The Men’s Section
We have moved into the 2022 golfing year, with the annual AGM’S. Thank you for those that attended the men’s on the 13th January, and welcome to the new committee members Adam Sims (Secretary) and Dan Alton (County Rep) who join myself, Tony Crook (outgoing captain), Mike West (Vice-Captain), Mel Ward (Treasurer), Kev Sarney (Junior representative) and Wayne Pearce (Handicap Secretary). If you have any questions, issues, concerns, or ideas please feel free to speak to any of us and we will do our best to support.
Thanks also to all members that attended the Main Club AGM on the 20th January. After two years of avoiding COVID, to miss the AGM after testing positive for it was extremely frustrating. I will use this opportunity though to say a very big thank you to Mike West for stepping into the breach and delivering my incoming captain speech on my behalf.
I look forward to working with Sue Jarvis and Paul Jarvis (Ladies and Seniors Captains) and the rest of the main committee over the 2022 year.
I would also like to say a final farewell and massive thank you to Tony Crook as outgoing captain. When Tony started in January 2020, I am sure he didn’t think he would only be handing over the captaincy now, having taken the men’s section through a pandemic which brought the world to a standstill and to add to those 3 different club owners and 4 General Managers. Throughout his tenure, he continued to perform the role with Integrity, humility, enthusiasm, and utter commitment, and working with other captains leaves the club and its sections in a fantastic place. Go and enjoy your rest, Tony.
On to specific golfing matters:
For those unable to attend the Men’s AGM I thought it important to mention two key initiatives the men’s committee have implemented and will fund this year, to add your golfing fun and I am sure keep your competitive spirits flowing. These will be:
- Any hole in 1, from white tees in a Saturday competition will be awarded £100, which should help with your bar bill if you be that lucky or skilful!
- We will also introduce the ‘Race to 54’, which will be the opportunity to win £200 and will be based on the 1st person getting to 54 points based on the best score achieved on each hole over white tee Saturday competitions excluding board and medal events. – This will be no extra fee to compete. Should 2 or more be lucky enough to achieve it on the same day the pot shall be shared.
Whilst I won’t report every competition result in the monthly newsletter, I will endeavour to pull out highlights and significant golfing performances of the month. One of note and worth a mention has to be the recent Men’s Pairs Betterball on Saturday 22nd January, where Paul Stephens and Wayne Parsons came in as winners with 51 points beating the nearest challengers by 10 points. Well played chaps but beware my handicap secretary is watching you!
It is the Captains Drive-in on Saturday the 5th February which will be the first event of the year raising funds for our charity’ Springboard Opportunity Group’ and all get together across all sections. We have had a terrific response and the slots are all full. If you have not had a chance to enter and would like to play, please put your name on the list of reserves and should spaces become available, we will be sure to accommodate you.
The format will be a Pairs Texas scramble, and it will be a shotgun start at 08H00 on the day. We look forward to meeting everyone on the day. Please arrive early on the day from 7 am to register, purchase raffle tickets etc and take the opportunity for captains’ introductions and in my case, the dreaded captains drive which I have had many sleepless nights over!
Over the next few weeks, one of the important roles we need to fill is that of Captains for our league teams, wherein certain cases we currently have no one in situ or volunteers. Between Mike West/ I we will approach a number of you to support with these significantly important roles.
To Paul Anderson and Phil Lindo, may I take the chance to say thanks for taking on the Stags again, and already arranging a tremendous number of fixtures for the team to enjoy in a social yet competitive environment.
Finally, as it’s the start of the golfing year, please see some details/ requests from our handicap secretary on key aspects of cards. Competitions and knock outs.
We have all had a year of the new Handicap System and General Play cards and I can say based on my extensive experience last year, it works! Now that we all know how to submit general play cards, we need to tighten up on the process. Moving forward, general play cards will only be accepted under the following conditions:
- The time of registration MUST be before your tee time. As per England Golf rules, you must register your intent to submit a card prior to starting your game. For anyone unsure of how to do this, please contact me and I will help out.
- Card must be correctly filled in and counter signed by your playing partner. If you are using the IG app, please ensure a card is also posted in the general play box in the reception within 7 days of the score being submitted.
- If you are playing an ‘away’ course, please bring your card back and post it in the general play box.
Any scores submitted under general play that do not conform with the above will be rejected on the system.
Last year we had a surge in competitions entries which is great for the men’s section and the club overall. We have had an influx of new members with lots of new handicaps being allocated this year making them eligible for play in competitions. I would like to encourage you all to enter competitions and if you know someone who is new to the game and nervous about competitive golf, please encourage them to try it out.
The summer knockout competition will be loaded onto IG over the next couple of weeks, entry is available via the app however, any names in have not paid their entry fee by the time the draw is done will not be included so please ensure that you pay your entry fee at the earliest opportunity as the committee will not be chasing members for payment.
Competition Card Standards
Thank you all again for the improvement in card standards, this really helps when it comes to closing the competitions as it takes less time and brain power to sort them out!
From the men’s section that’s all for now.
May we wish you a happy, healthy golfing 2022, and look forward to seeing you all soon.