After a successful tournament last year, we were confident this year’s event would be bigger and better. Unfortunately we were slightly down on numbers with 28 players contesting the event which teed off on Sat 24th May. Jacqueline Mooney was quick out of the blocks taking out Round 1 with a solid 39 points. More girl power followed in Round 2 with Prescilla Keogh taking out top spot with 39 points again. The Boys fought back in Round 3 with Robert Dragisic firing up with 41 points & Peter Allam a solid 40 points. Round 4 saw Kevin Sabbah spring into action with 39 points. Heading into the final qualifying round with the ability to drop your 2 worst scores, anyone in the top 20 had a realistic chance of finishing in the Top 4. It was Robert Dragisic who once again set the course alight with 40 points to finish in top spot for the day and 3rd place overall which was a great effort considering he missed 2 rounds and missed the luxury of dropping any scores. Prescilla Keogh and Anthony Pantano finished in equal 1st place overall with 112 points one point ahead of Robert. The final standings were extremely close. Jacqueline Mooney who finished in 8th position was fortunate to qualify for the final when 4th to 7th place couldn’t make the final on Sat 9th August. The final was played in good spirit with all players winning their fair share of skins. At the end of the day only $100 separated all finalists who took home an even share of the $1200 that was up for grabs.
If you feel like your not making your fair share of putts or simply missing those short ones that you know you should make, fixing the problem might be as simple as picking up a training aid and practising like tour professionals Rory McIlRoy and Rickie Fowler. Both professionals who have been consistent performers in The 2014 Major Championships have been spending time putting with this putting aid before each round. The training aid of choice is a putting mirror which allows them to set up consistently with their eyes in the same position, make sure their putter face is square to the line they intend to start the ball on and finally ensure that their head doesn’t move during the stroke. All of these fundamentals are vital considering poor aim and moving on your putts is the most common fault associated with missing short putts. The good news is these and other trainee aids are available in your local pro shop and if you can’t find time to get down to the course during the week, you can improve your short game by practising your putting at home or in the office.
The Holden Scramble was held on Friday 25th July. It was the first time we had run the event on a Friday and we also changed things up with a 1st tee start instead of the usual shot gun start. 14 teams took part in the ambrose tournament that was restricted this year to teams with at least 2 members. The weather was wet and cold but it despite the tough playing conditions, scoring was pretty good and extremely close with less than 1 shot separating the top 4 places. At the end of day it was the last group of the morning (Prescilla Keogh, Laura Marquinez, Jonathon Mok & Peter Anderson) who came up trumps with a nett score of 56.25.
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The last round of the NRL season is complete and 8 teams will continue playing finals football. The NRL tipsters will continue selecting teams for each of the finals matches, however unlike the close on field competition the tipping winner looks like he is home and hosed. Johnny R Wallace has consistently picked around 6 winners over the last 2 months to show all the other contestants a clean pair of heels and sits on top with 129 points. In 2nd place is Greame Boulton on 121 points, closely followed by The Unhappy Dragon (Stewart Hardiman) on 119. The only other threat for a top 3 spot is Ronny Hyland who has been creeping up the ladder with some solid tipping of late. Good luck to all the tipsters in the finals and let’s hope Johnny hits a speed hump in the finals to make things more interesting.
It’s been 2 months since the new layout re-opened and the golf course has never looked better. A combination of beautiful autumn weather and automatic night watering has contributed to the wonderful condition of the course. The fairways now have a fantastic coverage of grass like never before and the new holes which were fluffy at first have also benefited from the heavy traffic flattening them down. The greens have been rolled regularly to give golfers a firm and fast surface to putt on. The downside to a nice true rolling putting surface is greens that are hard to hold with approach shots, but as they say “you can’t have your cake and eat it too”.
The initial feedback from the members and social golfers that have played the new layout has been positive. Everyone loves the new holes and the challenges they present. And although there are still some areas to be tidied up, most players are commenting on how much the golf course has improved. The inconvenience of playing a variety of 9 hole courses during the construction phase is long forgotten and everyone is positive about Hurstville Golf Course and the direction we are heading.
To celebrate the grand re-opening of Hurstville Golf Course Bluefit has introduced a new fleet of EZ-GO golf carts. 22 new carts were delivered and have been used regularly buy both our members and social players. Apart from being new the good news is nothing else has changed. They are the same brand, colour and most importantly the price of hiring them has remained unchanged.
