News from the Red Tees May 2017

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Welcome to the May edition of News from the Red Tees.  Another busy month as our Honour Board events continue to be hotly contested, and midweek and weekend pennants are underway.  The new practice facilities have been well worth the wait – Mitch and his team are to be congratulated for providing the members with such an exciting practice precinct.  No excuses now.

Notices and News

Queensland Senior Ladies Golf Association

Any lady 50 years and over is eligible to join the Queensland Senior Ladies Golf Association and play once a month on a Monday at various clubs in and around Brisbane.  The cost of annual member ship is only $7.  If you are interested, contact Liz Foreman (0403 500 899) or Barb Ferguson (0438 591 154).  Application forms are in the glass cabinet in the locker room.


Ordering lunch

To assist the bar staff process your order for lunch, you are reminded to:

  • Make your decision on what to order before you reach the head of the queue
  • Have your Club Card ready for scanning
  • Know what table number you are sitting at

This will reduce the delay and alleviate congestion that can occur at peak times.  Please also be aware the till software is old and slow and the staff cannot speed this up.  However, new software and hardware will be installed and operational by mid July so your patience is appreciated.


Free Introduction to Golf Clinics

Golf Queensland’s next free introduction sessions for ladies interested in playing golf will be conducted at the Club on Thursday, 25 May at 10am to 11am, and on Saturday, 27 May from 10am to 11am.  These free, 60-minute sessions include all equipment, golf balls, golf clubs, coaching and refreshments.  Ladies keen to pursue golf can then register for the Level 1 clinic which consists of 4 x 60 minute group sessions with all equipment, golf balls, clubs and coaching included for only $99 per person.  These clinics are funded by Golf Queensland, and are the stepping-stone for new-to-golf ladies into our Bronze LLG membership category.  If you have friends, neighbours, family or work colleagues who may be keen to give golf a go, please direct them to the Golf Queensland website to register or obtain a flyer from the Golf Shop

Ladies Lets Golf Come & Try May 2017


Tuesday Afternoon 9-Hole Competition

The 9-hole competition at 1.00pm on Tuesday afternoons is underway and is already proving a popular option for those still learning about competition golf, returning from injury or illness or are particularly time poor.  Everyone participating is encouraged to join us for lunch and announcements in the Tennyson Room before heading out.


DeeDee’s International Golf Trip

Click here to check out DeeDee’s Go Fund Me website and be inspired by her enthusiasm and commitment.  To date, DeeDee has raised $2,320 towards her goal of $5,000 and this has so far enabled her to book some flights and enter most events in her schedule.  Thanks to everyone who is helping DeeDee realise her dreams.



Upcoming Events


1st round Ex-WAAAF Cup – Saturday, 13 May

The best aggregate net over two stroke rounds played over two Saturdays.


Foursomes Championships – 36 holes – Tuesday, 16 May

Announcement of winners will follow in the Tennyson Room at the completion of play, usually around 4pm.  Complementary dips/cheese platters will be served.

Due to the large number competing in the event this year, it will assist with the movement of the field and ensure everyone is in before dark if you could limit your time in the Clubhouse between rounds to 15 minutes.  You are also requested to pre-order sandwiches and collect these from the Member’s Bar before you head out for your second 18 holes.

To order, please email Lauren Carr on  by 12 noon on Monday, 15 May with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your member number
  • White or multigrain bread
  • Sandwich selection
    • Ham/ cheese/ tomato
    • Chicken/ cheese/ avocado
    • Tuna and mayonnaise

*Please note sandwiches cannot be toasted


Nellie Hatton MBE Fourball

We have a record number of entries for this event, so there will be byes in the first round, with a full round of 16 matches for the second round (see the “Tips for Success in Nellie Hatton” in Vice Captain’s Corner.)

2nd round – Thursday, 18 May

3rd round – Thursday, 25 May

Quarter Finals – Thursday, 1 June

Semi Finals – Thursday 9 June

Final – Thursday, 15 June.


