AGC Captains Blog April 2019
Well.my vice captain's year went so quick and before I knew it I was in the hot seat.
Firstly can I say what a privilege it was to be vice-captain to Mr Ian Cartwright, he's just the coolest man in the house, I never saw him get flustered once while representing the club on and off the course. He's been a tremendous captain and will certainly be a hard act to follow, big thank you to Ian.
I would also like to thank everyone who supported the men's matches during 2018, we were only defeated once in all those games and that was byhalf a point away at Kenilworth, we'll get them back this year for that.
As you are all aware my Vice Captain for this year is Mr Gary King, i'm sure he will be a real asset to my Captains year and go on to be a successful Captain in 2020, good luck Mr Vice.
Can I also wish our Lady Captain Jo Trouve' and Lady Vice Captain Jayne Shaw a successful 2019/20, I'm sure the lady section is in very capable hands again this year.
We have started our Captain's year with two very well supported events, one being the "Meet The Captains Day" which was a Texas scramble during the afternoon and live music in the evening. Thirteen teams competed in the Texas Scramble on a fine April afternoon. The winning team with a net score of 58 were Bob Kershaw Gary Webster, Paul Shackleton and Phil Shackleton well done to you all and thanks to all that played.
Mr Richie Phillips who was the evening entertainment also played in the Texas scramble, he went on stage at 7.45pm and sang straight through till 10.30pm, he was a live jukebox all night and interacted with our members brilliantly, he told me after he had never played a course like it or gig like it and was one of the best days he'd had anywhere. So big thank you to Richie and of course to all who supported the day and made Richie feel welcome.
The Easter egg hunt was also a brilliant day with forty children and their parents attending the day. The sun came out on what was one of the hottest weekends of the year so far, not so good for the Easter bunny "Gary" or the chocolate, but great for the bar and the new patio was certainly a huge hit. The kids looked brilliant in their Easter bonnets and went away having had another good day at our club, I'm sure the parents enjoyed it more though… ha!
On Thursday 25th April Atherstone hosted the Nicholls Morgan event, which is really a springboard for the upcoming Tripartite week where Atherstone, Hinckley and Nuneaton contest several rounds of golf. On this occasion Atherstone came out on top to retain the trophy closely followed by our two neighbouring clubs. We played through some quite severe weather conditions on the day and credit to everyone for finishing the full 18 holes. A big thank you to everyone who put their time in to make the day happen, from green staff, catering, bar and of course the players from all three clubs.
April 27th was the first men's match of the season where we hosted Willesley GC. Gary king got off to flyer with a 6_0 win, although the Willesley team were well beaten they had some very positive things to say about our course and good vibe in the clubhouse. They are all looking forward to playing Atherstone again in the near future. I'd like to thank Willesley for bringing over a strong team and being such good company and I feel it's the start of another strong bond from one of our neighbouring clubs. Congratulations to Gary and the team for being perfect hosts on the day and having a great start to their year.
The ladies section have also got off to a brilliant start to their season with a convincing win against Ladbroke park on home soil and an incredible win away at Finham. They are already looking like a force to be reckoned with again this year, keep it going ladies.
Congratulations to April's competition winners below..
Captains Swansong. Robert Hatton... 43 pts
Ladies RNLI - Eleanor Walker... 35 pts
Norman Hodge Foursomes - Peter Gilliver & John Wilson Net 65
EWGA Medal - Eleanor Walker...Net 76
Challenge Cup - Robert Horton... Net 67
Terry Smith Claret Jug - Keith Price...38 pts
Austin Cup Qualifier -- George Bartlam... Net 67
Cancer Relief - Rachael Clark …37 pts
Presidents Putter - Martin Robinson …41 pts
Well played to all of you and there was some decent scores in amongst those competitions even on maintained greens.
All work to the greens is now complete and they will shortly be once again back to their best. It’s been an unusually dry April that hasn't helped with the best laid of plans, but the work must be done as you know and the sprinklers are being put on during the early hours. Lots of hard work by the green staff has gone into tidying up several areas around the course, in particular alongside the 8th and 15th fairways, this will certainly help in speeding up play, thanks guys.
Like every good captain before me, there will be some way to get those spare 50 pence pieces from your pocket and into the bucket on the bar. All will go towards "The Captains 2019/20 Project." (TBC). On the 1st and 14th tees you will see a sign reminding you that "Any ball out of bounds will cost you 50 pence" judging on the last two weeks I'm going to need a bigger bucket!!
Can I thank you all in advance for your generosity?
Upcoming social events can be found on the club website, Facebook and notice boards around the clubhouse. Can I please ask members to support these events when possible and don't forget the social events are open to family and friends of AGC members, your support is very much appreciated.
Can I take this opportunity to wish you all and our club a very successful 2019/2020
Play well Ladies and Gents.
AGC Club Captain