Note From Member Engagement Group Chair
Finally, we are back to our beautiful Brisbane winter weather, with blue skies and warm days to enjoy our golf. I will take this opportunity to extend our thanks on behalf of all the ladies to our club management, golf shop staff and particularly our course staff who have all worked tirelessly to get us all back to our golfing program again. Thank you also to our club captains who have done a great job in reorganising our calendar to fit all our annual events.
Our club championships have concluded and congratulations to all who participated, and particularly to our gross and nett winners. Our club champion, Aspen Sugars played exceptionally well to win this event. Aspen will soon be leaving Brisbane to go to college in Oklahoma and we wish her well in her future.
Over the last couple of years we have had to modify our lunches and events held in the Tennyson room due to a number of factors including Covid, the continual opening of the Garden room, and to adjust to the preferences of ladies following their golf on a Tuesday. We trialled holding lunches in the Tennyson room only on Monthly Medal and special event days and this worked well for a period. However, recent low attendances have prompted the Member Engagement group to once again review our lunch arrangements. We have received a lot of feedback from the ladies that there is no longer a need to come to announcements – prizes are now largely electronic and information can be found readily through the various online systems and in the locker room. Based on this feedback and the low numbers attending we have decided to adapt with the demand and cancel lunch in the Tennyson room on Monthly Medal days. We will continue to make any announcements outside the Garden room. In lieu, our captain is aiming to have at least one event per month with a shotgun start, and we will follow this with lunch in the Tennyson room when everyone can come in together.
The second half of the year will see your Member Engagement group reviewing their roles and looking for volunteers to join our team. If anyone would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me, or any member of our group.
We welcome any feedback as always and I am very happy to chat with any of you at a time convenient if you have any concerns.
Chair, Member Engagement Group
Notices and News
Thank you to those members who conveyed feedback on our plan to publish the Red Tees on a quarterly basis. With only positive feedback received, we will continue with this format for the time being. Again, this makes for a “big” publication, and you might like to scroll through segments which don’t interest you or click on “read more” for the ones that do.
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The Club has welcomed two new staff to the Golf Services team – Dean Elliott and Owen Sobchak. Dean comes from the Sunshine Coast while Owen comes all the way from Alberta, Canada. Please be sure to make them welcome.
The 2022 Pennant season saw 5 teams from BGC with 3 mid-week teams and 2 weekend teams. This is a total of 25 players, plus caddies and all those volunteers required for home games. Quite a feat!
As with most of our golf so far this year the pennant draw was challenged by very wet conditions and course closures. The mid-week pennants finished their season without all the matches being played.
Results were as follows:
Note from the non-playing captain, Robyn Elphinstone
Our BGC ladies pennant team scored another victory in the top Gold Division again this year, following on from their first placing in 2021. This season was quite rain interrupted, however, with convincing wins over the main contenders, Indooroopilly and Pacific, together with others, the pennant was ours. In the past decade, BGC has now taken out the Gold Pennant five times – 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021 & 2022. A great effort from all concerned.
L-R: Hannah Reeves, Lisa Edgar, Ashleigh Hay, Safina Kyprianou & Lesa Lambert (Absent – Carolyn Martin & Lynne Conroy)
Our silver team finished tied for second with Nudgee, with Indooroopilly having won this division. Our team had a win, a couple of draws and came very close to a better season. Our ladies gave it their best with a very challenging season.
Players with Caddies L-R: Janye Graham, Angela Cottrell, Margot McNee, Lexie Crooke, Perri Ilott and Jane Wood, Jaculin Zuidam and Helen Caris
(Absent – Carolyn Martin, Lisa Schoutrop and Julie Brown)
Our bronze team had the largest draw of all with eight teams. Again, matches were cancelled due to wet weather, which probably depleted our team’s chances. They finally completed their season on 6 June coming seventh overall.
