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2012 Skins Champion.

[2012 Skins Champion]
2012 Champion

Stix, the quiet achiever, claimed a small number of skins in the final round of the year to wrap up the 2012 Championship. Satisfied with his second skins crown, he is now moving onto a career in the union.

Congratulations Stix on a year well played.

Completing the domination of the founding members, the 2012 runner-up was Craig.

[2012 Skins Runner-up]
2012 Runner-up
2012 Skins Results
  1. Stix 82
  2. Craig 68
  3. PeterD 57
  4. Steve 51
  5. PeterH 50
  6. Klaus 30
  7. Ahmad 16
  8. David 16
  9. Mario 14
  10. Adam 7
  11. Matthew 4
  12. Elliot 0
  13. Remaining 19
Skins History


Stix Takes the NTCC

[2012 NTCC Champion]
2012 NTCC Champion
Xmas Round - 15th December:

The 2012 NTCC had 9 players competing for the trophies in five events:
- Individual Stableford
- Multiplier Teams Event
- Nearest to the Pin (4th hole)
- Longest Drive (17th hole)
- The Bradman Award for the best century scored.

As set by the Founding Member Stix, the rules this year were clubs restricted to 5-wood, 9-iron and putter. There was some controversy about the definition of the 5-wood as some players claimed the no 5-wood exemption and used various other clubs such as a 3 hybrid and a 4-wood. It seems that no penalties were incurred as the Founding Members are subject to senility and apathy.

The Individual Stableford winner this year was Stix with 35 points. This concludes a dominant year for the Founding Members generally and Stix in particular.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford points]:
[Nearest to the Pin]
Adam on the 4th
Birdies:

4th: Adam sank the putt after winning the NTP

6th: PeterD

8th: Adam

9th: Stix


[Nearest to the Pin Winner]
Nearest to the Pin Winner

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Adam made the NTP look easy with a tee shot to 0.8 metres.


[Longest Drive Winner]
Longest Drive Winner

Longest drive (17th hole):

Another trophy to Stix with a fine 240 metre drive with a 5 wood.


[Bradman Award]
Bradman Award

Bradman Award:

This year David was determined to offload the dreaded award and successfully moved it to the embarrassed joint winners Ahmad and Craig.


Teams Event Results:

The teams event was a three way stableford multiplier taken out by the dominant Founding Members team.

Craig, David and Stix: 108 points.

Mario, PeterD and PeterH: 97 points.

Adam, Ahmad and Steve: 92 points.

[Gallery]
The Rapt Gallery
Catering:

was by all players today.

Weather:

Fine.

NTCC Champions


Fast finishing Ahmad claims victory

Round 23 - 1st December:

By Craig

[Presentation 1st December 2012]
Trophy presentation

In what appeared a near impossible task, Ahmad stormed home claiming the last 5 skins of the year to beat Steve in a tight countback which reverted to the number of skins won on the back 9. Ahmad's play was outstanding for this round, with a top score of 35 points.

Once again, Stix the quiet achiever claimed a small number of skins to have the end of year tally wrapped up by the 5th hole. Satisfied with his second skins crown, he is now moving onto a career in the union. Congratulation Stix on a year well played.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford points Skins]:
Birdies:

13th (par 3): Steve.

Catering:

By Craig, next time is a joint effort for the Christmas round.

Controversy:

With no other groups in sight, we tee'd off as a 5 today, only to be reprimanded by the pro at the end of the first hole and told to split up following complaints from groups yet to tee off. We split and proceeded to lap the field finishing 3 holes in front of the groups behind us, teaming up again on the 18th to finish as a 5 with no-one around. But the pro did see us finish but didn't say anything. Point made!!!

Rules of the Round:

No Rules Today

Weather:

Very steamy, with drizzle at times, but the overcast conditions kept temps down from the predicted 40 degree heat wave conditions of Friday. It was the first time I heard someone utter the comment "I hope we beat that blue sky to finish".




[Presentation 17th November 2012]
Trophy presentation

History is Made!!! Dave Wins

Round 22 - 17th November:

by Craig

A huge roar echoed around North Turramurra as Dave was announced the winner in a nail biting end of match tally, claiming his first ever skins victory in living history. In an emotional thank you speech, Dave was happy to claim the win despite what he considered some luck after a round he was "glad was over".

Whilst the after match focus was on Dave, Stix quietly snuck another 4 skins to take an 11 skin lead in the overall tally, virtually assuring him of the end of year trophy. Although a whisper of some skullduggery was heard amongst the group, we anticipate a fair and even match in the last round decider next fortnight.

[The Jubilant Winner]
The Jubilant Winner
Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford points Skins]:
Birdies:

15th: Steve (a well played classic birdie according to playing partners)

[Stix' Tee Shot]
Stix' Tee Shot

16th: Stix (an outstanding shot to 2.5 iPhone 5 lengths of the pin. See attached photo)

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Craig on 4th to "about 20 feet".

