What an amazing group of members we have in this wonderful little club! After last week’s call for help, no fewer than 19 people turned out to help core and sand all our greens last Monday. The weather didn’t really play ball and the bobcat threw a tantrum but still the crew slugged away shovelling and raking sand across all the greens which, in a few weeks time, will once again be perfect. A massive thank you to all involved!
Congratulations to our own Shirley Shoemark who was honoured, along with three other Braidwood local ladies, with a Monaro Service Award last week. Shirley was honoured for her long term commitment to a variety of community groups and this certainly wouldn’t surprise anyone who knows how tirelessly Shirley works in our community; well done indeed.
Yellow sheets are now up on the noticeboard calling for nominations of office bearers in 2017 and also to gather numbers for the Golf Dinner Saturday December 10.
Reminder to get into the Servicemen’s Club this week; either from 6-7.30pm on Wednesday or Friday evening, or 12-1.30pm on Thursday to vote for your Board members!
Chook Run results w/e 13/10: 22 L. Stuart, 21 N. Fry, 19 M. Harding, D. Carroll also for w/e 20/10: 20 R. Martin, M. Harding, D. Jones, R. O’Connell
Weekly Results: October 22, 14 members braved the wet weather, sort of, to compete in Single Stablefords. Michael Fitzgerald and Di Freeman Trophies, thanks you both so much for your generosity!
Men’s winner – David Jones 36pts; runner-up – Mark Newman 35pts
Ball comp – 32 Michael Tillman-Ryan; 31 Michael Toirkens; Keith Ferguson
Men’s NTP – Rick Towers
Ladies winner – Lorinda Stuart 33pts; runner-up – Bec Bloomfield 30pts
Jackpot: not won; handicap changes: none
John Stahel has been delving into the history of our Club, thanks John, and, with some additional searches, there are interesting mentions of the Club in the various records and also a few confusing references to where the Club was situated and where golf was actually being played in the early years.
References are made to Braidwood Golf Club and then later on to Braidwood Town Golf Club. We will delve into this a little more in coming editions.
So far, we have found the earliest mention of ‘Braidwood Golf Club’ comes in the Goulburn Evening Penny Post, April 12 1913:
BRAIDWOOD. Mr. B. McGrath, 84 years of ago, died on Saturday last. He had been ailing for some time. Rain commenced to fall on Sunday morning, and up to 9 o’clock on Tuesday 178 points had fallen. Steps are being taken to form a golf club in the town.
This was closely followed by a mention in the local paper of the time:
Sat April 19:
A meeting of the Braidwood Progress Association was held at the Council Chambers on Thursday evening. Dr. Quaife had advertised that a proposal would be made at a meeting to form a Golf Club. It was said by the supporters of the movement that it would inflict no loss upon the Association, but would be responsible for its own costs, and would be an attraction to tourists. It was resolved that Dr. Quaife’s action in calling the meeting be confirmed.
Again in the Goulburn Evening Penny Post, on June 3:
The Braidwood Golf Club has been successfully launched. Last Saturday about thirty players competed in a handicap bogie competition. The local bogie has been fixed at 45, and is rather an easy one to suit local conditions.
The final mention for the year was in the Goulburn Evening Penny Post on August 30:
BRAIDWOOD. The Golf Club held a ball on Thursday. Some thirty couples were present. There were three prizes for fancy dresses. Other fancy costumes were worn.
Oct 29 American Foursomes Medley, Phil O’Toole and; Alec Henry Trophy Nov 5 Monthly Medals and Last day for Singles Knockout Final to be played
Nov 6 Gungahlin Lakes Ladies Open Day $25 entries close October 28 th
Nov 12 Diggers Day (NB: our Competition Day this w/e is the Sunday!)
Nov 13 Single S’fords Groot-Obbink’s Trophies Last day for Doubles Knockout Final
Nov 19 Committee Meeting 10.30am
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