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Well Done Brandon Stone

We are extremely proud of our very talented Member, Brandon Stone, who represented his country at the recent Olympic Games.

Way to go Brandon!!

NEWS 24:  http://www.sport24.co.za/OtherSport/Olympics2016/gary-player-shows-laaities-how-its-done-20160809?isapp=true

Rio de Janeiro – He is 80-years-old, but Gary Player showed the youngsters in Team South Africa a thing or two at Friday night’s Olympic Games opening ceremony.

South Africa, thanks to being named ‘Africa Do Sul’ in Portuguese, were third out in the list of competing nations to be unveiled at the Maracana Stadium.

It meant that the athletes and management who formed part of the parade were on the turf for more than three hours as they waited for all of the countries to emerge.

For some, that wait meant an occasional rest … but not for Player.

“It was unreal; incredible,” golfer Brandon Stone said of the opening ceremony.

“Gary and I were walking side by side and he was like a kid in a toy store … just a grin from ear to ear and loving every second of it and it’s only gotten better since then.

“I’m 23 and I had to have a seat down but Gary stood for the whole three-hour opening ceremony. The guy is incredible … he wasn’t going to miss a thing.

“Every golfer that came past he gave a little handshake to … it was a long night but it was worth it. Those three hours of standing there waiting for everybody to come through was worth seeing that flame being lit.”

Player is managing South Africa’s gold team, which consists of Stone and Jaco van Zyl.

“I feel great. If you ever need motivation to train or to work hard then this is the kind of week you need to go to,” said Stone.

“Having watched Cameron (Van der Burgh) get silver kind of gave me a little fire in my belly to try and go and get a medal for South Africa.

“But at the same time this experience has been priceless and whether I win gold or finish last it’s going to be a week I’ll never forget.”

MECC LADIES GOLF SECTION NEWS

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

We played the Marje Simpson Trophy last week – a High/Low Combined Stableford draw. From the feedback received, it seems a lot of players really enjoyed the format. WELL DONE to the prize winners. Our thanks to Candice Loumeau of Jeunesse who sponsored the prizes on the day. You can contact Candice on Candice@lbv.co.za

A few of us were lucky enough to play in the BMW Golf Cup International. WELL DONE to Eleanor Rae who got 38 individual points and goes through to the National Finals next February!

The Lillian Turpin Trophy was played on Sunday, the 21st of August on Course 2. The Mixed Combined Stableford format could’ve proved testing but a good day was had by all, with Steve and Louise Langton winning the Trophy. A very BIG congrats to Peter Cotterall who had a hole in one on the 3rd!

Next Wednesday is the Jean Duncan Taylor Trophy, an individual Stableford competition. Please phone the pro shop. Cheryl and Julie are on duty

The following week is Medal and putting. Put your names down in the pink file

REMINDER:

The first rounds of the Mixed Knock-out need to be played by the 28th of August 2016

The timesheet for the Spring Open day on Monday, 5th of September, is now open to members. It’s a 4 Ball Alliance – choose on Course 1. Enter your names in the pink file

WEDNESDAY RESULTS – 17th August 2016

Competition: Marje Simpson Trophy – Hi/Low Combined Stableford

1 st: Shelley Sykes + Jenni Crookes

2 nd: Wendy May + Carol Haramis

3 rd: Hilary o Reilly + Barbara Meyer

4 th: Margie Kent + Sheila Dobson

SATURDAY RESULTS – 20th August 2016 on Course 2

Competition: Medal and putting

A Division:

Best gross: Irene Torode – 88

Best Nett: Irene Torode- 70

R/U Nett: Shelley Sykes – 77

Putts: Tanya Adams – 32 putts

B Division:

Best gross: Pat Jones – 94

Best Nett : Bev Baker -73 oco

R/U Nett: Pat Jones – 73 oco

Putting: Bev Baker – 29 putts

Two club: Bev Baker – 17th

RULES:

When a Ball Is Lost in an Abnormal Ground Condition

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Casual water on the 4th hole at Roundel Glen Golf Course

First, the Definition of an Abnormal Ground Condition;

An “abnormal ground condition” is any casual water, ground under repair or hole, cast or runway on the course made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.

Note that there is no relief from the footprints of animals or birds, which is a common misunderstanding. Also, remember that there is no relief from interference by an abnormal ground condition when the ball lies in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, Rule 25-1b.

