It has been an extremely busy time for us at Massey Park. We are in the process of finalising our end of year accounts and shortly you will be receiving notification of the AGM for 2011. We have had a relatively good year and with your continued support look forward to another great year ahead. Quite a bit has been going since our last Newsletter so we hope that you enjoy this update.

REPRESENTATIVE GOLF – MASTER’S PENNANT

GolfOur Masters Pennant team competed in this competition and in the preliminary rounds had some good results. Unfortunately they ran into a strong Penrith team which won the flag two years ago and went down by the narrowest of margins losing 4-3. Previous matches against Richmond and New Brighton resulted in good wins that gave us hope of progressing through the next phase of this competition. Unfortunately we were on the end of a 6 – 1 ½ defeat in the return match against Richmond which quashed any possibility of progressing to the finals. The team was: Tim Wand, Geoff Bain, Steve Cullen, Steve Little, Frank Ragen, Darryl Smith, John McKimm (c), Dave Sandquest and Robert Bolt and are managed by the evergreen Keith Little.

MASSEY PARK CUPCup

The Massey Park Cup, sponsored by BNP Securities, was played on Saturday 4th of June and was won by Guy Nardo from New Brighton off a handicap of 1 who shot a round of 67. He narrowly beat Steven Bolger from Carnarvon who shot 68 and defending champion Shane Fitzpatrick who put up a strong defence of his title also shooting 68 to miss out by the narrowest of margins. Steven Bolger represented the Carnarvon contingent admirably and carried the tradition passed on by his dad and two time winner of the cup, John Bolger who was unable to play this year due to a recent knee replacement. It looked for a while that Steve might emulate his father by winning the cup but a three putt bogey on the 15th hole was his undoing although he rallied strongly as he birdied the 16th and finished with two strong pars.

For Shane Fitzpatrick it was a case of “what might have been’’ as he sputtered home on the back nine but was unable to find that spark of brilliance that has been so much a part of his game over the years. I have a sneaking suspicion that Shane has a couple of cup wins in him yet.

The Massey Park Cup was also special for Sang Duong whose ace the 15th helped him collect the Best Nett trophy as well as a $200 cash prize courtesy of Hole in One sponsor Superglaze. The was some mention that our other hole in one sponsor DD Print Promotions was going to throw in another $200 just to get a mention in this Newsletter but I guess now he doesn’t have to.

The club would like to give a big thank you to all our sponsors, Frank Costello from BNP, Brett Morrison from Superglaze and David Dunn from DD Print Promotions for their continued support.

We would like to see this event become even bigger and encourage members to invite any low marker that they may know from other clubs to have a crack at winning the cup. We would also love to see John Bolger make a return and lastly would love to see the cup return to Massey Park next year.

SHANE ‘BONES’ FITZPATRICK

Skeleton3He may not live up to the nickname given to him when he was younger but after narrowly going down in his defence of the Massey Park Cup, Shane ‘Bones’ Fitzpatrick played in the Strathfield Bowl and won it with a round of 1 under par. He was closely followed by another Massey Park boy and former Strathfield club champion Tim Wand. The boys were neck and neck with three holes to go before Tim faltered and Shane held his nerve to etch out the victory. This continues Shane’s formidable form since his return from Queensland and surely makes him favourite to take out this year’s club championship.

WOMEN’S GALA DAY

Breast Cancer RibbonOn Wednesday 6th July our ladies hosted the annual Gala Charity Day to raise money for breast cancer. The day consists of golf in the morning followed by some fund raising activities in the clubhouse after golf. This is a massive day on the women’s golfing calendar and the girls do a great job in raising funds. Approximately $9,900 was raised this year and the ladies should be congratulated on a job well done. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported this event through participation, sponsorship and donations.

COCK & CHICK OF THE WALK

Chicken RunMany may think that it is not quite as prestigious as the Massey Park Cup but winners Dave Hilton and Sec Man, Tony Rosillo may argue that point after they ground out a tight win in the final against the wily pair of Wayne McPherson and Richard Lee by winning 1 up.

