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2020 Coolangatta Tweed TWIN TOWNS AMATEUR OPEN

2020 Cool Tweed GC TWIN TOWNS AMATEUR OPEN

Played in conjunction with Gold Coast District Golf Association Closed Championships

Sunday 20th December 2020

Entries: https://www.mitournament.com:443/tournament/register?tournamentId=169751

Details can also be found www.cooltweedgolf.com.au

Email Nicole nicole@cooltweedgolf.com.au

Entries close:14th December – don’t miss out!

Golf Australia Covid-19 Update

Golf Australia
November Update – Covid-19 for QLD Golf Clubs & Facilities

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities regarding complying with the Queensland easing of Covid-19 restrictions under Stage 5.

To view the Queensland Governments Stage 5 Changes to Restrictions please CLICK HERE

Shared Equipment
Although a number of restrictions have eased the requirements around shared equipment in the Covid Safe Plan – Outdoor Sports remain unchanged. As such Golf Australia’s recommendation is for Clubs to continue the use of these Covid-19 Local Rules as it the most adequate way to meet the Covid Safe Plans practices around hygiene and sanitisation of shared equipment under current restrictions. A facility may choose to allow the removal of flagsticks, rakes in bunkers, NTP’s and score cards, however, this shared equipment needs to be washed or wiped with antibacterial wipes or alcohol-based sanitiser prior to and after each use.

Water Bubblers/taps

If your Club/Facility is considering using Water Bubbler/Taps you should first complete a risk assessment based on where the water bubblers are located and the ability of the Club to keep the bubblers sanitized, like other high touch surfaces located on the golf course.

If the Clubs/Facility decides to use Water bubblers, consider the following steps:

  • Ensure you promote BYO and or purchased Water Bottles as the first option for hydrating on course.
  • When using water bubblers consider the following communication/signage to players:
    • Water fountains/bubblers should only be used to refill personal water bottles.
    • Sanitize your hands prior to and after use.
    • Allow the water to run for a few seconds.
    • Do not allow the water bottle to contact the water fountain head or bubbler.

For further guidance on adherence to the Covid-Safe Plans, please Click Here to view Golf Australia Covid-19 Safe Plan Guidance- Stage 5 QLD

Further information on the Covid-19 restrictions for sport, recreation and fitness activities can be found at Queensland Return to Play

Golf Australia contact

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Webber, Golf Australia Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD on 0498 498 242 or davidw@golf.org.au

GCDGA President – Thank you Neil

The Gold Coast District Golf Association would like to advise that our President Neil Steinhardt has resigned.  We wish to thank Neil for his major contributions to the association during his years of devoted service. 

Neil has decided to resign from the G.C.D.G.A. to pursue future adventures both personally and professionally and we wish him every success.  We will all miss Neil but be assured he won’t disappear completely and the association will still be able to call on him for his valuable experience from time to time.   

We would also like to thank Neil’s wife Helen for many sacrifices she has made for the district over many years to allow Neil to pursue his second passion which is Golf and carry out his many duties which enabled club members to enjoy the many competitions the district provide each year. 

So, thank you Helen and Neil for your contribution to golf on the Gold Coast and we wish you much success in your future 

UPDATE- REGARDING COVID-19 FOR QLD GOLF CLUBS AND FACILITIES

UPDATE- REGARDING COVID-19 FOR QLD GOLF CLUBS AND FACILITIES

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities in response to the current COVID situation in South East Queensland.

To date Queensland Golf Clubs have done a fantastic job in providing a safe environment for our sport to be played, whilst recently there has been a number of new restrictions on gatherings in South East Queensland, the Chief Health Officer advises that at this stage, community sport can continue provided Industry Covid Safe Plans are adhered to.

