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Visitors are generally effusive in their praise at the magnificent condition of Deniliquin golf course.
Many are also amazed that we have such a wonderful course just a stone’s throw from the CBD and on the edge of a National Park, with 18 holes quality holes that get maintained by such a small workforce, led by greenkeeper Terry Howe.
This workforce does a stellar job, ably supported by dedicated volunteers who assist with course maintenance on a weekly basis, whether through the ‘adopt a hole’ program, moving tees and holes and various other tasks.
Any member who is not a regular course volunteer has an opportunity to ‘do their bit’ this Sunday when a working bee will be held to spray weeds. Anyone available is asked to be at the club about 8am and remember, many hands make light work.
In last week’s events, Saturday was the monthly medal sponsored by Stubbs Wallace Accountants and won by Jill Jeffrey with an excellent round of net 64. Jill also won C grade.
In A grade Peter Oddy had net 67 to defeat runner-up Peter Seely net 70, in B grade Des Ramsey had net 70 and runner-up was Don Alexander net 72, and C grade runner-up was Laurie Hughes with net 71.
There was another good field for Wednesday’s stableford event. A grade winner was Troy Grant on countback from Peter Seely with his second runners-up prize for the week; B grade winner was Bruce Scott on 42, from Simon Blomeley on 39, and in C grade Rob Sobolewski had the best score of the day for the second consecutive week with 45 points, defeating runner-up Brent Bartling on 40.
Tomorrow’s event is the popular Borella Cup, with the winner getting the privilege of drinking from the trophy for the next three months.
The Joker’s Wild jackpot is now at $6,200 and is attracting excellent crowds on Friday nights. Many are also enjoying the quality, good value meals that are available, not to mention the fun atmosphere.
Why not head down to the club tonight for your chance to win big. Tickets are on sale from 6pm with meat raffle drawn at 7.30 and Joker’s Wild at 8pm.
Last week’s results:
Saturday January 6, monthly medal:
A grade: P Oddy 67, r/u P Seely 70; B grade D Ramsey 70, r/u D Alexander 72; C grade J Jeffrey 64, r/u L Hughes 71.
Ball comp: J Jeffrey, P Oddy, D Ramsey, P Seely, L Hughes, S Lugsdin, B Bourke, D Alexander, G Summers, C Thompson, J Begg, J Irwin, J Scott, M Cameron, B O’Kane, L O’Brien, R Landy, J Whittakers, A Lord, W Kitts, A Hogan.
NTP: 2nd S Lugsdin, A Wettenhall; 5th D Ring, D Alexander; 9th P Oddy; 11th T Bult, M Slater; 13th J Scott. Golden hole D Alexander.
Wednesday, January 10, single stableford:
A grade T Grant 41, c/b P Seely; B grade B Scott 42, r/u S Blomeley 39; C grade R Sobolewski 45, r/u B Bartling 40.
Ball comp: R Sobolewski, B Scott, T Grant, P Seely, B Bartling, S Blomeley, P McMillan, J Penna, C Thomson, G Rothwell, M Nilsson, G Willoughby, S King, R Turner, J Begg, P Joice, R Moye, J Hunt, P Beckton, K Maher, J Rhook c/o 34.
NTP: B Barlow, G Bishop.
Tuesday, January 9, ladies nine-hole stableford:
P Davis 23, r/u D Wharton 21.
Ball comp: R Barnes, J Armytage, F Munnerley, D Seignior, B Leetham, A Everitt.
NTP: V Hutton.
Veteran golfer and Deniliquin Golf Club life member Graeme ‘Wrecker’ Willoughby continues to give back to the sport, and club, he loves.
Willoughby has been a member of the Golf Club since 1963, when he was just 12 years old, and is still heavily involved today, running clinics for those starting out or just looking to improve their game.
He also volunteers when he can at what is now a mostly volunteer-run club and the place where he achieved so much with ‘club in hand’.
His impressive list of achievements include 10 Deniliquin Golf Club championships, setting an official course record of 68 for amateurs in 1993 and becoming the first Deniliquin golfer to play off a scratch handicap.
Now, with the help of another very handy local golfer, John Radeski, Wrecker mostly enjoys passing his knowledge on to people who have caught the ‘golf bug’ the same as he did all those years ago.
‘‘We started the senior golf clinics last year for six weeks and they were a massive hit,’’ Wrecker said.
‘‘Since they began we’ve had about 40 different golfers give them a go.
‘‘The club’s picked up 20 new members through the clinics — some new to the sport and others who have returned.
‘‘The Summer Sixes competition has kicked goals for the club as well; it attracts plenty of golfers throughout the week, with those involved able to come and play whenever suits, and often that’s after work during the week.’’
And Wrecker himself proved he hasn’t lost his touch, scoring a hole-in-one on the fifth last month. It was the fourth time in his career that he’s managed the feat.
‘‘There wasn’t a lot to it, really,’’ he said.
‘‘It was an absolute fluke. You can be the best golfer and win plenty of championships without ever hitting a hole-in-one.’’
Wrecker has been Australian Sand Green Champion (1992) and has won multiple gold medals at Australian Masters Games.
But amid all his achievements, he is perhaps most highly regarded for his work with junior golfers.
He has devoted many hours to junior coaching and development at local and regional level, including nearly 20 years as Junior Promotion Officer for the Western Riverina District Golf Association.
‘‘I’ve enjoyed my time with the juniors,’’ he said.
‘‘I also have grandsons who have come to my junior clinics, so that was quite rewarding.’’
The senior clinics will start back up in January, with a date to be confirmed early in the New Year.
For more information call the Deniliquin Golf Club Pro Shop on 58813333.
Deniliquin Golf Club stalwarts Pam Jarratt and Kathy Simpson have been honoured with life membership.
