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Round The Traps - 20th November 2020
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G'day Members,

The weather has been kind and the number of rounds of golf are certainly not slowing down. The course is still incredibly busy as well as the driving range. As a small example, Driving Range figures for October were basically double the corresponding month in 2016, 2017 & 2018. So, if you think it seems a little busy around the Club, you’re definitely right.

Voting information for the election of directors was emailed out on Wednesday this week and has also been repeated again in this edition of RTT. We are aware that some Members were having issues when clicking on the links to the Nominee Profiles and we believe this is now rectified, i.e. you should be able to click on the links in this newsletter. You may also need to have a look at your Norton Antivirus setting too. I implore all members to take the time, read the information provided and take an interest in the future of your club by voting.

I am pleased to announce a couple of staff additions, with Yuka Shiroma taking up the Course gardener role and to welcome back Anton Booy to the Golf Shop team as the Director of Golf. Yuka is already out on course doing a great job and Anton will be starting on the week of the 14th of December. Brie Webb and Shannon Coad are not going anywhere and I’d like to thank them for their efforts over a very testing 6 month COVID period.

We are also looking to recruit an Apprentice Greenskeeper or Groundsperson for our On Course Team. Here is the Seek advertisement if you know anybody that may be interested:
Greenskeeper Job Ad
I’ve been fielding a few queries about NTP’s & Pins etc and when they’ll be back in play. Basically we are still operating under the Outdoor Sports Industry Covid Safe Plan that has not changed for about 5 months. This seems crazy as there has been considerable changes in Queensland with full contact Rugby League and 50K people at Suncorp last Wednesday. I’ve contacted Golf Australia Qld on numerous occasions, but the Covid Safe plans have not changed. We are well aware that there are many other Golf Clubs in our region and the State that have reintroduced NTP’s, pulling the pins and rakes etc, but we are simply not prepared to take that risk. Believe me, I think the situation is ridiculous and incredibly frustrating, but we have to take the government regulations seriously. In the meantime, we will continue to return the NTP $$$ as part of the prize component paid out for each comp.

With some more relaxation of COVID regulations earlier this week, we can now have twice the number of people in the Clubhouse (100) and Golf Shop (8). This should make all of our lives significantly easier and Members won’t be made to feel like we are kicking you out of the Shop/Clubhouse to let the next person in. It also makes it much easier for Xmas functions and presentations etc. Finally! But Members and guests will still need to check in via the QR code or Sign in papers.

With the change in regulations, we can now have a proper Members Christmas Party! On Saturday 12th of December, we are running a Double Shotgun, Double the Prizes, Double the Presentations, 4BBB Stableford Comp. Members will be able to win Xmas Hams, Seafood vouchers, a Keg of Great Northern (yes a keg) amongst plenty of other prizes. The normal $15 comp fee will apply and will even include a burger lunch for all players. Lock it in Eddie!

We have also launched our “Fore-Out Friday” Ambrose events for some Friday afternoon fun. The event is a simple 9-hole Ambrose event but we are also inviting non-members without handicaps. It’s a great opportunity for any Members to bring out a friend for a fun game of golf and maybe sneak in a few post game sherbets.

Good Luck to our Cairns Autospark and Mechanical Mens Pennants team who are in the finals this weekend in all 3 grades. The semi-finals are played on Saturday at Palmer Sea Reef with the Grand Final played the next day on Sunday.

And we also need to thank Colin Harding from Cairns Autospark and Mechanical for his sponsorship of the Womens Match Play teams this year. Unfortunately the teams were not able to play this year due to COVID, but Matchplay Captain Conny Van Den Brand suggests the team will be best dressed team next year!
Hope to see you Round the Traps soon.

Matt Bolton
General Manager

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As your President, I would like to express the importance of the impending election of 4 board positions.

This is the first election we have required in the past 7 years and I encourage all eligible members to vote.

I urge you all to familiarise yourself with the profiles provided by the nominees listed below as well as displayed in the club house, prior to voting.

Our Club Constitution allows for a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 board members.

Each year, 3 Directors (and any Directors that have filled a casual vacancy during the year) must retire.

The roll of the board is to direct and oversee the club business in the following areas:-
  • Constitution, vision and mission
  • Strategic plan
  • Legal compliance
  • Performance monitoring
  • Financial oversight
  • Risk assessment
  • Accountability and ethics
  • Community benefit
  • Proactive leadership
The day to day running of the club is the responsibility of the General Manager and staff.

