Welcome to the April edition of News from the Red Tees and, with the onset of autumn, the end finally of the interminably long, hot and humid summer. We played the second of our challenge games, this time against Indooroopilly Golf Club; we remembered our much loved member Cherry Cribb as the midweekers battled the Saturday ladies to take out the Cherry Cribb Memorial LVA trophy; and our Honour Board events continue to be hotly contested.
Notices and News
New App coming soon: order food, drinks and golf shop items while you play
Have you ever dreamed of having food, drinks and Golf Shop gear delivered to you on the course, on demand? Now you can with a new Mobile App we are launching in the coming weeks. The first of its kind in Australia, we are the first club to adopt the App as part of our commitment to bringing you the best possible service and on-course experience.
Coffees, cold drinks, beers, and all your clubhouse favourites will be available to order, as well as some Golf Shop essentials. Run out of tees or balls? Download the App, order some more and have them delivered to you based on the GPS location of your mobile device while you play.
No more waiting for the turn or the drinks cart; using the App will minimise disturbances to play, and ensure you have a great game. Stay tuned for further details.
Please note, you will be unable to use this App during the conduct of ladies’ Honour Board events. Refer to Honour Board Conditions of Play.
Irish Day – Tuesday, 14 March
What a wonderful day was had by a near-capacity field for golf in the morning followed by a fabulous Irish-inspired buffet lunch for 106 prepared by Chef Frederick – who despite a broken foot was on deck to ensure the food service was in accordance to his high standards. We are indeed lucky to have a chef of such calibre preparing our everyday Members’ Lounge lunches and going that extra bit for our special occasions. Many thanks to Jenny Johnson for the Irish-themed table decorations, and to Lauren Carr, our Wedding & Events Manager, for ensuring the smooth running of service, and to everyone for getting into the fun of the day and, if not dressing up, at least wearing green.
Cherry and her love of cooking, her tasty “titbits” (with handwritten recipes that she sold with proceeds going to the charity of the day), goodies she cooked for her golfing friends, and fabulous dinner parties featuring her signature dish – pumpkin and passionfruit soup … all were remembered and honoured as the Saturday ladies battled the 6-day ladies. A field of 48 took part, with Lyn Ryan and Lorna Murray coming in individual team winners with 42 points. It was a tight finish, with the 6-days girls winning by only two points. Chef Frederick didn’t disappoint – lunch was fabulous. See who else was seen in the Photo Gallery in Around the Traps.
Ladies Let’s Golf – some statistics
From its inception in 2014, we have had 77 ladies join the BGC as LLG Bronze members. 22 of these ladies subsequently joined as 6-day members, four have joined as full members, and 38 are still progressing through the three-tier Bronze, Silver and Gold memberships. Only 13 of the 77 ladies decided golf was not their thing, and resigned.
As an entry pathway to golf and membership of a golf club, the LLG programme is a huge success. Yes, it is a lot of work, but the results speak for themselves.
At the recent AGM of the B&DGLA, the President of Golf Queensland talked about the success of the BGC in running this programme, and made particular mention of the terrific job Vivienne Cassidy and Vicki McDonald have done. Huge kudos to V & V. Well done! And their success in running the weekly escorted on-course play for Bronze members is due to the willingness of our members to volunteer their time to help. So thank you to everyone who pitches in.
2017 Queensland Open
You are advised dates for the 2017 Queensland Open have been announced, and it will take place from 26 to 29 October. As in the past year, there will be alternative golfing arrangements in place for members during the week 23 to 30 October.
You are reminded that any complaints about the Club administration, food and beverage service, the Golf Shop, or matters concerning the course are to be directed in writing to the General Manager for appropriate follow up. You are also reminded the kitchen area is “Staff Only” and that Rule 44 states, “In no instance shall a servant or employee of the Club be reprimanded directly by a member.”
Golf Shoes in the Tennyson Room
As announced by past President Suse Eagleton towards the end of last year, it is no longer a requirement to change out of your golf shoes in order to enter the Tennyson Room (but if you do forget to bring a change of footwear, please make sure you golf shoes are cleaned before entering the Clubhouse).
