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Wednesday 31 July 2019

This eNews is the monthly 'Member Update' which keeps members informed of general Club news. To open some of the links you will need to be logged in to the members' area of the website.

new Reciprocal Club -

Bruntsfield Links

Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society is Edinburgh's most prestigious golf club and the fourth oldest in the world. The club is only 5 kilometres from Edinburgh city centre and the course and clubhouse offer excellent views over the Firth of Forth. While a reciprocal agreement exists, a 20 pound charge applies per round.

burston trophy

First played in 1958, the Burston Trophy is a popular mixed foursomes handicapped knockout event. The first round matches were played in early January and the final, which was played recently, was won by Lyn Fraser and Ben Collins. The victors won 2/1 over the eventual runners-up Peter & Jane Riordan.

Above: Angus O'Brien

Angus O'Brien

As reported in 'The Napa Valley Register', BHGC junior member Angus O'Brien (above) won the JGANC "Champ" Junior Championship at Silverado Resort, California. Congratulations Angus.

Angus MacNeil

Interstate member, Angus MacNeil was awarded an AM in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for significant service to primary industry, and to the community.

Member Achievements

Congratulations to member Rob Rome, pictured above at The Savoy London, who won the Douglas Bader trophy for competitors over 75 years of age at the Lucifer Commonwealth Tournament in England.

Member Sundays 

The monthly Member Sundays will take a break in August due to the fully booked Community Golf Day.  The date of the next session will be advised in the September newsletter.


course update 

The greens will be renovated and the course and pro shop closed on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th August. If you store your clubs in the pro shop and need them on these days, remove them beforehand.

New event Registration list on website

Instead of being listed on the 'Golf Bookings' webpage, events that involve an entry list (such as those with a knockout draw) will now be listed under 'Event Registrations'. 

When open, entry lists for events such as the Burston, Sprague, Hicks and the Play-9 qualifying round (see below) will appear under 'Event Registrations'. For example, the entry list for the President v Captain teams match (opening on Tuesday 20th August) will appear here, as will the numerous Clubhouse events held during the year including wine dinners, book talks and the upcoming Laphroaig whisky dinner.

PLAY 9  Qualifiers

Remember that the Play 9 club qualifying round will be played on Sunday 18th August with tee times between 1.00-2:30pm. The timesheet is now open. Come for lunch beforehand and make a day of it. The district final will be on the Sunday 8th September at Queenscliff.

Winners of the District Final go on to the State Final at Metropolitan on Sunday 24th November 2019 and from there onto the National Final at The Australian Golf Club during the Australian Open on Saturday 7th December. One male and one female winner will then get to play in the 2020 9-hole challenge hosted by the R&A at Royal St George's, England.

Victorian Men's & Women's Senior Amateur Championship

This Golf Australia event is proving to be extremely popular. It will be held here and at 13th Beach GC from Monday 16th (BHGC) to Wednesday 18th September. Volunteers may be required - please email the Club's Golf Operations Manager, Narelle Alford if you'd like to help.

Lest we forget: Tim Evans (pictured above left) won the Anzac Cup back in late April but it wasn't until recently that he was presented with the trophy by Brigadier David Gilroy AM representing the Ocean Grove / Barwon Heads RSL.


Captain Frank's Rules

Rules vs Principles

This month's article is not a rules quiz but it concerns a subject at the heart of many rules.

The rules of golf were modernised on January 1st this year, but it was the good old fashioned 'unwritten rule' of honesty that was on display at the British Open at Royal Portrush recently.  

During the Open an errant tee shot presented Lee Westwood with a tricky scenario. He'd driven into a thick bush and when he found his ball it was embedded in the turf beneath the bush. He asked the rules official if he deserved embedded ball relief - (Rule 16-3). 

The rules official responded to his question with another question: would he play it from there if the ball was not embedded? That was the crucial ruling point. If Westwood would normally play from that spot beneath the bush, then he'd be entitled to take free relief.

So, Westwood had an option. The ruling would come down largely to his opinion. While it would not be reasonable to assert he would normally play from beneath the thick bush, he could have forced the issue. He could have lied about his intentions, hoping to use the rules to his advantage and preserve a share of the lead.

He didn't. Westwood took his punishment for the poor drive. He told the rules official that he would not normally play from beneath a bush like that, and thus his embedded ball was irrelevant. Instead, he took an unplayable lie, took relief back from the bush and made a bogey.

Westwood's hot start was thwarted, but he was able to hold his head up, which earned praise from fellow Euro Padraig Harrington.

Frank Webb, Captain.

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august diary dates

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Aces this Sunday

Aces will be on this Sunday 4th August at 1.00pm and we're looking forward to seeing everyone there.

To assist the organisers, it would be very helpful if you could click here to send an email to let them know you're planning to attend.



Laphroaig, perhaps the most famous Islay single malt whisky, tends to divide tasters into love/hate camps. If you're one of the lovers (or a yet-to-try adventurous type) you really should attend this dinner. The format looks incredible. Book early as places are limited to 35.

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Home of Golf Tour

Ashley Andrews recently returned from escorting members to Scotland on a 'home of golf' tour. Read his report and see his holiday slide show via the link below. Get comfortable and prepare to be envious...


Golf & Bridge Biathlon

Golf and bridge lovers should come to the Club on Sunday 8th September for a social Biathlon featuring morning golf (4BBB pairs) followed by lunch, then pairs bridge in the afternoon.  It doesn't matter which is your strongest suit, the day is all about having fun.



The winners of the men's pin pool doubles handicap JDD Fisher Trophy were the team of Jeff Stagg &Ted Cockram. The winners of the women's short form pin pool doubles handicap final were Sherryl Nelson & Prue Webb.


We note with regret the passing of:

Mr W R R (Robert) Beggs. Member since 2015

Mr S H (Stephen) Jones. Member since 2008


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