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                                                                                                         Winter 2020
The President
Greetings to all members and others reading this newsletter.

Clubs Queensland Awards
I assume that most of you would now be aware of the awards to our Club which were announced on Tuesday 14 July. We nominated for two awards, namely Golf Club of the Year (Under 400 Members) and the Superintendents Environment & Safety Excellence Award. We (AGC and Supt Brendan Clark) were successful in both. This is clearly a phenomenal result for a club of our size and for Brendan. But, despite my own parochial views on the matter, the awards were well-deserved. They provide a testament to all of the staff (particularly Brendan), the Management Committee and most of all to all of our volunteers who have put in such a sterling effort for such a long time. These awards will provide a great opportunity for golfers and others throughout Queensland to see and recognise our Club.
I add a special mention to all involved in our Juniors program. For many years, we have been fortunate to have volunteers who have worked with our Juniors both in the interests of the juniors themselves and also looking toward the future of our Club. The names of these volunteers are many, but at the risk of missing some out, I mention Bronwyn Graves, Paul Bannister and Pup Hilder for the work done over many years. More recently, I recognise Tom McEwan, our current Juniors Coordinator, who has done a magnificent job in working with our juniors, which likely tipped the balance on our Club receiving this award. Largely through Tom’s efforts, our number of juniors has increased from 10 to 24 in 2019 (+140%) – and has further increased since.
For your reference, further details of the awards can be obtained through the following link:
A good contingent of members attended at the Club on Tuesday evening (Bastille Day) to watch and hear the virtual awards ceremony, telecast from the Gold Coast and we managed a drink or few (some more than others) as part of the celebrations [the rumour is that there was a heavy fog around the course on Wednesday morning]. It was a very jubilant and enjoyable evening and thanks particularly to VPH Pup and Captain Cheryl for arranging a big-screen TV and for covering the bar.
From Friday 3 July 2020, as part of Stage 3, the restrictions imposed on all of us have been relaxed further. As a smaller venue (less than 200 m²), we are now permitted to have more people in the clubhouse, but this is still restricted to a maximum of 50 persons at any one time. We no longer have to rely upon table service, which is clearly a godsend to our hard-working staff, but we can now go to the bar to get served.
But it is important to note that the crisis is far from over. We are not yet out of the woods and cannot afford to become complacent. Our Club still has a requirement to abide with COVID-Safe Industry Plans, which include a requirement for the following:
• we must keep a record of all persons (including members) who enter the clubhouse and then leave – please assist our staff in keeping these records as heavy fines apply for failure to keep accurate, up-to-date records
• we must still abide by physical distancing rules, of which you would all now be well aware
• we still have a limit of the numbers who can socialise and drink on the veranda area
• we must still abide with the rules on the course, including physical distancing, staying at home if you’re unwell, not using rakes in the bunkers (the preferred lie in the bunker rule still applies) and leaving the flag sticks in the hole on the putting greens (the flag sticks must not be removed at all when retrieving balls from the hole).
I’m sure you would all be aware of the second wave of problems hitting our southern state neighbours, particularly Victoria, so we must remain compliant and vigilant. It would take only one person acting carelessly to cause the complete closure of the Club and course for some time.
Finance & Staff Rosters
Even though many of the restrictions have eased and the clubhouse is able operate again, the Club’s financial situation is still not back to normal. Treasurer Bill has been doing a great job in ensuring that we remain afloat. Most of his work is done silently behind the scenes, but I would like to express our thanks for the effort he has put in. The Corona crisis has caused us to cut back on many things. While we have been assisted by JobKeeper, we still have to keep our spending under control and this has included our staff costs. You may have noted the current roster situation in the clubhouse, with the normal roster involving Ray working Saturday – Monday, Cheryl on Tuesday and Niki on Wednesday – Friday. It also means that, on some days, it becomes necessary to close the clubhouse a little earlier than would be the case in non-Corona times. I thank each of our staff for the efforts they have put in and also the volunteers who often step in to fill the void or otherwise just assist. I also ask each of you to show tolerance and to give thanks to our staff.
We now have only 4 months to go before our AGM, so I again ask you to start considering whether you would be prepared to put your hand up and become part of the Management Committee of the Club. It is important that we get fresh blood and varied experience on the committee to continue to drive the Club in a forward progressive way. If you are not sure or you would otherwise like to obtain more information, we encourage you to contact either myself or any other member of the current Management Committee.
Rules of Golf: Can a golfer use a club (or other item) in a competition round to help with alignment? [see below for answer]
Enjoy your golfing!
Mark Johnson

The Secretary
Preparing the Club’s nomination for Queensland Golf Club (Under 400 members) of the Year 2019 was a really satisfying exercise as it highlighted the core values of the Atherton Golf Club and identified the progress by the Club and its members. Some of the main areas of growth included:
• Developing and using the Strategic Plan (2019 – 2023)
• Multiple course improvements
• Healthy financial improvements including budget development and purchasing more reliable equipment to significantly reduce repair and maintenance costs
• Sustainability projects e.g. additions to the golf cart fleet and the turf nursery
• ePar WH&S systems
• Community collaborations – QITE program expanded, Regional Pool Competitions, venue available for other local organisations and Youth Training organisations
• Cart shed expansion project
• Expansion of new Point of Sale system to create membership cards and a loyalty system
• Pro Shop expansion and refurbishment with more variety of products that enhance the golfing experience and promote the Club
• Junior program continuing to grow in quantity and quality
• Thursday Ladies supported the Ladies Let’s Golf program, significantly increasing female membership numbers and attracting more valuable Club members
• Well organized and managed golf tournaments throughout the year for members, visitors, and golfers at any level of expertise – including important community events like Tradies’ Day and Cops & Robbers.
This list identifies the many areas in which the Club has excelled in recent years and this considerable list required a lot of loyal and generous people to assist the Club’s employees and Management Committee to achieve. These achievements only occurred because of the stable foundation laid by previous committees, members and employees, which has allowed for innovation and growth. So, this award is for everyone – previous and current – but also to hopefully inspire those in the future. Well done Atherton Golf Club!! For those who receive this newsletter electronically, we attach the Awards submission by the Club and a photo gallery.
A personal thanks to Mark Johnson, Brendan Clark, Shelley Broadley and Ray Faulkner for their input and assistance with the nomination (at the last minute).
Kerry Williamson

The House
I note the report on the awards evening by Mark and endorse his comments. Well done to the MC, Brendan, Ray and Niki and all our volunteers – this was a great team effort. I will be organising some signage for the course and the main road, as upgrades, to acknowledge this prestigious award.
All security cameras are active and online – Mark, Irish, Ray and I have phone access and cameras are displayed on two monitors in the office.
Our club-hire golf carts, which had some minor damage to paint work when purchased, have been repaired, in an agreement between Ray, Steve and me with Karen West from Atherton Smash Repair. This is being done at no cost to the Club, only placing stickers with Atherton Smash Repair on our club-hire fleet.
You will notice the veranda tables have received some TLC thanks to Niki & Ray and more little jobs are being done.
Our recycle cans & bottles are going well, producing roughly $300 per month in income for the Club – I would like to thank Roy Murray-Prior for volunteering his time to empty course bins and collect the cans and bottles.
COVID-19 manual tracing for Members and visitors has been upgraded to current requirement as per Clubs QLD etc.
Russell (Pup) Hilder
Vice president House

The Course and Greens
Strategic Planning – Course Changes
In the last newsletter, I informed you about the proposals for improvements to the course which had been submitted to us by Dave Morrison – involving improvements in 2 stages.
The First Stage, involving rerouting of the course, which had been scheduled to take place in July, has had to be deferred, so it will take place around October. The exact timing of this will be dependent upon a number of aspects, such as the availability of new score cards and the development of a new tee on the 15th. We will keep you further informed on this.
Why Aerification of Golf Courses Takes Place
Aerification (also known as aeration) achieves three important objectives, as the GCSAA explains:
• it relieves soil compaction;
• it provides a method to improve the soil mixture around the highest part of a green’s roots; and
• it reduces or prevents the accumulation of excess thatch.
When thinking about the quality of putting greens, you have to go below the surface. Deep, healthy roots are a necessity for healthy grass, something that is even more important when the grass is cut as low as it is on golf greens. The GCSAA explains:
“Good roots demand oxygen. In good soil, they get the oxygen from tiny pockets of air trapped between soil and sand particles.
“Over time, the traffic from golfers’ feet (as well as mowing equipment) tends to compact the soil under the putting green— particularly when the soil contains a lot of clay. When soil becomes compacted, the air pockets upon which the roots depend, are crushed and the roots are essentially left gasping for air. Without oxygen, the grass plants become weaker and will eventually wither and die.”
Robert Tomasetig
Vice president Greens and
Brendan Clark
Golf Course Superintendent

The Men’s Captain
We have completed another successful Club Championship with great fields over all 4 days, even with the less-than-ideal drizzle. Congratulations to all winners:
• our Men’s Champion is Phil Henricks, who held off Brendan Clark in the last day battle, with Jamie McLaughlin the Nett winner
• Dan Twine cruised to become the B-grade Champion with Mitch Vermeer the Nett winner
• Joel Nagy showed great form to become C-grade Champion (welcome to B grade, Joel) and he was also the Nett winner
• senior champion is Phil Henricks with Max Martin the Nett Winner and
• Junior Champion is Matthew Graves-Bochow with Ethan Norris the Nett Winner
The Higham Building Group Matchplay round 3 has now been completed, with quarter-finals coming up – to be completed by 23 August.
We are now only a couple of weeks from the Atherton Open and (as of 19 July) we already have 110 nominations. This year, we are only starting from the 1st tee, so will be interested to see how this operates. The Juniors will be operating the halfway house (from c.10AM-3PM), so please give them your support. Al (Italo) Poggioli will be lending his Gator as the drinks cart – thanks Al. We are also looking for marshals on the course, particularly on the 1st, 2nd and 10th, so please contact Cheryl or me if you can lend a hand. I would like to thank our Open sponsors, EPar, Toro and MKBrangus (Kerry and Matt Williamson).
The annual Cops and Robbers Ambrose event is scheduled for Saturday 12 September. Such is the popularity of this annual event that it already has a full field, but we are taking names as reserves, if anyone pulls out.
On Saturday 26 September, our Club has the honour of hosting the Survivor Golf semi-finals (in the morning) and finals (in the afternoon). This is a great honour for our Club and should provide us with some very useful publicity.
The 2020 Men’s Pennants will commence later in the year, over 3 rounds, with our players travelling to Mareeba and Mossman, finishing with a home game. As with previous years, finals will be held at Sea Temple, Port Douglas. I plan to put a notice up on the board after the Open seeking nominations for those interested in playing. Thanks to Trevor Cheesman for offering his bus and to drive it for the away games.
Cheers for now.
Dave Hazlett
Men’s Captain

The Ladies Captain
On behalf of our Lady members, I congratulate Brendan for his well-deserved award. We are looking forward to our future events, our Open and, hopefully, our Interclub in October.
Four of our members represented our Club in the Ravenshoe Open earlier this month a very enjoyable weekend. Congratulations to our championship winners:
• our Ladies’ Champion is Michelle Pearsall, who is also the Nett winner
• Heather Beaven is the B-grade Champion with Lisa Lowres the Nett winner
• Emily Mc Ewan is the C-grade Champion and Kylie Clark the Nett winner
• Senior Champion is Michelle Pearsall and
• Junior Champion is Emily McEwan with her sister, Abby McEwan the Nett Winner.
Happy days.
Cheryl Piccone
Ladies Captain

Volunteers Corner, etc
Meet Tom McEwan, the Co-ordinator of our Junior Program.
This is Tom’s 3rd year with the Juniors and his 4th with our Club. He has been around a bit, having previously played at Rocky, Darwin, Broome and Cairns. Currently Tom oversees 28 Juniors aged from 5 to 15, two of whom are his daughters (Emily & Abby). Tom aims to work with his charges to develop some skills and a love of the sport as well as to teach some life skills. It is patently obvious how important a Junior Development Program is to the future of our Club and the presence of an active Juniors Program no doubt had a significant bearing on our recent award of Club of the Year for Clubs under 400 members.

