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2013 Skins Champion.

[2013 Skins Champion]
2013 Champion

After a close finish for the year, PeterH managed to take the championship by two skins from the consistent Craig.

[2013 Skins Runner-up]
2013 Runner-up
2013 Skins Results
  1. PeterH 88
  2. Craig 86
  3. Stix 76
  4. PeterD 57
  5. Steve 16
  6. Ahmad 10
  7. Matthew 3
  8. David 2
  9. Remaining 22
Skins History


NTCC Ambrose goes to the PeterD Team

[Presentation 2013dec14a]
Trophy Winners
Xmas Round 14th December:

An extended committee meeting determined that we would play school yard Ambrose this year with the 2 low handicappers as captains.

In a strategic move PeterH immediately selected the ice cool putter David. The other selections continued along nepotism lines with no surprises.

The resulting match was very close with the PeterD team leading by one after the front nine and continuing on to take the match by a single shot.

Ambrose Teams
[NTP Winner PeterD]
NTP Winner PeterD

- PeterD, Stix, Matthew
- PeterH, David, Craig, Steve

Ambrose Scores (off scratch):

- PeterD team: 66 (even par)
- PeterH team 67 (1 over par)

As a matter of interest only, if Ambrose handicaps were used in the match, they would be: PeterD team 7.83 and PeterH team 10.00.

Eagles:

2nd: PeterD Team

[Longest Drive Winner PeterH]
Longest Drive Winner PeterH
Birdies:

1st: PeterH Team
2nd: PeterH Team
10th: PeterH Team
11th: PeterH Team
TBA: PeterD Team

Nearest to the pin 7th (was the 4th):

PeterD with a tee shot to 5.5 PDS.

Longest drive 11th (was the 17th):

PeterH with a 250m drive.

Catering:
[The Cool Putting Hand]
The Cool Putter

was by everybody, including the required exotic beers.

Interesting Shots:

PeterD made the eagle on the second with a long drive, second shot onto the green and a 5 metre putt.

The PeterH Team wasted the birdie / birdie start and made a double bogie on the 3rd.

David, the ice man, made a number of 3 metre putts to save par for his team.

[TBA] [TBA] [TBA] [TBA]
Post Match
Rules of the Round:
Ambrose Competition.

This event can be played as a two, three or four-person event, although the four-person event is the most popular.

Each player plays a tee shot at each hole. The Captain then selects the best drive which is then played by its owner. The other members retrieve their balls and in turn drop within one club-length of the selected position and play their second shots. This procedure of selecting the best position continues until a ball is holed. When on the green, balls are placed on the selected spot.

This event can be played as a gross event, with each group having a spread of handicaps, or as a handicap event where a fraction of the aggregate handicaps is used. The most common method of determining handicap is:

  • Two-person event - 1/4 of aggregate stroke handicap;
  • Three-person event - 1/6 of aggregate stroke handicap;
  • Four-person event - 1/8 of aggregate stroke handicap.
Weather:

Overcast followed by some sun. Strong winds at times making the course interesting.

NTCC Champions
[The Exotic Beers]
The Exotic Beers



Round 23: PeterH Steals the Final Round

[Presentation 2013nov30b]
Trophy Presentation
30th November:

The final skins round for 2013 was played at the 9 hole version of Nth Turramurra. James was overjoyed to see us return.

With 3 possible winners for the 2013 championship, the match was full of tension and amateur sledging with PeterD taking the match by 4 skins.

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

2nd: PeterH
4th: PeterH
11th: Stix

Nearest to the pin 7th (was the 4th):

PeterD with a tee shot to 4.5 PDS.

Longest drive 10th (was the 17th):

PeterD with a long drive judged to be on the fairway after much discussion.

Catering:

food was mini quiche by Lara and Evie; drinks by PeterH.

Interesting Shots:

None today.

Rules of the Round:
No rules today.
Weather:

Overcast and warm with some brief sunshine and threats of rain.




Round 22: Craig Is Back On Top

[Presentation 2013nov16a]
Trophy Presentation
16th November:

The annual Hunter Valley Skins round and this time it was played at the Hunter Valley Golf and Country Club. Craig dominated the day's play with a Hunter Valley personal best of 10 skins and 36 Stableford points. The three also-rans managed new performance lows.