BDLGA Pennant Matches – Friday, 19 May

Division 1 vs Redciffe at McLeod

Division 3 vs Sandgate at Redcliffe

Division 4 vs Keperra at Keperra


No Play for Ladies – Saturday morning, 20 May

In lieu of morning play, a 9-hole single Stableford competition has been arranged commencing 1.28pm.  Play will be on the Championship Course commencing from the 10th.  Holes to be played are: 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 5, 6 and 3.  You may play 4 and 17 back to the Clubhouse but the competition will be only for the 9 holes.  Prizes and a rundown will be awarded, and a nearest pin on the 13th.  Complimentary cheese and crackers will be available in the Clubhouse after the game.  The timesheet is open, and if you have any questions please contact Di Hall.


20 Year Anniversary Trophy
20-Year Anniversary Trophy – Tuesday, 23 May

A Stableford event held in conjunction with the competition of the day in which all ladies with 20+ years of continuous membership are eligible to participate.  The winner of the 20-year trophy cannot be the winner of the competition of the day.  The trophy will be presented at lunch in the Tennyson Room.


60-Year Membership Milestone – Tuesday, 23 May

In conjunction with our 20-Year Anniversary Trophy presentation, we will be honouring at announcements on this day Nyrie Elcock, who has reached the magnificent milestone of 60 years of membership.  An active member and avid golfer, Nyrie will be joined at lunch by our 50 and 60-year members and special guest.


BDLGA Champion of Champions & Divisional Challenge & Veterans’ Event – Monday, 29 May

This will be hosted at the Brisbane golf Club.  Register your interest by visiting the BDLGA website for the following events:

  • Division 1 – Single Stroke Challenge – GA Handicaps + to 18.0
  • Division 2 – Single Stroke Challenge – GA Handicaps 18.1 to 26.0
  • Division 3 – Stableford Challenge – GA Handicaps 26.1 to 45.4
  • Veterans – 18 hole Stableford – Age Group 55 – 64
  • Senior Veterans – 18 hole Stableford – Age Group 65+

Please note that the closing date for entry is Friday, 19 May.


BDLGA Pennant Matches – Friday, 26 May

Division 1 vs Pacific at RQ

Division 3 vs Nudgee at Sandgate

Division 4 vs Redland Bay at Wantima


BDLGA Pennant Matches (Hosting Division 1 and 4) – Friday, 2 June

Division 1 – bye

Division 3 vs RQ at Pacific

Division 4 vs Wantima at Brisbane


Boomers vs The Oldies – Saturday, 3 June

Find a partner for this fun 4BBB Stableford event, what used to be the Under 50s vs Over 50s, renamed “Boomers vs the Oldies” to accommodate the shifting age cut-off for the teams.


Somerville House Golf Day – Monday, 5 June

FOB Cup - Veterans Vs The RestSee flyer in locker room.


FOB Cup – “Veterans vs The Rest” – Tuesday, 6 June

A single Stableford event played with the twelve best scores from each team aggregated to determine the winning side.  The cut-off for teams is determined by the Captain according to the mid-point age of the playing field.  The Cup will be presented to the winning team at the conclusion of play on the day in the Tennyson Room.  See Behind the Names for the quirky history of this event.


BDLGA Pennant Matches – Friday 9 June

Division 1 vs McLeod at Indooroopilly

Division 3 vs Oxley at Virginia

Division 4 vs RQ at Redland Bay


Midweek Guest Day – Tuesday 13 June

You must have a guest to play on this day.  Entry is via the timesheet, which will open three weeks ahead of the day on 23 May, and entries will close on Tuesday, 6 June.  When booking on the timesheet, it would be appreciated if cart riders respect the “walkers only” lines.

Morning tea will be served in the Garden Room from 7am followed by the 4BBB Stableford shotgun at 7.30am, and lunch in Tennyson Room at 12 for 12.30pm.

