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Captain’s Blog – September 2018

Well, what can I say…… The golfing season has rumbled on throughout the summer, the various team events are coming to a conclusion and our final competitions of the golfing season are almost complete, before we turn our attention to the Winter League.

August Round-Up

With the long dry summer we’ve had, the last thing we needed was any issues with our sprinkler system, but thanks to Phil Challis and the tireless work he put in getting the issue rectified, it was almost unnoticeable to our members and our greens are now back to their best…… Well done Phil!!

Whilst were on the subject of the greens, I’m sure you’ll all agree that the new hole cutter and trimmer has made a significant impact on the appearance of the holes…… I just wish I could now hold a putt!!

Having spoken to the ‘Greens Committee’, the full winter works programme will be announced over the coming weeks, but will include the greens being hollow cored and dressed after the final competition and also the trees in various areas of the course will be trimmed where they have become intrusive.

Congratulations to all the qualifiers for the ‘Champion of Champions’ competition and gala dinner, added to the list in August were…….

Hunt Salver: A second victory of the season for Martin ‘Big Daddy’ Reay with 44 points…… He’s just finding it too easy, easy, easy!!

Ron Hiatt Trophy: A great win for Frank ‘Tag Man’ Morewood with a net 65…… Not sure if he was allowed out to celebrate??

Charity Cup: Welcome back into the fold after a short time away……. Carl Ford with a net 64.

Stafford Cup: Following on from his Invitational Open win is Simon Horton with 43 points.

St Johns Trophy: Seasoned veteran Graham Eaton took top spot with a net 65…… I guess he won’t be getting that shot back for the Winter League after all??

Victory Cup: Once again, Carl Ford with his second win in a matter of weeks with a net 69…… It looks like he’s really took a liking to these mid-week medals??

The end of August meant it was time for the Captains away weekend, where 44 members embarked on a journey down to Bristol, staying in a fabulous hotel on the banks of the river Avon in the heart of the city centre. Friday was our first day and we had a true links golf experience at Burnham & Berrow, where the wind was blowing and at times the rain showers were heavy. Saturday we played on the senior friendly Stranahan course at the Players GC and had great fun drawing out the blind pairs on the patio. Sunday the rain returned and we were only able to play 9 holes at the Kendleshire, which looked like a really good course. It rained that heavy that our BBQ in the garden got cancelled and replaced with a carvery, looking at the size of some of the plates of food I’m sure the tension on a few belts had to be relived as they were a breaking point!! Special thanks goes to the Aiello brothers for relinquishing their place on the coach to drive a van down with the luggage and also to Malc Cannon for his help with the cards…… Overall, everyone had a good time and I would just like to thank all the lads that went for making my weekend special, it meant a lot!!

 

Coming up in September

September kicks off with the Men’s Open, closely followed by the Pro Am on Friday 7th…… The Pro Am is an event that is not to be missed, Rob Challis does an amazing job and puts on a great day with a hospitality unit, sponsored hole in one prizes, plus fantastic team prizes. Anyone who is not playing, please feel free to come along, sample the atmosphere and watch the Pro’s show us how golf should be played!!

Sunday 9th September is the charity Texas Scramble event, details for this event are listed in the clubhouse or speak to Malc Clarke for further information.

Following on from my spectacular failure, I will be attempting to make a better job of it this time around by hosting Captains Day on Saturday 29th September. The competition will be teams of four with an Am Am format, a shotgun start at 1pm, with nearest the pin and longest drive prizes, followed by a pork & stuffing batch on the completion of your round. Following the golf competition and presentation, we have an evening of free entertainment planned where we will be entertained by a fabulous singer and will incorporate a raffle and auction into the proceedings. The evening is open to all, no tickets are required and you don’t even need to play in the golf competition, your support is all we require!!

The Tuesday night members draw is still taking place and the jackpot currently stands at £500. The draw takes place on the big screen between 8pm & 9pm, so please come and have a drink or perhaps a bite to eat and see if you can walk away with the cash prize.

 

Ian Cartwright

Club Captain 2018

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