The game was always in the balance with Hilton and Rosillo behind all day until Hilton two putted on 15 from 30 feet, his second being an eight footer to take the lead for the first time in the match. Three nervous halves on the 16th, 17th and 18th saw Hilton and Rosillo hang on for the most unlikely of victories.

The decision by the pair to team up for an attempt to win the Cock of the Walk was made over eight months ago and only after a number of teams advised of their intention not to continue in the event after the qualifying round that their modest 4 ball score of 44 points saw them sneak in as 15th qualifier. Victory over Michael Oaks and Ray Eslick was followed by a tough win against Justin and Paul Morrison. A semi-final win over Chris Wotton and Ross Forrest saw them through to the final against the bookies favourites, McPherson and Lee.

Inspired by Shakespeare and fuelled by a weekly feast of fish and chips the names Hilton and Rosillo find their way on to the club’s honour boards, Hilton for the first time winning a board event and Rosillo for the first time since winning the A Reserve Grade championship 14 years ago.

The Chick of the Walk final was played on Sunday 26th May and it was the team of Gail Bishop and Kyra Yorke who triumphed over Win Morrison and Carol Day. As in the men’s final Gail and Kyra came from behind after finding themselves 2 down at the turn. Patience and tenacity came to the fore as they took the lead on the 16th hole and never looked back winning the match 1 up. Congratulations to both teams on making the final and a special congrats to Gail and Kyra on their victory. By the way, Happy 50th Yorky!

MIXED FOURSOMESMixed Pairs

After the amount of rain experienced over recent weeks, the Mixed Foursomes championship not only had to be postponed but was also reduced to only one round. It is of little surprise then that the team of Megan Oman & Shane Fitzpatrick proved to be a little too strong for their rivals. They won with a round of 75. Runner up was the team off Matt Saroufim & Helen Winning with 78. Rick Beeves and Kerry McDonald took out the Nett with a 65 ½.

LR MORGAN SHIELD

The LR Morgan Shield is named after Life Member, Les Morgan who although no longer plays, at the ripe old age of 93 still actively participates in the running of our Vets who play every Tuesday. Apart from a club championship, it is probably the premier event for B & C Graders. It was played on Saturday 11th June and was won by the proverbial country mile by Peter Bates with a Nett score of 61. The next best was a group of five which included Barry Chambers, Larry Keenan, Terry Salmon, Steve Toland and Paul Jennings on 66.

CHRIS WOTTON

It has only been a short tiWotton 3me since the main car park was refurbished and it hasn’t taken long for someone to be the victim of the new layout. Yes we have seen cars going in the opposite direction to the new arrows marked on the bitumen and yes we have seen people parking in some places that perhaps they shouldn’t have but member Chris Wotton takes the cake. On a clear Friday night with an ample number of spaces available in the car park, Chris thought that he would challenge conventional parking protocol and parked his car strategically across the access driveway at 90 degrees to the boundary fence or at least, that is what we thought. It wasn’t until he was questioned about his new parking technique that he sheepishly admitted to forgetting to use his hand brake. We are tossing up the idea of engaging Chris for our new valet parking service but apparently he is too busy trying to get his driving school off the ground

KEALAN & ALEX

barman2As is the case every year a couple more of our fledglings have left the nest. Staff members Kealan Tierney and Alex Forrest have moved on to greener pastures after several years of service to the club.

Kealan worked behind the bar and is pursuing a career in teaching. Alex worked in the Pro-shop virtually since its acquisition and was instrumental in ensuring that the transition from the old shop to the new was seamless. He proved to be a valuable member of staff and was of great assistance to Tony Rosillo and Glenn Kelly during his three years of service.

 He still does a cameo shift when needed but has moved into the world of biscuit making securing a high level position with Arnotts R&D department. It must be high level because he has been sworn to secrecy Willy Wonka style and will not divulge any information even when subjected to torture.

We wish both boys the very best with their respective careers.

PRESENTATION NIGHT

With all the club championships being played at the moment it is a timely opportunity to remind all golfing members that Presentation Night will be held on Saturday 19th November this year. It really is the club’s most important social event and provides an opportunity for the year’s major golfing achievements to be not only recognized but also celebrated.

