to select your team of 4 players for the Neighbourhood Challenge sponsored by Swampy Sands.  There is an entry fee of $10 per person ($40.00 per team) payable at the proshop BEFORE you hit off.
Treasurer Carol will be there to help collect the money and all money will be returned by Swampy in the form of prizes to the winning teams.
Please email Swampy your team names and players names before Saturday swampysands@gmail.com
Please note that this is a three round event with Round 2 to be held in September with the final round held in October. The best three stableford scores each round are counted ensuring a close finish like we had last year.
Team members may (but are not required to) play in the same group.

 Calling all South Paws

The South Paw Cup is an attractive perpetual trophy sponsored by Ian Blair and Steven Murray that has also been postponed from earlier in the year. Since we are running out of days this will also happen next Saturday 20th of August in conjunction with the Neighbourhood Challenge. There is no extra entry fee or requirement except that you have to be left-handed so if you are left handed and want to play any event this week make sure it’s this one. 

 Dragon Day Saturday 27 August 2022

This monthly 4BBB/Medley Stableford with Single Stableford in Conjunction event is sponsored by Hallidays Point Tavern and the drawcard is the $900 Hole in One cash prize, which is still up for grabs.  In addition, there are also multiple prizes available for those who play well, as well as others who are lucky enough to pick up random prizes.   The timesheet is now open so find a partner and support this fun event.

Super Seniors Fall to Kew

After a promising draw at Port Macquarie last week our over 65 super heroes were missing two key players but queued up to take on Kew at Tuncurry last Thursday. The round was rescheduled from Forster course at the last minute, despite Tuncurry course being restricted to the only 9 playable holes that you go round twice. David Bullock and Bill Tipton were brought in with David making his debut as the latest junior recruit. Unfortunately David was the first to fall out of the queue however Tippo tip-toed his way to a convincing 6 & 4 thrashing and said thank-kew to his Kew opponent.
The rest of the team struggled in the conditions apart from the irrepressible Overspray who was down early but emerged right on cue to snatch a half point for squaring his match on the last hole.
Captain Trevor Tynan engaged in a titanic struggle with Kew’s best player until once again emerging victorious 1 up after sinking a lengthy putt on the last green with both teams watching from the comfort of the new club house.
The Supers venture to Harrington Waters tomorrow to take on Taree.\

Jeff Cutler reporting

Abnormal Course Conditions – Coring of greens

As a result of the annual coring of the greens, temporary local rules have been put in place as follows.

Temporary Local Rule:

CORE HOLES
On the putting green, a ball that comes to rest in, or on, an aeration hole may be placed at the nearest spot not nearer the hole that avoids the situation.

Penalty for breach of local rules: Stroke Play – 2 strokes. Match Play – Loss of hole.

All core droppings onfairways that are not marked by White Pegs or Lines are abnormal course conditions and relief may be taken – nearest point of relief, no nearer the hole.

5th Fairway
A fair quantity of the cores removed from the greens have been used to cover bare patches on the 5th fairway and special care should be taken while they settle in – especially in the case of any rain within the next few days.

Please keep carts outside the white pegged areas on the 5th fairway as these areas are Compulsory GUR.

On a personal note – thank you once again to the team of volunteers who helped out on the day. Having you all hand certainly made the event a success and it was over and done with before lunch. Well done.

Tony K
On behalf of the match committee

KENO Two Person Ambrose Qualifier this Saturday

Since our Club Captain Ian is away in Vietnam and I ran this last year I’ll send out some information.
This is the event of the day and my interpretation of the rules is all Tallwoods teams must pay the $5.00 per team entry fee (not optional).
Visitors can compete in the daily event but not the qualifier so don’t have to pay extra.
Can each team please bring $5.00 cash to be paid to the starter before you collect your card.
Below is a rules summary.

