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Presidents Report - October 2014

The annual exodus of members not renewing their membership is a continuing worrying trend.  At the time of this article (10.10.14) there are 101 persons who have not renewed their 2014/15 membership.
They include:
  • Full Playing - 59
  • Restricted Full Playing - 12
  • Restricted Playing - 1
  • Senior Full Playing - 2
  • Ladies Full Playing: 15
  • Intermediate - 2
  • Juniors - 1
  • Country - 9
We now have a total of 655 golfing members compared to the past 5 years when our  playing memberships numbered as follows;
  • 31 January 2010                     1048
  • 31 January 2011                     900     
  • 31 January 2012                     853
  • 31 January 2013                     806
  • 31 January 2014                     742     
Information from the Ladies' Committee indicates there are quite a few ladies seeking 5 day membership as they cannot play on weekends due to work or other commitments.

They obviously feel paying full playing membership when they are unable to participate in weekend golf is not financially viable.  We do not want to lose members to other clubs because we are too staid in our current membership categories.

Our office staff and Mike Callaby's pro shop continually receive phone calls from interested parties inquiring whether we have midweek memberships.

All indications are we are missing out on keeping members and enlisting new members because of our restricted membership categories.  We need to be mindful of potential member constraints and needs to both retain old and enlist new members, when they do not want to be full playing members.

How times change, a number of years ago we closed mid-week memberships to build up our full playing categories, now we will take members in any available category.  Another thought is to allow members to purchase a number of competition games annually.  When and if all of these 'purchased' games are played they either don't play in any more competitions or simply purchase more games.    

The Board has decided to re-open midweek memberships commencing 1 October 2014.   We will be contacting members again, who did not renew their membership to inform them of this decision.  Should you know previous members or potential members please inform them of our decision to reinstate midweek membership.

Over the next few weeks pricing for the different membership categories will be advertised on our website.

On the bright side we are trading quite well, catering, poker machine, cart hire and other incomes are 'up', whilst administration expenses, course expenses and bar expenses are down on budget.

Our Chairman of Finance, Barry Ryan gave us a scare last Sunday.  After returning his golf cart to the shed following his round of golf, Barry fell heavily on the pathway behind the 9th green.  Barry's arm was severely grazed, and bleeding would not stop.  An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital where, due to the wound being of such a nasty nature he was anaesthetized to allow the injury to be cleaned properly.  Barry informed me his treating physician took, small pebbles, dirt, grass, sand and a myriad of other foreign matter from the wound.  Thankfully Barry is at home now recuperating, he just won’t be playing golf this weekend.  Get well quickly Mr. Ryan.

Former Ladies' Committee President, Grace Bryce and a long time stalwart at Carnarvon decided this would be her last golfing year.  Grace sold up and has retired to the good life on the northern peninsula. On behalf of the Board and Members I want to thank Grace for her many years of untiring work for Carnarvon and wish her all the very best in her new home.  Towards the end of September a morning tea was held for Grace after the Vets finished their golf.  Another 'retired' Ladies' President and friend Noelene Reynolds organised the event with help from the Ladies' committee.  I am told everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  Thank you Noelene.   Thankfully Grace intends to keep in contact with us and maintain her social membership.   

To those who have recently lost a loved one we send our sincere condolences.  To those members, family and friends who are convalescent after an operation or illness we wish them a speedy recover.
Happy golfing
Nick Stoves

