Captain's June Blog
Captain’s Blog – June 2018
Well, what can I say…… The sun has finally decided to shine, the course has dried out from the dampest winter for many years and the feel good factor is evident in and around the course and clubhouse. All that is missing is the Captain playing some good golf!!
The work on the course continues and after the hard work done by the green staff over the winter period, it was good to see the three refurbished tee’s back in play. As if the 3rd hole was not difficult enough, you soon forget how narrow the fairway looks when standing on the back medal tee!!
Collectively as a golf club we’ve started the year off well and we can now add the Avon League cup to our tally of honours! Congratulations to Nik and the team for keeping up their impressive form and winning the Avon League cup, beating Oakridge 4-2 in each game to secure an 8-4 margin.
The theme of congratulations keeps rolling on……. Well done to Dunc Clarke for his hole in one on the 16th and for picking up the jackpot of £821. He reliably informed me that he hit a solid 9 iron onto the green, rolling out to trickle into the cup, but his playing partners may have other ideas?
The quiz night was again well supported with 8 teams participating, with Gareth Leyshorn’s team of Brainiac’s taking away the title of ‘Quiz Champions’. A massive thank you must go out to Ian Jacob for all his hard work in putting together and hosting the quiz……. Fantastic job Ian!!
Congratulations to all the competition winners so far this season who have qualified for the end of season ‘Champion of Champion’s’ competition.
Trowel: John Wilson
Presidents Putter: David Walter
NSPCC: Barry Adams
Gavin Milne: Eddie Harvey and Graham Eaton
So, as May draws to a conclusion with the season now in full flow, may I take this opportunity to wish everyone good luck in the forthcoming ‘Club Championship’ which is the highlight of the golfing calendar in June……..
Coming up in June
The Men’s Invitation on Sunday 10th June is filling up fast, so if you haven’t already entered, get your entry forms filled in and submitted with the payment. Entry forms can be found on the bar with the start sheet available to view on the stage.
Following on from the Men’s Invitation is the Family fun day on Saturday 16th June, where you play as a pair with a non-golfer over 9 holes. The golfer plays onto the green and the non-golfer putts out with your combined score recorded. This is a great way to get the family involved and have a bit of fun, plus there will be a barbeque available on the day to save on the washing up!! The start sheet will be posted on the notice board on the stage.
Incorporated into the family fun day will be the Men’s and Ladies Captain’s Drive-In, where you’ll get the chance to see two very nervous captain’s try to tee off in front of a crowd and hopefully not have the embarrassment of an air shot!! You’ll also get the chance to guess the combined distance that the captain’s hit their shots, which hopefully I’ll manage to knock one past the lady captain! So please come along and support what should be a fun afternoon.
The Tripartite week is fast approaching, so if you feel like you’re in good form and wish to be considered for selection, then please enter your details on the Tripartite name sheet posted on the changing room notice board.
Payments for the Captain’s away weekend are due to be paid by the end of June, so can you please ensure that the payments are in on time. Once all the payments are made, I will put together an itinerary and provide details for the weekend.
After we announced the joint captain’s project last month, where we invited members to approach us with suggestions to enhance the first tee, well so far we have received a massive big fat zero suggestions!! Please help us out, your input is essential to make this project a success!!
Please feel free to come and speak to me or email me any suggestions with regards to the captain’s project, the course, social events or even if you wish to see a different feature in the Captain’s Blog??
Club Captain 2018
Well done to the recent winners
Martin Reay shot 68 nett to win the Grendon Cup
Martin Wilson won the Trowel NSPC with 42 points
David Walter won the Presidents Putter with 40 points
Barry Adams won the NSPCC with 40 points
Gavin Milne Four-somes was won by Edward Harvey & Graham Eaton With a 65.5
Full Results can be found http://www.masterscoreboard.co.uk/ListOfCompetitions.php?CWID=1065
Captain’s Blog – May 2018
This is the first instalment of what I hope will be a series of monthly ‘Captain’s Blogs’, where it gives me a chance to catch my breath, take stock and to provide a round-up to our members of what has happened in the previous month and to also keep them informed of what we have coming up. So, here go’s…….
Well, what can I say……. Where has that first month gone?
My Captain’s year has started cold, wet and miserable, but despite the awful weather we managed to find a spot dry enough to host the kids Easter egg hunt, with 40+ kids in attendance. A good time was had by all, with each child receiving an Easter egg and topped off with a special visit from the Easter Bunny.
Meet the Captain’s night once again proved to be a success with a nearly full clubhouse being entertained by the fantastic acoustic duo Matt and Ben from The Weekenders Band. For all those who attended, I can only apologise for what I call dancing!!
After the first leg of the Avon League final, Atherstone managed to gain a 4-2 lead over Oakridge, with the second leg falling foul to the wet conditions, leading to the match having to be rescheduled for 12th May. Good luck to Nik and the team in the return fixture and come on boys, we’re right behind you!!
Congratulations to all the competition winners so far this season who have found a bit of early season form and for qualifying for the end of season ‘Champion of Champion’s’ competition.
Norman Hodge Foursomes: Neil Carver & Lee Bull
Challenge Cup: John ‘Ebenezer’ Rawlings
Austin Cup Qualifier: Stuart ‘Bomber’ Spencer
Grendon Cup: Martin ‘Big Daddy’ Reay
Atherstone also managed to secure the Nichols Morgan Trophy, contested by the club officials from the three clubs, Atherstone, Hinckley and Nuneaton. Congratulations to the winning team consisting of Ian Cartwright, Wayne Moore, Ann Farmer, Phil Challis, Les Jackson and Gary King.
Well, as April draws to a close, let’s hope we finally get a bit of sunshine in May!!
Coming up in May
Coming up in May we have our Spring Quiz hosted by quiz master Ian Jacob. The last quiz was won by a fabulous team, with the combined brain power to match a NASA super computer, so please come along and support this event and see if you can walk away with the title of Quiz Champions!
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.
Whilst we’re on the subject of ‘Big Cash Prizes’……. Don’t forget the hole in one sweep has now rolled over to £700+, so please enter when you register for the competition on a Sunday.
Anyone who is interested in playing in any of the AB team matches, please either enter you name on the sheet in the changing room notice board or speak to Wayne Moore.
Although it is some time away yet, the Captain’s away weekend in Bristol will soon be upon us. All monies are due to be paid by the end of June, so can you please ensure that the payments are in on time to minimise the amount of chasing around I’ll have to do!!
Joint Captain’s Project
Ann and I are pleased to announce that our joint captain’s project this year will be generating sufficient funds to enhance the first tee and surrounding area, to create an aesthetically pleasing feature that leaves a really good first impression for members, visitors and guests. Although the plans have not yet been fully drafted up, we would welcome any constructive input from members and your support will be greatly appreciated to enable us to achieve our goal.
Don’t forget we are following on from last year’s successful ‘Splash for Cash’, where we intend to keep to this going to support the Captains project. Any ball going in one of the ponds around the course will result in a 50 pence fine and also the bunkers down the 18th hole……
Club Captain 2018
SUNDAY 10TH JUNE INVITATION OPEN ENTRY FORMS BEHIND BAR OR ONLINE
ENTRY FORMS BEHIND THE BAR or ONLINE
Well done to John Rawlings on a fine 63 to win the Challenge cup also Stuart Spencer winning the Austin Cup Qualifier with a nett 65 bringing Bomber down to 7.4 handicap