The skins wine tasters managed to visit only one winery and that was Gartelmann Wines 5 star rated winery by James Halliday ;-) on Lovedale Road. Fifty percent of the golfers were very happy with Gartelmann.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford Points Skins]:
Fourball Matchplay

Craig and Stix d. PeterD and PeterH
3 and 2.

Birdies:

par 5 18th: Stix returned to form and made it look easy on the last hole.

Nearest to the pin (207 metre 8th):

Stix with a tee shot to 13 PDS.

Longest drive:

was forgotten and not played today.

Catering:

food was by the Hunter GCC snack bar and drinks were funded by one of the losers in the Fourball matchplay.

Interesting Shots:

On the 6th hole, Stix managed to skim a ball over a water hazard using a driver.

Rules of the Round:
Rule 18 - Ball At Rest Moved
Decision 18/2 Ball Oscillates During Address

Q. In addressing the ball, a player accidentally causes the ball to oscillate, but it returns to its original position. Has the ball "moved"?

A. No.

Weather:

Warm and overcast with some brief lightning on the 10th hole and sunshine towards the end of the round.

[The enthusiastic wine tasters]
The enthusiastic wine tasters



Round 21: PeterH takes advantage

[Presentation 2013nov03a]
Trophy presentation
3rd November:

The latest skins round was played at Dunheved Golf Club at St Marys. Dunheved is a par 72 course with 5 par fives, sufficient bunkers and water hazards and excessive flies. Conveniently for our longest drive judges, the fairways were defined by dashed red lines.

PeterH won 3 holes for 13 skins and took advantage of the random nature of skins golf to defeat Steve with 3 holes for 3 skins.

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

par 5 16th: PeterH.

Nearest to the pin (13th):

Steve with a tee shot to 3 metres.

Longest drive (par 4 14th):

PeterH with a tee shot onto the well defined fairway.

Catering:

by Craig in the Dunheved Clubhouse.

Interesting Shots:

None today.

Weather:

Very warm with some bushfire smoke followed by strong winds towards the end of the round.

[The Dunheved Clubhouse]
The Dunheved Clubhouse



Round 20: Heat Was The Winner

[Presentation 2013Oct20a]
Trophy presentation
20th October:

This skins round was played on Sunday at Lynwood Country Club at Pitt Town. The start time was 11:30 in the heat of the day and the match was shortened to 14 holes due to the extreme heat and bushfire smoke conditions.

All players struggled with the conditions and some explored the hazards. The decision to abandon play was taken after 12 holes and 2 holes were played on the way back to the clubhouse.

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

None.

Nearest to the pin (3rd hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to 11 short steps.

Longest drive:

Not played today.

Catering:

by the Lynwood Clubhouse.

Interesting Shots:

None today.

Rules of the Round:
Rule 32 - Bogey, Par And Stableford Competitions
Decision 32-1/2 Omitting Holes in Bogey, Par or Stableford Competition

Q. In a bogey, par or Stableford competition, may a player omit, for example, two holes for the round and return a score for 16 holes?

A. Yes. Under Rule 32-1a, any hole for which a competitor makes no return in a bogey or par competition is regarded as a loss. Under Rule 32-1b, if no score is returned on a hole in a Stableford competition, the competitor scores no points for that hole.

Weather:

Very hot with bushfire smoke in the air.

[The Lynwood Skyline]
The Lynwood Skyline



Round 19: Skins Trophy Stays with Craig

[Presentation 2013Oct05a]
Trophy presentation
5th October:

This skins round was played at Riverside Oaks. It was a pleasant surprise to see it was also the monthly medal: stroke play off the black tees.

Some players struggled to keep the ball on the course but the steady play of the skins leader Craig made it look easy.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Gross / Net Skins]:
Four-ball Matchplay:

PeterD & PeterH d. Craig & Stix 2 UP after leading 3 & 3 after 15 holes.

Birdies:

11th (par 3) PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterD with a tee shot to many tens of metres.

Longest drive (10th hole):

PeterH.

