Inside Golf : Inside Golf January 2015
social clubs 62 January 2015 | www.insidegolf.com.au The 2015 Race to Dubai, which began last month with the Nedbank Golf Challenge and culminates in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai from November 19- 22, will operate on a points system for the duration of its 47 tournaments. Continuing until the hong Kong Open, which brings the regular season to a close on October 25, 2015, every euro earned by a player competing in a european Tour event will be converted to a Race to Dubai point. Therefore, whilst a player’s official winnings in euros will still be recorded in his career record, The Race to Dubai Rankings will be purely points based from this season onwards. After the hong Kong Open, the Final Series – which will again comprise four tournaments, each worth a total of ten million Race to Dubai points – will get underway with the BMW Masters. On completion of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, the number one player in The Race to Dubai Rankings will be the winner of the harry Vardon Trophy. Keith Waters, Chief Operating Officer of the european Tour, said: “We believe that changing to a points system will help simplify and indeed enhance the narrative structure of The Race to Dubai, and particularly the Final Series which will again carry a combined 40 million points, with 1,666,600 points on offer to the winner of each event. “ The conversion to a points system will complement an exciting and robust schedule in 2015, which will feature a minimum of 47 tournaments, including the addition of five new events.” Points system for Race to Dubai Matraville SGC oldest – maybe David Newber y email@example.com WeLL, it did not take long for Sydney’s Matraville Social Golf Club to respond to suggestions the NRMA Social Golf Club is arguably Australia’s oldest social golf club. When it comes to social golf club longevity, the 55-year-old NRMA SGC is young compared to Matraville SGC. The club’s treasurer Stan Waller told Inside Golf Matraville SGC formed in April 1934 and celebrated its 80th anniversary last year. “In 1934, there were two social golf clubs around here – a crowd from Botany and a Matraville crowd,” said Stan, who will clock up 50 years’ membership in 2015. “Botany formed in March 1934 and we formed in April and both applied for a golf club licence and Botany got it. “I’m only 80 years old so I wasn’t there but I was told the old judge at the licensing court said Matraville put up a very good case but gave the licence to Botany. “So, Botany is the affiliated golf club and Matraville the social golf club.” Most of Matraville SGC members are also members of Botany Golf Club. The club has 40 dedicated members of all ages – teens to octogenarians. “ We play at Botany every Sunday at first light and if anyone wants to play should turn up at 5.30 . “ We have a 14-year-old member and when my son Scott was 13 he played,” Stan said. “ When he turned 13, I asked him if he wanted a BMX bike or a set of golf clubs and he picked the clubs and is now the club professional at Botany.” For the record, the social club has its fair share of single figure markers and only one C grader. So, Matraville members are not a bunch of hackers? “No, no, no,” Stan said. “ We have one bloke off a one handicap and should be off scratch. “ We have three and four markers and a number of other single figure golfers. One of our golfers, Alan Squair, who has passed on, had two holes-in-one on one day and 13 all up,” said Stan, who has three under his belt. According to Stan, the social club’s handicapper Ray Russell doesn’t miss a trick although the club is currently reviewing its handicapping system. “ We are pretty savage on winners,” Stan laughed. Under the review, players on handicaps from one to seven will receive three shots back. “We are doing it because the winning scores are around 34,” he said. “I remember one guy had his handicap cut by seven shots many years ago and I lost seven, but over four weeks.” Matraville SGC has an annual gala day and a presentation night to allow members and their partners to kick up their heels. “At the gala day we spend $7500 and at the presentation night we spend $4500,” Stan said. “We have a 100-Club where we each put in $2aweekandattheendoftheyearwedraw three prizes – $2000, $500 and $500. “What’s left over, we spend. “It’s a good system and we have a good time doing it. “ The thing about being a member of Matraville Social Golf Club is if you can’t take a shellacking and a bit of friendly banter you don’t stay a member for long,” Stan laughed. “We like to enjoy ourselves and have a lot of fun.” Matraville Social Golf Club members line up at Botany Golf Club. 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