Longest drive (17th hole):

Peter D 213m on the 17th.

Catering:

Stix. A fine effort in line with expected catering standards.
Next time catering is by PeterD.

Controversial Rulings

On the 12th a shot was hit short of the out of bounds markers and there was some confusion about the correct ruling and lines of OOB. Two balls were played, neither of which was significant in scoring.

[Dave's Bunker]
Dave's Bunker
Interesting shots:

Dave embedding his bunker shot on the 9th in the lip of the bunker (see attached photo)

Other Noteworthy Events

Dave found a broken 6 iron in the forest which has given us a redundant longest driver marker. An inspection was made to ensure it wasn't Dave's 6 iron (which it wasn't). Some discussion raged over what should be attached to this new LD marker.

Weather:

Overcast, no rain quite mild.




Stix Surges to a Seven Skin Supremacy

Round 21 - 3rd November:
[Presentation 3rd November 2012]
Trophy presentation

Stix defied Craig's deputy David and returned to form to take the trophy today with 7 skins. David toiled manfully on Craig's behalf and won 3 skins.

PeterD was in fine form and made 3 birdies on the way to taking the Nth Turramurra stroke play competition with a scratch score of 3 over.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Gross / Net Skins]:
Birdies:

11th (par 3): PeterD and PeterH.

[Not a hole in one!]
Not a hole in one on the 11th!

13th (par 3): PeterD.

14th (par 3): PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to 1.540 metres as measured by the Skins tape.

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterH with a 220 metre drive.

Catering:

Due to the late notice, catering was by the Nth Turramurra clubhouse restaurant. Next time the caterer is Stix.

Interesting Shots:

PeterH missed an ace on the 11th by 30 cm and managed to make the birdie putt after PeterD ruined the party by sinking his own 3 metre birdie putt from off the green.

Rules of the Round:

No Rules Today

Weather:

Overcast and humid.




Craig Overcomes the Count-Back Hoodoo to Take The Hunter Valley Round

Round 20 - 20th October:

Today Craig won three holes to defeat PeterH the count back specialist and Steve's run of 3 wins came to an end.

It was a very hot day with hard fairways with plenty of run for long tee shots.

The founding members are now sharing the lead 20 points ahead of third place.

[Presentation 20th October 2012]
Trophy presentation
Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford points Skins]:
Birdies:

5th (par 4): PeterD.

6th (par 4): PeterD.

10th (par 3): Steve.

Nearest to the pin (3rd hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to 6 PDS.

Longest drive (16th hole):

Stix with a 226 metre drive.

Catering:

was by the Crown Plaza cafe; next round the caterer is Stix.

Rules of the Round:

No rules today.

Interesting Shots:

None today.

Weather:

Fine and very hot (37°C).

Hunter Valley Wineries:
[James Halliday]
James Halliday


Stix, the Skins Wine Consultant, used the latest James Halliday Wine Companion to select 3 wineries for us to visit: Lambloch Estate, Leogate Estate and Chateau Francois.

Lambloch Estate

[Lambloch Cellar Door]
Lambloch Cellar Door


The Lambloch cellar door is a modern bar with a deck overlooking the vineyard view. The winery manager was happy to discuss all the wines and the tasting included "The Loch" shiraz highly rated by James Halliday.

LeoGate Estate

[Bill Widin]
Bill Widin


Bill of Leogate generously spent time with us describing all the wines we tasted. The skillful NT Skins tasters were very impressed with the 2010 Reserve Semillon and the 2009 Reserve shiraz.


Following the trend of all wineries and golf courses, the Leogate Winery is purpose built for weddings.

[Leogate Winery]
Leogate Winery

Chateau Francois

[Don Francois]
Don Francois


We had an extended chat with the ancient and friendly winemaker, Dr Don Francois (former NSW Director of Fisheries) about the law, higher education, kangaroo pests, art works and even tasted couple of wines.




Steve Makes It a Hat-trick

Round 19 - 6th October:

Steve continued domination of the skins with a third win in succession. This places him 26 skins behind the lead with 4 rounds to go.

The founding members in the lead are looking safe.

[Presentation 6th October 2012]
Trophy presentation
Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Gross / Net Skins]:
Birdies:

11th (par 3): Craig.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterH with a tee shot to 10 paces and 3 putts.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Craig with a 194 metre drive.

Catering:

was by Steve. Next time the caterer is the Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club.

Rules of the Round:

27-2. Provisional Ball

a. Procedure

If a ball may be lost outside a water hazard or may be out of bounds, to save time the player may play another ball provisionally in accordance with Rule 27-1. The player must inform his opponent in match play or his marker or a fellow-competitor in stroke play that he intends to play a provisional ball, and he must play it before he or his partner goes forward to search for the original ball.

