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!
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
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:
DIVISION 2 HANDICAP: BARB HIRD; Runner up MARY PARKYN
NETT: JOY PAGE
CLUB CHAMPION: ANNE HUNTER; Runner up JOY PAGE
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
Tuesday 5th November, Melbourne Cup Day - another special day on our golf calendar!
Please note that the annual Historic Day between our club and McLaren Vale has been cancelled due to Covid 19 but will resume again in 2021 with Oakbank hosting the event.
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
Vale Ross Prosser
Oakbank Golf Club life member and wonderful supporter over many decades, Ross Prosser passed away recently aged 90. President Peter Murray said the Club has never had better supporters than Ross and his wife Betty who over many years, have generously sponsored the Club and competitions. Peter said Ross had been a member for 66 years, a feat few will ever equal in our club or any other.
Ross, an absolute gentleman was still playing golf regularly until a few months ago Peter said. “The very popular member will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences are extended to Betty and their family”.
2020-2021 MATCH-PLAY COMPETITION
Registrations are invited for a match-play event to be run after the 2020 Club Championships and finishing by March 2021.
Prizes for champion and runner-up will be awarded.
Entry fees are $10 per player to be paid to the match play organiser (Trevor Porter) at time of nomination (fees can be left in an addressed envelope in green fees box with member's name and contact details).
Nominations will close when a maximum of 32 players have registered and can be made by email to email@example.com
John Takes Over
Former captain, John McInnes has stepped up to take on the captain's position following Ben Birtles' recent decision to relinquish the role. John, who was captain in 2014 and 2015, will take over from August 28. President, Peter in thanking John for taking on the position, wished him well and said, "I know he will do a great job".
John, pictured here completing his scorecard at the finish of the 2019 championships, when he became club champion.
For some golfers, the greatest handicap is honesty!
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.
The last 3 holes of a round will automatically adjust your score to what it really should be.
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.