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                                          Newsletter     ( Edition 1  May 18, 2012)

Springhill Centennial Golf Club

Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of the Centennial newsletter. It is our hope that this newsletter will provide a venue to inform members of events and activities taking place at the course. As this is a member?s newsletter, everyone is welcome to post. Those members wishing to contribute to the newsletter can contact either John Clark or Jean Martin. Ideas and suggestions for the newsletter are welcome.

Upcoming editions will include articles from our course superintendent, Mark Calder and Phil Bishop; rule quiz and happenings on the course.

The annual general meeting was held on February 2012 with the following members elected.

Springhill Centennial Golf Club Executive 2012

President Allan Hicks

Vice-President Alfred Legere

Past President Dougal MacDonald

Secretary John Clark

Treasurer Jean Martin

Course Chair Robert Carter

House Chair Jeff Harrison

Tournament Chair John Hopkins

Directors [ One Year ]

Ron Arseneault

Rod Crowe

Brent MacDonald

Mike Ortiz

Directors [ Two Years ]

Valarie Alderson

Lynn Bourgeois

Robert Roper

Joyce Young

2012 Tournament Schedule

May 19  Opening Tournament  (Don Belliveau)

June 24  Man Scramble

June 16  Richard Young Memorial

June 23  Night Golf

July 1   Roy Smith Memorial

July 14 & 15   Invitational

August 4   Gary Tabor Memorial

August 25  Chris Clarke Memorial

Sept. 8-9  Men's Club Championship

Sept. 22   Scramble

Oct. 13  Turkey Tournament


2012 Due Structure

Dues must be paid in full by June 1, 2012. Payment schedules can been arranged through the club manager, Jack Terris. Members playing before dues are paid are required to pay green fees which will be applied against their dues.

Single Adult Membership - $510.00

[Dues $400.00 + Equipment Fund $50.00 + HST $60.00]

Family Membership - $650.00

[Dues $521.25 + Equipment Fund $50.00 + HST $78.75]

New Single Membership - $400.00

[Dues $303.35 + Equipment Fund $50.00 + HST $46.65]

New Family Membership - $500.00

[Dues $391.30 + Equipment Fund $50.00 + HST $58.70]

University / College [19-23] - $175.00   [Dues $152.17 + HST $22.83]

Junior [under 19 years] - $100.00     [Dues $ 86.96 + HST $13.04]

Associate Membership - $300.00    ATI

Trail Fees - $50.00 ATI

Lockers - $30.00 ATI

Family Green Fee Package - $228.85 ATI

[This package is intended for families who wish to golf together occasionally. It consists of 20 green fees. Conditions apply.]

Treasurer's Tales

As many of you know, 2011 was a hard year for golf clubs and Springhill Centennial was no exception. Lost revenue due to rain was exception and forced the club to rely heavily on overdraft funds. The executive is making headway on correcting our financial situation by cutting costs and focusing on increase revenue, but we need your help. Suggestions are welcome.

Club contact information:

2770 Valley Road, Collingwood Corner

P.O. Box 910, Springhill, NS, B0M 1X0


E-Mail: golfspringhill@gmail.com

Website: www.springhillgolfclub.ca

What?s New???

Member's registration form must be completed when dues are paid.

Our new house chair, Jeff Harrison, has been busy with improvements to the club including installation of new lamps and the hot water tank wrapped by Clean N.S. at no cost to the club. He also had Efficiency NS complete an audit on all our tube lights. Efficiency NS?s Small Business Energy Solutions commercial lighting program will provide funds to a maximum of 80% of the cost to replace our lighting with more efficient lighting ? thereby reducing our power cost. The executive will review their findings and make a decision shortly. Jeff has also replaced the torn screens in the screened room. Members are reminded that this area is non- smoking.

This year the club is offering a 2 for 1 Green Fee Special every Monday and Tuesday ($30.00). Great opportunity to introduce friends and family to the great game of golf!!