Take the time to thank Tom for his contribution to our Club’s future when you see him around the traps.
Kev Shaw

The juniors have had a busy couple months dealing with the COVID-19 restriction and conducting the 2020 Atherton Junior Golf Open under those restrictions. The Atherton Junior Golf Open had one of its biggest fields of juniors in recent years with juniors from Townsville, Charters Towers, Ayr and the FNQ Region. Great golf was played by all who attended:
• Robert Close breaking the 100 for the first time and he was the 18 Holes Boys Nett runner-up;
• Abby McEwan produced her best scores over the two days to take the 18 Hole Girls Nett winner;
• in the Novices division, we almost had a clean sweep in the boys with Liam Steinmann Gross runner-up, Äiden Leibel Nett Winner, Shintaro Francis Nett Runner-up and the girls Emmason Nagy Nett winner;
• in the 9 Hole Modified Division Stephen Close was the Boys Gross runner-up; and
• in the 6 Holes Modified Division we had Matthew Comino Gross winner, Austin Jenner Gross runner Up, Kintaro Francis Nett runner-up.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brendan for his work in making the course great, Irish for setting up the event on One Golf, all the Bar staff, and all the Atherton Juniors Parents who helped out in the kitchen and on the golf course – without your help, the Atherton Junior Golf Open would not turn out so successful.
We had a number of juniors play in the Cairns and Half Moon Bay Junior Golf Open:
• At Cairns Junior Golf Open, Emily McEwan came away with the Nett Runner-up for the 18 Holes Girls – she was our only junior to win a prize at Cairns;
• it was different story at Half Moon Bay, with
• Abby McEwan the Girls 18 Holes Nett Winner;
• in the 9 Holes Modified, we had Stephen Close the boys Nett Runner-up and
• Cooper O’Brien the Gross Runner-up and
• with Kintaro Francis winning the 6 Holes Modified event.
Over the last couple months, we had a number of juniors making the journey from playing a 9 Holes Modified Course to playing full 9 Holes – these juniors are Cooper O’Brien, Emmason Nagy, Shintaro Francis and Aiden Leibel.
Tom McEwan
Junior’s Coordinator

Rules of Golf:

Can a golfer use a club (or other item) in a competition round to help with alignment?

The answer to that question used to be YES, but as of the start of 2019, the answer is NO.
In the new rules of golf, that went into effect on at the start of 2019, positioning a golf club (or any other object) on the ground to help oneself align correctly for a stroke is prohibited. The rule that addresses the situation is rule 10-2, Advice and Other Help, which is spilled out as follows:
“No Setting Down Object to Help in Taking Stance. You must not take a stance for the stroke using any object that was set down to help in lining up your feet or body.”
Using an alignment aid to help with a was always prohibited on the putting green. But in previous editions of the rules, placing a club or other object at one’s feet to help align for the stroke was allowed so long as that object was removed before actually playing the stroke. The golfer could lay a club on the ground, pointing down the target line (except on the green), then set up for the stroke. The player could then lean down and remove the club (or other aid) before playing the stroke. Until the end of 2018, that was OK.
In the 2019 addition of the rulebook, any use – even if the object is removed prior to the swing – is prohibited from all parts of the course.
The full edition of the rulebook includes this clarification:
“If the player takes a stance in breach of this Rule, he or she cannot avoid penalty by backing away from the stance and removing the object.”
The penalty for violating rule 10-2 is loss of a hole in Matchplay or 2 strokes in stroke play.
So, it is important to make sure that in any round of golf played under the rules, you do not attempt to use any kind of alignment aid to help with your aim. [Note that using alignment aids during practice time is still OK.]

Jokes aside:
Swifty and Frank head out to the golf course for a quick 9-holes. On the 1st tee, Swifty turns to Frank and says, “What do you say we make this time worth something. Play you for 20 bucks?” Frank agrees, and they start their rounds.
It’s a great game, and the two friends reach the 9th tee, with Frank ahead by one stroke. After Swifty hits a great drive, right down the middle, Frank steps up and promptly hooks a ball into deep rough and trees.
“C’mon,” Frank says to Swifty, “help me find my ball. I’ll look in this patch of trees, and you look around over there.”
They look and look and look, but no ball can be found. The 3-minute time limit on searching for lost balls has well expired, so Frank gets desperate. He gives a quick glance over to Swifty to see if he is looking, then swiftly reaches into his pocket and drops a new ball into the rough.
“Found my ball” Frank shouts out triumphantly.
Swifty looks at his friend with great disappointment. “After all the years we’ve been friends,” Swifty says, “you’d cheat me at golf for a measly 20 bucks?”
“What do you mean ‘cheat’?” Frank asks indignantly. “I found my ball sitting right here!”
Swifty lets out a heavy sigh. “And you’d lie to me, too? All for a tiny little sum of money? You’d cheat me and lie to me, for what? For five bucks? I can’t believe you’d stoop so low.”
“Well what makes you so sure I’m cheating and lying, anyway?” Frank asks.
“Because,” Swifty replies, “I’ve been standing on your ball for the last five minutes!”
A little girl was at her first golf lesson when she asked an interesting question…
Q: “Is the word spelled P-U-T or P-U-T-T?” She asked her instructor.
A: “P-U-T-T is correct,” the instructor replied.
“P-U-T means to place a thing where you want it. “P-U-T-T means merely a futile attempt to do the same thing.”

Late Autumn 2020

The President

Greetings to all members and others reading this newsletter.

Since the last newsletter (March), most of you will have seen and read the Information Bulletins which were sent to you last month. I am pleased to report that the current situation in dealing with the crisis is more promising, at least in so far as it affects our country, our state, and our region. The fact that it is so positive is very much due to everybody and certainly to all members of our Club. But there is more to be done.

COVID-19:       From Saturday 16 May 2020, as part of Stage 1, clubs in Qld may commence dining in their cafes, restaurants, and bistros.  This will be limited to 10 people at any one time, while observing physical distancing of 1.5m and at least 1 person per 4 square metres of space.  As bar and/or gaming activities are still not permitted, our Club must remain closed, except for takeaway alcohol and soft drink sales, pro shop sales, fee payments and use of bathroom facilities. No pool or darts is allowed at present.

While clubs in outback Queensland have a limitation to 20 people at any one time, the AGC is not in that region.  Outdoor, non-contact related activity may re-commence with a maximum of 10 people.  Therefore, golf tee times have been increased to groups of 4 but with physical distancing rules still in place.

Stage 2 is planned for 12 June 2020. Those restrictions can be found on the Clubs Qld website (, but at this stage, it will not change the Club’s activity or closure status.  As of 10 July 2020, as part of Stage 3, registered and licensed clubs may re-open, with limits of 100 people and will extend to bar and gaming activities.  With all of these steps, the public health rules are to maintain:

  • Physical distancing
  • 4 square metres per person when indoors
  • Hand hygiene
  • Respiratory hygiene
  • Frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection

Our Club staff are ensuring compliance with all restrictions and continue to ensure frequent environmental cleaning and disinfections occurs in the Clubhouse and for the Club carts.

Please continue to be patient and tolerant of any changes made as they are being made in the interests of you, the members.

Club Cart Hire

Members and Non-members are required to complete the cart hire agreement and complete all information including driver’s license and card details.

There is new signage on the Club carts which provide itemised information on the damage costs to the carts.

Club carts are NOT permitted in the car park at any time.

Cart hire prices were considerably reduced during the restrictions but will now start to increase as the restrictions are slowly lifted. Members $20; Non-members $25.

Cart rules for social distancing are still enforced:

  • For Members, 1 person per cart except those with family connections residing in the same premises, who feel safe to share. You may be asked to provide written evidence that you reside together.
  • For Non-members, 1 person per cart except those with family connections who MUST provide written evidence that they reside together – for example, driver’s licenses with the same address.
  • 2 players may share a cart for the purpose of transporting golf clubs BUT 1 player must be the designated driver and the other player MUST walk and they are NOT permitted to swap during a game.
  • Carts are to be sanitised after use on return to the Club and not re-hired until this is completed.

Jackpot Joker

Although the Joker has stalled, we thought to update you on an aspect of the Conditions of Play. Payment of the Joker to the winner will take up to 7 days and can be in the form of cash or via Direct deposit to a nominated account.

A Note of Thanks

As I have written previously, our Club survives and thrives on the efforts of many people, particularly our team of volunteers.  But, at this time, I would like to provide particular thanks to:

  • Brendan and his team for all their work in keeping our course looking and playing so well, this when our finances (so professionally managed by Treasurer Bill) have dictated a reduction in spending on the course; and
  • To Mick and Dawn for the excellent work on developing the nursery and the gardens, which are clearly contributing to the added aesthetic beauty of our course. Also, to Mick for the work he does on maintaining our Club carts.


While we still have 6 months to go before our AGM, I ask you to start considering whether you would be prepared to put your hand up and become part of the Management Committee of the Club.  It is important that we get fresh blood and varied experience on the committee to continue to drive the Club in a forward progressive way. If you are not sure or you would otherwise like to obtain more information, we encourage you to contact either myself or any other member of the current Management Committee.

Rules of Golf:  The next (5th) question:  The wind has moved my ball after I addressed it. Is this a penalty?            [see below for answer]

Enjoy your golfing!

Mark Johnson


(with help from Kerry Williamson, Secretary)


The Manager

[no report available]


The Course and Greens

[the following is a suggestion]

Strategic Planning – Course Changes

At its most recent meeting, the Management Committee considered a proposal for improvements to the course which had been submitted to us by Dave Morrison. This submission involved improvements in 2 stages.

The First Stage will involve rerouting of the course. The Second Stage will involve the construction of some new tees and other associated alterations. We attach to this newsletter details of the proposal, as submitted by Big Dave.

The MC has unanimously agreed that the First Stage would provide a positive improvement to the course, at least to the extent of how the course is played. The MC is currently looking at a timetable for implementation of these changes.

So far as the Second Stage is concerned, the MC is concerned to manage the cost of the various alterations/improvements.  We are therefore looking towards a gradual implementation of these, or at least to some of these changes, as money becomes available.

We would like to thank Big Dave for the efforts that he has put in in drafting these improvements to our course.

