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Junior Golf

JUNIOR GOLF SUNDAY COMPETITION

HMBGC    

 

THE FIRST SUNDAY COMPETITION WILL BE 5TH FEBRUARY

 TO BE AT THE COURSE AT 2.30PM FOR A 3.00PM START.

 COST IS $5.00 PER PLAYER WITH REGISTRATION IN THE GOLF SHOP FROM 2.30PM

  

FOR INSURANCE PURPOSES ALL PLAYERS MUST BELONG TO A GOLF CLUB OR BE REGISTERED WITH MY GOLF (mygolf.org.au) @ $10 EACH

  

SUNDAY 12TH FEB.             4BBB STROKE  (PAIRS & TAKE THE BEST SCORE)

SUNDAY 19TH FEB.             JUNIORS IND. STABLEFORD  (ROOKIES STROKE)

SUNDAY 26TH FEB.             AMBROSE EVENT.

SUNDAY 5TH   MARCH      STROKE

SUNDAY 12TH MARCH     4BBB STROKE

SUNDAY 19TH MARCH      JUNIORS IND. STABLEFORD (ROOKIES STROKE)

SUNDAY 26TH MARCH      AMBROSE EVENT

  

GOLF COACHING FROM OUR PROFESSIONAL WILL COMMENCE THURSDAY 16TH FEB.

Junior Golf

JUNIOR GOLFERS WANTED

Half Moon Bay Golf Club will be conducting 9 hole competitions for Junior golfers commencing Saturday 29th October 2016.

This will be a weekly competition & all participants need to be at the Golf Club by 2.45pm each Saturday.

These competitions will be open to any Junior who is a Member of a Golf Club or any Junior who has registered with the MyGolf Program. If you are not a member of a golf club & would like to register with MyGolf please contact Graham Bolton via email [email protected]

There will be a 9 hole competition in Boys & Girls Divisions for all Juniors with a GA handicap. We will also have a modified 9 hole competition & a modified 3 hole & 6 hole competition for Novice and Tadpole Juniors.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling the Golf Shop on 4055 7933 or contact Graham Bolton via email [email protected]

Course Wildlife

Croc on 3rd

Resident Crocodile on the 3rd- Note trap in background

Pelican

 

 

 

 

 

At Half Moon Bay Golf Club we are fortunate in having a large variety of wildlife that call our course home.

HMBGC Featured on Sunrise

Half Moon Bay Golf Club featured on Sunrise last week, with yet another story about our crocodiles. The latest two have recently arrived in the dam behind the clubhouse and can be spotted on the island and occasionally on the 3rd fairway.

 

New GA Handicapping System

Here’s some info from Golf Australia on the new handicapping system. You can check out their full information page, plus some explanatory videos on the page below…

New G.A. Handicap System information

The brief version is…

The new handicap system has been purpose-built by GA for Australian golf, and has been designed around the feedback of Australian clubs.

You can find comprehensive information about the new handicap system at Golf.org.au.

The newly-calculated GA Handicaps have now all been adjusted against the international Slope Rating system.

Coming soon after will be the new-look GOLF Link Handicap History page and Daily Handicap calculator, which will be optimised for display on mobile and tablet devices.

The major reforms to the handicap system that will come into effect on 23 January 2014 are:

DSR (Daily Scratch Rating)

• The average net score for a field.

• The average handicap of a field.

• The field size.

• The type of competition (Stableford, Par, or Stroke).

• The gender of the competitors.

Once it has established each of these factors, GOLF Link will compare the ACTUAL average net score on the day with the average net score GOLF Link EXPECTS for this precise field composition. (The EXPECTED average is determined by GOLF Link from millions of prior rounds.)

GOLF Link will then determine the DSR by using the difference between what ACTUALLY happened on the day and what was EXPECTED to happen.

SLOPE

Under Slope, a golfer’s playing handicap on any given day will be determined according to the difficulty of the tees or course to be played. Golf Australia believes that this will be fairer than the existing one-handicap-fits-all-courses method.

