From the Rough

For many years Golf Clubs across the North West have combined to work under a peak body called Golf North West. Traditionally this has been organized along gender lines. This arrangement stands well outside Golf Australia’s One Golf concept, one sport, one organization, one type of membership. At last week’s delegates meeting of Golf NW, a unanimous stance was taken to combine the two groups, so administration of the sport comes under one group. “In this day and age this just makes sense.” spokesperson for male delegates of Golf North West David Raw said yesterday. Raw said the parallel ladies’ group had been approached and had expressed enthusiastic support. He expected the two groups to develop concrete suggestions that would enable a merge for 2021.

David Raw Chairman GNW

In a more interesting move and with a timeframe for next year, Raw indicated Golf North West has advised Golf Australia it will open pennant golf to both male and female players. Under the One Golf concept Raw said it was a logical move. In 2020, clubs will select their best players to represent their club at pennant. Ladies would play off red tees, men off white. A score of 4 on a hole beats a 5 regardless of par. Raw said the idea was enthusiastically and unanimously supported by delegates who represented their clubs at last week’s meeting. Clubs supported a four-team model for all divisions. Division 5 and 6 will be offered as handicap match play. The competition would begin in March 2020 and be played each Sunday. Raw indicated delegates were very clear and understanding that opening pennant to all club members may challenge some traditions, practices and thinking but the positive aspects of inclusive practice far outweighed any perceived negatives. Ladies Pennant will continue as normal.

A new golf development program is about to start for seniors aged between 60 and 75 years old to “Get into Golf”. Darren Spencer will be holding a five week course at the Devonport Country Club starting on the Wednesday 2nd October 2019 and every Wednesday following for five weeks. The course is free and for more information and to register go onto the following link

Coming Events:

22nd September – The is still time to enter the Volkswagen Scramble being held this Sunday at Port Sorell Golf Club. There will be a 10am Shotgun Start. Enter on line by following the link or phone Darren Spencer 6427 2068.

29th September – Golf Tasmania AGM will be held at the Royal Hobart Golf Club at 11:00am. All clubs are asked to ensure that they send representatives to the meeting. For more information please contact Golf Tasmania.

14th October – Burnie Spring Tournament. Scramble Foursome. Email entry and player list to Mrs Marie Redman Ph: 0409 350 151. Cost $22 includes lunch.

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