Robert Tomasetig

Vice president Greens and

Brendan Clark

Golf Course Superintendent


The Men’s Captain

With the Covid-19 restrictions since late March and the Clubhouse closed, we have been pleased with the members’ responses during competitions, with the last 5 Saturdays attracting 90+ players. Sunday fields have also been very good.  It has been difficult with cart hire due to the limit of 1 player per cart and playing in groups of 2, but all in all, it has worked OK. We are now back to groups of 4, but still only 1-per-cart which may lead to some members not being able to hire a cart.  As an alternative, you may put your clubs in your partner’s cart and have a wee walk.

Family members who live in the same household can now share a cart.

Our Club Championships will be played on the weekends of June 13, 14 and 20, 21. The conditions of play are on the noticeboards. The MiClub system is now open for nominations.  A flyer is also on the noticeboards.  Some COVID-19 rules will probably still apply. With Stage 2 of COVID-19 commencing on June 12, we may have NTPs but at this stage, it seems that will not be happening.  With the clubhouse being closed, there will be no presentations.  This will give us a chance to have a Presentation Night sometime December where we can have a big night to give out the years main prizes (Championships, Foursomes, Monthly Medal, Turner Shield and Matchplay awards ) and maybe another Pennants win.

The Higham Building Group Men’s Matchplay is in round 2 which has to be completed by June 7.  Round 3 then has until July 19, due to the Championship.

Our veteran golfers will be pleased to hear that the FNQ Veterans Tuesday comp will be back in July, with Atherton hosting on July 14.

Wednesday Sporters and the Friday 6-Hole Chook Run have also been getting good numbers.  Also, great to have the Juniors back in action from Sunday 17 May.

Cheers for now.

Dave Hazlett

Men’s Captain


The Ladies Captain

Dawn and Mick are to be congratulated on their endless hours of gardening.  A big thanks to all the members and non-members who have donated plants to the nursery.

All our lady members would like to extend a big thanks to Richard Boyd from Amcal for sponsoring our shirts.

Good golfing.

Cheryl Piccone

Ladies Captain



The juniors last game was on 29 March 20.

Atherton Junior Golf started back on Sunday after two months away due to

COVID-19.  We had 22 juniors show up to play a stroke event sponsored by Atherton Taxis.  All the juniors and parents were glad to be back and the new junior shirts are a big hit.

Next week the juniors will be playing a stableford event and 3 juniors playing an 18-hole for their second cards, to obtain their GA handicaps.

The Atherton Junior Golf Open has been pushed back to the weekend of 28 & Monday 29 June.

Any question please call.

Tom McEwan

Junior’s Coordinator


Volunteers Corner, etc

A wee bit of whisht now while I tell you a little of Dave “Irish” Hazlett’s contribution to our Club.  Irish has been a member since 2003 and since then has been a committee member, Captain (4 years) and President (3 years).  He built both amenity blocks across the road as well as being responsible for much of the stonework across various culverts around the course.  If he is not busy on the tools, then you will usually find Davey somewhere, doing something useful, on the course.  It might be mowing, on the whipper snipper or the myriad other jobs that need doing to add to the amenity of our course.  Irish brings a particular light-hearted appeal to his presentations and we’ll look forward to this when we’re allowed to have them again.  There’s a certain little treasure who would argue he spends too much time at the Club but we should all be grateful for his contribution and the example he sets.

Footy Tipping Competitions:     As a result of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the 2020 NRL Tipping Competition and the 2020 AFL Tipping Competition have both been cancelled. Denis and I would like to thank all of those who nominated to take part. Refunds of the $50 entry fee can be obtained from Ray in the clubhouse.

Kev Shaw


Rules of Golf:   The wind has moved my ball after I addressed it. Is this a penalty?

The short answer: No, at least since the start of 2012.

Prior to then, the answer was Yes. The old ruling was that, once a player was at address, he was responsible for the movement of the ball, no matter what actually caused that movement. So, if the golfer took his address and then a big gust of wind caused the ball to move, it was a penalty on the golfer.

Not surprisingly, that rule wasn’t very popular among golfers, most of whom felt it was unfair to be penalised for something beyond their control.

Golf’s governing bodies responded by reconsidering the wording of Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving After Address). For the version of the Rules of Golf that took effect on 1/01/2012, the penalty to the golfer relating to wind moving the ball after address was removed.  In announcing the change to this rule, the USGA wrote:

“A new exception is added that exonerates the player from penalty if his ball moves after it has been addressed, when it is known or virtually certain that he did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that moves the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.”

At that point, though Rule 18-2b still assessed a 1-stroke penalty if the ball in play moved after the golfer had taken his address, if that movement was in any way caused by the golfer’s actions, other than of course making a stroke at the ball.

The governing bodies went further in a new Local Rule, in effect as of 1/01/2017, eliminating the penalty for accidentally moving ball (or ball marker) on the green. The change officially entered the rulebook in the 2019 addition with the creation of Rule 9.3 Ball Moved By Natural Forces. The definition of natural forces in the Rules of Golf include wind and gravity, so that Rule 9.3 states:

If natural forces (such as wind or water) cause your ball at rest to move, there is no penalty and your ball must be played from its new spot.

Exception: If your ball on the putting green moves after you have already lifted and replaced it, the ball must be replaced on its original spot (which if not known must be estimated).


Jokes aside:

An old Scottish Jew has decided to take it a little easier and take up golf, so he puts his name down to join the local club.

After a week he receives a message that his application has been turned down.

He goes down to the club to enquire why.

Secretary:         You are aware that this is a Scottish golf club?

Scot:                Aye but I am as Scottish as you are, Jock.

Secretary:         This means that on formal occasions we wear kilts.

Scot:                Aye, so do I.

Secretary:         You are aware that we wear nothing under our kilts?

Scot:                Aye, neither do I.

Secretary:         But you are a Jew?

Scot:                Aye, I be that.

Secretary:         So, you are circumcised?

Scot:                Aye, I be that too.

Secretary:         I am terribly sorry, but the members just would not feel comfortable with that.

Scot:                Och, away with ya man. I know that you have to be a Protestant to march with the Orangemen. And I know that you have to be a Catholic to become a Knight of Saint Columbus. But this is the first time I heard that you have to be a complete prick to join a golf club.


A couple, whose names shall remain secret, was playing a play-off hole in the annual club Mixed Foursomes Championship, and it’s down to a very short putt that Dawn has to make for the win. She takes her stance, and her partner, Mick, can see her trembling. She putts and misses and they lose the match.

On the way home in the car, Mick is fuming, “I can’t believe you missed that putt. It was a damn tap in! In fact, it was no longer than my pecker.”

Dawn looked over at her partner and smiled and said, “Yes dear, but it was much harder!”



Stage 1

The course would be played as follows:

Re-routing of present course layout.

Front nine –

  • Holes 1 through 5 remain the same.
  • Hole 8 becomes hole 6,
  • hole 9 becomes hole 7,
  • hole 10 becomes hole 8,
  • hole 11 becomes hole 9. (Present holes 6 & 7 are removed from the front 9.)

Back nine –

  • Existing holes 12 through 17 remain the same but are renumbered –
  • Hole 12 becomes hole 10,
  • Hole 13 becomes hole 11,
  • Hole 14 becomes hole 12,
  • hole 15 becomes hole 13,
  • Hole 16 becomes hole 14,
  • Hole 17 becomes hole 15.
  • Present hole 6 becomes hole 16,
  • Hole 7 becomes hole 17, and
  • existing hole 18 remains the same.

(Present holes 6 & 7 are added to the back 9.)

There are a number of benefits to rerouting the present course layout in order to achieve a better overall course setup.

  • If the course were rerouted as outlined below, each 9 would then become a Par 35, or par 36 if the present 4th and 14th tees are extended to par 5s.
  • The rerouting would remove the interference that occurs on the 6th and 8th tees at present, as there would be very little interference in this format when playing the redesigned 6th and 16th holes, as the 6th hole (old 8th) is on the front 9, and the 16th hole (old 6th) and 17th (old 7th) are on the back 9.
  • The upside is that you have a par 35 or 36 on each 9, and some of the stronger holes on the present front 9 (6 and 7) have been moved to the back 9 to strengthen up what was a weak 9, whilst weaker holes (10 and 11) have been moved to the front 9 to give a more even spread of weak/strong holes.
  • There would be two par 3s on each nine.
  • You do not have your first shot over water when starting play on the 10th
  • Meterage would be evened out after rerouting.

Men:           Front nine = 2712 metres      Back nine = 2830 metres       Total 5542 metres

Ladies:      Front nine = 2476 metres      Back nine = 2530 metres       Total 5006 metres

  • The course could be played in this format immediately without any construction work at all.

However, the following would be required:

  • Re-indexing of holes.
  • Printing of new cards. (At present score cards are printed at no cost to the club.)
  • Changing of tee signs. (Temporary signage could be done on each tee sign.)

Stage 2

To further enhance the course, constructing new tees on the following holes would add distance to the course, and increase the course rating.

  • Present hole 4 – Construct a new tee back 30 metres and play as a Par 5. (Some tree removal/trimming required in front of existing tee on left side.)
  • Present hole 14 which would become the 12th hole – construct a new tee back towards fence which would add approx. 15- 20 metres and play as a Par 5. (Remove a number of trees, mostly saplings on the new tee site.) When a new green is constructed this would add another 20 metres.
  • Present hole 16 which would become 14th hole – construct a new tee back over the road, adding another 20 metres. (Trim a number of trees on left side of fairway.) (Existing tee could then become the ladies’ tee as the present ladies’ tee has no sprinkler.)

Brendan has suggested that the following tee constructions could also add to the course presentation.

  • Present hole 8 which would become the 6th hole – construct a block wall at the rear of the present 8th tee and fill with dirt to extend the tee 5 metres, which could then cater for both men and women. (A number of trees would have to be removed/trimmed to the front and left of the proposed new tee.)
  • Present hole 11 which would become the 9th hole – construct a new tee to the rear of the existing tee adding another 15 metres, making a fourth level for this tee. (Remove some trees in front of tee.)
  • Present hole 12 which would become the 10th hole – construct a new tee to the rear of the existing tee which would add another 20 metres. (Remove gum tree on old tee.)
  • Present hole 15 which would become 13th hole – move tee over and back adding another 30 metres. (Remove a number of trees in front of the proposed tee.) (Existing tee could then become the ladies’ tee.)

If the present 4th and 14th holes were made into Par 5’s, the course would consist of a par 36 on each nine – Par 72, playing at approx. 5758 metres after all construction completed.

The proposed extensions of tees are necessary to increase the standard scratch rating of the course, as length is the main criteria for calculating scratching ratings.

All of the above extensions could be done over a period of time when finances permitted.

Dave Morrison


Summer 2020

The President

Greetings and Happy New Year and New Decade to all members and others reading this newsletter.

New Management Committee:  I am most pleased to inform you about the new Management Committee which took the reins of taking our Club forward into the new decade. The new committee is as follows: Russell (Pup) Hilder (Vice president House); Robert (Tomo) Tomasetig (Vice president Greens); Kerry Williamson (Secretary); Bill Denmark (Treasurer); Cheryl Piccone (Ladies Capt); and Dave (Irish) Hazlett (Men’s Capt).  The new MC, together with the Manager and Greens Supt, is already working hard at progressing our Club.

Club Chef:       I am pleased to inform you all (if that is really necessary at this stage) that our new club Chef, Pamela Clearwater, has commenced in the Club and has already received plaudits for her excellent culinary creations, from simple, tasty sandwiches to full a-la-carte meals. You will often see Pamela toiling away in the kitchen, together with her partner, Jamie, who is also a chef.  If you haven’t already tried her tucker, I recommend that you do so.

