From the Pro Shop

Chris Tomlinson

Upcoming Events

Easter Tournament – Entries are starting to fill up so ensure you get your Easter game, please hand in your entries ASAP.

Come and join us at the Club!
Monday 10 April 2023 – 7:00am – 9:00am
$15.00 per person

The Masters on the big screen in The Bunkers
Egg and Bacon Roll, Fruit Juice, Tea and Coffee
Luck Draws
Nearest the Pin and Longest Drive in the simulators
Lots of prizes to be won!

Bookings essential – so we know how many eggs to fleece from Easter Bunny!

Seniors Tournament – The Cobram-Barooga Senior Amateur will be played over 54 holes stroke (Men) and Stableford (Women). Date: Monday 8 – Thursday 11 May 2023 (No tournament plays on Wednesday).

Registration is through Golf Australia at THIS LINK, however, if you need assistance in filling out the GA registration, please come into the Pro Shop and one of our team will be more than happy to help you register!

Vic Men’s Country Champs & Cobram Barooga Men’s & Women’s Open Amateur – Entries for this event open on March 31st.

Entries through Golf Australia.

2023 June Tournament – Entries are now out for 2023 June Tournament

Shop News
Once again March has been a busy month on the course with us nearly having one of our busiest days on Saturday with nearly 350 on course. The course has held up very good and all visitors are saying best they have ever seen the course so we must thank terry and all the ground staff for all their hard work. We are continuing to monitor the course for pace of play so you will see us driving around making sure everyone is keeping up with the group in front. If there has been a incident or accident on the course, Can all members please advise the pro shop as soon as it happens, in the past few weeks we’ve have been told of incidents that has happened on course but we were notified a week later instead of letting us know when it happens.

Monthly Medals
March Men’s Monthly Medal Winner – BJ Miller
March Ladies Monthly Medal Winner – Debbie Jackson

Callaway Fitting Day
The new Paradym clubs have running hot out of the store and with the demand for them, we have organised Mark Wong from Callaway to come down and do another club fitting. The club fitting will be on April 13th from 9am-2pm. If you missed your chance the first time to get your fitted for some new clubs, please give us a call to book your spot as these will be in high demand.Casey

Chandler Penannt results
Casey has been down in Melbourne playing Vic pennant for Commonwealth golf club. With having played all 4 matches so far, she remains undefeated playing at number 7. She has won her matches 2&1, 4&3, 3&1 and her last match and her best performance for the season so far winning 7&5. Commonwealth are in the mix to make the finals which would be fantastic for Casey. With 3 matches to go, we wish Casey all the best in her last 3 games.

Club Championship
The 2023 Mens club championships got underway on March 18th in some hot and tough conditions. After completing the 2nd round last Saturday, 2020 Club Championship Mark Corradin leads by 3 after shooting 74,76. Defending club champion Andrew Storer sits alongside Chris Tomlinson in 2nd place after shooting 77, 76 and Chris shooting 74,79, Ben Casley rounds out the top 4 with rounds of 85,74. Leading B Grade after 2 rounds with 83,83 Jon Milovitch who has started strongly and looks to continue to his good form, Trailing by 5 shot is Michael Mitchelson with rounds of 84, 87. Russell Jappe and Michael Millar is a further 2 shots behind with Russell having 86,86 and Michael Millar having 89,83. Leading the C Grade Championships is Richard Lavery with 2 steady rounds of 90,91. Richard has a 4 shot lead after halfway mark while Tony Hardy is close behind him with rounds of 91,94. Tim mynard holds 3rd place with rounds of 91,95 while close behind is Daniel Ellis having rounds of 91,96. With the cooler weather coming this weekend, Will the scores be hot or will the cooler weather preavial? Mark Corradin will be looking to find his form from 2020 and hold on. Will Jon Milovitch continue his steady form and be crowned B Grade Champion? Richard Lavery looks to hold on and become C grade Champion for the first time or will someone come from behind and be crowned? 7 players are within 10 shots of Richard. This weekend will decided who this years club champions will be.

The Ladies have majority completed 2 rounds with some ladies still to finish their rounds on Saturday, We have a tie for a lead in the A grade, Tracey Clouston shooting 84, 89 while 2021 Champion Maxine Sadler sit at the top with Tracey with 87,86. Sitting 1 shot behind is Definding Champion Rowena Wallace after having 84,90 and Julie Daniel 89,85.
B Grade sees Jan Curran hold a 5 shot lead after rounds of 96,97, Terry Mentha and Chris Crawford will be trying to chase Jan down with Terry having rounds of 104,94 and Chris having 96,102. Coming in 4th place is Trish Scandrett having 99,103.
C Grade have a couple ladies to comeplete their 2nd round on Saturday.
The ladies will be playing their final round this Sunday alongside the men.

