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President's Newsletter

July 2019

Hello once again fellow Fairbairn golfers

The cold playing conditions continue to be with us, although we have had a couple of somewhat pleasant Saturdays lately for those of us teeing off post 1000. Bring on the warmer conditions to kick that grass along. On the 22 July the following key points were discussed at the committee meeting (in no particular order):

The majority of discussions were around the new management structure, club manager and other paid positions around the club.

Membership renewals. Due date for membership renewals has now passed and hopefully everyone who wishes to remain a member of our wonderful club has become financial once again.

Club Manager Position. Following an evening of interviews with various applicants a new Club Manager has been selected and will commence taking over the role from Greg on 05 August. The new Club Manager is Mr Mils Finau. When you see Mils around the club please say hello and introduce yourself, I look forward to officially welcoming Mils to the role and club at the upcoming AGM. The AGM will also provide the committee and club members an opportunity to farewell Greg from the Club Manager role.

Committee Structure. As mentioned in last months newsletter, your committee has been putting in the hours ensuring the management of our club is aligned with Golf NSW best practices. The proposed new structure has been put up on the notice board for all to see and subsequently approve at the AGM. I would like to reiterate that this will not alter in any way play on the course and/or competitions and will only impact the ‘behind the scenes’ management of the club. Also on the notice board is a nomination sheet for committee positions and it would be fantastic to see this sheet filled with volunteers for the positions!

New Open Golf Competition to be held Wednesdays. A number of other district clubs are conducting open golf competitions at reduced rates on weekdays. Fairbairn has also decided to adopt this initiative and will be conducting an open competition on Wednesdays, dependent on course availability, at the members rate of $13 (including the Course Improvement Levy). Any Golfer with a current GA Handicap - Golflink Number is welcome. Let your friends know!

R&A Level 2 Rules Workshop. Fairbairn had two representatives, Mick Hoare and Mark Turner, successfully complete the Level 2 Rules of Golf Workshop held at Yowani Golf Club on 14/15 July. Around 24 representatives from regional Golf Clubs around Canberra and as far away as Albury and Mollymook, attended the workshop and sat the 2-hour exam. Congratulations to Mick and Mark on passing! All members are encouraged to undertake the Level 1 course and exam which can be done online (click here).

Yass Par 3 - 2 Person Ambrose – Mick Abbey Charity Day. Yass Golf Club are conducting a charity day on Sunday 4 August to help Mick Abbey who is going through a particularly hard time. More information on what Mick is currently going through can be found on his Go Fund Me page. Fairbairn members are encouraged to support this charity event and you may have a little fun at the same time.

Final thoughts. Congratulations to those who have proceeded in the Match Play Championships, please ensure your next ‘match’ is played by the cut-off date. Good luck in the Monthly medal and the Mixed Foursomes Championship coming up in August and I look forward to seeing everyone at the AGM on 24 August.

Monthly golf humour to finish with:

Four old men went into the pro shop after playing 18 holes of golf.

The pro asked, "Did you guys have a good game today?"

The first old guy said, "Yes, I had three riders today."

The second old guy said, "I had the most riders ever. I had five."

The third old guy said, "I had seven riders, the same as last time."

The last old man said, "I beat my old record. I had 12 riders today."

After they went into the locker room, another golfer who had heard the old guys talking about their game went to the pro and said, "I've been playing golf for a long time and thought I knew all the terminology of the game, but what's a rider?"

The pro said, "A rider is when you hit the ball far enough to actually get in the golf cart and ride to it."

Good luck on your next 18

Gary Page

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