News from the Red Tees February 2018

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Welcome to the first edition for 2018 of News from the Red Tees. We trust you had a relaxing time over the Christmas and New Year, and are ready for the year ahead. I am looking forward to working with Captain Elaine and your Committee in ensuring that your needs as members of this wonderful Club are met both on and off the course. It’s going to be a busy year!


Notices and News


Charity Year

Your committee is delighted to announce that the Friends of HEAL (Home of Expressive Arts and Learning) Foundation is the nominated beneficiary of our 2018 charity fundraising year.

HEAL began at the Milpera State School in Chelmer in 2004 and has provided support and assistance to young people from over 50 culturally diverse ethnic backgrounds. The Friends of HEAL formed in 2012 to secure ongoing financial support for the program which provides refugee adolescents direct relief from distress and enhances their education and cultural integration. It aims to help these young people settle, embrace their new identities and create better mental-health outcomes through culturally appropriate creative arts and music therapy.

We know that you will give, as always, your full support to our fundraising efforts this year. The timeliness and value of a program such as HEAL are encapsulated by the words of journalist Kathleen Noonan, who wrote about HEAL in the Courier Mail Q-Weekend in 2016:

We know that young refugees who feel valued and have the language and capacity to connect with friends are less likely to experience disengagement. As a society, you want as few isolated, damaged citizens as possible. Mentally healthy, loved and socially included individuals don’t plot great hurt and terrible deeds upon their society. They go on to live happier and more productive lives.

Please visit their website at to learn more about their activities.


High Tea Cook Book  

A High Tea recipe book is being compiled to compliment our High Tea charity fundraiser to be held on Friday, 23 March. If you have a business, or know of a business which may be interested in advertising in the book, or if anyone is interested in contributing any amount towards the cost of printing, please see Ladies’ President Helen Placanica or email


Trophy Allocations for 2018

A big change for 2018 is to our Tuesday and Saturday trophy donation and allocation procedures. Management of trophies has always been a difficult and complex job and so it was timely with donations now incorporated as an opt-out on the annual subs notices that we trial a complete overhaul of our trophy allocation procedures.

As a result of the amazing generosity of so many of you, the total pool of trophy donations received has been spread across all events throughout the year rather than having each individual $35 donation allocated to a specific event. This has meant that we can now reward our Tuesday and Saturday winners with a $40 voucher, and our Monthly Medal winners with not only the coveted medal but also a $30 voucher. Please note the value of individual donations remains at $35; it is simply the distribution of these donations that has changed.

The new allocation procedure applies only to our Tuesday and Saturday competition trophies. For the Honour Board and special events trophies presented at our AGM, the process is unchanged and your $50 trophy donation will be sourced ahead of the AGM in November. And of course, those who choose to donate a gift in lieu of a $35 donation may continue to do so.

A list of all trophy donors is in the locker room, and all donors are sincerely thanked by your committee and fellow golfers for your support and generosity. If you have any queries about your trophy donation or allocations process, please see either Helen Placanica, Elaine Egerton or Sue Rapson. Feedback on the new allocations procedures is most welcome.


Congratulations DeeDee

Following up from member DeeDee Russell’s win as the Dunes Medal Women’s Champion in November, it was exciting to see her competing in her first Pro-tournament (as an amateur) in the Victorian Open earlier this month. Finishing with a +3 and +4 meant she missed the cut but gained invaluable experience.



Hole-in_One Club

You never know when that “ace” is going to happen – just ask Elaine Egerton, Jane Wood and Alison Dignan who each scored a hole-in-one over the summer break. So best be prepared, just in case it’s your turn next, and sign up for our Hole-in-One Club.

Elaine aced the 11th hole whilst playing the Hambrose on Saturday 16 December and Jane aced the 4th playing on Tuesday 12 December. Unfortunately for Jane, who is a Victoria Park Pathway member, she was playing social golf in order to finalise her cards for handicapping, but that didn’t diminish the thrill. And Alison Dignan had her hole-in-one on the 7th on Thursday, 19 January, using a hybrid to sink her tee shot. Congratulations to you all!



