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JSGC DHEKELIA NEWSLETTER
EDITION 4 SEASON 14/15 [November 2014 – February 2015
1964 - 2014
Could Have, Should Have Done better Round 3 of 2014/15 Inter-Club took place at JSGC [Episkopi] on Saturday 21st February. There were no “Team Selection Headaches” for the Vice Captain, which was very disappointing, given that we were only 10 Points off the overall lead prior to Round 3. Due to a 09.30 shotgun start, the 12 man Team had a very early start. Given all the bad weather and tunnel closures, on arrival at Episkopi the course looked in superb condition, a credit to all the people involved. JSGC [E] is always a tough track to negotiate, due to the speed of the AstroTurf greens. After Tea and Toast and the briefing from JSGC (E) vice-captain the players dispersed to their relevant tee boxes awaiting the sounding of hooter for the shotgun start.
P 1 Interclub news P 2 FoG 15 P 3 Club Manager’s Comments P 4 Junior Golf P 5 Grounds Matters P 6 Ladies Christmas Lunch P 9 Oasis Shoebox Christmas Appeal P 13 Score Board [Nov 14 – Feb 15] P 23 Course Records P 24 Ball Sweep and Army Golf Open 2015 P 25 Golfers Abroad P 29 Trivia Golfing and Photo Caption Competition
Articles in this issue: P 10 Thoughts on Cyprus by Davie Jones P 26 Shafts & Grips by the Club Pro
After 18 holes played in superb conditions (Apart from those bloody greens) the players started returning to the clubhouse. Least to say, there were not too many smiling faces from JSGC D players. There tales of woe from, not only JSGC D Players, but most of the 48 golfers competing, plenty of stories 3 and 4 putts. Only one player in the whole of the field managed to shoot Under-Par! A special mention to the four “Inter-Club Virgins”, Jim Sugrue, Alistair McGregor, Adam Latham and in particular John Henry who stepped forward and scored a respectable 26 points and bagged a 2, walking off with 2 x Dozen Taylormade Burners. Many thanks from myself and the Vice Captain to all those members who made themselves available for selection. The Final round takes place @ IGCN on Saturday 14th March. JSGC [D] Scores
OVERALL as at 21st February
1st JSGC [Epskopi] 788
2nd JSGC [Dhekelia] 734
4th Ay Nik
Mark Pegler Club Captain
FESTIVAL of GOLF 2015 A gentle reminder to the ‘Troops’ that arrangements for the FOG 15 are well underway and Members are invited to sign up on the appropriate registration form. The week promises to be a lot of fun with a VC's midweek roll up Comp on Wed 29 Apr followed in the evening by a Quiz formatted by the Captain and ViceCaptain. Lots of valuable prizes on offer. These are just two of the many wonders to be enjoyed at the FOG. Remember, "You gotta be in it to win it”.
Vice Capt. / FOG Co- Ord 2
FROM THE CLUB MANAGER A New Year, but many of the tasks of the Club Manager remain the same. Security and access continues to cause headaches but as long as we get organised and follow the rules we seem to be managing better. Course bookings and the associated admin seem never ending, especially on this and alternate years with all the military competitions being held at Dhekelia. Keeping track of members, sending e mails and putting up notices fill a few hours. Meeting health and safety requirements (thanks, Ralph!) and organising maintenance and repairs fill a few more. However, just occasionally I look around and think “there’s nothing I need to do”. Wonderful! And what about the Clubhouse and Bar? Despite the sometimes cold and wet weather there have been some successful golf competitions during the beginning of this year with a happy crowd enjoying the Clubhouse facilities afterwards. Kim and Lauren have looked after us well, and we are lucky to have them as they are always willing to take on extra tasks to help the place run smoothly. Emma has also been working for us and, as we get to the busiest part of the season, you will also sometimes see Emily, Jackie or Becky supporting the regular bar staff. Several members have been press ganged into DIY tasks – Alan, Mike, Brian R and Tony L have regularly been called upon to solve maintenance problems and it is much appreciated. So, to all members, please continue to support those volunteers and staff who work to make everything go well for you, and enjoy the rest of the golfing season.
Chris Harper Club Manager
WHEN PRIMATE MAN SCREAMED AND BEAT THE GROUND WITH STICKS THEY CALLED IT WITCHCRAFT
By Tony Laslett [JSGC [D] Pro
he Juniors have received several hours of successful instruction since my last article that has, I’m pleased to report, resulted in real progress and achievements. We have children from 6 to 14 attending training at the moment, which isn’t as many as that attended by the previous RIB. However, the numbers are increasing slowly and I am hopefully confident that the attendance will improve with the advent of better weather. Parents are now taking their budding Junior Golfers on the course, so I ask that whenever you come across these youngsters you give them every encouragement. When the course is re-rated we will have the ladies tees rated for the men and the juniors can play off a proper sloped course [tees] rather than just playing off the temp forward tees.
