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2 September 2021

PAVING, PAVING and MORE PAVING

 

On Thursday 2nd September over 30 willing club members volunteered to help lay approx 10,000 pavers over 300 square metres alongside the practice putting green.

 

Under the fantastic supervision and organisational skills of club member Jeff Langbien, they started at 8 am in the morning and the job was finally completed around 6 pm.

 

Many thanks to all who gave their time and effort on the first 30 degree plus day of the new season. Special thanks to Jeff for driving the project from start to finish.

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Grant Application Update

President Peter Murray said this week that there had been no news yet on the application for funds to extend and upgrade the club-rooms but he was hopeful of hearing soon. Meanwhile, the plans are posted in the club-rooms for everyone to see.

Peter said, that if unsuccessful with this application, we will continue to apply for Grants because the Club would not be able to fund the whole project itself, although consideration would be given to doing it in stages.
 

2020 Champions

The OGC championship competitions concluded on Sunday October 18 with the following results:

Women: Club Champion - Anne Hunter  Runner up - Joy Page

                Grade Champion - Mary Parkyn

Men:  Club Champion -  Scott Schultz   Runner up - John McInnes

            Nett Champion - Blake Tanner

                        B Grade -  Nick Johns       Runner up - David Schultz

                        C Grade -  Jason Rehn      Runner up - Trevor Porter

                        D Grade -  Jeff Langbein   Runner up - Jeff deBoer

2019 PRESENTATIONS

Unable to hold the Club's Presentation dinner as normal because of Covid-19, the presentations were made in the club-rooms yesterday (26/9/20) between the morning and afternoon competition. The winners were:

 

WOMEN:

DIVISION 2 HANDICAP: BARB HIRD;               Runner up MARY PARKYN

 

NETT:  JOY PAGE

 

CLUB CHAMPION:  ANNE HUNTER;                  Runner up JOY PAGE

                                                                  

MEN:

CLUB FOURSOMES:                BARRY CONOLE & MARK PATFUL

 

D GRADE:  ROB HARRIS;                       Runner up DAVID JARRETT

           

C GRADE:   PHIL HENDRY;                     Runner up JEFF KNIGHT

                

B GRADE:    ANDREW BASFORD;         Runner up DAVID SCHULTZ & JIM KNIGHT

              

NETT CHAMPION:   JAMES SMART

A GRADE and CLUB CHAMPION: JOHN McINNES;        Runner up SCOTT SCHULTZ      

Watering Solutions

The Oakbank Golf Club, based in the Adelaide Hills has spent the last four years improving both the efficiency and the sustainability of their water usage and dispersion across the course. Ben Birtles, who has been part of the golf club’s course committee for those four years has used his knowledge from his employment with Aldgate Pump Sales and Service to help achieve this, overseeing the upgrades and programing the ongoing development of the Club’s systems.

 It began with a new irrigation pump and variable frequency drive system in the pump shed with the help of Robert Bottin from WBS Pumps and Aldgate Pump Sales’ James Colotti to ensure consistent valve pressures and efficient power and water usage. Next came the new UHF operated solenoid receivers in-field which have replaced the multi core underground wire controller to valve system. This new system recommended by Aldgate Pump Sales’ Director, James Ward allowed minimal excavation and disruption to the course as well as easier long-term maintenance and fault finding.

The next upgrade was changing one existing bore to use Crusader Hose’s Flexibore Hose, ensuring less ongoing maintenance and costs with the pumping systems. Iron oxide bacteria has become a major issue in the Adelaide Hills and the Flexibore product withstands the aggressive nature of the iron oxide bacteria which the galvanised steel pipes cannot cope with. This was a major reason for changing to Flexibore Hose.

The most recent upgrade was the drilling of a new bore to solve ongoing water supply issues in the peak of summer. The golf club held a members’ drive to pay for the new bore which involved site selection work from Groundwater Science director Paul Margarey and the drilling by Frank Walsh Drilling.  A fantastic supply and quality of water was struck which has changed the water security of the club for years to come.

 

The final puzzle piece involved fantastic contributions from not only Aldgate Pump Sales and WBS Pumps, but from Crusader Hose with the supply of their 250 series Flexibore hose and couplings to ensure the new Lowara bore pump which has been installed will not require future maintenance to the water pipe column due to corrosion. The Flexibore hose range from Crusader Hose also made for easy installation as well as transportation to site.