If he fails to do so and plays another ball, that ball is not a provisional ball and becomes the ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1); the original ball is lost.

Note: If a provisional ball played under Rule 27-2a might be lost outside a water hazard or out of bounds, the player may play another provisional ball. If another provisional ball is played, it bears the same relationship to the previous provisional ball as the first provisional ball bears to the original ball.

b. When Provisional Ball Becomes Ball in Play

The player may play a provisional ball until he reaches the place where the original ball is likely to be. If he makes a stroke with the provisional ball from the place where the original ball is likely to be or from a point nearer the hole than that place, the original ball is lost and the provisional ball becomes the ball in play under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1).

If the original ball is lost outside a water hazard or is out of bounds, the provisional ball becomes the ball in play, under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1).

Exception: If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball, that has not been found, has been moved by an outside agency (Rule 18-1), or is in an obstruction (Rule 24-3) or an abnormal ground condition (Rule 25-1c), the player may proceed under the applicable Rule.

c. When Provisional Ball to be Abandoned

If the original ball is neither lost nor out of bounds, the player must abandon the provisional ball and continue playing the original ball. If it is known or virtually certain that the original ball is in a water hazard, the player may proceed in accordance with Rule 26-1. In either situation, if the player makes any further strokes at the provisional ball, he is playing a wrong ball and the provisions of Rule 15-3 [Wrong Ball] apply.

Note: If a player plays a provisional ball under Rule 27-2a, the strokes made after this Rule has been invoked with a provisional ball subsequently abandoned under Rule 27-2c and penalties incurred solely by playing that ball are disregarded.

Interesting Shots:

PeterD avoided putting on the 15th with a spectacular green-side Slam Dunk for a bogie.

Weather:

Cool with Light Showers.




Steve Swans to Skins Success

Round 18 - 22nd September:

Inspired by the Sydney Swans win in the preliminary final, Steve wore red and white to retain the skins trophy.

Stix has maintained a 9 skins lead over Craig in the 2012 championship. This year it is looking like a a race between the Founding Members.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
[Presentation 22nd September 2012]
Trophy presentation
Birdies:

11th (par 3): Craig.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterH with a tee shot to 12 MBS.

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterH with a 206 metre drive.

Catering:

was by Ahmad. Next time the caterer is Steve.

Rules of the Round:

No rules this time.

Interesting Shots:
Weather:

Fine and warm.




[Tasmania]

Tasmanian Triumph

Round 17 - 8th September:

After returning to Skins for a warmup in round 16, Steve took the round 17 trophy from a hungry and fading Adam. Despite some post match commentary, Adam refused to blame the on-course catering staff for the loss.

For the first time since round one, Stix, the 2012 Skins leader, failed to take a skin. The web site has no news on the pre-match sausage roll.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
[Presentation 8th September 2012]
Trophy presentation
Birdies:

4th (par 3): PeterH.

9th (par 3): Craig.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterH with a tee shot to 3.25 PDS.

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterH with a 233 metre drive.

Catering:

was by Craig. Next time the caterer is Ahmad.

Rules of the Round:

No rules this time.

Interesting Shots:

None today.

Weather:

Fine and windy.




Craig cashes in after Count-Back

[Presentation 25th August 2012]
Trophy presentation
Round 16 - 25th August:

We had a very competitive round today with three players on 5 skins with 3 holes to go and Craig leading on count-back. PeterD took the final 3 skins on the 18th giving Craig the trophy.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:

* = winner after count-back

Birdies:

1st (par 4): PeterH.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to 1.8 metres.

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterD with a 222 metre drive.

Catering:

was by PeterH. Next time the caterer is Craig.

Rules of the Round:

Section II - Definitions

Loose Impediments

"Loose impediments" are natural objects, including:

  • stones, leaves, twigs, branches and the like,
  • dung, and
  • worms, insects and the like, and the casts and heaps made by them,

provided they are not:

  • fixed or growing,
  • solidly embedded, or
  • adhering to the ball.

Sand and loose soil are loose impediments on the putting green, but not elsewhere.

Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player.

Dew and frost are not loose impediments.

 

Decisions on the Rules of Golf

Decision 23/7 - Fallen Tree

Q. Is a fallen tree a loose impediment?

A. If it is still attached to the stump, no; if it is not attached to the stump, yes.

Decision 5-1/5 - Whether Player May Borrow Balls from Another Player

Q. During a stipulated round, a player runs out of balls. May he borrow one or more balls from another player?

A. Yes. Rule 4-4a prohibits a player from borrowing a club from another player playing on the course but the Rules do not prevent a player from borrowing other items of equipment (balls, towels, gloves, tees, etc.) from another player or an outside agency.

