Members Newsletter 02nd July 2014

By BR - July 2 2014
Members Newsletter 02nd July 2014
Newsletter Members Newsletter for 02nd Jult 2014


Sorry for missing a newsletter last week but it has been a hectic couple of weeks for one reason and another.

Our new Professional Kris Bengtsson started working with us last Wednesday and is settling in very well. He has asked me to thank you for the warm welcome he has received and also to let you know that he is available for lessons should they be required.

There are lots of results to catch up with so here goes. First the midweek competition on 18th June which was won by Andy Cunningham with 40 points, with Andrew Gibson second on 39 and Ben Galbraith third with 37.

The Dunford Bowl on Saturday 21st was won by Chris Barnett, Phil Guttridge was second and Dave Pederson was 3rd. All 3 had nett 67’s along with another 2 players, Josh Brookes and Scott Mallen and they were all seperated on countback.

Josh made up for the disappointment of shooting a nett 67 and not finishing in the top 3 on Saturday by shooting a gross 67 the following day in the qualifiying round of the Junior Club Championship which not only saw him finish as leading qualifier but also saw his handicap reduced to 1. Also the Stableford on the 22nd was won by Paul Slinn with 40 points with Ian McGow second and Phil Spratt third both with 39 points.

Another gross 67 on Wednesday 25th saw Gary Foxwell record 42 points to win the stableford by 5 points from Gavin Foster on 37 and Steve Lord also on 37. The following day the Seniors Lamp was won by Jim Steel on 41 points on a countback from John Titterington with Dave Blacklidge a shotfurther back in third.

Last Saturday the George Anderson Trophy was won by John Moller with 41 points by 1 shot from Paul Sweeney who was second and Mohammad Farsi third who was beaten on the countback.

One of the reasons for the improved scoring, particularly from the lower handicap players, could be that course conditions have improved as the greens have dried out because of the lack of rain as well as the top dressing that has been applied. The pace and trueness has improved and they will be given a light verticut tomorrow to help maintain the standard. Thanks to Ian and his staff for their efforts which are there for all to see.

In general news from the Club there is the usual mixture of good and bad so I’ll start with the worst in that Rob McGarr has had a brand new battery taken from the electric trolley store. Given that this store room is locked and the only people who have a key are other members with trollies stored in there this is incredibly disappointing and I am hoping that someone has taken it by mistake. Could all those with trollies in that store room check to make sure that they haven’t taken Rob’s battery by mistake and if it has been stolen then I would ask other members to beware. If we find out that it is another member that has stolen this battery and we identify them then they will be asked to leave the Club with immediate effect.

Also I am sorry to have to report more instances of slow play and refusal to let quicker groups through. One particular instance saw a 2 ball kept waiting by a 4 ball for 17 holes without being invited through despite the 4 ball losing their place on the course. Can I ask members in the interests of all players to invite those playing quicker than you through particularly if you have lost your position on the course, it is part of the etiquette of the game as well as being simple common courtesy.

On a happier note tickets are on sale behind the bar for the Club Barbeque which is on Saturday 19th July which promises to be a good event so hurry while there is still some available.

You may have noticed that a pair of nesting Swallows or Swifts have made a nest in the arch leading from the buggy storage area to the gents changing room door so beware low flying birds as you walk through (anyone under 5ft 6” should be fine so no worries for Gary Foster and Fluffy (John Burke) ).

Anyone who was wondering about the bet Gary and I had re his scores this season will be sad to know that it has been called off once Gary got to £10 down. Those who would like to see the display of the ten £1 coins that used to be Gary’s but are now mine can view them in the golf shop behind the till.

Finally for today thank you to all the membsr who gave their time up to attend the Captain’s Forum last Friday evening. The general concensus seemed to be that it had been a worthwhile exercise which most people present though we should do more often to aid communication between the membership and the Committee. The vast majority of points that were made were done so in a constructive manner and those who did attend hopefully now know why we had made the suggestions that were being discussed.

 Kind Regards

 Brian Rumney