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Camden Golf Club


Thursday 6 June 2019

Ladies Camden Cup

On Saturday May 25th our annual Women's Camden Cup (Liz Kernohan trophy) was held.  The weather was perfect, and much praise must go to Justin and his team who presented a beautiful course on the day.  48 ladies took part in the day, the largest start in the past 5 years, with nearly as many visitors as Camden Members.  We had ladies from the following clubs: Campbelltown, Glenmore, Penrith, Highlands, Wyong, The Grange, Wollongong, Shoalhaven Heads, Bexley, Hurstville and Cabramatta.

The top seed for the event, Kendell Hunt won the Camden Cup with a score of 83.  The championship was very much up in the air when the leaders reached the 16th tee, but two magnificent birdies by two time local winner Kendell on 16 and 17 gave her a comfortable buffer leading into the final hole.  She finished with a great 2nd nine to record an impressive final score of 83, to win the event by 5 strokes. Shelley Chapman, the Ladies Captain and recent winner of a number of events, had her chances with three holes remaining, but was a very popular runner up with a score of 88.  Congratulations must also go to Kendell for winning the MAYDAY Trophy (best Camden Nett) and the longest drive.  The best Nett Score on the day was Stacey South from Glenmore with a nett score of 76, and Patricia Gleeson winning Overall Nett Runner Up.

And lastly, but not least, many thanks to our sponsors for the day.  Camden Golf Club and the Camden Ladies, Jacinta from JLM Conveyancing, and David and Mark Bexon from Macarthur SteelFixing.  The day's events could not be made possible without the generous donations of those mentioned above.

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Camden Futures

This event was held at our course on Sunday, 26th. It is a junior event for boys and girls and as the name suggests, it is creating competition and encouragement for the development of our potential stars of the future.  Players from 14 different clubs covering all parts of Sydney participated in the event.

In the Boys section, the scratch winner was Ripudaman Singh playing off a handicap of 1 from Lynwood Golf Club.  Brandon Vella (Camden) was a most unfortunate runner up losing on a count back, with an excellent scratch score of 76.  The winner birdied the last two holes to catch Brandon's score.

In the Nett event, Camden players took 8 of the top 10 places - an excellent effort by the locals.  Matthew Greene, Declan Hobbs and Jake Newcombe from Camden were the top 3 placegetters in the Nett event with the excellent scores of 66, 70 and 70 respectively.

In the girls section, there were no Camden players in a small field of only six players.  Clearly, we need more young girls in the Camden area commencing this great game at our course.  If you are aware of any youngsters looking for the challenge of playing golf, please refer them to Stu Meani


We have reached the semi final stage of this men's event.  This Handicap Match Play commenced with a qualifying round, followed by the knockout stage where 32 players qualified.  We are now down to four players.  Once again, Bill Bell finds himself in the semi final with a match against Ian Stoddart, while Course Superintendent, Justin Bradbury has a match up with Dylan Kenny.  We wish all players the best this Saturday.

Macarthur Junior Masters

This event will be held on the long weekend, on Sunday (10.15am start) and Monday (7.30 start). It is a Jack Newton Golf event, with most of the best junior golfers in NSW due to compete at Camden and Campbelltown golf courses.  If you are looking for some entertainment/quality golf, come and support some of our locals playing.  Best of luck to our juniors playing!

Ladies Pennants

Monday May 27th saw our ladies pennant team take on Campbelltown at Leonay.  On what was one of the windiest days we've had this season, the ladies proved their strength and got up with yet another win... 3.5-1.5... that makes 4 from 4!

Individual results below: Bec Wright - Halved, Wanda Kozinski - won 4&3, Mindy Ross - won 6&4, Kerry Cahill - lost 1 down and Lola Harris - won 5&3.

This past Monday, June 3rd the team took on Lakeside, at Lakeside.  The ladies went in to this match knowing that a win was needed to continue to secure the top spot.  Playing any team at their home course is hard, but we knew Lakeside were going to be tough!  Again, Camden ladies came away with another convincing win.

Bec Wright - Lost 6&4, Shelley Chapman - Won 1 up,  Mindy Ross - Won 3&1, Maria Thorn - Won 2&1 and Janice Turner - Won 4&3.

This win now secures Camden spot on the top of the leaderboard, and we can't be caught.  With only 1 more round to go, against Leonay at Campbelltown on 17th May.

The grand final will be played on 24th June, course and opponent still TBC.  Well Done Ladies on a very convincing Season!

Hole in One Report

How easy is it to get a hole in one?  We may need to make the hole smaller here in Camden.  During the last two weeks we have had three hole in ones - well one of them was not here.  Firstly, Neville Hoskin had his hole in one at Glenmore, as mentioned in the Masters Pennant Report below.  To get an ace during a Match Play event is pretty special and Neville was presented his trophy last Thursday night.

Shane Grogan with Greg Matheson and granddaughter Ivy

The second hole in one was by a visitor, Shane Grogan from Lakeside Golf Club, in our Thursday comp two weeks ago.  As many would be aware, Shane is a local doctor in Camden.

It was Shane's first visit to our Club, first time playing the ninth (I told him it's our hardest hole, he thinks it is too easy) and his second lifetime hole in one - both have come in the last 8 months, having played the game for more than 50 years. (So there is still hope for us all).

I popped down to his John Street Practice last week to present his Camden Golf Club trophy.  Matheson/Sharp granddaughter, Ivy, was on hand to help with the presentation, followed by a needle.

