The Captain’s Report – April 2018

Welcome to the April edition of The Captain’s Report.

Autumn has arrived, which means the US Masters is in the air and golf season at the Club is in full swing. There are several upcoming events giving members of all abilities, aspirations, and categories a great opportunity to enjoy our great game and the wonderful golfing culture of the Club.

The course received more rain than was needed during February and March. This caused some interruption to the golfing program and difficulties for the course staff to produce the course to the excellent level we have come to expect day in day out. With some more favourable weather being forecast we are confident that the course can return to its best for the balance of the golfing season.

In this report, we aim to provide you with an update of the golf happenings around The Brisbane Golf Club as well as important news updates and what we can look forward to in the months to come.

I would also encourage you to visit the Home page of the website and to ‘like’ the Club Facebook page to get more immediate updates on latest news and results. Golf is a selfless game, we can’t always be playing at the peak of our own game, but it is great to celebrate others success and continue to celebrate our rich golfing history.

Enjoy the read, good luck in the important golfing events that are ahead of us and play well. Hope to see you at the Club and on the course.

Stephen Deane


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Member News

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Winter Tee Times

As you would be aware during winter we experience shorter days which reduces the number of tee times in our fields. Generally, this means that members will need to be patient and trust the waitlist to secure a game.

An SMS is sent to the Saturday field on a Wednesday afternoon to remind members who aren’t playing to pull out. This process was very successful last year to ensure the waitlist was cleared and resulted in members very rarely missing a game. Members are encouraged to trust the waitlist as we saw large movements last winter and these are expected again.

Throughout winter we will be doing our very best to ensure we have the maximum number of tee times available for members. We will also consider adding some lines later in the afternoon for members who may be happy to play less than 18 holes.

Eagles Nest Change

The Match Committee has decided to make a change to the Saturday Eagles Nest. The hope of this change is that it will give more players a chance to be successful by using holes 6 & 15 as well as 18. On the first Saturday of every month, the Eagles Nest will rotate between Holes 6 & 15, on the other Saturdays during the month it will remain on Hole 18. We will trial this for the remainder of the year and would appreciate any feedback.

Anzac Day Ceremony & Golf

The Brisbane Golf Club will conduct its annual Anzac Day Ceremony on Wednesday, 25 April 2018. This event has grown in recent years and last year almost 100 members were in attendance. The dawn service will commence at 6.00am followed by a BBQ breakfast and shotgun starts at 7.00am and 12.30pm. Click here to read more.

Club Championship Information

The qualifying rounds of the 2018 A. H. Colledge Club Championships will be held over two weekends in May 2018. Click here to read more.


2018 Senior Team Challenge Information

The Brisbane Golf Club will again participate in the Senior Teams Challenge run by Golf Queensland from April to June. This event is for male members aged 55 or over and is played on a home and away basis, usually either on a Tuesday or Thursday.

The format includes four single scratch match play matches and two 4BBB matches where the maximum daily handicap is 18 and you play off ¾ of your handicap. This year the other clubs in our group are Indooroopilly, Gailes, and Carbrook. If you have yet to advise your interest in playing in this event, please email


Golf Module Update

As recently advised we have been working closely with the suppliers of our golf module software to address some of the issues being experienced and also to improve some of its features. It is pleasing to announce the issue with group bookings has now been rectified and members can also now click on the results of the day and review their scorecard. Click here to read more.


Vinidex Extends Sponsorship

The Brisbane Golf Club is pleased to announce Vinidex Pty Ltd have extended their sponsorship of the Captain’s Challenge for a further 12 months. The sponsorship which started in May 2015 is now entering its fourth year. Click here to read more.


Final Rule Changes for 2019 Confirmed

The R&A and the USGA have unveiled the new Rules of Golf, to be implemented on 1 January 2019. Click here to read more.


Course Closure Notifications

With the recent inclement weather, we have experienced occasions whereby the course has needed to be closed or restrictions around motorised carts and/or bunkers applied. Ensuring members are aware of this information is a high priority and as a result, we have prepared the following information to assist you to remain up to date. Click here to read more.

Member Profile – ‘Crazy’ Marathon Man Carlo

The Brisbane Golf Club member Carlo Tonini is about to join an elite group of athletes who he says could arguably be corralled into the ‘crazy people’ basket – depending on what we perceive to be crazy. Click here to read more.


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Latest Results

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Vinidex Captain’s Challenge


The February Captains Challenge was delayed a week as the course was closed due to rain. This benefited Doug Hope who had a superb 39pts to defeat Murray Eagle and Jeffrey Chick on countback. In all, 8 players broke their handicap.


The March edition of the Captains Challenge was won by City Golf Club Member Wade Edwards who had a fine 38pts off a +1 handicap, Runner-up was Martin Riley with 38pts.

