Members Newsletter – August 2022
The Men’s Section
Hello again, and I trust you are all enjoying your golfing summer on our fabulous-looking course. May I first take the opportunity to say to our extremely hard-working green staff thank you for making our course look like one of the best in the region.
July was the month of the club champs, and we were filled with a weekend of sunshine and amazing conditions to match the course on 9th/ 10th July. For the men, it was an amazing turnout and shows how the section has grown over the last couple of years, with more than 100 members participating with tee times from 06h30 to 11h30 on the Saturday.
In regard to our winners and club champions for 2022, Will Thomas became our gross champion winning for the second year in succession and our new emerging ‘talent’ with the handicap dropping like a stone, Andrew Thomas won the net event. Congratulations to you both on a marvelous achievement, and I look forward to presenting the trophies to you again at the prize giving evening.
The gross winning score was 148 by Will Thomas and the nett winning score by Andrew Thomas was 136.
A few other notable club champs’ performances which can’t go unmentioned was Dan Hayward shooting a gross 71 to do his best to catch our gross champion on day 2, and on day 1 Phil Green scaring all the nett participants with a net 62 to just fall short. And finally, whilst this is not one of the highlights for most, I have to say that after 14 years of hurt, I made the cut for day 2. It felt good!
Well done to all our winners and thank you to all who participated. Finally thank you to Michael Stephens for his support over the weekend running the event with cards, scoring etc – fab job.
The month of July has been tough for our league teams seeing our 2nd team unfortunately getting relegated to League 7 in the final game of the season, and our 3rd team after a sterling effort, missing promotion on the last game of the season with a 2.5 – 2.5 draw at Tracy Park. So close lads and hard luck.
Our 1st team are still fighting hard to try stay in Division 2 with the last game on 8th August, where a win will guarantee remaining in the division and a half may suffice. Good luck lads as it’s been a terrific effort in what is a very strong league.
Finally, I would like to say thanks to Pete Millet, Chris Chinnik, Chris Walker, and Leigh Jenkins for captaining the teams this year. I know it’s tough and your commitment and dedication is thoroughly appreciated by myself and the men’s committee.
Our next Captain’s Charity Day is on the 13th of August. Without stealing Sue’s thunder, this will be an invitational this year, with tee times from 07.00 -13.00. We wanted to offer the opportunity for members from other clubs to participate and support us and the charity without members being affected. The tee sheet looks fantastic thus far with only a few spots still available. Should you have not entered yet please do so, and as it’s an invitational please feel free to invite friends from other clubs into your 4 ball or as a full 4 ball.
A BBQ will also be provided on the day, but to avoid repeating myself I will let you read the details in Sue’s section along with all the other details around the day. (Take note of the wheelbarrow of booze, which I am sure will be a hit, which I ask you to please support, for a great cause). We look forward to seeing you on the day, having a load of fun and raising great funds for our chosen charity Springboard Opportunity group.
As always, Wayne Pearce our Men’s Handicap Secretary (aka Statman, has passed over some important information below for your golfing)
We are into the silly season with holidays etc so I would like to thank you all for getting your knockout matches completed in time. There were a few extensions that have largely been managed meaning we can stick to the current schedule.
Competitions overall continue to be well supported which is fantastic as the prize funds are increasing making competitions more popular and Club Championship was a fantastic event with a huge field! Well done to Andy Thomas and Will Thomas for being the best Gross and Net players at the club for 2022!
Also, another congratulations goes to Andy Thomas who after 3 events took home the Race to 54, which had a prizes of £200! This money will be paid to you card in the coming weeks (needs a cheque paying into the club bank first).
Cards are improving, however, there is a small ‘ask’ from me, it would be a great help if the final Stableford or Net score is shown on the card. I try to sort all the cards into order and not having this just adds a bit more time to a task that already takes about an hour, so I appreciate and thank you for your help in advance!
General play. We are getting a lot of general play cards that haven’t been finalised, I understand that there are several reasons for this however, this also generates an awful lot of work managing the GP scores. I have therefore implemented an automatic General Play Penalty Score as per England Golf Guidelines. If a GP card is registered but not entered after 5 days, it will automatically go down as Course + Playing HCP so please ensure you get your scores entered.
We are getting to the point in the season where we start to talk about Order of Merit so I thought I would post the top 3 as they are currently:
1st Dan Hayward- 87
2nd William Thomas- 49
3rd Chris Adamson- 39
This leader board is available for you to review and determine what you need to do to catch Hayward!
Finally, Captains Day Invitational is around the corner and with a heatwave on the way, could be an absolute belter. Get your taxis booked, your pockets stuffed with cash and invite your family and friends for some food and drinks! We already have over 100 participants registered and around 7 tee slots left to go. As it’s an invitational please reach out to your friends from other clubs to see if they want to participate!
Happy golfing, good luck in any events you play and see you all soon on the course or the patio!