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‘Around the Traps’

All the latest committee decisions and topics of discussion around the nnomads Golf club.

 

13/12/2014 – Back to stroke for major events and club championship

A majority of a quorum of nnomads Golf Club members voted to overturn a recent decision to change the scoring approach for major events and the club championship. This means the status quo will remain in place whereby stroke is used for all major events and the club championship.

 

13/12/2014 – TSCC and BIT joined at the hip again

While not requiring a vote, BIT event sponsor Nurse Min announced that after consultation with members, the Balnarring Invitational Tournament (BIT) and the Tulum Sands Callaway Classic (TSCC) will be played as a single event (as it was in the past). Nurse Min also announced that the combined event will now be run at Flinders Golf Club on the Friday of the two day event.

 

13/12/2014 – Ambrose event on the Saturday after the BIT/TSCC

A majority of a quorum of nnomads Golf Club members voted to adopt the following:

·       That the Saturday event run on the BIT weekend should be an Ambrose Teams event.

·       Details of the event have been left up to the organising committee (i.e. the number of players per team - teams of two or teams of four).

Note: Since the decision, there has been quite some debate with both positive and negative responses from previous attendees and other club members. A suggested trophy of the event was confirmed as not available by the owner. A suggested name was also rejected by the original owner. The organising committee will develop a new event name and introduce a new event trophy assuming the event goes ahead in the form described above.

 

11/10/2014 – Move to stableford for major events and club championship

A quorum of nnomads Golf Club members voted unanimously to adopt the following:

·       All nnomads golf club major events will be stableford events as of the 1st of January 2014

·       The nnomads golf club club championship will be based on stableford points as of the 1st of January 2015. The club champion will be the average of the best four cards in sanctioned major events. A minimum of four cards must be submitted to be eligible.

Note: The Cardinal moved each motion and Freddie Five Iron seconded each motion. While there was some debate during the meeting, none of the eleven members in attendance voted against the motion.

 

11/10/2014 – TSCC to become an ambrose event

A quorum of nnomads Golf Club members voted unanimously to adopt the following:

·       That the Tullum Sands Callaway Classic be replaced by an Ambrose Teams event from 2015 onwards.

·       The new name of the event was agreed to be the Tulum Sands Ambrose Classic (TSAC)

·       Details of the event have been left up to the organising committee (i.e. the number of players per team - teams of two or teams of four).

Note: The Cardinal moved each motion and Freddie Five Iron seconded each motion. Again there was fierce debate during the meeting about the structure of the teams which was left unresolved. None of the eleven members in attendance voted against the motion.

 

27/1/2014 – Change to ‘1 shot penalty for lost ball’ rule in major events

A quorum of nnomads Golf Club members voted (7 for and five against the motion) to adopt the following rule effective immediately:

New process for a lost ball: As of the 27th January 2014, if a player suspects they have lost a ball or hit it out of bounds (OOB) they must immediately play a provisional shot from the place where they hit the original ball with a penalty of 1 stroke.

·       If the player finds their original ball and it is not OOB, they must play it from where it was found without penalty and pick up the provisional ball. Players cannot choose to use the provisional ball if they find their original ball (unless it is OOB).

·       If the player finds their original ball and it is in an unplayable lie, the player may move the ball with a penalty of one stroke consistent with the R&A Rules of golf (i.e. per normal rules).

·       If a player loses a ball or hits it out of bounds (OOB) and has not hit a provisional shot, the player should return to the original spot where they hit the ball and hit another shot with a penalty of one stroke.

·       If a player loses a ball or hits it out of bounds (OOB) and it is not practical or possible to go back to the original spot where they hit the ball (i.e. they can’t go back and play a provisional shot), a player may elect to hit the ball from where they have lost the ball or hit it out of bounds with a penalty of two shots.

 

1/12/2012 – The New ‘Divot and bunker’ rule

A quorum of nnomads Golf Club members voted to adopt the following rule effective immediately:

Part 1 - Divot rule: If a ball lands in a divot on the fairway, and that divot has not been adequately repaired (based on own subjective judgement and validated by one other player), the player may place his ball at the nearest point of relief no further than one club length from the offending divot position and no closer to the hole.

Part 2 – Bunker rule: If a ball lands in a bunker in a position that is adversely affected by human intervention (foot print, lumps, holes, depressions made by humans or a manmade object), or is adversely affected by a lack of expected human intervention (not raked or repaired properly by players or groundsman), the player may move his ball to the closest position possible with a reasonable surface, no closer to the hole. If such a surface doesn’t exist, the player may rake the original position and replace his ball in the original position.

 

29/12/2012 – Triggered Major rule change to 7 players

After a number of attempts during 2012, a quorum of club members decided that the number of players required to trigger a ‘Triggered Major’ is to be changed to 7 players from the previous 10 players. This means that every time 7 nnomads Golf Club members play golf a game of golf, that game automatically becomes a ‘Triggered Major’ event after which the winner is to be presented with the Triggered Major Trophy. Logically, all Triggered Major events are eligible for inclusion in Club Championship calculations.

