Welcome to another edition of T2G.
I'm sorry that the T2G has not been with you over the last couple of weeks but I must confess I have taken some holidays! All back to normal again this week with the latest news from around the Club.
LOCAL RULE CHANGE
There has been an amendment made to our local rules which is now detailed on the back of the latest batch of scorecards. The amendment is concerning relief from roads paths & tracks. Under the new local rules a player may receive relief from any road, path and track. This rule is covered under immovable obstructions (Rule 24-2). I'd also like to take this opportunity to remind you that relief can also be taken from any internal post & rail fence on the course under the same rule e.g. the fence running over the top of the heather bank on the 7th hole.
On the subject of the rules of golf, it's come to my attention a few times of late the number of members who on occasion are unsure on some of the more basic rules of the game. To help with this each week in the T2G we will show a link covering a rules situation that we might all face from time to time during a round of golf. This week we are going to cover dropping the ball from an immovable obstruction such as the case would be under our local rule above.
Taking Relief From An Immovable Obstruction (Rule 24-2) - CLICK HERE TO VIEW
News from the Ladies’ Captain - Jane Best
First I have to report on the very sad news that Dr. Jackie Lyon died recently. Many of you will know that Jackie had been ill for a little while and knew that her time was limited. She was her usual ‘no nonsense’ self and was determined to put all her affairs in order and make her wishes very clearly understood, before she passed away. This she did. Jackie had donated her body to medical science and as far as we are aware, there will be no funeral/memorial service. This will not prevent us from remembering her and particularly every year at the ladies championships when the much coveted and strongly contested trophy she so generously donated, is played for.
The Lyon Cup was presented by Dr Jackie Lyon in 1969 (44 years ago) to be awarded to the player who records the lowest gross score over 36 holes in the Club Championship. The trophy was won this year by Sue Jackson but unfortunately Jackie wasn’t well enough to present the trophy to Sue but we have a picture of her presenting the trophy to last year’s winner, Carol Cass.
Jackie was born 1st January 1928, she joined the Club in 1959 and was Ladies Captain in 1990. The photograph here was taken at a Past Captains’ Day in 1991 (Mary Brady is pictured with her).
Many of you will have known Jackie far better than I did and many of you will have stories to tell! The impression I have of Jackie is that she was a force to be reckoned with, and a no frills, no nonsense kind of a woman – and I think she would be happy to be remembered this way.
Now to happier news –
After a fantastic victory in the Interclub series at home against Lyme Regis (7/0) we secured our place in the semi final. This match will be against Knighton Heath and played at Moors Valley on Monday 2nd Sept. Well done to the entire squad for getting us this far in the County competition. Seven of these players will be selected to represent us in the semi final.
Our ladies have excelled themselves again this year –
Not only are we in the Interclub semi final, we are also through to the semis in the Humphreys Bowl (teams of 3 off scratch) competition, and through to the final of the Hezlet competition to be played at Brokenhurst on Sunday 8th September.
It all seems to be going surprisingly well. Fingers crossed!
News from Club Captain - Allan Hutchins
A lot has happened on the golfing front since the last T2G. On the 1st August we hosted a junior team from Atlanta, Georgia against a Wessex junior squad as part of the Colonial cup. This is a home and away fixture hosted by Ferndown in which they play five local courses. I am happy to report that the on speaking to some of the players they were unanimous in their praise for our course with some saying it was the most challenging!
I also took part this week in a match of Dorset past captains against a team of Surrey past captains. As we know Surrey is full of great courses but without exception, once again, praise was in abundance. I am saying this because, as I played host to the visitors, apart from feeling very proud, it made me realise how lucky we are to play at Broadstone and I think that at times we are perhaps guilty of taking it for granted, I know I am!
There are a number of matches to report on so I won't go through them in detail except to say well done and thanks to everybody who took part.
Starting last Sunday with the 36 hole SCRATCH OPEN where we hosted many visitors from all around the South region with some travelling quite a distance to play our great course! Scoring for the event was very good and the eventual winner with a gross aggregate score of 141 (73 & 68) was David Cook of Parkstone Golf Club. All sections of the golf club are covered during the OPEN week and a number of clubs refer to their open week as their "festival week". If during this busy period you can't get a game, why not just come up for a practice (or book a lesson!), have a drink and join in the atmosphere. I can assure you it is fun just talking to the many visitors, first hand, to hear what they say about our course.
