News from the Red Tees | April 2018

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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 with the Violet Midson Honour Board event completed and the Nellie Hatton 4-ball underway. Off the course, we’ve enjoyed lunches to celebrate Irish Day, the Cherry Cribb event and 140 members and guests enjoyed our Charity High Tea. Plenty of action ahead with Anzac Day and Grace Wilson Memorial Day, our Guest Days and, of course, upcoming pennant competitions.

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Notices and News

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It is with much sadness we advise the passing of Honorary Retired Member Joan Dowse on Tuesday, 27 March. Joan was an active Saturday golfer in the 1980s and was Weekend Representative for three years from 1984 through 1986. Joan returned to the Club in 2016 as an Honorary Retired member and enjoyed attending and catching up with old friends at the Cherry Cribb and Melbourne Cup lunches, and on other occasions in between. A private funeral was held. A memorial service for Joan is to be held on Sunday, 22 April at 11am in the Community Centre at the Gateway Over 50 Village, 763/779 Zillmere Road, Aspley (entrance on Dorville Road).

It is also with sadness we advise the passing of past Associate’s Captain (1972 to 1974) Molly Lynch on Monday, 2 April.


Charity High Tea 

The charity High Tea held on Friday 23 March was an outstanding success, with 144 members and guests enjoying non-stop entertainment and high tea delicacies in the Tennyson Room. Adele Rice and Jane Griffin from the Friends of HEAL Foundation presented a powerful and very moving overview of the arts and music therapy programme that the Foundation supports. The fashion parade featuring clothing from The Works was enjoyed by all, with thanks to Deb Harvey for organising it and to the gorgeous models Sally Standfield, Vicki McDonald, Heather Richards, Sally Cottee and Andree Millard. Lucky Door prizes and raffle prizes were all donated by our generous members (please see the Golf Plus section for a full list of donors) and in all the day raised over $3,500 for the fHEAL Foundation. A fantastic effort.


Much credit for the success of this event is due to the hard work of the “High Tea Team” led by Vivienne Cassidy with helpers Avon Trimble, Vicki McDonald, Trish Quinn and Jenny Johnson. The tables looked beautiful with bone china tea sets loaned from our members, with special thanks to Avon for organising and to all those ladies who entrusted their precious Shelley, Royal Doulton, Wedgewood and Spode cups, and saucers. Thanks also to Lauren Carr, Events Manager, for dealing with all the behind-the-scenes logistics, Chef Frederick for the delicious high tea, and Rudy for the efficient service. The phone calls, emails and feedback from members and guests, as well as Trish Whalon, owner of The Works, and Adele Rice and Jane Griffin from fHEAL, has been without exception complimentary.


“One of the best fund-raiser High Teas I’ve ever attended” (from a serial high-tea fundraiser attendee)

“A lot of work and preparation I could see but ‘wow’, it was fantastic!!”

“Congratulations, the high tea was wonderful today. My guests really loved it and you and your committee should be very proud of the successful day you created. The food was delicious and I really love the cookbook.”


High Tea Recipe Book

The recipe book is available for $15. This is a limited print run, so get in early to secure a copy. See Jenny Johnson or one of the committee ladies.


Lunch Bookings and Cancellations

You are reminded of the booking and cancellation procedures for our shotgun events and special golf and lunch days:

  • Golf is booked via the timesheet as usual.
  • If your name is on the timesheet, it is assumed you are having lunch.
  • If you do not want lunch, you must advise Lauren Carr at the office ( three business days ahead of the event.
  • If you are not playing golf but want to come for lunch, you must book for lunch by contacting Lauren Carr.
  • If you cancel lunch within three days of the event, any refund is at the discretion of the General Manager.


Locker Audit

Please note that over the next couple of weeks all lockers that are not rented will be cleaned out and kept locked. If you rent a locker, your name will be affixed and committee lockers will be identified. Anything found in the unrented lockers will be available for collection for a period of time at the back of the locker room and then thrown out. If you would like to rent a locker for $45.00 per year, please see Jess in the office.


Presentation to the Junior Academy

Ladies’ President Helen Placanica and Ladies’ Captain Elaine Egerton attended the Junior Academy’s end of term sausage-sizzle break-up party on Saturday, 24 March and presented, on behalf of the ladies of the Brisbane Golf Club, approximately $1,300 worth of training aides and junior golf clubs. This equipment was purchased from the Junior Development Fund, which was set up in 2009 but has been largely inactive since 2012. The decision was taken earlier this year by the Ladies’ Committee to use these funds to support the Junior Academy, which currently has about 30 boys and girls attending Saturday afternoon clinics. The equipment will give Joe and his team plenty of options for maximising the fun – the balance snakes are already a favourite.