DeeDee’s International Golf Trip
Since she was a little girl, member DeeDee Russell has dreamed of being one of the best female golf athletes in the world. She’s getting closer to realising that dream, but needs help to make it a reality. Check out DeeDee’s Go Fund Me website and be inspired by her enthusiasm and commitment. Congratulations also to DeeDee on being selected for the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) Golf Squad for 2017.
Farewell and Welcome
We said farewell to Jen King in early April. Always happy, efficient and obliging, Jen will be missed as our go-to girl for all things administrative and we wish her all the best as she moves onwards and upwards in a career change into property management.
We are delighted to welcome Chloe Northy who steps into the role of Administration Assistant. Chloe comes from a solid clerical/administrative background with Lend Lease and will be a great asset to the office team.
Rudy Cheong commenced as Food & Beverage Manager, and will be working closely with Chef Frederick to ensure all front-of-house elements of the food and beverage service are of the standard that Members expect. Welcome Rudy.
Another new face at the Club is Karen Solomon who commenced as Retail Co-ordinator in the Golf Shop recently. Coming from a strong retail and wholesale apparel background, Karen will be able to help with all your golfing gear
It is with sadness we advise the passing of Miss Joan Fletcher, past member of the Club, a Queensland women’s golfing legend, trailblazer for the rights of Saturday golfers at the BGC, and of the right for the Associates to wear trousers … and to approach the bar! Joan was an amazing lady. In 2015 we renamed the Weekend Matchplay Championship in her honour, and she attended the Club on two occasions to present the winners’ trophies, her sharp wit and amusing anecdotes and insightful commentary on all things golf were enjoyed by all.
Violet Midson Memorial Trophy – Semi Finals Thursday, 20 April & Final Thursday, 27 April
Heather Timms Memorial Trophy – 2nd Round – Saturday, 22 April
This event honours Dr Heather Timms and is the best aggregate stroke score from two nominated Saturday games.
Fourqueux Mixed Foursomes Championship – Sunday, 23 April
This is the rescheduled date for this 36-hole mixed competition. If you want to play but don’t have a partner (who you could tolerate for 36 holes of golf) see Joe in the Golf Shop.
Anzac Day – Tuesday, 25 April
The 6.00am Dawn Service will again be held on Anzac Day, followed by a barbecue breakfast and 4BBB Invitation Medley competition.
Grace Wilson Memorial Day – Thursday, 27 April
This 4BBB event honours the memory of Grace Margaret Wilson CBE, RRC (25 June 1879 – 12 January 1957). Grace is the only lady member on the BGC Great War 1914-1919 Honour Roll. (For information about Matron Wilson, refer to “Behind the Names”.)
Legacy Golf Day – Thursday, 27 April
72 players. 18 holes. 1 cause. Legacy. A golfing day not only past and present members of the Services, this day is open for all members and, apart from being a great day, it raises money for Legacy. 10.30am registration for an 11.15 shotgun start. See Peter Collins for more information.
B&DLGA Pennant Matches Division 1, 3 and 4 – Friday, 28 April
Saturday Guest Day – 29 April
You must have a guest to play in this 4BBB Stableford. There will be nine lines open on the timesheet so “first in best dressed”. Lunch will follow in the Tennyson Room. Angela Fong and SmartProp Reality are again generously donating the trophies.
Hosting Weekend Pennants Division 1 – Sunday, 30 April
54-Hole Event – Tuesday, 2 May
Register to play in this event of three rounds of stroke and compete for the best scores of gross and nett in three grades. The event will be held on Tuesday, 2 May; Thursday, 4 May; and Tuesday, 9 May.
B&DLGA Pennant Matches Division 1, 3 and 4 – Friday, 5 May
Hosting Weekend Pennants Division 2 – Sunday, 7 May
Mater Golf Day – Monday, 8 May
Member Janice Morris is part of the Dementia Research Team at the Mater Foundation organising a fundraising charity golf day at the Brisbane Golf Club. Refer to the poster in the ladies locker room for more details, contact Janice on 0414 463 703 or email at email@example.com. Get a team together and help this worthy cause.