The Training days have been changed to Junior Golfer Jack putting and posing alleviate the clash with Youth Club meeting from a Thursday afternoon / evening to a Friday. For further information or enquiries please don’t hesitate to call me on 97812436
Check out my web page at: http://www.dhekeliagolfclub.com/tonygolfposter.pdf
Tony Laslett the Pro 4
GROUNDS FOR THOUGHT - THOUGHT FOR THE GROUNDS Amidst the fury of a Coptic storm, the current weather confirms this as being one of the wettest and windiest winters for several years. As all members will be aware there has been flooding and tree fall on the course that we haven't seen for the past two winters. Hard work by the grounds staff has brought the course back into a reasonable state. They have completely worn out three chainsaw 'blades' clearing fallen tree branches - with still more to cut. The browns on Avenue and Snake have been completely re-sanded, with other browns needing partial re-surfacing. Unfortunately the weather through the winter and the need for remedial work has delayed the maintenance that should have been completed by now. The necessary weed killer has not yet been applied to the 'Home' side of the course. The programme for raising the pop ups has slipped. The leaking irrigation valves have not been replaced nor has the split pipe on the right side of McGill been repaired. The trees along Clunis ditch have not been pruned. Fortunately the cold spell has suppressed the growth of the grass, but as the temperature rises the grass and rough will need cutting more frequently. All this against a background of equipment failures - three strimmers and two of the mowers have needed repair and one of the small tractors has been away for repair since November. It should be back in use within a couple of weeks (all being well). On a more positive note, the Captain's bunker on the first is now back in play and available to receive more 50 cent contributions to his charities. The new pond on Leeway has been transformed into a larger bunker, with a large area of the fairway around it irrigated for the first time and successfully grassed. The pipework is in place to allow for more of the fairway to be irrigated and grassed in due course, as Club finances permit. The 'Suggestions Book' went missing from the Club house recently - a subsequent search has found it. As members take obvious delight in entering their comments, the Club Manager has placed it on the end of the bar. Please take the time to enter comments and suggestions regarding the course. The only requirement is that all entries are dated and signed, with the author's name written clearly and legibly. Several members have offered to assist around the course, as well as attending Captain's Work days. Volunteers are always welcome, please make yourselves known to the Grounds Member or Club Manager.
John Harper Grounds Member
Ladies Christmas Lunch 2014 The Ladies’ annual Christmas Lunch was held at the Club House on the 4 th December starting with pre-dinner cocktails at 1 PM that proved very popular as everyone quickly slid into the festive spirit. With the help of our usual members, the Club House was decorated with all manner of Christmas adornments.
Our thanks to them and those ladies who
dressed the tables so elegantly. Lunch was served at around 2.30 PM, waited on by the Gents who were suited and booted in their dinner jackets.
The starter and main course was
supplied by Sodexo which was much enjoyed by all, followed by a selection of mature [by the smell] cheese and mince pies with cream. One always forgets something; in this case it was the After Eight Mints! The Ladies danced away the afternoon with music and singing by Greg Orton. My thanks to Greg for his continued support to the Dhekelia Ladies at Christmas and to Sue, his wife, for letting him. For those who don’t know, Greg does the gig at no charge to the Ladies, his Christmas gift. The gentlemen table waiters also got into the act by preforming a Christmas Carol serenade. A good time was had by all with some suffering sore heads in the morning. Finally, our thanks to those who managed to make it in the following day to help clear up the Club Room. Here for your entertainment are just some of the photographs curtesy of Noel Greene. Thanks Noel.
