News From The Red Tees | August 2018

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Welcome to the August edition of News from the Red Tees. Championship month! We had 63 entries in the alternate year format of 72-holes stroke play to determine our 2018 Club Champion, B and C Grade Champions and the winner of the Senior Salver (36 holes only). Well done to all competitors, and congratulations to our 2018 Ladies’ Club Champion, Lisa Edgar. Kerrie O’Callaghan is the B Grade Champion, and Pip Holes our C Grade Champion. Well played, ladies.


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Notices and News

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Club Championships

Congratulations to our 2018 Ladies’ Club Champion, Lisa Edgar. Click here to read more.



This year we returned to our alternate-year format of play for our championships, 72-hole stroke, and it was wonderful to see a number of Saturday girls who were able to rearrange work commitments participating in our premier event. For our Club Champion, Lisa, it was her first ever appearance in a Club Championship at any golf club – a perfect debut!  With scores of 79, 80, 75 and 69, she scored a total of 303, a winning margin of 27 shots. Amazing golf!



A highlight of the championship rounds was a magnificent net 61 (gross 86) shot by Julie Brown in the third round of the B Grade Championships. A fantastic score, well done Julie.



It was also wonderful to see so many ladies staying on to enjoy a complimentary afternoon tea following the Senior Salver, and complimentary sandwiches following the final round of the Club Championships, and to await the announcement of our winners. The convivial atmosphere in the Members’ Lounge made the acknowledgment and celebration of our champions a very special occasion.



Senior Salver

Congratulations to Margaret Dowzer (net 145), winner of our Senior Salver, a 36-hole stroke championship event for Seniors (aged 65+). Congratulations to runner-up, Robyn Cuming (nett 147) and well done to all 28 ladies who participated.



Pennant Caddy Golf & Lunch

As a “thank you” to our dedicated pennant players and their caddies, lunches were held on Sunday 5 August for weekend pennants, with 11 ladies enjoying lunch in the Members’ Lounge. Midweek pennants lunch will be held Friday, 10 August.



BGC v IGC Challenge – Monday, 25 June

A lovely day had by all 52 participants in the fourth annual BGC v IGC challenge. This year it was our turn to host this event, and with the course looking fabulous and our team in fine form, we won the day in a close finish. A delicious lunch followed in the Tennyson Room, compliments to our wonderful Chef Frederick. Thanks to the committee ladies, in particular, Jenny Johnson, for the morning tea.


Bag and Buggy Storage

Tired of hauling your golf bag and pull buggy to and from your car to the Clubhouse? Why not store them at the Club and have them set up and ready to go each time you play? Limited vacancies exist in the storage facilities, so be quick.

Annual fees are:

  • Bag and battery buggy $392
  • Bag and pull buggy $309
  • Bag only $196

*Add $100 for a club wipe over after each use.


Sunday 4BBB Mixed events

The Match Committee has introduced a monthly Sunday 4BBB Mixed so mixed pairs can compete against each other in a competition dedicated to that format. These will be played on the Stroke Blue Tee Challenge days; the August event will be Sunday 19th, and September event Sunday 9th.


Mitch’s Working Bees

Join Mitch and his band of volunteer rakers, weeders and mulchers every second Monday from 7am to 9am. Many hands make light work!  Morning tea provided. Let Mitch know if you’re interested in coming along by emailing him at 


Locker Audit

Unallocated and unpaid lockers 12, 24, 49, 56, 78, 99, 100, 102, 138 have been cleared, and the contents of these lockers will be held for six months and then disposed of. If you would like to rent a locker, it is only $45 per year. See the office for more details.


Movement Space

The movement space is available for all members to use for pre-game or post-game warming up and fitness training. Supervised sessions are also available at a great member price. Our resident Golf Strength & Conditioning coach, Matt Winkley, will also be holding two free sessions this month on nutrition and fat loss, and how to warm up in the gym. No bookings required, simply turn up in suitable athletic clothing. Contact the Golf Shop for more information.