Todd Bishop Golf School

Todd Bishop will be holding 50 min. golf lesson on June 3 from 9 am to 5 pm. Cost is as follows: private - $65., semi- private (2 people) - $45. per person and group of 3 or more is $35 per person. All lessons include video analysis using V1 Digital coaching system. Flyer will be posted in clubhouse, please call or visit clubhouse to reserve your spot!!!

Junior Program

Town of Springhill Leisure Services Active Living coordinator, Landon Crowe will be implementing a junior program for children ages 8 to 17 at the course commencing on July 3. Sessions will run from 9 am to 12 noon on Tuesday and Thursday. For further information, contact Landon Crowe at 763-3025. Members who wish to assist with this program are encouraged to contact Landon as well.

Irrigation system

In order to improve irrigation to our greens and fairways, a number of improvements are required including the installation of an automated pumping system. Two very successful fund raisers (roast beef dinner and auction) were held last fall but additional fund are still required. Therefore, we are currently selling tickets on a $1,000. Gift Certificate for Fox Harb?r Golf Resort and Spa. Tickets are $20.00 each and are available at the bar and from executive members. All members are encouraged to purchase a ticket as well as sell some tickets. Please contact Joyce Young at 763-2148.

Plans are also underway to host a Dinner Theatre by professional actors at the club house .


Each newsletter will address some aspect of the rules of golf. Listed below are the 2012 changes to the Rules of Golf as provided by Golf Canada.

Definitions - Addressing the Ball

The Definition is amended so that a player has addressed the ball simply by grounding his club immediately in front of or behind the ball, regardless of whether or not he has taken his stance. Therefore, the Rules generally no longer provide for a player addressing the ball in a hazard. (See also related change to Rule 18-2b)

Rule 1-2. Exerting Influence on Movement of Ball or Altering Physical Conditions.

The Rule is amended to establish more clearly that, if a player intentionally takes an action to influence the movement of a ball or to alter physical conditions affecting the playing of a hole in a way that is not permitted by the Rules, Rule 1-2 applies only when the action is not already covered in another Rule. For example, a player improving the lie of his ball is in breach of Rule 13-2 and therefore that Rule would apply, whereas a player intentionally improving the lie of a fellow-competitor?s ball is not a situation covered by Rule 13-2 and, therefore, is governed by Rule 1-2.

Rule 6-3a. Time of Starting

Rule 6-3a is amended to provide that the penalty for starting late, but within five minutes of the starting time, is reduced from disqualification to loss of the first hole in match play or two strokes at the first hole in stroke play. Previously this penalty reduction could be introduced as a condition of competition.

Rule 12-1. Seeing Ball; Searching for Ball

Rule 12-1 is reformatted for clarity. In addition, it is amended to (i) permit a player to search for his ball anywhere on the course when it may be covered by sand and to clarify that there is no penalty if the ball is moved in these circumstances, and (ii) apply a penalty of one stroke under Rule 18-2a if a player moves his ball in a hazard when searching for it when it is believed to be covered by loose impediments.

Rule 13-4. Ball in Hazard; Prohibited Actions

Exception 2 to Rule 13-4 is amended to permit a player to smooth sand or soil in a hazard at any time, including before playing from that hazard, provided it is for the sole purpose of caring for the course and Rule 13-2 is not breached.

Rule 18-2b. Ball Moving After Address

A new Exception is added that exonerates the player from penalty if his ball moves after it has been addressed when it is known or virtually certain that he did not cause the ball to move. For example, if it is a gust of wind that move the ball after it has been addressed, there is no penalty and the ball is played from its new position.

Rule 19-1. Ball in Motion Deflected or Stopped; By Outside Agency

The note is expanded to prescribe the various outcomes when a ball in motion has been deliberately deflected or stopped by an outside agency.

Rule 20-7c. Playing from Wrong Place; Stroke Play

Note 3 is amended so that if a player is to be penalized for playing from a wrong place, in most cases the penalty will be limited to two strokes, even if another Rule has been breached prior to making the stroke.

Appendix IV

A new Appendix is added to prescribe general regulations for the design of devices and other equipment, such as tees, gloves and distance measuring devices.


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