We remind all Queensland Golf Clubs and facilities to please continue to adhere to the following:

  • Ensure you are operating and adhering to the Outdoor Sports COVID Safe Plan and that hygiene and sanitisation practices are implemented. Please Click Here to view Industry Covid-safe plan – Outdoor Sports
  • For further guidance on adherence to the Covid-Safe Plan Please Click Here to view Golf Australia Covid-19 Safe Plan Guidance- QLD
  • Continue promoting to your members and customers that if they are unwell, they should not participate or attend your Golf Club or facility.
  • Ensure the collection of ALL attendees contact details is occurring and can be provided to a public health official within the required 60 minutes of the request. Public Health Units across the State as well as Queensland Police have the ability to check-in and request information surrounding your club or association compliance any time.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have had an increase in enquiries from Golf Clubs and members from across Queensland around the continued use of Covid-19 Local Rules. It is Golf Australia’s recommendation to use these Covid-19 Local Rules as it the most adequate way to meet the Covid Safe Plans practices around hygiene and sanitisation.

Last week Golf Australia conducted the Men’s and Women’s Queensland Strokeplay and Amateur Championships on the Gold Coast, at these events the following local rules were in effect and we recommend Golf Clubs continue to use these local rules for all events:

  • A player may prefer their lie up to 1 scorecard length within a bunker. (Bunker rakes were removed from both venues)
  • The flagstick is to be left in the hole at all times.
  • A player must mark their own scorecard, with the marker to verbally attest their score. The scorecard must be signed by the player only.

Golf Australia contact

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact David Webber, Golf Australia Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD on 0498 498 242 or davidw@golf.org.au

Gold Coast Senior Mens Amateur Championship Golfing Wrap Up

Australian Senior Golfer

Darryl Hearsch wraps up all the latest senior amateur golfing action from around the country, while new contributor Kim Burke reports on the WA and QLD Senior Women’s Championships

https://australianseniorgolfer.com.au/25645/australian-senior-amateur-golfing-wrap-august-2020/

Excellent wrap up of our Gold Coast annual event by Darryl Hearsch click the link above to take you to the entire review.

The Association and committee members look forward to next year and hopefully with no covid-19 pandemic restrictions so our international players can return – we missed you this year.

Twin Towns Open & CTHGC Cup Cancelled

Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club has regretfully requested their event promotion be removed from our website due to cancellation at this time.  Covid/Border challenges along with Golf NSW recommendation resulted in the event being removed from their calendar.

Updates to rescheduling will be posted in the coming months if notified by CTHGC they are able to add this event later in the year.

Watch This Space !

Super Senior Pennant Covid-19 Update

Covid 19

The GCDGA wishes to advise that both Division 1 and Division 2 of Super Senior Pennant will be playing as per the current draw  for Monday 10th August 2020.

Coolangatta & Tweed Heads Golf Club will continue to play in all Senior and Super Senior events as normal and I will be tinkering with Senior Division 1 and 2 as we enter a new stage of the Covid-19 Restrictions as they tend to change frequently.

We will keep everyone up to date as per information is broadcast from Queensland as per border restrictions.

Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance Webinar

Covid 19

May be of interest but not endorsed or connected with GCDGA, information appeared in our email. This appears to be information which may assist clubs. If your club is interested in fundraising and or applying for grants this webinar may provide answers.

The latest Active Queenslanders Industry Alliance webinar in response to the COVID-19 pandemic will focus on your organisation’s revenue generation for the post-COVID-19 era.

Wednesday July 29th, 7:00PM
Revenue Generation: Donations and Grants Webinar
Help your organisation thrive in a post-COVID-19 world.

This webinar will help prepare your club or organisation to thrive in the post-COVID-19 world, by outlining the latest revenue generation techniques and opportunities in the Donations and Grants world. Partnerships and fundraising specialist Glen Allen Ankins will be joined by grant Guru David O’Leary to deliver this webinar, with a focus on:

Donations:

  • What you have to do if you are looking to appoint a fundraiser
  • If you are appointed fundraiser what do you need to know
  • Frequently asked questions

 

Grants

  • Being organised, what documents do you need to write and submit applications.
  • What kind of questions will you be asked?
  • Why your project is a priority for your organisation.
  • Should you discuss your project with anyone else and garner support.