See Golf NSW website for full details

Terms of Competition – Keno Let’s Play Ambrose

  • Qualifying round is this Saturday the 13th of August 2022
  • Two Person ambrose teams of two.
  • Both players must players be both Tallwoods members with valid handicaps.
  • Three categories: 2 x male, 2 x female or mixed.
  •  The Pair must have a minimum combined daily handicap of 8.
  • Each player in the pair must have no more than 20 strokes difference in their daily handicap. (eg. If the lowest marker’s daily handicap is 5, their partner must play off no more than a daily handicap of 25). NOTE: If a pair’s daily handicaps are more than 20 strokes different, the higher marker will be limited to a daily handicap 20 strokes above the lower marker’s daily handicap. (This doesn’t apply for the daily event).
  • The pair’s PLAYING handicap on the day will be ¼ of their combined daily handicap. Each player must use at least 6 tee shots during a round.
  • Tee shots used MUST be indicated on the scorecard. All pairs playing in the qualifying event must pay a $5 entry fee ($2.50 per player) at their Club qualifying event. It will not be optional entry for players in the club qualifying event.
  • Number of qualifiers depends on field size.

As previously notified, the 2021 KENO was cancelled due to COVID but for any club (like us) who ran the event and sent names of qualifiers to Golf NSW, those players are allowed to enter the 2022 regional finals and the club gets a second chance on Saturday.
Mark Fisher and Dale Clarke won last year and have entered to play at Pacific Dunes. John Pearson and myself were second qualifiers but unfortunately I am out injured, which is lucky for some since the place will be offered to the reserves from last year (Stewart Murphy and Lakman Fernando).
The other teams to qualify in 2021 were Robyn Murray & Paula Livermore and Fiona Lane & Chris Beauchamp.
Good luck to those teams and to all who play on Saturday.

Jeff Cutler (ex captain, ex KENO qualifier and ex cart owner).

Vale Shaughan McCosker

It is with sincere regret that I pass on to you the passing of much respected club member Shaughan McCosker.

His sudden passing will come as a shock, but it is thought it may be related to a heart attack suffered sometime during the course of this morning.

Our thoughts are with his wife Glenda and their three children, Chelsea, Dane and Chris who are travelling to be together and will arrive sometime this evening.

Shaughan was always full of fun and a great friend to many golfers at Tallwoods. I think we all loved his quick wit and had an ability to conjure up an anecdote on almost any subject which was being discussed. He loved his golf and had a hit yesterday afternoon.

Shaughan who was 68, was a great friend and will be very sadly missed

Tony Kemp
Tallwoods Golf Club President

Super Seniors pennant team snatch a draw

The Super Seniors (over 65s) pennant season finally got under way at Port Macquarie on Monday. With 7 teams in Division 9 the format is for each club to host a round where the other six teams play. The Tallwoods match with Harrington Waters G.C. was closely fought and not decided until the last match on the last green when the last putt missed ensuring a tied result of four matches apiece.
Matches are played from scratch although GA handicaps must be revealed so that the last two matches are between the two lowest markers from each side. Most Tallwoods players were playing against someone with a lower GA handicap and the average GA for Tallwoods was 11 compared with 9 for the Harrington senior players. Tallwoods was also fielding three debutants for their second season in the big time, with only one previous SS season in 2020 and 2021 cancelled due to the pandemic.
John Pearson and Allan (Overspray) Overvliet scored resounding victories over their stunned opponents (5 & 4 and 6 & 5 respectively) to get the team off to a great start. This was John’s first SS win and Overspray once again proved that he can out talk, out walk, out spray and out play anyone on his day.
Mark Summergreene and our latest junior recruit, Allen Smith, were unlucky to meet very experienced in-form opponents and were vanquished but will learn from this experience, especially Allen who played the HW Overspray equivalent (Peter Budden).
Murray Bennett and Tony Kemp were holding their own against players on much lower handicaps and even led going into the second nine. However they couldn’t maintain the pressure nor match some of their opponents lucky bounces to each suffer narrow losses.
So it was all up to our low markers, team captain Trevor Tynan and club captain Ian Miller. Both have a current GA of 6.3 but their opponents both had lower GAs. Despite this Trev and Ian controlled their matches from the outset with brilliant stroke play and then held their nerve when the matches became very tight. Going down the 18th dormie 1 they each needed to win or halve the hole. Ian sank a great 4 metre putt to win 2 up and Trevor squared the hole to win his match 1 up when his opponent’s last putt of the day slid by the hole, much to the delight of at least the blue half the gallery around the 18th green.
With Tuncurry course closed the next round will be played at Forster Golf Club on Thursday 11 August when Tallwoods takes on Kew.

