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Cairns Golf Club - Phone (07) 4037 6700

Round The Traps - 14th March 2020
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G'day Members,

Most of you would be aware now that our Director of Golf and long-time staff member Jason Roach has accepted an offer he couldn’t refuse, in taking a job a Wembley Golf Course in WA. Jason had been very open with me even when initially applying for the job. It’s an unbelievable career advancement opportunity for him to work in one of the top 3 busiest golf facilities in the country and I basically said he’s mad if he doesn’t go. While obviously disappointed to lose Jason after being around CGC for 16 years, I’m genuinely excited for him to take his career to the next level. I’ve had a couple of members suggest that there is something wrong given the turnover in Golf Shop PGA Staff, but ultimately Rob Dehne, Anton Booy and now Jason have all moved up the ladder in the last 18 months into greater roles. I see it in a positive light that we are doing something right here at Cairns GC for our staff to be in demand.

Jason has been an integral part of our team and in particular since the Club took over the operation of the Golf Shop some 4+ years ago. Clearly we’re not going to be able to replace his 16 years of local knowledge and friendships with Members and there is going to have to be some changes to the Golf Shop staff moving forward. We’ll have some announcements on the planned moves in coming weeks. Please wish Jason well and thank him for his efforts over the years before his last day on Tuesday 31st of March.

We are closing in on a PGA Coach to pick up the majority of both Anton’s and Jason’s Clinic/Lessons but it’s too early to make any announcements at this stage. We are planning to have the Coach locked away and in place before the 2nd School term of MyGolf, Ladies Lets Golf and Mens Clinics commence. We’re obviously well aware of the importance of this role and getting the right person for the job.

Big news out this week with Piccone’s Family of Companies taking over sponsorship of the Cairns Open. Piccone’s have long been involved with CGC and its great to have a local family and business supporting our Club. So when you see John Piccone around the place, please give him a pat on the back. Now with the major sponsor locked away, the entry forms should be available next week via the App, Website, Golf Shop etc.
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On the subject of major events, we already have 30 players booked in for the Mixed Foursomes Honour Board Event on Sunday 19th of April. If you haven’t played Foursomes before, it’s quite different but quite an enjoyable event, but can also be quite challenging. Talk to the Golf Shop and they can answer more questions and assist in finding a playing partner for you if necessary.

Course Superintendent Tim Hoskinson is living large at The Players Championship this week at TPC Sawgrass. He’s been sending me a steady stream of pics and emails, the best being a Police Escort for the Grounds Crew through the neighbourhood to access the Golf Course. No I’m not joking….but I suggested to him we have plenty of Police around the White Rock / Woree neighbourhood regularly too.

We have fixed a couple of issues with the Club App involving the Results page and Logging in to book comp times, but there is still a few strange things happening with Notifications being received but not able to read. Again, we’re working with the 3rd party provider to fix the issue, but these things can be frustrating for all of us at times.

Last Friday Night’s Trivia Night was a big hit with 86 attendees. Plenty of laughs and frivolity with some curly trivia thrown into the mix. Big tip of the Cap to CGC Staffers Siobhan and Chloe who put the event together. We’re already looking for dates for the next one.

We are in the process of testing a very loud air horn to be used for Lightning Warnings and Shotgun Starts. It is expected to be in operation this weekend and should be more audible down on the back holes at the bottom rend of the course. We’ll put a video on Facebook when it’s in operation. It will actually be that loud that we will have to make an announcement prior to sounding the horn for players around the clubhouse area.

We’ve got some more improvements happening on the driving range too with new bag stands coming and bay dividers between the mats. With the Range now seeing so many more “non-golfers” nowadays, we needed to ensure users safety is paramount. We’re pretty excited with how they look and it should really improve our facility.

The Greens Renos went off really well with our team putting in some big hours to knock it over. The weather played its part with rainfall landing at exactly the right time. The Greens will be fantastic in the coming weeks and will set us up for the busiest golfing calendar in recent years. Thumbs down to the Members that feel they need to take out their frustrations on the Golf Shop Staff in relations to the reno process. It’s the same conditions for everybody and if we don’t do the renos twice a year, the course would quite simply not be anywhere near the conditions we all enjoy all year.
Hope to see you Round the Traps soon.

Cheers,
Matt Bolton
General Manager

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Congratulations to the ladies who have been selected to represent the CGC in the 2020 Inter Club Matchplay series. The format for this year is that 12 players have been selected of which 6 players will be chosen for each game, depending on which Club we are playing and on which course in the district. We are very fortunate to have a sponsor this year who will supply us with a team shirt.

A big thank you goes to “Cairns Auto Spark & Mechanical” Colin Harding, who is also on the Board of Directors of the CGC.

The following players have been selected in no particular order; Annabelle Hutchings, Erina Williams, Evie Golightly, Angel Pizzichemi, Rogo Horrocks, Nikki Bruce, Jane Johannsen, Hiroko Stuart, Lyn Small, Jan Dienhoff, Kayla Moss and myself.

I am very pleased that another junior player has joined us and is interested to play Matchplay. Annabelle (who just turned 18) and Angel are now joined by Kayla Moss!