Players L-R: Berenice Holmes, Ping Liu, Lyn Brandon, Laura Cunning and Julie Anning (Absent – Vicki Mounts and Janice Morris)
Our Weekend Gold team played three matches of which they won one, drew one and lost one. They had tough competition from Oxley and Royal Queensland, finishing the season in third spot.
Players L-R: Angelina Drakos, Aspen Sugars, Jodi Holmes, Sue McDougall and Morgan Lewis.
The Weekend Silver team were the team that travelled the distances for their matches, playing most of their matches on the north side of town. The team tied third on points but were beaten by Virginia by 2 games.
Players L-R: Renae Michielsen, Deb Kember, Catherine Hammond, Di Hall and Fiona Elsdon
(Absent – Yvonne Butcher, Tammy Cole, Jen Berkman, Angela Fong, Sue Lewandowski and Jan Dixon)
|Friday 1||New Member Open Day | Friday Pennant and Caddy Lunch|
|Saturday 2||36-hole Foursomes|
|Monday 4||Ladies, Let’s Golf Nine and Wine|
|Tuesday 5||American Foursomes|
|Saturday 9||Joan Fletcher Quarter Finals|
|Sunday 10||Weekend Pennant and Caddy Lunch|
|Tuesday 12||Monthly Medal | Kerry Cup Qualifying Round|
|Thursday 14||Kerry Cup Quarter Finals|
|Friday 15||Senior Ladies’ Golf Day|
|Saturday 16||Joan Fletcher Semi Finals|
|Tuesday 19||Kerry Cup Semi Finals|
|Thursday 21||Kerry Cup Final|
|Saturday 23||Monthly Medal | Joan Fletcher Final|
|Tuesday 26||FOB Cup Veterans v The Rest|
|Saturday 30||Nat Green Qualifying Round|
|Monday 1||Royal Qld Invitation Day|
|Tuesday 2||Monthly Medal|
|Saturday 6||Nat Green Quarter Finals|
|Tuesday 9||Nellie Hatton Fourball Qualifying Round|
|Thursday 11||Nellie Hatton Fourball First Round|
|Friday 12||Senior Ladies’ Golf Day|
|Saturday 13||Nat Green Semi Finals|
|Tuesday 16||Nellie Hatton Fourball Quarter Finals|
|Thursday 18||Nellie Hatton Fourball Semi Finals|
|Saturday 20||Nat Green Final|
|Tuesday 23||Nellie Hatton Fourball Final|
|Saturday 27||Johnson Staines Complete Semi Finals|
|Sunday 28||Cherry Cribb|
|Tuesday 30||20th year Anniversary Trophy | Grandmothers’ Day|
|Sunday 11||The Brisbane Cup | The Brisbane Salver|
|Tuesday 13||Medal of Medallists|
|Friday 16||Senior Ladies’ Golf Day|
|Saturday 17||Johnson Staines Final|
|Tuesday 20||Macartney Cup Qualifying Round Foursomes|
|Thursday 22||Macartney Cup Foursomes Quarter Finals|
|Saturday 24||Medal of Medallists|
|Tuesday 27||Macartney Cup Foursomes Semi Finals|
|Thursday 29||Macartney Cup Foursomes Final|
April Monthly Medal
A Grade – Tammy Cole (nett 72)
B Grade – Sally Standfield (nett 73)
C Grade – Bev Folliott (nett 70)
A Grade – Hannah Reeves (78)
B Grade – Laura Cunning (97)
C Grade – Bev Folliott (107)
May Monthly Medal
A Grade – Margot McNee (nett 72)
B Grade – Tessa English (nett 71)
C Grade – Libby Marshall (nett 71)
A Grade – Safina Kyprianou (76)
B Grade – Tessa English (95)
C Grade – Ann Edwards (108)
June Monthly Medal
A Grade – Perri Ilott (nett 70)
B Grade – Catherine Gerbanas (nett 71)
C Grade – Alison Stump (nett 69)
A Grade – Hannah Reeves (75)
B Grade – Barbara Llyod (95)
C Grade – Alison Stump (104)
April Monthly Medal
Divison 1 – Angelina Drakos (nett 70)
Divison 2 – Maureen Keers (nett 72)
Divison 1 – Angelina Drakos (80)
Divison 2 – Laura Cunning (97)
May Monthly Medal
Divison 1 – Catherine Hammond (nett 72)
Divison 2 – Susan Campbell (nett 71)
Divison 1 – Jodi Holmes (85)
Divison 2 – Susan Campbell (99)
June Monthly Medal
Resechduled 2nd July
Congratulations to our champions!