Coming Events

The August monthly medal is on this Saturday and COW Co-ordinator John Pearson will allow a small extension (5 August deadline) on individual match play games but would like to encourage all remaining combatants to play their matches asap.

Ian and Michele will be taking a well earned break in August but the match committee and Tony will endeavour to keep you informed of goings on.
The August NoOW will be in your letter box soon.
Farewell TKG and welcome Belcanto’s Restaurant & Bar.
 
Jeff Cutler Reporting

Captain’s Update July 29

Dragon Day

Not long to wait until the next Dragon Day event!  TCC have advised that carts are allowed so it will be an 18 hole event, 4BBB/Medley with Singles in conjunction.

There is an $800 jackpot prize up for grabs for a  ‘Hole in One’ from the YELLOW TEES on the 2nd Hole.

Please be aware of the following:
Multi Tees – Blue/White (men) and Red/Green (women).  Hopefully, Black Tees will be back in play next time.  The bunkers are in play, as are the basins on the 3rd and the 13th.  Aerated areas to be treated as GUR (nearest point of relief, no closer to the hole).  Follow the white arrows painted on the fairway and stay high where ever possible, as some fairways are still very wet.  
More importantly, have fun!!!

Chicken Run from the 10th hole

It’s been a while since many of us played the back nine holes so today’s the day!  The ProShop will adjust the handicaps accordingly.  We wish Bill Gibbs a speedy recovery and thank John Pearson, John Forestal and Mike Deignan for helping out once again, in Bill’s absence. 

Captain’s Update July 2022

To begin, I would like to thank all those who attended the combined Pennants Dinner last week.  All committee members present received very favourable responses from those in attendance and once again Jeff Cutler did an outstanding job as MC for the evening.  All Pennant teams were congratulated for their efforts this year and in particular the Women’s Pennant team that recorded an unblemished record of 3 wins from 3 starts.  This year also saw the inaugural Tallwoods Division 1 Pennant team receive special mention for their efforts.  In addition to the pennant awards those present were overwhelmed when Tom Gillogly presented Billy Brookes with the inaugural Tallwoods Blazer for what we hope will become a perpetual award for Club member of the year. 

Changes to the golf fixtures for 2022

With the amount of wet weather we have endured over the course of this year, a number of our yearly events have either had to be postponed and moved to later in the year or cancelled for this year.  With this in mind and the wish to complete as many events as possible, the following changes to the Fixtures Program have been made. 
The Southpaw Cup is now scheduled to be played on 20 August in conjunction with the 1st round of the Neighbourhood Challenge.
The Pro’s Mug is now scheduled to be played on 10 September in conjunction with the 2nd round of the Neighbourhood Challenge.  After consultation with Jeff Mendham, it was agreed to change the Pro’s Mug to a Stableford event (for this year).
The Foursomes Championships are now scheduled to be played on 19th & 20th November.

A decision regarding the 2022 4BBB Match Play and Mixed Match Play competitions will be made in the middle of September.  

Match Committee outcomes

Recently the Match Committee met to discuss a number of issues addressed below:

Mixed Comps

The Match Committee has agreed to hold Mixed Comp events on Wednesday and Thursday that will have both a separate Men and Women’s Comp during the upcoming September and Christmas school holidays.  It is hoped that this will give greater opportunity for member partners to play together, more options for working members to play midweek and encourage holiday makers to come and play in our mid-week comps.  