Footy tipping 2020:  In the last newsletter, I reported to you about the results of the tipping competitions in 2019.  It seems that the gap between footy seasons is getting ever closer so I invite you to start considering getting your nomination in for the 2020 competitions – both NRL and AFL – this year again being run by Big D and Kev.  $50 for each comp.

NYE Fandango: A really splendid night was organised by our manager, Ray, to celebrate the end of the second decade of the millennium and to welcome in what we hope will be the terrific 20s. This event is both an indication of the events that we can conduct in our Club. Congratulations and thanks should go to Ray, to Pamela and all involved in putting together this excellent event.

Another burglary:     I regret to inform you that our Club has been the victim of yet another burglary. In the second week of the new year (we believe it was Thursday evening), thieves again gained entry to the greenkeeper’s shed (just behind the first green) and stole a variety of equipment, much of which had been newly purchased, following the earlier burglary in October. We are currently working on better securing the premises and installing a variety of security equipment which will hopefully deter these (or other) scumbags from stealing from us yet again.

Cannabis on the Course:  I regret to inform that it has recently been brought to my attention instances of some members smoking cannabis/ganga in/near the precincts of the AGC Clubhouse. This information has included the smoking of cannabis quite near where a junior presentation event was taking place.  While I am a strong believer in allowing/permitting people to use whatever drugs they may choose for their own use, the situation at our Club is not as simple as that. The AGC Manager and the AGC Management Committee both have a responsibility, both to the members and guests of the Club and also to general compliance with Queensland laws, to take all reasonable measures to ensure that the use of drugs, which are illegal according to Queensland laws, is not encouraged, condoned or permitted on any part of the Club premises, whether in the clubhouse, the surrounds of the clubhouse or otherwise on the course. Therefore, I must inform/remind all members that the use of illegal drugs on any part of the club premises is not permitted.

Rules of Golf:  The third question:   Nearest Point of Relief – when you need to find it and how to determine it?

[see below for answer]

Enjoy your golfing!

Mark Johnson – President

The Secretary

Membership Fees:  As you would (or should) be well aware, membership fees were due and payable as of 31 December 2019.  It is pleasing to see that the good proportion of members have already paid their fees, even though we are now 3 weeks into the new year. However, some members have still not renewed their fees. I therefore offer this as a gentle reminder that fees must be paid, at the latest, by 31 January 2020. Any fees paid after this time will incur a late fee of $50 and members will not be entitled to play in any competition events whilst their fees remain outstanding.

Kerry Williamson


Vice-President Greens

Greens Renovations

In the last newsletter, my predecessor (Kev), informed you about the need for constant work on the course (and particularly the Greens) to keep it up to standard. The work which Kev reported as planned has been carried out, namely the major greens renovations. We are now starting to see the benefits of this work as the Greens are returning to the previous excellent conditions, even with some small areas which are still being worked upon.

You will have noticed, that in the first week of the new year, many of the fairways had browned off. This resulted from the particularly hot and dry weather which we experienced that time, as it is a balancing exercise as to when and how much we should irrigate in wet season, i.e. when we regularly experience storms and showers. It is concerning that some members felt it necessary to complain about the condition of the course at this time. We hope that members will understand and appreciate that, despite the browning of the fairways and roughs, the general condition of these parts of the course was still very good, as indicated by the continuing good scores being recorded by members. However, if members have any concerns, please do not hesitate to speak to me, in which case I will endeavour to take account of your concerns and provide explanations as appropriate.

Robert (Tomo) Tomasetig

Vice-President Greens

Vice-President House

Smoking:       We are currently reviewing the situation with smoking areas around the clubhouse.  Our new chef, Pamela, in coordination with Manager Ray, are in the process of setting up a new dining area in the prime position on the veranda, i.e. overlooking the 18th green etc. This has necessitated a move of the smoking area from the veranda. At present, this has involved setting up a table and chairs on the veranda near the front entrance. However, this cannot continue, as it is not a good look for the Club. We are therefore looking at setting up a dedicated smoking area, likely to be at the rear of the clubhouse. In the meantime, I ask members to be tolerant, understanding and considerate of these changes, which we consider to be in the interests of the further development of the Club. We also ask that the policy on the smokers’ area be adhered to by everyone AT ALL TIMES.

From the Manager:    Ray has asked that be following be included in the newsletter:

  • Word-of-mouth: Is important that we utilise all our resources, particularly the value that we can obtain by spreading, particularly by word-of-mouth, the positive aspects of our Club. This should include spreading information about our new restaurant (Chili-dip Brasserie), and the fantastic food that our new chef, Pamela, can provide. Support your Club – bring some friends.
  • Chili-dip hours: Wednesday – 11 AM onwards – light lunch

Friday – 5-6pm – anti-pasto platters to share

Friday and Saturday dinner – 6-8pm – blackboard menu dinners

Saturday lunch – 12-2

Sunday brunch – 9-11

Sunday lunch – 12-2 – roast

  • Volunteering: Yes, I know that this is an issue that has been raised on numerous occasions in the past. But it is important that we continue to look at how we can contribute to the Club by volunteering our time – not only on the course, but also in the bar and in the kitchen.
  • Club pride: It should not be necessary to point this out, but it is important that we have and display to others the pride that we have in our Club. If something is out of place (e.g. a piece of rubbish), please don’t just ignore it or expect that the staff will deal with it? Just deal with it yourself – put in the bin. Please dispense with any attitude that might suggest that “it’s not my job”?
  • Locker room: Anyone with clubs or push buggies in the locker room, please see me ASAP as there are plans to change the locker room into cart storage. Renovation plans will be commencing shortly.
  • Sunday specials: A reminder of the golfing specials we offer on Sundays – esp. the $65 deal, which includes two players and a cart for 18 holes.
  • Pro-shop: I am sure all of you would be now aware of the new pro-shop which is operating in the clubhouse. Through the good work of the House sub-committee (and me), we have now managed to obtain and make available to members and guests a good variety of golf products, incl. monogrammed golf shirts, ball markers, pitch-mark repairers and balls. Please take the time to come and have a look at our merchandise, so that you will see it is good value?  All purchases made from our pro-shop also benefit our Club.
  • New Carts: As I am sure you would also be aware, the Club has purchased (or leased) a number of new (and almost new) carts over the past few months to renew our fleet of golf carts and to bring our Club forward. This has been done at minimal impost to the finances of the Club. We are currently now awaiting some further carts to add to our fleet. These carts will mostly be housed in the area currently used as the locker room (see comments above). It is important we continue to promote the course, the carts and the clubhouse to all and sundry.  I am also pleased to report that the income that our Club is making from our hire carts has increased exponentially over the last year.

Russell (Pup) Hilder

Vice-President House

The Ladies Captain

AMCAL Pharmacy Atherton are proudly sponsoring the Atherton Ladies Match Play Team this year by providing funds for team shirts. A big thanks for their ongoing support and also thank you to Lyn Morrison for getting the 2020 Eclectic Competition off and running again. Lyn has facilitated this competition for the last 2 years which has been very successful, being a fun addition to the ladies’ calendar.

An eclectic tournament is a multi-round golf tournament that results in one 18-hole score per player. Golfers compare their scorecards for each round played, either on a Thursday or Saturday, and select the lowest score for each hole. The final 18-hole score that results at the end of the competition is their eclectic score. Ladies pay a fee to join this bonus competition that runs over the year and pay 20¢ for every hole they can improve their score. The prizes are then funded by the competition fees paid over the year. The ladies also concurrently run competition for most Birdies and Gobblers over the same timeframe. The reigning champions are:

Eclectic – Lyn Morrison

Birdies – Shelley Broadley

Gobblers – Annette Seawright

Cheryl Piccone

Ladies Captain

The Men’s Captain

Firstly, a Happy New Year to All Members and Friends.

OK, let’s finalise 2019. Overall winners:

  • Monthly Medal winner: Joe Cox,
  • Harold Nasser Shield: Roy (2-Dads) Murray-Prior,
  • Turner Shield: Ken Thomas,
  • Foursomes Champions: Brendan Clark & Mick Buckley and
  • our B-Grade Lads brought the Pennants Shield home.

We held a very successful Tradie Day Ambrose in early December raising $4,780 to help 2 local kids – Jacob Bye and Naomi Gaast with their battles with leukemia.

The weather has been very dry and the course needs RAIN (even more), but the good side is that we have had a huge number of social players on the course, and Saturday’s have had great fields of 75 + Mens and Ladies

This year, Higham Building Group will again sponsor the Men’s Matchplay, starting towards the end of March, the nomination sheet is on the inside notice board. Thanks Simon and Kristy.

I would like to see an end-of-year Presentation Night in early December to acknowledge the year’s winners, with maybe a dinner or BBQ. What are the Members’ thoughts on this? Feedback please?

Wednesday Sporters Corner:  2019 was the best for a while, averaging 35 players each week. Congratulations to Bob Stoward, Sporter of the Year and winner of the Ed Spry Shield for most games played. In the Championships, A-Grade went to Dave Morrison while Warren Phillips claimed B-Grade, both over the 2 weeks.   In 2019, Sporters donated: $1,800 as contribution for the new printer; 20 new greens’ cups; and a contribution for the new Pro Core machine.  This year, we have already handed over $3,000, which will go towards upgrading the 15th tee and Ladies 6th Tee.

We host the year’s first Drummond Golf Cup Stableford on Sunday 9 February. INFO on the Miclub desk – for local members, please fill in nomination form and send to Drummond Golf as Darren Golder is the organiser. $30 entry. Shotgun start at 9am.

Dave (Irish) Hazlett

Men’s Captain

Volunteers Corner

Denis Penshorn describes his relationship with our Club as a second home.  He has been a member continuously since 1976 and was awarded life membership in 2016.  Over the period, Denis has been Vice-Captain, Captain, Secretary, President, and Greens Director.  He was part of the Club management as it transitioned from 9 to 13 holes and also from 13 to 18 holes.  Currently he mows our greens 3 times per week and most weeks puts in 20 to 30 hours of volunteer work around the Club.  You can find him with a whipper snipper, weed sprayer, push mower or cleaning signs.  He encourages others to volunteer as well.  Essentially, if you see a little job that needs to be done, just get in and do it.  Our Greens Staff have enough to do with the big jobs.  When you see Denis around the traps thank him for his ongoing contribution to our Club.

Cheryl Piccone has been a member of our Club for 21 years.  She is the current Ladies Captain and is looking to promote a positive and happy environment around the Club.  This is Cheryl’s first stint on the Management Committee but has previously assisted others in areas such as chasing up sponsorship for major events.  As well, for some time now, she has been putting in 12 to 15 hours of volunteer work around the House and in the kitchen, the latter being less than a labour of love.  All of our members will have experienced Cheryl’s welcoming smile, cheery disposition and she runs a good bar.  You’ll have every opportunity to catch up with Cheryl in the Clubhouse to thank her for her contribution.  Please do so.


Atherton Juniors start the year off on Sunday 2 February 2020 with a Coaching Clinic and sign-on day. The clinic will be conducted by Luke Newman, between 8 & 10 AM. The flyer is in this week’s Tablelander (page 45) and will also be in next week’s edition.