After introducing Annabelle and Angel to Matchplay I am now looking forward to giving Kayla a hand!

A big thank you goes also to all the Ladies who put their hand up for selection, it made it very difficult for me to pick the team, and hopefully we will go better than last year, when we lost the series by 1 point!!

Looking forward to a great Matchplay season!

Conny van den Brand
CGC Ladies Matchplay Captain
 
Firstly, as you will already know I have handed in my resignation at CGC and have accepted the role as Operations Manager at Wembley Golf Course in Perth, Western Australia starting early April 2020.

Wembley Golf Course is a purpose built public golf facility that leads the nation in design and functionality to attract more than just golfers. The entire complex includes 36 holes of golf, a ‘State of the Art’ 80 bay automated driving range, Perth’s best mini golf experience, one of Australia’s biggest pro shops and WA’s only PGA Learning and Performance Centre.

It was not an easy decision to make after being here for 17 years but it allows me to be a whole lot closer to and spend more time with my fiancé Leila and family in WA and also further my career within the golf industry. However, I do leave at a time with the Cairns Golf Club thriving and will continue to see growth in all key areas of our facility as the foundations are there.

I would like to thank the entire team for their tireless work in achieving our vision of Cairns Golf Club being a premier golfing facility. The team at CGC has made my job so enjoyable over the years and I am proud to see the club heading in the right direction. From where CGC was when I first started in 2003 to where we are now, it is something I will hold close to my heart and I wish nothing but continued success for the club.

I will also miss our CGC juniors who are the future of this golf club and the smiles and fun times we have each week. It has been a thrill to watch the children grow and develop personally and their golf.

I would like to thank everyone for the friendships I’ve made and the family you have made me feel a part of. I hope to catch up with you all before I leave, with my last day in the Golf shop on the 31st of March. I will still be following the results of our major events with interest and will be back in Cairns for holidays so it’s a see you later and not a good bye. If you are ever in Perth, feel free to give me a call and would be happy to catch up.

Best Wishes,
Jason Roach
The Cairns Golf Club will host the QLD School Sports Championships on April 26th-29th 2020. If there is anyone who is able to allow the juniors to borrow their push/pull buggies for the duration of the event that would be greatly appreciated. The juniors participating are the best in the state and are travelling from all around making it difficult to take clubs and buggies on planes etc. We will label these buggies to ensure their safe return.

With the 220+ player and very near full fields we are getting on Saturdays, it is very important that you cancel your booking as early as possible if you cannot make it, to allow other members to be able to fill that spot. We are seeing too many times that players are just not showing up (even though the rest of the group has been informed by that player or the player booked had no idea their mates even booked them in). A reminder the timesheets come out 15 days prior to the event, so to ensure disappointment in not receiving your preferred tee time, book as early as possible via the CGC app or your computer. It is March, the fields will only get busier, and tee times booked earlier for all competitions coming into the dry season.

Even if it is pouring down, the Golf Shop staff do need to know if you intend on playing on the day at the tee time you are booked in. This time of year means a lot of reworking the field so that we can send out groups & if you do not remove your name from the tee sheet or call/email the Golf Shop we will be assuming you are going to arrive, which may leave the rest of your group high and dry. We all know it is not ideal to play in a group of 3 players in a full field.
We have now decided to divide the handicap by 5 instead of 4 and found this evened out the field and proved a success. The next 4x4x4 event is on Friday afternoon March 20th from 4.00pm. This is a stroke play event over 4 holes using only 4 clubs, and each golfer must take 4 mulligans. Spend time having an incredible amount of fun with fellow golfers with the chance to win fantastic prizes. Cost is only $10 per player and $6 if you wish to share a cart with presentations after the event. Limited spaces are available & bookings are essential!

Please understand it is very hot out on course this time of year so maintain hydration with plenty of water/Gatorade and remember to eat consistently to maintain peak energy levels. If at any stage you begin to feel unwell, please do not hesitate to call the golf shop staff and we will arrange to come and collect you from the course. Your health is more important than any game of golf.
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Thank you to all members who have been supporting the CGC junior golf containers for change program. Money raised so far
$2,665.60
Jason Roach
Director of Golf
 
 
 
Can’t find the time to play 18 holes try playing in our weekly Quickie comp for only $5. You can play 7 days a week and at any time. So next time you’re out having a hit with friends join the Quickie comp for your chance to win great prizes.
 
100s Board:

07/03/2020
Winning #40 – Hugo, Paul, Matt & Shaun
 
20th March
4x4x4 – 4pm

29th March
Junior Monthly Medal

31st March
FNQVGA

5th April
Blitz Golf – 1:30pm

10th April
Good Friday
Clubhouse Closed

13th April
Masters Breakfast

19th April
Mixed Foursomes 36 holes

19th April
Junior Sign on Day
12pm – 2pm

26th – 29th April
Queensland State School Championships

2nd – 3rd May
Piccone’s Cairns Open

4th – 5th July
Womens FNQ Championships

11th – 12th July
Mens FNQ Championships

25th – 26th July
Womens City of Cairns 2 day Event

31st July – 2nd August
Mens City of Cairns 3 day event

22nd – 23rd August
Club Championships

29th – 30th August
Club Championships
 
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