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Round The Traps - 9th August 2019
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G'day Members,

Well the Mercedes Benz City of Cairns has been run and won. It truly was a massive week of golf only slightly interrupted by some Millaa Millaa type conditions for the Mens 54 Hole event. The free Movie night was postponed due to the wet conditions but the Long Drive competition still went ahead. There is no truth to the rumour that the Federal Government have asked us to go out west to hold a golf tournament and movie night… to break the drought! Seriously we’ve had a bad run with the weather this year but the course has held up incredibly well over this time. Again a massive thanks to all staff involved from the Cart Boys, to the Golf Shop team, to the Bar Crew, the Admin Team, the gang from Golden Roast in the Kitchen, the Greens Team and of course the volunteers. It’s a huge effort to put these events together. We did receive plenty of positive feedback over the week especially regarding the volunteer starters team of Colin and Jane Johannsen. It’s the little things that players remember and hopefully brings them back next year.

The serious golf continues in August with the Kahler Lawyers Club Championships played over 4 rounds on the weekends of 17/18 & 24/25. If you are intending on playing in the Championships you must fill out a registration form (and pay) prior to round 1. The forms are available on our website, on the App and of course in the Golf Shop. This year there is an added bonus with a Mazda 3 up for grabs as a Hole In One prize on Day 4. Our good mates at Westco Motors have

The 2nd point of sale unit recently installed into the Golf Shop now has EFTPOS installed. The additional unit is being used during peak play times such as shotgun starts and Saturdays to avoid unnecessary queues and to get you out on course quicker.

I’ve been banging on like a broken record asking players to book in for social rounds well in advance to avoid disappointment. Our social play has jumped approx. 25 – 30% in the past few months since the closure of Paradise Palms and the improvement in weather. Other Clubs in the region are reporting similar increases so I stress to you all to book in advance for any social play.

If you are a little “Stroked” out, this Sunday is Round 5 of BDO Sunday Stableford Superleague. 12:30 Shotgun start, all players in the region are welcome to play for the $20 comp fee and $39 for Visitors Comp and Cart fee.

We don’t usually mention the passing of any of our members, however we feel it’s necessary to express our sympathy for the recent loss of Life Member Maud Way. Maud had been a member since 1955, and had been actively involved in the club until recent times.

Hope to see you Round the Traps!

Matt Bolton
General Manager

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The Golf Club team can now come up for a breath after what has been an extremely busy few weeks. We now head into the Kahler Lawyers Club Championships starting next weekend 17th,18th & 24th, 25th August. The timesheets have been locked at this stage to allow for the 4 day championship players to gain priority in tee time bookings. The timesheet for both weekends will be available for those playing the daily events a week beforehand. There will be spots available for all players but we are giving preference to those playing the championship event. Nomination forms are available online, on the CGC app or in the golf shop.
Congratulations to Annabelle Hutchings and Justin Morley who are the 2019 Mercedes- Benz Cairns City of Cairns Champions. It was a close contest in both divisions that went down to the final couple of holes in the last round to determine the winner. A full list of results can be found below.
Congratulations to Brie Webb and Dave Cameron who won the long drive competition last Friday night under lights. In very windy and wet conditions, Dave has gone back to back with a best drive of 284m into a strong breeze. Brie claimed the first women’s long drive event with a drive of 232m.

The mixed foursome’s championships has now been moved to the 20th of October. Get your teams organised and get yourself booked in. This is a 36 hole event with carts included and presentations at the conclusion of play. I apologise if this has caused any inconvenience with the date change.