Generally speaking, a high-marker finds it harder to adjust to a difficult course than a low-marker does. Slope adjustments will play a balancing role. For example, if the Black Tees are harder than the White Tees, a high-marker may play the Black Tees off a handicap of 28 and the White Tees off 24. The elite player finds it easier to adjust, so they may play the Black Tees off 4 and the White Tees off 3. Golf Australia believes this is fairer than having the difference between the elite player’s handicap and the high-marker’s handicap always stay the same.

Every set of tees on every golf course around the country will have a Slope Rating which has been determined in accordance with the new course rating system. The maximum Slope Rating is 155 (most difficult) and the minimum is 55 (least difficult). The Neutral Slope Rating is 113. Every set of tees will also have a Scratch Rating.

SHA (Stableford Handicapping Adjustment)

For handicapping, all Stroke scores must be converted to, and processed as, Stableford scores. (Where the competition is Stroke, the Stroke score will be the Competition Score; the Stableford Score will be the Handicapping Score.)

Clubs will continue to play Par competitions exactly as they currently do now (players will not record Stableford scores in Par competitions). Any round played under the Par scoring system will be converted by GOLF Link into a Stableford score by adding 36 points to the player’s final result (for example GOLF Link will convert a score of 4 down into 32 points; the score of 32 points will be the player’s Handicapping Score).

If a player is competing in a Stroke or Par competition, their Stableford score is disregarded when assessing Competition placings.

What is the purpose of this?

To reduce the effect of high hole scores for handicap purposes in order to make handicaps more representative of a player’s potential ability.

To make all handicaps as equitable as possible by using a uniform score type for all handicapping (note: 78% of handicapping scores across Australia are currently Stableford or Par). Some players currently have ‘Stableford handicaps’ whereas other players have handicaps that are based on a mix of Stableford & Stroke. In a national handicap system there should be a uniform type of handicap.

Handicapping of Conforming Social Scores

The new handicap system will permit a social score to be used for handicapping, but only if the following conditions are met:

• The player’s home club must have chosen to allow the use of social scores.

• The player must have nominated prior to starting a round that it is to count for handicap purposes.

• The scoring format must be Stableford.

• The player must have a Marker throughout their round.

• The player must abide by the Rules of Golf.

Handicapping of Good Four-ball Scores

The GA Handicap System’s four-ball handicapping regulations ONLY apply to stand-alone four-ball competitions. Where a four-ball competition is played in conjunction with a singles competition, the scores need to be handicapped as follows:

• The singles scores are handicapped in accordance with the regular procedure for handicapping singles competitions.

• The four-ball scores are NOT used for handicapping purposes.

 

The new 9-hole handicapping regulations

GOLF Link will store a player’s 9-hole score for automatic combination with their next 9-hole score from Thursday 23 January 2014.

It is important that the GA Handicap System cater for 9-hole scores. This recognises the degree to which some groups of affiliated players have become time-poor. It also recognises those players who for various reasons have a strong preference for 9-hole golf.

The initial 9-hole score a player returns is to be entered into GOLF Link; it will not immediately be used in the calculation of the player’s GA Handicap. It will be automatically held by GOLF Link in the player’s handicap record (together with the relevant 9-hole course rating) until another 9-hole score is entered. The two 9-hole scores will be combined automatically by GOLF Link to create a single 18-hole score. (Note: The two 9-hole scores do not need to be played consecutively, multiple 18-hole rounds may be played between the play of two 9-hole scores.)

There is no requirement for the two 9-holes scores being combined to have been played at the same course. For example, whilst it would be fine for two 9-hole scores from the front 9 at Royal Sydney to be combined, it would be equally fine for a score from the back 9 at Brisbane Golf Club to be combined with a score from the front 9 at The Australian.

Official Cart Path Opening Ceremony

A small ceremony was held on the 3rd hole last Monday, to mark the completion and officially open our new cart paths. The event was attended by Michael Trout, Member for Barron River, Councillor Jessie Richardson, and Murray Smith from Queensland National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing who provided the grant funding.