It is always a good night out whether collecting a trophy or not. A sumptuous meal provided by our caterer is complimented by some great entertainment.

This year we have booked the services of Matt Price and his band. He is formally trained in voice, guitar and drums and is self-taught on piano/keyboard. He performs at numerous venues throughout the Sydney region…and beyond!

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Matt won several music-related awards whilst at secondary school, and was lucky enough to have ‘Little Pattie’ (Patricia Thompson) as his vocal coach for 6 years. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study the three-year Popular Music & Performance Degree course at JMC Academy, Sydney which will be completed in 2011.

He was also successful at a 2008 audition to be selected to perform with the legendary guitarist Peter Northcote and MusicOz finalist Gemma Wood at both The Vanguard (supporting Axle Whitehead) and The

Brass Monkey (supporting Damien Leith); two premier live music venues in Sydney.

So all in all it promises to be a memorable evening and one that shouldn’t be missed.

WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY NIGHT MEMBER’S BADGE DRAW

Members Badge Draw 1The Member’s Badge Draws conducted on Wednesday and Friday nights have been increased to $4,000 and $2,500 respectively. No sooner was the Wednesday draw increased that it was knocked off by Greg Malouf and then a week later by Basil Newman. We have also increased our meat trays to give our members and guests who participate in the raffles more bang for their buck.

Don’t forget we also have APL Poker tournament on Wednesdays and
Saturdays as well as our mix of Trivia and Live entertainment on Fridays.

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We would like to acknowledge the efforts of our caterers Sunny and Ellen Lai for 10 years of service however it is with a tinge of sadness that we announce that they are leaving. Sunny and Ellen have decided to resign after 10 fairly successful years and we wish them the best of luck in the future.

Although difficult to imagine Massey Park without Sunny and Ellen, we have to look at this as an opportunity to take our catering to another level and compete with the quality and variety of food offered by other hotels and clubs.

MATT PRICE

Not only have we booked Matt Price and his Trio for Presentation Night we have also booked him for a couple of solo performances on Friday nights.

He performs at numerous venues throughout the Sydney region…and beyond. This kid is brilliant!!!!

Matt Price @ Massey Park On:
Friday 16th September
Friday 4th November
& Presentation Night
Saturday 19th November

FRIDAY NIGHT – FREE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

6th September – Matt Price
30th September – Antoine
7th October – Matt Jones
28th October – Guy Dutton
1st November – Dynamic Duo – Melbourne Cup Lunch
19th November – Matt Price Trio – Presentation Night
16th December – Xmas Hams & Turkeys – Kerry Graham Duo

 Trivia 2nd Friday

BUILDING WORKS

We have undertaken another round of capital works as part of our commitment to improve member’s facilities and operating processes. We have built a small outdoor gaming area that will house a small number of machines without compromising the outlook of the verandah. This project is now complete and fully operational. In conjunction with the outdoor gaming area we have installed an automatic cancel credit unit that improves the service provided to customers.

In addition we are refurbishing the Half-way House and reconfiguring the Pro-shop storage area. This will improve our storage capability and finally get the three carts out of the member’s tunnel where they are currently being stored overnight. We will also be rendering and painting the facade of the building that will improve the aesthetics of the building. These improvements are not always visible to members but at the end of the day they allow us to provide a better service to members and guests. These works should also be completed within the next few weeks.

CLUB BALL COMP

MPGC Golf Ball1The On-line time sheets have been a long time coming and will be finally up and running in the next couple of weeks. Members will be advised of the process for managing this part of the golf booking system.

Part of the continual upgrade of the golf software program will be the automatic management of members Prize & Ball Ledger. This means that the system will automatically allocate balls and prizes won in golf competitions to each member’s Ball & Prize Account.

The club currently has a substantial liability in unredeemed balls and in order to implement the new Prize & Ball Ledger we need to have members redeem any balls that they may currently have accumulated by 30th December of this year. The Pro-shop will be able to advise members of their current ball account balance.

Once the new Prize & Ball Account Ledger is activated the system will automatically purge any unredeemed balls and/or prizes after a period of six months.

