What a dam sight! Liverpool GC's new water feature
There’s never a dull moment when you’re a golf course superintendent… just ask Mark Schroder from Liverpool Golf Club in Sydney! Six weeks ago he and his crew were mopping up after an East Coast Low dumped in excess of 300mm of rain in a 48-hour period which caused extensive flooding across the course. Yesterday, the club was flooded by media and emergency services after a light aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing on the course before ending up submerged in the club’s irrigation lake beside the 10th hole.
As the accompanying photos sent through by Schroder show, the plane hit the ground about 20 metres before the dam, skidding along the ground at the tee end of the 9th fairway before finishing up in the drink. Amazingly none of the three passengers on board were injured and walked off the wing of the aircraft straight to the embankment without even getting wet! Within 20 minutes all emergency services and media were on site, including all four major TV networks. Both Channel 7 and 9 had live broadcasts from the course for their respective 6pm news bulletins.
As Murphy’s Law dictates, Schroder and his crew had already left for the day at the time of the incident. Schroder was half way across town and didn’t get back to the course until 3.30pm by which time most of the emergency services had departed. As the plane had ditched in the club’s irrigation dam, Schroder’s initial concern was that the plane had damaged the submersible pumps. To his great relief the plane had missed them by a matter of a few metres and similarly the fuel tank on board hadn’t ruptured meaning there was no fuel leak. The plane will be removed from the lake by crane in the coming days.
A few weeks ago The Cut highlighted Euan Laird's winning of the AGCSA's highest honour - the Distinguished Service Award. As part of that we mentioned Euan's ongoing battle with young-onset Parkinson's disease which he was diagnosed with in 2011. To help raise money for Parkinson’s research, Euan has formed a team which will take part in the ‘A Walk in the Park’ fundraiser on 28 August 2016.
Already the likes of AGCSA Gold Partner Nuturf and AGCSA trade member Living Turf have both made donations to the cause. If you would also like to make a donation to Euan’s team, you can do so here. Laird’s business, Practical Horticulture, is also selling bare-rooted Black Tulip magnolias, the floral emblem of Parkinson’s Victoria, with $10 from each sale going towards Parkinson’s research. Orders can be placed at www.practicalhorticulture.com.au or by contacting Euan on 0476 262 133.
Welcome to this edition of The Cut, the AGCSA’s e-newsletter. This week we relay some of the big announcements made regarding the fast approaching ‘summer of golf’ and take a look at the stunning new water feature in the irrigation dam at Liverpool Golf Club! Enjoy the read…
Masters hero and past Stonehaven Cup champion Adam Scott (pictured) is coming back to the Emirates Australian Open this November. On Thursday, Golf Australia confirmed that the 36-year-old would tee it up at Royal Sydney Golf Club (host superintendent Steve Marsden) and in doing so set up what will be a mouth watering showdown with the likes of fellow Aussie Jason Day and Jordan Spieth who have already confirmed for the tournament.
Scott, the current world No.8, has had no fewer than 15 top-10 finishes in major championships and continues to thrive with two wins in the United States already this year, including the World Golf Championship at Doral in March. “The Australian Open has always been a tournament I value highly, Sydney is a great city and I have fond memories of Royal Sydney as a great venue for championship golf,” Scott said. “I am really looking forward to competing to win my second Stonehaven Cup in November.”
Scott has come close to adding a second Open title to his name after prevailing by five shots at NSW Golf Club in 2009. In each of the past three years he has finished fifth and runner-up on two occasions, including the memorable duel with Rory McIlroy at Royal Sydney in 2013. In addition to his appearance at the Open, Scott also confirmed he will contest the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines in the first week of December.
Million dollar hole tees up again at RACV Royal Pines
The par three 16th hole at RACV Royal Pines Resort will be the most eagerly anticipated golf hole this summer of golf. The Soniq Million Dollar Hole gives every player at the Australian PGA Championship the opportunity to win AU$500,000 plus AU$500,000 in prizes for a golf fan on Sunday 4 December.
To give every Aussie sports fan the chance to share in the AU$1million prize that’s up for grabs, Soniq will run a competition in the lead up the Australian PGA Championship for a fan to be aligned with each Professional in the field. If their Pro aces the million dollar 16th hole their fan will receive half the value in cash and prizes.
“This is the second year that we are offering a million dollar prize for a hole-in-one on the 16th at RACV Royal Pines Resort,” said Brian Thorburn, CEO of the PGA of Australia and ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. “Last year the 16th became the centre of attention for golf fans with everyone flocking to the green to see if a player could pull off the lucrative feat.”
The Australian PGA Championship will be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 1-4 December and will be co-sanctioned by the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and European Tour for the second consecutive year. Click here to read more.