This is a Golf and Lunch day.  The cost is $23 for lunch and $12 for golf (total $35) and the amount of $70 (for yourself and your guest) will be deducted from your Club Account on Thursday, 8 June.  Please ensure you have sufficient funds in your account at this time.

If you cancel after Thursday, 8 June there is no refund for lunch, but you will be refunded the competition fee.  In the event of the competition being cancelled due to inclement weather or course closure, lunch will still go ahead.

Please advise the office of any dietary requirements for yourself or your guest.


BDLGA Pennant Matches (Hosting Division 8) – Friday 16 June



US Open Breakfast – Monday 19 June

Ladies’ Club Championships – qualifiers commence 24 June 

Faulty Towers – Friday, 30 June

Christmas in July – Friday 14 July

Vice-Captain’s Corner

Once again it has been a very busy month.  There has been some good golf being played in great conditions, and the weather has been glorious.



Midweek Monthly Medal – Tuesday, 11 April

A Grade – Kathryn Hillier (69)
B Grade – Penny Griffith (69)
C Grade – Chrissie Gray-Buchanan (71)


Midweek Monthly Medal – Tuesday, 2 May

A Grade – Sandy Priest (74)
B Grade – Colleen Hawes (76)
C Grade – Chrissie Gray-Buchanan (78)


Saturday Monthly Medal  – Saturday, 22 April

Division 1 – Debbie Kember (69)
Division 2 – Leng Ho (75)


Midweek 54 Hole Event

A Grade – Gross – Lynne Conroy (252)
Nett – Sandy Priest (225)

B Grade – Gross – Heather Richards (287)
Nett – Sue Rapson (227)

C Grade – Gross – Sally Standfield (325)
Nett – Sally Standfield (322)


Honour Board Events
Violet Midson

The finals of Violet Midson was played on 27 April between Penny Griffith and Colleen Hawes.  Both ladies had played tremendously well over the previous rounds and deserved their place in the final, so much so that after 18 holes the game was squared and they proceeded to the 19th hole where Penny was victorious.  It is always a pity that we have to have only one winner when both have played such good golf.  Congratulations Penny and Colleen for giving us a great final.

Penny Griffith, Ann Fell, Colleen Hawes (1)


Mixed Foursomes Fourqueux Champions – 36 hole event

The dreaded mixed foursomes – always a challenging event, and for those who partnered their spouses, I am sure we all questioned whether this was a good idea.  However, the morning of 23 April saw the sun shining and conditions could not have been better, and all pairs set out with good intentions to complete this 36-hole event and still be good friends, or still married, at the end.  I am relieved to report everyone left the field happy to have completed the event with partnerships and friendships intact, albeit a few smiles that resembled more a grimace.  But all in all, it was a great day especially for our winners, Lynne Conroy and Nick Woodley who defeated Lesa Lambert and Jordan Lett in the playoff.  Congratulations Lynne and Nick, and well done Lesa and Jordan for a great game.  Lesa and Jordan were the winners of the net competition.

Lynne Conroy, Nick Woodley



The pennant season commenced on Friday, 28 April for midweek players, and on Sunday, 30 April for the weekend players.  Congratulations to those who had a win, and thanks to everyone, players and caddies, for their time and effort.  It was a great start to the season.  Results are as follows:


Midweek Pennants

Friday, 28 April

Division 1 won 3/2 against Indooroopilly at Redcliffe

Division 3 squared 2.5 against Pacific at Royal Queensland

Division 4 won 5/0 against Indooroopilly at Gailes


Friday, 5 May

Division 1 won 3/2 against Nudgee at Nudgee

Division 3 lost 2/3 to Redcliffe at Nudgee

Division 4 won 3/2 against McLeod at Royal Queensland


Div 1 Pennants-DeeDee Taylor, Hazel Martin, Cheryl Davies, Kathryn Hllier, Lynne Conroy

