The Captains October Blog
Captain’s Blog – October 2018
Well, what can I say…… Where has the first six months of my tenure gone? In all honesty, it’s flown by because I’ve thoroughly enjoyed myself along the way so far! So, after a hectic golf season, it was finally good to get away with Mrs C for a well-earned holiday, where I was able to re-charge my batteries and return ready to complete the second half of my captain’s year.
September was another busy month, starting off with the Men’s Open…… Well, you must live on the moon if you’ve not heard the result of this competition given how much coverage it received on social media!! Congratulations goes to Ollie Tomkinson for guiding his playing partner Ian Smith to victory with an excellent better ball score of 61.
The Pro Am sponsored by the Research Garage Group once again proved to be an excellent event, with Rob Challis working tirelessly to ensure everything ran smooth. The whole day had a special feel about it, where upon arrival you were greeted with a host of cars surrounding a hospitality unit where coffee and breakfast baps were being served. As always, the course was presented in top condition with Alan and his greenstaff doing an excellent job. The feedback from the players, both amateur and professional alike about our Pro Am event is one, we as a golf club should be very proud of!! Congratulations to all those that managed to pick up a prize in a competitive field, with the top professional on the day being our very own Paul Broadhurst and the amateur team winners were Nigel Rhodes and Gaz Greenway.
The charity Texas Scramble event proved to be popular once again, with Malc Clarke and Geoff Freeman doing an excellent job and managing to raise an impressive £2400 towards Prostate Cancer UK. Well done guys for the tireless work you put in to make the day a success!!
Congratulations to all those that qualified for the end of season ‘Champion of Champions’ and gala dinner, the final competitions for the season were played out and the last remaining qualifiers were…….
Paul Mathews Trophy: John Wilson with a net 66
Captains Prize: Dave Leggatt with a net 67
The Tuesday night draw £500 jackpot was won during September by Stuart ‘Spud’ Taylor, who decided he’d upgrade his wardrobe to the latest collection of Navy Blue clothing!! Please remember the draw still takes place on Tuesday evening between 8pm and 9pm and the prize pot will increase each week in £25 increments, so please feel free to come along.
Finally, September closed with the Captains Am Am…… The event was well supported with 19 teams taking part on the day with a shotgun start, the weather was good and the course was in great condition. I did manage to cause a stir with the announcement that it was all four players in each team to score up the 1st and 9th holes, despite a few colourful words that would make a sailor blush, everyone embraced the challenge in what proved to be a fun afternoon. Following on from the presentation, the entertainment rumbled on into the evening with everyone being entertained by a fabulous male / female duo and sampling the aptly named ‘Ryder Blue’ shots in support of the European Ryder Cup team. I’d just like to thank Phil Challis for all his help in putting this event together and also to all those that supported the event whether it was in the afternoon, evening or both!!
Coming up in October
October see’s the start on the Winter Leagues…… As you will have already seen on the notice boards around the changing rooms, club website and on social media, Bob Waters has done a fantastic job in organising the fixtures and will update the tee times in small chunks to take into account the daylight hours available. Bob also collects the result sheets on Monday evenings to update the league tables, so please bear in mind that he needs sufficient time to do these updates and he will endeavour to get the results and tables posted on the club website and social media as soon as possible.
Presentation night is on Saturday 20th October, following the Gala dinner the evening is open to all members to come along and enjoy the entertainment and share in the success of all those that had a trophy to collect.
October concludes with the Autumn Quiz, which takes place on Friday 26th October. Ian Jacob does a great job hosting the evening and being the quiz master, so if you fancy testing the old grey matter then please come along and show you support in what promises to be a fun evening. The rules are simple, its teams of up to 8 people, £1 per person entry and phones are not permitted!!
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72 Club Draw
The results are in for the 2nd Draw in the 72 club
1st T clarke £75.00
2nd Eddie Harvey £45.00
3rd Andy Moon £35.00
4th Mick Withers £25.00
5th Bob Rose £15.00
Collect winnings from Bob at Bar
Captains September Blog
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.
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.
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August Competition Winners
The good scores keep on coming in August with the following players qualifying for the Champion of Champions event
Ron Hiatt Trophy Andrew Moorwood 65 nett
Charity Cup Carl Ford 64 nett
Stafford Cup Simon Horton 43 points
St Johns Graham Eaton 65 nett
Golden Oldies show their Class
Well Done to the latest winners in the Competitions played in the hot and dry conditions
It seems like its the turn of the Golden Oldies who have lots of experience in the conditions to show the youngsters how to play the course t
The Coronatiuon cup was won by Keith Guild with a 65 nett
Val Walton Trophy was won by Malc Linnell 41 points
Hunt Salver was won by Martin Reay with 44 points
All winneers have now qualified for the end of season Champions of Champions event