The lifetime recognition was revealed at the Golf Club’s recent AGM.
Jarratt and Simpson have both played major roles for the club, both on and off the course.
Jarratt has been a club member for 53 years, saying it was an honour and privilege to be presented with a life membership.
‘‘I love my golf and I love this club,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve been through many ups and downs here. The best part about coming out here and playing is that you can forget any problems going on in your life and just enjoy it.
‘‘I have also had a lot of support from many people during my years filling various roles on the committee. I’d like to thank everyone who has helped me over the years.’’
On the course, Jarratt has represented the club and has enjoyed numerous pennant team wins.
Individually she was runner-up in the ladies’ Doris Everitt Brooch knockout three years in a row, before claiming the prestigious local title in 1989.
‘‘That was the highest achievement in my golfing career,’’ Jarratt said.
‘‘I’ve won B grade and D grade club championships, but the brooch win will always be my favourite.’’
The 1980s and 90s saw Jarratt contributing to the Ladies Committee in many roles including handicapper.
From 1998-2000 she served as the ladies’ president and was the ladies’ captain from 2005-2008. She also joined the board for four years and has looked after the ladies veteran golf for over 18 years.
For the past 10 years, Jarratt has put in tireless efforts with Tuesday ladies’ golf, helping to encourage new players and teaching them the rules of the game.
Simpson was awarded life membership mainly due to her tireless work off the course.
She took on the role of president when the club was in dire financial difficulty, putting herself in a vulnerable financial position as a director of an insolvent club.
During her term as president she guided the club through a number of challenges and has remained an active volunteer in the role of membership coordinator.
She has also led ladies’ golf trips and has been a strong ambassador for the club during these visits.
‘‘I joined the board in 2010, but it doesn’t improve your golf,’’ Simpson said with a laugh.
‘‘I was responsible for running the club along with Des Ramsey during what was a tough time.
‘‘We instigated and led the club during the transition to a voluntary system.
‘‘I personally feel that it was all the other members who volunteered their time to keep the club running that deserve a life membership before me, but I’m very honoured to have received it.
‘‘Maybe the club could introduce a volunteer of the month or volunteer of the year award to reward those who do put in so much hard work.’’
SUNDAY 7TH – FRIDAY 12TH OCTOBER 2018
Sunday 7th – Registration 4.30-6.00pm followed by sausage sizzle.
Monday 8TH – 4BBB Stableford 10am shotgun $25pp
Tuesday 9TH Single Stableford Round 1 – 36 hole event 10am shotgun $25pp
Wednesday 10th – rest day – optional Stableford Medley
Thursday 11th Single Stableford Round 2 – 36 hole event – 10am shotgun $25pp
Presentation Dinner 6.30 for 7.00pm $35 per head
Friday 12th Single Stableford NSW VGA Trophy Day 10am shotgun $25pp
Entries close 28 September 2018 @ 6.OO PM (or when fields are full)
Completed entries & forms with fees to be posted to
PO Box 178
Deniliquin NSW 2710
Welcome to our new Board members – Kym Sandford and Margaret Radeski. Following the resignation of Ian Lance, Ali Ferguson has been appointed to fill the casual vacancy. The contribution of our outgoing Board members – Phil Hodgkinson, Anita Gorsuch, Ian Lance and Brenda Campbell deserves to be acknowledged and we thank them sincerely for all their hard work. Congratulations also to Kathy Simpson and Pam Jarratt who were awarded Life Memberships at our AGM. Both very well deserved.
Our combined Volunteers/Staff/Board Christmas Party and Presentation day was a great success. Thanks to our Captains, Margaret Radeski and John Irwin as well as our House Committee. Congratulations to all of our winners.
October/November trading has been excellent with a number of functions. Thanks again to our House Committee. 2016/17 was a financially rewarding result but we are facing pressure to maintain this result going forward due to declining membership and increasing costs. These challenges are the driving force behind future decision making by the Board. The Board will be looking at this year’s capital expenditure and prioritising future improvements.
The Board has decided to reverse its decision regarding compulsory “golden hole entry” on competition days due to feedback from members. The “golden hole entry” will now be voluntary.
Members should note the following clarification regarding Match Play entry: All matches incur a $5 Green Fee to be paid on the day. Any member paying the Annual User Pay fee does not incur the Match Play fee. This ruling has been in force since September.
As you know, last year we trialled extended opening hours in the Club House during the Christmas period. Unfortunately, it did not result in any increase in trade. Consequently, this year we will revert to the Pro Shop only between Christmas and New Year.
I wish all our members, staff, volunteers and Board a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.
This month we have catered for thirteen functions!
I would like to thank Meredith, Barb, Denise and Dot for coming to our aid and making the most beautiful sandwiches for the Day Wake. We do appreciate that extra help when we have little notice of a function.
Annette and Kerran thanks for the lovely salads and all your help on Volunteers Day.
When we received notification of Paula’s Wake we were able to use the Mail Chimp email system to get word out to the Lady Golfers in order for them to help with catering. We had a beautiful spread of food to offer the guests. To all the ladies who donated food, what an effort, thank you all so much. Karen Zanatta, thank you for your most generous help, it was greatly appreciated.
I really would like to say that our House Committee Ladies did an excellent job this month. You should all be very proud of yourselves.
Our profit to date is $37.000, great job girls.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN $5,800?
COME TO THE CLUB NEXT FRIDAY NIGHT. JOKERS WILD IS UP TO $5,800.
DINNER AVAILABLE FROM 6PM
RAFFLE STARTS AT 7.30PM
JOKERS WILD DRAWN AT 8PM
Meat raffles – Joker’s Wild – 27 Club draw. Ticket sales start 6pm with draws from 7.30pm