It is the same Rule 25-1b that covers how players may take relief from abnormal ground conditions, but in this blog I want to highlight the fact that if you cannot find your ball that is lost in an abnormal ground condition, it is Rule 25-1c that sets out the procedure that the player must follow, without penalty. For a player to avail of this relief there must be no doubt that their ball did come to rest in the condition. This is the relevant paragraph;

If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in an abnormal ground condition, the player may take relief under this Rule. If he elects to do so, the spot where the ball last crossed the outermost limits of the abnormal ground condition must be determined and, for the purpose of applying this Rule, the ball is deemed to lie at this spot …

To summarise, the possibility that the ball may be in an abnormal ground condition is not sufficient; there must be preponderance of evidence to that effect. Even when the weight of evidence suggests that a ball is lost in the condition, but there remains a possibility that it could have come to rest outside the defined area, the player should strengthen the evidence by searching for their ball for the permitted five minutes. In the absence of strong evidence that the ball is in the condition it must be treated as lost, and the player has to return to where they last played from under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1). There is no alternative if the player wishes to play out the hole, which is a mandatory requirement in a strokes competition, but not in a Stableford, Par or Bogey competition.

When it is known or virtually certain that a ball is lost in an abnormal ground condition, the reference point for taking relief is the spot where the ball last crossed the outermost limits of the abnormal ground condition. Having determined this point the player must then drop a ball in accordance with Rule 25-1c, which will depend on whether the reference point is through the green, in a bunker or on the putting green.

Obviously, the reason why free relief is available for balls that cannot be found in ground under repair, is that they are areas of temporary adverse course conditions defined by Committees (Rule 33-2a(iii)) and it would be unfair if a player had to take a penalty of stroke and distance because their ball was known to have come to rest in one. However, remember that the same relief applies to balls that are known or virtually certain to be in other abnormal ground conditions, including casual water, holes made by a burrowing animal and, where defined by a Local Rule, environmentally sensitive areas.

One last point, when a ball is found within an abnormal ground condition it is not mandatory to take relief, unless a Local Rule requires it. You will note in the excerpt from Rule 25-1c above that I have highlighted the words, “may take relief”; it does not say “must take relief”.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Wednesday Ladies Competitions:

Date: 24th August 2016

Course: Course 1

Competition: Jean Duncan Taylor Trophy – Individual Stableford

On Duty: Cheryl Clarke + Julie Dickinson

Sponsor: Catalisa

Date: 31st August 2016

Course: Course 1

Competition: Medal + Putting

On Duty: Sue Pearson + Kelly Banks

Sponsor: Ladies Section

Date: 5 September 2016

Course: Course 1

Competition: Spring Open Day – 4 Ball alliance

On Duty: Julie Dickinson + Di Neethling

Sponsor: Silhouette

Date: 7 September 2016

Course: Course 1

Competition: Pat Mounter Trophy – High/Mid/Low draw

On Duty: Eleanor Rae + Vanessa Colby

Sponsor: Pat Mounter + Andrea Doig

Date: 14 September 2016

Course: Course 2

Competition: Annie’s Day – 4 Ball Alliance – choose

On Duty: Hilary o Reilly + Sue Pearson

Sponsor: Annie’s

Date: 21 September 2016

Course: Course 1

Competition: Medal and Putting

On Duty: Vanessa Colby + Julie Dickinson

Sponsor: Ladies Section

Date: 28 September 2016

Course: Course 1

Competition: League vs Kloof

Date: 28 September 2016

Course: Course 2

Competition: Individual Stableford

On Duty: Di Neethling + Kelly Banks

Sponsor:

Saturday Ladies Competitions:

27th August 2016 – Course 2 – 4 Ball Alliance with 2 x scores to multiply

3rd September 2016 – Course 2 – Individual Stableford (Biz League away vs Beachwood)

10th September 2016 – Course 2 – 4 Ball Alliance – Choose part + draw 4 ball

17th September 2016 – Course 2 – Medal

24th September 2016 – Public Holiday – Heritage Day

Outside Tournaments + Open Days: (see notice board in change room for details on the posters)

26 August – Benefit Cup DCC

27-28 August – Southern Cape Champs

15 September – Umhlali Open Day

20 September – Zimbali Open Day

PINK PHOENIX ANNUAL CHARITY GOLF DAY 2016

Come and Enjoy a Day of Golf with Us to Support Our ‘KIDS 4 LIFE’ Initiative

R 2,200 per 4 ball or R 550 per person

Individuals or smaller groups will be accommodated and automatically paired where possible

Pink Phoenix Cancer Foundation’s 1st Annual Golf Day takes place on Thursday the 3rd of November 2016 at Mount Edgecombe Country Club on Course 1. The format of the day is a 4 Ball Alliance with 2 scores to count on all holes followed by a dinner and prize giving.