Any questions in relation to the Coaching Clinic and sign-on should be directed to me.

Tom McEwan

Junior’s Coordinator

Rules of Golf:             Nearest Point of Relief – when you need to find it and how to determine it?

The nearest point of relief in golf is a spot on the golf course closest to the golf ball, but no closer to the hole from which the golfer can take a free drop (without penalty), when that ball is sitting in one of several specific circumstances that are mostly covered in Rule 16.

First, you should note that, in edition of the rulebook that went into effect on 1/01/2019, the term nearest point of relief was replaced by nearest point of complete relief. That is the term now in use in the Rules of Golf.

In the Rules of Golf, this is the condensed definition of nearest point of complete relief:

“Your reference point for taking free relief from an abnormal course condition (Rule 16.1), dangerous animal condition (Rule 16.2), wrong green (Rule 13.1f), or no play zone (Rules 16.1f and 17.1e), or in taking relief under certain Local Rules, is the estimated point where your ball would lie that is:

  • nearest to your ball’s original spot, but not nearer the hole than that spot,
  • in the required area of the course, and
  • where the condition does not interfere with the stroke you would have made from the original spot if the condition was not there.

“Estimating this reference point requires you to identify the choice of club, stance, swing and line of play you would have used for that stroke.”

So, let’s put this in plain language. If your ball comes to rest in one of the following circumstances AND one of these situations interferes with your lie, stance or area of intended swing, you may take relief without penalty:

  • Interference from an immovable obstruction: any obstruction that can’t be moved, such as a cart path or maintenance road.
  • Abnormal ground condition: for example, temporary water, areas marked ground under repair (GUR), animal holes.
  • Wrong putting green: Oops, you’re playing the 2nd hole, but somehow your ball wound up on the 3rd green. That’s a wrong putting green, so you are required to find the nearest point of relief.

OK, so your golf ball is sitting in a place that allows you free relief. Now what?

I shall use the example of a paved cart path is a condition that interferes with your lie, stance or swing. So, picture your ball sitting on a cart path.

Start, by considering the spot that you would play from that spot if the cart path wasn’t in the way. Would you hit, say 7-iron? If so, then pull the 7-iron out of your bag. Now, look around the cart path. What direction can you move your ball? You can’t move it closer to the hole, so forward is out. Can you go to the left? Right? Behind? Using your 7-iron, try setting up for a shot (or picture doing so) in each direction in which it is possible to do so. Make sure you are taking full relief from the cart path (i.e. feet off the path, path not interfering with your swing) and look at where your ball would sit in that case. How far is it from these potential locations to where your ball actually came to rest on the cart path? The spot that is closest to the original position without being closer to the hole is your nearest point of relief (NPR).

Once you find the NPR, put a tee (or other marker) in/on the ground at that spot. Using any club (you don’t have to stick to the 7-iron from our example for this part), measure one club-length over and one club-length behind the NPR. This is the area within which you must take your free drop – a radius of one club-length, no closer to the hole, from the NPR.  Follow normal dropping procedure from this point.

Note 1: You should always determine where your nearest point of relief is and decide to proceed with the drop BEFORE lifting your golf ball. If you lift your golf ball first, then discover the NPR is in a bad spot and decide not to take relief, you incur a penalty.

Note 2: The relief in nearest point of complete relief is relief from the original condition interfering with your shot. It is NOT relief from interference or issues caused by any other condition.  What does that mean? Well, your nearest point of relief might be behind a big tree, or in the middle of the bush. That is tough luck.  The nearest point of relief might also result in an improved situation, e.g. moving your ball out of a rough onto the fairway.  In this case, the reverse applies – a little good luck never hurts.

Note 3: you are not REQUIRED to take free relief for the situations described above EXCEPT in the case of a wrong putting green or where Local Rules so require. You have the option to play the ball as it lies, except for a wrong putting green or GUR. If your nearest point of relief is in a terrible spot, then you can choose (sticking with our example) to play the ball off the cart path rather than take the free relief.

Jokes aside:

A man is stranded on a desert island, all alone for ten years. One day, he sees a speck in the horizon. He thinks to himself, “It’s not a ship.” The speck gets a little closer and he thinks, “It’s not a boat.” The speck gets even closer and he thinks, “It’s not a raft.” Then, out of the surf comes this gorgeous blonde woman, wearing a wet suit and scuba gear. She comes up to the guy and says, “How long has it been since you’ve had a cigarette?”

“Ten years,” he says.

She reaches over and unzips a waterproof pocket on her left sleeve and pulls out a pack of fresh cigarettes. He takes one, lights it, takes a long drag, and says, “Man, oh man! Is that good!”

Then she asked, “How long has it been since you’ve had a drink of whiskey?”

He replies, “Ten years!”

She reaches over, unzips her waterproof pocket on her right sleeve, pulls out a flask and gives it to him.  He takes a long swig and says, “Wow, that’s fantastic!”

Then she starts unzipping a longer zipper that runs down the front of her wet suit and she says to him, “And how long has it been since you’ve had some real fun?”

And the man replies, “Wow! Don’t tell me that you’ve got golf clubs in there!”


A little girl was at her first golf lesson when she asked an interesting question…

“Is the word spelled P-U-T or P-U-T-T?” She asked her instructor.

“P-U-T-T is correct,” the instructor replied.  “P-U-T means to place a thing where you want it. “P-U-T-T means merely a futile attempt to do the same thing.”


Spring 2019     NEWSLETTER

The President

Greetings to all members and others reading this newsletter.

Manager: In the last newsletter, I informed you that our Manager (Ray) is in  the  process of filling in the kitchen himself, i.e. until we can come up with a new chef. As I previously noted, this involves somewhat of a juggling act for Ray, as the role of Manager is, in itself, onerous enough. There will be times when it would assist Ray and the Club if volunteers put their hand up to assist in the bar or the kitchen. It also means that Ray is often raking up time worked well beyond the hours that he is required to work, under his contract with the Club. This, in turn means that, as the Management Committee does not want this additional time to mount up, then Ray is, quite rightly, entitled to take some time off in lieu (TOIL). Ray has been doing this with the approval of the Management Committee AND in the interests of the Club.

Footy tipping 2019: As the footy season nears an end, we have the results of the AGC footy tipping competitions. In the NRL tipping, the winners were Mick and Dawn, with the joint runners-up being Irish and Big D. In the AFL tipping, the runaway winner was Bob Harvey, with the runner-up being the Prez, followed by Hollywood. Congratulations to all winners.

Buffet dinner: Congratulations and thanks to everyone involved in preparing a really splendid dinner on Friday 30 August. The food was excellent, the turnout was terrific and it proved to be a very successful Club event.

Events Calendar: I’m aware that a number of members have expressed concern over the scheduling of competition events in our golfing calendar for the current year (March 2019 – February 2020), with the concern mainly centring upon an excessive number of stroke events. With this in mind, I have prepared a schedule of the events from the current calendar and attach it to this newsletter. As you will see, this has resulted in more than half of the competition events being stroke events, just over a third Stableford and only just over 5% being other competition events. I ask you to consider this and, if you have any concerns or suggestions, please approach the captains or other members of the Match Committee to discuss your concerns or make suggestions.

Cops & Robbers: The Club was pleased and honoured to host this event which was even more successful than in previous years – see full report below.

Rules of Golf: This segment was included, for the first time in the last newsletter.

The second question: A player’s ball lands in a hazard one inch from a concrete cart bridge that will impede the player’s swing for the next shot. Q1. Does the player get a free drop? Q2. How does the player proceed? [see below for answer]

Enjoy your golfing!    Mark Johnson – President

The Secretary 

AGM: Yes, it is coming up to that time of year yet again. The AGM is scheduled to take place in the clubhouse on Sunday 17 November starting at 9AM. Any members who are interested in becoming part of the Management Committee and feel that they can contribute to the future of the Club, please consider putting in a nomination for one of the 7 positions on the Committee – these are the positions of President, Vice president Greens, Vice president House, Secretary, Treasurer, Ladies Captain and Men’s Captain. If you are unsure as to the roles and responsibilities of the positions on the MC, please don’t hesitate to contact the President or me to discuss? You will note that the nomination sheets are on the table just near the main entrance door. Nominations will close 14 days prior to the meeting, i.e. by Saturday 2 November @ 6PM.

Kerry Williamson, Secretary

Vice-President Greens       

Volunteers Corner

Mark and Shelley Broadley have been members of our Club for 20 and 14 years respectively. They both bring a positive vibe to the club and you will enjoy their company if you get the opportunity. Since joining, Shelley has been Ladies Captain for 3 years and House Director for 1 year. She has walked the town gaining sponsorships for our competitions, purchased trophies and set up tables for Club Dinners. She also cleaned the amenity blocks on the course weekly for a number of years. Shelley and 2 other

Lady Members started the original Facebook page for our Club.

Mark spent a year as House Director but his main contribution has been volunteering behind the bar and on the course. Broads obtained his RSA Certificate in 2017 and has done regular shifts since then as well as assisting on big days. He and a certain Irish gentleman raked our bunkers in the early hours of each Saturday morning to ensure those unfortunate enough to go there had the best chance of getting out.

You’ll run into Mark and Shelley at the Club most competition days so take the opportunity to thank them for their ongoing contribution.

Establishing the Blue Course

Our Greens Super is passionate about presenting a high-quality course and also a quality golfing experience for our members and guests. He has the Management Committee’s full support in this. With this in mind Brendan is exploring options to establish a series of new and modified tees to change the ratings of roughly half of our holes with the new holes becoming part of the Blue Course. For example, the first hole is unchanged; we would hit off the Ladies Tee on 2 which becomes a par 4; hole 3 is unchanged but a new tee established behind the current No. 4 tee to make this hole a par 5; hole 5 may be unchanged but the expanded Ladies tee on No. 6 used to provide a different perspective on this hole; the old tee near the toilet block on No. 16 will also be re-established to provide a long par 3; and so on….

Once the Blue Course is established, we would look to have the new layout rated and we expect it to have a similar rating to the current course layout. While the current layout will continue to provide the main basis for our competitions and championships, the Blue Course could be used perhaps monthly or for specialty competitions.

We will put up a poster in the next month or so showing the potential layout for the new tees so look out for this. If you have opinions on the proposal, please pass these on to members of the Green’s sub- committee (Kev Shaw, Irish Hazlett, Denis Penshorn, Rob Tomo, Ross Milevskiy).

Other New Projects

At its most recent meeting, the Management Committee considered a number of improvement projects, which have been recommended by our Greens Sup’t, Brendan. The MC approved an initial improvement option, namely to commence the establishment of a new men’s tee on the 14th hole. This will mean that the tee will extend beyond the existing gully, extending the hole to become a par 5. This will lengthen the course and will result in the course having to be re-rated. This will be done without any notable additional expense to the Club, as it will be funded by group projects with QITE.

Greens Renovations

As you would be aware, our course needs constant work to keep it up to the standard developed by our Greens Sup’t. As part of this continuing process, Brendan will be carrying out a major greens reno  in November, immediately after the Men’s Pennants season has ended. This will be done on 11 & 12 November, so please consider this when you are putting in mid-November?

