I think we rather take for granted what great condition the course is in but during April I spoke with a number of visitors who all confirmed our course is amongst the best they have played in New Zealand including some of the well known courses. Thanks are very much due to Maurice and Barry plus the team of volunteers.
A lot has happened during the month with the new handrail and tiling outside the Clubhouse looking very smart thanks to Ivan Butel, Jack Prattley who carried out the work, and of course Rex and Lois Smith whose kind donation funded the purchase of materials. Work has now started on the new shed to house the recently donated Golf Carts which are already being used regularly. New shelving has been installed in the Greenkeepers shed.
Work has continued on the cutting of logs and a number of members not only have a good supply of logs for the winter but have made sure the Club has enough for several years. The stage has now been reached where Scott Hellier has been using machinery to move waste material to sites suitable for burning now that fire restrictions have been lifted. It is hoped some of the burning will take place shortly but this does depend on weather and wind direction.
The Club has now taken delivery of the new John Deere surrounds mower purchased with a grant from The Trusts Community Foundation following a recommendation from the Mataura Licensing Trust Board. The club are very grateful to MLT for this as the old surrounds mower was becoming very expensive to maintain and the new one will give us many years of trouble free service apart from regular scheduled maintenance.
On the course the finals of the AON Insurance Club Championships took place in reasonable weather and there was a good level of support. It was good to have Brian Pitcher of AON Insurance along to present the trophies. Congratulations not only to the winners but also to the runners up who all made it a successful day.
The weather as expected at this time of year has been more variable and the mixed Gordon & Jewel Ritchie Memorial Trophy did not take place it is hoped this can be played for later in the year on a Saturday that has no sponsored tournament.
The Ladies under Margaret Davidson have produced a very smart updated trophy register and cleaned many of the trophies. They have also washed some of the curtains in the Clubhouse. Whilst mentioning the Ladies, four took part in a Pennants team at Greenacres and came first out of fifteen teams and won the pennant which is now proudly displayed in the Ladies room.
I did send out to everyone recently details of the Mid Winter dinner to take place on Friday 15 June from 6pm with two course meal from 7.30pm followed by light hearted quiz. The cost is only $40 per head and tables will either be for 8 or 10 depending on numbers. The meal is being provided by Heartland Hotel. Details for emailing and payment were with the sheet sent out. It would greatly assist not to leave the ordering of tickets until the last minute!! Invite partners friends and relatives to what should be a fun evening.
You will see below we have our first match for many years at Mataura Golf Club on Saturday 19 May. There is an interclub trophy to be played for. A match against Mataura has not been played for many years but it is hoped a good number of men and ladies will attend as there will be no golf at Gore. I have been told there was a falling out between the Clubs many years ago but it is very pleasing that an annual match has been reinstated particularly as we have close connections between ourselves through the very successful Trilogy.
Standing on the tee of a relatively short par four, a confident golfer said to his caddy,
"Looks like a driver and a putt to me."
The caddy argued with him a bit and suggested that he instead play it safe and hit a 4-iron then a wedge.
The golfer was insulted and proceeded to scream and yell at the caddy on the tee telling him that he was a better golfer than that and how dare the caddy under estimate his game.
So, giving in the caddy handed the gentleman the driver he had asked for.
He proceeded to top the ball and watched as it rolled about fifteen yards off the front of the tee.
Immediately the caddy handed him his putter and said, "And now for one hell of a putt..."