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GOLF.

TTie annual meeting of the Auckland Golf Club was held at tlie Chamber .of f'oiuinerce on Saturday evening, Mr. .7. H. Upton presiding. The balance-sheet showed a'u Income of £848 8/1, which had enabled £-,3 l/l) to be carried to capital after the expenditure liiid been met. The Income from membership was more than miilutalued but there was a decrease of £13 in, receipts from the I/adles' Club. The membership ot the club is as follows:—Playing members:"l 22; non-pluying members, 44; country nienUjers, 20; life members, 20; boy members, 11— total, 217. During the .rear the committee Increased the labour staff by the addition of one more man, at an approximate cost of £80, and since November the links have beeu under the supervision of the professional, with very satisfactory results. There Is every prospect of the links being In excellent condition for the New Zealand championship meeting, with little expenditure beyond what would be required for ordinary upkeep. The club house and grounds have been sold upon terms which secure to the club full possession until Ist November, and adequate provision for temporary accommodation thereafter until thp Otnhuhu property is available. The sale was made under authority conferred by a general meeting of the club. With regard to 'the Otahuhu property, negotiations were opened with the present lessees with a view to a surrender of their lease, or an arrangement by which the club could 1 proceed with 'the formation of the links. A combined offer from the club and the vendor of the property was, however, refused. 11 nd the committee could not see its way to go any further. In any case. If the lessees continue 'to hold out for better terms, the position of the club is assured by the arrangements made for accommodation at One-tree Hill. Mr. Geo. Bloomfleld, who was an original debenture holder over the Green Lane property, and surrendered his debenture for 'the privilege of life membership, has generously donated to the funds of the club the sura" of £16 5/, In view of the fact that the life membership fee is now 25gns instead of £10 as formerly. The committee thought at to hold the amount for some special purpose to be decided upon later, and not to place it to the general revenue aceouu't The report and balance-sheet were adeptSir John Logan Campbell was re-elected president and Messrs. S. Thorne-George, J Kirker, apd Dr. Lewis vice-presidents. Mr Wilfred Colbeek was chosen captain, and Mr W. W. Bruce was re-appointed lion, secretary and treasurer. WAITEMATA. The annual meeting of the Waltemata Golf Club was held on Saturday evening. Dr. Guinness presiding. The report and balance-sheet, which were adopted disclosed a satisfactory state of affairs. It Is anticipated that during the coming year the links will be enlarged to 18 holes. The membership now stands at 119. The financial position Is sound, and, although nt the beginning of last year there was a big deficit, there Is now a substantial credit balance, which was in a large measure due to the efforts of the captain and hon. treasurer. Dr. Guinness. The following were elected officers for the ensuing year:—President. Mr Alex. Alison; i-lce-presldents, Messrs Ilobt. Duder, Richard Dnder, W. ,T. Napier, and Dr. Guinness; captain, Mr 3. Kallender; vice-captain and hon. secretary, Mr K. B. Smythe; hon. treasurer Mr I. Johns; hon. auditor, Mr A. Donald: committee, Messrs F. W. Carter, ft. Howden, C. Nettleton, H. George, and Dr. Atkinson. Mrs Guinness presented the prizes won during the 100S season. No alteration was made in the subscriptions for the coming year, which were: Men, £2 2/ per annum; boil-members, £1 1/; ladles, 15/; youths. 10/0. Notice of motion wan given to move at the next annual meeting, that the rules be altered whereby the Indies wonlil become a separate club, although using the same links. The captain stated that subscriptions to the Lalng memorial were not (joining In freely, but he hoped the amount required will soon be subscribed. Several donations were at once forthcoming, and It was decided to leave the list open for some time, ,

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GOLF. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 69, 22 March 1909

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