29th January 2021
Most importantly everyone survived the hot weather last Saturday, and those that ventured out would have been pleased to see extra distance on their drives with the firmer fairways. As tee shots for the slightly longer hitters on 12 snuck up on the 200M marker out from the green, the age-old question of whether to lay up or go for it came into play again. Funny how it is often more important for the ego to revisit youthful risk, than taking the sensible lay-up option!
Alas the rain has come again and the plugged drives may make a comeback. On the positive side, our course will definitely appreciate the top up.
At this stage tomorrow’s weather may be the best of the coming week, so come out to the club ready to play and hopefully we all get our rounds completed.
Despite the heat, our round times were a marked improvement on the previous Saturday, so a big thanks to everyone.
From a total of 49 groups, we identified 3 groups within the field that exceeded the 10-minute duration from the group in front of them. These 3 groups lost a combined total of 40 minutes. The 46 other groups combined lost a total of 28 minutes, for an overall total of 108 minutes.
It is acknowledged that the scanner in the pro shop for the most part works well, but on occasion will become somewhat testy. Please ask the pro shop staff to make a note if an issue causes a lengthy delay which you believe may push your group’s time out significantly.
Getting into the habit of scanning at least one playing group’s card as quickly as possible after your round is important, especially if the group ahead skipped away over the last few holes.
A huge thanks to our Waratah Ladies for again putting on a very successful Australia Day event on Tuesday. With a colourfully dressed field of 108 players, the format is relaxing and great fun. Scoring in Team Stableford format, a different formula for every hole calculates the Team score but you don’t know what it is until reaching the next tee!
The lunch afterwards was amazing, with another big thanks to Donna and her team for working tirelessly throughout the day and looking after everyone.
There is a chance we can watch some of our talented local professionals on the tv this weekend, with Fox Sports and Kayo televising the Victorian TPS event on Saturday & Sunday.
Robbie Hogan, Blake Windred, Jake Higginbottom and Andrew Dodt all will hopefully make the cut so we can hit the couch and watch them contend for the win.
The following 2 weekends will see them all play back-to-back events at Moonah Links on the Mornington Peninsula.
Grahame Baker/Greg Coughlan