Catering:

by Riverside Oaks.

Interesting Shots:

Stix again with two missed attempts to hit PeterH on the 15th.

Rules of the Round:

Decision 13-2/24 Area of Originally Intended Swing Improved by Breaking Branch; Area of Swing Finally Used Not Affected by Branch

Q. A player, intending to play in a certain direction, took a practice backswing for a stroke in that direction and broke a branch impeding his backswing. The player then decided to play in a different direction. The area of his intended swing for a stroke in this new direction was not improved by the breaking of the branch. In such circumstances, would the player incur a penalty under Rule 13-2?

A. Yes. The player was in breach of Rule 13-2 as soon as he improved the area of the originally intended swing. The penalty is not avoided if he subsequently plays in another direction, even if the breaking of the branch had no effect on the area of the swing for a stroke in the new direction.

PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE:

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

Weather:

Fine and warm.




Round 18: Dominated by slow play and Nincompoops

by Craig

[Presentation 2013Sep21a]
Trophy presentation
21st September:

The modified North Turramurra course took its toll on the playing group today, with many hackers and nincompoops on the course causing lots of waiting.

This caused the professional players to struggle, particularly on the back nine. After a dominant first nine Stix struggled on the homeward nine, with a lengthy putt on the 18th securing a last minute come, from behind win for Craig.

The hole of the day was by Peter Dickson with a virtual eagle on the Par 5 3rd. Having hit his first tee shot out of bounds, he recovered with his second one to secure a Par 5 or a virtual eagle on the hole.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford pts Skins]:
2BBB Scores

Craig / Stix: 40pts

PeterD / Steve: 38pts

Birdies

14th (Par 4): Craig
17th (Par 3): Peter D.

Nearest to the pin (8th hole):

Peter D to 2 and a bit metres.

Longest drive on the par 5 12th:

Peter D to 258 metres. With incentive of a group of hackers in front helping to secure a long straight shot.

Catering:

Stix.

Rules of the Round:

Decision 3-3/7 Original Ball Strikes Second Ball or Vice Versa

Q. A competitor invokes Rule 3-3 and plays a second ball. Subsequently, the competitor makes a stroke at one ball and it strikes and moves the other ball. What is the ruling?

A. If both balls lay on the putting green prior to the stroke, the competitor incurs a penalty of two strokes if the score with the striking ball ultimately becomes the competitor's score for the hole - Rule 19-5.
Otherwise, there is no penalty. The striking ball must be played as it lies - Rule 19-5. The moved ball must be replaced - Rule 18-5.

Decision 18-5/2 Original Ball Struck by Provisional Ball

Q. A player's provisional ball played from the tee strikes and moves his original ball. What is the ruling?

A. There is no penalty. The original ball must be replaced (Rule 18-5).

Weather:

Fine. Cool early warming to a perfect day.




Round 17: Skins Countback Peters Out

[Presentation 2013Sep08a]
Trophy presentation
8th September:

This round was played at Castle Hill starting on the 10th hole.

PeterD dominated the first 9 holes with 21 stableford points. However, following an extended break and a very greasy bacon and egg role, PeterD's game was not the same and he stumbled to a loss to PeterH on countback.

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

* winner on countback

Birdies:

None.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterH retrospectively got away with this award on the last played par 3 after poor organisation followed by poor approach shots.

Longest drive on the par 4 8th:

taken out by PeterD after some fine tee shots all through the round.

Interesting Shot of the Day:

this shot exemplified the skill necessary in our game. Stix was playing a short approach shot to the green with a full swing; he bladed the shot and launched the ball across the green straight at the chest of PeterH. This is where the golf training paid off as PeterH skillfully reacted to the calls and weaved as the ball passed centimetres from the chest.

Catering:

a catering tragedy under-cooked by PeterD and Castle Hill Country Club. Next time at Nth Turramurra, we look forward to something to eat provided by Stix.

Weather:

Overcast and humid.

[The Catering Tragedy]
The Catering Tragedy



Round 16: Stix Is Getting Closer

[Presentation 2013Aug24a]
Trophy presentation
24th August:

Stix continues his good form, moving up the leader board to second place, a mere 5 skins behind Craig. Craig made zero skins for the first time since round 1 this year.