General Managers Report 
Dear Member,

Our club concert nights have gone from strength to strength. Commencing the year with FABBA, then CASH ONLY, ELVIS and the TOM JONES TRIBUTE, the nights have all been a huge success and great night for all those lucky enough to attend. For all those club committed members who have come along and enjoyed the entertainment- I thank you for your support and I know you had a great time.
For those members who for one reason or another could not attend, I urge you to dig deep into your money box to find the $10 for our Band night – MIXED VIBRATIONS on Saturday 25th October and then if the money box is deep enough, $15 for our ENDLESS SUMMER BEACH PARTY on Sunday 30th November. During the Endless Summer Beach Party night, we have arranged for complimentary wine tasting, courtesy of Robert Oatley Wines and Beer tasting, courtesy of a boutique beer importer. The night will incorporate the Presidents Christmas message and great giveaways courtesy of our wine and beer suppliers. 
Coming up in October, we will be running an Oktoberfest special beer and meal deal. For a phennig-pinching $10- the Karnarvonstein Surprize!. Hope you enjoy!
The new Members Jackpot as of Saturday 4th October is a staggering $4,000.00. The last Jackpot, $4,200 was won 5 weeks ago by one of our very lucky members- just by being in the club on a Friday night and having her membership number drawn. There are 3 draws every Friday night- 6.45pm; 7.45pm and 8.45pm.
With Christmas fast approaching, can I ask all our members to please consider your club when booking either work or personal Christmas parties? Supporting your club with functions has the end effect of keeping the cost of our services down for our all our members when using the club on a day-to-day basis. As usual, we will be running our Christmas Hamm Raffles every Wednesday and Friday night in December before Christmas (excluding 24th Dec).
Also, don’t forget that our Melbourne Cup Luncheon will be on Tuesday 4th November. The good news is that we have kept the prices down to that of last year…$35 per person for the buffet lunch and all the festivities. As usual, free drink on arrival, sweeps, raffles and hat parade will be held…and of course, you will have use of the TAB kiosk facility to place your bets on the day. Please remember to book early.
During October, we will be sending out 15,000 offers via letter-box drop to the local community with some great incentives to visit and use the Club. Local members will no doubt receive this Club promotional material through the mail - hope you enjoy!

Owen Madden 

Captains Report 

After some difficulties, the 1st green and surrounds and also the upgrade of the 2nd tee and pathway have been completed.  The green is performing very well now that we have warmer weather.  The design of the 1st green and surrounds were undertaken by our own course staff under the directions of Steve Jacobsen (Course Superintendent).  This project came in under budget and proves Carnarvon has the expertise to carry out these important improvements.  All greens have responded well to the coring and should be perfect for the Championships.

As everyone would be aware the 1st round of the Club Championships begin on Saturday 18th October, with the 2nd round on Sunday 19th October.  After the first 36 holes the top 12 qualify for the seeded draw on Saturday 25th October.  The top 8 plus any ties in each grade will then qualify for the final round on Sunday 26th.  Players who finish in the top 8 must play in the seeded draw to be eligible for the Championships.  First hit-off time for the seeded draw is 11.00am.  The players who finish in the top 8 in each grade are eligible to play in the Match Play Championships.  Dates as per fixture book.  Eligible members are to advise the Professional of availability.

Members may now invite financial members of Golf Clubs on Saturday morning times as well as afternoon times.  This decision has been made because of the amount of late withdrawals by the membership.  Monthly medals and Championships excluded.

Due to members resigning or moving away, our memberships have decreased and any member who knows any potential golfers wishing to join a golf club it would be appreciated if you could persuade them to join Carnarvon Golf Club.  Carnarvon needs to entice younger members to our club to be able to take our club into the future, so therefore the fees for Juniors up to the age of 24 years have been reduced substantially.  Please make any enquiries to the Office, Board member or the Professional.

To all those on the sick list or who have undergone operations, I wish the very best and hope you will be back at the Club in the very near future.  Get well J.H.
Yours in golf
Chris Thomson
Congratulations Ladies !!!!!

Mi Kang
7th hole on 1 October

Hun Nam Jung
16th hole on 8 October

Finance Report 

It is difficult to find something new to write about in mid-term reports such as this. The September figures were comfortably ahead of forecast helped in no small measure by the heavy use of house accounts prior to the close of the membership year. Forecast reports indicate that Club trading is heading towards at least a break even result for the year.

Club membership renewals are disappointing given that there was no fee increase on the previous year. Contact with departing members suggest that some would have remained if there were additional classes of membership available. As a result Board has exercised its powers under Rules 21 and 24 of the Constitution to create additional classes of membership to meet the ever changing demands of fickle golf club members. Details will be announced when the necessary by-laws have been adopted by the Board,

As mentioned previously in these pages and in golfing publications there are presently more golf clubs than are needed to accommodate the dwindling number of golfers wishing to join clubs. The joining fee is long gone and with it any remaining vestiges of Club loyalty. All clubs in our range are running membership drives and extending the categories of membership to mind blowing variations. We try to maintain our standards as far as possible but even Carnarvon has to bend with the wind every now and then.