It’s been nice to see some familiar faces return to Hurstville Golf Club competition days. Along with our new members BlueFit would like to welcome you to Hurstville Golf Course and also thank our regulars that keep playing competitions throughout the course changes. Member participation has been tremendous in competitions since the grand Re-opening. We have been experiencing larger than average and scoring has been more difficult mainly due to the new holes and fast greens. No longer do you need 48 stableford points or more to take out first prize. The average winning score has come down considerably and some comps have been won with a stableford score under 40 points. Maybe our new slope ratings that members have become accustomed to are rated too easy??? That’s a debatable topic.
On other note, BlueFit staff would like to thank the majority of members that are making an effort to arrive at least 15 minutes before their tee off time. Your efforts assist with the field starting on time, which in turn helps promote a faster round for all players. Apart from the odd stroke round the pace of play has been very respectable, especially considering the extra length of the Par 70(men) and Par 72 (women) golf course.
We are already 2 rounds into our Handiskins Tournament. The tournament which allows competitors to combine their best 3 stableford scores from 5 rounds commenced on Saturday 24th May. Unfortunately the numbers of entrants for this tournament are down compared to 2013. So far we have 29 competitors battling it out to make the final 4 which is scheduled for Saturday 9th August. Player’s scores can be viewed on the Handskins website http://www.handiskins.com.au/clubs/hurstville-golf-club
BlueFit Golf and Hurstville Golf Club will once again be hosting a Holden Scramble on Friday 25th July. This year the event is an Invitational and not an Open event like previous years. The benefit of this is each team must be captained by a Hurstville Golf Club member and visitors from other clubs can’t come in and form their own team. Bluefit staff will be encouraging all members will get behind this years event. It would be nice to have lots of teams with 4 x HGC members. We need a minimum of 48 players to send the winning team off to the Regional Final and with only a month to go there’s no better time to start organising your team and at least half a day off work. Registration forms can be collected from the pro shop. Entry fee is still $35 per player and can be paid before the day to speed up registration on the day. Each player receives 6 Callaway golf balls and a Holden Scramble Voucher book with special offers.
The first was by BlueFit Staff member Jake Thomas on the 12th hole. Although it wasn’t in a club competition Jake holed out with his 9 iron, which was witnessed by fellow member Barrie Senior who Jake was playing with at the time. It’s Jake’s first ever Hole in One and at 19 years of age it’s probably the first of many. Feel free to congratulate Jake when you see him next in the pro shop.
The most recent Hole in One was by Prescilla Keogh on the 18th hole in a Tuesday competition. Prescilla used her Ping 5 iron and a Titleist ProV1 to hole out and according to her Bushnell Laser she was 134 metres from the hole. It’s the second time Prescilla has holed out on the 18th. The first time was 2 years ago when she was a visitor in the competition. That hole in one convinced her to join Hurstville Golf Club.
How time flies…..we are already up to Round 13 of the Hurstville Golf NRL Tipping Comp and total of 11 tipsters have been jockeying for positions on the leader board. After Round 12 John R Wallace (bulldog supporter) in front with 58 points probably due to the fact that his team is playing well and he can’t tip against them. In 2nd position on 55 points is the consistent performer Unhappy Dragon (no prizes for guessing which team he goes for). If the Dragons weren’t on the bottom of the table the Unhappy Dragon would probably be out in front. Other points worth mentioning; Graeme Boulton’s perfect score Round 12 to move into 3rd position. Trainee Sharkie struggling like his Cronulla team to sit 9 points off the pace.
Let’s be honest, we all want to hit longer drives. Along with hitting a straighter ball and holing more putts, it’s high up on our wish list.
The good news is your distance can be improved by working on some baseball swings to improve the sequencing of your golf swing. Most golfers lose power because they turn their shoulders too early (with hips) on the downswing and also release the clubhead too early with their hands. Therefore all their power is gone before they make contact with the ball. By following the points below, you can start to re train your muscle memory to have your body turning and wrists unhinging in the correct sequence to provide maximum power through impact.
• feet shoulder width apart
• take a relaxed grip on your driver
• turn hips 45 deg & shoulders 90 deg (your back should be facing the target)
• place club shaft on right shoulder like a baseball batter (reverse for left hander)
• hinge wrists (back of right wrist bend back like waiter holding drinks tray
• relax arms (it’s ok to bend arms)
• weight moves into left side (shoulders maintain turn)
• hips start to turn open (resist shoulders turning at same time)
• should feel a twisting in your core
• hips keep turning and eventually shoulders have to follow
• arms drop and right elbow falls in front of right hip (maintain)
• hips keep turning and continue to follow
• wrists unhinge late in downswing
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