SLOW PLAY – LATE & NO SHOWS

TurtleThere has recently been an initiative by the golf committee to address slow play and no shows. In the three weeks that this has been done there has been a noticeable improvement and members are to be thanked and congratulated for their cooperation however there are still a couple of recalcitrant members that either don’t understand or perhaps don’t care how this impacts on fellow members.

In the interest of all members Massey Park Golf Club, the committee has undertaken an initiative to clamp down on the following:

No Shows: A payment of green fees will be imposed on any member failing to appear or cancelling (less than one hour) prior to their booked-in time on the starting sheet. Failure to pay fees, after 21 days, will result in suspension from golf playing.

Late Shows: All players should make themselves available to commence golf at least 15 minutes prior to the booked tee time. Player’s should abide by the starter’s instructions at all times. Failure to do so will result in a 2-stroke penalty and/or disqualification.

Slow Play: Every player to follow starter’s instructions. Tee off in a timely manner and make every effort to keep up with the group in front of them.

The lowest marker in each group is responsible for the manner in which the group plays their round of golf particularly playing without undue delay. Here are some handy tips:

• In all par or Stableford events, pick up when a score is not possible.
• Don’t leave buggies or bags at the front of greens.
• If safe to do so, at your discretion, call up the next group whenever possible.
• Study your line on the putting green while others are putting.
• Leave the green immediately the result of the hole has been determined and proceed to the next tee. Don’t score your card next to the green.
• If the tee is vacant allow the shortest hitters to hit off first before scoring their card. They can score the previous hole while the other players hit off. Be honest about how far you can hit the ball.
• Players searching for a ball should immediately call the following group through, and in accordance with the rules then have five minutes to search.
• It is not intended for any player to have to rush their shot, but please proceed directly to your next shot, at a reasonable pace. Don’t stand behind other players and watch their shots before moving to the position of your ball.
• Your position in the field is directly behind the group in front, not in front of the group behind. The Committee reserves the right to penalise a player and/or group for continued slow play.
• If for whatever reason you do lose your place in the field, please try and catch up as soon as possible.
• If getting a half way snack do so without undue delay and be prepared to tee off once the group in front is over the canal.

Directors and Club Staff will be monitoring and marshalling the field and all members are to assist them with this initiative.

MONDAY GOLF COMPETITION

Commencing on Monday 5th September, we will be trialling a Monday Open Competition. It will run along similar lines to our current Thursday comp except that there will be no time sheet to book into. Simply show up any time before 10.30am and you will be able to play in the comp. It may be advisable to call the Pro-shop beforehand to assist them with the co-ordination of groups. Members are advised that all golfers, public players as well as members will have access to the golf course on a first in first dressed basis and members will not have exclusive use of the course during this competition. Hopefully it can be as popular as the Thursday competition to the benefit of both the council and the club.

MANDATORY PRE-COMMITMENT – Pre Commitment
ITS-UNAUSTRALIAN.COM

Members may be aware of the current battle that clubs are facing due to the deal struck between Julia Gillard and a couple of independents on compulsory pre-commitment. Clubs Australia advocates a common sense and proven approach to assisting problem gamblers.

Clubs in all states and territories implement a comprehensive program which deals specifically with the issue of problem gambling. In New South Wales, the ClubSafe program was conceived with significant input from some of Australia’s foremost problem gambling experts and the Australian Institute for Gambling Research. Likewise, self-exclusion schemes allow problem gamblers to physically ban themselves from entering the gaming area of a venue.

There has been a web site set up that allows you to sign the petition and even contact your local MP by just using the simple click of a button. If you want to support your club, you are encouraged to go to its-unaustralian.com.au to voice your opinion.

BUSINESS DIRECTORYmpgc_logo

We have recently created a Business Directory on the club’s web site. The purpose of the directory is to provide members, local businesses and sponsors the opportunity to promote their business to the Massey Park community. It will also give members an opportunity to support these businesses.

The cost of having your business listed for 12 months is only $50 but as an introductory offer, Members are invited to list their business in the Business Directory free of charge until the 30th June 2012. Why not take advantage of this offer by contacting the office.