Club Championships (Gross)
A Grade: Aspen Sugars
B Grade: Julie Anning
C Grade: Kay Samios
Runner Up: Safina Kyprianou
Runner Up: Laura Cunning
Runner Up: Libby Marshall
Nett winners for Club Championships
A Grade: Angelina Drakos
B Grade: Lily Holmes
C Grade: Libby Marshall
Runner Up: Angela Fong
Runner Up: Julia Anning
Runner Up: Valerie Webb
Runner Up: Sandy Priest
Club Champion, Aspen Sugars
B Grade Champion, Julie Anning
C Grade Champion, Kay Samios
Senior Salver Winner, Tessa English
Heather Timms Trophy
Congratulations to this year’s winner, Jodi Holmes with a gross score of 173. Second place went to Catherine Hammond (180) and third place to Margot McNee (187).
With a field of 22 players on a perfect day for golf the 2022 Tanner Cup was well contested. There were many ladies in the field that have attempted to win this event for a number of years. This year our winner and runner up were two ladies reasonably new to golf, which is an outstanding effort. Congratulations to Perri Ilott who won with a net 70 and runner up, Tammy Cole. Well done ladies.
36 Hole Foursomes Championships
With a very chilly start to the day over 70 ladies donned in beanies and blankets headed for the start of this year’s Foursomes Championships. The morning turned into a perfect day. This year it was again hotly contested, and the winners were Erica Vedelago and Hannah Reeves with scores of 85 and 80 to win the gross with 165. The nett winners were Allison Cook and Jenny Somers with net scores of 76.5 and 67.5 to win with a total of 195. Well done to all those that participated and the ladies that chose to play only the 18 holes.
Erica Vedelago excited to also accept Hannah Reeve’s champagne
Allison Cook & Jenny Somers
Weekend Memorial Salver
This year the Weekend Memorial Salver was won by Eileen Burkett with a score of 38 points.
Eileen Burkett being presented trophy by Yvonne Butcher
Violet Midson Memorial Trophy
Congratulations to the winner of this year’s trophy, Jenny Somers. Well done Jenny on a battle well fought.
Jenny’s Road to Victory
Johnson Staines Fourball
Indooroopilly v Brisbane Challenge
In June, 40 ladies from Brisbane played the annual challenge match against Indooroopilly. This year it was played at Indooroopilly in perfect golfing conditions. Sadly, Brisbane was beaten by 9 games – IGC 307 and BGC 298. Indooroopilly certainly turned on the hospitality with morning tea on arrival and a delicious two course lunch following golf. We look forward to hosting the challenge at Brisbane next year. Also, congratulations to Deb Kember who eagled Blue 1.
It is July already! Hard to believe how fast this year has gone, considering a large part of it has been looking out at the pouring rain, thinking about the fact that golf has been cancelled for another week!
However, after a lengthy delay the Club Championships were completed. Well done for your patience, and fortitude to hang in there. The final day dawned bright and sunny and with little wind, even though a little cold – the braziers on the first and tenth tees helped to warm our hands and other bits besides! A great idea. Thank you Dave Mason. A Victorian tradition that we could get used to! Congratulations to all competitors, and to the winners Aspen Sugars, Club Champion, Julie Anning, B Grade Champion, and Kay Samios, C Grade Champion. Congratulations to the nett winners as well, some terrific low scores were carded, Angelina Drakos in A Grade, who won by a staggering 20 shots, Lily Holmes in B Grade, and Libby Marshall in C Grade.
