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2014 Scratch Match Play Champions

Congratulations to the 2014 Scratch Match Play Champions.

The 2014 A Grade and Club Scratch Match Play Champion is Michael Wood. Michael was successful in the final over Ray Mills 4 & 2.

At presentation Ray said ‘I was not at my best today’ although Michael noted that Ray scrambled very capably and stayed in the competition with some terrific pitches and putts.

Michael is the Club’s lowest handicap member playing off 2 and is our lead pennant player. Michael attributed his win to feeling mentally strong on the day and to playing to his game strength of hitting greens in regulation. Well done Michael – your consistent golf makes you a worthy Champion. Following Michael (centred) can be seen with runner-up Ray (left) after receiving his Champion’s trophy from Men’s Captain Mike Flanagan. In the foreground is the ‘lucky draw bucket’ of the Golf Club’s major sponsor, North Estate of Tweed Heads.


The Club B Grade Scratch Match Play Champion is Michael Grills who was thrilled to achieve his first Championship win. Michael won comfortably 4 & 3 over Terry Baker who found the pressure of the final impacting a little more than expected on his swing. The Champion also found the intensity of the final significant and described his play like that of Hogan – Ben Hogan when he controlled his swing and Paul Hogan when he did not. In any event good job Michael and congratulations on your Championship win. Below Michael is seen in triumph after receiving his Champion’s trophy from the Men’s Captain.

The C Grade Scratch Match Play Champion is John Lane who defeated Barry Southgate 3 & 2. The match was played in a very amiable spirit. At presentation John noted the good companionship provided by the A Grade finalists, Michael and Ray as assisting him with delivering the extra concentration needed to be competitive in a Club Championship final. He also commented that Graeme Johnson had helped him in his campaign though the Championship (well something like that). Good win John. John is seen below responding after being presented with his Champion’s trophy by the Men’s Captain.

The Captain and Committee thanks all members who participated in the qualification round and congratulates members who played in the elimination stage of the Championship which culminated in yesterday’s finals.

Also thank you to the members who attended the Champions presentation and joined in the celebration with the winners.

Arrangements – June Men’s Monthly – 7 June

The Men’s Captain has announced that the June Monthly Medal will be an 8am for 8.30am Shot Gun start on 7 June.

Members will pay $10 on the day and are encouraged to attend the presentation where some snacks and a celebration drink will be provided.

72 places are allocated for the Medal competition and members can book via Time Sheet on the website, the Touch Screen in the Pro Shop or by calling the Pro Shop.

Members using carts are asked to select starting tees furthest away from the Pro Shop. Preferred bookings do not apply for Shot Guns starts and participating members need to book to play.

Please support our major Monthly Medal sponsors, Sharp Motors at Tweed Heads who are offering some special incentives on the day. Thanks Sharp Motors.




Banora Golf Course Article in Local Newspaper

The following article appeared in a local newspaper this week. It reiterates the closure issues concerning the centre of the Club Banora golf course area.

The opening sentences refer to the bleak outlook for the now closed 18 holes configuration but are positive in the closing about the 9 Holes layout.

Certainly, it anticipates a nine holes course well beyond 2014. The longer term viability is of course subject to environmental conditions.

The article is posted for your information and you will have your own view. Cheers.

What’s Happening?

Alternate Tees

Work continues on finalising the new alternate tee course layout. The plates for the new tees are installed and remeasured. Golf NSW representatives will be on the course on Monday morning 26 May collecting their measurements and other detail relevant to providing a new Scratch and Slope course rating. It is anticipated that their work will have little or no impact on the Vets competition.


Production of new course signage is progressing and it is hoped that the new layout will be operational in a few weeks. With the new layout competition play will return to the Blue, White and Red configuration of the past. The Blue Tees will be used on Saturdays and White for Men other days. Non-competition players will play off the White tees. The Ladies use their red tees for all competitions.


Men’s Scratch Match Play Finals

The Men’s Scratch Match Finals are on 24 May. Congratulations and good Golfing to the finalists

  • A Grade Michael Wood and Ray Mills
  • B Grade Terrance Baker and Michael Grills
  • C Grade Barry Southgate and John Lane

Members are invited to the winners’ presentation and celebration at 5pm.


Men’s June Monthly Medal – Shot Gun Start

The Men’s June monthly medal will be played on 7 June as an 8.30am Shot Gun Start. Members will be supported on the day including with a drink and snack.

Sharp Motors is the major sponsor of the event.


Ladies Captain v VIPs Day – 19 June

The Ladies Sub Committee is working on arrangements for the Ladies Captain v VIPs Day. The event will be played on 19 June and is open to members only who will be supported on the day including with tea / coffee and a snack.


Veterans’ News

The Veterans’ May monthly medal will be played on 26 May.


After the implementation of the new alternate tees layout, the Veterans competition will be played off the White tees. The Veterans Captain is planning a green fee free day to celebrate the new configuration being in play.


2014 Fixture Books

The 2014 Fixture Books are printed and bound and can be collected from Captains or at the Pro Shop. The book is also available on the Golf Club website from the Time Sheet page .


Twin Towns 2014 AGM

Thanks also to the twenty five or so members who attended the 2014 Twin Towns AGM this week. Attendance was lower than normal due to the small amount of meeting business and the meeting completed in under an hour.


Twin Towns Board Vice-Chair – Brian Brown

Special congratulations to Golf Member, Brian Brown who elected by the Board as Vice-Chair on Tuesday night, after the AGM. Well done Brian.