Welcome to the September edition of the News from the Red Tees and welcome to Spring!
Ladies President’s Note
We can once again celebrate, as we have battled further Covid lockdowns, and managed to re-emerge to our continuing golfing and social events.
Our re-emergence saw a flurry of activity with the Indooroopilly challenge. We had 80 ladies participating, (one of our largest attendances) and once again Brisbane Golf club was victorious. We now hold 4 wins to 2, and we look forward to defending our title again next year.
The following day, we had the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our female membership, with members ranging from 7 to 94 years. Our attending nonagenarians entertained us with memories of days gone by and how much the world and our club has evolved over the many years of their membership. They brought much laughter and even a tear to the room. These ladies reminded us again of how special it is to be part of this community.
Our 125 year celebration dinner will be upon us very shortly. I look forward to seeing you there to celebrate our wonderful club.
Thank you for your ongoing support in helping to keep our community together.
Wishing you good golfing.
Notices and News
In an effort to keep the entry to the Ladies Locker Room looking tidy, it has been decided to move all lost property from the shelf to the Pro Shop. Moving forward, if you have lost property to hand in or collect, please go directly to the Pro Shop. Margot’s Jam will still take centre stage on the shelf and the spare equipment locker in the Ladies Locker Room will remain in use.
New Irrigation System
Report by Geoff Kuehner, CEO
The irrigation project is getting closer to completion and once again I take this opportunity to thank Members for their patience. At the time of writing this report we were close to finishing Holes 14, 15 and 16 which will mean we will only have 7 holes (1, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 18) plus the driving range to complete. Holes 11, 12 and 13 will be the next holes to be worked on and we will play the Chelmer course. At this stage we expect to be finished around mid-November 2021, assuming weather doesn’t impact us like it did earlier in the project. We are very pleased with how the completed holes are recovering and this will continue to be our focus.
Two questions I often get asked is whether distance markers will be installed on each sprinkler and also what are the open sprinkler cups around some greens? Yes, distance markers will be installed at the end of the project on every sprinkler. Secondly the sprinkler heads near greens are a new offering from the supplier, Toro, called Stealth Sprinklers. These will have grass covered caps installed so will be less intrusive for play around the greens. Our course staff have been trialling different installation methods and currently Hole 3,4,5 and 6 are under trial.
Lastly, we have now used the spoil from trenching to fill in a bunker on Hole 6 and 9. For newer Members, these were identified in a review, over a year ago, where we looked at bunkers we could remove or reshape over time to reduce the number and size of bunkers on the course. This was done with assistance from Course Architect, Ross Watson, and reviewed by the Course Standing Committee. The changes last summer to Holes 10 and 18 were the result of this.
As always please let me know if you have any questions.
Access News from the Red Tees from the Website
You can access the latest News from the Red Tees from the website. Scroll down to the bottom of the home page to Latest News & Events and click on Red Tees “Read More”.
Thursday 2 – Nellie Hatton Fourball – First Round
Friday 3 – Transition Member Afternoon
Sunday 5 – Brisbane Cup / Brisbane Salver / Fathers’ Day breakfast
Tuesday 7 – Nellie Hatton Fourball – Quarter Final
Thursday 9 – Nellie Hatton Fourball – Semi Final
Friday 10 – 125 Anniversary Dinner
Saturday 11 – August Monthly Medal
Tuesday 14 – Nellie Hatton Fourball – Final
Friday 17 – Faulty Towers – The Dining Experience
Saturday 18 – Monthly Medal and Putting / Heather Timms Round 2 / Eclectic ends / Shootout Round 12
Sunday 19 – Brisbane Shield Qualifying Round
Tuesday 21 – Monthly Medal and Putting / Eclectic concludes
Thursday 23 – Winter Cup Round 6
Friday 24 – Ambassador Invitational
Saturday 25 – Medal of Medallists / Consolations Day / Greatest Reduction ends
Sunday 26 – Brisbane Shield Quarter Finals
Tuesday 28 – Medal of Medallists / Consolation Day / Greatest Reduction ends
Saturday 2 – Boomers vs Rest
Tuesday 5 – Course renovations / course closed
Wednesday 6 – Course renovations / course closed
Thursday 7 – Course renovations / course closed / Pennant and Caddie Night Away
Friday 8 – Senior Ladies’ Golf Day
Saturday 9 – 2-ball Ambrose
Tuesday 12 – Macartney Cup Foursomes Qualifying Round
Thursday 14 – Macartney Cup Foursomes Quarter Final
Saturday 16 – Weekend Away Twin Waters
Tuesday 19 – Macartney Cup Foursomes – Semi Final
Thursday 21 – Macartney Cup Foursomes – Final
Sunday 24 – Brisbane Shield Semi Finals
Friday 29 – Nine and Dine
Sunday 31 – Brisbane Shield Finals
Covid restrictions have seen us lose another 3 weeks of our competition season. With only one month left of this year’s events it was necessary to extend our season into October. We were lucky that the only major event not played was the Macartney Cup. By pushing the first round to October 12th we could leave the rest of our calendar as is.