You will be excused if you are confused by the programme with all the changes that have occurred, however, notices in the locker room along with the electronic golf booking programme are updated regularly in an attempt to keep some sort of coherence on the matter.
The pennant schedule for 2022 was a strange one, with a number of rounds being cancelled due to bad weather, and unplayable course conditions. The BDLGA discussed the possibility of cancelling the season, as so many matches were impacted upon, but decided on balance to continue the season, and simply award a draw to any cancelled matches. Nevertheless, despite the controversy, our Gold Team outperformed every team it played bringing home the Gold pennant. Congratulations to Robyn Elphinstone the Captain, and the team members, Hannah Reeves, Lisa Edgar, Safina Kyprianou, Lesa Lambert, Carolyn Martin and Lynne Conroy. Unfortunately, both our Silver and Bronze teams could not repeat their performance from last year, with Silver was won convincingly by Indooroopilly, with Brisbane finishing third on a count back from Nudgee. Bronze was won by McLeod closely followed by Pacific and Gailes in a countback, with Brisbane finishing seventh in a count back to Indooroopilly and Keperra. The Weekend Gold Pennant was won by Oxley by half a point from RQ. With Brisbane finishing 4th behind Nudgee. Silver Weekend Pennant was won by Wynnum who beat Keperra. Brisbane finished fourth to Virginia. A big congratulations and thanks to all players, caddies and team Captains for your participation in this very unusual difficult season.
As the days shorten, “Speed of Play” is a common topic. You are all reminded to keep up with the group in front of you. A round of golf should not take more than 4 hours 15 minutes, hopefully less than that. As a guide, the MI-Score App has a timer on the top left-hand side of the screen, which has been set at 4 hours, and it will tick away quietly as you play your round, only stopping once you finalise your score, and submit it for the day. Whilst it is not expected that you focus on this timer for every shot, it will certainly give you a very clear idea of how long you are taking to play your round.
Safety considerations when playing hole 19 & 20:
Please remember when playing hole 20, that you MUST exit the green from the back and then turn right and walk up the pathway/road back to hole 19. Do not be tempted to exit the green back towards the tee, as you are in range of any player hitting a blind shot from over the hill.
Similarly, when you have finished the 19th hole, and exit the green, be mindful of those on the 20th tee, and then when walking across to number 4, do not be tempted to take the short cut in front of the 17th green. Once again you are in range of a blind shot from players coming up the 17th fairway. Please walk around the back of the 17th green. In the grand scheme of things, it will probably add 3 minutes to your game and another 400 steps to your day!
Finally, a thought for the day:
“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.” – Alfred Wainwright
We love to read...
Review by member, Jan Dixon
Dinuka McKenzie’s impressive debut novel The Torrent is set in Northern New South Wales, in a fictional town very much like Murwillumbah. The state is recovering from flood and detective Kate Miles, a week away from maternity leave, is exhausted and mentally walking out the door. However, a violent hold-up at a local fast-food restaurant and a cold case review quickly throw her life into turmoil. Kate realises the closed case of a man drowned in recent summer floods was not properly investigated and as she delves into it the case grows into something much more complicated, and Kate is warned off. As secrets and betrayals pile up, and the needs of her own family intervene, how far is Kate prepared to push to discover the truth? DS Kate Miles is an original detective with a Sri Lankan mother and Anglo – Australian father who has just come out of the closet. Fingers crossed we see more of DS Kate Miles!
Fans of The Rosie Project will delight in this quirky, funny, brilliant debut novel Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman of the 1960’s. Life in The Hastings Institute, in an all-male team who can’t fathom the concept of women in the workplace other than as secretary or tea lady, is very trying for Elizabeth. Fired from the Lab, Elizabeth finds herself the most unlikely and reluctant star of a cooking show on a local TV station. Elizabeth’s wildly original approach to her cooking show proves incredibly popular with women but challenges the status quo. A great cast of characters, including her wonderful next door neighbour Harriet and prodigy dog Six Thirty, will make this your favourite read of 2022!