Midweek Division 1 Pennant team, 28 April – DeeDee Russell, Hazel Martin, Cheryl Davies, Kathryn Hillier, Lynne Conroy

Weekend Pennants

Division 1 – bye

Division 2 played at Windaroo – Brisbane 1 v McLeod 4


Weekend Div 2 pennant

Ann Shaw, Christina Murray, Katherine Morgan, Debbie Kember, Barb Singleton


More great golfing achievements this month…



Margaret Dowzer shot her third hole-in-one on Thursday, 13 April, using her 6-iron to ace the 7th and scoring a “one for five”.  Unfortunately for Margaret, the NTP was A-grade.  Is Margaret a member of the Hole-in-One Club?



Eagle on the 9th

Congratulations to Margot McNee who had an eagle on the 9th whilst playing the Monthly Medal on Tuesday, 2 May.


Captain’s Challenge

Well done to Avon Trimble, our highest-placed lady player in the very challenging Captain’s Challenge played on Friday, 28 April.  Avon placed an impressive 23rd out of a field of 195.


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.


Tips for Playing the Nellie Hatton 4BBB

To assist pace of play for this event, which is notoriously slow, and keeping in mind on Thursday, 18 May there is a 12.30pm Corporate Day shotgun start behind us, it is important that all players know:

  • Who has shots on the hole
  • That the honour belongs to the team, not the player
  • When it is your turn to play, and be ready to play
  • That you may concede a putt, or a hole, or the match at any time (it is usual that any putt within putter-grip distance from the hole, is conceded).


Rules Tips
Playing a Provisional Ball – Rule 27

Playing a provisional ball is a great time-saver, but there are rules that must be followed:

  • Check the Local Rules on the back of the scorecard to identify the boundaries of the course, defined by fences, walls, white stakes or white lines.
  • If you think your ball may be lost either outside a water hazard or out of bounds, you should play a provisional ball. You must announce to your playing companions that you will be playing a provisional ball, and that ball must be played from the spot where the last shot was played, under penalty of one stroke, i.e. stroke and distance.
  • If you are reasonably sure your ball is lost in a hazard, you cannot play a provisional ball and you must proceed under the rules for Ball Lost in Hazard – Rule 26.

Lost Golf Ball

  • After playing the provisional ball, you may then proceed to look for your first ball. You may play the provisional ball until you reach the place where you think your original ball is likely to be, and you are allowed five minutes to search.  If it is not found within five minutes, it is lost.  If you play the provisional ball forward of that spot before searching for the original ball, then the original ball is lost, and the provisional ball becomes the ball in play.
  • If your original ball is found within five minutes, you must continue playing the hole with it and you must stop playing the provisional ball.


R&A Rule Update

Following the Lexi Thompson furore surrounding rules infractions (as reported in April’s Red Tees), the R&A and USGA adopted a quick rules change, immediately enforceable, which limits the use of video evidence to protect players from being penalised for infractions that “could not reasonably have been seen with the naked eye”.


Being “Ready to Play” – simple things, faster play

Some more tips on being ready to play (thanks to Stephen Deane and The Deane Report).

Being ready to play should be very easy.  While taking care not to distract other players or compromise safety, all that is required is that you do the following whilst others are playing their shots:

  • Walk efficiently to your ball, putting on your glove as you do so (not once you arrive)
  • Assess your shot, including any calculation of distance, or line up your putt
  • Make a decision on club selection

Considerable time will be saved if players do these things efficiently and non-intrusively while others are playing.  The frustration comes when a player stands by their ball watching all the others in the group playing, and only when it is their turn to hit do they begin to prepare for their shot.

Behind the Name


An Honour Board event instigated in 1948 by Miss Muriel Just from donations given by ex-WAAAF personnel.  Originally limited to weekend players and ex-WAAAF personnel, the latter restriction has long been waived.  Although the Honour Board refers to a “cup”, there has never been silverware for this event.


