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Golf Report - 2 October 2022

Last Saturday the weather was almost perfect for golf. It was sunny, windless and comfortably warm and the number of players and the scores reflected the improved conditions. Both the men and ladies played a stroke round for the October monthly medal and for the men it was the first round of their Championships.

The ladies game also incorporated the 4th round of the Barton Shield. The ladies medal winner was Sabrina Stow (24) with nett 73 on a countback from Meredith Doery (25). The players who have qualified for the final of the Barton Shield on Saturday 15th October are Helen Howard, Heather Jenkins, Jody Doran, Gail Leigh, Bec Lee, Jillian Chandler, Sabrina Stow and Lesley Rundle.

The men’s medal winner was Steve Coker (18) with nett 70 followed by Steve Berry (12) with 71 nett. The 4 nearest the pins were won by just two players with Yewls Kuan winning on the 4th hole and Andrew O’ Shea on the 9th, 11th and 18th. Andrew also won the Golden Shot. Steve Berry won the putting with 26 putts. After play the members celebrated Yewls Kuans birthday with a loud rendition of Happy Birthday!

Next Saturday the summer tee off time will be begin with a 9.00 am arrival for a 9.30 tee off. The men will play the second round of their Championships and the ladies will play stableford for the Mavis Hadfield Trophy.

On Tuesday a number of ladies played in the Euroa Bowl and the Marysville ladies have been planning the organisation of their own Dalhousie tournament on Thursday 6th October. Unfortunately the ladies tournament at Strathbogie last Thursday was cancelled due to the unplayable condition of the course.

A reminder to members that the working bee will be held on Tuesday 11th October from 9.00 am.

Lesley Rundle



Pace of Play

In this ongoing discussion around pace of play I am going to ask you to view a video on the R&A website (link at the bottom) in an effort to help all of us pick up the pace of play because it is everyone's responsibility to look at how we can improve in this area.

In my professional life there has been a piece of advice that I am constantly working on doing in all areas of my life. It is simply to stop raising concerns about something unless I can offer a solution as to how we can resolve/solve the problem (together). So here is some advice (a solution) to see if we can work together to reduce the time it takes to play a round of golf.

Did you know there is a maximum time allowed for us to play our shot?

Rule 5.6b(1) - It is recommended that the player make the stroke in no more than 40 seconds after he or she is (or should be) able to play without interference or distraction.

This is a topic that people have been trying to resolve at the tournament level, club golf level, and even for social golfers, around how long it should take to play a round of golf. The R&A would not have invested significant amounts of money into developing their Pace of Play Manual if it was not a problem!

There can be different factors that can cause slow play such as poor weather conditions (rain and/or strong winds), snakes, or other external factors, and these should be taken into account when necessary.

Over the past 6 months we have had groups of players (both men and women) playing in 3.5 hours or less in groups of 3, and 4 hours or less for groups of 4 during stroke rounds. With these groups there has also been a variety of ages and handicaps.

So I have to ask the question, outside of the help/solutions being offered in these reports, "What can we do as a club to solve the problem?"

Please take 5 minutes to watch this video from the R&A and see what tips you can pick up to not only improve your own pace of play but maybe to also help others with some kind words of advice. Click here.

Andrew O'Shea

MCG&BC Secretary & Golf Australia Level 2 Rules accredited.

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