It is with sadness we announce the passing on 10 July 2018 of past Associate Member Margaret Hinde. Margaret was a member some 20+ years ago, appears on a number of our Honour Boards, and is fondly remembered by those who knew her. Jackie Zuidam recalls her as “a dear friend, and a wicked lady who taught me to drink copious amounts of champagne and to play pirate bridge”.


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Upcoming Events

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Brisbane Cup – Sunday, 12 August

This event started in 1970 to provide the A Grade weekend ladies the opportunity to play in an Honour Board event. The Cup, donated by 1969-70 Associate President, Mrs R J “Johnnie” Boyle and Joan Fletcher is inscribed “Brisbane Cup Open Event” and is presented to the net winner on the day. Good luck to those participating.


Macartney Cup Foursomes

Qualifying round – Tuesday, 14 August

Quarter Finals – Thursday, 16 August

Semi Finals – Thursday, 23 August

Final – Thursday, 30 August


Finals of Men’s Pennants – Sunday, 19 August

Come and cheer on our teams as they fight to take out the Pennant. It will be a tight season finale, and they’ll appreciate all the support they can get from as many of our members who can come and watch.


Fathers Day Breakfast – Sunday, 2 September

Join us for a relaxing family breakfast from 8am to 11am on Sunday 2 September. Chef Frederick Marechal will present a selection of your breakfast favourites $16 for members, $20 non-members and Dads are free.



Nine & Dine

Join us on Friday, 7 September for nine holes of golf followed by a 3-course meal especially prepared by our Executive Chef, Frederick Marechal. Shotgun start at 3.15pm, dinner at 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. Golf & dinner is $55 per person (dinner only $50 pp). $10 extra for non-members.



Foursomes Championship (36 holes) – Tuesday 11 September

Start planning ahead to find your partner for one of our most challenging competitions in our calendar, the 36-hole foursomes event.  There will be an 18-hole only competition for those who are unable to do the 36 holes.  Lunch orders (for sandwiches or a salad) may be placed on the morning (complete the order form available at the Golf Shop when you pick up your card) and these will be available for pick up from the Members Bar after your first 18 holes. Complimentary cheese/fruit platters will be served from 3pm in the Tennyson Room as we await the field coming home and to announce the winners.


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Captain’s Corner

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A reminder that all Nellie Hatton Quarter Finals must be played by Sunday, 9 September.




Ladies Championship

Our Championship this year was a real endurance test, playing four rounds of stroke to determine our winners in A, B, C Grades. 63 players entered the event across the three grades and the following players are our Champions for 2018:

Ladies’ Club Champion – Lisa Edgar

Runner Up – Kathryn Hillier

B Grade Champion – Kerrie O’Callaghan

B Grade Runner Up – Beverley Deane

C Grade Champion – Pip Holmes

C Grade Runner Up – Kate Zahnleiter

A Grade Nett Winner – Emily Byrne

B Grade Nett Winner – Julie Brown

C Grade Nett Winner – Vivienne Cassidy

Congratulations to everyone who entered the competition. Special thanks to our volunteer Course Marshals on the final round, Amanda Harburg, and Lindsay Gaskell, who helped ensure the good pace of play for everyone.


Nat Green Foursomes

Congratulations Catherine Hammond and Di Hall for taking out the Nat Green Foursomes on Saturday, 14 July. They defeated Allison Cook and Natalie Cook 3/2. This is the sixth time that Di and Catherine have won this event – quite an achievement, and apparently a Club record for a winning foursomes partnership.



Monthly Medals

Mid Week – Tuesday 10 July

A Grade – Ann Fell

B Grade – Andree Millard

C Grade – Vivienne Cassidy


Weekend – Saturday 28 July

Division 1 – Angela Fong

Division 2 – Trish O’Connor


Captain’s Challenge

Catherine Hammond was best placed lady on Friday, 27 July with 33 points.