Nellie Hatton MBE Fourball – 1st round – Thursday 11 May
Refer to “Behind the Names” to find out who Nellie Hatton was, and why we honour her memory with this event.
B&DLGA Pennant Matches Division 1, 3 and 4 – Friday, 12 May
Nine & Dine – Friday, 12 May
The second of the 2017 Nine & Dine events will be held on Friday, 12 May (postponed from 21 April). Golf will start at 3.00pm with a shotgun start and dinner will be served from 5.30pm for 6pm. Chef Frederick has created a three-course meal to rival the success of the first Nine & Dine. Our advice is to book early for this popular event. Contact Chloe, Peter or Lauren in the office, or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information see Latest News on the website.
Foursomes Championships – 36 holes – Tuesday, 16 May
This event is played in teams of two, so organise a partner to participate in this Honour Board event. Foursomes is played using only one ball per team, taking alternate shots until the hole is completed. It is played over 36 holes so be sure your partner is willing to play two x 18 holes of foursomes golf with you. Announcement of winners and presentation will follow in the Tennyson Room, with complementary cheese platters, at the completion of play – usually around 4pm.
B&DLGA Pennant Matches Division 1, 3 and 4 – Friday, 19 May
No Play for Ladies – Saturday, 20 May
B&DLGA Champions & Divisional Challenge – Monday, 29 May
Once again the weather has wreaked havoc on our course and schedule. The Violet Midson qualifying round was rained off on 21 March, and was eventually played in conjunction with our first Monthly Medal on 28 March. The first round of matchplay was played on 6 April with the quarterfinals on 13 April. Well done to all qualifiers and good luck for the next round.
Midweek Monthly Medal – 28 March 2017
Grade A – Lynne Conroy (73)
Grade B – Trish Hopley (76)
Grade C – Chrissie Gray-Buchanan (68)
Stableford – Winner – Kerry Duce; Runner up – Gabrielle Carniel
Saturday Monthly Medal – 25 March 2017
Division 1 Winner– Di Hall, Runner Up; Janet Nathanson
Division 2 Winner – Evonne Rohl; Runner Up – Joyce Cheney
Congratulations also goes to Janet Hefferan who recently had an eagle on the 6th hole. Janet was presented with her eagle badge at 4 April announcements.
Congratulations to Paula Porter for her eagle on the 14th on Sunday, 9 April. The “two for six” apparently significantly helped the scorecard! Paula is pictured here proudly showing off her eagle’s badge with Captain Ann Fell and Ladies President Helen Placanica.
Johnston Staines Fourball
The final of Johnson Staines was played on 18 March 2017. Congratulations to the winners Angela Fong and Helen Caris who won 2-up from Trish O’Connor and Ann McKim. It was a very close match and both teams should be congratulated. Thank you to Di Hall, assisted by Sue Lewandowski, for refereeing this match.
Annual IGC vs BGC Challenge
26 BGC ladies travelled to IGC on 27 March to contest the Annual IGC vs BGC challenge. It was an enjoyable day and our ladies were made very welcome and treated to a lovely lunch. The result was close, with only three points between the teams, but unfortunately IGC won the day. To all those who represented our Club in this challenge and the RQ challenge, we would like to thank you – your enthusiasm is to be congratulated. Let’s look to next year when hopefully we can have a better result and still have as good a time as we had this year.
An interesting situation occurred during the April Monthly Medal. With the ground being very wet one of the groundsmen went a little too close to the water on the 5th fairway and his mower became stuck at the edge and had to be pulled out by the tractor. As all this was happening a couple of our groups had to negotiate the tricky 5th with a mower on the left as they approached the green. Unfortunately one of our players hit the mower with her ball and it rebounded into the water.
In this situation the following ruling applied:
Rule 19.1 – Ball in motion deflected or stopped by an outside agency.
If a player’s ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any outside agency, it is a rub of the green, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies.
