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Trentham Club Newsletter

The latest news and views about the Trentham Golf Club.

Goodman and Smith win men's doubles knockout

Graeme Smith and John Goodman have defeated Geoff Varley and Kevin Sheedy to take the title of Men's Doubles Knockout Champions for 2019. John and Graeme took the lead on the 2nd hole, and held it throughout the match to eventually run out winners 3 and 2.

Congratulations to both pairs for making the final, and thanks to John and Marie Bell for sponsoring the event.

Men's Doubles Knockout finalists: John Goodman and Graeme Smith (left), Geoff Varley and Kevin Sheedy (right).

All results ...

Stunning day for women's championship conclusion

The weather was perfect for the third and final round of the women's club championships held on Wednesday May 22. In glorious late-Autumn sunshine and mild to warm conditions, the course presented well with good fairways and the usual true greens.

Women's championship winners: Judy Rothe (Life Member), Yvonne Sillett (C Grade), Sue Byrne (Club Champion), Dawn Hinneberg (B Grade) and Gwen Justice (Veterans).

The A Grade winner and club champion was Sue Byrne, with a 3-round total of 273. This was the sixth time Sue has won the championship in the last seven years. In a closely-fought contest, the runner-up was 25-time champion Gwen Justice on a total of 278. Congratulations to both for some fine golf. Gwen also convincingly won the Veteran's trophy in her first year in the age group.

In B Grade, the winner was Dawn Hinneberg on 308, from Julie Hanson. Yvonne Sillett was thrilled with her win in C Grade, her score of 333 edged out Pat Kinnell on 337.

The nett winners were Helen Young (A Grade, 229), Dawn Hinneberg (B Grade, 241) and Yvonne Sillett who had the best overall nett score to win C Grade (228).

It was great to see so many established and new members participating in a keen but fair competitive spirit. Many thanks to everyone who organised the events and made lunches. Life member Judy Rothe presented the trophies.

Helping our environment

As part of our strategic plan, Trentham Golf Club is committed to better environmental practices. In 2017, we installed a 14kW solar system that has saved the club over $2000 per year in electricity costs and reduced our carbon emissions by over 20 tonnes. We have leased new lithium-ion battery electric carts and intend (as leases run out on older petrol carts) to lease more. Now we have updated our waste management system to introduce recycling through the Hepburn Shire Council and remove the Cleanaway skip that saw all our waste going to landfill. The additional benefit is a further saving of over $2000 per year in waste management costs.

To help run the system efficiently, we would like all our members and visitors to follow these guidelines:

  • The yellow-lid bins (see picture) are for recyclable waste. This means bottles, cans, paper, metal and cardboard.
  • The red-lid bins are for general waste. This means items such as soft plastic, ceramics, dirty paper plates, food scraps, kitchen waste and even old golf balls!

The bins are clearly marked. To reduce contamination, we would ask all our golfers not to contaminate the yellow-lid bins with any non-recyclable rubbish. The council doesn't like it and may remove our recycling option! If in doubt, put it in the red-lid bin. Our system will only work if the right items are put in the right bins!

Charity Day raises $3300

A field of 108 players at Trentham's 2019 Charity Day raised over $3300 for projects at Trentham District Primary School. The amount was raised through entry fees, raffles, on-course competitions and a trading table.

The 4-person Ambrose scratch event was won by the team of Francis Lee, Todd Louttit, Andrew Marr and Anthony Lee (Bamawm and Rich River Golf Clubs) with 58 nett. The Handicap event was won by a Trentham team consisting of Gavin King, Bob Hogan, Marc Merigan and Kim Ooi with 46.25. Nearest the pins were won by Mike Hotchin, Max Hinneberg, Simon Ovenden and Col Godsmark (SA).

As there were some teams with players without handicaps a separate scratch event was held that saw Dave Wilkinson, Denis Wilkinson, John Trevillian and Darren Paterson finish with 63, followed by Dave Evans, Ron Jennings, Patrick Quigley and Travis Smithard with 66.

Thanks to everyone who contributed and volunteered on the day, especially Stuart Leong who raised over $300 by providing $5 long drives for teams on the 6th and 18th holes.

Strategic plan available

The Trentham Golf Club Strategic Plan was adopted by the Committee in August 2018. It is a document that acts as a workable plan for the future development of the club. It tries to plan for everything that will contribute to building this great club. You can download a copy of the Strategic Plan.

The plan is fluid and flexible, and may change with future opportunities. While very important, it is not just about course infrastructure. The over-riding emphasis has been to foster and build a club with an atmosphere of friendship, civility and respect on a beautiful and challenging course, so that all members enjoy and value their membership.

The hard work begins with its implementation. We would like as many members as possible to become involved with implementing the plan. This is the joint responsibility of not only the Committee but all of us, and requires the commitment and goodwill of all.

The Strategic Plan sub-committee was Keith Webster, John Hudson, Ron Winzer, Geoff Durham and Colin Wilson. They will be happy to discuss any aspect of the plan.

A break-even year for Trentham Golf Club

Trentham Golf Club had a very successful year in 2018, even though the accounts showed the club only broke even financially with a profit of just $151 (last year $15,817). While overall income was up by nearly $21,000, with an increase of $10,000 in green fees and $11,000 in membership income, this was offset by greater expenditure on course improvements (including a 10ML water right costing $25,000), wages and depreciation. Given this, it was a more than satisfactory result.

Other achievements included the finalisation of the water security project, a $2000 annual power saving from the solar system, two new lithium-ion hire carts, a new rough mower, fairway oversowing to improve conditions, pine plantation harvesting and record numbers in our very popular Annual Tournament.