To be honest when I was writing this I still felt a little bit of a hungover from the boat trip that we arranged last Thursday night. Many thanks to all who came, it was a great success and concluded with a fantastic firework display.
I will keep you posted with news of future events but I think I now need to lie down and prepare for our next Cap't and Pro match, the pressure builds as we try to keep our unbeaten run in tact!
Until next time.
Club Matches Round Up
The Vice – Captain probably should have been helping Captain ‘Hutch’ navigate the ship around Poole Harbour; instead he was leading the team against Barclays House.
Whilst it was a home match for Broadstone it was hardly an away fixture for their opponents, as half of the Barclays team were Broadstone members!
This was the first of these matches played since 2011 as the fixture is now bi- annual. This fact is much to the disappointment of Barclays. The trophy has been played for since 1981 and therefore after an absence of 2 years, BH were determined to wrestle it away from their hosts.
Ian Potter led his Barclays team from the front and posted their first point. After that it was Broadstone earning the points, until Ian’s final pairing achieved an unlikely half after having been dormie 3, leaving the 15th green.
Star man for the home team was Frank Hayhoe. Brought it as last minute reserve he seemed totally unfazed that he and his playing partner Jim Barfoot were 4 down after just 7 holes. After ‘birdies’ on 13 and 14 Frank certainly deserved to be on the winning team and their 3 and 1 winning margin was a fine achievement.
After some brief reflections on past Barclays and Broadstone members the teams departed still hoping to catch a glimpse of the fireworks and Captain Hutch from Poole Quay.
Score Broadstone 2 ½ Barclays House 1 ½
Weekly Course Report
Paul Staples here (Martins Deputy) as Martin is having a well earned break away with his family I’ve been tasked with keeping you up to date on what’s happening out on the course.
I would like to start with an update on how the hollow-coring went. Firstly and most importantly, the weather was on our side for a change. We gave the greens a deep verti-drain (10”) and also Hollow cored them, immediately following this we applied the top dressing, 42 tons in total! The whole process ran very smoothly from our point of view and hopefully with not much effect on yourselves. The sun and few showers have been the perfect cocktail for a very quick and successful recovery.
As you may have noticed the greens have been a little slower for the last week due to hollow-coring and the weather that I mentioned above, the grass has gone a little thick on the greens. We have managed to overcome this by brushing and cutting everyday plus applying our latest application of primo maxx (growth regulator). The greens are stimped every day and are currently running at approximately 10.5 feet
We have had a little bit of disease that has appeared on a couple of our greens in the last week or so which is a called “thatch fungi” It is most common during the summer and autumn months. This has little effect on the on the grass sward, however in certain cases a yellowing ring maybe seen which is caused by plant stress, fortunately we have caught it in its early stages and applied a fungicide which will help to eradicate the disease.
Works for the week ahead will include setting the course up for all the Open competitions (cut, cut, cut!). We will be carrying on with our hand mowing regime which is helping the roll on the greens in conjunction with our turf iron. Spraying of a growth regulator to the tees and approaches will be applied early next week. On-going spray work with the new gorse growth in the scrub cleared areas and checking all the bunkers to ensure we have sufficient sand in them all.
Just a note from me and the team, would everyone please keep on top of their pitch marks and divots, it is greatly appreciated.
One last thing from me, I am running the 1st Bournemouth marathon in October and am raising money for Julia’s House, I have recently visited the house and seen what they do for the children and their families. I have a sponsor form in the pro shop or a web page that you can visit to sponsor me http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/stapesjuliashouse, Thank you if you have already sponsored me.
Many thanks for reading, until next time
Updates for the recent club competitions start with Ladies Stableford played on 25th July. Division 1 winner was Janet Giddings, 38 points and Division 2 winner was Vi Antell also scoring 38 points.
Andrew Walker won the Extra Medal competition on Sunday 28th July with a nett 69. Well played.
Karen Tapper topped Division 1 with a nett 70, in the Ladies Medal played on Thursday 3rd August. Division 2 winner was Gill Snow, nett 76.
