President’s Report 2018

 It is with pleasure that I hand down my President’s Report for 2017/18 reflecting on the work that was done in 2017 and the early part of this year. The last twelve months have been very busy for our club and without the willingness of a small band of volunteers on the course, in administration and the bar area, we would really struggle to keep this Golf Club going. I would like to acknowledge some of the work that has taken place during 2017/18. The course is looking in excellent condition and we have received some great comments from visitors and from participants in our recent veterans’ tournament. This is due to our course volunteers Warren West, Les Plumbridge, Keith Fox, Ossie Woodiwiss, Paul Bolton, Peter Florisssen and Garry Cross. I would particularly like to thank Warren West for taking on the role of Course Superintendent and for the work he has done with the greens and surrounds and also the maintenance he has performed on our equipment. In 2016 we had an unusually high rainfall. However in 2017 and to date this year the rainfall has been extremely low, which has required continual pumping from the dam to keep the greens and fairways green and growing. This has required continual maintenance on the watering system and I would like to thank Leigh Darcy and Gary Cross for their assistance in maintaining the watering system. The major course project over the last 12 months was the construction of the dam (water hazard) on the 4th fairway. Although this project may not have had 100% support from day one, I believe it has gathered support once members saw the finished product, and the 4th hole will be the feature hole on our course in years to come. It will also solve the continual problem we have had over many years with the wet area in front of the 4th green. I would like to thank Geoton for the work they performed in the design, construction and consultation to gain construction approval from the George Town Council and Bell Bay Aluminium. I must also thank Terry Street for his time in co-ordinating the work. Each year we review our course machinery when preparing the budget. There was some concern about the age and condition of one of our greens mowers which is 20 years old. An opportunity arose when the Launceston Golf Club traded in their 4 year old greens mower and we purchased it from Pellows. Our Annual Tournament was again successful due to the hard work by Terry Street and his small team of Ben Bishop, Robbie Johns, Kurt Davies, Ossie Woodiwiss, Paul Bolton and Merv Walton. I would like to thank Elly and our ladies who provided lunch at our annual tournament, also Annette Bryan, Pam Ritchie and Kerrie Street for assisting us at the Veterans’ Tournament this year. The Golf Club also thanks the donors for the Annual and the Veterans’ Tournaments. We had the largest number of sponsors that I can recall. These are too numerous to mention, however they are listed on our notice board in the clubrooms. I would like to thank Kurt for the effort and time seeking a number of excellent donations. As mentioned in my report over the last couple of years, the vets’ numbers have continued to fall and this trend is still seen in 2018, with now a smaller number travelling to NE events as well as to the various vets’ tournaments around the north. This reduction in numbers of veteran golfers is occurring across most golf clubs in Tasmania. I would like to acknowledge the work Terry Street and his small band do in organising the NE vets’ days. I would also like to acknowledge and thank our ladies for providing meals for the NE Vets, in particular Annette Bryan. Last year we had a number of functions at the club which are needed to maintain a reasonable bar trade, I would like to thank Peter Florissen for all the work he does behind the bar and David for assisting Peter from time to time and for his work in the Secretary/Treasurer role. In thanking people I would like to take this opportunity to thank Robbie Johns for maintaining our Golf Link handicap system, which is almost an automated system like those of our major courses, as Robbie updates the scores before we have our presentations that day. Last year the ladies contributed $7,000 towards some specific projects. The first project was to replace the seating around the course and I would like to thank Gary Ritchie who performed all that work. Some of the money was used towards the purchase of the greens mower with the balance to renovate the ladies’ restroom and some work in the men’s restroom area. The ladies’ renovations are currently in progress. Our lady members have had an exceptional year on the golf course with Vicki Towns and Leonie Gordon being runners up in the Tasmanian Bronze Stableford event (34 clubs competed) and Leonie with 40 points was one behind the eventual winner. Annette Bryan and Vicki Towns won events at the Seniors Ladies tournament and more recently all of our ladies did very well in Country Week either as winners or runners up in a couple of divisions. Last year we entered pennant teams in Div. 2 and Div. 6. Both teams did extremely well with our Div. 2 just missing out by half a game to Launceston who went on to win the state title. I would like to thank Robbie Johns for captaining the Div. 2 side and his effort in recruiting two top players from Scottsdale to bolster our top side. Thanks also to Jason Davidson who captained our other team who also just missed out in playing in the finals. This year we have entered one pennant team which is playing in Div. 7, and I would like to thank Paul Bolton for taking on the role of Captain of our pennant side. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the Club Champions. In closing I would like again to thank all those members who helped in any way during 2017/18 to make this a great and enjoyable club. I would also like to thank all the members of the Board for the work they do during the year and for giving up their time to run our Golf Club. I will not be standing for President or Member of the Board in 2018/19 due to other commitments, but I will be happy to assist the Club in any way I can. I would like to wish the incoming President every success and I know he will enjoy working with a good team. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Members of the Board during my tenure for their input and their time to run our Golf Club.

Steve Pryer
March 2018

Chairmans Report 2016

President’s Report 2017      

It is with pleasure that I hand down my Presidents Report for 2016/17 reflecting on the work that was done in 2016 and the early part of this year.  

The last twelve months have been very busy for our club and without the willingness of a small band of volunteers on the course, in administration and the bar area we would really struggle to keep this golf club going. I would like to acknowledge some of the work that has taken place during 2016/17.

