News from The Red Tees | April 2021

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Welcome to the April edition of the News from the Red Tees, and as the weather starts to cool down, the golfing competition is heating up! The Joan Fletcher Trophy and Cherry Cribb Cup events have been completed with the Johnson Staines Fourball underway.  Off the course, we’ve enjoyed lunches to celebrate Irish Day, the Cherry Cribb and Joan Fletcher events.  Plenty of action ahead with Anzac Day, Winter Cup, Violet Midson, Saturday Guest Day and, of course, preparation for our pennant competitions.  But first, another lockdown to get through.

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Ladies President’s Note


With our 125 years anniversary this year, we have a great opportunity to reflect on where the ladies at Brisbane golf club have been.  Our reflection segments at our monthly medal lunches have proven to be very entertaining, and we have many more to come.  Thank you to all who have contributed to date.

To contrast, are the segments on the computerised method of scoring and the BGC phone app. The ability to now instantly see our ladies notifications and latest news is excellent and helps to keep us all in touch in our varying busy worlds.  We are all learning more on the extra features that these technologies can offer us, and hopefully will have a presentation by an expert in the near future. Please think about extra features that you may want from these apps, and we can explore these possibilities.

We are seeing many social initiatives, driven again by our ladies. The members bar is filling up each Thursday afternoon with our social groups playing Mahjong and Bridge, and our senior ladies golf group trials are starting out with lots of enthusiasm and participation.

What will our future look like in the next 5-25 years?  What exciting times do we have ahead, and what can the ladies do to help lead these?  Something to ponder for the next month.

Happy golfing.

Sue Lewandowski,
Ladies President

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Notices and News

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Tennyson Room and Special Event Day Lunches and Shotgun Starts

The new format being trialled for making use of the Tennyson Room to host lunch on Special Event Days, including honour board events, monthly medals and shotgun starts has been well received.  We will continue with this format for the time being and keep you updated with any changes.  This month we will trial holding announcements at 1pm.


New Irrigation System

Our irrigation works have continued through the month but have been impacted by the wet weather. At this stage it was hoped to have started work on Hole 6 but as yet Hole 4 and Hole 5 haven’t been completed. It has been decided on wet days not to allow the contractors machinery on the golf course to limit damage. Moving forward the club management will continue to balance the need to complete the project on time with what is best for the golf course and ensuring the project is completed to a high standard.

Weekly updates on our irrigation are published and distributed via the Golf Shop. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.


MiScore App

Why use the MiScore App?

  1. COVID safe – no swapping/touching of scorecards involved
  2. Convenient – whose phone is not always at hand these days?
  3. Easy to navigate – just swipe left/right or up/down
  4. Infallible – it does all handicap and scoring computations for you (perfect for the mathematically challenged)
  5. Environmentally friendly – no trees cut down, no printer ink consumed
  6. Economical – no printed cards and pencils
  7. Politically correct – zero carbon emissions generated
  8. Live-time scoring – see the leaderboard as play progresses (or not)
  9. Time saving – no more bottlenecks at the scorecard reader due to technical or human error
  10. Inbuilt GPS distance guide – no more peeking through viewfinders


Top Tip for using the MiScore App – purchase a portable pocket phone charger.  From as little as $20-odd you will never have an excuse or the inconvenience of your phone battery running on red.

Power Pod $49.95


Winter Cup

The Winter Cup starts this month and it’s not too late to enter with the nomination sheet in the ladies locker room. Details of competition: Best 3 of 6 rounds / Played on Thursday 8 April / Thursday 13 May / Thursday 17 June / Thursday 8 July / Thursday 26 August / Thursday 23 September.  All entry fees will be used as a cash prize to the winners being apportioned as follows: Winner 50% / Second 25% / Third 15% / Fourth 10%.  Entry fee is $5.