 

 

If you can’t make it this time, please email us at admin@aqia.org.au for details of upcoming webinars and podcasts or keep an eye out for our future webinar times on our website and social media channels. 

To register, follow the link below and complete the registration form.

 

Register Now

Gold Coast Senior Men’s Amateur Championship REGISTER NOW

Ken Brewer, Lynwood Golf Club the 2020 Gold Coast Senior Men’s Amateur Championships, G.C.D.G.A.

54 Hole Gross Leaderboard Scores

2020 GCDGA Senior Men_s Amateur Championships Leaderboard Gross 54 Holes

Thank you to all players for competing in the Gold Coast District Golf Association Gold Coast Senior Men’s Amateur Championships.  During covid-19 it was very tenuous for a few months if we could be able to open registrations but once opened the response from you all was amazing and again our annual 3 day Championship was underway.  Catering wasn’t available to be in the event this year, as back when we released entry it wasn’t something we could confirm at any point, so the covid-19 version was created and we hope understood buy the reduced rate reflected in the entry fee for this year.

Thank you to Links Hope Island Management and Course Crew & Pro Shop who were professional, courteous and amazing as usual and the club was prepared for you everyday.  The club cafe was available to all players for Breakfast, Lunch and coffee – thank you.

Congratulations to all who competed and the winners it was a very competitive field.  We have several trophies and prizes to be mailed to those who couldn’t be at the presentation – we will contact you when your prize is on the way.

The G.C.D.G.A. team enjoyed saying hi to returning faces and meeting new ones.  We hope you enjoyed your golfing championships and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.

The Team:  Neil Steinhardt (President), Ray Piper (Vice President), Ian Mitchell , Steve Stanton competing with you on the course, Barry Neill Secretary and Paul Orchard cheering on from other commitments.  Thank you to all the guys for what they do on the days or leading up to the event.

 

Update Covid-19 Update for Queensland Clubs & Facilities Update from 5pm

Alert- QLD Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports

Further to the email sent out at 12.00pm today, the Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports has been approved by the Queensland State Government.

Golf Clubs and facilities must adopt two (2) COVID-19 Industry Safe Plans:

  1. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Queensland Hotels and Clubs
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/129966/industry-covid-safe-plan-hotels-clubs.pdf
  2. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor (Team) Sports
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/130204/industry-covid-safe-outdoor-sports.pdf

Prior to operating under the new regulations, golf clubs must ‘opt in’ to the Plans by completing the Statement of Compliance included in each Plan.

Clubs must also ensure compliance with the Plan. Clubs are encouraged to complete the checklists within the Plans to ensure compliance.

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports Recommendations

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports is a generic sports plan. Golf Australia in conjunction with Golf Queensland provides the following COVID-19 Safe Plan Guidance for all golf clubs and facilities in Queensland to utilise. CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Luke Bates                                                       Dave Webber

Golf Australia QLD State Manager                  Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD

0439 780 677                                                    0498 498 242

lukeb@golf.org.au                                             davidw@golf.org.au

COVID-19 Update for Queensland Clubs & Facilities

Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to Queensland golf clubs and facilities regarding the Queensland Governments’ Stage 2 easing of COVID-19 restrictions.

To date Queensland Golf Clubs have done an amazing job in managing the strict restrictions in place due to COVID-19 which has allowed many golfers to have access the game they love through these extraordinary times. Golf Australia and our clubs/facilities must ensure that the Queensland Government requirements continue to be met to ensure that the risk of transmission continues to be minimised.

COVID Safe Industry Plans

From Friday 5 June, golf clubs and facilities operating under an approved COVID Safe Industry Plan will be allowed up to 20 patrons in multiple defined areas.