Our Guest day has been changed to Monday 27th September 2021. The nomination sheet is now open and filling fast.
The weather caused us to cancel our August Monthly Medal, it will now be held on the 14th September.
We are now in the middle of our Nellie Hatton and I wish all those competing the very best.
Wishing you all great golfing.
(July Monthly Medal played on 28 August)
- Monthly Medal Div 1 – Carolyn Martin (nett 69)
- Monthly Medal Dev 2 – Kathryn Ash (nett 70)
Johnson Staines 4BBB Championship
Congratualtions to the winners, Kerrie O’Callaghan and Janet Nathanson.
Kerrie and Janet’s Road to Victory
Nellie Hatton 4BBB Trophy
We love to read…
Book Review by member, Jan Dixon
We read this book at book club earlier this year and I noticed that it has recently picked up the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award. I’m not surprised as it’s a great read! Set in a remote coastal town in south-east Australia, the main character Erica Marsden buys a run down beach shack fronting a wild beach and flood prone estuary. It’s a wild location and serves to isolate her from family and friends. She’s desperate to escape their well- meaning platitudes after her son is imprisoned for homicidal negligence. As a balm, and a means of distracting herself from guilt and grief, Erica becomes obsessed with designing and building a Labyrinth. As a landscaping project, the Labyrinth becomes both metaphor and means of redemption. It is not the solitary endeavour she had envisaged and soon has her reaching out and connecting with the eccentric locals who help her build her labyrinth and rebuild her damaged heart and relationship with her son. A gritty novel about guilt and family and the redemptive power of art.
AROUND THE TRAPS
Brisbane v Indooroopilly Challenge
Is there a better way to start the week than with a challenge? Monday 23rd August saw 40 ladies from Brisbane and 40 ladies from Indooroopilly take up their annual challenge, this year at Brisbane.
On arrival morning tea was awaiting everyone, including some crowd – pleasing barista made coffee, before heading out on a perfect day for golf. At the end of the round, we dined in the Tennyson Room to a scrumptious lunch accompanied by a complimentary glass of wine. To complete the day Brisbane was successful on their home course in retaining the trophy with a winning score 313 to 302, being the 7 best 4BBB scores counted.
90 Year Birthday Celebrations
A birthday celebration had been planned to follow our monthly medal day on Tuesday 24th August, but the weather gods had other plans. The heavens opened and the golf was completely washed out. Needless to say, this very special celebration still went ahead.
A healthy number of ladies returned or stayed for lunch to join Helen Hudson, Julie Cockburn and Helen Gargett (Margie Maher and Lorna Murray unable to be there) for the cutting of the celebration cake. It was a truly fabulous milestone and each of the ladies spoke about their happy times at the Club. I’m sure we all aspire to be either playing or coming to the Club at that age.
Helen Hudson, Julie Cockburn and Helen Gargett
Senior Ladies Golf Competition
Report by member, Liz McReynolds
Even with lockdown you could not stop the Senior Ladies from holding another fantastic golf competition on 13 August.
Wow, it was an amazing day for the fifty-two players with beautiful weather, some great golf and lunch in the Tennyson Room. With lockdown rules of one per cart there was a traffic jam out there on the course and busier than Fairfield Road in places. It was once again another pleasurable day for the Senior Ladies group.
- Winners – Karen Crichton and Ann Fell (46 points)
- 2nd – Chrissie Gray Buchannan and Margot McNee (43 points)
- 3rd – Ann Edwards and Trish Hopley (42 points) / Cheryl Davies and Robyn Cuming (42 points)
Once again there were 6 pairs who won a ball in the lucky draw.
We now have two further competitions planned for this year on October 8 and November 19 with 60 tee times. Some extra times which is great. Bookings for October 8 will open on the email booking sheet at 7 pm on September 2.
Our last game on November 19 will be an end of season competition with a two-course lunch in the Tennyson Room.
We have several ladies who have not played Seniors before joining us in October. If anyone else would like to join the Senior Ladies group, please email me – firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to have you come and join us.
Heard in the Locker Room
Who Done It?
Can you match the photo with the deed?
And yes, this secret women’s business really happened at BGC last month.
- Who enjoys a “coldie” on a hot day?
- Who, with great excitement revealed she outdrove Margot on the 18th?
- Who had a mental blank during a meeting and after an hour and half had to “fess up” she couldn’t remember the person’s name across from her?
- Who locked their keys in the car boot and who had to drive her home?
- Who fell over their bag and buggy while rearranging their clubs?
- Who chased their runaway buggy down the hill on the 8th, ending up on her butt with the buggy wheel suspended over the creek bank, yet ever so happy to have saved the day?
- Which A Grader had an air swing on the 19th?
- Who got wet and who didn’t?
- Who, with their own club, hit themselves in the face?