The apathy regarding the low standard of stableford scores is continuing.

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

1st (par 5): Steve.

5th (par 4): PeterD.

8th (par 3): Stix.

12th (par 4): PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (6th hole):

Steve. A shabby performance with Steve the only player to hit the green around 50 metres from the flag.

Longest drive on the par 5 10th (was 17th):

PeterH. Another shabby performance with PeterH the only player to hit the fairway and that was a rebound from the trees.

Catering:

by Craig; next time it will be Stix.

Weather:

Fine and warm.

Extraordinary General Meeting:

We are still playing two rounds on the modified 9 hole Nth Turramurra course. This situation is to continue for a further 18 months and has prompted a detailed review of alternative courses for the period.

1. Craig will investigate price and availability of alternative courses.

2. PeterD will book a Sunday round at Castle Hill.

3. The Xmas Round will remain at Nth Turramurra.

[Extraordinary General Meeting]
Extraordinary General Meeting



Round 15: Craig Is Back

[Presentation 2013Aug10a]
Trophy presentation
19th August:

Craig made his return to Skins at Riverside Oaks and continued where he left off with a close win over a disappointing pair of Peters.

The match was played off the blue tees with all bunkers out of play and the par three 8th hole replaced by 11A.

.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford pts Skins]:
Stableford Multiplier:

PeterD and PeterH d. Craig and Stix 39 to 27. Surprisingly there were numerous wiped holes.

Birdies:

5th (par 4): PeterD.

13th (par 4): PeterH by sinking a putt from off the green.

Interesting Shots:

none better than the 3 tee shots into the water on the 18th.

Nearest to the pin (14th hole):

PeterH was the only one to hit the green with a tee shot to 8 paces from the flag.

Longest drive:

was not run due to poor organisation.

Catering:

by Riverside Oaks; next time it is Craig.

Weather:

Fine and warm.




Round 14: Stix Returns To Form

[Presentation 2013Jul27a]
Trophy presentation
27th July:

Today three players only played on the modified Nth Turramurra course.

After a quiet first nine, Stix returned to form taking 10 skins including 3 holes in succession plus the final hole.

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

10th (par 5): PeterH with a tap in birdie after choking on the eagle putt.

[Interesting Shot]
Interesting Shot
Interesting Shots:

Stix on the par 3 8th played a spectacular 2nd shot from the rough under the trees to 2.54 cm from the pin. And yes, he made the putt.

Nearest to the pin (6th hole was the 4th):

PeterD with a tee shot to "a very long way" from the flag.

Longest drive on the par 5 10th (was 17th):

PeterD 100m (or thereabouts).

Catering:

by PeterH; next time Riverside Oaks.

Weather:

Cool early followed by a fine sunny winters day.




Round 13: Craig in Command at Castle Hill.

[Presentation 2013Jul14a]
Trophy presentation
14th July:

This was the first Skins match at Castle Hill Country Club.

We were announced on to the 10th tee as Peter D, Peter H and Guests after a fog delay.

This embarrassing slight almost caused a walk out by the founding members.

Craig continued domination of the Skins with a professional performance.

Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford pts Skins]:
[Presentation 2013Jul14b]
Castle Hill 10th Tee
Birdies:

17th (par 3): Craig with a skillful downhill putt from off the green.

Nearest to the pin was the second shot on the par 4 6th hole:

won by Craig with a spectacular 2nd shot over many sand traps to 1 metre.

[Presentation 2013Jul14c]
Post Match
Longest drive on the 7th:

a controversial win to PeterD. The Stix tee shot was adjudged, by the remaining Founding Member, to be in the rough.

Catering:

by PeterD. Next time PeterH is the caterer.

Weather:

Fog early followed by a perfect winter day.




Round 12 cancelled due to the rain.

[Presentation 2013Feb23a]
29th June:

By Craig

There are no golf results to report on 29/6 other than it was very, very wet. Golf was called off late Friday evening in anticipation of the wet weather.

Catering:

Next time PeterD.

Weather:

rain.




Round 11: Craig Dominates the Skins.