Bar and Catering figures are disappointing and the usage of Club facilities after golf is well below expectations. It is your Club and it can’t be run on subscriptions alone. As I have said many times before the Club has wonderful facilities for weddings, engagements, birthdays, christenings, staff parties etc. All you have to do is see Heidi and follow the dotted line. One bright spot is that the forward bookings for October, November and December are very encouraging.  Poker machines continue to perform well above forecasts.

When membership figures are finalised there will be a budget review for the last three months of the financial year.

Barry Ryan
Chairman, Finance Committee
Date: Friday 31 October 2014 
Time: 11:30am Registration, 12:30 Shotgun Start
  For further details to go to the Variety website - or contact the Proshop on 9649 2438.
Variety - the Children’s Charity and its NSW Motoring Events Team is pleased to announce that an exciting Charity Golf Day will be held at Carnarvon Golf Club, Lidcombe with all proceeds going to help Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Teams will be of four competitors and there will be a Shotgun Start. There will be a maximum of 36 teams.
Hole sponsorship is available at $2,000 and individual players will be at $165. This will include welcome sandwich, soft drink, shared golf cart, 18 wonderful holes of golf and a three course dinner followed by a guest speaker/comedian on completion. There will be, besides the main team prizes, nearest the pin and longest drive prizes and some fun challenges on the par 3’s.  We will be holding our usual, splendid raffle during the afternoon.
We do hope that you will enter a team and we look forward to a most enjoyable day and an even more beneficial day for the children. 
Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh & learn. By giving practical equipment, programs & experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face and live life to the fullest.
This is a social day for Variety Bashers, their sponsors, family and friends who play golf! Or maybe they don’t play but they are most welcomed to pick up the “sticks” and have ago with the rest of us!!!

Variety - the Children’s Charity is pleased to announce that an exciting Charity Golf Day will be held at Carnarvon Golf Club, Lidcombe with all proceeds to support Variety's work in providing equipment and services to Aussie children who are sick, disadvantaged and have special needs. Teams will be of four competitors and there will be a Shotgun Start. There will be a maximum of 36 teams.

We do hope that you will enter a team and we look forward to a most enjoyable day and an even more beneficial day for the children.     

Ladies Match & General Committee News

As our year enters its final quarter the Ladies Match and General Committee would like to wish all Carnarvon members the best of luck in the upcoming Club Championships.  Booking in sheets for the Ladies Championships are now in the Pro Shop and the format for this year is that the first two rounds will be played in Divisions with choice of partners from your appropriate Division.  The final two rounds will be seeded rounds as per normal.
We would also like to advise that from 1 October 2014 all Ladies Wednesday competitions will be Open competitions which will allow members from other clubs to play without being formally invited by one of our members.  We hope that this will encourage more exposure to our great golf course and hopefully welcome new members.
Our Christmas Luncheon and Presentation of Trophies will take place on Wednesday 3 December.  The cost of the luncheon will be $15.00 and our Committee members will be available to collect this amount prior to competition on Wednesday 19 and 26 November.  We hope to see everyone there to enjoy this final day of our year.  We will then proceed to our Summer Competition over the holiday season.
In conclusion we would like to invite all our Lady Members to our ‘get together’ and information sharing morning tea on Sunday morning 19 Oct at 10.00 am.  We very much hope you can join us.

Barbara Lynch
For the Ladies Match and General Committee

Ladies Veterans

LADY VETERANS’ LUNCH REPORT – Thursday 28th August
Our Luncheon went very well and we were honoured to have as our special Guests – Beverley Everett, President VWGA and Virginia Hewitt who looks after the Memberships of this organisation.   Whilst the Challenge Brooch for 2014 had not been finalised, Beverley was able to bring the Lapel pins for the Carnarvon winners who were Veronica Kim (Div 1), Sung Sook Ryu (Div 2), Jill Lang (Div 3), Fay Butcher (weekend player), and Poong Ja Lee (Snr Veteran).
The Rene Buxton Salver for 2014 was won by Gina Goh with 282 nett, Judith Rickard was 2nd with 287 and Hak Boon Choi had 291. 

