AGM update from the President - 28/11/2019

Annual General Meeting

The new Management Committee comprises Don Stewart (Pres), Kris McLennan (Vice-Pres), Trevor King (Treasurer), Tony Kahler (Captain), Liz Cockram (Ladies Rep), with the Committee being Keith Farrell, Brendon Landrigan (doubling as a Juniors Leader), Mary Young, Terry Bennett (Mins Sec) and Allan Matthews. We welcome Kris and Allan to their new roles and look forward to their input. The Ladies’ Committee sees a lot of new faces and their succession planning has been immaculate with all positions being filled by well-mentored members. Liz Cockram is Pres with Mel McLennan taking on the Vice-Pres and Treasurer portfolios. Michelle Wright is Secretary, Jill Barnes is Handicapper, Mary Young continues as Captain with Ros Darton as Vice-Captain. Anne Lyons and Joely Singleton are the Committee members.

 

Life Membership

Marg Adcock was awarded Life Membership of the Warwick Golf Club at the AGM. Marg’s history of membership and dedication to the club (and to golf) is very impressive which made for an easy decision by the 51 members present. We hope that Margaret can add many more years of golf and service to the 50 years of membership that she has currently served.

 

The Management Committee

The Management Committee needs to take lessons from the Ladies in the area of succession planning. It appears that this year could be the final one (on committee) for several of the office bearers, so it was encouraging to see a good number of new faces at the AGM. Hopefully these newly-interested members will step up and put their names forward for a position on the Management Committee at the 2020 AGM. 

We thank Bob Lester for his years on Committee. His common sense approach and dedication to the Club will be sorely missed at meetings. We also wish him well in his endeavours to identify the cause of his health problems. Bob was on the Greens Committee even before he joined the Management Committee and has done a power of work on the course over many years. He has helped in most areas of course maintenance, working on big projects such as building new greens (10 of them), building a nursery, installing irrigation etc. He was also there most days of every week and many weekends to do the mundane tasks like monitoring council water pumping, mowing greens or picking up debris after a big windstorm -  any job as was asked of him. Hopefully Bob will be back helping out with lighter duties when his health allows.

 

The Course 

We are grateful to the SDRC for our allocation of “A” class recycled water. Currently, greens are watered every night (and through the day on occasions because of the extreme heat). Fairways are irrigated 5 days of the week but we don’t have enough water to give them as much as they need. Our course is built on a sandstone ridge and has only a few inches of topsoil. The stone beneath the soil retains a lot of heat which means the covering grass is copping the current heat from underneath as well as directly from the sun. We are fighting a losing battle which won’t improve till we get good rain, and some sub-soil moisture.

The recently renovated greens are responding well and should be getting progressively quicker as the new mower is now being used (the old mower has been used after renos to save the new mower’s reels being damaged by the abrasive  topdressing sand). 

 

Coming Events

Ladies’ Medal of Medallists …………..Saturday 7th December  

Club Shootout for both Men and Ladies …………Sunday 8th December

Sporters’ Christmas Party…………….. Wednesday 11th December

Men’s Medal of Medallists…………….Sunday 15th December

 

Membership Fees

At the AGM it was decided to keep all fees at the same structure and prices for 2020.

 

Enjoy your holiday break.

Don Stewart    

President