Please remember to check online bookings if you are looking at playing a social game of golf at any day of the week. We have had a few members lately who have been arriving at the golf club without a booking whilst the course is booked/full with social play/corporate/charity events. With the recent good weather, we have seen a significant increase in social play so it is important to make a booking to avoid disappointment/delay.
The next instalment of the 4x4x4 will take place on Friday 16th August from 3.30pm. Due to the success of the event, we have increased players numbers with the event to start half an hour earlier. We have had four full fields and the events have been successful with lots of laughs, interesting choices of clubs and the uses of the mulligan. You are required to play 4 holes, use 4 clubs only and you must take 4 mulligans. Bookings can be made online or by calling the golf shop on 40376777. Spots are limited so get in fast for a fun Friday afternoon at the Cairns Golf Club.
ROUND 5: Sunday 11th August
Cost: $20 per player
Open to all players from all clubs
Best 3 scores out of 6 rounds for overall prizes
12:30pm Shotgun Start
Fantastic daily Men’s & Women’s Prizes plus overall prizes @ the last round.
Bookings can be made online or call the golf shop on 4037 6777

Well done to all players in making a conscious effort in the competitions to ensure an acceptable pace of play. We have received much positive feedback in regards to the improved pace of play from members and visitors. Whilst we are not perfect we are heading in the right direction as the average time taken to play has come down significantly. The Cairns Golf Club Pace of Play Policy (POPP) is now in place and has been developed for the betterment of the club and the enjoyment of your game (nobody likes a 5 hour game). We have allowed 4 weeks’ notice in December and 6 weeks grace in January/February. Penalties will now be given if it is found a group has breached the POPP. With increased members and player numbers in each competition, it is important your group makes a solid effort to play in an acceptable time and get to the tee on time. It only takes one group to slow down the entire competition field and I have heard every excuse under the sun as to why their group was slow (there are no excuses) but it is up to the lowest handicapper in the group to ensure the speed is acceptable and act as the captain. We have groups that have higher handicaps still completing the round in 4 hours and 10 minutes on a Saturday so it can be done if every group kept up to each other. I do understand it is warmer but all groups are playing the same course and conditions. Marshalls will be on course to keep an eye and ensure the speed is acceptable and the enjoyment of everyone’s game. Pace of Play not just at our club, but nationally is a problem and its one we are all looking to improve. I thank all groups that have being doing the right thing and making a conscious effort.

Please be aware the junior golf coaching starts again for the next 6 weeks. We have nearly 80 juniors participating in weekly golf lessons during the school term at the Cairns Golf Club. The range will be slightly impacted from 3.30-5.00pm on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons whilst we coach them. This gives you a great opportunity to work on your putting also. Safety is our number one priority so please be aware whilst the junior coaching is on, you may be required to move to the other side of the driving range on the grass. We do apologise for any inconveniences caused as the juniors are the future of this golf club and we hope you understand.

The Cairns Golf Club match committee has not introduced the stroke and distance rule in regards to Out of Bounds. This decision, along with other rules were discussed in match committee meetings and it was decided we would hold off with the change currently (many other clubs have decided to also do this with approx. only 30% of club Australia wide enforcing the new rule). We have decided to review this decision for 2020 and see how it has influenced positively or negatively towards the club and playing members from the clubs that have trialled this local rule. So currently, if your ball is out of bounds, you will be required to play from the original position with penalty. Also due to the stroke and distance rule not being introduced to the CGC local rules, if your golf ball is not found outside of the penalty area after 3 minutes, you must treat this as a lost ball and go back to the original position with penalty. This includes if you think your golf ball is plugged.
Jason Roach
Director of Golf
100s Board:

31/07/2019 – Winning #71 – Steve, George, Alan & Keith
7th – 13th August
Weekly Sponsor

9th August
Schweppes Cairns Jockey Club Golf Day
Please call Golf Shop for availability

11th August
Sunday Stableford Superleague
12:30pm Shotgun Start

13th August
FNQVGA Championships Round 2

16th August
4x4x4 Event

17th – 18th August
Championships Rounds 1 & 2

22nd August
Life Without Barriers Seniors Week Luncheon

24th – 25th August
Club Championships Rounds 3 & 4

26th August
Self-Storage Association of Australia Golf Day

30th August
Commonwealth Bank FNQ Hospital Foundation Charity Day
Please call Golf Shop for availability

7th September
Calanna Wholehealth Pharmacy Monthly Medal

10th September
Cairns Golf Club

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