 

1/1/2012 – New Handicap system modified

The move by the Australian Golf Union to adopt a modified handicap system again prompted the nnomads Golf Club handicapping committee to recommend making the same change. From the 1st of January 2012, the club handicapping system was changed to a new calculation method based on an average of the lowest eight (not ten) handicap differentials multiplied by 0.93 (not 0.96) from the last twenty games. This now the current handicapping method.

 

1/3/2011 – New Handicap system introduced

The move by the Australian Golf Union to adopt a new handicap system prompted the nnomads Golf Club handicapping committee to recommend making the same change. From the 1st of March 2011, the club handicapping system was changed to a new calculation method based on an average of the lowest ten handicap differentials multiplied by 0.96 from the last twenty games.

 

1/1/2011 – New Bladder system introduced

Following the controversial audit of the Bladder in 2010 a new system for calculating the Bladder was introduced for 2011. From January 1st 2011, balls are totally separated from Bladder points removing any distortion uncovered in the 2010 audit. Balls available for prizes are now based on the number of players (see Prize ball allocation in Club Rules) and Bladder points are allocated according to a totally different and independent system. Bladder points now recognize winners in a more positive way (get more points) and the number of total points available is dependent on the number of competitors (see Bladder points table under Bladder results). This should end any arguments about the fairness of the Bladder from this point forward.

 

31/07/2010 - Cardinal proved right by Bladder audit committee

A controversial audit of the 2010 Bladder has found that the Cardinal was absolutely correct when he suggested the club used an inconsistent ball allocation system that was potentially open to corruption and manipulation. The full report including detailed audit notes, key findings and recommendations has just been released (see Bladder audit report).

 

20/06/2010 - Buffer saga leads to handicap adjustments

A recent audit of handicapping procedures revealed that the nnomads Golf Club handicap calculations have been based on the wrong buffer ranges for some years. This means that the majority of member handicaps have been slightly incorrect for some period of time. The club committee has now rectified this problem and applied the fix to all records in the present spreadsheet. The resulting handicaps are now available in the Members Area. Any member affected has the right to contest these changes by submitting a minimum of 100 pages of reasons why the committee should not ignore all member submissions over a single page. Such submissions need to be submitted prior to the 20th of June 2010, when the changes were formally accepted by the club committee. 

 

13/2/2010 - Trophy for 'bladder' to be reintroduced

There was a quorum of club members at golf last Saturday and a number of decisions were made. The first motion passed was to reintroduce an annual trophy for the person who wins 'The Bladder' each year. Previous Bladder winner names are to be engraved on the trophy which will first be presented in 2010. In addition, the winner of the Bladder each year will also win some golf balls (the number is yet to be defined). Thus, the club will have a new trophy in the very near future.

 

13/2/2010 - Match play competition for 2010

 - Another decision made at the last committee meeting was the introduction of a match play competition for 2010. This competition is to be set up in the short term so watch for further details.

 

13/2/2010 - Strike rate to be reintroduced

The final decision made last Saturday was to reintroduce a 'strike rate’ to the Bladder stats and turn it into a competition. Roughly based on a 'balls won' to 'games played' ratio', this index will become another separate annual competition with its own trophy and prizes (balls agreed to at this stage). To avoid distortions from members who play very few games each year, players will not be eligible until they have played at least five games in any calendar year. A committee of one, The Cardinal' has been set up review this concept and make recommendations about its implementation.

 

28/12/2010 - 'Triggered major events' introduced to 2010 tour

There happened to be a quorum of nnomads Golf Club members at Watterford Valley on the 28th of December and the opportunity was used to great effect. Two major decisions were made including the introduction of 'triggered major events' whereby if 10 or more players turn up for a game, that game automatically becomes a sanctioned nnomads Golf Club major event and can be counted towards the nnomads golf club championship each year). The motion was passed unanimously. 

 

28/12/2010 - Best four majors for championship in 2010

The second decision involved making the 2010 nnomads Golf Club championship based on an average of the best four score cards from sanctioned major events during the year instead of the three card system used at present. Again, the motion was passed unanimously.  "They use four major events for the world rankings so that sounds right to me" suggested Pete S to an agreeing tour party. 

 

Old news - New handicapping system

The Australian Golf Union (AGU) is adopting a new handicapping system as of 2011 year. The new system is essentially the present USGA system that utilizes a slope rating for every course. The new system will calculate players ‘handicap index’ based on the average of the best ten, of the last twenty cards submitted. This will be subtracted from the slope rating for each course played to produce a handicap for that course. The nnomads Golf Club Committee is considering the implications of these changes, but is likely to adopt the new system. As usual we welcome any comments from members.  

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