Oatlands Enews – Friday, 22nd March 2019
This E-news covers the following topics:
- From the Course
- Volunteer Update
- Staff Profile – Kathy Bright, Membership and Administration
- New Member Buddy Programme
- Practice Pitching / Nursery Green to be Closed after Renovation
- House Account Charges to be Signed
- Rules of Golf – 3 minutes to search for a Lost Ball
- Upcoming Events
- Competition Update
- Representative Teams
From the Course
Rainfall for the week: 175.0mm Rainfall for 2019: 342mm Dam: 100% Green Speed Renovation
This week, the focus for the team has been greens renovations. The wet weather threw all our plans into disarray starting with Sunday afternoon. The greens were very wet Sunday morning, resulting in the course being closed. A decision was made to postpone the start of the renovation until Monday morning. Whilst the weather caused a significant disruption, we were lucky enough to get a 5-6 break on Monday morning which allowed the renovation to proceed. Thanks to a herculean effort by staff and the 16 volunteers, we were able to have all greens cored and cleaned up by 1pm. The video below shows the incredible effort undertaken by our volunteers without whom the renovation would not have been possible.
Due to the wet weather, topdressing of greens had to be delayed, and is continuing as weather permits.
All areas of the course have been cut this week, with fairways and tees being cut twice. Rough has been cut from fairway edges to the start of the tree lines. A special thanks has to go to Robin Arthur who provided an additional day of volunteering to assist with mowing. This was on top of the hours he volunteered on Monday. Bill Tunks and Merv Trevaskis also did extra volunteering on Thursday, blowing fairways and stick picking. Thank you gentlemen for thos extra hours, it is a genuine display of the Club spirit that is the cornerstone of Oatlands Golf Club!
Enjoy the weekend
The Course Team
As previously mentioned, a huge thank you goes to the volunteers who gave up their time to assist with Monday’s renovation. With the volume of rain experienced in the lead up to, and on the planned days of the renovation, many Clubs would have had to delay the work. It is a credit to all volunteers that our renovation could proceed, and as such, all members will reap the reward of the volunteer work over the coming months, especially the ongoing high quality putting surfaces we are privileged to experience day in and day out.
Staff Profile – Kathy Bright, Membership and Administration
With the membership renewal process in full swing, we thought it is the perfect time to profile one of the Club’s most popular staff, Kathy Bright.
Kathy is the Club’s Membership and Administration Coordinator and has been part of the team at Oatlands for almost 5 years. Prior to Oatlands, Kathy worked as an Executive Assistant for a large Corporate Entity and moved into the role at the Club for a better work/life balance.
Kathy’s hobbies, when away from the Club, are Touch Football and fitness (gym and circuit training). She has 3 boys aged 13, 16 & 19 (plus the family dog is a boy).
The thing Kathy loves the most about working at Oatlands is the friendly members which is evident in her always friendly and helpful approach to all enquiries.
Kathy works part-time at Oatlands (Tuesday – Friday and Saturday during membership renewals) and is a warm welcoming face at the Club’s Reception.
If you are new to the Club or haven’t met her before, please drop into Reception and say hello, or contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for all your membership queries.
New Member Buddy Programme
The Membership Committee would like to ask for members to volunteer to be part of a new Buddy Programme for new members. Integration into a new Golf Club can often be daunting, especially if joining alone, and the Club are keen for new members to feel comfortable and become involved in Club activities from the beginning of their membership. With this in mind, the Club are calling for expressions of interest in members being involved in a Buddy Programme. This would involve buddy members playing a game with new members, introducing them to the handicap and competition process, and introduction to various social circles.
If you would like to take part in this programme, please email the General Manager, Sam Howe at email@example.com
Practice Pitching / Nursery Green to be Closed after Renovation
Members are advised that the Practice Pitching / Nursery Green (adjacent to the carpark), has been closed following the Autumn course renovation on 18 / 19 March. This is due to the high level of un-repaired pitchmarks and subsequent deterioration of the putting surface in recent times, as per the photos below.
As well as being the main source of turf, in the event that one of the 18 greens on the golf course needs repair, it is hoped that this green will act as a temporary practice putting green when the Club undertakes planned upgrade work to this precinct. Members will see from the photos above that the grass itself is in good condition, however the volume of pitch marks makes it redundant for either replacement turf, or practice putting, and subsequently the decision has been made to close this green for the time being.
Further communication will take place around the status of this area as conditions improve.
House Account Charges to be Signed
To overcome any confusion relating to House Account charges, particularly relating to split bills, the Club will require all charges placed on member House accounts to be signed at the point of transaction by the member placing the order. This will be in place for transactions occurring in the Pro Shop, Bar and Sandwich Bar. We thank members in advance for their co-operation with this process.
Rules of Golf – 3 minutes to search for a Lost Ball
Members are reminded that with the changes to the Rules of Golf that came into effect on 1st January 2019, the maximum time allowed to search for a lost ball is now 3 minutes. This Rule has been implemented to ensure that golf is played in a timely fashion and all golfers are reminded to adhere to this change. Three minutes is a very short amount of time, so please be mindful to not prolong the search and if in doubt please play a provisional ball.
Wednesday 27th March: Bistro on Bettington
Sunday 31st March: Husband & Wife Trophy
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Monday 8th April: Barbara Koch Memorial Day (Ladies)
Monday 15th April: US Masters Breakfast and Golf
Wednesday 24th April: Bistro on Bettington
Saturday 16th March
A Grade: Jeff Stark
B Grade: Mark Clout
C Grade: Brian Doherty
D Grade: Luke Dooley
Scratch: Scott Tarrant
Ladies: April Ku
Thursday 21st March – 3 Person Ambrose
Judith Goudge, Linda Gyzen & Jean Wong
Ladies Grade Pennant
The teams for this week are listed below:
Grade played The Lakes GC at NSW GC, and squared the match. The following ladies were representing the Club:
Silver II played Killara GC and Pennant Hills GC and won 4 games 1. The following ladies were representing the Club:
Bronze II played Avondale GC at Chatswood GC and lost 4 games 1. The following ladies were representing the Club:
We wish all the ladies the best of luck for the remainder of the respective seasons.
Men’s Major Pennant
The season finishes with a wash out!
The 2019 Major Pennant season wrapped up on Sunday 17th March with most matches in Sydney being washed out.
While it is not the ideal way to finish the season, we ended up finishing 3rd in our group which means that we retain our place in Division 2 for 2020.
Monash won our group and proceed to promotion playoff match, whilst Cabramatta will progress to the relegation playoff match.
This year was always going to be a very tough year for us with a number of our top players being lost to other Clubs in the last two years. This made the effort of our side even more impressive and if not for the final round washout, they would have likely finished second in the division.
We start planning immediately for 2020, looking for a couple of top order players to strengthen our squad.
Have a great weekend from the team at Oatlands.