This email is the first of a monthly email I intend sending out to
advise you of upcoming events and news for the Tauranga Men's
section as well as a "Did you know" section which will have useful
information on Golf Rules, Etiquette and other "fun stuff".
As you will probably already know, the Men's AGM was held and I
was elected Men's Captain as Chris McAlpine did not wish to stand
this year. Chris did a great job over the last 3 or 4 years and
hopefully I can build on this. Stu Mcfadyen was elected as the
Men's Vice Captain and the Men's committee is made up of Brian
Benjamin, Evan McKain, Vinnie Aston and Craig Griffin.
You will see these guys selling the raffles on Thursdays and
Saturdays - please help support the Men's section by buying a
ticket or 2, the more support we get, means that we can put more
money into things like the Men's Xmas Hamper. If you have any
issues or just suggestions with Men's Golf in general, please feel
free to speak to me or any of the committee members and we can see
what we can do. Buy us a beer and your chances of getting something
done will greatly improve!
Upcoming Events - February
Saturday 11th Feb is the Men's Opening Day.
This will be an Ambrose format and a $10.00 per person entry
There will be Meat Packs for prizes, Nearest the pins, as well as
Championship, Senior A and Senior B Pennants start in February and
Intermediate and Junior Pennants start in early March.
If anyone is interested in playing Pennants this year, there are
sheets in the Clubhouse to register your interest.
We are holding a Pennant "get together/trial" this Sunday; refer
to the email sent by John Waretini.
Hopefully we can build on our success from last year, good luck to
all who are lucky enough to be selected.
Results will be posted on the Tauranga Golf Club website, so keep
and eye out for those.
Don't forget to enter this comp at the Pro Shop on Thursdays and
Saturdays. Pay your $2 at the Pro Shop each time you play and
throughout the year your Stableford Points will be recorded and the
top 12 from the Thursday players and the top 12 from the Saturday
players go through to play in the final at the end of November,
it's a great event to be part of, plus there's the big money
You can start entering from Thursday 16th Feb.
Thanks to Peter (Banana) Anderson for his sponsorship in
The Matchplay/Strokeplay/Pro's Haggle
If you are playing in one of the club Matchplay Competitions, you
cannot enter in the McGregor's Shootout on the day of your
It is a breach of the Rules of Golf to combine Matchplay with
Strokeplay and as the McGregor's is a Stableford Comp, it is a form
The same goes for the Pro Shop Haggle. If you are playing a Match,
you can only enter the 2's and Hidden Hole, you cannot enter the
Men's Strokeplay Champs
This year, we have split up the Matchplay Club Champs and the
Strokeplay Club Champs. The 1st round of the Men's Strokeplay
Champs starts on Saturday 25th Feb, 2nd round Sunday 26th Feb and
the 3rd round on Saturday 3rd March. The Alan Ward Memorial Trophy
is also played for at this time which is the Best Nett total over
the first two rounds of the Strokeplay Champs. The winner of each
grade of the Strokeplay Champs also goes on to represent the club
in the Champion of Champions later in the year.
Did You Know?
On the 1st January 2012 there were new Rule Changes that came into
effect. There are 2 main changes that you should be aware of.
Rule 13-4. Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions
Exception 2 to Rule 13-4 is amended to permit a player to smooth
sand or soil in a hazard at any time, including before playing from
that hazard, provided it is for the sole purpose of caring for the
course and Rule 13-2 is not breached.
Rule 18-2b. Ball Moving After Address
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
Good golfing everyone,