Golf for seniors

Tallwoods will host a ‘Get into Golf for Seniors’ Program, which will run for 6 weeks from late September (weather permitting), so if you know someone who may be interested in taking up golf, please let them know and have them contact me for further details.

Dragon Day

Dragon Day will hopefully go ahead this Saturday as a 9 or 18 hole competition (please check timesheet). The Halliday’s Point Tavern ‛Hole in One’ jackpot of $800 cash prize is up for grabs on the 2nd hole with all competitors playing off the yellow tees. For those who haven’t played before, this is a monthly multi-tee 4BBB in conjunction with a Medley Single Stableford event, Loyalty point prizes plus tavern vouchers are awarded to multiple winners.

Pace of play

All members need to be aware of the pace of play and the importance of keeping up to the group in front. The Committee recommends that a Provisional Ball should be played anytime there is doubt where the original ball finished.  Players should be cognisant that their pace of play affects others, and they should play promptly throughout the round. Players should prepare in advance for each stroke and move promptly between strokes and when moving to the next tee.
It is advised that a player should make a stroke in no more than 40 seconds – and usually less – after they are able to play without interference or distraction and play Ready Golf throughout their round.
Members are also reminded that Rule 18.2, the time for a ball search, (before the ball is declared lost), is three minutes.  Players should play their own ball before and not after helping to find a lost ball.
The Match Committee is currently developing a ‘Policy on Pace of Play’ in accordance with Rule 5.6 and this policy will be posted to the website when complete.

Signing score cards

The completion of scorecards is proving to be problematic for those closing the comps.  It is your responsibility as a player, under Rule 3.3b, to ensure that your score card is correctly filled out by recording the number of shots clearly, marking the dots and having both player and marker sign the card.  Sadly, if you do return a scorecard without your signature (or your marker’s signature) on it, you will be disqualified.  It’s important to remember that forgetting to sign the scorecard is almost certainly the most common cause of disqualification.

Boundary fence on the 12th hole

It’s important for all our members to understand that the tall fence on the left-hand side of the 12th hole is considered a Boundary Fence.
When walls, fences, or railings, form the boundary of the course, they are deemed to be fixed, and no relief is available should your ball be lying so close to them, as to make your next shot either very difficult or impossible. This is also the case where a ball is considered in bounds but resting up against the boundary fence, a player cannot strike the ball while it rests there. Consequently, a player cannot take free relief from the boundary fence. They must declare the ball unplayable and take a one-stroke penalty.
The player may then proceed under Rule 19 (ball unplayable), in which, you have three options, all attracting a penalty of one stroke.  You can go back to where you last played from; OR drop within two club-lengths not nearer the hole; OR go back as far as you like on a line keeping the point where your ball lies between you and the flag.

Elsewhere on a golf course, permanent structures such as toilet buildings, shelters, halfway huts, sprinkler boxes and fences defining cart paths etc are deemed immovable obstructions from which you can obtain free relief when they interfere with your stance or area of intended swing. But this doesn’t apply to walls and fences that define the boundary of the course.

Maximum score – Cap at 10

Golf NSW implemented Maximum Score- stroke play on the 1st Jan 2019 and the Match committee have agreed to apply this to Women’s comps for Stroke rounds with the exception of Honour Board Events, Monthly Medals, Golf NSW competitions and Team Events.  The timesheet will state ‛Maximum Score – cap at 10 rule’ and this rule will be applied as the ‛rule of the day’.  It is hoped that this format will encourage players to continue playing stroke rounds without being discouraged and to speed up play.  

Hopefully there is better weather around the corner, and we will soon be enjoying warmer days and more golf.
Cheers for now
Ian Miller

News 18 July 2022

Congratulations to Cameron Smith

No, he’s not Allen Smith’s son

Match Committee Decisions

The sun is shining today but John Pearson and Michele Miller have decided that (given the ongoing issues with the course), the closing date for the current round of the individual match play championships will be extended from the 18th of July to the 1st of August.