Current Board

President - Peter Winfield – elected until 2021

Treasurer - Craig Harnett – elected until 2021

Committee - Jane Johannsen – not retiring this year, ongoing to 2021

Nominations for the 4 remaining positions
(Click on the name to read profile)

Colin Harding – current committee retiring and has renominated

Stuart Ricketts – current committee retiring and has renominated

Sam Bush – current committee retiring and has renominated

Peter O’Connor – current committee, filled a casual vacancy and therefore must retire and has renominated

Damon Caldwell - nominated

Andrew Guest - nominated

So, have your say and vote for who you think will be the best 4 candidates to keep our progressive club moving forward.

Peter Winfield

How to Vote:
  1. Voting is open for 8 consecutive days from Saturday 21st November to Saturday 28th November between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
  2. Collect your voting paper from the CGC Administration Office.
  3. Mark up to a maximum of 4 boxes only.
  4. Place your completed voting paper into the Ballot Box provided.

Frequently asked questions:

Q: Which categories of Membership are eligible to vote?
A: Current Financial Members in any of the following Categories:

Annual Members, 5, 6 and 7 Day Members including the Senior categories as well as Loyalty, Life and Intermediate Members only.

Q: Can I take my voting paper home?
A: No, votes must be lodged immediately.

Q: Can I pick up my friends ballot paper.
A: No, all votes must be collected and lodged in person.

Q: I’m away for the voting period, can I absentee vote or use a proxy?
A: No, all votes must be collected and lodged in person.

Q: When are the results announced?
A: At the Annual General Meeting on Monday 30th November commencing at 5:45pm

Q: What happens if I vote for more than 4 people?
A: The vote will be considered invalid and will not be counted.

Q: Do I need to “number” the boxes?
A: No, just a mark in the box is fine, as preferential voting does not apply.
Our Cairns Auto Spark Pennants Team had a slightly more sombre return from El Arish, with the strong Gordonvale side taking the wind out of B & C Grade’s tails. Our A Grade team were able to close out a clean sweep of the main season. B Grade put up a good fight to just miss the win 3/2, and our C Grade guys met their match going down 4/1.

All 3 Grades will be heading to Port Douglas this weekend to play at Palmer Sea Temple. With the semi-finals on Saturday and the Finals on Sunday, it’s great to hear everyone getting out prior and getting a good look at the golf course with some practice rounds under our belts.

Our A & B Grade teams will be playing Mossman Golf Club on the Saturday and C Grade will be taking on Half Moon Bay Golf Club.

A massive congratulations to all of our players for making it to this stage of the competition, we are proud to have such respectable teams representing our club, with positive feedback coming through all round. Good luck guys & hopefully the next Round the Traps will have some good news on all fronts!

Our Medal of Medals was opened up to both our men’s and women’s players this year, so anyone that won a Calanna Whole Health Pharmacy Monthly Medal through this year’s playing season was contacted to play on Sunday the 15th.

Our 2020 Medal of Medal Champions are as follows:

Men’s A Grade –
Sam Gunn - 74c/b
Men’s B Grade – Graeme Mann - 69
Men’s C Grade – Kojak Schofield - 75
Women’s – Suki Jung - 74

The Balcony Boy’s 2 Ball Ambrose whilst being a great success, had a slight error in the results. My sincerest apologies for this, we have our tech guys looking into it, but even the whiz’s can’t figure out the glitch just yet. A manual recount has been done and is attached.

Please congratulate the actual winners of the 2 Ball Ambrose Championship, Chris & Darren Lees who took the trophy out by a good 4 shots with 121 ½ from the announced champions Mitchell Croghan & Michael Dunstan who had 125 ½ to take the runner-up position. Erina Williams and Nikki Bruce were correctly announced as the Women’s Champions by a countback on 136.
Click here for results
Our annual Member’s Appreciation Day was once again a hit, with lots of happy and smiling faces coming through the sausage sizzle & one certainly VERY happy little smiling face, with one of our 8 year old juniors taking out the 18th hole shootout! Hudson Calvert took just 4 shots to hit the hole, however it lipped out to 9cm which proved good enough to take home the cash.

The Golf Shop would like to apologise in advance if we run out of lollies over the next couple of weeks.