Vinidex Captain’s Challenge Update. Click here to read more.

Sir Leslie Wilson

Winner Larry Raymond 89pts. Click here to read more.

The Brisbane Shield

Winners Michael and Berenice Holmes. Click here to read more.

Monthly Medals (Including best gross)


  • A Grade, Alan Grieve 64 nett
  • B Grade, Paul Tathem 68 nett
  • C Grade, Tony Mylne 39pts
  • Best Gross, Tom Deane 71


  • A Grade, Reg Hutchinson 68 nett
  • B Grade, Peter Lee 66 nett
  • C Grade, Brian Richardson 71 nett
  • Best Gross, Cameron Powell 70

Hunter Trophy Update – Click here to read more.

Tennyson Cup

The qualifying round of the Tennyson Cup was played on Saturday the 24th of March. Due to the recent bad weather the course was very demanding. The cut off was 72, congratulations to the 16 qualifiers and we wish them luck for the playoffs. View Draw here.

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Upcoming Events

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Sunday, 8 April – Fourqueux Mixed Foursomes Championship
Monday, 9 April – US Masters Breakfast
Sunday, 22 April – Completion of 1st Round G.H. Mocatta President’s Cup
Wednesday, 25 April – Anzac Day Ceremony and Golf
Friday, 27 April – Captain’s Challenge sponsored by Vinidex
Saturday, 28 April – Monthly Medal
Saturday, 5 May – 1st Round Midwinter (Blackheath) Medal
Saturday, 12 May – 2nd Round Midwinter (Blackheath) Medal
Saturday, 12 May – Monthly Medal
Sunday, 13 May – Qualifying for Byneset Trophy
Saturday, 19 May – 1st Round Club Championships A & C Grades
Sunday, 20 May – 1st Round Club Championships B Grade
Friday, 25 May – Captain’s Challenge sponsored by Vinidex
Saturday, 26 May – 2nd Round Club Championships A & C Grades
Sunday, 27 May – 2nd Round Club Championships B Grade
Wednesday, 30 May – Claiming Cup

The Claiming Cup which is an annual match between The Brisbane Golf Club and Indooroopilly Golf Club will be held on Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at IGC.

The event was first played in 1967 and had its beginnings at Southport Golf Club. It was played in January each year in the early 60’s to provide golf and competition for many Members of both clubs who were on the Gold Coast for the school holidays.

In 1967 it was decided to record the winners and the trophy, a pewter mug was purchased. The mug was held in the losers’ clubhouse for the ensuing twelve months where any Member from the winning side could demand it to be filled for their pleasure. This ‘claiming’ is now symbolic and the cup is held by the winners.

BGC lost the event in 2017 at home 6.5 to 3.5 and it would be great to win it back on their track this year. To date, IGC has won the event on 31 occasions and BGC has won it on 21 occasions.

Members wishing to play can contact Joe or Reece in the Golf Shop to reserve their spot.

Saturday, 2 June – Completion of 2nd Round G.H. Mocatta President’s Cup

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Around the Traps

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BGC Most Improved Course in Australia

The list of Australian Golf Digest’s Top 100 Golf Courses was released in February and BGC improved 15 places to number 81 in the rankings. The jump was the largest of any golf club in the top 100 and makes BGC one of the most improved golf courses in Australia over the last two years.



2018 Isuzu Queensland Open Dates Released

The 2018 Isuzu Queensland Open will be played from the 1st to the 4th of November at The Brisbane Golf Club. This will mark the 21st occasion that BGC has hosted the tournament.



The Ladies’ Junior Development Fund

Ladies’ President, Helen Placanica and Ladies’ Captain, Elaine Egerton attended the Junior Academy’s end of term break-up party in March and presented $1,300 worth of training aides and junior golf clubs from the ladies’ Junior Development Fund. The Junior Academy currently has about 30 boys and girls attending clinics every Saturday afternoon and the equipment will give Joe and his team plenty of options for maximising the fun – the balance snakes are already a favourite.


Congratulations are in Order 

Congratulations to BGC Members, Cameron Powell and Tim Lukin who finished T2 in Queensland Foursomes Championship played at Wynnum Golf Club in March. BGC Member, Ben Stieler also finished T2 with his partner. A record 192 players contested the event.



Another Victory for Winx  

Our honorary ambassador Winx recorded her 24th straight victory in the Group 1 George Ryder at Rosehill in March. To show our support of the great mare we proudly display her winning colours every time she runs.



Flynn and Powell bring home the Quinella.

Congratulations to Lawry Flynn and Cameron Powell who finished first and second in the 2018 Middle Ridge Easter Open.


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