Around the greens

THE second round of qualifying for the Club Championships was played Saturday. 

Congratulations to the qualifiers.

The Club Championship was first played for in 1923 and was won by J N Miller.

The current holder is Brian Hanrahan, the number one qualifier this year.

The Prosper Ellis Plate is in honour of Prosper Ellis who was the club's first Honorary Life Member, former Secretary of Pymble Golf Club, a renowned golf course architect and scratch golfer.

The current holder is Neville Ridge

The Hastings Clark Cup is in honour of Hastings Carnegie Clark who gave almost 50 years of honourable service to the club as the club professional.

He was elected an Honorary Life Member of the Club on his retirement in 1982.

The current holder is Chris Green

The matches in the Club Championship are each played over 36 holes, for 'B' and 'C' grades over 18 holes.

If matches are square at the end of the stipulated round then play continues until a decision is reached.

No extensions in time are permitted to complete rounds except in exceptional circumstances.

The club championships are the highlight of the golfing calendar for the year.

All matches are match play format. The finals always draw a good gallery.

The Veterans Trophy is open to players 65 years and older.

The contest ran over two weeks and was a handicap event.

The winner is the player with the lowest aggregate score over the two weeks.

This year's winner was Peter Girven (26) Score 134 and the runner up was David Boyd (15) Score 144 c/b.

You may have noticed a contraption just south of the croquet lawn.

While it may look like something from Dr Who it is actually an automatic rain gauge device.

It was installed by a hydrologist from the state government. It automatically sends rainfall measurements back to a logging station via an inbuilt GSM data link.

Why? During times of heavy rainfall much of the stormwater ends up in the sewer system.

I was told that 10mm of rain can double the amount of fluids handled by the sewerage system.

This leakage into the system comes from stormwater finding its way into vents of the sewerage system.

This in turn then overloads the treatment plant and can overload the sewer itself so that spillage can occur.

What the idea is with this device (there have been seven installed in Bowral), is to measure the rainfall at various places in Bowral and at the same time measure the flows in the sewerage system to ascertain where the leakage of stormwater into the sewerage system is coming from.

The device will be there for a few weeks.

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