Kev Shaw Vice-President Greens

The Ladies Captain

Our ladies have been busy participating in the FNQ Matchplay and inter-clubs. There are 2 more Matchplays and 2 more Inter-clubs remaining for the year. Unfortunately, we are trailing in the Matchplay. Atherton will be hosting the next Matchplay on Sunday 13 October. At the moment, we are coming third on the inter-club ladder so hopefully we can improve our position as the next Inter- club is on home turf on Thursday 24 October. By this time, we hope to have new signs on the ladies’ teeing areas on Holes no 2 and 6, so as to hopefully prevent some ladies hitting off incorrect tees, as happened last year.

I would like to thank all the members who will be lending their carts for our inter-club day.

October is a busy month for our ladies as the FNQ will also be playing their Champion of Champions here on Sunday 27th. We wish Annette Seawright (A-grade and Senior Champion), Sandra Watson (B-grade champion) and Marea Mead (C-grade champion) the best of luck.

We have had good numbers of lady players, including our new members, on both Thursday and Saturdays. It’s also great to see our junior girls, Emily and Abby McEwan, not only play the Saturday comp but also participate in our Thursday comp during the school holidays and, as well, seeing Emily have some wonderful wins.

One of our long-time members, Shirley Cook, is leaving to live in Tasmania, to be closer to her daughter. Shirley has been such a stalwart in the club in the past, filling in for Matchplay when required and always being an outstanding help in the kitchen. Even when Shirley no longer played golf, her famous delicious sausage rolls were constantly in demand for our events. Shirley and her smiling face (and Charlie Brown) will be missed around the clubhouse. We all wish Shirley the very best in her new home.

Dee Jierasak (Vice-captain) on behalf of Heather Beaven Ladies Captain

The Men’s Captain

With the course in great condition and plenty of run, isn’t it great to be playing golf?

The Men’s pennants season is nearly upon us so, if you are interested, please make sure you get your name down or otherwise let me know?

It was great to see Cops & Robbers was such a great success.

Darren Morey – Men’s Captain


On Saturday 14 September, Atherton Juniors played their Monthly Medal, with the Pee-wees winner being Austin Jenner, who played one of his best rounds. Tadpoles winner was Emmason Nagy, who played her best round all year (her first win), with Aidan Leibel the runner-up. Novices winner was Jed Morey, who showed he can play good golf when he puts his mind to it. Kane Lutz was the runner- up.

On Sunday 15 September, Mossman conducted their Junior Open, with some Atherton Juniors playing their best golf. Curtis Houseman played in the 18 Hole Junior. Emily and Abby McEwan played their best golf for the year with Emily pipping her younger sister by one stroke to become the Gross Winner, while Abby had the best Nett score for the Novices Division. Doug Seawright, Robert Close and Stephen Close played in the 9 Holes Modified Division, with Doug being the Gross winner and Robert the Runner-up. Stephen played well but fell away in the last couple of holes.

After Mossman Junior Open, some of our juniors travelled to Tully for their Junior Open on Monday 30 September, with Curtis Houseman being Boys Gross Runner-up in the 18 Holes Junior, Emily McEwan the Girls Gross Runner and Abby McEwan the Nett Runner Up in the Novices Division.

Austin Jenner was the Boys Runner-up in the 6 Holes Modified Division – this was Austin’s first golf tournament away from Atherton, so a great effort by him.

From Tully, the juniors travelled to Innisfail for their Junior Open on Tuesday 1 October, with Curtis Houseman picking up the NTP in the 18 Hole Junior Division, Emily McEwan being the Gross Winner and Abby McEwan the Nett Runner-up in the Girls Novices Division.

Due to Emily playing excellent golf over the last couple months, she will shortly play her first Junior 18 Hole tournament at the Ravenshoe Millstream Junior Open.

The Atherton Junior will be conducting the End of Year presentation and 3BBB Ambrose day on 24 November.

Tom McEwan Junior’s Coordinator

Cops & Robbers Charity Golf Day

The annual Cops & Robbers Charity Golf Day at Atherton Golf Club was held on Saturday 28 September 2019. The success of the event was not possible without the support of the Atherton Golf Club committee, Brendan and the volunteers that maintain the course, plus Ray and the clubhouse staff and volunteers. A big thank you also to Pup who was always around the week prior and made sure things got done or were organised as requested.

The event was a 4 Ball Ambrose with the team of Max Martin, Kent Paine, Jimmy Jenkins and Curly Larkin winning the gross event on a countback from Al (itelo) Poggioli, Barney Pensini, Brendan Clark and Simon Dati.

We hope that this support will continue and that a Saturday can again be set aside for this event, as this year saw record numbers of players (160) and we believe that we would struggle to get those numbers on any other day – 75% of the teams were actually booked up 4 or 5 weeks prior to the event. That is very encouraging from the organiser’s point of view. I am yet to hear anything negative (except that there was some slow play at times – which is to be expected). But we would welcome some feedback (particularly from the Club or members), so we can look at improving on things next year.

This year the event is assisting:

  • Jacob Bye who is 12 and has been in Brisbane since January with leukaemia;
  • Joey Donald who is 9 and came off a horse at the end of last year suffering life-threatening injuries and requiring long-term rehabilitation;
  • Louise Kidner who is undergoing long-term cancer treatment;
  • the Cole family who suffered the loss of Juanita and Ava when they were electrocuted on New Year’s Eve; and
  • Naomi Gast who is 2 years old who is suffering Leukaemia – Naomi spent 6 months in hospital in Brisbane in 2018 and has had to return to hospital in May this year for further treatment.

Also benefiting are Police Legacy and the Yungaburra Lions Medical Equipment Service.

It is fantastic that $39,100 was raised – nearly $10,000 more than the 2018 event. All sponsors that I have contacted so far are very keen to be involved again next year.

Greg Lee – Event Co-Organiser

Rules of Golf:

[Question submitted by Secretary Kerry.]  A player’s ball lands in a hazard one inch from a concrete cart bridge that will impede the player’s swing for the next shot. Q1. Does the player get a free drop? Q2. How does the player proceed?

The Rules of Golf 2019 no longer refer to hazards, but now refer to penalty areas. In this case, I will assume that the penalty area is that which was previously referred to as a lateral hazard, now a red penalty area.

The answer to Q1: No, the player does not get a free drop.

The answer to Q2, (How does the player proceed?): The player has several options:

  1. The player can attempt to play the shot, from within the penalty area, as it lies, without taking any penalty stroke. This is clearly problematic as the player risks hitting the concrete cart bridge with the club, thus potentially affecting the shot and also damaging the club;
  1. For 1 penalty stroke, the player may take relief under any of these options:
    1. The player may play a stroke from the area from which the previous stroke was
    2. The player may drop the ball in the relief area which is measured as one club-length from the place where the ball entered the penalty area, being no nearer the hole and in an area of the course (not the penalty area), and play the stroke from that
    3. The player may take back-on-the-line relief, by dropping the ball at any place which is based on a reference line going straight back from the hole through the point that the ball entered the penalty area on the previous

Jokes aside:

Q: How do you know your golf game is terrible?

A: When you have to have your ball retriever re-gripped.

3 friends always wanted to play golf on Saturday afternoon, but it was made almost impossible by the demands of their wives.

One day, after many failed attempts, they finally got together on the golf course and were waiting at the first tee when the first friend said: “I had to buy my wife a diamond necklace to get to play today.” The others were amazed.

The second followed: “That’s nothing. I had to buy my wife a new sports car to get out here today.” The others were equally amazed.

The third said: “Gee, you blokes are couple of wimps. I didn’t have to buy my wife anything at all.” The others looked at him in amazement and asked how he managed that.

The third said: “It was easy – when I got up this morning, I looked at her straight in the eye and asked, ‘Golf course or intercourse?’ She threw me a sweater and said, ‘Take this, it might get chilly  out there.’

Events Calendar March 2019 – February 2010

Month Stroke Stableford Ambrose 2BBB Irish Stableford Foursomes
March 3 (MMx2; HN) 1 1
April 2 (MM; HN) 1 1
May 2 (MM; HN) 2
June 4 (CC x2;MM; HN) 1
July 3 (FNQ;MM; HN) 1
August 3 (AO; MM; HN) 1 1
September 2 (MM; HN) 1 1 (C&R)
October 2 (MM; HN) 1 1
November 3 (MMx2; HN) 2 (incl Patrons Day)
December 1 (HN) 3
January 2 (MM; HN) 2
February 2 (MM; HN) 3 (incl Medley)
Total 53 29 19 1 2 1 1


Stroke: 54.7%
Stableford: 35.8%
2BBB: 3.7%
Ambrose, Irish Stableford & Foursomes: 1.8%


Newsletter – Winter 2019.

The President

Greetings to all members and others reading this newsletter.

Club Chef: In the last newsletter, I welcomed the new Club chef, Tony Marek. Unfortunately, as you will be aware, Tony left the club early last month. After a short hiatus, a new chef, Jeff Rawlins (aka Cheffrey) was engaged.  But it is unfortunate that he only lasted a short time, leaving us with virtually no notice at all. Our Manager (Ray) is now in the process of filling in the kitchen himself, i.e. until we can come up with a new chef.  As you would imagine, this involves somewhat of a juggling act for Ray, so please give him your support and, at the same time, show little patience.

Interactive advertising:  We currently have two avenues available in the clubhouse to utilise interactive advertising – these being the television screen adjacent to the kitchen and the pointof-sale till. If any member would like to advertise their business or community organisation, this would be a good opportunity to do so. If so, please speak to Ray about this? – clubhouse TV and till.

Getting the ball out of a hole:  As you would all be aware, the Rules of Golf changed in January this year to permit golfers to putt with the flag stick in the whole without penalty if the ball hits the flag stick. However, some concerns have been raised about the damage to the holes when players retrieve their ball. Having discussed the matter with the Club Superintendent, Brendan, I ask you to bear in mind the following:

  • when retrieving the ball whilst the flag stick is on the whole, bend your knees and picked up the ball with your hand – don’t pull the pin and ball out at the same time, as many players currently do?
  • if using ball pickups (whether suction or claw type), please do so from directly above the cup – not at an angle?
  • When pulling the ball from the cup while the flag stick is still in the hole, please take care not to damage the edge of the cup?

Juniors:  Some issues have arisen over the past few months concerning the treatment of juniors, particularly when juniors are playing in senior club competitions. These issues have been discussed by the Management Committee and we ask all members to please be considerate, thoughtful and patient with our juniors. These juniors are the future of the Club and it is important to provide them with as much encouragement as possible.

Buffet dinner: The AGC ladies (or at least some of them) will be cooking up a storm on Friday 30 August (yes, a return of the last Friday of the month dinners, at least for August), so please tantalise your taste-buds in readiness for the feast that you will surely find at the Club.

Rules of Golf:  As a result of requests by a number of people, we have decided to add this segment to the newsletter.  The first question:

My ball landed in a divot hole in the fairway – do I get free relief?  [see below for answer]

Enjoy your golfing!

Mark Johnson – President

The Secretary

AGC Logo has formerly been changed to the Curlew and is a point of difference to other golf clubs.

Thank you to Expressway Signs for their ongoing sponsorship. Note the new sign at the corner of the Golf Links Road and the highway. We hope to be getting some new direction signs on course to guide players to the ladies tees, some of which have changed in recent years.