For those that may be unaware, the Driving Range nets are not included in the immovable obstructions in our Local Rules and as such (being boundary fencing) are integral0 parts of the course. If it comes to rest near the nets & interferes with your swing, you must play the ball as it lies or take an unplayable ball at a one shot penalty, as per Rule 19.

You may have noticed that we have opened some additional tee times on a Saturday, this is to alleviate timesheet pressure & allow additional spots predominantly in the morning so that we can avoid the heat. This does mean that the field will not have ‘buffers’ as usual & as such we will need all players to understand and adhere to the Pace of Play Policy that we have adopted at Cairns Golf Club. No one likes a 5 hour round, and even less so in the heat, so please be considerate to all those following you & keep up with the group in front.

Whilst we are on the topic of the weather warming up, we ask that you PLEASE take care of your body and HYDRATE! We have already had to assist a number of players from the course due to heat stroke and we have only just entered November. Keeping hydrated does not just include drinking litres of water, it means replenishing your electrolytes, eating sufficient meals and snacks before, during and after your round & even keeping hydrated the day prior to your round. Taking measures such as this will mean that you have more energy and hopefully fare through the heat a bit better. However, if you do AT ANY STAGE need assistance from the Golf Shop, all of your PGA Professionals are First Aid qualified and will be ready to run out in a golf cart and help you off the course when you call for help.

Golf carts are also becoming a hot commodity as the weather is warming up. We do have enough carts to meet the demand, but ask that following your round you return it promptly to the back of the Golf Shop to be re-sanitised and sent back out for the afternoon field. Please be patient with the Golf Shop staff whilst we are dealing with the current demand & understand that when we are short on golf carts they will be allocated by tee time, not first in best dressed. We have not had a case yet where someone has had to tee off without a golf cart & we don’t expect to moving forward, but your patience and understanding would be greatly appreciated during these times, we will get you a cart as soon as possible.
Upcoming Events
The Blitz Golf Regional Final is on here this weekend. We have been lucky enough to secure ourselves as the host venue for one of the regional finals, which is now open to anyone to win their way to the National Final at Glenelg Golf Club in Adelaide on Sunday the 10th of January with 2 nights’ accommodation at the Crowne Plaza. We are limited to 40 players, so download the app & register your entry before all places are gone, this is definitely one that you don’t want to miss!
$30 for a Cairns Golf Club member & $50 for non-members.

Our new Fore-Out Friday event is coming up on the 27th of November, this is a great fun 9-hole Ambrose event, where handicaps are not applicable, so this is a great way to get non-golfers out & enjoying a casual afternoon round with you.
$45 for a non-CGC member & $20 for a CGC member including comp fee & cart!

Our next Volkswagen Scramble is on the 6th of December.
Entries will be capped at 32 teams, so make sure you get your entry for your team in ASAP. Hopefully we can send another 2 teams to the Regional Finals & see a Cairns Golf Club team at Twin Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
Event Details
We are also holding a Christmas 4BBB Stableford on the 12th of December, dual shotgun starts, with presentations for each field and prizes being doubled for the day. We will have a drawn putt-off in the middle of both fields. Christmas dress ups are definitely encouraged with some hams & prawns etc. to be won.
Cart bookings are essential for this day!

Happy hitting!

Brie Webb & Shannon Coad
Golf Operation Managers

Thank you to all of our members and guests who have been supporting the CGC Junior Golf Containers for Change Program. Please don’t forget to drop your recyclable containers in to the bins provided around the Golf Shop.

Money raised so far: $5315.60
100s Board:

#99 – Neal, Gordon, Peter & Andrew

#63 – Liz & Claire
21st November
Pennants Semi Final @ Palmer Sea Reef

22nd November
Pennants Final @ Palmer Sea Reef

22nd November
Blitz Golf 1:30pm

22nd November
Ladies Social Sunday Xmas Party 3pm

25th November – 1st December
Weekly Sponsor

Andrew Ballagh

27th November
Fore-Out Friday

28th November
Private Function in Clubhouse from 6pm

29th November

30th November
CGC Annual General Meeting
5:30pm for a 5:45pm start

1st December
FNQVGA Christmas Party

3rd December
Womens Christmas Party and Presentation Night

5th December
Calanna Wholehealth Monthly Medal

6th December
Volkswagen Scramble 12:30pm Shotgun start
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Cairns Golf Club

Phone: (07) 4037 6700 | Fax: (07) 4054 4709 | Email:
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