Exception: If a player’s ball in motion after a stroke other than on the putting green comes to rest in or on any moving or animate outside agency, the ball must through the green or in a hazard be dropped, or on the putting green be placed, as near as possible to the spot directly under the place where the ball came to rest or on the outside agency, but not nearer the hole.
Therefore in this situation where the player’s ball was deflected into the water hazard it is the rub of the green and the ruling required the player to play the next stroke under Rule 26-1, Relief for Ball in Water Hazard.
As we often have machinery out on the course when we are playing, this is a good rule to remember. Also should your ball be deflected off a cart sign or rake etc, the same rule applies. Whilst the rub of the green may not always seem fair, it is a rule that we must abide by.
Some of you may also be aware of the ruling which was imposed on Lexi Thompson whilst playing at Mission Hills Country Club last weekend. On the putting green, Lexi marked her ball then lifted, cleaned and replaced it. However, when she replaced it, she failed to place it back in the same spot; it was a fraction to the left of her marker. As a result, she had a four-stroke penalty added to her score; two points for playing from a wrong place and two points for signing an incorrect score card. Lexi came second in the event losing to So Yeon Ryu in a playoff. So ladies, be aware of the importance of marking and replacing your ball in the correct way, a simple error can add penalties to your score.
Tuesday Afternoon 9-Hole Competition
The 9-hole 4BBB competition at 1.30pm on Tuesday afternoons is underway. It is hoped this competition will give some of our more experienced players the opportunity to invite a new member or an LLG Gold player (who has a GA handicap) to play and share knowledge of rules and the course. It’s also a great opportunity for those who are returning to golf from injury or time away to ease back into it. Everyone participating in this competition is encouraged to join us at 12.30 pm for lunch and announcements in the Tennyson Room before heading out.
Honour Board Events – Conditions of Play
You are reminded the Conditions of Play for all Honour Board events are posted in the glass cabinet near the doors to the ladies’ locker room. You should familiarise yourself with the conditions for each event especially if you are progressing through to the finals.
More Ready Golf Tips
Some more examples of “ready golf” in action on the course (with thanks to Stephen Deane and The Deane Report).
- Hit your tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play
- Play your shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball
- Putt out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line
- Play your shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking a bunker
- When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole and chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player walks to their ball and assesses their shot
- Mark your scorecard immediately upon arrival at the next tee, except the first player to tee off should mark her card immediately after teeing off
Although a member for a couple of years, most of us have rarely seen Simone Bennett. But she’s back! And ready to start golfing regularly. Welcome, Simone, seen here with Maria Cocolas on Irish Day.
Jenny Cavanough also joined the BGC last year, and has played the occasional Sunday, but we now welcome her to our midweek fields. Jenny is seen here on Irish Day with Marg Tormey.
Around The Traps
Not many (if any) ladies have driven the 6th. Saturday, 18 March saw scratch player Hazel Martin on the green from the tee. Unfortunately a dead straight put just pulled up short for what would have been an eagle.
Is this a filled divot?
Or a sandcastle? It’s great that we’re filling out divots on the fairways, but please remember to smooth the sand flat rather than leaving it in a pile.
Love those Gumboots
Margot McNee helping clean up the course after the flood event on 30 March. Just love those gumboots!
Irish Day Shenanigans
Cherry Cribb Memorial Day LVA Cup
Heard in the Locker Room
Doesn’t the new kerbing installed along the cart paths around the new practice facilities and 10th tees look great? But which lady was rushing to the 10th tee on the day it was being laid and decided to cut the corner near where the sand bin is located, driving her motorised cart across the grass … and straight through the newly laid kerbing. Oops. The 6-pack of beer she later gave to workers was a nice touch.
Who buys a flat white coffee and orders a glass of ice on the side, allows the coffee to cool and then decants it into glass – saves 50c off the cost of an iced coffee, apparently.
Ladies, Let’s Golf
Nine & Wine – Friday, 17 March
Unfortunately a massive storm blew in just as the 14 very excited new-to-golf ladies were about to head out with their 14 experienced partners for a 9 hole shotgun 2-person Ambrose on Friday, 17 March. A glass of wine and cheese platters in the Members’ Lounge was a pleasant alternative and a great opportunity for the ladies to socialise. The event was rescheduled 7 April, but again due to weather it has been postponed to a date to be determined later in the year.