Elaine, Helen and Joe Janison with the boys and girls of the Junior Academy


Redemption of Golf Shop Gift Vouchers

A reminder that terms and conditions apply to the redemption of Golf Shop gift vouchers you may be so lucky to win as a reward for playing good golf. The voucher itself refers you to the website for Terms and Conditions, where at Golf, Trophy Contributions, you will find the following:

Terms and Conditions for Redemption of Gift Vouchers:

  • Cannot be redeemed for cash or applied to a Member’s Club Card.
  • Must be redeemed for the purchase of products or services (including green fees but excluding competition fees) available through the Golf Shop of The Brisbane Golf Club.


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Upcoming Events

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Saturday, 21 April – Saturday Guest Day

Book via the nomination sheet open now on the timesheet. Priority is given to members with a guest. Cost of lunch is $23.00.


Wednesday, 25 April – Anzac Day Dawn Service at 6am

The dawn service will be followed by a barbecue breakfast and a Medley 4BBB Stableford shotgun start 7am. A second shotgun will be at 12.30pm. Click here for more information.


Thursday, 26 April – Grace Wilson Memorial Day

We remember past member Matron Grace Wilson who, as Matron of the 3rd Australian General Hospital on the island of Lemnos in the Mediterranean, was responsible for over 7,400 wounded men, including many from Gallipoli, in “the hospital from hell”. Despite the atrocious conditions, only 143 of those who were treated at the hospital died. Grace Wilson was an extraordinary woman, mentioned in Dispatches four times, and with numerous notable achievements and accolades. She established her own hospital in East Melbourne and served as the Army Matron-in-Chief in the Middle East in World War II. She married Robert Campbell in London aged 75, and died in Heidelberg Victoria, aged 78. She was afforded full military honours at her funeral service. Her name is on the Great War Honour Roll located in the stairwell to the Garden Room.



Sunday, 29 April – Hosting Weekend Division 1 Pennants


Friday, 4 May – Hosting Mid-Week Gold 1 and Silver 1 Pennants


Tuesday, 8 May – Midweek Guest Day

The nomination sheet for members and their guest will open from Tuesday, 17 April to 1 May. After this date, members without a guest may book if there are vacancies in the field. If you do play golf without a guest and do not intend staying for lunch, remember you must advise the office otherwise your account will be charged for both golf and lunch.


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Captain’s Corner

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March Monthly Medal

Mid Week

A Grade – Robyn Elphinstone

B Grade – Kathryn Singer

C Grade – Kay Samios



Division 1 – Angela Fong

Division 2 – Natalie Cook


Cherry Cribb Memorial Day LVA Cup

Our annual 7-Day vs 6-Day team challenge, Cherry Cribb was held on the 18 March. I am happy to announce the winners of the trophy were the 6-Day Ladies. The result was very close, only 9 points separated the teams. Well done to the winners and thank you to everyone who played in this event and made it a lovely day. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up for the best individual scores. (See Around the Traps for photo gallery)


Leanne James and Sally Standfield – 44 C/B

Runners Up

Anne Marshall and Sue Lewandowski – 44



Violet Midson Memorial Trophy

During this month we have been playing the Violet Midson Memorial Trophy. On 15 March, 16 players qualified to continue on to match play:

Robyn Elphinstone v Susan Eagleton

Ann Fell v Angela Fong

Julie Anning v Barbara Singleton

Helen Caris v Patricia Sloan

Andree Millard v Tessa English

Colleen Hawes v Berenice Holmes

Pip Holmes v Kathy Corbiere

Judy Cartmill v Anne Clifton

All matches were played over the past few weeks, and the final Susan Eagleton and Judy Cartmill was played on Thursday, 5 March. It was a hard fought match, which concluded on the 17th hole. This is a testament to both players, in particular, Judy playing off a 39 handicap against a strong opponent in Sue. Sue called on her wealth of experience in the last few holes to secure a win with a score of 3/1. Congratulations Sue, well played.

Winner Sue Eagleton receiving flowers from Ladies’ President Helen Placanica with Runner-Up Judy Cartmill.