The course is looking in an excellent condition and we have received some great comments from visitors and recently from the Tasmanian Senior Ladies who played here in February. This is only due to our course volunteers in Ossie Woodiwiss, Les Plumbridge, Gary Ritchie, Warren West, Keith Fox, Bill Turner, Garry Cross, Leigh Darcy, Peter Florrisen, and Paul Bolton who have maintained our course during a period of extremely wet weather and now dry weather. During 2016 there were 5 months where we recorded the highest monthly rainfall reading since records were kept. We are lucky that a number of these members have a lot of mechanical skills and they have saved us a lot of labour costs in conducting on-site maintenance, sharpening reels and servicing our equipment.

Early in the year we reviewed our course machinery and we decided to purchase another mower to support the work performed by 72 inch Kubota. After reviewing the various types and brands of mowers we purchased a Toro 7200 Ground Master Diesel mower which has been a real asset to our fleet and has become the workhorse cutting not only the rough but also the fairways.   

The major course project over the last 12 months was the construction of the dam (water hazard) on the 4th fairway.  Although this project may have not had 100% support from day one, I believe it has gathered support once members have seen the finished product and the 4th hole will be the feature hole on our course in years to come. It will also solve the continual problem we have had over many years with the wet area in front of the 4th green. I would like to thank Geoton for the work they performed in the design, construction and consultation to gain construction approval from the George Town Council and Bell Bay Aluminium. I must also mention Terry Street for his time in co-ordinating the work. 

Our Annual Tournament was again successful due to the hard work put in by Terry Street and his small team of Ben Bishop, Robbie Johns, Kurt Davies, Ossie Woodiwiss, Paul Bolton and Merv Walton. I would also like to thank Elly and our Ladies who provide lunch at our annual tournament, also to Annette Bryan and Pam Ritchie for assisting us at the Veteran’s Tournament this year. The Golf Club also thanks the donors for the Annual and the Veteran’s Tournaments. We had the largest number of sponsors that I can recall. These are too numerous to mention, however they are listed on our notice board in the clubrooms. I would like to thank Kurt for the effort and time to seek out a number of excellent donations.

As mentioned in my report last year the vets numbers continue to fall and this trend has continued through 2016 and into 2017 with now a smaller numbers travelling to NE events as well as the various vets tournaments around the north. This reduction in numbers of veteran golfers is occurring across most golf clubs in Tasmania. I would like to acknowledge the work Terry Street and his small band do in organising the NE vet’s days. I would also like to acknowledge and thank our ladies for providing meals for the NE Vets., in particular Annette Bryan, Carol Cassidy and Pam Ritchie.      

Last year we had a number of events at the club and that is reflected in the increase in bar trade. I would like to thank Peter Florrisen for all the work he does behind the bar and to David for assisting Peter from time to time and for his work in the Secretary/Treasurer role.

In thanking people I would like to take this opportunity to thank Robbie Johns for maintaining our Golf Link / handicap system. Almost an automated system like those of our major courses as Robbie updates them before we have our presentations that day. Also, my thanks to Alex Dustan who looks after our website and updates the results each week.

The club would like to thank Tamar Cakes who have come on board in 2016 and sponsored the three rounds and final of the Winter Cup. They are sponsoring the event again this year.

Late last year Bell Bay Aluminium as an apprentice project replaced all our clubhouse downlights lights inside and out with LED’s. Switchboard modifications and general upgrades were also done at a cost of $5,000. These modifications will also have a financial impact on us though ongoing power savings for the club. I would like to acknowledge and thank Bell Bay Aluminium for the work and potential savings they have passed onto us. 

This year we have entered two Pennant teams which are playing in Div. 2 and Div. 8. It is great to see our lower handicappers playing in a challenging Division. We wish the both teams every success.  I would like to thank Robbie Johns and Jason Davidson for the work they have done in organising and captaining the teams. This year our teams will look smarter as we will be wearing GTGC team pennant shirts and I would like to thank Miles Baker for his wonderful sponsorship of our team shirts.

Recently the George Town Golf Club Ladies have advised us that they have set aside $7,000 for specific projects. These are, painting and adjusting some of the cupboards in the ladies toilets, new sinks and taps in the men’s toilets, updating the seating around the course. Any money left over would go towards a replacement greens mower which will be our next purchase at some time. We will commence on the work within the clubhouse in coming months while the repairing and replacing of seats will take place during winter. 

 

 

I would like this opportunity to congratulate all the Club Champions.

In closing I would like to again thank all those members who helped in anyway during 2016 to make this great and enjoyable club to play golf at.

I would also like to thank all the members of the Board for the work they do during the year and for giving up their time to run our Golf Club. . 

 

Steve Pryer

March 2017  

Major Trophy Winners 2016

  • Club Championships

                             Men                           Club  Kurt Davies

                                                                B Grade T Jones

                                                                C Grade  S Hollier

                         Women                           Club  A Bryan

                                                                      C Grade   V Towns

    Foursomes

    A C  Thow  Shield      Gross                 Gill Sulzberger  &  Lee Trudgeon 160

    Peter Darcy Shield   Net              T Cassidy   & Paul Bolton 135

    Mixed  D & B Menzies Shield Gross

    Mrs H Boardman Shield Net

  • 2016 Veterans Tournament
  • Ted Cassidy

    Veterans Championship  Jock Millen Shield      

              Net             T Jones

             Gross          G Ritchie

    Match Play Handicap Challenge

    A Grade

    C Grade

    72 Hole Handicap Championship

    T Jones

    Captains Trophy

    Presidents Trophy

    Corporate Sponsors Trophy

    Newport and Wildman Cup

    Womens Trophy

    Best Club Member

    Gold Medal

    Joan Johns Memorial

    Men

    Women

    Peter Webster Memorial

    Simon Bryan memorial

    Harry Bird Memorial

    Patrons Trophy

    LIFE MEMBERSHIP    ALEX DUSTAN OAM

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