Oatlands Enews – Friday, 12th April 2019


This E-news covers the following topics:

  • Masters Breakfast – Monday 15th April
  • From the Course
  • Volunteer Update
  • Green Tee Course
  • Barbara Koch Memorial Golf Day
  • Upcoming Demo / Fitting Days
  • Rules of Golf – 13.2c Ball resting against the Flagstick in the Hole 
  • Upcoming Events
  • Competition Update
  • Representative Teams

Masters Breakfast – Monday 15th April

With the US Masters kicking off this morning excitement is building for the Club’s annual Masters Breakfast. We currently have 90 members and guests booked in for the breakfast and 18 hole shotgun start, and with the likes of Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Cameron Smith in contention early, it promises to be another thrilling finish to this iconic event.

Members can still book a place for this event which commences at 6am (breakfast at 7:30am), followed by an 18 hole shotgun start Stableford, with the winner of the event adding their name to Oatlands’ very own Green Jacket.

There are plenty of prizes on offer including a unique aggregate event where every golfer draws a PGA Tour player competing in the last round of the Masters and adds their scores together to get a 2 Ball Aggregate Stableford score.

Members can bring up to 3 guests with no additional charge for green fees.

Visit the Clubs website or click here to book in for this historic event.


From the Course

Rainfall for the week: 14.5mm           Rainfall for 2019: 407.5mm                 Dam: 100%        Green Speed 8.5 feet

This week, the team has trimmed all bunker edges on the course. The sharp clean edge certainly improves the appearance of these hazards throughout the course. This task takes staff 2 days to complete.

The cutting height on the greens is back to 3mm following renovations, which is our usual cutting height. The greens were rolled Monday afternoon, Wednesday morning, Friday morning and will be rolled again tomorrow morning. 

The practice green and the area on the Clubhouse end of the nursery have been oversown this week. The white cloth over the practice green helps the seed germinate, as well as protecting the seed from ducks, foxes digging holes in the sand, and creates a warm atmosphere beneath the covering whilst still allowing sufficient light through. The cloth will stay in place for just over a week or until the seed has germinated enough.

Enjoy the weekend and Happy Easter!

The Course Team

Volunteer Update

Volunteers were back on course on Monday, raking bunkers on the front 11 holes before the ladies competition, and then helping course staff tidy up bunkers on the back 7 holes after we had trimmed them. Path edges were also trimmed again, fairways blown, rough mown, tree guards repaired or removed, Clubhouse maintenance and the drainage pits on the 10th hole were cleaned out after all the recent rainfall events. Robin Arthur did another 4 hours on the Ventrac mowing rough for us. Thank you very much to all that lent a helping hand this week, as always, it is very much appreciated.


Green Tee Course

Following feedback from the membership, the Match Committee have decided to expand the green tee course and include green tee markers on all 18 holes. It is hoped that this will provide members, who struggle with the length of the current tee options, with a viable alternative to continue to enjoy their golf on a shorter course.

Implementation of this expanded green tee course will take place over the coming month once the tee markers are sourced. This will be communicated in subsequent Enews.

Once the tees are in place, a ball competition will be held from the green tees on a Wednesday and a Saturday, with prizes added based on the number of players in the green tee competition. The green tee competition will open to any handicap and age.


Upcoming Demo / Fitting Days

The Oatlands Golf Club Pro Shop host regular Demo / Fitting Day in-conjunction with the leading Golf Club manufacturers. 

These days are a great way to trial the latest technology on offer and get your next golf club purchase fitted specifically for your swing.

Upcoming Demo / Fitting Days are listed below with a link to the booking timesheet for each respective day:

Tuesday 16th April: Callaway – Click here to book

Monday 29th April: Titleist – Click here to book

Thursday 9th May: PING – Click here to book


Ladies Update – Barbara Koch Memorial Golf Day

On Monday 8th April, the ladies held the annual Barbara Koch Memorial Day with 77 ladies taking to the field for an Individual Stableford Event. The winner of the day was Anne Kennedy with 39 points.