This year is the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’ s groundbreaking novel Ulysses. We are being exhorted to read or re-read it by many literary luminaries. I know it’s fabulous for its stream of consciousness monologue and blah blah blah, but after suffering through it 40 years ago – don’t bother. Life’s too short. You could instead read The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher. This Historical Fiction, set in 1920’s Paris, tells the story of Paris bookstore Shakespeare and Company and its founder Sylvia Beach, who at great personal cost, publishes Ulysses when its publication is banned in England, America and Europe. Much more interesting and accessable read than Ulysses!
Around The Traps
Catherine Morgan aced the 7th with a perfect hybrid shot. Congratulations and well done for achieving this impressive feat. A golfing moment to treasure.
When your partner puts you on the edge.
When your partner puts you under a tree.
When your partner puts you in a tree.
Cold Winter Mornings...
Birds and Birdies...
By member, Laura Cunning
A lovely Saturday for golf and birdies. Angela Cottrell , Laura Cunning and Tammy Cole headed out for some lovely golf after the rain. A fairly uneventful round until the 16th, Tammy had just declared her intention to get a Birdie on the hole and then we are joined by a tired and wet baby bird. Always on duty, Tammy went into rescue mode scooping her up and giving her a pat. After placing the baby bird on her golf bag Tammy proceeds to hit a cracker of a third shot to a very respectable 1 metre from the hole. Sitting happily on the golf bag , baby bird showed no intention of leaving so we head to the green. Tammy sinks the putt (the crowd goes wild haha, well Angela and Laura made all the right noises anyway). Tammy now carries the baby bird through to the 17th so she doesn’t fall off during the cross country track in front of the men’s tee on 5 and places her back on the bag. At this point the baby bird does a little shake of the feathers and flies up into the tree to the right of the ladies tee. Well done Tammy , a birdie and a rescue , all in a day’s work .
Mahong and Bridge Fun Day
By members, Vivienne Cassidy, Vicki McDonald and Liz McReynolds
On Monday 30 May we had a very successful fun day at the Golf Club with 50 of our BGC members that participate in Mahjong and Bridge on Thursdays. Everyone enjoyed 2 hours of mahjong and bridge before a high tea in the Tennyson Room.
Our next planned event is on Monday 18 July with a “Christmas in July” theme. We will follow a similar program with mahjong and bridge in the morning followed by lunch.
Because of the enthusiastic response to these functions we are also planning a lunch in September as well as an end of year function.
New players are always welcome and will be supported to learn the basics of their preferred game.
Viv, Ann, Vicki and Liz
Members Interviewing Members
Julie Brown, Liz Foreman and Heather McCarthy in conversation…
Let’s talk …
Julie: How long have you known one another?
Liz: Since 1969
Julie: That’s a long friendship
Heather: Yes, and we were born 6 months apart.
Julie: Where were you born?
Heather: Really! So was I, at a private hospital.
(looking at one another in astonishment)
Liz: So was I. Probably the only private hospital in Strathfield at the time
Julie: You didn’t know that you were both born in the same place, that’s hilarious. You’ve known each other a long time and hadn’t worked that out! The power of a Red Tees interview!
Julie: Where have you lived?
Liz: Chatswood, Hunter’s Hill, Pymble in Sydney, a couple of years overseas then Coorparoo in Brisbane.
Heather: Grew up in Mona Vale, then a couple of years overseas then Coorparoo in Brisbane.
Julie: What were your careers?
Liz: Registered nurse and midwife for over 25 years.
Heather: Legal secretary and secretarial duties over 20 years.
Julie: What are your interests outside of golf?
Liz: Contract bridge, book club, travel, volunteer work at Greenslopes Hospital and of course fun with family and grandchildren.