Ladies Senior Golf Competition Trial

We are excited to be playing our inaugural Senior Ladies Competition on Friday 16 April.  The competition is for our senior ladies aged 60 plus to enjoy a 4BBB contest followed by lunch and presentations afterwards.  The Match Committee have agreed to trial three competitions with a maximum 40 players in each trial to gauge support. Potential dates for the other two trial competitions are to be confirmed.  Details of the competition are: Age 60 plus / 4BBB / Friday Competition / Cost $10 each / Mini shot gun start / Tee times 8.00 and 8.08 am.  The booking sheet is manual and will be available outside the office from 7am four weeks prior to competition date. Due to the timing frame for this trial the booking sheet opened on 25 March.  If you are not already on the Senior Ladies email list or would like further information, please contact Liz McReynolds or phone 0409 995 728.  We are hopeful with your continued support this competition will become a permanent fixture in our golfing calendar.  Seniors, this one’s just for you, so come along and join in what will be a fun and enjoyable golfing experience.



If you are a competition winner and have not received your prize, please see Vice Captain, Janet Nathanson to collect.  Janet has an absolute fist full of prizes to distribute, sometimes a difficult feat when one is not sure what everyone looks like, so for the winners out there, this is what Janet looks like……..


Hole-in-One Club

If you haven’t joined the Hole-in-One Club because you think, “It’ll never happen” … think again, one drops nearly every month!

Making a Hole-In-One is a great achievement for any golfer and at The Brisbane Golf Club if you record your Hole-In-One during a competition your ‘ace’ will be honoured with inclusion on the Hole-In-One Register. Ladies receive a trophy with the details of their Hole-In-One.

Members will also receive a reward of $300 for a Hole-In-One if made while playing in an official competition at a registered club in Australia.

The Brisbane Golf Club has started a Hole-In-One Club. Membership will cost each member just $1 each time a Hole-In-One is recorded in a competition and means that if you achieve a Hole-In-One every member of the Hole-in-One Club will pay you $1. If we have 100 Members in the Hole-in-One Club then an ‘ace’ will earn you $99. To join, simply send an email with your name and membership number to

Click here to see the Members in the Hole-In-One Club.  Please note that as a new Member you are NOT automatically signed up for the Hole-In-One Club. It is the Member’s choice to belong. If you are in the Hole-In-One Club, your club card will be debited the cost of $1 for every hole in one that is made by a Member of the Hole-In-One Club. You will remain in the Club unless the Office is notified in writing that you no longer wish to belong.


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Upcoming Events

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Tuesday 6 –  Mid-week Monthly Medal

Thursday 8 – Winter Cup – Round 1

Entries still welcome. Sign up via nomination sheet in the locker room.

Friday 9 –  Nine and Dine: Italian Theme

Mark your calendar to be sure you don’t miss out on what has become a much-anticipated event in our social/golfing calendar.  Shotgun start at 3.15pm with dinner 5.30pm for 6pm.  Prepaid bookings are essential.

Monday 12 – US Masters Breakfast

Tuesday 13 – Violet Midson Memorial Trophy – Qualifying Round

Thursday 15 – Violet Midson Memorial Trophy – First Round

Friday 16 – Senior Ladies Competition

Register to play in this event via the nomination sheet at the office.

Saturday 17 – Johnson Staines Quarter Final to be completed

Sunday 18 – Mixed Foursomes

Tuesday 20 – Violet Midson Memorial Trophy – Quarter Finals

Thursday 22 – Violet Midson Memorial Trophy – Semi Finals

Friday 23 – Fawlty Towers Dining Experience

Saturday 24 – Monthly Medal and Putting

Sunday 25 – ANZAC Day Ceremony

Tuesday 27 – Violet Midson Final



Saturday 1 – Guest Day

Tuesday 4 – 54 Hole Event – Round 1

Thursday 6 – 54 Hole Event – Round 2

Saturday 8 – Monthly Medal / Ex WAAF Round

Sunday 9 – Mother’s Day Breakfast

Tuesday 11 – 54 Hole Event – Round 3

Thursday 13 – Winter Cup – Round 2

Sunday 16 – Ladies Hosting Pennants WE 1 and WE 2


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Captain’s Corner

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The 54 hole event starting on May 4th is a 3 round stroke event played every second year.  Gross and Nett prizes in 3 divisions and all players must play stroke.  Please note that both Tuesday rounds include counting your putts and all three rounds will now go towards your eclectic rounds for the year, as will any stroke round for the year.  No Miscore app please use score cards only.