TEE SIGN/COURSE SPONSORSHIP

We have recently met with council and presented several proposals for their consideration. One of the proposals is to finally install proper tee signage on the golf course. For too long there has been little or no tee signage with only 5 holes having adequate tee signage. Part of the proposal was for the club to fund this project through the introduction and ongoing management of a sponsorship program. Potential sponsors will be offered a sponsorship package for either 1 or 3 years.

Proposed Sponsorship Packages:

1 Year Sponsorship Package – Cost $2,000

  • Company Logo on Tee Sign.
  • 1 Full Page Advertisement in the Club’s Fixture Book
  • Naming Rights to 1 Member’s Golf Event each year & acknowledged in Fixture Book and at presentation
  • Entry into Sponsor’s Section/ New Business Directory on the club’s web site with links to sponsors site if applicable
  • 1 month advertising on the Pulse TV network located on the small monitors at the bar.
  • 1 reserved tee time for a group of 4 in one of our two main Charity Days and subsequent acknowledgement in any literature distributed at each event
  • 12 rounds of Corporate Golf Annually (Minimum of 4 rounds to be redeemed at a time -Cannot be redeemed during competition times-Weekend access subject to availability -Cannot be accumulated)

3 Year Sponsorship Package – Cost $3,500

  • Company Logo on Tee Sign
  • 1 Year’s Full Playing Membership* to Massey Park Golf Club
  • 1 Full Page Advertisement in the Club’s Fixture Book
  • Naming Rights to 1 Member’s Golf Event each year & acknowledged in Fixture Book and at presentation
  • Entry into Sponsor’s Section/New Business Directory of the club’s web site with links to sponsor’s site if applicable
  • 1 month advertising per year of sponsorship on the Pulse TV network located on the small monitors at the bar
  • 1 reserved tee time for a group of 4 in one of our two main Charity Days and subsequent acknowledgement in any literature distributed at each event
  • 12 rounds of Corporate Golf Annually (Minimum of 4 rounds to be redeemed at a time -Cannot be redeemed during competition times -Weekend access subject to availability-Cannot be accumulated)

Holes Available: 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 18a.

Any member who owns a business or knows of a business that may be interested in taking up sponsorship can contact the office for more details.

PRO-SHOP SPECIALS

This month the Pro-shop is having a Sale that includes Up To 40% off golf clubs in stock.

Bridgestone J38 Forged Package: Was $1,990 NOW $1,190

Includes:

  • Driver & 3 Wood
  • 3 Iron – Pitching Wedge
  • Bridgestone Tour Bag

Wilson Profile Set: Was $795 NOW $550

Includes:

  • Driver, 3-wood & 5-wood
  • Hybrid
  • 5 iron – Sand Wedge
  • Putter
  • Wilson Cart Bag

Wilson Kinetic Set: Was $595 NOW $450

Includes:

  • Driver, 3wood , 5-wood
  • 2 Hybrids
  • 5 Iron – Sand Wedge
  • Putter
  • Wilson Cart Bag

Wilson Hope Set: Was $595 NOW $450

Includes:

  • Driver
  • 3-wood
  • 2 Hybrids
  • 6 Iron – Sand Wedge
  • Putter
  • Wilson Cart Bag

Wilson Fat Shaft Set: Was $999 NOW $749

Includes:

  • Driver, 3-wood, 5-wood
  • 3 Hybrids
  • 5 Iron – Sand Wedge
  • Wilson Cart Bag

Ram XR Set: Was $399 NOW $299

Includes:

  • Driver, 3-wood
  • Hybrid
  • 5 Iron – Sand Wedge
  • Putter
  • Ram Cart Bag

Ram ZX Set: Was $399 NOW $299

Includes:

  • Driver, 3-wood & 5 Wood
  • 2 Hybrids
  • 6 Iron – Sand Wedge
  • Putter
  • Ram Cart Bag

Selected Footjoy Polo Shirts Were $69 NOW 30% Off

50% Off Golf Balls: Srixon Z Star & Bridgestone B330 (Disc Model) Were $89

25% Off Selected Niblick & Etonic Golf Shoes