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Captain's Corner
Pink Leow
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Lost and Found

Whilst I was out and about golfing on Tuesday, I found a Callaway pouch bag with the usual pens, ball markers and tees. However, it also contains a beer bottle opener. You can sneak into the office and claim your pouch bag and I hope you haven’t been too thirsty !

Roast Dinner w/Music - only 4 tables left ! 

Due to them having to cancel their international schedule as a result of COVID, we have been able to secure guest appearance of Two’s Company and Friends for our entertainment.

23rd July. 6pm – 9pm. $23 per person.

Book directly with Jarrod. Pre-payment only.

Slow Play

On a more serious note, just this week I have received emails and been approached on the golf course from members about slow play.

Rule 5.6b advises that “A round of golf is meant to be played at a prompt pace. Each player should recognise that his or her pace of play is likely to affect how long it will take other players to play their rounds, including both those in the player’s own group and those in following groups.”

The Rule also outlines pace of play recommendations. Pace of play - It’s not about playing fast. It’s about playing efficiently and with consideration for others. This applies for all Club Days and also whilst you are out and about having a social game.

To encourage and enforce prompt play, we may review adopting a Local Rule setting a Pace of Play Policy. This Policy may set a maximum time to complete a round, a hole or series of holes, and it may set penalties for not following the Policy. Tee bookings could be restricted for players who are not keeping up with the required pace of play.

Admin Update
Deb Rose
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New in the Shop
Back orders are finally arriving and we have our professional tees back in stock. The new Gloves, Pro V Balls and Caps are all in from Titleist. We still have a number of items on back order so I will update you as they arrive.

OGC Shirts
The support of the new OGC shirts has been fantastic so you will see them popping up out around the course. I have just ordered in a couple of 2XL shirts for one of the blokes. Men’s can be ordered up to 5XL and ladies size 24, if you let me know. In the shop I have up to XL for men’s and 16 for woman in stock at the moment.

Medical Register
I emailed members during the week regarding the medical register  we now have in the office and have had a good response. Please call into the office and get your name and medical condition down if you have a notifiable health condition.

Cart Use in Wet Weather
The website is updated daily as to the open status of the course and for carts use. This should be done by 8am each day. If we call the carts off the course, it is because of safety in the wet for the drivers and to limit damage to our course in those conditions.

With our fabulous new cart paths we can keep most of the carts players on most days even wet ones which is great. Again, we ask drivers that you stick to rough areas and cart paths and far away from greens when out on the course over winter and this will mean we can keep allowing you all out there.

Shortest Day
Less than a week until the shortest day thank goodness. The ladies in the office are excited because beyond that we start the countdown to daylight savings. Bring it on….

Pitching on the Practice Green
Please don’t practice pitching onto our greens, this includes the practice green. The damage, especially at this time of the year is too great. You can practice pitching if you want to onto the chipping green down below the practice bunker.

Hitting Balls into the Harbour
Please do not hit balls from the end of the practice driving range into the ocean. Firstly, you are hitting over a public walkway so that is a safety risk. Secondly our oceans are filled with enough rubbish without filling them up with golf balls. We will have the local green community up in arms at us for this. Just don’t do it.

GreenShed Update
Nathan Keer - Head Green Keeper
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There has been some issues with water ponding along the 8th hole and behind the 8th green.

There has been a meeting with JMC contractors held on the 8th hole so they have seen the issues first hand and have agreed to fix this by adding drainage. I have not been given a date for work to start but it will be soon as they understand the urgency.

Bunker work will be starting on the 16th hole in the next couple of weeks, weather dependant. A new fairway bunker will be built on the right hand side of the fairway around 120 meters out from the green.

The existing fairway bunker on the left hand side of the fairway will be filled in completely and some mounding will be added. David Grahame from Bay Shaping will be doing the work with guidance from Kieran Muir and myself.

I have been allowing members only to use carts on the course as it is starting to get a little wet underfoot now. Members generally know where to drive and where not too but I haven’t been allowing green fee players to use carts as I have noticed they can cause damage by not knowing where to drive.

Please continue to stick to the cart paths and the rough while we are in these wet winter months.

Woman's World
Diane Hughes
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Saturday Results:
This week Saturday ladies played a stableford round which was won in style by Maria King with a stunning 43 stablefords, 5 shots clear of her nearest rival. Exciting news for us all is that Caitlin Maurice, who began her golf career as a junior with Omokoroa Saturday ladies, will join our usual competition on Saturday 17 July before she leaves on her scholarship to USA.

Tuesday Results:
Play was rained out this week however 11 hardy (or was it foolhardy) souls ventured out. I believe most completed 9 holes and were rewarded with hot scones made by our awesome caterer, Jarrod.