There is nothing in the Rules of Golf that prohibits a player from borrowing a golf ball from an opponent or fellow-competitor. A player who runs out of balls may get a new supply from any source, provided he does not unduly delay play (Rule 6-7) in the process.

Interesting Shots:

PeterH proved he could hit the side of a barn after hitting the enormous water processing shed from the 10th tee.

Weather:

Fine and windy.




What! Another win for Stix.

[Presentation 11th August 2012]
Trophy presentation - photo by Craig
Round 15 - 11th August:

Stix continues on his way to the 2012 Championship, proving that inconsistent play is no bar to Skins success. Despite fine catering by PeterD, the usual photographer stormed out of the press conference.

On a more pleasant point: the Nth Turramurra course has returned to the normal layout.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
Birdies:

None.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Craig with a tee shot to 7.7 metres.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Stix with a 277 metre drive.

Catering:

was by PeterD. Next time the caterer is PeterH.

Rules of the Round:

Section II - Definitions

Outside Agency

In match play, an "outside agency" is any agency other than either the player's or opponent's side, any caddie of either side, any ball played by either side at the hole being played or any equipment of either side.

In stroke play, an outside agency is any agency other than the competitor's side, any caddie of the side, any ball played by the side at the hole being played or any equipment of the side.

An outside agency includes a referee, a marker, an observer and a forecaddie. Neither wind nor water is an outside agency.

Rule 19 - Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped

19-1. By Outside Agency

If a player's ball in motion is accidentally deflected or stopped by any outside agency, it is a rub of the green, there is no penalty and the ball must be played as it lies.

19-5. By Another Ball

a. At Rest

If a player's ball in motion after a stroke is deflected or stopped by a ball in play and at rest, the player must play his ball as it lies. In match play, there is no penalty. In stroke play, there is no penalty, unless both balls lay on the putting green prior to the stroke, in which case the player incurs a penalty of two strokes.

b. In Motion

If a player's ball in motion after a stroke other than on the putting green is deflected or stopped by another ball in motion after a stroke, the player must play his ball as it lies, without penalty.

If a player's ball in motion after a stroke on the putting green is deflected or stopped by another ball in motion after a stroke, the player's stroke is canceled. The ball must be replaced and replayed, without penalty.

Note: Nothing in this Rule overrides the provisions of Rule 10-1 (Order of Play in Match Play) or Rule 16-1f (Making Stroke While Another Ball in Motion).

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE:

Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

Interesting Shots:

Today we had an unusual number of "Ball in motion deflected" incidents: 6! A number of these occurred on the same green.

Also, PeterH hit an approach shot on the second hole only to miss the green by hitting the rake and dropping into the bunker.

Weather:

Windy and dry.




Win Number 5 for Stix.

[Presentation 28th July 2012]
Trophy presentation
Round 14 - 28th July:

Stix continues his skins domination. However, no progress with the handicap.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
Birdies:

13th (par 4): PeterD.

17th (par 5): PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to > 10 metres.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Stix with a 243 metre drive.

Catering:

was by Stix. Next time the caterer is PeterD.

Rules of the Round:

Rule 18 Ball At Rest Moved

18-2b. Ball Moving After Address

If a players ball in play moves after he has addressed it (other than as a result of a stroke), the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a penalty of one stroke.

The ball must be replaced, unless the movement of the ball occurs after the player has begun the stroke or the backward movement of the club for the stroke and the stroke is made.

Exception: If it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause his ball to move, Rule 18-2b does not apply.

Interesting Shots:

None.

Weather:

Sunny and windy.




PeterD shows the way.

[Presentation 14th July 2012]
Trophy presentation
Round 13 - 14th July:

With the departure of Klaus the Skins resorted to 4 long term players to make up the numbers.

PeterD had a consistent round just ahead of the in-form Craig and a fast finishing Stix.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
Birdies:

5th (par 3): PeterD.

10th (par 3): Craig.

13th (par 4): PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

Craig with a tee shot to 256 +/- 1 cm.

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterD with a 220 metre drive.

Catering:

was by Craig. Next time the caterer is Stix.

Rules of the Round:

No rules this time.

Interesting Shots:

None.

Weather:

Perfect.




Stix sneaks win in close contest.

by Craig

[Presentation 30th June 2012]
Trophy presentation
Round 12 - 30th June:

A fairly low key, uncontroversial round today to farewell one of our fellow skins players. Klaus had a great round of 38pts in his farewell and in a fitting tribute also took Matthews $5 in their ongoing contest.

Farewell, Klaus. Enjoy rookie school in Europe. You will be missed.

And Stix won the skins trophy BTW, increasing his lead slightly.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
Birdies:

5th (par 3): Matthew.