The Points Score Salver for 2014 was won by Judith Richard as the overall winner.
Division 1 placegetters were – Veronica Kim, Mi Hwa Kang, John Soon Hwang and Agnes Cho.
Division 2 placegetters were – Judith Richard, Gina Goh, Katarina Lee and Oma Chaggar.

Congratulations to all the winners in both events and the associated Ball Competition which runs in conjunction.

A very big Thank You to Norma Newham who generously donated the Trophies for the winners of both Salvers once again.

Also a special vote of thanks from me to my very able-bodied assistant – Jeanette Bromley – who worked tirelessly to make the day the success it was.  It was very much appreciated.

I would like to say thanks to all those people who willingly supported the Guessing Competition which funds help to defray our lunch costs and trophy purchases.
Your Annual Subs of $6 is due “anytime NOW”.  Whilst you are covered till the end of the year, it is a lot easier to renew your subscription before the Festive Season begins when lots of people are moving about.  Jeanette and I will be happy to renew your membership anytime at your convenience.
Good golfing for the rest of the year.   There are only a couple of VWGA events left to finalise the programme this year.  The Palm Beach day is great fun!

Fay Butcher


18 Oct - Mens Championships Round 1
19 Oct - Mens Championships Round 2
25 Oct - Mens Championships Round 3
26 Oct - Mens Championships Final Round
29 Oct - Ladies Championships Round 1 & Ladies Senior Championship Round 1
1 Nov - Ladies Championships Round 2 & Ladies Premiership Cup Round 1

5 Nov - Ladies Championships Round 3 & Ladies Senior Championship Final Round
8 Nov - Mens Carnarvon Cup
9 Nov
 - Ladies Championships Final Round & Ladies Premiership Cup Final Round

Saturday 30 Nov - 7.30pm 

Tickets $15 

Veterans Report

The average players for the eight games played covering this report was 39.
We were unlucky to be washed out three times with another wet day with 26 hardy souls braving the weather.
The winners are as follows:
24th July               
Winner Judy Emmett 23 Points
Runner up Barry Ryan 19 Points
Fred Cherry Award Neville Brown $20-00
31st July               
Winner Inja Kim                20 Points
Runner Up Martin Macdonald 19 Points
Fred Cherry Award Bill Lang $20-00
7th August           
Winner Joe Coombs 20 Points
Runner Up Joan Causley               19 Points c/b
Fred Cherry Award Carol Flecknoe $20-00
14th August        
Winner Michael Fisher 17 Points
Runner up Keith Speer 15 Points
Fred Cherry Award Harley Roberts $20-00
Starr Partners Award Peter Welzel $30-00
4th September  
Winner Inja Kim                21 Points
Runner up Martin MacDolald 19 Points
Fred Cherry Award Daphne Penrose $20-00
Starr Partners Award Ray McColl $30-00
18th September
Winner Inja Kim                22 Points
Runner up Jack McKendrick 21 Points
Fred Cherry Award no result
Starr Partners Award Inja Kim $30-00
25th September
Winner Joan Causley 18 Points
Runner up Inja Kim 16 Points
Fred Cherry Award Bill Jardine $40-00
Starr Partners Award Neville Brown $30-00
9th October        
Winner Keith Speer 16 Points c/b
Runner Up Daphne Penrose 16 Points c/b
Congratulations for winning Keith too bad that you have to play off scratch next week.
Fred Cherry Award Kent Pidgeon $20-00
Starr Partners Award Own Madden $30-00

We thank Greg Okladnikov dealer principal of Starr Partners, real estate agents from Auburn, for their generous support of the Vets’ Club. I am sure Greg will look after any real estate issues you may encounter in the future.

Thank you for your support members and we look forward any new members who may wish to join us for social golf on Thursday mornings. Hit off is between 0700 hours and 0830 hours.