Fourqueux Mixed Foursomes Championship

39 pairs took to the course on Sunday, 8 April to participate in one of the most grueling events on our calendar – the Fourqueux Mixed Foursomes 36-hole Championships – aka “Divorcesomes”. The coveted trophy went to the combination of Cameron Powell and Anna Lambert with a score of 162, defeating Gary Brodie and Catherine Hammond on the second extra play-off hole making a Par 3 on the 11th to win. Cameron has previously won this event with Anna’s mother, Lesa. The nett competition was won by Tim Tregenza and Megan Coleman with 142. Megan has recently graduated from the Ladies Let’s Golf program. Congratulations to all competitors, especially the brave husband and wife combinations!


Brisbane Shield

The 2018 Brisbane Shield winners Michael and Berenice Holmes were presented with the trophy for this mixed fourball event held a few weeks ago. The Cockburn Family has donated the trophy since 1962, and it was great to see Life Member Keith Cockburn and his wife Julie at the club with Bill and Linda Cockburn presenting the Shield to Michael and Berenice.


Nellie Hatton MBE Fourball

The qualifying round of Nellie Hatton Fourball was played on Tuesday, 27 March. The scores on the day had to be some of the best so far this season. We had a full field playing the competition with the majority also trying to qualify. The winners were Leigh Clarke and Catherine Reidy on 49, with runners-up on a countback Sandra Govenlock and Anne Hackett.

The draw for Nellie Hatton has been posted in the Latest Results on the website and there is a paper copy on the whiteboard in the locker room. The match play rounds will continue to be played during the season and the final will take place on 9 October 2018.



Established in 1979 by Maureen O’Brien and her friend Margaret Fleming. Miffed by receiving a money order for winning the “C” Grade Club Championships, Maureen’s husband gave her a beautiful silvery trophy and years later, unable to offload it in a garage sale, Maureen tried to “fob” it off to her good friend Margaret Fleming, without success.   In 1979 they donated it for a “Vets vs Rest” competition.  “The Rest” was leading up until the last group came in for this year’s competition, and with Judy Cartmill’s 43 Stableford points, the “Vets” aggregate of best 12 scores nudged them into the lead, winning 421 to 416.  Needless, Judy won the day’s Stableford comp for the Vets.


Pennants 2018

Five teams will be participating in 2018 pennant commencing on Friday, 20 April and Sunday, 22 April. The teams are:

Gold 1

Gold 2

Silver 1

Silver 3

Weekend Division 1

Joe has kindly offered to run two clinics for the pennant players they are to be held on Saturday, 14 April at 2.00pm and Tuesday, 17 April at 2.00pm. I would encourage all our pennant players to attend. Good luck to all our pennant teams.


9-Hole Tuesday Afternoon Competition

The 9-hole Tuesday afternoon comp is a great way for those newer to golf to get competition experience or a good way for those returning to golf from injury or illness to ease back into the game.


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Welcome to 6-day membership Angela Curtain who has just graduated from our successful LLG program. We look forward to Angela joining our Tuesday and Thursday competitions.


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Around The Traps

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Cherry Cribb Memorial Day



Brisbane Shield

The exciting finals match between Bev Deane and grandson Tom Deane against Michael and Berenice Holmes on Sunday 18 March was enjoyed by a small but enthusiastic gallery.



Saturday Irish Day
Renae Michielsen, Sue Lewandowski, Trish O’Connor and Jan Dixon with leprechaun after playing their Irish Stableford.


Midweek Irish Day

The 4BBB Irish Stableford (split sixes) added a very Irish flavour to the day, with mulligans being used for maximum benefit to bring the winners home with 93 points. Congratulations to Judy Hamilton, Leigh Clarke, Cath Reidy and Andree Millard. An Irish-themed lunch followed in the Tennyson Room for 104 ladies attired in various Irish-themed costumes or colours. The best-dressed team was the one which golfed for the entire 18 holes wearing green tutus with hand-sewn green shamrocks, sparkly green hair bows, and green hair braids.

The combined takings for mulligans on both Saturday and Tuesday Irish Days was in excess of $500 which will be put towards our charity.



Our Silverware on Display

The silverware trophies for the ladies’ Honour Board events are no longer hidden behind curtains in the Tennyson Room and have been re-housed in the trophy cabinets located in the Members’ Lounge. A wonderful display of Club heritage in golfing greatness.


That’s one use for the hairdryers

Set on the coolest setting, it is almost better than a cold shower – as demonstrated by Sue Rapson on a particularly hot day.