Throughout July and August there is a club drive to update everybody’s email addresses and contact phone numbers. Many members have not provided these details when they joined the Club, and phone numbers/email addresses are often changed.  Please take the time to complete a form, now available at the Club and put in the box to ensure you receive correspondence (incl. newsletters) from the Club when appropriate.

Hole 5 Barrier Fence – a big THANK YOU to everyone involved from its conception to the completion. Particular thanks go to Brendan Clark, Dave Morrison, Les Tenni, Al (Itelo) & Dean Poggioli (and their team) and Dave (Irish) Hazlett.

The upholstery on some of the older golf carts was looking a little worse for wear and has been given a facelift. Thanks to Pup for organising. [Goes to show getting older doesn’t mean becoming useless.]

Competition fees at AGC are $15 for members. The breakdown of how the club has distributed this money has now changed as follows:

  • $10 – Green fees;
  • $3 Trophies;
  • $1.50 Course improvement;
  • 50¢ Eagles Nest.

Smoking Area at the front of the club – as with all Designated Outdoor Smoking Areas (DOSA), food cannot be taken into this area or consumed with 2m of this area – this is a requirement under the licencing laws. Please refrain from taking food into this area AT ALL TIMES.   It is also prohibited to smoke in this area at times when there are Junior events occurring – so on Saturday mornings, while the juniors are on course, the DOSA cannot be used and smokers should move to the back of the clubhouse or the carpark.

Video surveillance cameras at the Club were installed after a B&E earlier this year – for the purpose of security. These cameras have an audio function.  However, no audio function is in place and no audio recordings are made. Therefore, the Club is compliant with the Queensland Government guidelines for use of video surveillance cameras.

Kerry Williamson – Secretary

Vice-President Greens

Are You Playing Enough Golf?

Currently our Club has 125 male and 34 Female members.  We have a range of competitions on offer to members.  I have examined our records of the fields for our competitions from January to the end of July to see who is playing and who is not.

Our ladies play 18-hole competitions, mainly on Thursdays (average field 15) and Saturdays (average field 12) and an occasional few play on Sundays.  Between the beginning of January and the end of July, there have been 25 playing opportunities on Saturdays and 23 opportunities on Thursdays.  Since some members prefer Thursday comps and others Saturday comps.  I have looked at all competitions and there have been 57 playing opportunities (includes some Sundays) and the average number of players have been 12 members.  However, 14 of the 34 lady members have played less than 10 of those 57 opportunities and 9 have played less than 5 times.  There are probably various reasons why a few of these members have had only limited participation (recently joined etc).

The gents play 18 holes on Saturday (average field 50), Sundays (average field 18) as well as on other public holidays.  They also play an 11-hole competition on Wednesdays (the Sporters) with an average field of 32.  Again, I have looked at all playing opportunities (both 11 & 18-hole competitions) and there have been 83 opportunities, which includes public holidays etc.  The average participation rate is 31 members, but 37 members have played less than 10 times in the last 7 months.  Worryingly, some 25 of male members (20% of the total) have played less than 5 competitions since the start of the year.

If you know a male or female member who hasn’t been seen on the course lately, why don’t you invite him or her to a round and see if we can re-engage them with our wonderful facilities.

Volunteers Corner

Muriel Lowry joined our Club in 1980 and has been volunteering in a number of roles ever since.  Prior to that she and her late husband Phil worked a dairy farm near Malanda from 1949 to 1978.  She was made a Life Member of our Club in 2000.  In 2010 she was recognised by Golf Queensland as their inaugural Volunteer of the Year, an award for which she is justifiably proud.  You will have seen Muriel in the Starters Box each Saturday and at the door selling entry and raffle tickets to our Club dinners.  Historically though, there are few volunteering roles she hasn’t had a hand in: Ladies Captain (12 years), Handicapper (16 years) as well as spraying,

weeding and rock picking as the course developed.  She’s made sandwiches and cleaned amenity blocks and has generally been an inspiration to all members.  From the above you’ll understand how and why Muriel stays so trim.  When you see Muriel around the traps, please say thank you for her ongoing contributions to our Club.

Mick Buckley has been a member of our Club for around 4 years and prior to that a member at Cairns for over 25 years.  Mick hits a pretty fair ball so be a little wary about taking him on out on the course.  Mick looks after the maintenance of our Club’s 12 carts and spends around a day a month along with numerous call outs keeping our 12 hire carts on the course.  We earn several thousand dollars each year from these carts and it is vital that our visitors have a good experience on our course.  He has also been the main instigator of setting up and maintaining the nursery which you may have

noticed near the greenkeeper’s shed (below the 1st green).  Mick is a regular on our course and around the clubhouse so, when you catch up with him, thank him for his contribution.

Kev Shaw – Vice-President Greens

The Ladies Captain

Our major event was the Open on 10 & 11 August. The major sponsor this year was Golf View

Estate and I would like to thank them for their support over the past 2 years. Unfortunately, this is their last year of sponsorship.  [We need to look at engaging and enticing new sponsors for next year.]

The ladies played the Interclub Stroke Challenge at Gordonvale on 17 July and Atherton won the day. Thanks to the ladies who travelled and particularly to Michelle Pearsall (she also had an eagle), Robin Beck and Cheryl Piccone who all had wins for their grades.  We are currently coming second, along with Cairns, on 40 points following Half Moon Bay on 50 points.

A survey has been sent to the ladies who have supplied an email address.  This survey is to get information on how the ladies feel about changes to the format/time of their championships.  It in no way commits us to change unless a majority would like to do so.  If any of the ladies did not get a survey, please ask Dee or me for a form?

Situation:  A player accidentally hits her ball during a practice swing on the fairway. The ball then goes out of bounds. What happens now?

Ruling:     The ball is replaced in the original spot. The accidental stroke is not counted but a oneshot penalty is added. As the stroke was unintended, the fact that the ball went out of bounds is disregarded and there is no penalty for this.

Heather Beaven – Ladies Captain

The Men’s Captain

I echo what Heather has said concerning the Club Championships.

I would like to add some further comments concerning slow play.  It is not only a matter of courtesy, but also a requirement that each member of a playing group ensures that slow play is avoided. This means being aware of the playing groups behind you, so that they are not held up any more than necessary.  It also means being aware of the Rules of Golf, particularly the new rules concerning lost balls (the time period for searching for a lost ball has been reduced to 3 minutes), etc. If there is any doubt at all over a ball being lost, particularly in stroke events, then it is advisable for the player involved to put into play a provisional ball and thus avoid (or reduce) the necessity of returning to the place from where the ball was previously hit, to play another ball.  Whilst not relevant to the championships, avoiding slow play means being aware of the requirement to pick your ball up once you can no longer score points in Stableford and Par events.  It is not OK to continue to play out the hole in this situation, even if it involves playing for the snake.  In addition, when players are sharing a cart, it should not be necessary for both players to stay with the cart at all times – e.g. one player should be dropped off to play his shot while the other player takes the cart to play his own shot.

The Men’s FNQ Championships were hosted by Atherton on 6 & 7 July.  There was a good contingent of players from our Club to take part.

Darren Morey – Men’s Captain


The following Juniors have played in a number of events throughout July:

Matthew Graves-Bochow  – Mossman Open, Junior Gross Winner  – Half Moon Bay Junior Open, Nett Runner Up,

Mitch Toward – FNQ Championship, Junior Nett Runner Up.

Curtis Househam – FNQ Championship, Junior Nett Winner – Ravenshoe Open, Junior Gross Winner    – Cairns Junior Open Nett Runner Up.

Emily McEwan – Half Moon Bay Junior Open, Novices Gross Winner – Cairns Junior Open, Gross Runner Up – Innisfail 9 Holes Event, Gross Winner

Abby McEwan – Half Moon Bay Junior Open, Novices Nett Runner Up      – Innisfail 9 Holes Event, Gross Runner Up

Shannon Clark – Half Moon Bay, 9 Modified Boys Nett Winner

On Saturday 27 July, Atherton Juniors Play their Monthly Medal On Sunday 25th August, is the Atherton Junior Golf 9 Holes Event.

Any questions, please give me a call?

Tom McEwan – Junior’s Coordinator

Rules of Golf:

[Refer to question above – p.2]

Don’t you just hate it when you walk forward to that beautiful drive you just hit, only to discover that your golf ball has come to rest in a divot hole? What rotten luck! And so unfair. Surely, the rules allow you to move your ball out of that divot without penalty?  Wrong! You cannot move the ball out of a divot hole, even when the divot is in the fairway – at least, not without penalty. (You can declare the ball unplayable, assess yourself 1-stroke penalty and drop.)

This is probably one of the more disliked rules in the game by golfers of all skill levels. After all, hitting the fairway is what you’re trying to do when you tee off. So, you hit a drive down the fairway and through sheer bad luck, you wind up in a divot left by another golfer. Why should you be punished for doing what you’re supposed to do – hitting the fairway?

This strikes many golfers as unfair. Isn’t a divot, particularly one filled with sand, ground under repair? No, actually a divot hole is not ground under repair, at least not according to the Rules of Golf as they are currently written. Rule 8 is titled “course played as it is found”. Rule 8.1a(3) states that among “actions that are not allowed” are for a golfer to “alter the surface of the ground” where his/her golf ball lies. That includes by (quoting from the rule):

  • replacing divots in a divot hole
  • removing or pressing down divots that have already been replaced or other cut turf that is already in place, or
  • creating or eliminating holes, indentations or uneven surfaces.

Nowhere in the rules is a ball sitting in a divot otherwise provided for and no exception from “ball played as it lies” for divots exists. Therefore, there is no free relief for a ball sitting in a divot hole, even when that divot is in the middle of the fairway.

Suggestion:  Set up with the ball further back in your stance than normal; take one more club than usual; put a little more weight on your front foot and use a forward press to get your hands and head of the ball; then hit down on the back of the golf ball and dig it out.

As mentioned above, another option, if you just can’t stand the idea (or don’t have the confidence in playing a shot) of hitting out of the divot, is to declare the ball unplayable, assess yourself 1-stroke penalty and drop.

Jokes aside:

“Do you play off scratch?” said one player.

The other replied: “I sure am. Every time I hit the ball, I scratch my head and wonder where it went.”

The problem with slow groups is that they are always in front of you, while the fast groups are always behind you.

It’s not whether you win or lose that counts, it’s whether I win or lose.

Newsletter – Christmas 2018.

The President                                                                                  

Greetings of the season to all members and others who may be reading this newsletter. As you will see, this newsletter is only brief, with the last newsletter having been very recent.

In the last newsletter, I informed you that we are already underway in the process of finding and appointing a new manager for the Club. This process has been delayed a little as you were looking towards the prospect of appointing a previous applicant for the position. We even went to the stage of arranging for him to fly up from Bundaberg (via Brisbane) to conduct interviews with him and to give him an opportunity of inspecting the club and speaking to some of you. Unfortunately, at the 11th hour, he withdrew his application/interest and cancelled his travel plans. This has left us in the situation of starting from scratch in our search for a new manager, who will take the Club forward in a constructive way. In the interim, rather than resorting to an extended period of imposing upon volunteers to run the Club, we have engaged a senior bar manager on a temporary full term contract to allow us time to find and appoint a new manager. I’m sure most of you will have, by the time that you are reading this newsletter, net or reacquainted yourself with our new senior bar manager, Ray Faulkner, who is well known to many of you from his long involvement with the Club. In any event, on behalf of the Management Committee, I would like to welcome Ray to the Club. He has quickly settled into his role as is already showing a niche for troubleshooting problems quickly and efficiently as they have arisen, e.g. NAB EFTPOS interruptions, replacement of the fax/printer, etc.