You can enter the golf day online by visiting www.pinkphoenix.co.za, or by completing theentry form which is downloadable from the website.

WIN A CAR!
car

A brand new Honda Jazz from Honda Umhlanga, underwritten by Econorisk, is up for grabs on the 9th hole as a hole-in-one prize. To participate, please pay R100 for your entry at registration. T’s & C’s apply.

There will be nearest the pin prizes on all par 3’s and longest drive prizes for men and ladies on the 18th.

Items will also be on auction during prize giving.

TEE BOX SPONSORSHIP/DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Sponsorship of the 1st Tee Box, 10th Tee Box, 18th Tee Box or practice putting green
R 1,200 each

Sponsorship of the remaining Tee Box’s
R 650 each

9th, Putting Green and select tee box’s already reserved

OTHER SPONSORSHIP/DONATION OPPORTUNITIES

Nearest the Pin x 5 Prizes

Longest Drive 1 x Female, 1 x Male Prize

4 Ball Winners Prizes

Lucky Draw Prizes

Auction & Raffle Prizes

Golf Shits, Golf Caps and Peaks

To provide sponsorship or donations, please contact Michelle Luyt on 082 457 5737, or send her an email on michelle@pinkphoenix.co.za.

Pink Phoenix Cancer Foundation (NPC 2013/065457/08) is proud to have PBO status (Public Benefit Organisation – 930049959) so Pink Phoenix will issue a tax refund certificate on any donations received.

MENS GOLF SECTION – MECC NEWSLETTER – 22 AUGUST 2016

Dear Golfers

Hope you have had a good week.

We have certainly had a lot of rain over the past few weeks with another 40mm falling on Saturday night. We now need some really hot weather so that we can get some growth back on the greens, especially on Course 1.

The 17th Green on Course 1 is going to be re-done over the 6 weeks or so, and the greens staff will start today, Monday 22 August, and a temporary green has been demarcated on the fairway just before the existing green.

Please can I also remind everyone that you need to fix your divots on the fairways. I have certainly noticed that players are not putting sand in their divots, and to be honest there should be no excuses, as most of us drive golf carts and have sand bottles on our carts. Before you tee off at the start of your rounds, make sure your sand bottles of full and then make sure you use them.

We have the privilege of playing on two great courses each week, so we must make the effort and help our green keeping staff in keeping both courses in great shape.

GOLF RULE FOR THE WEEK:

When a Ball Is Lost in an Abnormal Ground Condition

“Casual water on the 4th hole at Roundel Glen Golf Course”
14 06 Casual water

First, the Definition of an Abnormal Ground Condition;
An “abnormal ground condition” is any casual water, ground under repair or hole, cast or runway on the course made by a burrowing animal, a reptile or a bird.
Note that there is no relief from the footprints of animals or birds, which is a common misunderstanding. Also, remember that there is no relief from interference by an abnormal ground condition when the ball lies in a water hazard or a lateral water hazard, Rule 25-1b.

It is the same Rule 25-1b that covers how players may take relief from abnormal ground conditions, but in this blog I want to highlight the fact that if you cannot find your ball that is lost in an abnormal ground condition, it is Rule 25-1c that sets out the procedure that the player must follow, without penalty. For a player to avail of this relief there must be no doubt that their ball did come to rest in the condition. This is the relevant paragraph;
If it is known or virtually certain that a ball that has not been found is in an abnormal ground condition, the playermay take relief under this Rule. If he elects to do so, the spot where the ball last crossed the outermost limits of the abnormal ground condition must be determined and, for the purpose of applying this Rule, the ball is deemed to lie at this spot …
I previously blogged on the important subject of ‘Known or Virtually Certain’ at this link. To summarise, the possibility that the ball may be in an abnormal ground condition is not sufficient; there must be preponderance of evidence to that effect. Even when the weight of evidence suggests that a ball is lost in the condition, but there remains a possibility that it could have come to rest outside the defined area, the player should strengthen the evidence by searching for their ball for the permitted five minutes. In the absence of strong evidence that the ball is in the condition it must be treated as lost, and the player has to return to where they last played from under penalty of stroke and distance (Rule 27-1). There is no alternative if the player wishes to play out the hole, which is a mandatory requirement in a strokes competition, but not in a Stableford, Par or Bogey competition.

When it is known or virtually certain that a ball is lost in an abnormal ground condition, the reference point for taking relief is the spot where the ball last crossed the outermost limits of the abnormal ground condition. Having determined this point the player must then drop a ball in accordance with Rule 25-1c, which will depend on whether the reference point is through the green, in a bunker or on the putting green.