Please see the notice Board for the flyer on the Tanner Cup played alongside the Monthly Medal on Tuesday 25th May.

Don’t forget the Violet Midson starts on 13th April and goes to 27th April and if you want to qualify you must be available for all rounds.

The Monthly Medal for March and Grandmother’s Day will be rescheduled.



Junior Pennants for 2021 – Aspen Sugars represented BGC in a composite team with McLeod and made us proud. Congratulations Aspen for a great season.

Our Senior Pennant Season starts on Friday 14th May and Sunday 16th May.   We will be hosting Weekend Pennants on Sunday16th May and Friday Pennants on 11th June. If you would like to help on either of those two dates, please contact myself or Janet Nathanson, Kate Morgan or Yvonne Butcher.  These are two huge dates in our golfing calendar and we would appreciate all the help we can get.  Our Pennant teams for this year are finalised and we are looking forward to a great season, if you wish to caddie and you haven’t put your hand up let us know and I can pass your name onto the players.


Helen Caris,
Ladies Captain


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Saturday Results
  • Monthly Medal Div 1 – Angela Fong (73 nett)
  • Monthly Medal Div 2 – Trish O’Connor (74 nett)


Cherry Cribb Memorial Day LVA Cup

Our annual 7-Day v 6-Day team challenge, Cherry Cribb was held on the 28 March.  The winners of the trophy were the 7Day Ladies. The result was very close, only one point separated the teams. Well done to the winners and thank you to everyone who played in this event and made it lovely day.  Also well done to the individual winning team of Catherine Hammond and Di Hall who scored 49 points.


 Anna Lyons representing the 6 Day Ladies and Catherine Hammond representing the 7 Day Ladies



Di Hall’s drive on the 9th hole ended up in a deep hole off the fairway!


Joan Fletcher Trophy

Congratulations to Safina Kyprianou in Division 1 (2 up) and Kathryn Ash in Division 2 (1 up) on impressive wins.


Safina’s Road to Victory




Kathryn’s Road to Victory


Johnson Staines 4BBB Match Play Draw




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Ladies Committee

Angela Cottrell is a welcome addition to the Ladies Committee and among other things, will be working with Anna Lyons to produce the Red Tees.  We understand Angela hears everything, so watch out for yourself in our “Heard in the Locker Room” segment.


New Members Welcome Evening

Welcome drinks held for our new members in March was well attended and an enjoyable time was had by all.  Some great friendships have been forged at The Brisbane Golf Club over the years so look out for these ladies around the traps and make yourself known to them.



Leisa Shield, Ladies President, Sue Lewandowski & Carley Mills


   Ladies Let’s Golf Representative, Lisa Schoutrop, Helen Byrne & Rhondda Dudley


 Anna Roberts & Ladies Committee Member, Cath Reidy


 Cate Dowling, Lyn McErlean & Brisbane Golf Club Vice President, Debbie Kembler


 Michelle Basha & Ladies Let’s Golf Representative, Kerri McGuire



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We love to read…
Book Review by member, Amanda Harburg

Min Jin Lee

When I read a book, I like to be engrossed in it immediately. Pachinko did this for me.

Beginning in Yeongdo, Korea in 1911 it tells the story of one girl and her family. Starting with her parents and ending with her grandchildren, it takes you through their journey from Korea to Japan. Their trials and hardships, life and losses are heartbreaking.  The cultural intricacies of Korea and, then between Koreans living in Japan, all during a time of war, famine and prejudice is eye opening.  The family’s determination to firstly survive and ultimately create a better life for their children is nearly impossible to imagine.