Aleks Brown Dapper Brian and Susie Rance
Joyce Newell Margot Watt Kate Winslet Dianne Thornhill Sue Walsh The Penguin Pack: Jack Palance Peter Woodcock Eifion Jones and Roy McAndrew Yvonne Watson Tracy Parish and Angelina Jolie
June Lynn Margrit Burri Randi Steele Sharon Woodcock Seen at the table: Pauline Davies Fiona Swindell and Pam Jones Norma McAndrew Another table full in view: Linda John Carole Short Angela Manley and Joyce Newell Seen on the mike: Greg Orton Not pictured: Santa Clause
THE SHOEBOX CHRISTMAS APPEAL Dear Joint Services Golf Club Dhekelia, On behalf of the Oasis Project, I‘d like to thank you for your generous participation in our Shoebox Christmas Appeal. We had nearly 50 children at the actual event on December 23rd and another 20 + children from Kofinou received boxes the first week of January. It was such a joy to see the smiles on the faces of the children when they received their boxes, and to hear their delightful laughter as they opened their boxes full of surprises. Refugee children find themselves caught between two worlds: the country and culture of the homeland from which they fled and the new country and culture to which they have come. Too often, the children experience rejection by their fellow classmates who don’t understand them or hear from their parents that these people are a burden to the country. Refugee children don’t have a framework from which to understand the peers’ refusal to accept them. In reality, they are innocent. Furthermore, the parents, who for the most part are highly educated and come from good jobs in their own countries find themselves jobless and in a very difficult financial situation. As a result, the children suffer. We, at Oasis, believe that we have been called to be like Jesus. When the children were brought to him, He saw their needs and took time to remember and pray for them. “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.” Matthew 19:13-15 By doing this, we can show God’s love to those who have little and feel rejected. Thank you once again extending your hands of love. Warm Regards,
Heather Lewis Oasis Coordinator 9
Because the opening pages of this edition of TX2 rattle around in the Cub’s 50th Anniversary Year of 2014, I’m given the opportunity to publish a delightful article sent through Neville Clark by the Golf Pro Davie Jones. When mentioning Davie’s name at the bar I was pleasantly surprised to note that a number of our older Members know him. Wow! How old are they? I hope you enjoy it.
golf design and consultancy
Thoughts on Cyprus 2014 I was teaching at the Joint Services Golf Club in Malta in the winter of 1969 when I ran into a Major Upton from Dhekelia. He had a golf lesson with me and said if I fancied a change of scene he could arrange for me to teach in Cyprus the following winter. Malta was a bit confining to say the least so I took him up on his offer and came out to Dhekelia in 1970. I was billeted in the Sergeant’s Mess at about £3 a week I think and the guys there, once they got over my long hair and ‘Hippie’ appearance were really good to me. I remember my very first lesson… where I taught down on the playing fields. It was a Cypriot gentleman from Larnaca… a businessman who was the Danish Consul or something… drove a nice Merc and was pretty well turned out… Mr. Stylianou if my memory serves me. He struck me as a rich sort of chap and he had a lesson every week. He was a terrible golfer, but after about a month we decided to go out for a few holes to show him the ropes. He produced an ancient old ball full of cuts, which had flaps of skin hanging off it like taxi doors. Every time he hit a putt the ball would wobble and deflect all over the place. I told him he needed a better one and he said, “Oh, I have plenty of others… but they’re all new!” Mean wasn’t the word.
Once word got around that there was a teaching pro in town, I was soon travelling around the island giving lessons. Monday & Tuesday in Dhekelia, Wednesday at the old Nicosia Golf Club where there were only 8 holes of the course left from the 1950’s troubles and the ‘green line’ ran through the middle of the course. A super old Brigadier with a monocle used to look after me there. I spent Thursday & Friday at Episkopi, and then across the Troodos mountains at first light on Saturday for a day at CMC (the Cyprus Copper Mines Course), before driving back over the mountains to Episkopi for a Sunday off. I believe it is still there as the North Cyprus Golf Club. I did that every week from October to February, before I took off to Africa for the Safari Tour. I had a bright orange Mini that I rented from an old guy at Nicosia airport. He gave me a great deal and I don’t think he could believe how many miles I put on that thing. I remember at CMC teaching an elderly American lady called Helen Barnett on my first day there. She was tickled that my name was the same as her son in law. That was true… he was called David Jones too… but then she told me he was a singer whose stage name was David Bowie! Small world… he went on to do rather better in music than I did at golf! Roger Beetham and his wife befriended me in Dhekelia. Roger was a sound engineer at BFBS Davie Jones and a bit of a character who loved his golf… and An old Sunday Mirror newspaper his beer! Roger used to take me up to the station and leave me in the record library all cutting from Jan 1971 that tells of his mixing Pro Golf with Disc Jockeying for evening while he worked. It was brilliant. I BFBS Cyprus loved music and to have a whole library to myself was like paradise. When they found out that I did actually know a lot about pop music, they gave me a weekly slot playing the hits of the day. George Loucaides, a sports shop owner in Larnaca was also very kind to me, introducing me to Cypriot food and the dreaded Cyprus brandy, at some of the old restaurants in the town. Larnaca was really only a village in those days, with one hotel, The Four Lanterns, on the old seafront. I remember the Dhekelia course quite well; especially the old 13th, which I think, was called “The Safari” because of its length. The photo of me is from a day when I had a hole in one at the 17th… short downhill par three… I think it was one of the holes you played twice. 11
I have to say those days in Cyprus that actually got me on my feet so to speak. 15 bob a lesson and very few expenses, because people were so kind to me… always inviting me to their homes for dinner, barbeques and stuff. So I was able to save enough to play the circuit. When I got back to UK I bought myself an old Bedford van and that was my home for the first 6 months of my apprenticeship on tour… until I became good enough to win money and live in comparative luxury… like staying in a B & B. I came back to Cyrus for a couple more winters before the Turkish invasion of 73. My new wife Noreen came with me in ’72 and we lived in a rented house in the then Turkish part of Larnaca, a grand but COOOLD old three storey mansion owned by Ross Clunis, who had been a police chief in colonial days. Golf has been good to me. Little did I think when I came out to Dhekelia that I would go on to have the privilege of playing with many of the ‘greats’ when I was on tour… Palmer, Player, Trevino, Seve, Norman, Vicenzo, and a host of others… even a youthful Rory McIlroy! I still love the life, and after stints on the European Tour and The Senior Tour I am now designing golf courses all over the place… Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, Finland, Ireland and a few others.
