Inside Golf : Inside Golf August 2017
www.insidegolf.com.au | August 2017 9 club news www.insidegolf.com.au/news OVER the past 6 months Medway Golf club has undergone a number of changes improving the facilities for their members and guests. The upgrade includes the recent opening of their new golf shop, where John Dixon, who has been the club pro for 28 years, is now a full time employee of the club. They also have a beautiful new deck overlooking the course and no longer outsource their catering. Medway employed a new chef, Michael Neagle, who brings a wealth of experience and a fresh new taste to Medway’s new look and feel. The course is in great condition with members and guests commenting that they have never seen it better condition. The Board have also introduced the “Medway Mates” Program to encourage casual golfers restricted access to play at the club either as 9-, 12- or 18-hole packages. This has allowed them to build a database of future potential members. Medway have also introduced a Monday 12-hole comp for the time poor. It is great to hear of a club taking control of their business and pushing it forwards in a healthy direction. Gordon Brauer had an ace on the 17th hole at Bonville Golf Resort. BONVILLE’S Gordon Brauer scored his second hole-in-one at his home course when he hit the perfect shot on the challenging 17th hole. From the tee, the 173m par-3 hole requires a well-judged shot over water and anyone who has played at Bonville will testify to dropping more than a few balls in the “drink”. The green is flanked by two bunkers on the right-hand side and drops away on the left- hand side so it’s important to be accurate if you’re going to have any chance at making par. As Brauer stepped up to the tee, he noticed the pin closer to the front of the green making it even more of a challenge. He selected his trusty six-iron because he knew it was important to keep the ball in play as he was in contention to take out the hotly contested stableford event. At that stage, he was trailing the leader by two points. His well-struck shot carried the water, landed like a butterfly with sore feet and dropped into the hole. “I lined up my six-iron and after it came off the club I knew immediately it would carry the water nicely,” Brauer said. “ Then it just hit the green a couple of feet before the hole and never looked like missing.” The five-pointer on the hole helped him score 39 stableford points and win the competition. It was his second ace at Bonville after acing the par-3 third hole in 2003. “Let’s hope it’s not another 14 years before I get another one,” he said. Gordy tames Bonville’s 17th Eat. Drink. Play. Pick up or delivery? The choice is yours with Fetched. Food, drinks and golf gear at your fingertips. fetched ON THE FAIRWAY with fetched Golf Clubs: Sign up now for a discount rate at fetched.co/insidegolf and use the promo code IG2017. All NEW for Medway ‘Happy’ cops unhappy blow THIS year’s Happy/Donuts Golf Tour to Cambodia and Thailand for the “Thailand Masters” ended on a sour note when tour member Happy (John Hayward) was struck on the head by a golf ball at Black Mountain in Thailand. Happy was unhappy because it meant a trip to hospital and ended his chances of winning the event. Peter Shea (aka Donuts) takes up the story. “ The incident that stopped Happy in his tracks happened on the short, dogleg left par-4 16th hole at Black Mountain,” Donuts told Inside Golf. “Happy was sizing up his wedge to the green when disaster struck. “I was standing about four metres away and it sounded like the ball hitting a tree. Happy let out an almighty groan and dropped to the ground. Fortunately, the caddies had ice to keep our drinks cold so we quickly placed him in the recovery position and applied ice and dry towels to stem the bleeding. “ The caddie master was alerted and was on the scene quickly with another vehicle to transport him to the clubhouse for more treatment while waiting for the ambulance. “ The staff at Black Mountain provided great support throughout and also sent their HR representative to the hospital to get a full account of what took place,” Donuts said. Fortunately, Happy is made of granite. A CT scan cleared him of any fractures and possible brain trauma, but he did receive six stitches and a thumping headache. “Happy was released on the proviso that we monitor his condition throughout the night before returning the next morning to get a clearance from the neurologist to fly home,” Donuts added. The incident happened during the final (eighth) round and the field sportingly decided to score the round as a 15-hole event. Michael Gallagher won the “ Thailand Masters” – an invitation only tournament – with an eight-round 272 total (an average of 34 points per round). Happy, off 13, finished runner-up with a score of 267 points with 11-marker Donuts third on 245. Despite the traumatic incident, there was a final round highlight when Mick Peet, a 23-marker from Mooloolaba Social Golf Club, aced the par-3 11th hole. The tournament was played at Nikanti, Sea Pine, Banyan, Springfield and Black Mountain golf courses. For the record, the Happy/Donuts Golf Tour’s newsletter signs off with “every shot makes someone happy”. Hmmm ... perhaps Happy will want to come up with a new rally cry.
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