Membership in the Hole-In-One Club costs you just $1 each time a hole-in-one is recorded. Participating members making a hole-in-one then receive $1 from every member of the Hole-in-One Club. So with 500 members in the Hole-in-One Club, an “ace” will earn you $499. To join, simply email your name and membership number to


Presentation of Division 6 Pennants Badges

The 2017 winning Division 6 Pennant team were presented with pennant badge on opening day. Pictured below are players (back) Colleen Hawes, Berenice Holmes, Jen Berkman, Julie Brown, (front) Leanne James, Lyn Brandon and Sue Rapson (absent Ping Lui).



Winner of the 2017 International Bowl Silver Division

Congratulations to Kerrie O’Callaghan who won the Queensland Golf 2017 International Bowl, Silver Division – you know, the event for which we all pay $7 per year to enter. Kerrie not only won the Brisbane & District title, but also the State title. Considering how many golfers must be involved in this event, it was a terrific achievement – and Kerry is proudly showing off her reward – the winner’s brooch! Perhaps it should be framed for posterity?



Ladies Let’s Golf Volunteer Escorts

We will be again requiring a volunteer pool of escorts for the 9-hole on-course play on Thursday afternoons at 12.30pm, and on Saturdays at 3.30pm. It’s a great way to meet our new members and help introduce them to the great game of golf. You are provided with a motorised cart. There is a sign-on sheet for volunteers in the locker room, and if you have any questions, please contact Viv Cassidy or Trisha Quinn.


Thank You

Big thank you to Julianne Wray for kindly donating the hair dryers for the ladies’ locker room.  Your generosity is much appreciated.


Not getting emails?

There are usually several emails sent to members each week on any number of topics – upcoming events, course updates, important information from your President and Captain, and of course the monthly News from the Red Tees. If you are not receiving these emails, then please check with the office that your email address is current and is included on the mailing list. If you share an email address with your husband/partner then ensure the address is included on both the men’s and ladies’ email lists – a message from the Ladies’ President is only sent to those email addresses in the ladies’ email list. Be aware also that if you “unsubscribe” (either intentionally or by accident) your email address is automatically deleted from the email list.

All important notices to members are also posted on the website under “Latest News”.



Upcoming Events

Valentine’s Champagne Evening – Friday, 16 February

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Canard-Duchene Champagne Evening. Enjoy a glass of champagne in The Gardens and experience the art of Sabrage (a technique for the opening of a champagne bottle with a sabre) followed by a delicious 3-course meal for $80 per person ($90 for non-members).


Brisbane Shield – Qualifying round – Sunday, 18 February

The qualifying 4BBB v Par event for a spot in The Club’s most prestigious handicapped mixed event will take place on Sunday, 18 February. Eight qualifying pairs will play the 4BBB match play knockout Quarter Finals on Sunday, 25 February, the Semi Finals on Sunday, 4 March and Finals Day will be Sunday, 11 March. The trophy for this event is much sought after by members and has been donated by Keith and Julie Cockburn since 1962.


Clare Kirkwood – Tuesday, 27 February

The draw for partners as well as Captain’s and President’s teams will be conducted from the names entered on the Nomination Sheet which opened on Tuesday 6 February.  The draw will be up on the website on Thursday, 22 February.  This is a free golf day – and a day of friendly rivalry with the President hoping to reclaim the trophy from last year’s winning Captain’s team.  The trophy will be presented after play on the day.