145 competitors took part in Saturday’s Medal on 3rd August. Divison 1 winner was Mark Warwick scoring a nett 68. Division 2 winner was Harry Bridges with a nett score of 62, well played! This medal also incorporated the Long Handicap Cup (best nett for members with handicaps between 18 and 28). Andrew Morris wins the trophy, scoring a nett 69 – congratulations.
Club Texas Scramble – Saturday 24th August. Teams of 4 players, open to Men, Ladies & Juniors (up to two juniors permitted in each team) Book online – Wednesday 14th August at 8.00 pm
Captain’s Charity Day – Sunday 15th September. Spaces available, don’t miss out
More updates next week.
Seniors Winter League - The Chris Coombes Trophy
This was won in the middle of summer by Hugh Bell and Lewis Emms who beat Peter Asquith and John Groves in the Final
A senior moment? As some may say, it has been a long winter but at last it's over! When was it?
Pro Shop News
Well I can’t believe the last of the 4 Majors has just been played…..Where has the season gone? I also think we have been treated to 4 of the best Majors we have seen for some time. Each of them was intriguing in their own way but all made for brilliant TV. It’s also the first time that not one of my tips and bets picked me up any money in the year but the less said about that the better!!
Our mid- season sale is well under way and proving popular with huge clearance prices on our Under Armour, Green Lamb, Ralph Lauren and many other brands. We also have shoes and bags in the sale so grab a bargain before it’s all gone!
As many of you already know Callaway has launched its new Optiforce driver and with Mickleson in the golfing headlines it’s sure to be popular. The new face design is reported to be the fastest on the market so it really aimed at long hitting. We are lucky enough to have another Callaway demo day given to us and it’s a great opportunity try this new driver. The date of the demo day is FRIDAY 23RD August 2pm – 6pm. Give us a ring in the pro shop to book your private 30 minute fitting.
Not to be outdone TaylorMade is also launching its new SLDR driver which you will have seen most of the tour players using this week. It is an awesome piece of kit with a revolutionary slider on the back which allows for the club to be more draw or fade balanced. This driver hits the shelf this week and as always we will have demo equipment available for you to try.
The Captain and I remain unbeaten in our Pro/Capt challenges though every game is a tough battle we have managed to stay unbeaten. I am told that there has never been an unbeaten year so we are determined to carry on the winning streak for the remaining ½ dozen games.
Finally Barry is offering a “Tip of the Week” in our Tee2Green updates starting this week and we will be running all sorts of lesson and clinic offers on our Pro Shop noticeboard in the foyer so keep your eyes peeled for those.
BARRY’S TIP OF THE WEEK
This is a nice simple one to start with and it’s based around course management. Too often I see amateurs pick driver out of the bag without really thinking about how they are going to play the hole. Broadstone is a golf course which cannot be overpowered and the way to score round here is clever course management and KEEPING THE BALL IN PLAY!! You notice how the top tour players use irons and fairway woods even on the longest of Par 4’s as they know the emphasis is giving yourself the best opportunity to get to the green and that is generally FROM THE FAIRWAY. So next time you are playing try and give the driver a bit of a rest and keep your emphasis on finding the fairway…you might be surprised!!
JUNIOR SECTION NEWS
The summer holiday is now in full swing and its great to see so many junior members playing the course and working hard on their games. Within the club we have organised a summer series of Junior Competitions for any junior member with an official handicap to play in. Prizes are up for grabs and its a great opportunity for you all to play more competitive golf this summer, so please check your e-mails for times and dates as it would be great to see as many juniors playing as possible. These include the Broadstone Junior Open on Tuesday 20th August where spaces are still available for our members, and the Junior Club Championship on Friday 30th August so please enter in the Pro-shop as soon as possible.
For any further Junior coaching or team information, please just contact Andrew in the Professional Shop.
Neil and the Pro Shop team.
Download the Broadstone App
For all the iphone, android phone and ipad users out there you can now download the "Broadstone Golf Club App" The app is a bit of fun and is free to download and share with other users.
Apple version - Click here
Android version - Click here
Virgin Active or Marriott High Cliff Hotel Health Club Membership
The Club have secured some corporate rates/discounts at the above venues for membership at their Health Clubs. To view the offers and for more info click on the links below
Thanks for reading this bulletin and we'll be back again next week with all the latest news. Please feel free to contact me either by phone, email or better still in person should you wish to discuss anything at all to do with the Club.