An old newspaper cutting with a caption that reads: THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT … Former golfer David Jones helps launch a £1.5m project for a centre of excellence at Templepatrick with former U-10 world champion Rory Mcilroy.
I have wonderful memories and a very soft spot for those great times starting off. There was no European Tour in those days and no events to play it between October and March, so I always feel grateful for the opportunity I had to spend the winters practicing and teaching in Cyprus. When Neville contacted me I could hardly believe the club was still thriving after all these years. Sadly I broke my Achilles tendon in Mombasa in March and am on the slow road to recovery… not an injury I’d recommend. I’m sitting here in Bangor with my leg still in a protective boot for four more weeks; otherwise I’d be there with you all. I hope you have a fantastic celebration and I wish the club long life and success. With very best wishes,
Many thanks to Neville Clark for providing this article and its photographs 12
SCORE BOARD IN BRIEF [November 2014 – February 2015] GENTS NOVEMBER MEDAL. Div 1:
LADIES NOVEMBER MEDAL.
Div 2: Keith Bridger
Div 2: Tricia Cooper
Div 3: Gordon Lynn
Net 72 Net 70
GENTS MONTHLY STABLEFORD Nov: Dec:
John Goldsmith 39 Pts
John Goldsmith 35 Pts
[27 Nov] st
2 : 3 :
LADIES OCTOBER FLORENTIA
GENTS & LADIES DECEMBER MEDALS Cancelled due to inclement weather
GENTS JANUARY MEDAL.
LADIES JANUARY MEDAL. Div 1:
Div 2: Sharon Woodcock
Div 2: Eifion Jones
Div 3: Brian Rance
THE BRANDY CUP 2014
Sponsored By Margrit Burri 1st: Monika Thornstrom. 2nd: Nicola Bevan. rd 3 : Susie Rance Longest Drive: Nearest The Pin: Completing 18 Holes: Playing the Most Golf: Birdies:
Nett 69 Nett 70 Nett 72 Pam Jones June Lynn Dian Thornhill Corinne Calodoucas Linda John June Lynn Sandra Carr Monika Thornstrom
POPPY APPEAL OPEN 2014
POPPY APPEAL OPEN. €761 was raised for the Royal British Legion. 1st Pauline Davies & Robert Harden
Ralph Cantrell & Leonardo DiCaprio
Richard Ravenscroft & George Colville
Best UN Group: Gary Spencer & Cpl Simpson Pictured above: The President of The RBL Larnaca Branch, Ralph Cantrell, accepts the donation from The Dhekelia Station Commander Lt Col Kevin Grantham.
WINNERS OF THE POPPY APPEAL OPEN 2014 Pauline Davies & Robert Harden [Not Pictured]
THE CLEARY CUP 2014
4BBB Stableford Net Sponsored By Melvyn and Sandra Carr
WINNERS OF THE CLEARY CUP 2014 John and Chris Harper Net 44 Melvyn and Sandra present Chris and John with the Cup 2nd: Aleks Brown & Rod Kershaw Net 44 rd 3 : Morgan John & John O’Rourke Net 42 th 4 : Eifion & Pam Jones Nett 41 th 5 : Jim Sugrue & Dave Burgess Nett 39 15
DAVE SYKES TROPHY & THE PIONEER CUP 2014 THE DAVE SYKES TROPHY [Gross]
WINNER: Runner Up:
Noel Green. Mike Short.
[F40 B43] Gross 83 [F43 B42] Gross 85
THE PIONEER CUP [Nett] WINNER: Runner Up:
Andrew Fulcher. Angelo Calodoucas.