Heather: Similar to Liz, mahjong instead of bridge. We also have gardening in common and played tennis together in the same team for years. We have also travelled a lot together.
Julie: Where did you meet?
Liz: At Heather’s house in Coorparoo through a mutual friend. We had been hearing about each other for years prior to that. Heather’s best friend lived next to my best friend in Sydney. I used to see Heather on the bus when I was going to antenatal appointments but didn’t know who she was.
Heather: We both had sons and daughters around the same time. Our sons were due on the same day and in fact our daughters were born one day apart.
Julie: What do you admire most about the other?
Liz: Heather doesn’t snore at night and answer back! But seriously, good friendly company and a lovely steady friend.
Heather: Liz is full of energy, always available to help and great company.
Julie: Thank you for your interview and fancy taking this long to find you were born in the same place!
FAMILY: Three Generations of Holmes Women Tee Up from the Red Tees at BGC
Margot McNee in conversation with Pip, Jodi and Lily Holmes…
Girl’s talk …
Where and when did you start playing golf?
We all started here at BGC. Pip joined in 2005 with a great group of ladies who are still members here today. Jodi joined in 2015 (and had a preview to golf here in the 80’s during her high school PE classes and rounds on the old West course with her mother Nola Slade), then Lily began lessons with Joe and Asha in 2017.
How did you come to join Brisbane?
The late Graham Holmes (a 50-year member last year) was here first. He encouraged Pip to have lessons and join. The Holmes family joke that getting Pip to play golf was one of his greatest achievements. Once Lily and her twin sister started Prep, Jodi would head out for a social round at St. Lucia once every couple of weeks in between work commitments. It was Pip and Nick who encouraged her to join BGC. Jodi admits it was a very easy sell as BGC is really quite the family affair with both sides of her family playing here. Lily loved the holiday clinics and she was keen to join the club where one Grandmother was the C Grade Champion a few years ago and the other was the B Grade Champion in the 80’s.
What do you enjoy about the game?
We all love spending time on the course together. Sharing this common interest across 3 generations is really special. Pip loves the social interaction, exercise and walking around our beautiful parkland, and occasionally hitting a ball well keeps her coming back. Jodi loves the comradery and friendships she shares with the lady members and the extended “zen moment” 18 holes provides each week where she is able to focus on improving her golf rather than the chores that await at home. Pip and Jodi also love that Lily is playing now too, learning to deal with the ups and downs of a round of golf and learning to be patient and ride the waves between the good and the bad rounds. The communal spirit of the Ladies at BGC welcoming and supporting each other is such a unique and positive environment for a teenage girl to immerse herself into and we truly hope her twin sister Amy will join someday too (we would then be able to field two teams of Holmes’ in the Foursomes comps!).
When you play together, what are the challenges?
This question caused some laughter amongst the three. Pip’s biggest challenge is to not have to hit her 3rd shot before she reaches Jodi’s and Lily’s drives. She loves playing with Lily, watching her respect for the game and the people she is playing with. Pip is very proud of Lily’s demeanour – when she goes in a bunker/out of bounds she just gets on with it (Jodi says she must have learnt that from her mother). Jodi’s biggest challenge is to hold back and not help Lily too much as she needs to learn to push her own buggy, make her own decisions and learn from her mistakes. Lily’s biggest challenge is marking her mum’s card when Jodi is having a good round and she is not.
What other sports do you play?
Lily is a bit of a “Jill of all trades” playing hockey, soccer, futsal, AFL and cross country depending on the season, as well as being an accomplished competitive skipper. Pip is a retired tennis player, enjoys hiking (overseas, remote Australia and with her friend Margot across Brisbane from Sherwood to Wynnum) and more recently is playing bridge and mahjong. Jodi has played many different sports and what you might not know about her is that she used to be a level 7 gymnast in her teens, a snow ski instructor and outdoor recreation leader in her 20’s and a rock climber in her 30’s. Hockey features most prominently in Jodi’s sporting background and she also enjoys a hit of tennis occasionally.