Obviously, the reason why free relief is available for balls that cannot be found in ground under repair, is that they are areas of temporary adverse course conditions defined by Committees (Rule 33-2a(iii)) and it would be unfair if a player had to take a penalty of stroke and distance because their ball was known to have come to rest in one. However, remember that the same relief applies to balls that are known or virtually certain to be in other abnormal ground conditions, including casual water, holes made by a burrowing animal and, where defined by a Local Rule, environmentally sensitive areas.

One last point, when a ball is found within an abnormal ground condition it is not mandatory to take relief, unless a Local Rule requires it. You will note in the excerpt from Rule 25-1c above that I have highlighted the words, “may take relief”; it does not say “must take relief”.

MEMBERS GOLF COMPETITIONS:

Thursday 18 August 2016 : Course 1
Competition: Fourball Betterball Bonus Stableford

Winners: 1st Place: Ray King and Peter Webb – 49 points
2nd Place: Suren Chetty and Munshurai Ramandh – 47 points
3rd Place: Mike Haramis and Mike Houston – 46 points oco
4th Place: Clive Lazarus and Sammy Poison – 46 points
5th Place: Robbie Sevel and Dave Strang – 46 points
6th Place: Nick Taylor and Tony Botes – 44 points oco
7th Place: Nahari Reddy and Dhangee Puran – 44 points
8th Place: Ian Kilntworth and Jerry Rocky – 44 points

Saturday 20 August 2016: Course 1
Competition: Fourball Alliance
Winners: Morning Field:
1st Place: Keith Draper, Attie Coetzee, Rob Torode, Johannes Nel – 93 points oco
2nd Place: Andrew Fraser, Ray Ramandah, Gerry Nejhuis, Guy Foulds – 93 points
3rd Place: Okkie van Niekerk, Claud Luizinho, John Sands, Jose Luizinho – 89 points

Afternoon Field:
1st Place: Rob Duncan, Richard Harper, Richard Bunyard, Roy Hirst – 85 points
2nd Place: John Herselman, Jean Hubert, Rodger Shillaw, Romano Valenti – 86 points
3rd Place: Brad Dreyer, Dylan van Rensberg, Glen Nortje, Graham Dyer – 82 points

Congratulations to PETER COTTERELL WHO HAD A HOLE IN ONE ON THE 3rd HOLE, C2 on Sunday whilst playing in the Lillian Turpin Combined Stableford .

SENIOR MEMBERS COMPETITION:

Monday 15 August 2016:
Competition: Fourball Alliance – 2 to count
Winners: M Mounter, R Hillier, P James, W Rose – 92 points
Two Club: M Mounter

Wednesday 17 August 2016:
Competition: Betterball Stableford
Winners: B Paton, P Strydom – 46 points
Two Club: P Strydom

Crooked Stick Trophy won by Residents : 40.2 vs Seniors 39.2

Friday 19 August 2016:
Competition: Three Ball Alliance
Winners: J Dickens, R Dodds and N Kent – 80 points
Well Done to all the winners this past week.
WEEKLY MEMBERS / VISITORS CLUB COMPETITIONS:

WEDNESDAY: 24 August 2016

RESIDENTS GOLF – Played every Wednesday Afternoon

This is open to all Residents and Members at MECC.

If you would like to play please be at the Putting Green on Course 1 by 11.15am.
Place a Golf Ball into a Bag ready for the draw at 11.25am.

THURSDAY: 25 August 2016
Course: Course Two (2)
Club Competition Format: Betterball Medal
Shotgun Start – Midday

SATURDAY: 27 August 2016
Course: Course One (1)
Club Competition Format: Monthly Medal

LEAGUE 2016:
Nothing to report

Feedback:
If you have any ideas or suggestions please send them to feedback@mountecc.co.za

Please remember to play more rounds of golf, so let’s see you out there playing on both our beautiful courses. No Excuses!!

Thanks and see you on the Course!!

Peter Taylor
Men’s Golf Captain
Cell: 0832300566

BOWLS NEWSLETTER

Lizette Loudon, current ladies singles title winner for 2016 at Mt Edgecombe, played in the Champion of Champions tournament at Parkhill earlier this month. Lizette reached the required 21 points in her first game against Morningside’s Jean Minogue in just 9 ends, but was beaten by Lynda Didlick (above,right) of Hillary Bowling Club – in a very respectable game – in the second round.

Dirk Van Niekerk, prize winner of the Mt Edgecombe Mens Singles Competition, competed in the Mens section of the Champion of Champions and won though to the first round of the Sunday, where he lost to Colin Best.

Both Lizette and Dirk need special congratulations for excellence and tenacity in very testing games and have done our club proud.

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