20-Year Anniversary Trophy

This event was initiated by the 1985 Associates’ President, Mrs Pat McLean, as a competition for those ladies with 20 more years of continuous membership in any category.  The trophy is presented at the conclusion of play on the day.  It is also the occasion when our 50 (and occasionally 60 years) membership badges are presented.

President Margot McNee (L) with Mrs Pat McLean (R) presenting winner Mrs Daphne Purssey with the 20-Year Anniversary Trophy in 2004.


The FOB Cup – Vets vs The Rest Cup

The silver trophy for this event was originally bought by Maureen O’Brien’s husband as consolation when she won the “C” Grade Championships and only received a money order for her trouble.  Years later, when the cup didn’t sell at a garage sale, Maureen tried to “fob it off” to her good friend, Margaret Fleming – without success and so in 1979, they decided to donate it to as a trophy for “The Vets vs The Rest” competition.  It was named the FOB Cup as either a reference to it being “fobbed off”, or as an amalgamation of the Fleming & O’Brien initials (FOB) – it’s possibly a bit of both, and no one knows for sure now.  Regardless, it’s a good story.




60-Year Member – Nyrie Elcock

Nyrie in 1972

Nyrie 1978

We congratulate Nyrie Elcock on achieving 60 years of membership at the Brisbane Golf Club.

Nyrie Elcock’s involvement and passion for the game of golf goes back even further than her 60 years of membership to when, as a little girl of 8 or 10, she and her brother would caddy for their golf-obsessed parents, every week travelling from their home in Coorparoo to the Gailes Golf Club.  She, too, became obsessed and the game has since given her not only decades of pleasure, but also enduring friendships.

After studying optometry in Brisbane in the 1950s, Nyrie worked in England and then Sydney before returning to Brisbane where she worked as a consultant optometrist as well as running her own optometry practice in the city.


Nyrie Skiing

Nyrie 2015

With many of her school friends members at the BGC, and it being nearby to where she lived, Nyrie joined in 1957 and played weekends until she retired in 2003.  She was Weekend Representative for two years, and has won more monthly medals – badges, spoons, engraved wine glasses and tankards – than she can remember.  She can also claim two holes-in-one, the first which she still vividly recalls, acing the fourth in her first game of the 1994 golfing season.

Nyrie’s other great sporting passion, cross-country skiing, involved annual alpine holidays to New South Wales or Victoria with her good friends up until about 10 years ago.  Nowadays, though, when not golfing, she is kept busy with her bridge and book club and pottering in the garden with little Jazz, her13½ year old miniature poodle, never far away.




Around The Traps

Anzac Day Ceremony & Grace Wilson Day

We remembered the fallen soldiers from all wars, and acknowledged all the armed services men and women in the annual Anzac Day, on Tuesday, 25 April.  A very moving Dawn Service was held ahead of the quintessential Aussie sausage sizzle breakfast and a 4BBB shotgun.



On Thursday 27 April, our Stableford competition was conducted in memory of Matron Grace Wilson – a truly amazing and inspirational woman, and the only female club member whose name appears on the WW1 Roll of Honour (in the stairwell to the Garden Room).  Thanks Jenny for the Anzac biscuits.


Tuesday 9-hole Competition


What a great way of easing into competition golf for those new to the game, returning from injury, time poor, or just not quite up to 18 holes.  Seen here ready to tee off on Tuesday, 18 April, in the inaugural Tuesday afternoon 4BBB hole comp is Cath Reidy, Leigh Clarke, Captain Ann Fell, Christine Gray, Margaret Rodgers and Susan Johnson.


Saturday Guest Day

18 Brisbane ladies hosted 18 guests from 10 clubs to a morning 4BBB followed by lunch in the Tennyson Room on Saturday, 29 April.  Thanks to Angela Fong and SmartProp Realty for once again providing trophies for this day, with Heather McCarthy and her guest Sanchia Waters from Wynnum winners on 46 points.