Silver 3 Pennant

Our pennant season is now finally over and I am happy to report our Silver 3 team brought the pennant home to BGC in a very close but exciting finish to the season.   Anna Lyons was our player number 1, and luckily she was not aware the pennant win was dependent on the final putt on the 18th hole of her match.  Anna sank the putt and BGC were victorious, winning our second pennant of the season.  Well done to all our pennant players this season you have done BGC proud!



RQ v BGC Challenge – Monday 16 July

After a slow start in getting a team together for the annual challenge, eventually, 20 players made up a fine team to compete against Royal Queensland. It was a glorious day, the RQ ladies were as usual very welcoming and morning tea and lunch was to RQ’s usual standard – which was beautiful. BGC did not win the challenge but I was very proud of our ladies who attended this event and I thank you for making the day the success that it was.



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R & A Changes to Rules of Golf 

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In the lead up to the revised R&A Rules of Golf, to come into effect as of 1 January 2019, we will present a brief summary of the new rules. You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with these rules ahead of the changes and to view the series of excellent short videos that explain the rules in detail and the reasons for the changes. Click here to view the videos.


Dropping the Ball

This month we will cover new rules concerning dropping the ball. Players will continue to drop a ball when taking relief but the dropping procedure will be changed in several ways, as detailed in Rule 14.3 below.


Measuring relief area where ball must be dropped and played:

  • The focus of the dropping procedure will be on a specific “relief area” set by the Rule under which relief is being taken and will be either one or two club-lengths from a reference point (and may have certain other limitations).
  • The relief area is a fixed size for each player and is pre-determined based on the clubs the player has selected for play.


New procedure for dropping ball:

  • How a ball may be dropped is simplified; the only requirement will be that the ball be let go from knee height so that it falls through the air and does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.


How a ball may be dropped:

  • The only requirement will be that the ball be let go from knee height so that it falls through the air and does not touch any part of the player’s body or equipment before it hits the ground.


Where a dropped ball must come to rest:

  • The ball will need only to be dropped in and come to rest in the relief area, and there will be no re-drop requirement if the dropped ball accidentally hits a person or object after hitting the ground but before coming to rest in the relief area.
  • If the dropped ball comes to rest outside the relief area, it will be dropped a second time; if it comes to rest outside the relief area after being dropped a second time it will be placed where it first touched the ground.
  • If the placed ball will not come to rest on that spot after two attempts, the player will then place the ball on the nearest spot (not nearer the hole) where it will come to rest.


Longest Club (putter aside) to be used for measuring: 

  • A club-length will be defined as the length of the longest club in the player’s bag, except that this cannot be his or her putter.
  • The relief area for dropping a ball will be a fixed size of either one or two club-lengths depending on which relief Rule is being used.
  • The relief area is a fixed size for each player and is pre-determined based on the clubs the player has selected for play.


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We welcome Millie Coorey to 6-day membership. Millie is new to golf, having been introduced to the game by her husband who is also a member.

We also welcome to 6-day membership Kerri McGuire, Gillian Aston, Lisa Schoutrop, Angela Martin, Julie Lawrence and Christine Crozier who have all graduated from the LLG program this past month. We look forward to you joining our competition fields.


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Around The Traps

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A small but enthusiastic gallery of onlookers watching the final group of A Grade championship contenders coming home.



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Golf Plus

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The Open Sweeps
  1. Francesco Molinari – Elaine Egerton
  2. Justin Rose – Lindsay Gaskell
  3. Rory McIlroy – Angela Fong
  4. Kevin Kisner – Karen Flynn
  5. Xnder Schauffele – Janet Hefferan
  6. Eddie Pepperell – Ann Warden
  7. Leading Amateur Sam Locke – Vicki McDonald

Please see Barbara Singleton if you have not received your winnings.


The Energy of Sogetsu

An exhibition of Sogetsu Ikebana, featuring the artistic creations of Robyn Cuming, will be on display at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha Auditorium on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 of August. Admission $4. Free demonstrations and guided tours, hands-on ikebana classes at 1.30pm ($5).



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