[Presentation 2013Jun15b]
Trophy presentation
15th June:

The layout has changed once again with 9 holes from the social score card played twice: 17th, 18th, followed by hole 1 to 7 giving us par 68. No official competition available today so skins only.

Craig is now making the Skins look easy with a second win in succession and his third for the year.

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

7th (old 5th hole): Craig.

10th (old 17th hole): PeterH.

12th (old 1st hole): PeterH.

16th (old 5th hole): Craig.

Nearest to the pin on the 15th (old 4th hole second time around):

PeterD with a tee shot to 11.0 metres.

Longest drive on the 10th (old 17th hole):

PeterH with a 220 metre tee shot.

Catering:

by Stix. Next time PeterD is the caterer.

Rules of the Round:

No rules today.

Weather:

Partly cloudy with light winds.




Round 10: Skins Trophy Returns to Craig

[Presentation 2013Jun01a]
Trophy presentation
1st June:

After a consistent round by all players, Craig came out on top.

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

None.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Craig with a tee shot to 8 PDS.

Longest drive (10th hole):

PeterD with a 200 metre drive.

Catering:

Craig. Next time Stix is the caterer.

Interesting Shots:

None today.

Rules of the Round:

Rule 18 Ball at Rest Moved

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

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
Weather:

Fine.




Round 9: PeterH Takes Skins Trophy in a Tight Finish.

[Presentation 2013May18a]
Trophy presentation
18th May:

This was the first round played on the revised layout. It was an even round as all players won skins and the result was in doubt until the 18th hole.

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

A skins record with 7 birdies today. Even the temporary 16th green resulted in 3 birdies.

8th hole: Craig.

10th hole: Stix.

14th hole: Matthew.

15th hole: PeterH.

16th hole: PeterD, PeterH, Stix.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterH with a tee shot to 3.5 CCS.

Longest drive (7th hole):

Matthew with a 100 metre tee shot via the 6th hole forest.

Catering:

by PeterH. Next time Craig is the caterer.

Interesting Shots:

None.

Rules of the Round:

No rules this round.

Weather:

Almost perfect: sunny with a light wind.




Round 8: A Small Turnout Only

[Presentation 2013May04a]
Trophy presentation
4th May:

By Craig

A small turnout today, but a very relaxed round. Craig gave Peter a lesson in how to miss short puts early in the round which Peter proceeded to put into action later in the round.

Matthew, the younger member of the group continued to hit the ball out of sight all day.

Craig managed to acquire a large number of skins despite inconsistent play.

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

8th hole: Craig.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterD (we forgot to take notice how far).

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterD (About 220m).

Catering:

PeterD (traditional catering of Beer, cheese, quince paste and chips). Next time PeterH is the caterer.

Interesting Shots:

Nothing out of the ordinary.

Rules of the Round:

No rule today.

Weather:

Overcast clearing to a fine sunny day.




Round 7: cancelled due to some rain.

[Presentation 2013Apr20a]
20th April:

After a small number of early SMS messages we decided to call off the match and go and play with our Camaro.

Catering:

Next time PeterD is the caterer.

Weather:

rain.




Round 6: Stix Takes the Lead

[Presentation 2013Apr06a]
Trophy presentation
6th April:

Stix burst into the lead after taking the Round 6 trophy with 8 skins on 1 hole.

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

None.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterD with tee shot to 6 PDS.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Stix with a 230 metre drive.

Catering:

by Craig. Next time PeterD is the caterer.

Interesting Shots:

None.

Rules of the Round:

No rule today.

Weather:

overcast then damp, followed by sunny and humid.

[Presentation 2013apr06e] [Presentation 2013apr06c] [Presentation 2013apr06d]
The post match knees-up



Round 5: Steve Wins Stableford and the Skins.

[Presentation 2013Mar23a]
Trophy presentation
23rd March:

The round, Steve won the Nth Turramurra B division stableford and took the skins trophy ahead of a fast finishing Stix.

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

10th hole: PeterD.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Stix with tee shot to 6.6 CCP.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Steve with a 231 metre drive.

Catering:

by Steve. Next time Craig is the caterer.

Interesting Shots:

None.