[F29 B35] Nett 64 [F32 B35] Nett 67
THE FOLKARD VASE 2014
The Folkard Vase has been sponsored by The Bike Shop in Larnaca for many years. In their shop there is a huge selection of bikes starting from an age of 3 up-wards, seeing is believing. This season there was a medium size field of lady players 24 in all. We were lucky the weather was so nice in the month of December. The competition was made easy by a large number of ball spotters. After the golf all lady players were offered various types of homemade pates. This year was a very closely run competition with only 3 Stableford points from 4th to the overall winner. The results were; 4th Place with 33 points Alex Brown, 3rd Place with 34 points Margot Watt, 2nd Place with 35 Points June Lynn and surprise; 1st Place with 36 Points last season’s Lady Golfer of the Year Randi Steele Well done to all players where ever you came, a good golfing day was had by all. I am sure the “Bike Shop” will continue sponsoring the competition next season.
Susie Rance 16
CHRISTMAS TURKEY TROT 2014
EAT BEEF THIS CHRISTMAS
WINNERS OF THE CHRISTMAS TURKEY TROT 2014 The Vice Capt. Peter Parish presents Meat Voucher prizes from Andreas McLoucas Butchers in Xylotymbou. st 1 : Tony Walsh & Corinne Calodoucas nd 2 : Brian Thornhill & Marilyn Monroe rd 3 : Noel Green & Les [The Wuss] Manley th 4 : Malcolm Newell & Gordon Hubbard
[17 Jan] CESSAC
LADIES INVITATIONAL MIXED OPEN 2015
The CESSAC Ladies Invitational Open was held at Dhekelia on Saturday 17th January 2015. Despite heavy rain the night before, the first flight started at 7.45 am, in just a light drizzle, within about an hour the sun shone which continued throughout the day. A total of 84 players attended from clubs all-round the Island. Prizes were presented by our Chairman Jim Sugrue to the winners Sharon Woodcock and Phil Rowe with a net score of 68. The runners up were Pauline and George Davies with a net score of 69. In third position Monika Thornstrom and Gunther Schuller, with a net score of 70. Fourth place losing on count back were Sue and Tony Walsh, with a net score of 70. In fifth position Linda Jones and Alan Law from Korineum, also losing on count back with a net score of 70; the only non-Dhekelia winners. A Cypriot buffet was supplied by Eleni Grill House, Xylotymbou following the prize giving. We are always grateful to our sponsors, CESSAC, who have agreed to sponsor Dhekelia Ladies again next year subject to their economic situation at the time.
CESSAC CHURCH OF ENGLAND SOLDIERS SAILORS & AIRMAN CLUBS
Our thanks must go out to Chris the manager of CESSAC Dhekelia who unfortunately was unable to join us for dinner and to present the prizes.
THE GREG MUNRO SCRAMBLE 2015
WINNERS OF THE GREG MUNRO 2015 1st: 2nd: 3rd:
The Club Captain along with the Competition Sponsor, Bobby Munro present the winning team with the Munro Cup. Günther Schuller, Peter Fry, Dave Burgess and Gordon Lynn Nett 57.2 Rod Kershaw, Phil Rowe, Jim Sugrue and Randi Steele Nett 58.2 George Colville, Robert Harden, John Turner [Three Ball] Nett 59.8
PS: I’ve no idea how I came to take a black and white photograph of Mark and Bobby. I guess I’m magic? JRH 19
THE CAVAWAY OPEN 2015
A 36 Hole A 4BBB Stableford Nett Competition Sponsored by Cavaway Wines & Drinks Trading Co.
WINNERS OF THE CAVAWAY OPEN 2015 1st: Steve Chapman & John Moran D1 41 D2 42 Nett 83 nd 2 : Mark Pegler & Corin Hubbard D1 41 D2 41 82 Nett rd 3 : Paul Barry [np] & Stuart Hamilton D1 43 D2 39 Nett 39 4th: Johnny Depp & Ralph Cantrell [np] D1 44 D2 39 Nett 82
Pictured top: Mr Vasos Moeseos of the Cavaway Wines & Drinks Trading Co. presents the Epi interlopers, Steve and John, with the Cavaway Cup. [Continued …]
CAVAWAY OPEN 2015 [continued] 5th: John Goldsmith & Schnozzle Durante D1 39 D2 42 Nett 81 Day 1 Prize: David Burgess & Jim Sugrue F 22 B 22 Nett 44 Day 2 Prize: George Colville & Richard Ravenscroft F 20 B 22 Nett 42 Below: The Bar Staff: Lauren Packard & Kim Laslett Mgr. The Prize Table
GENTS FEBRUARY MEDAL. Div 1:
LADIES FEBRUARY MEDAL.