The Club Card
Did you know the swipe card that gives you access to the ladies locker room is also a cashless option for you to purchase food and beverage over the bar, or merchandise and services from the Golf Shop? Simply deposit either cash across the bar or at the office, or direct debit/credit card from EFTPOS on to your Club Card, and you won’t have to worry about having cash to pay for your lunch or coffee or golf clinic. You only then have to worry about topping your account up.
The Best Travel Photo of the year is back again by popular demand, so send your photos taken on a recent holiday to email@example.com. Please remember to rename your photographs with your name and a photo title.
The 2017 competition will close on Tuesday, 14 November and the winner announced at the midweek Christmas Celebrations on Tuesday, 28 November.
Behind The Names
Cherry Cribb – The Cherry Cribb Memorial Day LVA Cup
Cherry Cribb joined the Club in 1977, with no previous golfing experience. She served on the committee for six years from 1980, then after standing down for one year, returned to committee in 1987 for another two years. Most of this time she was House Committee Chair, but also looked after trophies. She was an excellent cook and became renowned for her “tasty titbits” which she would bake and share with her golfing friends, selling the recipes for 50c as a charity fundraiser. Cherry passed away in August 1992 and left a legacy of a seat on the course (which in 2014 was damaged beyond repair and removed).
In 1993, the Associates planned a memorial day for Cherry. Unfortunately, the LVA (Licensed Victuallers Association) corporate day was scheduled on the same Sunday and, due to insufficient places in the field for ladies as well as the LVA men, the Cherry Cribb Memorial Day was cancelled. As compensation, the LVA offered to provide the Associates with champagne, and at the 1993 AGM, the LVA Cup was renamed the Cherry Crib Memorial Day LVA Cup.
Over the years interest in the event flagged (possibly due to champagne no longer being supplied?) however, in 2015 it was reinvigorated with Cherry’s “tasty titbits”, free champagne at lunch, and fabulous prizes of French champagne for the winners.
Matron Grace Wilson – The Grace Wilson Memorial Day
Soldiers are mentioned in wartime dispatches (an official report written by a superior officer and sent to the high command) when their actions are particularly gallant or meritorious in the face of the enemy.
Matron Grace Wilson was mentioned in dispatches a total of four times.
Grace was born in 1879 in South Brisbane, attended Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School, and after training as a nurse in London returned to Brisbane to take up position of Matron at the Brisbane Hospital. It was during this time she joined the Brisbane Golf Club, with the first record of a “Miss Wilson” appearing in the list of Associate Members for 1913/14.
In May 1915 she went to Lemnos, Greece where the 3rd Australian General Hospital was posted. Conditions at Lemnos were exceptionally difficult. As she wrote in her diary: “Things are just too awful for words … we found only a bare piece of ground with wounded men in pain, still in filthy, bloodstained clothes, lying amid stones and thistles.”
Command apathy and incompetence meant that supply ships had not arrived as expected at Lemnos, and there was little water (two cups per person per day for drinking and washing); there were no tents, morphine or medical equipment. The wounded men were exposed to the searing August heat, some had stuck fast to their stretchers by dried blood. Some had blackened, gangrenous limbs, others were paralysed, others delirious with shell shock. With only a few mattresses and no bandages, the nurses quickly followed Matron Wilson’s example and ripped their long cotton petticoats into strips to use as makeshift dressings. Dysentery, diarrhoea, and typhoid raged. The swarms of blowflies were terrible, and the stench unbearable.
After the final evacuation of troops from Gallipoli in early January 1916, Matron Wilson and her team of the 3rd Australian GH nurses left Lemnos and “the hospital from hell”. They had treated 7,400 patients, of whom only 143 died.