Another Victory for Winx

Our Honorary Ambassador Winx recorded her 24th straight victory in the Group 1 George Ryder at Rosehill in March. Winx banners are flown to show our support every time the “Mare beyond Compare” races.


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Ladies, Let’s Golf

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The program is going well with 23 women in our current program, 8 Gold members, 14 Silver and 1 Bronze. A sincere thank-you is extended to the volunteers that have taken out our Bronze and Silver players out over the last couple of months.

Two introductory sessions were held in February with clinics following. Seven ladies have commenced a five-week Level-2 Clinic and another 11 ladies have completed their Level 2 Clinic.

Further introductory sessions to Ladies, Let’s Golf is scheduled for Thursday, 24 May, and Saturday, 26 May, so let your friends know about them. They need to express their interest via the Golf Queensland website under “Play and Learn”.

The first Nine and Wine event for 2018 is planned for Thursday, 10 May. More information coming.


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Golf Plus

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Queensland Senior Ladies’ Golf Association
Members of the QSLGA, which includes BGC ladies Barb Ferguson, Kathy Roel, Vivienne Cassidy, Francis Devlin, Avon Trimble and Helen Charlton at dinner ahead of the first match for 2018 at City Golf Club, Toowoomba on Monday, 19 March.


If anyone is interested in joining this fun and social group of senior lady golfers and golfing one Monday a month at various clubs in Brisbane and beyond, please contact Liz Foreman 0403 500 889 (delegate for Brisbane), Barb Ferguson 0438 591 164, or Helen Charlton 0421 632 262. All playing members have to be 50 and over and hold a current GA handicap. The group plays once a month on a Monday at various clubs. Application forms are kept in the glass cabinet in the ladies’ locker room. The annual membership fee is $7.00 and cost per game is $22.00.


Hole-in-One Club

If you haven’t joined the Hole-in-One Club because you think, “It’ll never happen” … think again!  90-year old great-grandmother Joyce Wilcox aced the par 3 fifth hole at Oakleigh Golf Club in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago using “a big club”. It also proves it’s never too late to start playing golf. She took it up in her 70s. Go, Joyce!


Ceramics Exhibition

Member Judith Hamilton is not only a talented poet/Joni Mitchell fan (read Judith’s fabulous rendition of Joni’s “Both Sides Now” on the noticeboard in the locker room) but she is also an exceptionally talented sculptor. You can see some of her works at the upcoming Brisbane Visual Arts Community Pop-up Shop at Mt Coot-tha over the last weekend in April. See more of Judith’s work at the Western Suburbs Clayworkers website (

Capricorn Rising, by Judith Hamilton


Mahjong anyone?

If anyone is interested in forming a group to learn and play Mahjong, please contact Helen Placanica.


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Raffle Donors

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The following members and businesses are thanked for their generosity in supporting our High Tea raffles and prizes.


Angela Cottrell Libby Marshall
Ann Fell Linda Dawson
Ann Warden Lindsay Gaskell
Anna Lyons Liz McReynolds
Avon Trimble Louenhide
Barb Singleton Lyn Brandon
Barbara Lloyd Lyn Ryan
Brisbane Golf Club Margaret Tormey
Francis Devlin Paula Porter
Heather Richards Perin Wood
Helen & Sue Gargett Rock and Roll Marketplace
Helen Hudson Rosalie Lewis (Swann Agencies)
Jenny Johnson Ruby ya ya
Jenny Somers Salisbury Pharmacy
Judy Cartmill Sandy Priest
Kathryn Meredith Sue Rapson
Kathy Corbiere Tina Winston
Kathy Roel Trisha Quinn
Kerry Duce Vicki McDonald
Leng Ho Vivienne Cassidy
Lexie Crooke


Commonwealth Games Baton Relay

A number of members have close connections to runners in the Commonwealth Games Baton Relay.  Richard Lewandowski, representing Operation Shine, carried the baton, with Sue cheering on. Jodi Holmes’ mum, Nola Slade, and her auntie, Daphne Pirie AO MBE, were both baton runners through Graceville. Nola was a BGC member (and B Grade Champion) through the 1980s and 1990s and has been involved in Field Hockey since representing Australia in 1959. Daphne has made significant contributions to women’s sport in Queensland. Chrissie Gray-Buchanan traveled to Oakey to cheer on baton runner Isabella Bevan, founder of the charity Zephyr Education ( And LLG member Robyn Shaw (pictured with flag bearer and captain of the Kookaburras Mark Knowles) will be busy for the duration of the games as a volunteer.



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