Div 2: Mark Pegler
Div 2: Sharon Woodcock
Div 3: Brian Rance
THE CARDELZ OPEN 2015
A 18 Hole Stableford Nett Competition Sponsored by Cardelz Larnaca
WINNERS OF THE CARDELZ OPEN 2015 1st: Sue Walsh [F 18 B 21] Nett 39 [Dkl] 2nd: Carol Powell [F 18 B 20] Nett [Ay Nik] 3rd: Liz Gaylor [F 17 B 20] Nett 37 [Vikla] Pictured top: Cardelz representatives Despo Perikleous and Katerina Papayianni present Sue with the Cardelz Cup. Continued ….
CARDELZ OPEN 2015 4th: Chris Moran [F20 B 17] Nett 37 [Epi] 5th: Randi Steele [F16 B 16] Nett 32 [Dkl] Chris Moran: Nearest The Pin Carol Powell: Longest Drive Janey Maxwell: Most Golf Played [26 Feb] st
LADIES FEBRUARY FLORENTIA nd
1 : Randi Steele Net 31. 2 : Monika Thornstrom Net 30. 3rd: Sue Walsh Net 29
COURSE RECORDS It comes without surprise to many mambers that this February saw our very own Club Pro Tony Laslett receive an award for, not one but two, Course Records. Tony’s first Course Record was achieved as an Amateur playing off scratch in February’s Monthly Medal 2013 shooting 12 Pars, 5 Birdies and 1 Bogey, completing the round 4 under Par with a 66 Gross. PAR Med.Net
Tony’s second Course Record was achieved on the Composite Course in December 2014 playing the Gents Monthly Stableford as a Professional with 8 Pars, 5 Birdies and 5 Bogeys resulting in a 70 Gross, 36 Stb Pts. 1 3
Pictured Above: The Club Chairman, Capt Jim Sugrue presents Tony with the Course Record Certificates. Well done Tony, Ed. 23
THE BALL SWEEP At present the Ball Sweep runs every Wednesday at 1 PM for a 1.30 PM tee off, using a 13 hole card from the composite course. Once the clocks spring forward [25 March] the time will change to 1.30 PM for 2 PM. As soon as the security issues are resolved the holes outside the perimeter fence will come into play. So, come along on Wednesday afternoon and “Fun Yourself”
Angelo [The Bandit] Calodoucas THE ARMY GOLF OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
By Pete Bromley
The Army Golf Open Championships Cyprus will be held at JSGC Dhekelia on Thu 5 and Fri 6 March 2015. The Championships will be a 36 hole event, played off full EGA Course Playing handicaps, up to maximum allowance of 28, it will be a Handicap qualifying event. The Championships are open to Serving Army personnel on the posted strength of a unit in Cyprus to include UN elements and Army Veterans resident in Cyprus. This year’s Championship will fall in line with the Army Golf Association [UK], in so far as this is an Open competition for AGA members based in Cyprus and there are no separate categories for Serving and Veteran members. The Prize categories will be played for Champion Golfer [Gross]. This award will go to the golfer with the best 36 hole Gross score. The Champion Golfer [Nett] is award to the golfer with the best 36 Hole Nett score. Both Category are open to all golfers, both serving and retired. Other prize awards may be made subject to the level of entry. No golfer may win more than one major prize. Both days will count towards this seasons Order of Merit [Stableford] which will conclude at the AGA CY event on 18 Mar 15. The entrance fee for all Players will be €20. This will cover catering over the 2 days and a contribution towards prizes, which will be additionally subsidised from AGA Cy funds. Payment is to be made in cash on the first Day of competition. There is a complimentary practice day on Wed 4 Mar 15, open to all competitors. There are no fixed tee times and players are to organise their own groups. For more information and conditions please visit our web pages at Joint Services Golf Club [Dhekelia] http://www.dhekeliagolfclub.com
Pete Bromley MBE 24
GOLFERS ABROAD A report from TX2’s very own Far East Correspondent in Thailand: Peter "Sahib" Parish. It gives me great pleasure to report that the Club was represented in Pattaya, Thailand over a period of 14 days in Feb 15 with 8 courses played. The Competition was intense that saw the leader board change several times throughout the tournament, however, the ultimate winner was Alex "Muscles" Hamilton. Alex is one of our affiliates and a strong supporter of the JSGC [D]. A big thank you to all those who gave their time and effort that made this trip the success it was
The Thailand Team. From L to R: Alex [Muscles] Hamilton, John [Stork-y] O’Rourke, Collin [I don’t need a caddy] Brodie, Pat [Handicap] Chapman, Russ [Just a small red] Scahill, Peter “Sahib” Parish, Morgan [Does my bum look big in this] John, Frank [Loft] Roberts, and Mike Short … Sorry that should have read: Mike [Tour Comic] Lilley
Vice Capt. / FOG Co- Ord
Shafts and Grips
by Tony Laslett
Over the past several months I have either been asked about what shaft should be fitted to an individual clubs or I have seen many students banging their heads against a wall because they couldn’t get what they wanted from their clubs (shafts). Here is a rough guide to some of those questions. Question: Why is senior flex represented by an "A"? Answer: When shaft manufacturers first started using this code to denote the flex of their shafts, "A" stood for "amateur," but that level of flex later became associated with senior men. Question: What Do the Letters X, S, R, A and L Mean When They Appear on a Shaft? Answer: Some golf shafts bend more than others, of course. The letter code represented by the letters L, A, R, S and X represents those different grades of flex. "L" is the most flexible shaft and "X" is the stiffest shaft: "L" denotes "ladies flex" "A" denotes "senior flex"
"R" denotes "regular flex"
"S" denotes "stiff flex"
‘X’ denotes an extra stiff flex Below is a brief guide as to what swing speed is required for each shaft flex.