Heard in the Locker Room

A lost sandwich

A player reported a lost sand wedge to the Golf Shop after a recent round at the Club and couldn’t understand why the staff member responded with amused disinterest – until it was realised the player was reporting a lost “sand wedge” and not a lost “sandwich”.  Some things just get lost in the translation.


Definitely lost in the translation

Communicating with our soon-to-be reciprocal club in Japan caused much mirth when the instructions to post documents to them were definitely lost in the translation.  The address provided to the office was in Japanese script, which would present Australia Post with a challenge.  When the Japanese club was informed of this, the response was that the Japanese post office would have similar difficulties if the address was written in English.  Solution?  The Japanese script address was photocopied and pasted on to the envelope; the English address written underneath.  No word yet if it has arrived.


Ladies, Let’s Golf

Nine & Wine

This twice-postponed event will be rescheduled for later in the year.  Stay tuned.


LLG Bronze

The enthusiastic group of Bronze ladies about to head out on their Thursday escorted golf recently.  Thanks to all volunteer escorts – we couldn’t manage this program without your help.

Vicki McDonald with LLG Bronze members Judith Hamilton, Tricia Hays, Judy Whelan, Fay Smallwood, Cate Edwards, Gillian Aston, Lisa McDonald


Maria Dracakis, Melissa Katahanas, Angela Martin, Anthea Klinakis




Postcards From



Send your photos taken on a recent holiday to for entry in the Best Travel Photo Competition.

The 2017 competition will close on Tuesday, 14 November and the winner announced at the midweek Christmas Celebrations on Tuesday, 28 November.


Golf Plus

Become a Zika Mozzie Seeker

The Queensland Government (Metro South Health) is conducting a research project to establish whether the Zika and Dengue fever carrying mosquitoes are present in Brisbane.

The aim is to have one household in each street in the Metro South Health region participating in this project.  It’s as easy as putting a strip of paper into a bucket and leaving it out in your garden for two weeks.

For more information, please see Joan Fisher.  Details on how to register can be found at the Metro Health South Mozzie Seeker webpage.


Miles for Memories – Help the Mater Foundation find a cure for dementia 

Dementia is the single greatest cause of disability in Australians over 65 yeas, and the third leading cause of disability overall.  It is expected that by 2020 there will be 400,000 Australians living with dementia and its devastating effects.

Member Janice Morris is embarking on a hike through the magnificent Yosemite National Park from 15 to 25 June as part of Miles for Memories, the Mater Foundation’s major fundraiser in 2017 for dementia research.  You can donate to support this worthy cause by visiting Janice’s webpage.


Cherry’s Pumpkin and Passionfruit Soup

A highlight of last month’s Cherry Cribb Memorial Day was the taste of one of Cherry’s favourite recipes, Pumpkin and Passionfruit Soup.  No doubt Cherry’s recipe, which she picked up from a Stephanie Alexander cooking class, is similar to this one.  Just the thing for the cooler winter months ahead.



750g Jap pumpkin, chopped
15g butter
1 medium onion, diced
2 rashers of bacon, diced
100g potato, diced
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
50g carrots
50g celery
1 litre chicken stock
6 passionfruit, pulped
salt and pepper
250ml cream (or coconut cream)



1. Peel the pumpkin, remove the seeds and chop into smallish pieces.
2. Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan.
3. Add the onion and bacon and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until onion is soft.
4. Add the pumpkin, potato, carrot, celery and the stock.
5. Bring to the boil and simmer for about half an hour or so, until the pumpkin is really soft.
6. Remove from the heat and let the soup cool down, then add the passionfruit pulp.
7. Process it in batches in a blender.  Pour back into the saucepan, season to taste and stir in the cream.  Reheat it to serve.

Serves 4.


Joke of the Month

(with thanks to Linz Gaskell)


“The Grim Reaper came for me last night,” Paddy said to his mate Mike.  “But I beat him off with the vacuum cleaner.  Talk about Dyson with death.”

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