By member, Liz McReynolds
With a slow start to the year because of the weather the Seniors have just played their second competition on June 10.
It is always difficult to get up early in this cold weather, but the Senior ladies came out in force to play a 7.15 am shotgun start. The ladies were cold but very enthusiastic and just happy to be out there.
The golf was average for most and great for a few. The winners of the competition were Amanda Harburg and Angela Cottrell with a big score of 47 points. It was great to see Amanda join us. Second was Pat Goh and Pat Sloan with 43 and third Sandy Haydock and Barb Lloyd, Judy Hamilton and Jan Battersby both with 40 points.
Lunch for 70 makes for a room full of ladies catching up and generally just having a really great time. Another special Seniors Day regardless of the COLD start.
The next competition is Friday 15 July. Bookings open on 16 June. Please contact Liz McReynolds for bookings and waitlist.
Anyone else (60 +) who has not experienced the Senior Ladies golf competition is most welcome. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By member, Sue Eagleton
One wet morning in April after it had been raining for 2 weeks, Anna Lyons had an inspired idea to ask fellow member, Tammy Cole, if we could visit her fire station with her niece and nephew (Harry Laverty, also a junior member) and me and my grandkids. Tammy said, “Sure! Come and we will spray some more water around!”
We received a lovely welcome from the team at the station and after some initial shyness from the kids they were soon climbing into the truck cabin, climbing up the ladder and then the best part, they got to hold the fire hose and spray some water out into the street. That hose is heavy! No wonder Tammy looks so fit. All the equipment is heavy and requires great strength to operate.
Four happy children departed the Camp Hill Fire Station complete with sample bags of colouring books and pencils and stickers. As a bonus in the rainy weather quest for activities, Greer’s daycare played fire stations with the kids for a whole week afterwards.
We Love to Cook
Recipe by member, Erica Vedelago
A Lighter, Brighter and Very Australian Roast Pumpkin Soup (Serves 8-10)
When asked to write three sentences about what makes this soup so good, Erica was quick to reply…..
1. Someone else can make it.
2. Good with a glass of wine or two.
3. Leave it in the fridge for your husband while you go out.
She also wrote, “Have you stitched me up?”
To which your editor replied, “Yep.”
- 2kg Kent pumpkin, cut into wedges and seeded
- 2 brown onions, peeled and chopped into 6 wedges
- 4 granny smith apples, 3 of them peeled, cored and roughly chopped, 1 reserved
- 5 garlic cloves, unpeeled
- 100ml extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Salt flakes and freshly ground pepper
- ½ nutmeg
- 2 litres (8cups) chicken stock
- 250g crème fraiche, sour cream or cream
- 1 granny smith apple, sliced into fine batons, tossed in a little lemon juice
- 30 sage leaves, flash fried for 30 seconds in hot oil
- 50g (scant ½ cup) roughly chopped hazelnuts
- Preheat oven to 180 C.
- Put the pumpkin, onions, garlic and apple on a large baking tray. Toss in the olive oil. Sprinkle over the cinnamon, salt and pepper and grate over the nutmeg. Toss again.
- Bake your veg and apple in the oven for 40 minutes until cooked and nicely softened.
- Remove your baking tray from the oven and leave the veg to cool a little. When they are still hot but safe to handle, take the skin off the pumpkin and squeeze the garlic from its papery skin.
- Now transfer all the ingredients to a large pot – garlic, pumpkin, onions and apples. Add your stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a mild simmer and allow the soup to reduce for a further 15 minutes.
- Turn off the heat and blitz until smooth. Season to taste.
- To serve, dollop a generous amount of crème fraiche on the soup, followed by the apple batons, the crispy sage leaves and the chopped hazelnuts. Oh, and don’t forget to season with some salt flakes and a grind of black pepper.