9th (par 3): Matthew.

10th (par 3): Stix.

13th (par 4): PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

Matthew with a tee shot to 1.5 metres.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Craig with a 160m drive.

Catering:

A solid last effort from a busy Klaus. Next time the caterer is Craig.

Rules of the Round:

No rules this time.

Interesting Shots:

None.

Weather:

Fine and sunny.




PeterH Exploits the Trees.

[Presentation 16th June 2012]
Trophy presentation
Round 11 - 16th June:

A damp and cool round with 4 players only. There were two withdrawals unrelated to the weather but the soccer cancellation allowed Steve to appear and take the Nth Turramurra stableford once more. As you can see all the Brown(e)s are from Gordon GC. Steve also stood out by hitting the water processing shed and by scoring the only birdie of the round.

PeterH used the trees to good effect on the front 9 to win 5 holes. The back 9 trees were a different story. Sadly, the other players managed to surrender the trophy by squaring the last 5 holes.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
[Nth Turramurra Results]
Birdies:

10th (par 3): Steve.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

Stix with a tee shot to ... possibly 19 metres. The newly acquired Skins NTP tape measure was too short and did like the wet weather.

Longest drive (18th hole):

Steve won the longest drive on the 18th hole after rebounding from a tree onto the fairway. Stix was not happy with this but he could not quote a rule to prevent the award.

Catering:

was by nobody and the presentation was a brief and serious one in the pro-shop. PeterD was disappointed that he had to leave so early. Next time the caterer is Klaus.

Rules of the Round:

Ref: www.usga.org

PeterD requested clarification of the lateral water hazard rules; not that Nth Turramurra GC manages to line or stake any hazards.

Definitions - Water Hazard

A "water hazard" is any sea, lake, pond, river, ditch, surface drainage ditch or other open water course (whether or not containing water) and anything of a similar nature on the course. All ground and water within the margin of a water hazard are part of the water hazard.

When the margin of a water hazard is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the water hazard, and the margin of the hazard is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a water hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin. When the margin of a water hazard is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is in the water hazard. The margin of a water hazard extends vertically upwards and downwards.

A ball is in a water hazard when it lies in or any part of it touches the water hazard.

Stakes used to define the margin of or identify a water hazard are obstructions.

Note 1: Stakes or lines used to define the margin of or identify a water hazard must be yellow.

Note 2: The Committee may make a Local Rule prohibiting play from an environmentally-sensitive area defined as a water hazard.

Definitions - Lateral Water Hazard

A "lateral water hazard" is a water hazard or that part of a water hazard so situated that it is not possible, or is deemed by the Committee to be impracticable, to drop a ball behind the water hazard in accordance with Rule 26-Ib. All ground and water within the margin of a lateral water hazard are part of the lateral water hazard.

When the margin of a lateral water hazard is defined by stakes, the stakes are inside the lateral water hazard, and the margin of the hazard is defined by the nearest outside points of the stakes at ground level. When both stakes and lines are used to indicate a lateral water hazard, the stakes identify the hazard and the lines define the hazard margin. When the margin of a lateral water hazard is defined by a line on the ground, the line itself is in the lateral water hazard. The margin of a lateral water hazard extends vertically upwards and downwards.

A ball is in a lateral water hazard when it lies in or any part of it touches the lateral water hazard.

Stakes used to define the margin of or identify a lateral water hazard are obstructions.

Note 1: That part of a water hazard to be played as a lateral water hazard must be distinctively marked. Stakes or lines used to define the margin of or identify a lateral water hazard must be red.

Note 2: The Committee may make a Local Rule prohibiting play from an environmentally-sensitive area defined as a lateral water hazard.

Note 3: The Committee may define a lateral water hazard as a water hazard.

Rule 26-1. Relief for Ball in Water Hazard

It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found after having been struck toward a water hazard is in the hazard. In the absence of knowledge or virtual certainty that a ball struck toward a water hazard, but not found, is in the hazard, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.

If a ball is found in a water hazard or if it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in the water hazard (whether the ball lies in water or not), the player may under penalty of one stroke:

a. Proceed under the stroke and distance provision of Rule 27-1 by playing a ball as nearly as possible at the spot from which the original ball was last played (see Rule 20-5); or

b. Drop a ball behind the water hazard, keeping the point at which the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard directly between the hole and the spot on which the ball is dropped, with no limit to how far behind the water hazard the ball may be dropped; or

c. As additional options available only if the ball last crossed the margin of a lateral water hazard, drop a ball outside the water hazard within two club-lengths of and not nearer the hole than (i) the point where the original ball last crossed the margin of the water hazard or (ii) a point on the opposite margin of the water hazard equidistant from the hole.

When proceeding under this Rule, the player may lift and clean his ball or substitute a ball.