Pictures and the official press release follow.

Official Opening of Concrete Cart Paths, funding of $77,487.00 provided by QLD Govt Dept NPRSR under the Get in The Game Initiative. Attended by Michael Trout Member for Barron River and Councillor Jessie Richardson

Facility development and infrastructure assistance programs for Not For Profit Community and Sporting organisations do not occur often and we were delighted that our somewhat unusual project received a positive response.

Fortune certainly smiled on us as we took advantage of this opportunity – the timing was just right, the project data was on hand, administrative assistance was provided and we were able to quickly put it all together everything just fell into place.

The cart path project started with one statistic – for a total of 59 days half the course was closed between October 2011 and April 2012 due to wet weather conditions, and this was not an unusual season. Bureau of Meteorology rainfall statistics clearly indicate the trend over past years.

Due to course conditions the number of players the course could accommodate almost halved on these days. The heavy rainfall impacted the playability of the course for a number of days afterwards. Over 2000 rounds of golf were lost and estimated loss of revenue of more than $30,000. In the past three years our course has not been fully utilised for around 66% of the year. It was determined that construction of concrete paths on six of the worst affected holes would enable players to access the full course considerably more throughout the wet season. Our grant application was underway.

A chance phone call to Golf Queensland about the application resulted in valuable assistance from them in securing advice on grant writing and fine tuning the final application. We are very appreciative of the support from Golf Qld.

Special thanks to our Course Superintendent Mark Davis for his meticulous record keeping of rainfall data over many years that provided us with the key focus for our project submission and to Vice President Cathy Smithson for initiating and preparing the grant application.

The contractor, Todd Kelly of Cairns Quality Concreting, provided excellent professional service in delivering the project on time and was flexible and cooperative working on this, at times, challenging site with minimal disruptions.

Thanks to Peter Lazarus, Greens Director on the Board, General Manager Greg Ferry and to the volunteers, staff and members for their support throughout the past four months.

Members and visitors to the course have commented favourably on the overall improvement to the appearance and playability of the course these paths make. The real value of the project will soon be appreciated in the wetter months ahead when the dedicated wet weather golfers find navigating the rain drenched course a whole lot easier!

Mark Davis’ 20 Years Service

In case you missed it, yesterday we hosted the Course Superintendents and Greenkeepers from around the region. With the sponsors we had almost 50 people who are involved in Course Maintenance in the region attend.

We also held a small ceremony for Mark Davis who recently celebrated 20 year’s employment with HMBGC.

This is a great achievement for Mark as was attested to by his peers. Peter Lazarus, our Greens Director for almost the same length of time, has put together the following history of our Club to show what has been achieved in the past 20 years.

Read Peter’s Article Here

Mark was presented with a framed aerial photo of the golf course yesterday. The photo will be on display at the Club until next Monday. There is also a card if you would like to pass on your personal congratulations.

 

 

Buddy Golf

A new initiative from Half Moon Bay Golf Club!

Welcome to a Half Moon Bay Golf Club success story – Buddy Golf!

If you’re looking to meet new people, improve your game and have a bit of a laugh then come along on a Thursday morning and join the Buddy Golfers.

The Buddy’s is a group of players of all abilities who welcome beginners and experienced players alike. Buddy’s is a weekly 9-hole comp event but with a very relaxed, social feel.

It is open to members and non-members and provides the opportunity for those new to golf to get a feel for the club and meet people, and for more regular golfers to meet find new playing partners.

You don’t have to know anyone; we can organise a friendly group for you to play with. And if you do know someone who’s interested in golf but a bit unsure, bring them along. Friends, spouses, neighbours and visiting relatives are all welcome at Buddy’s!

When: Every Thursday

Time: 8.30am for a 9am Shotgun Start

Bookings Essential: Please email [email protected]

Or phone the Golf Shop on: 07 4055 7933