Rules of the Round:

15-3. Wrong Ball

a. Match Play

If a player makes a stroke at a wrong ball, he loses the hole. If the wrong ball belongs to another player, its owner must place a ball on the spot from which the wrong ball was first played.

If the player and opponent exchange balls during the play of a hole, the first to make a stroke at a wrong ball loses the hole; when this cannot be determined, the hole must be played out with the balls exchanged.

Exception: There is no penalty if a player makes a stroke at a wrong ball that is moving in water in a water hazard. Any strokes made at a wrong ball moving in water in a water hazard do not count in the player's score. The player must correct his mistake by playing the correct ball or by proceeding under the Rules.

b. Stroke Play

If a competitor makes a stroke or strokes at a wrong ball, he incurs a penalty of two strokes.

The competitor must correct his mistake by playing the correct ball or by proceeding under the Rules. If he fails to correct his mistake before making a stroke on the next teeing ground or, in the case of the last hole of the round, fails to declare his intention to correct his mistake before leaving the putting green, he is disqualified.

Strokes made by a competitor with a wrong ball do not count in his score. If the wrong ball belongs to another competitor, its owner must place a ball on the spot from which the wrong ball was first played.

Exception: There is no penalty if a competitor makes a stroke at a wrong ball that is moving in water in a water hazard. Any strokes made at a wrong ball moving in water in a water hazard do not count in the competitor's score.

Weather:

warm and humid.




Round 4: PeterD takes the Skins with 7 over par.

[Presentation 2013Mar09a]
Trophy presentation
9th March:

All players took skins today in an even round. PeterD won the trophy and dominated the stroke play with an almost flawless seven over par round.

Ahmad had a chance to take the quadruple crown (catering, NTP, longest drive, skins) but missed the trophy by 3 skins.

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

4th hole: Ahmad.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Ahmad with tee shot to 1.2 metres and he made the birdie putt.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Ahmad with a 232 metre drive. He celebrated the marker planting with some extravagant flag waving. Those in the following group waited patiently before missing the fairway in frustration.

Catering:

by Ahmad. Next time Steve is the caterer.

Interesting Shots:

On the 7th hole, David played his second shot into a tree causing the ball to lob back towards him. According to witnesses, David moved like Michael Hussey in the gully and took a fine catch. (see Rules of the Round below.)

Rules of the Round:

1-2. Exerting Influence on Movement of Ball or Altering Physical Conditions

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.

Exceptions:

1. An action expressly permitted or expressly prohibited by another Rule is subject to that other Rule, not Rule 1-2.

2. An action taken for the sole purpose of caring for the course is not a breach of Rule 1-2.

*PENALTY FOR BREACH OF RULE 1-2:

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

*In the case of a serious breach of Rule 1-2, the Committee may impose a penalty of disqualification.

Note 1: A player is deemed to have committed a serious breach of Rule 1-2 if the Committee considers that the action taken in breach of this Rule has allowed him or another player to gain a significant advantage or has placed another player, other than his partner, at a significant disadvantage.

Note 2: In stroke play, except where a serious breach resulting in disqualification is involved, a player in breach of Rule 1-2 in relation to the movement of his own ball must play the ball from where it was stopped, or, if the ball was deflected, from where it came to rest. If the movement of a player's ball has been intentionally influenced by a fellow-competitor or other outside agency, Rule 1-4 applies to the player (see Note to Rule 19-1).

Decision 1-2/5.5

Player Purposely Stops or Deflects Ball; Where Next Stroke Must Be Played from

Q. A player's ball lies through the green. After playing a pitch shot up a slope, the player sees his ball start to roll back towards him. He places his club in front of the ball and stops it. The ball would have rolled only a few yards more and remained through the green. What is the ruling?

A. Since the player purposely stopped the ball, he is in breach of Rule 1-2. As the breach was not serious, the player incurs a penalty of loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play. In stroke play, he must play the ball from the point where he stopped it with his club - see Note 2 to Rule 1-2.

If the player had purposely deflected the ball but not stopped it, in match play, he would lose the hole. In stroke play, if a serious breach has not occurred, he would incur a two-stroke penalty and must then play the ball from its new position - see Note 2 to Rule 1-2. In stroke play, if a serious breach has occurred, the player is disqualified.