Weather:

Cool, drizzle, calm.




PeterD Shows the Way at Riverside Oaks

[Presentation 2012Jun02]
Trophy presentation
Round 10: 2nd June:

This round was at Riverside Oaks and on the first Saturday of every month the competition is the Monthly Medal - a single stroke event off the black markers. The course was par 70 with the extra par 3 in play replacing the par 5 9th.

PeterD dominated the scoring and won the round for the first time in 2012.

Individual Scores
Stroke play (par 70)
[Name (hcap) Gross / Nett Skins]:
[Riverside Oaks]
Riverside Oaks
Birdies:

1st (par 5): PeterD.

10th (par 5): PeterD.

12th (par 5): Craig.

Nearest to the pin (11th hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to 4 metres.

Longest drive (16th hole):

Klaus with a 210 metre drive.

Catering:

was by Riverside Oaks. Next time the caterer is TBA.

Rules of the Round:

No rules of the round this time.

Weather:

overcast with some heavy rain.




Klaus Wins a Close Finish.

[Presentation 2012May19a]
Trophy presentation
Round 9 - 19th May:

A close match this time with the skins specialist Klaus winning for the 3rd time in 2012.

We had a minor problem as we played in a group of five [keeping up with the group in front]. It seems that the group behind had complained causing the club professional to ask us to split into two groups on the 11th fairway.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
Birdies:

2nd (par 3): Klaus chipped in by hitting the flag stick on the rough temporary green.

11th (par 4): PeterH.

13th (par 4): PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to ... a long way.

Longest drive (18th hole):

Craig with a drive of 200 metres.

Catering:

was by PeterH. Next time the caterer is Riverside Oaks.

Rules of the Round:

Playing in a Group of Five

I could not find any rule covering playing in a group of five. So, I can only assume that it is a matter of etiquette and decided by each club committee.

Weather:

Fine.




Craig's Second Win

[Presentation 2012May05a]
Trophy presentation
5th May:

Craig dominated the skins today and would have won the Nth Turramurra stroke play if only he had an official handicap. The skins win with 12 is close to the all time record.

This puts Craig just 1 skin behind the union leader Stix.

Individual Scores
Stroke play (par 62)
[Name (hcap) Gross / Nett Skins]:
Birdies:

8th (par 4): PeterD.

16th (par 3): PeterD.

17th (par 5): PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

PeterH with a tee shot to 3 metres.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Craig with a 150 metre drive.

Catering:

was an admirable effort by PeterD. Next time the caterer is PeterH.

Rules of the Round:

Rule 25 - Abnormal Ground Conditions, Embedded Ball and Wrong Putting Green

25-2. Embedded Ball

A ball embedded in its own pitch-mark in the ground in any closely mown area through the green may be lifted, cleaned and dropped, without penalty, as near as possible to the spot where it lay but not nearer the hole. The ball when dropped must first strike a part of the coursethrough the green. "Closely mown area" means any area of the course, including paths through the rough, cut to fairway height or less.

Weather:

perfect - sunny with a breeze.




Klaus wins despite lady golfers.

[Presentation 2012Apr21a]
Trophy presentation
21st April:

The day started well with dry weather and an empty tee. We had 9 players giving us 3 groups which was fine until the aggressive lady golfers insisted on using their allotted tee times and split up the groups.

Also, the temporary 2nd hole provided a challenge with a substandard green similar to a cow paddock.

None of this bothered the skins specialist Klaus and he took the trophy for the 2nd time in 2012.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
[Results 2012Apr21]
Birdies:

4th (par 3): Stix.

10th (par 3): Klaus.

12th (par 3): PeterD with a chip-in from off the green.

13th (par 4): Steve.

15th (par 4): PeterH.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

Craig with a tee shot to 1.5 metres.

Longest drive (18th hole):

Craig with a drive 100 metres high and 50 metres long.

Catering:

was by David. Next time the caterer is PeterD.

Shot of the Day:

was a high slice from the 1st tee by Klaus onto the 3rd fairway and into Ahmad's back; after bouncing fortunately.

Rules of the Round:

No rules of the round this time.

Weather:

Overcast and humid with generous casual water.




Damn Stix Wins Again!

[Presentation 2012Apr07a]
Trophy presentation
7th April:

Stix is continuing his domination of the 2012 championship. Fellow founding member Craig is the nearest challenger, 13 skins behind.

It looks like Stix will get his PGA card ahead of the inconsistent Klaus who is likely to slink away to the European Tour.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Gross / Nett Skins]:
Birdies:

8th (par 4): Klaus.

9th (par 3): Klaus.

17th (par 5): Craig.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

PeterH with a tee shot to 7 metres.

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterD with a 260 metre drive.