See you on the course.
Keith Speer

A History Moment

Since the last newsletter I have experienced one of those great moments that historians can only dream about. Out of the blue the Club was presented with the very first Minute Book of “The Carnarvon Golf Club” The book was given to us by Michael and Nicole Smith. Michael is the grandson of Bede Drew the second Honorary Secretary of the Club. While helping his mother sort through an old carton of family hand-me-downs they chanced upon the book and realising its potential value to the Club Nicole made contact with us and a handover was arranged. Michael and Nicole were guests of the Club together with their children Georgia. Miranda and Owen for dinner one Friday evening for a formal handover. Our thanks go out to a most delightful family.

The earliest Minute Book held by the Club previously was Book No 4 so the significance of this volume can only be imagined. The first page records a meeting held at Alderman Arthurson’s shop at the corner of Station Road and Hall Street, Auburn at 8.00 pm on Friday, 15th March, 1928. The first motion was “Those present to form themselves into a golf Club”. The second motion was “’That the name be The Carnarvon Golf Club”’..both motions were carried .

The book discloses the details of the early years which had previously been the subject of assumption and speculation and some of the early years of the Club History will require revision. The book has been rebound thanks to the good graces of one our members....Mal Mear and will shortly be on display in the Club’s trophy cabinet.

Barry Ryan 
Club Historian
The historical treasure was recently discover by our President.

Shawn in Review

Ladies and Gentlemen

The last 12 months has been a significant year for Carnarvon Golf Club, with Club House improvements and capital works on the Golf course being completed. Some notables were:
General improvement to the interior such as reception, bar, function and gaming area, and also to the bridal suite on the ground floor. The purpose of this being to not only improve the general aesthetics but to also further grow our functions & weddings capability, which is attracting a lot of interest!

Recently we completed re-development of the 1st green and the cart path along the 2nd tee, to enhance the golfing experience for our members and visitors. This is the first new green re-development project this club has undertaken for some time. Plus it was designed and built by our own course staff, headed up by Steve Jacobsen.

We also recently launched our new website, well done to our office team who worked with a new web hosting firm who have done a remarkable job to provide an excellent image for Carnarvon on the web.

Carnarvon has also again been chosen as one of the courses to host the Monday, qualifier prior to the 2014 Australian Open. This is a great testament to how Carnarvon Golf Club has positioned itself with a proven reputation and capability to host the qualifier. Who knows, a future Adam Scott, Jason Day or a Greg Norman may get their chance at this pre-qualifier and look back one day to appreciate Carnarvon’s contribution to their success.

These are only a few highlights of what our club achieves, but, our best achievement is in providing our members with a quality golf course and clubhouse facilities. Thank you and kudos goes to all Carnarvon staff headed by our Club GM Owen Madden, Course Manager Steven Jacobsen and our Head Pro Mike Callaby for their contribution to this club.
Carnarvon has been serving its members and the community for many years, our first Club minutes were recorded in 1928.
Like all Clubs we want to continue to improve, there is a need for our membership base to grow. Therefore your ongoing support is important.

If you know of any potential new members who are looking for a great family friendly golf club to join, then please invite them.  We retain a Par 72 rating after a recent course ratings review, by Golf Australia for the slope handicapping system. Our full playing (7 day) membership fee is still one of the lowest in Sydney for a Golf club ranked in this Championship Category, at $1640 for adult males and $1110 for adult females, with an additional $300 bar tab for member’s use at the Club house. Whilst Juniors' fees start at $100.

In case our members have not realised it, being a golfing member at Carnarvon also entitles one to the use of:
- the practice areas,
- access to our pro shop for all golfing needs,
including on course coaching lessons.
- social (free) golf
- locker room facilities,
- discounted rates at the bar & bistro.
- preferences if wanting to host an event in our club.

The function hall having a 200 seat capacity, has its own bar and catering with private access entry from the car park. Smaller functions can also be accommodated by sectioning off certain areas.

As summer approaches, we are all looking forward to the longer days and warmer weather, plus the excitement around the Club Championship season will also be soon upon us. I am sure Mike Callaby and his team are always there to help with your game and get you prepared, so give his team a call.

I recently heard an interesting quote, “The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing”. ~Phyllis Diller (stand-up comedian & actress)

On behalf of the Board, till next time, happy golfing!!.

Shawn Singham
Board Member
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