Question: What happens if you choose a shaft flex that is wrong for your golf swing? Answer: Bad things, my friends, bad things. Here are some of the possible outcomes if you are using the wrong shaft flex. Using a Shaft Whose Flex is too stiff for Your Swing If a golfer is using a shaft that is too stiff for his swing mechanics and swing speed, any or all of the following may result: 1. The ball flies lower for any given loft, and possibly shorter in distance, because the golfer's best launch angle for maximum distance cannot be achieved. 2. The ball may tend to "leak" to the fade side of the target because the golfer cannot cause the desired forward bending of the shaft at impact, which helps bring the face back around to a less open position at impact. 3. The shot will probably feel less solid and harsh, even when impact occurs in the centre of the face, because of the different impact vibrations transmitted up the shaft to the golfer's hands. Question: What happens Using a Shaft that is too Flexible for Your Swing? Answer: The ball will possibly fly higher for any given loft. If the golfer is using the proper loft for his swing mechanics, this could cause a slight decrease from his maximum potential distance. On the other hand, if the golfer is using too little loft, which is the case with a very high percentage of players today with the driver and 3wood, the more flexible shaft could bring his launch angle up to a more optimum trajectory, which could actually result in an increase in their distance. Question: What Is 'Spining' of Golf Shafts? Answer: It is almost impossible to manufacture golf shafts that have precisely the same stiffness in all possible directions of bending. To do so would require so many time-consuming manufacturing procedures that the price of shafts would well more than double. While the top-quality shaft makers do manufacture shafts with very high accuracy and consistency, there are shafts in the golf industry that possess a variation in the consistency of the stiffness about their circumference. If severe enough, these inconsistencies can cause mis-direction problems when the shaft is installed in such a way that those inconsistencies get in the way of the required bending of the shaft. When shafts are identified to be inconsistent in their stiffness, they are said to have a "spine."
Therefore, the practice of "spining" is offered by some custom club makers. Spining involves, first, locating the most consistent bending position of the shaft; and second, installing (or re-installing in already finished clubs) the shaft so that its most consistent bending position is pointing directly toward or directly away from the target line. Today, many shaft makers pre-test their shafts to locate a consistent plane of bending in the shaft, and only then paint and apply the name/logo to the shafts. Thus, with the vast majority of quality shafts made today, there is little need to have the shafts checked for spine location and re-installed in the club heads. Having your clubs Spinned can make a huge difference to your scoring. Most players find it has decreased their score by several shots. Last word from me “Grips” The majority of players have the same regular grips on their clubs as when they were purchased!? Grips would be normally changed every 40 games or yearly. I have seen original grips on members clubs that are more than ten years old [nice and shiny]. The answer is in the word “GRIP”. Grip size is equally important. Grip pressure is controlled by the grip size. Too small you will tend to grip tighter and too big and yours hands are not connected to the grip correctly. Top tip of the Month Grip cleanliness. Clean your grips with a nail brush and fairy liquid, leave them to dry and they will be much more tacky and effective.
Tony Laslett Your Friendly Golf Pro
TRIVIA GOLFING WHICH CLUB TO USE?