Endurance medals to our Tuesday Pennants team who competed at Te Puke on Monday. The weather was foul and most were longing for the sound of the hooter signalling end of play after 9 holes but…. this from the organiser, Kay Marshall:

“Your players are all to be congratulated for undertaking the 18 holes yesterday. I have to say I was not the most popular person in the lounge yesterday at results time. However in my defence the weather was looking quite bright after the nine holes had been played, hence the request to continue and the course was playable.”

Matchplay Championships:
Round 1 is now completed and those who were victorious have until 29 June to complete the next round. Those defeated in Round 1 now enter the Plate competition.

Men's World
Hugh Clark
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Annan Law Saturday Men’s Club day
We play the second round of the Omokoroa Cup and the first round of the Presidents Trophy this Saturday. The draw has been e-mailed out to all the men so if you didn’t receive it please let me know so I can add your name to the Men’s Group list. The draws and tee times are up on the Clubhouse window. There looks like we may get some rain on Saturday, but we will hopefully get golf completed.

After the first round last week special mention must go to Baz Mason who had just played an early start round when he was called in as first reserve into the Matchplay draw. He went another 18 holes with Marcus Annan before finally prevailing on the extra hole. Great stamina Baz! Jordan Shaw playing against Stu Rae parred every hole but two and was pipped in a high quality match. We look forward to more exciting games this week.

We had exactly 100 players in the haggle last week which is great, but does take more time to get everyone away and the scores done after play.

Men’s Committee Meeting
We will meet at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday 26th June, before play. Anyone with suggestions or issues please speak to one of your committee members.

Eagles Foursomes Event
Next Sunday (27th June) the Eagles are holding a men’s and mixed pairs competition at our club. We have a large contingent of Omokoroa members playing but would like to see a few more entered. Check in is from 9.30 a.m. and the shotgun start is at 10.30 a.m. Entries are still taken at the office and the $15 entry is taken on the day. Speak to Hugh Clark if you want to know more.

U.S. Open
My pick to win is Matt Wolfe or Garrick Higgo.

Early Years
John Marsh - Swampy

Early Years – Part 6

May 1973

This became a critical month and three meetings were held all told. Members had continued to pursue their respective avenues of enquiry.

Land enquiries continue

One good result was that Mr Harray had not intended to give such a definite ‘no’ – his disquiet was because he had been somewhat dismayed when first approached having purchased the property for its privacy, its views and the beach access where horses could be grazed. He believed his present view could be “built-out” by trees in the course (if it eventuated)

Mr Bennett was to be contacted re a portion of his property between the Cooney and Precious land (in the valley from golf course towards main road where the carrier has his business.)

The piece of land to the north which the Precious Brothers wished to retain now in turn became critical and a further approach necessary. Unfortunately, the subsequent discussion with Stan and Jack Precious elicited that the remaining foreshore land would not be available (that is, the paddock behind the 15th green with beach access). However, a further 5 acres was offered, being roughly the land from the lake on the 15th up to the fence behind the 15th green and across the beach where the 16th tee is now.

9H Ladies
Lyn Harrison

Another dry day for our golf this week.

R4 Stableford results

Bev Hansen and Mary Ludwig 19, Pauline Thurston 18, Margaret Griffiths and Robyn King 17

Rohanne Hancock ‘s long putt gave her a two on the 17th

Our Interclub team had a very wet miserable game on Monday at Whakatane. The golf as well as the day I suspect.

9H Men
Spencer Tankard

Matchplay & Consolation Plate Trophy winners have been confirmed!

Division 1 Matchplay Finals winner is:

Tom Hansen

Division 1 Consolation Plate winner is:

Frank Brown

Division 2 Matchplay Finals winner is:

Colin Griffiths

Division 2 Consolation Plate winner is:

Denis Douglas

Congratulations to all for a well fought contest and especially the winners who take home some impressive Silverware come prize giving.

The rest off the field played Stableford with the following Haggle results

Division 1:

Steve Crossfield 20

Allan Winter 18

Ken Hartley 17

Gordon Lusby 17

Division 2:

Arnold Davis 18

Kevin Crossman 17

Jerry Walker 16

Ian Rayson 14

The Raffle was won by:

Horton Schofield

Allan Winter

Lynton Holmes

We now take a breather from our competition schedule with next three weeks informal contest being:

KIWI Allstars against Rest of the World (read Brits?).

This is a fun competition with next weeks format being Ambrose.

Let’s see if we can improve on todays turnout of 32.

Omokoroa Golf Club
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