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Anne Clifton interviews Jodi Holmes


Anne: When did you learn to play golf?

Jodi: It depends on who you ask…

My high school teacher at BSHS will say it was my hockey background that carried me during our PE lessons that took place at Brisbane Golf Club (BGC).

Murray Lott will tell you, “I taught her everything she knows”.  My first actual lesson was in 2015 at BGC with Murray.

My Mother would bring home the water balls for me to practice.  I had to hit them over the park and into the river, “Just swing, don’t try to hit it hard” (if I didn’t get them into the water, I had to find them and try again).  I was occasionally allowed to play the BGC West Course with Mum, where “under no circumstance are you to hit your wayward shots from the members fairway!”  My Aunt, Daphne has spent hours lecturing me on mindset, etiquette & preparation – the only advice I haven’t followed is, “Jodi if you really want to be a good golfer you need to practice until your hands bleed” Aunt Daphne is serious about her golf!  I would say it was a combined effort between my mother and my aunt.


Anne: Did you play many comps as a junior?

Jodi: Just one in 1988 in an extended family competition at Beerwah where everyone was given a handicap based on their age.  I won but, still to this day the other uncle who came second thinks he was robbed as I beat him by one stroke with a nett 63 however, I was given a handicap of 59 and his was only 12!


Anne: When did you start playing regularly?

Jodi: In 2013 when our three children were all in school, I was working part time when finally I had a spare few hours one day a week to play a 9 hole social comp at St Lucia GC in a ladies group.  It was a bit lonely not knowing anyone, but I was determined to take up golf and obtain a handicap.  At the time I was also playing tennis one night a week with a group of school mums including Anne Clifton.  Anne had such an amazing serve and it didn’t take long for me to convince her to come along to St Lucia with me.  We managed to squeeze in about 15-20 games a year for 2-3 years and motivate each other to continue.


Anne: When did you join Brisbane and why?

Jodi: Ever since my high school lessons at BGC and my rounds around the West Course I had wanted to become a member.  My mother was a member and she loved it, she used to love being picked up by Jill McTaggart in her stylish MG convertible with their clubs sticking up in the back.  I used to think that was sooo sophisticated and hoped I could do the same one day. Unfortunately, Jill doesn’t have that car anymore so if anyone else with a stylish convertible would like to pick me up!!??  I was so keen to play on the member’s course that in the late 90’s I organised a corporate golf event at the club just so I could play here!

It wasn’t until 2016 after a couple of years of playing at St Lucia that my lovely Mother & Father in-law, BGC members Pip & Graham Holmes, convinced me to join via one of the early waves of the Let’s go Golf Program.  I spent 3 months playing 9 holes at St Lucia then raced to BCG to play another 9 holes at midday with Pip following her 18 hole comp or Graham would escort me around in his buggy before I finally joined as a 6 day member.


Anne: What’s your favourite club to hit?

Jodi: Hard to choose between my hockey stick or my 4 wood…

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We love to laugh…
A few one liners by member, Anne Warden

– I played a tough course yesterday, I lost two balls in the ball washer.
– Golf balls are like eggs. They are white, come in dozens and you have to buy some more next week.
– Three ways to improve your golf. Practice, lessons and cheat.
– The secret of golf. Hit it straight and not too often.
– A new wood to improve your game. A pencil.




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We love to eat…
Recipe by member, Margot McNee

We may never wrestle Margot’s prized jam recipe from her, but we did manage to get her pavlova recipe.


4 egg whites
2 tablespoons castor sugar per egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 dessert spoon vinegar


Beat egg whites till fluffy then add castor sugar gradually beating well after each addition.  Finally add vanilla and vinegar.  Cook on lowest shelf of oven at low temperature about130 for 1 ½ to 2 hours.  To make larger just add 2 tablespoons sugar to each egg white.

Happy cooking, Margot.

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Situations and outcomes of ball moved with a practice swing on parts of the course:

On the Tee – Under rule 6.2(5) if a player’s ball either falls off the tee or is accidentally knocked off the tee with a practice swing and before the player has made a stroke it may be re-teed without penalty.