Membership numbers have stabilised after the downward trend of the last few years, with 236 members of all types. The more flexible memberships (Access and Lifestyle) have provided new members, and most importantly a way for some members to maintain a connection with the club when they would otherwise drop out of membership due to age, health problems or work commitments. The switch from manual membership management to the "cloud" through Club2ic has been a great addition, as has the OneGolf competition system for members.

The Annual General Meeting on November 24 approved an modest increase in full adult membership to $550 per year (corresponding family membership increase to $1100). Lifestyle memberships will also increase to $310 per year, and Access memberships to $125.

Members can download the Annual Report here.

Glorious day for Trentham Plate

It would be hard to imagine a better day for holding the 40th Trentham Plate, on Sunday November 11 under cloudless skies and with little wind. The course was in superb condition for the day with great fairway condition and fast greens.

The winning team was from Trentham: Julie Hanson, Rhonda Bradley, Jim Bradley and John Smithwick, who scored 103 points.

The winning team: Rhonda Bradley, Nathan Hanson, Jim Bradley, Julie Hanson and John Smithwick. Nathan's uncle, Lance Hanson (after whom the plate is named) was a member who died many years ago from Cystic Fibrosis, and Nathan was representing the Hanson family at the event.

The individual women's Stableford was won by Veronica Maher (22) with 37 points, while Simon Ovenden (6) had a sub-par round to record 43 points in winning the men's. Nearest the pins were Men: Simon Ovenden 2nd, Tim Heywood (Mt Xavier) 5th and 15th, Ross Brosnan 15th, Women: 5th Elaine Hanson, 13th Deborah McNulty (Mt Xavier).

Robin Wilson wins men's club championship

(l-r) Ian Power (C Grade winner), Robin Wilson (Club Champion), Geoff Varley (B Grade winner).

With rounds of 82-78-76-78=313, Robin Wilson, playing off 4, has won the 2018 Men's Club Championship. Robin won by five strokes from Sholto Arnold (77-80-84-77=318).

In B Grade, Geoff Varley (85-85-87-84=341) was a one-stroke winner over Keith Webster (342). C Grade required a play-off after Ian Power and Peter Speakman finished locked together on 365. Ian was victorious in the play-off.

The Senior trophy was won by Alan Snowden with rounds of 86-79-81-80=326. The Arnie Hanson Memorial Trophy for best handicap score during the four rounds of the championship was won by Geoff Varley with 271 nett.

Trentham website turns 22

Trentham Golf Club's website has been in operation now for 22 years. Here is a snapshot looking back at the website since its inception.

The website first started in early 1997, and was one of the first-ever golf club websites in Australia. A fairly simple affair, it had information about the club, teetimes, fees and a response form. At the time some members wondered what this "new internet thing" was and how it was going to publicise the club.

The first Trentham Golf Club website.

Read more ...

Halfway house delights

Trentham's caterers Larissa Ojansuu and Karen Kenton-Barnes have featured in an article in the January 2017 Golf Australia magazine by Brendan Moloney entitled "Halfway House Delights".

Larissa and Karen of Trentham's Birdie Kitchen

The 'Birdie Kitchen' is open every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as during tournaments. They can open on other days for groups by arrangement. Please call the club booking line on 5424 1046 if you wish to enquire about catering for your group. Alternatively contact the club through the "Contact Us" link above.
Larissa and Karen also manage the club's green fee bookings (including social club bookings), golf cart hire and the bar on Sundays.

Read the Golf Australia article ...

Not receiving e-mails from the club?

If you are a member and you are not receiving member e-mails from the club through the club2ic.com system, please try one of the following:

1. If you are using an e-mail address such as Hotmail or Gmail, please check your 'Junk' folder regularly. Sometimes high spam protection settings cause legitimate e-mails to be send to 'Junk'. To stop our e-mails going to 'Junk', make sure you have an entry for Trentham Golf Club in either your Contacts or Safe Senders list, using the club e-mail domain (@trenthamgolf.com.au). The club e-mail is also in the front of the program book, or we can supply it on request using the Contact Us form on this website.

2. We may not have your correct e-mail address, or any e-mail address for you at all. We have tried very hard to gather everyone's e-mail addresses, but there are still a handful of members that don't have an e-mail address on the system. Please send your e-mail address to the club using the contact form on this website.

Club2ic membership system

Trentham Golf Club uses club2ic.com to manage your membership at the club. Club2ic uses on-line membership software and secure servers for on-line billing, member payments, e-mails to members, sending of notices and other important club information. In addition, members can renew their memberships on-line, and update their personal details themselves.

It is important that members access the new system. You can find details of how to do this by clicking the 'How to log in' button below.

How to log in to the system ...

Monday Muggers

The Monday Muggers is a group of club members that play social golf on most Mondays throughout the year at the club, followed by a barbeque. Players assemble at 9.00 am for a 9.30 am 'multi-tee' hit-off. Friends and visitors (including occasional golfers) are welcome.

Trentham Travellers

The Monday Muggers sometimes organise visits to other golf clubs, and they become known as the Trentham Travellers. They may organise day trips to nearby clubs, or 2-3 day trips to more distant locations e.g. the Murray River. The feature is good golf with friends and a welcoming social atmosphere. If you are interested in these visits, please contact Dick Ellis or Harold Moore. 

If you wish to contact Trentham Golf Club, or ask a question about the course or club, please use this form. (Please note any spam messages will be ignored.)
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