As this is one of our major fundraising days, the ladies held a raffle and had morning tea for a gold coin donation.  We raised almost $3,000 with a very kind donation from the Ladies Bridge Club. The winners of the raffle were:-

1st Prize  John Porter

2nd Prize Jean Wong

3rd Prize  John Bowring

4th Prize  Lesleigh Perkins

5th Prize  Denny White

A very big thank you to everyone who kindly supported our day.

Lesleigh Perkins – Lady President







Rules of Golf – 13.2c Ball resting against the Flagstick in the Hole 

With the new rules, there are a number of small changes that are not readily apparent. One of these is the definition of “Holed” and to the change of the Rule when the ball rests against the flagstick in the hole. 

Now that we can putt with the flagstick left in the hole, the ball often rests against flagstick.  Rule 13.2c guides us.

Rule 13.2c  Ball resting against the Flagstick in the Hole

“If a player’s ball comes to rest against the flagstick left in the hole:

  • If any part of the ball is in the hole below the surface of the putting green, the ball is treated as holed even if the entire ball is not below the surface.
  • If no part of the ball is in the hole below the surface of the putting green:
    • The ball is not holed and must be played as it lies.
    • If the flagstick is removed and the ball moves (whether it falls into the hole or moves away from the hole), there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced on the lip of the hole (see Rule 14.2).
  • Penalty for Playing Incorrectly Substituted Ball or Playing Ball from a Wrong Place in Breach of Rule 13.2c: General Penalty under Rule 6.3b or 14.7a.
  • If multiple Rule breaches result from a single act or related acts, see Rule 1.3c(4).
  • In stroke play, the player is disqualified if he or she fails to hole out as required under Rule 3.3c.”

NOTE: If the ball is not holed and it drops into the hole when the flagstick is removed, in stroke play, if the ball is not replaced and you play from the next tee, in Stroke you are disqualified and in Stableford score zero points.  This is a change from the old (2016) Rule 17-4 where you are deemed to have holed out with the last stroke.

Monday 15th April: US Masters Breakfast and Golf

Click here to book

Wednesday 24th April: Bistro on Bettington

Click here to book

Sunday 12th May: Mother’s Day Luncheon

Click here to book

Wednesday 29th May: Bistro on Bettington

Click here to book


Competition Update

Saturday 6th April:

             A Grade: Michael Toal

B Grade: James Barclay

4BBB: Johnny Qin / Aldwin Papa

Scratch: Joseph El-Badawi

Ladies: Stephanie Monaghan

Monday 8th April: Barbara Koch Memorial Day

Barbara Koch: Anne Kennedy

A Grade: Eileen Stratford

B Grade: Jill Young

C Grade: Anne Kennedy

Wednesday 10th April:

A Grade: Glenn Matheson

B Grade: Elias Wehbe

C Grade: Villi Isaia

Scratch: Scott Tarrant

4BBB: Chris Garland / Pixie Sasse

Ladies: Pixie Sasse

Thursday 11th April:

A Grade: Sharon Sassen

B Grade: Karen Butler

C Grade: Michelle Kelly-Sansone

9 Hole: Anne Stanfield


Ladies Pennant

Bronze II – Bye (hosting at Oatlands)

Silver II

Silver II played Monash CC at North Ryde GC, this was a must win match.  The ladies won 3/2 with four matches going to the 18th. 

This now puts us in a great position to win the pennant with one match to go.  Well done ladies.

Lina Kim       Square

Kathy Lim     lost 2/1

Jenny Park   Square

Stephanie Monaghan   1 up

Lesleigh Perkins    1 up

Silver Salver

Silver Salver played their first match today at Ryde Parramatta GC against Long Reef GC, after hosting last week.  Unfortunately we went down 3/2.  Better luck next week.

Justa Kim      lost 6/4

Amy Kim       1 down

Amanda Walkerden   won 3/2

Vanessa Chivers        won 2/1

Rhonda Tresnan      lost 4/3

Amanda Walkerden


Have a great weekend from the team at Oatlands.

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