An Extra Ladies Committee Meeting was held on Thursday 28th June, at which Fiona Johnston was nominated and elected by a majority decision of the Committee as Vice Captain of the Ladies Section.
In accordance with clause 3.3 of the Management Agreement, Fiona's position as Vice Captain will only continue until the October Annual Meeting this year when the election of Lady Captain, Vice Captain and Committee will take place .
Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Friday, 22 June 2018
Ladies who enjoyed 12 holes on Tuesday 19th June in the Sundowner competition. Although it was intended to play 18 holes, the rain came on and a decision was made to stop after 12. The rain did not stop the camaraderie of the format which was 2 nett scores to count. The winners were Ann Henry, Suki Stobbs, Hazel Grant and Janice Lang.
A one course meal of Salmon Fishcakes, Salad and French Fries followed play. Thanks to all ladies who turned up to play.
Thursday, 21 June 2018
Phil Mickelson has certainly been the subject of a lot of discussion since his questionable actions at the US Open at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday. He blatantly broke rule 14-5 by striking his putt more than once in order to prevent it from rolling down off the green. Rule 14-5 states a player must not make a stroke at his/her ball while it is moving. However, there is another rule which could have been used which was Rule 1-2 where a player must not (i) take an action with the intent to influence the movement of a ball in play or (ii) alter physical conditions with the intent of affecting the playing of a hole. I would say Phil certainly influenced the movement of his ball. The penalty for this misdemeanour is 2 strokes or if a player has gained a significant advantage then it is disqualification.
The key principle in golf is that you play the ball as it lies and you don’t do anything to improve your surroundings. For example, if your ball lands at the bottom of a bush or tree you must step in and fairly take your stance without bending, breaking the flora and fauna around you. Rule 13-2 states: A player must not improve or allow to be improved:
· the position or lie of his/her ball,
· the area of his/her intended stance or swing,
· the area in which he/she is to drop or place a ball,
by any of the following actions:
· pressing a club on the ground,
· moving, bending or breaking anything growing or fixed (including immovable obstructions and objects defining out of bounds),
· creating or eliminating irregularities of surface,
· removing or pressing down sand, loose soil, replaced divots or other cut turf placed in position, or
· removing dew, frost or water.
It is also important to remember that if in the course of taking a practice swing you happen to knock down branches and leaves with your backswing you could be altering your area of your intended swing and you would be in breach of Rule 13-2 resulting in a penalty of two strokes in strokeplay and loss of hole in matchplay.
R&A Rules Qualified
Monday, 18 June 2018
Don't worry if you have not entered online, just come along and teams of 3 will be made up on the evening. Please be aware that you may not play on the course you have booked.
A light supper of Salmon & Chive Fishcakes and French Fries will be available after play at £10pp.
Looking forward to seeing to you all for a fun evening of golf.
Friday, 15 June 2018
|Challenging conditions on the 15th green|
Yesterday I was playing a match with Margaret, Katy and June and we were up against 30 mile an hour winds. These conditions create rule queries. What happens if the ball is moved by the wind and what do you do about debris on the greens?
If you are about to putt and the wind moves your ball, then you play the ball from the new position where it has come to rest. If by chance the gust of wind is strong enough to blow your ball into the hole, then lucky you, you don’t have to count it as a stroke! With regard to loose impediments on the green caused by the wind, prior to 2004 the rule stated you could only use your hand to remove debris to clear your line. With the rule change you can now use your hand, putter, towel etc… as long as you do not press down hard on the line of your putt otherwise you could be seen to be testing or improving the surface. Rule 16-1.
Another point to note is when indicating the line of a putt to your partner, you must not touch the putting surface with your finger, putter, flagstick or anything else. This applies to caddies as well. Rule 8-2.b
Penalty for Breach of Rule 16-1and 8-2.b:
Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.
R&A Rules Qualified
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Greetings from Quaker Ridge New York where the Curtis Cup has been taking place. It has been a great three days. It was a shame GB&I had to return the Cup to the USA and sadly the score line does not show how well our girls actually played. The televising of the Curtis Cup meant that the event had to stick to very strict timings. If the first tee off was 1:00 pm then at 12:59 we had a count down on the tee ready for the first game and each game after that stuck rigidly to the designated tee times.
The reason I highlight this fact is that it relates to a rule of golf that is often broken by members at clubs up and down the country:
6-3a. Time of Starting
Now we are told what the penalties are if we are late on the tee, but many players are unaware that there are penalties for starting too early. If you start any earlier than your allotted tee time then you are technically disqualified, except if you have been given permission by the committee. This is covered by Decision 6.3a/5.
Allotted tee times are there for a reason as it helps spread the groups throughout the course and hopefully prevents games becoming backed up. Too often I have witnessed ladies teeing off at the first on Rosemount thinking they will not drive into the group in front without any regard to the actual time they should be starting.There is a real desire to speed golf up, however, it has to start at the right pace in the first place with people sticking to their tee times.
R&A Rules Qualified
Results of the Ladies' Club Championship,
Bronze Championship and
Saturday 9th June 2018
Club Champion Jillian Milne
Runner Up Katy Alexander
Bronze Champion Katie Chapman
Runner Up Gill Tissell
Sophie's Trophy Jane Cameron
Runner Up Kate Musgrave-Brown
Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who participated in the competition, refereed or caddied.
Ladies' Captain 2018
Sunday, 10 June 2018
|Katie, Pauline & Gill with the Bronze Trophy|
|Katie on the tee on the 6th; Gill Tissell, her opponent watching & Katies's caddie Elizabeth, looks into the sunshine for the ball.|
|I love this! Which way are they going?!|
Photos courtesy of Hazel Moore.
Thursday, 7 June 2018
Tuesday, 5 June 2018
Many thanks to Mary Miller, the Organiser for this event and also to Linda Rice, captain on the day.
Monday, 4 June 2018
Congratulations Sue and well done to you and Ian for winning the scratch prize. Well worth a day out!