News Bites – 19/12/20

News Bites – 19/12/20

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Keeping members informed!

The Queens Park 2021 Annual Open is On!

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    We’re very pleased to say that the Queen’s Park 61st Annual Open Tournament is scheduled to be run from Friday the 12th February to Monday 15th February.

    Entries & payments will be online via MiTournament.

    More details to follow soon.

Pace of Play – Have you ever been told you’re a slow player?

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    In 2014/2015 The R&A undertook a survey to better understand the issues affecting the pace of play in golf.

    60% of the 56,000 golfers surveyed said that they would enjoy the game more if it took less time.

    In response to the survey, The R&A developed the Pace of Play Manual to provide solutions to management and players to improve the pace of play.

    This is worth a read if you’ve every wished things could be moving a bit faster!

    So what can you do to improve the pace of play?

    Where it’s permissible & safe to do so, play ‘Ready Golf’.

     

     

    From the R&A

    “Ready golf” is not appropriate in match play due to the strategy involved between opponents and the need to have a set method for determining which player plays first. However, in stroke play formats it is only the act of agreeing to play out of turn to give one of the players an advantage that is prohibited. On this basis, it is permissible for administrators to encourage “ready golf” in stroke play, and there is strong evidence to suggest that playing “ready golf” does improve the pace of play.

    “The term “ready golf” has been adopted by many as a catch-all phrase for a number of actions that separately and collectively can improve pace of play. There is no official definition of the term, but examples of “ready golf” in action are:

    • Hitting a shot when safe to do so if a player farther away faces a challenging shot and is taking time to assess their options
    • Shorter hitters playing first from the tee or fairway if longer hitters have to wait
    • Hitting a tee shot if the person with the honour is delayed in being ready to play
    • Hitting a shot before helping someone to look for a lost ball
    • Putting out even if it means standing close to someone else’s line
    • Hitting a shot if a person who has just played from a greenside bunker is still farthest from the hole but is delayed due to raking the bunker
    • When a player’s ball has gone over the back of a green, any player closer to the hole but chipping from the front of the green should play while the other player is having to walk to their ball and assess their shot
    • Marking scores upon immediate arrival at the next tee, except that the first player to tee off marks their card immediately after teeing off”

    Player Behaviour

     

    Whilst player ability and physical limitations may unavoidably slow play, there are still plenty of things you can do to speed things up.

    • Be aware of your position on the course
    • Allow faster groups to play through
    • Assess your shot in good time and don’t delay.
    • Keep your routine short and avoid lots of unnecessary practice swings.
    • You should play from tee positions that reflect your ability.
    • If you think your original ball may be lost, play a provisional.
    • Don’t mark your score card while others are waiting.
    • Stay off the phone.
    • Golf bags or carts should be carefully positioned to allow quick movement off the green.

    Have you been told you are a “Slow Player”?

     

    Then you probably are!

    “This does not make you a bad person, and it does not give someone the right to be impolite towards you. However, it does suggest that you should take immediate positive steps to do something about it so that the same accusation is not made again.”

    If this is you, apart from taking the steps above, you could also try…

    • Asking for advice from the players you play with on what it is that they believe causes you to be slow
    • Time (and possibly even film) your own pre-shot routine for various shots, e.g. tee, fairway, bunkers, chipping and putting, from the moment you reach your ball to the time of impact, to ascertain how long you take and where seconds can be saved

    Hopefully this summary has given you some helpful tips, but for more information please check out The R&A Pace of Play page from where these suggestions were taken.

Where do your fees go?

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    What Does Your Annual Membership Fee Cover?

    Let’s use the FY 2020 financial year as a model. Calculations are based on a full year renewing adult subscription.

    What a renewing member paid:

    Adults                        $130.00 incl. GST
    Juniors                         $15.00 incl. GST
    Life Members                     Nil

    (All costs below are exclusive of GST)

    Membership Fee FY20$130.00
    Less GST$11.82
    Nett Fees$118.18
      
    Affiliation Fees$57.40
    MiClub Fees$9.00
    Insurances $25.55
    Total Costs $91.95
      
    Balance after direct costs$26.23

     

    Golf Australia’s Affiliation Fees cover third party insurance – eg if you injury someone or damage something – and My Golf fees. Locally Clubs are supported to develop participation programs, as well as frameworks such as facility management and strategy, strategic planning, governance and club incorporation, etc.

    Insurances include member’s personal injury, theft of equipment etc. and liability insurances for the club.

    The balance is used to cover other club expenses, eg internet access, electricity, subsidies for Club events, MiScore Fees, Bag Tags, Score Cards etc.

2021 Provisional Fixture – Out Now!

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    Due to the planned irrigation upgrades commencing after the Open in February 2021, we are unable to have a finalised fixture for next year.

    Therefore, the General Committee has decided not to print a fixture book for 2021 and to provide the fixture to members online and in PDF format.

    As changes are made to the fixture due to hole closures etc., we will update the website and the PDF version accordingly.

    The 2021 fixture can be downloaded from these pages…

    Men’s Events

    Women’s Events

Thanks to the General & Ladies’ Committees

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    On the 16th of December we thanked our retiring committee members and welcomed our new ones.

    Thanks goes out to all our past committee members and to those that have put their hand up this year!

    See full committee lisings here


    New Ladies Sub-Committee

    Back row – Bev Sedgeman, Louise Watach, Carole Doran, Sue Mclean, Jane Simpson, Sally Massey
    Front row – Barb Yee, Janet Flinton, Fiona Johnson, Joan Eudey

     

Merry Christmas!

The Queens Park Golf Club Committees wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy & Safe 2021!