Ben Birtles was on-site at the Oakbank Golf Club with Daniel Hausler of Aldgate Pump Sales and Service who are both employed at their Woodside Branch, to install the new Lowara pump which was seamless thanks to the Crusader Hose/Flexibore Product.

This project could not have been achieved without the significant input of many for which the club is eternally grateful.

         Below -  Ben and Daniel Hausler installing Lowara pump and Flexibore hose

3 May 2021

DIVISION 2 WOMEN WIN THE HILLS PENNANT 2021 CHAMPIONSHIP

 

The Oakbank Golf Club women’s team has taken out the Div 2 Hills Pennant Championship for the 2021 season.

Congratulations to the team, comprising club members Annie Hunter, Mary Parkyn, Jenny Schultz, Judy Thomson, Joy Page and Val Pattison who defeated Echunga 3/2 in a close encounter at Willunga on Monday 3rd May. 

The last time Oakbank had won a Women’s Pennant was in 1992 – a break of 29 years.

It reflects the strong growth in Women’s golf at the club and is a great reward for the hard work put in by the Women’s committee in particular, and the Club in general, to foster female participation in golf. Several successful Come and Try Days, conducted in a friendly, casual atmosphere have resulted in an increase in our female ranks. The Club’s Mens B2 and C1 teams also reached their respective finals, rounding off a solid performance by Oakbank in this season’s Pennant competition.

Overall, the club has enjoyed growth in all membership categories with over 240 members now enjoying playing on one of the best 9 hole courses in SA. 

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Oakbank Golf Club Division 2 Hills Pennant Champions. Back row: Mary Parkyn,
Jenny Schultz, Judy Thomson. Front row: Joy Page, Annie Hunter, Val Pattison

Two in 10 Days

How's Jarro's form? Two aces within days of each other. He must be "touched". The first on the 5th during the Monday players' group and a second a few days later on the relatively new 8th/17th hole during the Thursday twilight competition. Jarro claims the latter as the first ace on the new green.

But that's not the end of the story, he's aced the 5th previously (in 2010) and also claims an ace at Mt Barker several years ago.

Mark Goes One Better

Last week James smart scored three nearest the pin shots but this week (26/12) it was Mark Shipsides' turn, only one of his NTP shots was right in the hole for an ace on the 10th. Congratulations Mark. Mark's ace is the fourth this year and at this late date, almost certainly the last!

Another Ace!

Anne Hunter achieved a hole in one on the 14th when playing in the O'leary Walker competition on Sunday 25/10/20. Hearty congratulations Anne, so well deserved!

Anne's ace (her first, at least on the Oakbank course) is the third on the course this year (Trevor Schubert and Alan Gibbs previously) and follows her recent success in becoming the Women's Club Champion for the 8th time!

James on Target

James Smart was well on target today (Sat 19/12) scoring nearest the pin on holes 5, 14 and 17. That's probably happened many times but the last time I remember was when George Papargiris did it several years ago.

Allan's Ace

Allan Gibbs enjoyed that special golf moment on Wednesday July 29 on the 10th hole. Allan a long term member of the Oakbank Club , was overjoyed with his achievement and says he will long remember it. Allan’s ace is the second for this year and follows one by Trevor Schubert in March.

 

Left, President Peter congratulating Allan on his ace! 

Captain Ben, pictured here, driving off the first tee.

Ben Calls Time

Popular captain Ben Birtles has handed over the reins after over two years at the helm. Ben advised that work commitments and some health issues caused him to make the decision.

Ben, who took on the captain's position in 2018, threw everything at the job and was a very successful and popular leader. He was probably the youngest captain in the Club's history. He was also heavily involved in changes to the course, in particular the irrigation system.

President Peter said, the Board will certainly miss his great input and enthusiasm and we thank him for all the time and effort he has put in over the past 2 and a bit years. Ben will continue a close involvement with the Club.

Max can always be found providing a service to members.

Max Hits 80

Max Jenkins has hit eighty – no not strokes but years! What a milestone.  Max, a life member of the OGC, has held just about every position in the Club, including president for 5 years and secretary for 7 years. 

Hearty congratulations Max and very best wishes for your health (and golf) in future.

The Club has been a huge beneficiary of Max’s time and experience over many years and he is still involved in many aspects of operations. Thank you Max and we look forward to your valuable contributions in years to come.