There is no need for golf clubs and facilities to prepare and lodge with government an individual COVID Safe Plans. Golf Clubs and facilities must adopt two (2) COVID-19 Industry Safe Plans:

  1. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Queensland Hotels and Clubs
    1. https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/129966/industry-covid-safe-plan-hotels-clubs.pdf
  2. The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports
    1. This Plan is awaiting approval. Please continue to check- COVID Safe Industry Plan

Prior to operating under the new regulations, golf clubs must ‘opt in’ to the Plans by completing the Statement of Compliance included in each Plan.

Clubs must also ensure compliance with the Plan. Clubs are encouraged to complete the checklists within the Plans to ensure compliance.

Statement of Compliance- https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0030/129927/Statement-of-compliance.pdf
Motorised Golf Buggies

Golf Australia has received confirmation from the Chief Health Officer through the Department of Justice and Attorney-General that effective immediately motorised buggies can be used in the same manner they were prior to the Covid-19 restrictions coming into effect, this includes two people sharing a cart that are not from the same household. Golf Clubs and Facilities are required to ensure motorised buggies are adequately cleaned and disinfected before each use.

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports Recommendations

The Industry COVID Safe Plan for Outdoor Sports is a generic sports plan. Golf Australia in conjunction with Golf Queensland provides the following COVID-19 Safe Plan Guidance for all golf clubs and facilities in Queensland to utilise. CLICK HERE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

COVID-19 Stage 2 FAQ’s

FAQ SHEET-CLICK HERE

If you have any further questions, please contact:

Luke Bates                                                       Dave Webber

Golf Australia QLD State Manager                  Clubs and Facilities Support Manager- QLD

0439 780 677                                                    0498 498 242

lukeb@golf.org.au                                             davidw@golf.org.au

Qld Sport and Recreation COVID Safe Restart Funding

 

Queensland Sport and Recreation COVID SAFE Restart Funding

The Queensland Government has committed $51.3 million to help local clubs re-start through a number of options:

$14 million COVID SAFE Active Clubs Kickstart – funding to purchase hygiene supplies, products, training or equipment to allow them to return to play, this funding can also be used for operational needs such as utilities and bills. This will see up to 7000 clubs receiving grants of up to $2000.

$15.5 million Active Restart infrastructure Recovery Fund – grants for minor works and support up to 3000 clubs to purchase revenue generating equipment to help them return to play.

$11 million FairPlay vouchers – vouchers of up to $150 for around 73,000 young Queenslanders to participate in physical activity opportunities and support families experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

For more information: https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/roadmap-to-easing-queenslands-restrictions/sport/funding-grants

Golf Australia Clubs and facilities Support is offering professional grant writing assistance to help clubs secure this funding.

Please contact David Webber, Clubs and Facilities Support Manager-QLD- davidw@golf.org.au 0498 498 242

May 15, Stage 1 – Covid-19 Guidance from Golf Australia

May 15, Stage 1- COVID-19 Guidance

Queensland’s Chief Health Officer has released the latest closure direction on non-essential business, activity and undertaking. This commences at 11.59pm tonight (Friday 15 May 2020) and provides important advice for Queensland licensees.

Queensland Health has also released a Q&A document that relates to this updated direction.

To assist further, please find below common Q&A’s that relate to stage 1 easing of restrictions for liquor and gaming licensees.

Q&A Sheet

Please remember, if you intend to offer seated dining this weekend, you must review your Work Health and Safety (WH&S) Plan to incorporate COVID-19 risks and complete the COVID-19 Safe Checklist. You must conduct your business in compliance with the Plan and Checklist. Both documents must be publicly displayed at your venue.

Golf Speciific Safe Plan Guidance can be found here. Golf can be played in groups of 4’s.

At this stage it is still 1 person per cart, unless in the same household. We have contacted QLD Health for further clarification.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Regards,

Luke Bates- QLD State Manager                David Webber- Clubs and Facilities Support

0439 780 677                                               0498 498 242

Information sourced from email from Golf Australia for our member clubs

Golf Australia COVID-19 Roadmap to Easing Restrictions

Dear Queensland Golf Clubs and Facilities,
Golf Australia is writing to provide further assistance and guidance to our clubs and facilities on the Queensland Government’s COVID-19 Roadmap to Easing Restrictions.  Click “More info” to view.
More Info
Based on the Queensland Justice Departments advice, Golf Australia has developed COVID-19 Safe Plan guidelines and recommendations for clubs and facilities within Queensland during the easing of restrictions which includes golf to be played in groups of 4 from May 16.