Catering:

by Stix. Next time the caterer is David.

Rules of the Round:

Rule 25-1 - Abnormal Ground Conditions

Decision 25/11 - Grass Cuttings

Grass cuttings are ground under repair only if they have been piled for removal - see Definition of "Ground Under Repair." If cuttings piled for removal interfere with a player's stance or swing, the player is entitled to relief under Rule 25-1b.

Grass cuttings are loose impediments (see Definition of "Loose Impediments"), whether or not they are piled for removal, and may be removed by the player - Rule 23-1.

Weather:

Fine.




Founding Members Dominate.

24th March:

The founding members are fighting back with Craig taking the trophy and NTP glory today and Stix extending his lead the 2012 competition.

Our token low handicapper continues to struggle on a lowly 6 skins.

[Presentation 2012Mar24a]
Trophy presentation
Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Skins]:
Birdies:

10th (par 3): PeterH.

Nearest to the pin (5th hole):

Craig with a tee shot to 4 metres.

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterD with a 201 metre drive.

Catering:

by Craig. Next time the caterer is Stix.

Rules of the Round:

Rule 16 - The Putting Green

16-1b. Lifting and Cleaning Ball

A ball on the putting green may be lifted and, if desired, cleaned. The position of the ball must be marked before it is lifted and the ball must be replaced (see Rule 20-1). When another ball is in motion, a ball that might influence the movement of the ball in motion must not be lifted.


Rule 21 - Cleaning Ball

A ball on the putting green may be cleaned when lifted under Rule 16-1b. Elsewhere, a ball may be cleaned when lifted, except when it has been lifted:

a. To determine if it is unfit for play (Rule 5-3);

b. For identification (Rule 12-2), in which case it may be cleaned only to the extent necessary for identification; or

c. Because it is assisting or interfering with play (Rule 22).

If a player cleans his ball during play of a hole except as provided in this Rule, he incurs a penalty of one stroke and the ball, if lifted, must be replaced.

If a player who is required to replace a ball fails to do so, he incurs the general penalty under the applicable Rule, but there is no additional penalty under Rule 21.

Exception: If a player incurs a penalty for failing to act in accordance with Rule 5-3, 12-2 or 22, there is no additional penalty under Rule 21.

Weather:

Fine.




Klaus Gloats with Smoke.

10th March:

The course has been rearranged for stage 1 of the renovations providing even more short par 3 holes. There is work to be done on the agricultural 3rd green.

[Presentation 2012Mar10a]
Trophy presentation

The fuming Klaus takes the trophy from a reluctant Stix today as all players won skins.

Some players struggled with the soggy conditions, notably Steve who made an 11 and a 10 during the round. PeterD had no trouble, however, and played a skillful 4 over round of 66 although it did not improve his skins count.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Gross / Net Skins]:
[Results 2012Mar10]
Birdies:

5th (par 3): PeterD.

6th (par 3): Klaus.

14th (par 3): Mario.

17th (par 5): PeterH.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to 2.2 metres.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Klaus with a 240 metre drive.

Catering:

was a determined effort by Mario. Next time the caterer is Craig.

Rules of the Round:

28/5 Regression Under Unplayable Ball Rule
(Decisions on the Rules of Golf)

Q. A player plays a stroke from Point A to Point B. Point B is in an area from which it is very difficult to extricate the ball. The player considers deeming the ball unplayable but this would result in a stroke-and-distance penalty (Rule 28a). Dropping behind under Rule 28b is impossible due to a boundary fence and dropping within two club-lengths under Rule 28c is not feasible because it would require a considerable number of such drops to escape the area. The player plays from Point B and moves the ball a few feet to Point C, where the ball is clearly unplayable. Under Rule 28a, may the player:

(a) deem the ball unplayable at Point C and drop a ball under penalty of one stroke at Point B, and then

(b) deem the ball unplayable at Point B and drop a ball, under an additional penalty of one stroke, at Point A?

A. No. Under Rule 28a, the player would be entitled to drop a ball only at the place from which he played his last stroke (Point B).

In the circumstances, the player's only alternative is to invoke Rule 28c a sufficient number of times (starting at Point C and dropping the ball sideways within two club-lengths each time) to get the ball into a playable position.

Weather:

Spectacularly fine; although soggy underfoot.




Stix Makes It Two In A Row.

[Presentation 2012Feb25a]
Trophy presentation
25th February:

Stix put in a second dominating performance and takes the lead in the 2012 Championship.

Klaus won the Nth Turramurra division B competition with 35 points after a countback with Steve.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford points Skins]:
Birdies:

4th (par 3): Ahmad.

14th (par 3): Klaus.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterH with a tee shot to 1.5 metres after hitting the flag stick.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Steve with a 190 metre drive.