Since Kylie’s departure, Dave Morrison has again stepped up to the plate, agreeing to assist with website maintenance and updates. This will include notices concerning the 2019 fees which, as you would be aware, are due and payable at the end of this month. Dave is also looking at some other improvements to the website, such as the inclusion of newsletters, Management Committee minutes and other information.

As many of you would also be aware, from your involvement as a player or volunteer, the Club recently conducted a Tradies Day, which was a monstrous success, with 113 players taking part and raising $3,341 for the Cancer Fund. Particular thanks should go out to Dave Hazlett for all the work that he put in organising this successful event.

I understand that many of you have become concerned as to whether or not we would be able to retain our Greens Superintendent, Brendan Clark. I well recognise such concerns as Brendan has become a very valuable cog in the wheel of our Club. It is not necessary for me to point out or remind you about the excellent job which Brendon has been doing, as each of you can see it yourselves each time you get out on the course. In any event, I am pleased to inform that we have successfully negotiated with Brendon, which we expect and hope will mean that he will stay with our Club for many years to come and that, as a result, the Club and the course will continue to progress.

I wish each and every one of you a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas and New Year, so that you start 2019 invigorated and energised for a great year of golfing.

Mark Johnson

NEWSLETTER – December 2018.

Spring/Summer 2018

The President: After a few months on the sidelines recovering from my fractured ankle, it is very much a relief to be able to get out on the course and play the game that we all love and enjoy so much.

We have now successfully gone through our AGM for 2018 and hence changeover of those on the Management Committee. I would like to thank all members of the previous committee who have now retired, although most are still likely to be active contributing members of this Club. I would particularly like to thank Robin Beck who retired as the last House Director. Robin came to the position with considerable energy, vitality and enthusiasm and she made a great contribution to the Club. She particularly reinvigorated the dinners and other functions and I’m sure those who attended the dinners will agree with me that the quality and the presentation of the dinners was truly excellent. Robin was also instrumental in setting up the House subcommittee and this group had done a considerable amount for the club in a fairly short amount of time.

As I am sure most of you are aware, following the recent SGM, the Management Committee has been reduced from 11 positions to 7 positions and those elected at the AGM are as follows:

President:   Mark Johnson

Vice president House:   Russell (Pup) Hilder

Vice president Greens:   Denis Penshorn

Secretary:   Kerry Williamson

Treasurer:   Bill Denmark

Ladies Captain:   Heather Beaven

Men’s Captain:   Darren Morey

I welcome each of the above and particularly those new (albeit returning) members, Denis and Pup. I have no doubt that this committee will work constructively and well in the interests of progressing our Club.

As I indicated in my recent AGM report, we have been very fortunate to have a manager working in and for the Club with the qualities of Kylie Clark. It therefore came as a great shock to find out that Kylie would be resigning her position and hence leaving the Club. While very surprised and shocked at hearing of Kylie’s impending departure, we nevertheless thank her for all the effort that she has put in with our Club and wish her all the very best for her future at the Atherton Hotel (or elsewhere).

Because of the high regard that Kylie was held by most members of the Club, it was not surprising that many members were very upset about Kylie’s resignation and concerned to try and do whatever possible to keep her at the Club. Many discussions took place at the Club and also, no doubt, by telephone and other places. I personally spoke with quite a few members who expressed their concerns. I therefore hope that the discussion which took place immediately after the conclusion of the AGM will have assisted members to at least have some understanding of what occurred.

Even though Kylie will be leaving us, Brendan has assured me that he is still committed to our Club and will therefore remain to continue all the progressive work that he has done on the course.

The new Management Committee has already conducted its first meeting and one of the main agenda items was the recruitment and appointment of a new manager. With this in mind, a manager selection subcommittee has been formed and this subcommittee is already well underway in the process of finding and appointing a new manager. In the meantime, we have arranged for an interim measure, in the form of a short term contract for a senior bar manager, to be made, so as to tide us over until a new manager is appointed and in place. This will effectively avoid us having to go through the process that we did in December/January, after Alan finished his tenure as manager. Further news on the progress of this process will be provided to you as the process develops.

As most of you would also be aware, the Club has just completed the construction of an additional 10 cart sheds in the hazard area between the practice fairway and the fifth fairway. My thanks go out to Bill Denmark who did a considerable amount of work on the organisation of the construction and Kerry Williamson for supervising the allocation, etc. of the sheds. Thanks also go to those involved in the construction, particularly Kenley Mather, Rod O’Neill and Ivan Taske. Well done everyone!

As I have written on many occasions already, our Club continues to thrive and prosper as a result of the considerable contribution made by volunteers. I thank each and every one of them for the work that they have done. It is always difficult and often unfair to single out any individuals, when so many are contributing as volunteers. However, I would like to particularly mention and thank Mick Buckley for the work that he has been doing on the maintenance of the club golf carts and on his nursery near the work shed.

This is a great Club. Please – help your committee ensure that it continues to be a GREAT Club.

Mark Johnson – President

From the House: It has been very pleasing for me to be part of the House sub-committee for 2018. From the start Robin Beck (House Director), Kerry Williamson, Shelley Broadley and Patsy McMahon have been positive in outlook in wanting to move our Club forward. We have been fortunate in obtaining the services of Kylie Clark as manager to move the Club to a business footing and be constantly looking at new potential revenue streams as well as expanding existing ones.

We have had some fantastic volunteers over the year particularly regarding keeping the Club open and running before Kylie was appointed. Cheryl Piccone has done a lot of work in the bar and kitchen and all members should shout her a drink, if only she hadn’t taken the pledge. The Dawns (Faulkner and Irvine) have also made significant contributions as have Broads, Irish, Tomo, Pup, Jenko, Mick Buckley and the Pres. No doubt I have missed people here and so apologise for that.

Over the year the Clubhouse has been cleaned and the inside has now been painted. Thanks to Craig Withers and his boys for that sterling contribution. The kitchen has been revamped to meet commercial kitchen standards but there is more progress required to replace the tap to allow better cleaning. We have a new till (point-of-sale machine) to drag us into the new century and allow much better financial reporting and we also have a new glass washer, even though there are some electrical hiccups to iron out. In addition Kylie applied for and was successful in the Club receiving a grant to replace the clubhouse carpets. I’m sure that all of you will have noted that this project is now well underway.

We have had a few dinners and all who have attended would no doubt have appreciated the really high standard of fare that Robin and her team have prepared. We are marketing the Club as a venue for small to medium sized events and already a number of bookings have come in. We need to work harder in this area.

Overall I feel a positive vibe about our Club and note the friendly atmosphere generally pervading the place. Our visitor numbers are up and it is also pleasing that Club Members are willingly engaging with our visitors to make their experience a positive one.

Finally, the new Management Committee will soon be in place and it will be quite a bit fewer than previously. The new concept with Vice Presidents for the House and Greens will only be successful if members are willing to participate in Sub-committees associated with those roles. If you have ideas about moving the House or Greens forward, please consider taking on a role in one of the sub-committees. We now have a new Strategic Plan in place and this can be our guiding document for the immediate future.

Kev Shaw House Sub-Committee

From the Captains: 

It’s a great honour to represent the Atherton golf club as captain again in 2019. I look forward to catching up with all members both on and off the course. It’s going to be an exciting year with the improvements and great condition of the course.

I look forward to working with Heather Beaven, the Ladies captain, and wish her and her members a successful year.  Hoping you all meet your individual goals both on and off the course.

Darren Morey Men’s Captain

As newly elected captain for the ladies, I would like to reiterate what I said at the AGM, namely that I will be away quite a lot during 2019, which will prevent me attending a few meetings. This will mean that I will have to rely on the help of some of our ladies. Dee Jierasak has agreed to be vice-captain once again and I greatly appreciate the assistance and the guidance she will give me.

I aim to trial a few changes in the New Year, so the job of ladies captain is a little easier in the future.

For Thursday competitions only:

  • fees to be paid over the bar and not at the starter’s box
  • a roster for putting the field out
  • spreading the load for collection of sponsorship and trophies.

We have a sub-committee of five ladies who are willing to be part of the roster and to assist during my absences, so if any other ladies would like to be of help, please let Dee or myself know?

I wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas and good golfing.

Heather Beavan – Ladies Captain.

News from the Course:

Musings from D.

Those of you wondering about the poles lying on 14th/15th, wonder no more. They will form part of a timber wall to replace the existing rock wall at base of 15th green as it is re-developed, hopefully in the coming year. Other projects are in the mix as well, as you can see from the excellent progress with the new 16th green.

Course Superintendent Brendan’s excellent & detailed reports are available in the minutes and should you wish to join our small but dedicated group of volunteers, you can catch me in the clubhouse after 4pm (almost) every day.

Denis Penshorn – Vice president Greens


Ten new golf cart sheds have been constructed on course, thanks to the valuable assistance of Bill Denmark and multiple members. The project has been completed in a relatively short time frame and the sheds will be available for use in the very near future. The members involved will be kept updated and advised of their shed number soon.

2019 fees for memberships, cart shed rental, cart levies and so on are due soon and to be paid before January 31st 2019. Fees can be paid at the golf club and, as passed at the AGM, some fees will have increased.

Kerry Williamson Secretary


The year is drawing to a close and this is the last Newsletter before Christmas.

You will probably have noticed a few changes around the course since our last newsletter:

  • We have received four new EZGO golf carts (with super-dooper lithium batteries) which have been put to good use.
  • A Toro ATV has been delivered and is proving very useful about the course.
  • The ten new cart sheds have been completed with some already occupied.

For those who were not present at the AGM, the Club has changed Auditors for the Financial Year 2018-2019. McKinnon and Co from Atherton will carry out those duties, at least until the next AGM.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Kylie for her help and wish her well in her future endeavours. Finally, I would like to wish all members and their families a Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

Bill Denmark Treasurer

Jokes aside:

It was a sunny Saturday morning, a little before 11 AM. I was on the first hole at Atherton Golf Course and beginning my pre-shot routine, when a piercing voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker:

“Would the gentleman on the ladies’ tee back up to the men’s tee please!”

I could feel every eye on the course looking at me. I was still deep in my routine, seemingly impervious to the interruption.

Again the announcement:

“Would the man on the ladies’ tee kindly back up to the men’s tee.”

I simply ignored the guy and kept concentrating, when once more, the voice yelled:

“Would the man on the ladies’ tee back up to the men’s tee. Please?!?!”

I finally stopped, turned around, cupped my hands and shouted back:

“Would the jerk with the microphone please keep quiet and let me play my second shot!”

Not what you think

Golfer to caddy: “Why do you keep looking at your watch? I find it very distracting.”

Caddy: “It’s not a watch, Sir. It’s a compass.”

Playing with Charlie (name interchangeable)

“Bad day at the course,” a guy tells his wife. “Charlie had a heart attack on the 3rd hole.”

“That’s terrible!” says the wife.

“You’re telling me, the husband replies. “All day it was hit the ball, drag Charlie.”


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