Members Newsletter 22nd May 2014

By BR - May 22 2014
Members Newsletter 22nd May 2014 Arcot Hall GC Newsletter for 22nd May 2014 ....


Back suitably refreshed from a week off in sunny Cramlington and straight down to business as we have a lot to catch up on.

The Competition scehduled for the 10th May was postponed due to the course being waterlogged but the course drained in time for The Brian Thompson Memorial Trophy to be played the following day. Some impressive scoring from the lower handicap men saw Gavin Foster (yes him again) win with 42 points playing off 5 with Craig Beeby one back on 41 points playing off 4. Tom Brooks was third with 39 playing off 11. Winner of the best Ladies prize was Ellie Barnett with 32 points.

The following day we had the Seniors Invitation which was won by Ben Galbraith and his partner Mr T Osbourne with 39 points. They won on the countback from Mo Farsi and Mr G Stokoe with 3rd place going to Derek Ferguson and Mr L Smith who also has 39 points.

The midweek stableford was won by a new member Les Harbottle with 41 points by 1 from Gary (yes GARY) Foster with Steven Jobson third on 39. Those of you with good memories from previous emails will realise that this means Gary got 1 of his pound coins back off the shelf behind the till in the shop so I only had 2 left. The good news however is that Gary got cut an extra shot down to 8.6 because of 2 rounds within 6 weeks of each other being 4 or more shots under standard scratch and he donated £2 back over the next weekend making the running total at that time four!!

The Commander Saunders was played on Saturday 17th on a day warm enough to wear shorts. Not that this made any difference to the winner Andy Lynch as he wears them all the time but whatever the reason a nett 64 was good enough to win by 5 from Greg Barber in second place and Gavin (yes him again) in third on the countback. Using all the good judgement he is famous for Andy waited to play his singles knockout until after this round and lost playing off 13 where he may well have won playing off 16!

The Sunday stableford was won by Michael Wilson (he’s the one on the Committee who looks like Matt Kuchar) with 38 points with Gavin Foster (yes ............) on 37 points and Jack Maddison on 36 in third place.

Yesterday’s midweek stableford was won by Steve Robinson with 41 points so I guess I should take back the comment I made a few weeks ago about him not playing well when I played with him. Second with 38 points was Micky English and third beaten on a countback was Paul Thompson who will be regretting dropping 5 shots in 2 holes during his round but as he has played that way for the last 15 years he is probably used to it by now. Gary Foster had 37 points so I now only have 3 of his pound coins on display in the shop.

The Men’s Team are currently top of the league after 3 games after 9 – 3 home wins over Backworth and The City and an 8 – 4 away win at Blyth. Both Jonny Lynn and Steven Ashley have won all 3 of their matches so far but the man of the match award for last Thursday must go to Barry Forbes. The team were 1 man short and after several emergency calls could not find another player so Barry ws dragged off the course and thrown in at the deep end playing number 6. Playing off scratch against a bloke with years of league experience and also with a lower handicap Barry was 4 down after 8 and things were not looking great. He rallied somewhat to be 2 down with 2 to play but it still didn’t look too promising until he won the last 2 holes to half the match and it is that final point that sees Arcot top of the league by one point from the City and Morpeth. Well done lads keep it going!!

The good weather of last week (apart from a heavy storm on the Tuesday night) has given the greens a chance to dry out after a very wet start to the month which saw over 3 inches of rain fall in the first 2 weeks. A verticut on Wednesday morning has helped them get back a bit of their trueness and pace and with verticuts planned every week for the next 3 to 4 weeks weather permitting we should see a steady improvement in playing conditions unless the weather gets in the way and the forecast for the next few days does not look great.

Time for the weekly moan and this time it is about a subject that can really get tempers boiling over which is slow play. In the Rules of Golf booklet (copies available upon request) the section on Etiquette contains the following on “Pace of Play”

 “Players should play at a good pace. It is a group’s responsibility to keep up with the group in front. If it loses a clear hole and is delaying the group behind it should invite the group behand to play through, irrespective of the number of players in that group. Where a group has not lost a clear hole, but it is apparent that the group behind can play faster, it should invite the faster playing group to play through.”

I not only would remind players of the above but would point out that this applies whenever you are playing on the course and does not cease to apply because you may be playing in a Competition. Please follow this advice and it will make the round more enjoyable for everyone.

Some sad news now in that Dan Hookway our assistant professional has decided to move on and will be leaving us towards the end of June. I would like to thank Dan for his hard work since we took over the shop on 5th September 2012 (his birthday by the way) and the success it has enjoyed over the last 18 months is in no small part due to his efforts. Dan has fitted in very well with the other staff and the members and we will be sad to see him go.

However things move on and Dan’s replacement is a guy called Kris Bengston who is at the same stage of his PGA Training as Dan and will become fully qualified later this year. Those of you who have used the range at Parklands may recognise him when he starts towards the end of June as he has worked there for the past 3 years and this year finished 4th best assistant in the country for his PGA work. I know he is looking forward to taking up his position here at Arcot Hall and I’m sure he will get a warm welcome from you all.

A new competition will be played this year as we are holding a 2nd Division Club Championship for players with handicaps of 10 and above. The qualifier will be held on Sunday 8th June with tee times available on the start sheet from 10.30 until about 13.00. The top 8 gross scores will qualify for the matchplay stages with the ¼ finals being played on Wednesday 11th June between 17.00 an 18.30 and the semi final and final being played on Sunday 22nd June. There will be a best nett prize in the qualifer as well as the top 2 gross prizes so please play and support this new event.

Kind Regards

Brian Rumney