On the Putting Green – Under Rule 13.1d(1) there is no penalty if a player (opponent or another player) accidentally moves the player’s ball or ball marker.  The ball must be replaced to its original spot.

Anywhere Else – Under Rule 9.4 which applies when it is known or virtually certain that a player caused the ball at rest to move.  A ball that lies in a bunker, a penalty area or anywhere in the general area it is a ball already in play.  If you take your practice swing and cause the ball to move (even though you haven’t made a stroke) you will get a one stroke penalty for moving the ball.  The ball must be replaced to its original spot.  If the player doesn’t replace the ball to its original spot and plays it from where it was moved to it becomes a two stroke penalty.


Tip by BGC Professional, Asha Hargreaves


How to Control your Wedge Distances

Controlling your wedges are the key to decreasing your scoring shots around the green however they can be seen as one of the hardest shots to control, but why?

For most golfers we have anywhere between 2-4 wedges in the golf bag, where we hit a range of shots from 10-70m.  The best golfers in the world have superior control of their wedges and it is because of one simple thing; they keep their rhythm the same and alter their swing length.  Most of us will have an internal rhythm and it will be personal to you.  It may be a two syllable word BIR-DIE or a 1,2, backswing 3,4 follow through that helps to create the same tempo back and through.  Once we have this tempo we can then learn how far our club travels for a certain swing length. Here is a drill to test it out.

Tempo v Swing Length:

  1. Find your tempo by making continuous swings of the same length (halfway). As a reference, halfway will be club parallel to the ground on either side but whatever is comfortable for you.
  2. Hit 5 balls with your tempo and halfway swing length. Measure the balls to where they first bounce only measuring the shots you felt were good. This is your carry distance for this swing.
  3. Repeat this doing a ¾ swing. As a reference, 10 o’clock to 2 o’clock on a lock face. Now you will have 2 distances and 2 swings with 1 club.
  4. Repeat this with all of your wedges. You will find that some will carry the same distance but the ball flight will be different based on the club.

** You can vary the swing length up to a reference that you feel comfortable with but it must be repeatable.

But how do I remember all of this?  Simple – make a label and stick it on your club shaft or in the pocket of your golf bag.  This way you don’t have to think and you can just do!




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Good Golfing

Hole in one on the 13th for Carolyn Martin, Eagle on the 6th for Helen Caris and an Eagle on the 1st for Hannah Reeves. Congratulations and well done ladies for achieving these impressive feats.  A golfing moment to treasure.



Irish Day Lunch and Golf

The Irish Stableford Team Event added a very Irish flavour to the day, with mulligans being used for maximum benefit to bring the winners home with 84 points.  Congratulations on a great team effort to Helen Caris, Sandy Priest, Lisa Lambert and Anna Lambert. Runners up were team Margot McNee, Jodi Holmes, Anne Clifton, Pip Homes.  An Irish-themed lunch followed in the Tennyson Room for our ladies attired in various Irish-themed costumes and President, Sue entertained with witty jokes.  Best-dressed team was awarded to Anne Warden, Vick McDonald, Kathy Roel and Trish Hopley.  Many thanks to Cath Reidy and Andree Millard for the Irish themed table decorations and to Executive Chef, Joshua Williams for a delicious meal.



Heard in the Locker Room

On Thursday, Sunny and Anna were great friends with cuddles and licks, not so much on Tuesday when he picked up her ball from the fairway, gave her that “catch me if you can” look and ran! The chase was on with Sunny easily outpacing Anna until he surrendered the ball deep in the rough. It was a good giggle and as it happened to be Irish Day an ideal Mulligan opportunity had presented itself.

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New in the Golf Shop – Ladies Footjoy Shoes


Footjoy Traditions are eye catching, comfortable and waterproof! Perfect for dew covered fairways on a cold winter’s morning.  See Asha in the Pro Shop for more colour options and styles.


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