The third hole in one was this week on the 6th during the Monday comp.  Donald Smith, a 5 day member, achieved this special event to score 1 and 6 stableford points.  I can't remember someone getting six points on a hole. 

Well done to all three players!

Masters Pennant Report

Round 4

Round 4 was played away at Glenmore Heritage Country Club and was highlighted by a magnificent hole in one by Neville Hoskin at their 12th hole.  Unfortunately this was not a positive omen for the team, with Glenmore winning the day with a score of 9 points to 6.  Actually, this was a good result away from home against a quality team.  With two rounds at home remaining, our aim will be to finish in third place.

Individual results:

  • Greg Matheson - 1 up win 
  • Bill Bell - 3/2 loss
  • Neville Hoskin - 4/3 loss 
  • Joe Smuk - 4/3 loss 
  • Gary Hunt - 4/3 win 
  • Bob Zelesco - 5/3 loss
  • Peter Nonnenmacher - 2 Up win 
  • Neale Besgrove - 2 down loss

Round 5 

Round 5 was played at home last Sunday against leaders, Penrith.  In a very close clash, we lost 8-7.  We looked to be in the box seat at half time, but a victory was not to be. 

One more game in two weeks to avoid the wooden spoon.

Individual results:

  • Greg Matheson - 4/3 loss
  • Bill Bell - 2/1 loss
  • Neville Hoskin - 3/1 win 
  • Joe Smuk - 3/1 loss
  • Peter Nonnenmacher - 3/2 win 
  • Gary Hunt - 1 down loss 
  • Neale Besgrove - 2/1 win 
  • Bob Zelesco - 2/1 win

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Membership Deal

Membership Deal - A Reminder

As a result of having vacancies in our golfing membership, the following incentive has been approved by the Board of Directors.

If a golfing member introduces a new golfing member, a financial incentive is available to current members, under the following conditions:

 Offer available until 31st July 2019.

The introducer must be a member of our Club for at least 12 months.

The new member cannot be a former member of our club.

20% off all categories of introduction - It does not matter if you are a 5, 6, or 7 day member.  If you introduce a 5 day, 6 day or 7 day new member, you receive a 20% discount from your membership renewal.

The incentive is 20% of the new member's category.  So if a 7 day member introduces a 5 day member the incentive is 20% of the 5 day subscription fee.

If you are interested in participating in this promotion, please contact Club Manager, Donna Bernard in the office.

Antill Park

Reciprocal Rights Arrangement Change

Members Please Note:

Antill Park Golf Club have informed us that commencing July 1st, they will no longer participate in the reciprocal arrangement regarding the cost of entering midweek competitions at their course.  

We are unaware of the reasons for their withdrawal from the arrangement involving all of the local clubs.  There has been mixed reports regarding how much players will pay when playing at Antill.  We will keep you informed.

At all other venues involved, the reciprocal arrangement continues.  We will continue to offer Antill members the special deal of $16 here.

Golf Balls

Greens Staff Concern

We have had a complaint from the greens staff regarding golf balls being left on the first and tenth fairways late on a Friday afternoon. It appears that some members are teeing off a number of balls and then leaving them there.

This has created a few issues on Saturday mornings when the staff have been required to remove them from the rough and fairway on both holes. (Apparently some members must have a huge supply of golf balls - because we are not talking small numbers here). Please refrain from such activities - the practice range must be used for this purpose - and you can leave your balls there if you wish.

Justin Bradbury will soon be heading to the USA to assist in the preparation of the Pebble Beach Golf Course, prior to the commencement and during the event.  We wish him a great experience. During his absence, Isaac will be acting Superintendent.

Speed of Play

I am certain that players do not deliberately play slowly.

With this as a given, please be aware that some groups may be slower than others.  Many factors contribute to the speed of a group.  Some groups have multiple players in carts (this can speed up play significantly - although it has been known to have the opposite effect); some groups include better players who will have less strokes to play (this also has been known to have the opposite effect); some groups may have older players walking (this often has no impact also); some groups find the rough and may lose balls frequently, while others regularly find the fairway.

With these issues in mind, it is important to be aware of these factors when considering the group ahead are playing slowly.

It should not be necessary to inform the group ahead of their slow play - they should be aware of this themselves and take the action that we have often publicised to help groups speed up their play within their group.

Groups who are more than two shots behind the group ahead are playing slowly. The strategies to increase pace of play are:

  • Two players go to the next tee when they have putted out on the previous hole.
  • Ready golf.  This is a new 'rule of golf' anyway.
  • Move briskly between shots and move directly to your ball.
  • The team captain, lowest handicapper, encourages these strategies within the group.  Fair play is the essence of our game.  Being respectful of other players and their ability is an important aspect of fair play.  Please consider others when playing golf.

Nearest to the Pins for Men - Saturdays

Commencing this week, we will start a new initiative designed to increase some equity between the grades regarding NTP competitions.

On a rotating basis, each grade will have a different nearest to the pin hole.  For example, week 1 may have A Grade NTP on the 3rd, B Grade on the 9th and C Grade on the 16th.  The following week will see a change of holes for each grade.

This initiative is being trialed over the next few months.  It will mean that each grade will have a NTP winner each week.

All members can still enter the NTP on the 6th at a cost of $1.

Great Score

Well done Lindsay Hudson on an impressive 4 under par round of 67 scratch in last Saturday's Medal.

Volunteers Report - May Edition Out Now!

Click on the link below to read Pete Tanner's latest report on what his team of Volunteers have been up to around the course.

The Team at Work

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