Rules and Tips
By Janet Nathanson, Women’s Captain
Rule Under the Spotlight
Rule 17.1d: Relief for ball in a Red Penalty area.
We are all familiar with the 3 options open to us:
- Replay from the original spot. Refer to enclosed diagram (Option 1).
- Back ‘along the line’ relief, however there is often confusion about exactly what this means.
- Simply put, taking the approximate spot that your ball crossed the penalty area, look up at the flag, and then walk backwards as far as you like keeping those two points in line. This is the most important thing to follow when taking this sort of drop. Refer enclosed diagram (Option 2).
- 2 club lengths from the edge of the penalty area, near to where the ball crossed the penalty area no nearer the hole. Refer to the enclosed diagram (Option 3).
- Specific drop zone, created by local rules at the Club to address a specific condition on a hole.
- There are two such drop zones at Brisbane marked by a blue stake.
- 13th hole, if your ball is known or virtually sure to be in the penalty area behind the 13th green then you can take one club length relief from the blue stake for a one-shot penalty.
- 17th hole, if your ball is known or virtually sure to be in the blue staked area, designated a no play zone on the right-hand side of the fairway, (basically round the maintenance sheds), then the player MUST take penalty relief under Rule 17, incurring a one-shot penalty.
A few examples of holes on Brisbane have been highlighted to further illustrate the rule:
Hole 5: if your tee shot goes in the water, before the corner of the lake, you could consider both option 2 and 3. Two club lengths from the edge of the penalty area, could leave you a very uneven lie, with very thick grass, back along the line, however, keeping the flag and entry point of your ball into the hazard, may allow you to drop your ball in a more favourable position further back from the lake edge.
Hole 16: Going in the water on the right on hole 16, would probably mean you would need to choose option 3, two clubs from the edge of the hazard no closer to the hole. You could consider taking back along the line relief, but to line up the flag and point of entry into the water, would probably mean you would need to hit your ball from somewhere near the 5thtee, back over the water onto the 16th green.
By member, Matt Winkley
It's Never Too Late to Start
You don’t have to be a world beater, only better than when you started.
I’m confident if I was able to do a physical/movement screen on everyone reading this, almost zero would be getting the maximum from their body as they could.
Many know me as the “golf guy” and the irony of saying “forget the benefits to your golf” in a golf publication isn’t lost on me, but you should. There are many other upsides when you add in some gym/strength/mobility work to your weekly routine.
Sometimes the gym is less about the muscle & strength gains and more about finding a healthier alternative to negative lifestyle behaviours or detrimental addictions.
Although sometimes to start you need to redefine “fitness”.
The fitness industry has a lot to answer for, one of those things is when I say “fitness” immediately everyone will have an image that comes to mind.
I believe there should be no “image of fitness” because everyone is trying to attain a different result.
- Perhaps you want to lose some body fat to set a better example for your kids.
- Perhaps you wish to cure your back pain.
- Perhaps you want the movement for your mental health.
- Perhaps you want to get on the ground to play with grandkids.
- Perhaps you want to increase your bone density
All of these are 100% legitimate goals that could be your “image of fitness”.
I propose to you that the old school approach of yelling, burpees, endless running, maximum effort lifting & unrealistic male and female figures are not the foundation of the new educated coaches aiming to redefine fitness.
There will also be some reading this whose “image of fitness” will be the size 6, blonde that hasn’t had carbs since 2003. Perhaps it’s the guy in the singlet who has muscles on muscles. For some, that negative connotation will be enough for them to avoid any gym or fitness but I implore you to see that “hard core” diet and exercise isn’t impressive. Training intelligently, eating to support your health & performance & getting enough sleep. That’s impressive and ultimately improving your quality of life is the real goal.
Figure out what your personal “image of fitness” is, then whether you already work with myself and my team or another trainer the conversation should be “How can we help you/me learn new habits and maintain them in the sustainable & healthy way that fits my fitness image for this time of my life?”
If you haven’t started, you should. The benefits are huge and it’s never too late.