Welcome to this month's Newsletter. Winter has definitely arrived with frost and freezing fog currently causing some problems with the need to close the course when the greens still have frost on them to prevent damage to the grass. The course is however still in great condition and the last of the very large logs by number 1 tee are nearly gone at which stage there will be some tidying and consideration how to make the area look its best. Most of the slash has now been burnt and tidying of those areas will continue in preparation for replanting which may not take place until next autumn when conditions should be at their best.
During the month the Club played its first match against Mataura since 1999. Whilst the match was lost, hopefully we will get the trophy back in our cabinet next year when Mataura will visit us. In the MLT pennant finals the Vice Presidents team defeated Greenacres to lift the trophy so congratulations to all the golfers that took part in the series.
The new cart shed built by Ivan Butel and Doug Potter has now been completed except for putting in the electricity. It looks very smart and has space for up to 5 carts. Many thanks to Ivan and Doug. The two donated carts are getting regular use both by Members at $10 per cart and visitors at $30 per cart. This Saturday both the carts have been reserved by a group visiting from Te Anau.
The Club is looking into the possibility of obtaining a grant via lotteries and/or Community Trust of Southland to refurbish the club hopefully inside as well as outside where the roof and woodwork need some attention. Any input from Members will be welcome once it has been established what needs to be done outside, and the cost, to make the building weatherproof.
Our Saturday raffles make the Club good money over the year and help to keep subscriptions down. John Speden has decided to step down from his role after many years and therefore Jane Cockerill and Ann Carran need some extra help particularly to cover holidays. Please contact Jane or Ann if you would be happy to make sure tickets are sold after golf on a Saturday and make the draw when necessary. In the meantime many thanks to John for his years of service and I hope he will still come up from time to time to have a beer with us. It would be great to have a few volunteers rather than having to have a roster system.
The June programmes are given below and on Saturday 16 June it is the Westpac Croydon Cup mixed foursomes where one player tees from odd holes and one from even with alternate shots thereafter. This speeds up the play which is ideal for cold weather and the fading light of nearest Saturday to shortest day. A good turnout would be appreciated.
Finally a joke to finish:-
A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses.
"Help me dear," she groans to her husband.
The husband calls 111 on his cell phone, talks for a few minutes, picks up his putter, and lines up his putt.
His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him.
"I'm dying here and you're putting?"
"Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you.
"Well, how long will it take for him to get here?" she asks feebly.
"No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."