Members Newsletter 24th September 2014

By BR - September 25 2014
Members Newsletter 24th September 2014
Newsletter Newsletter 24/09/14


Results first and Wednesday’s stableford was won by Paul Macfarlane with 40 points with Del Robinson second on 38 and Barry Forbes also on 38 in third place.

Saturday saw Derek Williams win the Bradbury Cup with 43 points by 2 from Jack Maddison on 41 points and Del Robinson also on 41 beaten on countback into third place. Other highlights included Craig Beeby having a hole in 1 on the 15th (it’s his sixth one in total) and Michael Wilson playing the wrong ball on the last and moaning for the rest of the day that it wasn’t fair he had been penalised. A quick word for Jack who shot a gross 68 to complete his first ever sub par round and therefore the lowest round of his life only to find out it was not quite good enough on the day.

On Sunday we played the Carlsberg Trophy (probably the best competition in the world) and was won by Derek Wallace with a nett 67 by one shot from Gavin Foster (back for the weekend to try and re-establish himself at the top of the Order of merit) with Peter Glendinning 2 shots further back in third. Best Lady was Gloria Melrose with a nett 75.Gavin did make up some ground on the Order of Merit leader Steve Hepplewhite but is still in second place with just a few events to go. One consolation for him however was that he won first prize in the sweep as Derek had chosen not to enter.

You will have seen Del Robinson’s name in the frame twice this week and this deserves a mention because he and his partner Dave Southern were due to play Jim Ellison and Andy Lynch in the final of the Pattersons on Sunday. His scores last Wednesday and then on Saturday saw his handicap reduced the day before the final a time when many may have been a little more protective of their handicap in the same situation. His reward for playing the game in the way it should be was victory for him and Dave over Jim and Andy in the final.

We have had a few members have their first sub par rounds this year with Jack Maddison joining Josh Brookes who completed the feat earlier. It is a watershed in a golfers life and not many who play get to experience it but those who do never forget it. Sympathy therefore should go out to Steve Hepplewhite who one day last week birdied the 12th to go 3 under par for the round which you would think would be enough to secure his first ever round under par after many years of trying. However we will never know whether we would have done it because he left the course after the 12th as he had to pick his wife up from work showing either an extremely high level of decication to his partner or fear of the consequences of letting her walk home. Never mind Steve, maybe next time.

There has been a change to the entry process for the Arcot Vase which is due to be played on Saturday 11th October. Normally the field for this event is restricted to those players who have finished first or second in a major club competition and a draw is made with tee times between 9 and 11. In previous years however only half the field bothered to play for one reason or another and so it has been decided to make the following changes. A start sheet will go up in the normal way next Wednesday evening and anyone who wishes to play can play in the event but only those who have finished in the top 3 in any Club Competition this year will be eligable to win the trophy which will be presented at the Club Supper later that evening. Also the Vase will be the final qualifying eveny for the Order of Merit and the winner will also be announced on the night of the Club Supper. Please put your name down for the Club Supper if you have not already done so. The list will come down on Wednesday 8th October as final numbers are required in advance so the food can be ordered.

The greens continue to recover well following the Graden work and I would like to thank the members on behalf of the Green keepers for the good comments you have asked me to pass onto them and for those is the suggestion book. As I mentioned previously the agronomist had visited the club on Friday 12th September and was pleased with most of what he saw and the progress we had made. The one downside was the number of unrepaired pitchmarks as well as the number of pitchmarks that had been repaired incorrectly. Information sheets showing the correct way to repair pitchmarks have been posted in the Clubhouse for over 9 months and we would ask all members to please take care of their golf course.

I have also had several complaints from members regarding other members cutting in front of them and teeing off on the 10th while they are playing the 9th hole. I would like to take this opportunity to remind members that they should only tee off on the 10th if the 9th hole is clear.

Good news now in that the compressor or shoe blower as some refer to it has now been repaired and should be working again. We received a lot of complaints over the past 2 weeks about this and we would like to apologise for the inconvience caused while it was out of operation. For those members who don’t realise we do have brushes and shoe cleaners just to the left as you go through towards the men’s locker rooms if for any reason the machine breaks down again.

There will be a Halloween Dance in the Clubhouse on Saturday 25th October and the menu and booking sheet are on the door next to the bar for those who would like to reserve places.

The Committee have agreed that a new practice net will be purchased for the area near the first tee and this will be in place in time for the start of next season.

Kind Regards

Brian Rumney