Gloria Minoprio In 1933 Gloria Minoprio a member of the Littlestone Golf Club in Kent turned up at the English Lades’ Open at the Royal Devon Golf Club at Westward Ho!, with only one club, a long-shafted iron which in these day it would be considered a 1 iron. Her caddie held a spare ball. She lost 5 and 3. Also she caused a sensation by wearing a neat woollen navy beret, a turtleneck sweater and – horrors of horrors – navy slacks. Trousers had never been worn by a lady in a Championship before. The Chairman of the Ladies’ Golf Union regretted this departure from usual golfing costume at the Championship. The following year Gloria Minoprio turned up again with her caddie carrying the same long shafted iron and a spare ball. Gloria Minoprio went on to win that Championship, still wearing the same outfit. No comment from the Chairman of the Ladies’ Golf Union. With the same club she went on to win a further three championships’.
Brian Rance PHOTO CAPTION COMPETITION The response to the last edition of TX2’s Photo Caption Competition was so poor that in the end I had to bully the Membership for captions. The result of which, to be honest, was poor to moderate. I guess poor to moderate isn’t as miserable as scarce to faeces, so with that encouragement I’ve posted another one for your entertainment. WIN A COUPLE OF BOTTLES OF CHEAP PLONK All one has to do to win is to provide a suitable caption to the photograph below. The entry judged the best will win a couple of bottles of wine curtesy of JSGC [D] Club House. 29
This photograph was taken at the winner’s presentation of the Dave Sykes Trophy on 15 February 2014. Tony Laslett won with Neville Clark coming in second winning on count back that pushed Jim Livie into third place.
Some useful competition conditions. This competition is open to JSGC [D] members only, its President, its Grounds and Bar Staff, as well as lady members. Preferential treatment will not be given to those who have a fondness of cheap plonk. Entries with the least number of expletives will have advantage, probably, possibly. Entries must be submitted by email only to me, the senior tea maker, before the next TX2 print. Looking at the last set of competition entries, humorous captions are preferred but not necessarily essential. It is not compulsory to enter offensive captions GOOD LUCK Ed WINNER OF THE PHOTO CAPTION COMPETITION [3rd Edition]
“JUNE WILL BE PLEASED!” Two bottles of the Club’s finest wine go to:
Alan Banks In no particular order, the other entries were …
Pete Parish: Tricia Cooper: Len Pearce: Len Pearce: Bob Homer:
You reckon it goes in this end and comes out where? Are you ready to take a leak yet? How many men does it take to turn on a stopcock? Our new project.......Dhekelia Marina Well the black enlarger seems to have worked and I guess the tap saves on condoms. Bob Archer: No, no, there's no need for anaesthetic, pass me the hacksaw please Ahmed Tom Watson: Do you really think my ball is in here? Tom Watson: John, if you use this new gigantic tee, you might get a par JOR: Excellent we’ve just dug up two new members JOR: I tell you I can hear Chris, she’s in there somewhere Brian Rance: Heading: ROOT CANAL. “John saying to Mick; “Can you see any grass roots along the canal? Mick replies, “GRASS? what GRASS” Neville Clark: John can you help me with my green pipe? Sorry Mike I was a dentist not a doctor Keith Bridger: Mick, what happens when I twiddle this knob? Keith Bridger: Touch my knob and there`ll be trouble Mr H." George Colville: That should fix the Wi-Fi problem now Sue Fletcher: So you think we can communicate directly with the clubhouse through this? Sue Fletcher: And you say there are definitely ball down there Ed comment: … For Alice sake ... Sigh! Editor’s end bits: A big thanks to all those who contributed to this edition of TX2, including those who entered the Photo Caption Comp, also to Mark Pegler for judging. Well done Alan B. Your contribution was actually funny. My gratitude to Morgan John for proof reading this load of dribble. Before I finish I have number of apologies for the gaffes I made in the last TX2 [Ed 3]. My apologies go to Mike Lillie who I constantly referred to as “Mike Short” throughout the newsletter. Albeit, I’m not sure which of the Mike’s was insulted the most. th For omitting to include them in the 50 Anniversary Gala Supplement, my apologies go to Liz and Jim Horsman, Mary and Paddy Hughes, Angela and Les Manley, Julia Tutt, Chris and John Harper, not forgetting Ralph Cantrell. Although, as Neville Clark said, forgetting Ralph may have been for the best! Nevertheless, the largest portion of my apologetic pie must go to the Lady Captain Susie Rance for my failure to include her article. That now said, if I have forgotten to remember to apologise to anyone else that I may have missed … I’m so sorry Sigh! While I’m in this apologetic mood, I should apologise to my wife Rose for washing my balls in the dishwasher [Titleist NXT’s]. The next edition of TX2 is planned for the season end; June 2015, whereupon I’ll be trawling the Club Membership for support and contributions. Until then … Stay lucky or play well