A capacity field of 70 players enjoyed the lush conditions at Sandgate Golf Course. Representing more than half the field, visitors heaped praise on the grounds staff for presenting the course in magnificent shape. For the first time in many years, the course was played with no “preferred lies”. This has been made possible thanks to the better than average rainfall of late as well as the tireless efforts of many volunteers who have been kept busy mowing fairways, tee blocks and light rough.
Congratulations to Janis Fagan and her organising team for presenting a great opportunity to the Lady members of Sandgate and surrounding clubs to come together in this special milestone of Sandgate Golf Club history.
Life member Mrs Joy Black, who has been a member since 1960, gave an enlightening speech at the lunchtime celebrations and cut the ceremonial cake. In her entertaining speech, she recounted the strict dress codes of years gone-by as well as everyone having to carry their own clubs over the shoulder.
The event winners were Lona Rostron from Drummond Golf, Virginia and Leanda Whitton from Caboolture Golf Club.
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The Sandgate Cup has been keenly contested every single year starting in 1933. This event has been Sandgate’s premier golf competition and the course is presented at its very best in early Autumn. Once again our major sponsor was The Village Taigum and we thank them for their ongoing support.
Congratulations in 2021 to Mr Michael Ward who handled the lush conditions better than 103 other golfers on the day. Playing with an 8 handicap and in the last group of the day, Michael completed the front nine in a creditable 40 strokes. His best was yet to come though as he crafted an even par 36 for his final nine. His 76 off the stick was not only the best on the day, but quite remarkable given the lush green fairways which for once offered little run.
Michael was particularly pleased with the number of times he managed to “one putt”on the fast greens and said afterwards that the lack of wind on his last nine also helped his “high ball” flight. The next best scores on the day were from Jon Webb and Shane Rhind who both carded 71 nett.
High praise is extended to the many voluntary members who each put in countless hours preparing the course for play after the heavy rains just two weeks ago. Once again, the membership of our club has rallied together to prepare the 100 year old course in the best possible condition.
Avid golfer and hard working volunteer, Maurice Willoughby has donated a Stihl Whipper Snipper to the club.
Seen here adjacent to the Centenary Tree, Maurice presented the Whipper Snipper to SGC Grounds Director, Andy Coller.
The course has been inundated with rain in early April and the tool will receive a decent workout over the coming weeks.
Any member who can give some time to mowing and general course clean up should contact Andy who will outline jobs to be undertaken and the necessary safety precautions to be heeded.