GOTM Qualifying
Earlier this month we had the qualyfing round for the Golf on the murray Championships which will be held at Corowa Golf club on July 1st. We had 50 teams who attempted to qualify and the pair of Ross Lacy and Tony hardy came out on top with a fantasic score of 47 points. With 2 pairs getting the chance to qualify we had a countback for 2nd with 3 teams coming in with 44 points. Marika Saisai and Richard Lavery got through on a countback from Ivan Fox & Sione Vainuku and Andrew Argus & Mark Robinson.
Ladies winners was Debbie Jackson and Pam Power with a great score of 46pts which got them honours, Coming in 2nd place and also qualyfing for the GOTM Final was Tracey Clouston and Julia Byrne with 43 points. We wish them the best of luck in July at Corowa GC.

Steffi Update
After playing in the TPS Murray river, Steffi headed up north to play in some tournaments around Sydney area. Her first stop was to play in the TPS Hunter Valley which was played at Oaks Cypress lakes resort, Steffi shot 72,73 to finish at +5 but unfortunately missed out making the cut by 2 shots. Steffi followed that event up by playing in the Moss Vale Women’s Classic and finished a tied for 18th. Start of march Steffi played in the Wagga Wagga Women’s pro am, Steffi had rounds of 83,75 to finish in 33rd. Her last event she played in the Women’s NSW open which was played at Tuncurry Golf Club. Steffi had a very event finished solo 17th with rounds of 76,73,74. She currently is playing in the AWC Pro am which is being played at Bonville Resort and then she follows up that up with the 1st round of the Australian women’s classic. She will be hitting off tomorrow at 1:20pm. Please click on the link if you want to check to see how she is going. Steffi Score update.
Steffi will be back working in the shop for a few weeks while mike is away on holidays so, please come in and say hello and even book in a lesson while she is back for a short period of time.

The Super Report

Terry Vogel


With winter approach there are some major projects in the planning phase

The 10th through to the 15th of the old course will have automatic sprinklers installed, the current system has been in use since 1969 so it is probably due for replacement. The benefits are numerous including not having to water during daylight hours and not requiring a staff member to be here plugging in for 2 hours each afternoon. Having used this system for 35 plus years im very excited to move to a fully computer-controlled system .
The works will be done in house, started in July and will likely take 5 weeks. Funding for this project was a under a co-funded grant scheme.

As part of another co-funded grant scheme our irrigation dams are to be expanded to allow for the storage of more water on the property. Extra capacity will allow for our bore system to be better utilised through the winter to fill for the upcoming irrigation season and therefore save as much river allocation as possible. The grant application required the creation of feature holes out of any storage works, as the pictures show we have mapped out two areas, the first is the between the 13th green and 11th tee of west in the mounded area. The second is along the right-hand side of the 15th fairway west.
Both storage dam expansions will add to the interest of the west course and allow for the drainage of some chronically wet areas highlighted over the past two winters. Soil excavated will be stock pilled over the boundary areas of the 12th and 14th , consideration will be given of a penalty area being in place along the top of the boundary.
This work is being planned for June

Our staff will be working with contractors on the walking track in the clubs bushland adjacent the west course. A track will be also constructed from the pro shop to the 5th tee west and another track returning to the pro shop from the 7th tee west. Other works required will be assisting contractors with electrical and path works.

Over the coming months we are hoping to do a full prune of low branches on both courses, it is a time-consuming chore and if there are volunteers that would like to help up with the pick up please contact me through terry.vogel@sporties.com.au .
An arborist has been employed to asses the health of the trees on both courses, this will generate plenty of tree work also.

We have been waiting for a contractor to make some changes the paths around the old first tee, we are expecting this to be completed next week, thank you for your patience.

While it is great to always report the positive things the negative things should not be ignored.

Over the last two weeks you will have noticed some herbicide damage on the aprons of some holes. A pre-emergent chemical has been applied to prevent winter weeds, unfortunately it has reacted unexpectedly and seen some cool season turf yellow off. Shortly after we have started to spray to remove the pennywart (fine clover ) from the greens and surrounds the combination of these two applications and the manual watering of greens on the old course has put the turf under stress.

Hindsight is a wonderful thing but it does give the reason to learn and question the decisions made in regarding to timings of chemicals applications and therefore improve our methods.

The areas are having light fertiliser applications and prior to Easter Carbon Trader will be applied to help reverse some of the chemical activity.

After Easter we will assess the recovery of these areas and plan the next course of action. I have seen improvement from the previous week and with some cooler weather it is hoped to cool season turf will recover quickly.

Rest assured we are doing everything we can to rectify the situation as quickly as possible.