Catering:

was by Klaus including the famous tomato salsa. Next time the caterer is Mario.




Stix overcomes the Premier.

[Presentation 2012Feb11a]
Trophy presentation
11th February:

Today Stix overcame the spectre of Barry O'Farrell, the 3rd hole dam and a couple of quad-bogies to take the skins trophy.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Gross/Net Skins]:
Birdies:

8th (par 3): Mario hit the NTP marker with a skillful tee shot and tapped in the putt.

9th (par 3): Stix with a 20 metre putt.

[Stix near his dam]
Stix near his dam
Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Mario with a tee shot to 2.1 PHPs.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Mario with a 100 metre drive.

Catering:

was by Steve. Next time the caterer is Klaus.

Rules of the Round:

Rule 18 Ball at Rest Moved

18-1. By Outside Agency

If a ball at rest is moved by an outside agency, there is no penalty and the ball must be replaced.

Note: It is a question of fact whether a ball has been moved by an outside agency. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that an outside agency has moved the ball. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must play the ball as it lies or, if the ball is not found, proceed under Rule 27-1.

18-2. By Player, Partner, Caddie or Equipment

18-2 a. General

Except as permitted by the Rules, when a player's ball is in play, if

(i) the player, his partner or either of their caddies:

  • lifts or moves the ball,
  • touches it purposely (except with a club in the act of addressing the ball), or
  • causes the ball to move, or

(ii) the equipment of the player or his partner causes the ball to move,

the player incurs a penalty of one stroke.

If the ball is moved, it must be replaced, unless the movement of the ball occurs after the player has begun the stroke or the backward movement of the club for the stroke and the stroke is made.

Under the Rules there is no penalty if a player accidentally causes his ball to move in the following circumstances:

  • In searching for a ball covered by sand, in the replacement of loose impediments moved in a hazard while finding or identifying a ball, in probing for a ball lying in water in a water hazard or in searching for a ball in an obstruction or an abnormal ground condition - Rule 12-1
  • In repairing a hole plug or ball mark - Rule 16-1c
  • In measuring - Rule 18-6
  • In lifting a ball under a Rule - Rule 20-1
  • In placing or replacing a ball under a Rule - Rule 20-3a
  • In removing a loose impediment on the putting green - Rule 23-1
  • In removing movable obstructions - Rule 24-1

18-2 b. Ball Moving After Address

If a player's ball in play moves after he has addressed it (other than as a result of a stroke), the player is deemed to have moved the ball and incurs a penalty of one stroke.

The ball must be replaced, unless the movement of the ball occurs after the player has begun the stroke or the backward movement of the club for the stroke and the stroke is made.

Exception: If it is known or virtually certain that the player did not cause his ball to move, Rule 18-2b does not apply.

*PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE:

Match play - Loss of hole; Stroke play - Two strokes.

Weather:

overcast with prospect of rain early, followed by full sun later.




Super Mario escapes Princess Peach to take the first Skins round of 2012.

[Presentation 2012Jan28a]
Trophy presentation
28th January:

The former Seeker Wireless team dominated today with Mario taking the Skins by winning the crucial 6-skin hole and Steve took both the Longest Drive and the NTP.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford points Skins]:
Birdies:

11th (par 3): PeterD with a long breaking putt.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Steve with tee shot to 5.75 PHPs.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Steve with a 230 metre drive.

Catering:

a comprehensive spread provided by Elliot. Next time Steve is the caterer.

Rules of the Round:

Definition of Loose Impediments

Loose impediments are natural objects, including:

  • stones, leaves, twigs, branches and the like,
  • dung, and
  • worms, insects and the like, and the casts and heaps made by them,

provided they are not:

  • fixed or growing,
  • solidly embedded, or
  • adhering to the ball.

Sand and loose soil are loose impediments on the putting green, but not elsewhere.

Snow and natural ice, other than frost, are either casual water or loose impediments, at the option of the player.

Dew and frost are not loose impediments.


25.1c. Ball in Abnormal Ground Condition Not Found

It is a question of fact whether a ball that has not been found after having been struck toward an abnormal ground condition is in such a condition. In order to apply this Rule, it must be known or virtually certain that the ball is in the abnormal ground condition. In the absence of such knowledge or certainty, the player must proceed under Rule 27-1.

If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in an abnormal ground condition, the player may take relief under this Rule. If he elects to do so, the spot where the ball last crossed the outermost limits of the abnormal ground condition must be determined and, for the purpose of applying this Rule, the ball is deemed to lie at this spot and the player must proceed as follows:

(i)Through the Green: If the ball last crossed the outermost limits of the abnormal ground condition at a spot through the green, the player may substitute another ball, without penalty, and take relief as prescribed in Rule 25-1b(i).

Weather:

overcast early, warm and humid; hot and sunny later.