Date Claimer – Friday, 23 March – Charity High Tea


Captain’s Corner


Nellie Hatton and Johnson Staines – 4BBB Matchplayy

In the 2018 diary you may notice a couple of changes to the format of Nellie Hatton and Johnson Staines. In previous years these events have caused pace of play issues. After reviewing a few different options the following was decided:

  • Introduce a qualifying round for the Nellie Hatton competition where 32 pairs will advance to the next round
  • Introduce dates when playoff games must be completed by

The playoff matches for Nellie Hatton must be played outside of the normal Tuesday and Thursday times. It will be the responsibility of the players to agree a time for the playoff and it is imperative you contact the Golf Shop to request a tee time for your game, informing them it is for the Nellie Hatton or Johnson Staines playoff. Playing a round for either of these events without contacting the Golf Shop may lead to disqualification. Please read the new Conditions of Play, which are displayed in the ladies’ locker room.


External Events

Throughout the year we receive information and invitations from other golf clubs to play at their charity and open events. This is a great opportunity for our ladies to experience other courses and for those who are representing the BGC at pennant, it is a valuable opportunity to play some of our competitors’ courses ahead of time. Therefore I would encourage you to take advantage of these offers.

I have received the following information:

  • Wantima GC – 4BBB Stableford to be held on 28 February, 8.30am shotgun
  • Wynnum GC – hosting BDLGA District Foursomes Championship on the 12 March 2018
  • MacLeod Masters – single Stableford in 3 divisions on 10 February 2018, 7.30am shotgun

Further details of these events are on the whiteboard in the ladies’ locker room. If you are interested in entering any of these events please contact or contact the event organiser directly.


4BBB Stablefords

As we all know we have a new system in place for scorecards. There are still a few issues which have to be dealt with, one being scorecards for 4BBB. The advice we have been given in regard to marking a card for a 4BBB is as follows:

Each individual player has a card marked as a single Stableford.  When the cards are processed the system will calculate the 4BBB score for the pair.




A warm welcome to 6-day membership to Ana Hirst who comes to us from Washington, USA. We look forward to Ana joining our fields once she has completed the formalities for Golf Australia handicap.


Around The Traps


Weekend Christmas Party

The Saturday girls sure love a themed party -with Christmas being a particular favourite. The best-dressed team was again the Christmas Boxes – Joyce Cheney, Sue Campbell, Maureen Keers and Von Rohl.



Midweek Opening Day

As always a big day to celebrate the opening of our midweek golf here at The Brisbane Golf Club. The Bring & Buy stall was as popular as ever, with Margot’s jams and Kerry Duce’s cupcakes selling out in record time! Thank you again to everyone who contributed.



The fashion parade of Nivo golfing gear organised by Tina Winston was a great success – thanks to our gorgeous models Margot McNee, Tessa English, Pip Holmes and Lyn Brandon. The Footjoy and Pop-up Shop did a brisk trade, and with 143 present for lunch, it was a very happy, and noisy, occasion with everyone excited and keen to get the golfing season underway. Check out the gallery to see who was spotted.



That was a close call!

This buggy has a death wish. Fished once already from the murky depths by its previous owner, it was left momentarily unattended on a flat path by the 2nd tee. Yet with not a breath of wind for propulsion, it eerily careened its way backwards towards the water hazard, gaining speed and stopping miraculously only when its wheel wedged in a bit of twisted trunk. Time for a brand new buggy, Julie!



Ladies, Let’s Golf


Our first Come and Try clinics, conducted by Golf Queensland, were held in the first week of February, and our level 1 coaching clinics have commenced, with a total of 33 ladies participating.  The reputation of the BGC in supporting this Golf Queensland initiative, and the membership pathway in place for new-to-golf ladies, has seen this intake the biggest to date.

Welcome to Ann Findley who joins the Bronze level, and congratulations to Jules Gray and Cate Edwards, who graduate from Bronze to Silver, and Gillian Aston, Janine Shaw and Lyn Mellifont who graduate from Silver to Gold.


Golf Plus


Thank you to the green-thumbed plant lover who has been regularly watering the orchid on the vanity in the ladies’ locker room over the summer. Amazing how this perpetual bloom just keeps on keeping on.

And thank you to Robyn Cuming who is continuing to beautify our locker room with interesting and creative Ikebana arrangements.



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