The guidance covers:

  • Compulsory golf club/facility COVID-19 Safe Plans and Checklists
  • Golf Operations
  • Facility Management
  • General Considerations
The Queensland COVID-19 Safe Plan Guidance document can be viewed by clicking “Guidelines”
Guidelines
The COVID-19 crisis has been the most difficult challenge our industry has faced in many years. Golf Australia remains committed to working with clubs and facilities across the state to ensure that our industry rebounds as one that is vibrant and strong. We will continue to make available to clubs and facilities assistance through our Clubs and Facilities Support program, and work closely with industry partners such as the PGA of Australia, GMA and the Australian Sports Turf Management Association to ensure these offerings meet the needs of all of our clubs and facilities.
Industrial Relations advice:

For specific Industrial Relations advice, please contact Clubs Queensland. If your Golf Club or Facility is not a member and requires advice, please contact Golf Australia Club Support on clubsupport@golf.org.au.

For further information from the Federal Government on COVID-19, the Coronavirus Health Information Line operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 020 080.

Golf Australia contact:

If you require additional information or have questions please do not hesitate to contact Golf Australia on (03) 9626 5000 or clubsupport@golf.org.au.

Kind regards,

Information supplied to all Queensland Clubs via email – all information is owned and distributed by Golf Australia

Covid-19

Covid 19

To all our Affiliated Clubs and Members,

I am writing to you because of the unprecedented situation we now find ourselves in where the COVID-19 virus has become a major threat to Global Health around the World and to our safety with-in Queensland. The GOLD COAST DISTRICT GOLF ASSOCIATION is taking direction & advice from GOLF AUSTRALIA  and it has been decided to cancel all golfing activities for the entire 2020 year at this stage.

With the uncertainty of any golf club being able to remain open and play golf in any format for the time being the Associations Executive Committee has decided to shut down all pre-booked golf competitions until further notice. It would be impossible for the association to complete any of the pennant competitions under these circumstances so this decision was not difficult to make. Border closures and now new directives from Golf Australia overnight and today it is unfortunately the most appropriate action that we can take.  I have liaised with several clubs this morning and everyone agrees due to the overall implications.

Once we are over the virus hurdle and life gets back to some sort of normality and all restrictions are lifted we as an association realize the importance of clubs to have full access to their time sheets so we will not interfere.  This is your rebuilding time so we will step back.

I will now begin on our 2021 program and book golf courses as required for our many events. You can expect to hear from me soon.

All meetings scheduled for 2020 are also cancelled until further notice.

The A.G.M under these unusual circumstances cannot be held as scheduled on 12th May 2020, we are liaising with the Industrial Licensing Unit in Brisbane to obtain written approval as required to postpone or modify Annual General Meetings to suit our legal requirements.  They can take up to 4 weeks for an actionable response.   It may be a postal AGM or a deferred meeting date?   We will keep you updated.  We have had the Districts financial audit completed early and we will have the annual report and all necessary information prepared by our usual date. I will be available 23hrs a day on 0412 630 180 if you have any questions or queries regarding any issue.

I will be contacting all clubs in preparation for our 2021 season to firstly confirm your availability and what events you would like to enter. We will then talk about dates.

We will continue with the complete operation of our Association through this very difficult period we find ourselves in because the association WILL be there in 2021, rebuilding with you.

I would like to wish all our clubs the very best of luck for the immediate future and look forward to a very speedy recovery for all once we get through this mess.

Neil Steinhardt President & Barry Neill Secretary

with Committee:  Ray Piper, Paul Orchard, Ian Mitchell & Steve Stanton