Mrs Nellie Hatton MBE – The Nellie Hatton MBE Fourball
Originally known as the Club Four-Ball from 1954 to 1984, this event was begun by Mrs Nellie Hatton, Associates’ Captain in 1954. It was renamed the Nellie Hatton MBE Fourball in January 1985 in honour of Nellie who was one of the longest-serving members of the Associates’ Committee. Nellie joined the club in March 1946 and for 30-odd years devoted her considerable talents and energy to women’s golf at all levels. She was awarded an MBE for her services to golf in 1982.
Miss Violet Midson – The Violet Midson Memorial Trophy (est 1957)
Violet and Mabel Midson joined BGC in 1913, and Violet was elected to the committee in 1924 and was Secretary from 1925-28. She returned to the committee in 1931 after the mass resignation of the previous committee at the end of 1930, and continued in office until the end of 1935. She was recommended for Honorary Life Membership by the Associates AGM in 1935 however she was never accorded this honour. Her father, Arthur Midson, had in 1933 vehemently opposed the notion of life membership and the request from the Associates to this honour being conferred on his daughter was not well received.
An extract from “The Telegraph” on 1 April 1936 (page 27):
“EXPRESSIONS of warm appreciation, with more tangible evidence in the form of a silver lined crystal dressing set and a gold and pearl brooch in the design of a golf club and ball, were offered by the associate members of the Brisbane Golf Club yesterday to their past secretary, Miss Violet Midson.
The little ceremony was held at the conclusion of play for trophies given by Mrs. B. J. Darvall, and the captain (Mrs. J. K. Cannan) presided at a long table on the lounge veranda at which the members of past and present committees were also seated. The guest of honour was placed between the captain and Lady Macartney, wife of the president (Sir Edward Macartney). More than 100 were present to offer their thanks to Miss Midson for her eight years’ service.
BLUE DOMINANT – The blue curtains veiling the whole length of the veranda windows formed an effective background for the gathering, and blue was the keynote of the day, for it was chosen not only by Miss Midson for her silk striped frock, but by Lady Macartney in her floral frock with frilly white collar, Mrs. J. K. Cannan for her tailored sports frock, Mrs. R. H. Tanner, a number of the- committee members, and a large proportion of the players. Giant dahlias in beautiful shades decorated the lounge, and, with roses, also beautified the principal table.”
In 1957, the Annual Club Trophy was renamed the Violet Midson Memorial Trophy when Mabel Midson donated £100 for a trophy fund in memory of her sister. The competition format followed that of the Annual Club Trophy which it replaced and it was played in four grades over 18 holes stroke with eight qualifiers in each grade to play off matchplay for the right to play off against the winners of the other grades. This was later changed to four qualifiers in each grade, as it remains today.
There was never a perpetual trophy for this event. However, it is intended that in 2017 a crystal trophy be purchased from the Violet Midson Fund to honour Violet’s legacy.
Is this a cake? Or an X-Wing fighter?
Don’t we wish our grandmas were this clever when we had our fifth birthday, and they created something this special … rather than the boring iced sponge with candles? Apart from playing great golf, our Vice Captain, Elaine Egerton, is a very talented cake maker and decorator. Her very lucky grandson Ethan enjoyed this masterpiece at his recent birthday party.
Best Fruit in Town
Pat O’Shea advises she sourced the first-class fruit for her Opening Day fruit hamper from “Crisp on Creek”, 1164 Cavendish Road at Mt Gravatt (corner of Creek and Cavendish Roads).
Joke of the Month
Thanks to Perin Wood for this contribution:
A foursome of ladies were in the Clubhouse after their round. The Pro, Jack, politely asked them, “How did your game go, ladies?”
Joan said she had a good round, with 25 riders. Doris said that she did okay, with only 16 riders. Beryl said, “Not too bad, I had 10 riders”. Marjorie, though, was very disappointed, having had only two riders.
Jack was confounded by this term “rider”, but as the Club Pro he didn’t want to show his ignorance. He smiled and wished them better golf next time. He then quietly approached Bob the bartender and asked, “Hey, mate, can you tell me what this term ‘rider’ means?” “Ha”, Bob said. “A rider is what you get when you hit your shot long enough to make a ride on the golf cart worthwhile.”