Weather:

warm and humid with a small breeze.




Round 3 cancelled Due to bad weather.

[Presentation 2013Feb23a]
23rd February:

After a series of early SMS messages we decided to call off the match. By 07:00, James at North Turramurra had no players show up and the greens were flooded enough to consider closing the course.

Steve was prepared to play and I believe that Ahmad could be convinced.

Catering:

Next time Ahmad is the caterer.

Weather:

heavy rain and strong winds.




Round 2 goes to PeterH.

[Presentation 2013Feb09a]
Trophy presentation
9th February:

The small field today took us back to Skins 2006 and the round was completed by 11:30. The competition was very close with the winner not settled until the 18th hole. Despite this, we have have the same winner as round 1.

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

No birdies today. However, Ahmad scored a 4 pointer on the 1st hole and on later holes demonstrated his skill with the trees. The 17th was notable with 3 tree shots before the lost ball.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

PeterH with tee shot to "a very long way" from the hole. This could be a record for longest NTP.

Longest drive (17th hole):

Stix with a 130 metre drive (no typo here). Rest assured that a driver was used by all players as etiquette demands.

Catering:

by Stix. Next time Ahmad is the caterer.

Injuries:

None.

Rules of the Round:

None this round.

Weather:

warm and humid.




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Round 1 goes to PeterH.

26th January:

The first round for 2013 on Australia Day was tighter than the score indicates with many holes squared including the last 4. PeterH managed to take the right holes and move ahead of Ahmad.

[Presentation 2013Jan26a]
Trophy presentation
Individual Scores
[Name (hcap) Stableford points Skins]:
Birdies:

7th (par 4): PeterH.

Nearest to the pin (4th hole):

Stix with tee shot to "quite a bit" from the hole.

Longest drive (17th hole):

PeterH with a 240 metre drive.

Catering:

by PeterH. Next time Stix is the caterer.

Injuries:

Ahmad on hole 2 with a back strain adjacent to the dam.

Rules of the Round:

Amateur Status

From the Golf Australia Website

The first definition of an amateur golfer was not made until after the inauguration of the British Amateur Championship in 1885. It was then decided that entries could not be accepted from those who had played for prize money in open events, nor from club and ball makers, those who had taught golf for money or caddies. Later additions to this list were course architects and green keepers and those who had played against a professional for money.

The distinction between amateur and professional players is currently more clearly and sensibly defined. The Amateur Status Committee of The R&A (which is the international governing body for the Rules of Amateur Status) defines an Amateur as a person who, whether they play competitively or recreationally, plays golf for the challenge it presents, not as a profession and not for financial gain.

In Australia, the maximum retail value of a prize or prizes that can be accepted by an amateur golfer for any event or series of events in any one tournament, exhibition, or event is $1200.00. (The exception is for hole-in-one competitions.)

There is no limit to the value of a prize (includes cash prizes) that may be offered for achieving a hole-in-one while playing a round of golf.

Those who accept prizes with higher values than the rules allow enter a no-man's land. They have no official handicap and cannot take part in amateur events, but they do not become professionals.

Yet players may receive expenses to play in competitions, accept golf scholarships and for those who would like to consider a career as a golf professional they are allowed to work in a professional's shop to gain experience before making a final decision and giving up their amateur status, provided they do not give any lessons or infringe the Rules in any other way.

In the modern age, the purpose and spirit of the rules is as much to provide a significant protection mechanism for the integrity of handicap golf so that it can be fully enjoyed by all amateur golfers and remain as free as possible from the abuses which may follow from financial incentive. Golf is unique in that it allows players of all skill levels to play with (and compete against) each other on exactly the same playing field and in a socially appealing setting. Golf's great drawing power is generated by these characteristics, however they are heavily reliant on effective handicap systems and a self-regulatory rules framework which provides for confidence in an equitable playing field.

In these subsections you will find an array of information regarding amateur status and the various related regulations managed by Golf Australia (which is the governing body for the Rules of Amateur Status in Australia) as we seek to support and protect handicap golf.

Weather:

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