Inflation hits the Chook Run

The chook run committee has discovered, that along with everything else, the price of chickens has gone up. Used to be $3.90 per kilo, now $6.00!
Rather than cut back on the number of chickens the stand in committee of Mike Deignan and John Pearson have decided to increase the entry fee from $3.00 to $4.00. This is based on the rationale that the more chickens the better.
The new entry fee will commence next Friday.
(Lucky it’s not a chicken and lettuce run. Ed.)

Waves Cafe sponsors the Super Seniors

Dragon Day 25 June 2022

Happy Gaffey Grabs Prizes


Mark Gaffey was the star of the June Dragon Day. His 41 individual stableford points was easily the best score. Mark also teamed up with Swampy Sands to swamp the opposition in the 4BBB with a neat 4 dozen points. Low marker Stewart Murphy and Club Captain Ian Miller were brilliant at times but without much handicap you pay for the odd error or bad luck and each were left stranded on 36 points.
The Hallidays Point Tavern hole-in-one hole was this time the very shaded 14th hole. Stew the Smurf hit off first and his NTP held up all day. The mercurial octogenarian Billy Brookes, looking resplendent in red, hit a great tee shot but was unfortunately a fraction further away than the Smurf.
Fiona Lane shot the best individual score for ladies and Jenny (JLo) Lowe was the only player to finish on the 14th green in sunshine, but unfortunately missed her 35 metre putt. Michele Miller arrived late in the day to snatch the ladies NTP prize.
A field of 59 played including a group of visitors from Gunnedah.
Jeff Cutler, 14th hole scrutineer, reporting
P.S. That’s enough “Are you going to decorate your cart for Ash Wednesday?”, “fire bug”, “cutlass cartless” heart less jokes now. And I have concluded that it must have been a fire breathing water dragon that started the Jurassic Park fire on Tuesday.

Cock/Chick of the Walk update and other news

C.O.W. Match Play Update

Thursday 16 June 2022

From the Editor
The sun is out, carts are on and TGC golf is finally back in business.
A field of 107 played in the Queen’s Birthday Ambrose on Monday that was won by Trevor & Karen Tynan, Elwyn & Gai Taylor with a score of 55.25. On Tuesday Des Thompson and Julie Bodycote were the short course winners while Cathy Crombie took out the first lady vets 18 hole comp in quite a while. With the sun still streaming down on Wednesday Terry Bodycote and Peter Quinlivan won the 4BBB with a modest score of 41 (it must still be tough out there.) The ladies are back out there today and most of you know that tomorrow TCC are running a major memorial golf day with a big field and are appreciative of members loaning their carts.
In case you missed it the ladies’ pennant season was abandoned denying the undefeated Tallwoods ladies a chance to win the pennant. Meanwhile the Super Seniors pennant draw is out. Tallwoods is in Division 9 with 6 other teams and is hosting for the last round on September 9.
John Pearson is still assistant C.O.W. co-ordinator and Captain Ian has an update on how to progress these important match play events.
 Jeff Cutler Editor

C.O.W. Update
For Cock and Chick of the Walk bookings, can players please book your rounds directly with the Pro Shop, rather than including your name remotely on a booking sheet for an existing competition. If you do the latter it can lead to a miscalculation of match fees owing on that day and also can cause confusion if other members put their names down with you on the basis that you are playing in the competition. Thanks in advance for this.
Also, just confirming that the closing date for the first round is now the 27th June. If the weather holds and carts are on, this date will not change. Please book your matches as soon as you can, and ensure that your entry fee is transferred before you start. We have a few members who have already played but have yet to post theirs.
The $10 fee is payable to:
 Tallwoods Golf Club inc.
BSB 062190
Account Number 10556949
Many thanks
Ian Miller, Captain
On behalf of the Match Committee